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  •  The National Human Rights Commission NHRC OXFAM and Connected Development CODE said the adoption of National Action Plan NAP on Business and Human Rights remained key to effectively regulate business related human rights violations The stakeholders said this when a delegation from Connected Development CODE and OXFAM paid an advocacy visit to the commission to discuss some of the challenges witnessed in oil bearing communities CODE in partnership with OXFAM is working to domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria NAP as a tool to support the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the federal and state levels The Executive Secretary NHRC Tony Ojukwu said the adoption of the NAP was mandated by the United Nations General Principles on Business and Human Rights demanding that countries should leaverage on them to protect human rights in businesses This is because there have been a lot of issues as the business climate in Nigeria so far has been one of making profits alone without looking at the consequential effects on promotion and protection of human rights This is not proper now the adoption of the NAP on business and human rights obviously will improve the business climate If human rights are protected companies will have a better climate to do their business and make better decent profits not blood money Ojukwu said that some parts of the country were experiencing gas flaring and soot with a lot of effects on the environment and health of Nigerians yet much was not being done How long can that go on so the issue of adoption of the NAP on business and human rights is the way to go we cannot shy away from this for too long For us as a commission we have identified this and already we have a draft plan on business and human rights he said Ojukwu however said the broader NAP for promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria was also being reviewed He said that the draft NAP had been submitted to the Attorney General of the Federation who would present it to the Federal Executive Council and hopefully before the end of this administration it would be adopted Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive Officer CODE said the organisation highlighted some human rights violation and abuses from oil companies in oil host communities leading to environmetal degradation and health issues Lawal said the environment itself took over 20 years to recover ecologically adding that the soot would make people develop cancer and all these were human rights violation that needed to be checked So I am thinking about a tripartite collaboration among the NHRC CODE and Oxfam where we can document lessons share them and engage government and hold these agencies to account to ensure proper regulation This is because if we have proper regulation then there ll be less or no human rights violation So we need a stronger framework that highlights how we can jointly as civil society and human rights organisations and international partners work together Lawal said that the engagement would help to properly implement and accelerate action around the National Action Plan Mr Henry Ushie Project Coordinator Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction said there was need to engage more with companies to make them adhere to the rules and regulations of doing business Ushie said this was because although some laws already existed in terms of protection the companies had not quite been compliant in respecting those laws That is why you see a lot of environmental issues particularly with oil and gas companies in the Niger Delta they do not respect this framework So the campaign over time has been how do we ensure that these companies become compliant If there are issues as a result of their operations at committee level or at any level in the entire value chain How do we ensure that they remedy all of those anomalies Ushie said that was the reason the group thought it okay to come to NHRC the body housing the framework to know how it had been campaigning and tackling the issues of busines related abuses He added that the group also wanted to know how well the commission was working in getting the NAP rectified for companies to now see it as a legal document to abide by NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NHRC, NGOs advocate adoption of framework on business, human rights to address violations 
     The National Human Rights Commission NHRC OXFAM and Connected Development CODE said the adoption of National Action Plan NAP on Business and Human Rights remained key to effectively regulate business related human rights violations The stakeholders said this when a delegation from Connected Development CODE and OXFAM paid an advocacy visit to the commission to discuss some of the challenges witnessed in oil bearing communities CODE in partnership with OXFAM is working to domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria NAP as a tool to support the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the federal and state levels The Executive Secretary NHRC Tony Ojukwu said the adoption of the NAP was mandated by the United Nations General Principles on Business and Human Rights demanding that countries should leaverage on them to protect human rights in businesses This is because there have been a lot of issues as the business climate in Nigeria so far has been one of making profits alone without looking at the consequential effects on promotion and protection of human rights This is not proper now the adoption of the NAP on business and human rights obviously will improve the business climate If human rights are protected companies will have a better climate to do their business and make better decent profits not blood money Ojukwu said that some parts of the country were experiencing gas flaring and soot with a lot of effects on the environment and health of Nigerians yet much was not being done How long can that go on so the issue of adoption of the NAP on business and human rights is the way to go we cannot shy away from this for too long For us as a commission we have identified this and already we have a draft plan on business and human rights he said Ojukwu however said the broader NAP for promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria was also being reviewed He said that the draft NAP had been submitted to the Attorney General of the Federation who would present it to the Federal Executive Council and hopefully before the end of this administration it would be adopted Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive Officer CODE said the organisation highlighted some human rights violation and abuses from oil companies in oil host communities leading to environmetal degradation and health issues Lawal said the environment itself took over 20 years to recover ecologically adding that the soot would make people develop cancer and all these were human rights violation that needed to be checked So I am thinking about a tripartite collaboration among the NHRC CODE and Oxfam where we can document lessons share them and engage government and hold these agencies to account to ensure proper regulation This is because if we have proper regulation then there ll be less or no human rights violation So we need a stronger framework that highlights how we can jointly as civil society and human rights organisations and international partners work together Lawal said that the engagement would help to properly implement and accelerate action around the National Action Plan Mr Henry Ushie Project Coordinator Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction said there was need to engage more with companies to make them adhere to the rules and regulations of doing business Ushie said this was because although some laws already existed in terms of protection the companies had not quite been compliant in respecting those laws That is why you see a lot of environmental issues particularly with oil and gas companies in the Niger Delta they do not respect this framework So the campaign over time has been how do we ensure that these companies become compliant If there are issues as a result of their operations at committee level or at any level in the entire value chain How do we ensure that they remedy all of those anomalies Ushie said that was the reason the group thought it okay to come to NHRC the body housing the framework to know how it had been campaigning and tackling the issues of busines related abuses He added that the group also wanted to know how well the commission was working in getting the NAP rectified for companies to now see it as a legal document to abide by NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NHRC, NGOs advocate adoption of framework on business, human rights to address violations 
    Economy1 month ago

    NHRC, NGOs advocate adoption of framework on business, human rights to address violations 

    The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), OXFAM and Connected Development (CODE) said the adoption of National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights remained key to effectively regulate business-related human rights violations .

    The stakeholders said this when a delegation from Connected Development (CODE) and OXFAM paid an advocacy visit to the commission, to discuss some of the challenges witnessed in oil-bearing communities.  

    CODE in  partnership with OXFAM, is working to domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria (NAP) as a tool to support the implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the federal and state levels.

    The Executive Secretary, NHRC,Tony Ojukwu, said  the adoption of the NAP  was mandated by the United Nations General Principles on Business and Human Rights, demanding that  countries should leaverage on them to protect human rights in businesses.

    “This is because there have been a lot of issues, as  the business climate in Nigeria so far, has been one of making profits alone, without looking at the consequential effects on promotion and protection of human rights.

    “This is not proper; now, the adoption of the NAP  on business and human rights , obviously will improve the business climate ” If  human rights are  protected, companies will have a better climate to do their business and make better decent profits, not blood money.

    ” Ojukwu said that some parts of the country were experiencing  gas flaring and soot,  with a lot of effects on the environment and health of Nigerians, yet much was not being done.

    “How long can that go on?

    so the issue of adoption of the NAP on business and human rights is the way to go; we cannot shy away from this for too long.

    “For us as a commission, we have identified this and already, we have a draft plan on business and human rights,” he said  Ojukwu, however, said  the broader NAP  for promotion and protection of human rights in Nigeria was also being  reviewed.

    He said that the draft NAP had been submitted  to the Attorney General of the Federation  who would present it to the  Federal Executive Council and hopefully  before the end of this administration,  it would be adopted.

    Mr Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive Officer, CODE said the organisation  highlighted some human rights violation and abuses from oil companies in  oil host  communities, leading to environmetal degradation and  health issues .

    Lawal  said  the environment itself took over 20 years to recover  ecologically, adding that the soot would  make people develop cancer and all   these were  human rights violation that needed to be checked.

    ” So I am  thinking about a tripartite  collaboration among the NHRC,  CODE and Oxfam, where we can document lessons, share them and  engage government and  hold these  agencies to account  to ensure proper regulation .

    “This is because if we have proper regulation, then there’ll be less or no human rights violation.

    “So we need a  stronger framework that highlights how we can jointly as civil society and human rights organisations and international partners,  work together.

    ” Lawal said that the  engagement would  help to properly implement and accelerate action around the National Action Plan.  Mr Henry Ushie, Project Coordinator, Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction, said there was need to engage more with companies to make them adhere to the rules and regulations of doing business.

    Ushie said this was  because although some laws already  existed  in terms of protection, the companies had  not  quite been compliant in respecting those laws.

    “That is  why you see a lot of environmental issues, particularly with oil and gas companies in the Niger Delta; they do not respect this framework.

    “So  the campaign  over time has been how do we ensure that these companies become compliant?

    ” If  there are issues as a result of their operations at committee level or at any level in the entire value chain?

    How do we ensure that they remedy all of those anomalies.

    ” Ushie said that was the reason the group thought it  okay to come to NHRC, the body housing the  framework, to know how it had been  campaigning  and tackling the issues of busines-related abuses.

    He added that  the group also wanted to know how well the commission was working in getting the NAP  rectified for  companies to now  see it as a legal document to abide by .

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  •  Connected Development CODE an NGO has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and Local Government Areas LGAs on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership OGP and Freedom of Information FOI Mr Kingsley Agu CODE s Project Manager on Deepening Cizens Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DeSPAAC said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens He said that the OGP being a multilateral initiative aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub national governments to promote open Government empower citizens fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M amp E officers where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities He however said the FOI Act not being domesticated in Kaduna State had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings We have been requesting information and the MDAs are always responsive he said He explained that when the M amp E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP it helped them to work better with the community members For us our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance He noted that when the M amp E officers were aware of their assigned duties and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens it would support the government in achieving its goals of development Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M amp E officers on planning so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state He called on the citizens especially at LGAs to use the FOI Act in getting information to get the right data to track and monitor projects It is the citizens responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens full participation in project development and implementation A participant Mr Yarima Zakariyya the M amp E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M amp E now a global trend He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens Also Mr Joshua Yakubu the Assistant Director Planning Zangon Kataf LGA said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process I now understand better the role of M amp E project implementation he said Regarding FOI Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA nor to the Chairman seeking any information based on FOI He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance
     Connected Development CODE an NGO has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and Local Government Areas LGAs on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership OGP and Freedom of Information FOI Mr Kingsley Agu CODE s Project Manager on Deepening Cizens Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DeSPAAC said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens He said that the OGP being a multilateral initiative aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub national governments to promote open Government empower citizens fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M amp E officers where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities He however said the FOI Act not being domesticated in Kaduna State had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings We have been requesting information and the MDAs are always responsive he said He explained that when the M amp E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP it helped them to work better with the community members For us our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance He noted that when the M amp E officers were aware of their assigned duties and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens it would support the government in achieving its goals of development Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M amp E officers on planning so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state He called on the citizens especially at LGAs to use the FOI Act in getting information to get the right data to track and monitor projects It is the citizens responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens full participation in project development and implementation A participant Mr Yarima Zakariyya the M amp E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M amp E now a global trend He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens Also Mr Joshua Yakubu the Assistant Director Planning Zangon Kataf LGA said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process I now understand better the role of M amp E project implementation he said Regarding FOI Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA nor to the Chairman seeking any information based on FOI He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance
    General news1 month ago

    NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance

    Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Local Government Areas (LGAs) on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Freedom of Information (FOI).

    Mr. Kingsley Agu, CODE’s Project Manager on Deepening  Cizens’ Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices  (DeSPAAC), said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens.

    He said that the OGP, being a multilateral initiative, aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments, to promote open Government, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

    Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M&E officers, where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers, to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities.

    He, however, said the FOI Act, not being domesticated in Kaduna State, had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings.

    “We have been requesting information, and the MDAs are always responsive,” he said.

    He explained that when the M&E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP, it helped them to work better with the community members.

    “For us, our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance.

    ”He noted that when the M&E officers were aware of their assigned duties, and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens, it would support the government in achieving its goals of development.

    Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M&E officers on planning, so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state.

    He called on the citizens, especially at LGAs, to use the FOI Act in getting information, to get the right data to  track and monitor projects.

    “It is the citizens’ responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing.

    ”He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens’ full participation in project development and implementation.

    A participant, Mr. Yarima Zakariyya, the M&E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission, said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M&E, now a global trend.  

    He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens, where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens.  

    Also, Mr. Joshua Yakubu, the Assistant Director Planning, Zangon Kataf LGA, said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency.  

    He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process.  

    “I now understand better the role of M&E project implementation,” he said.  

    Regarding FOI, Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA, nor to the Chairman, seeking any information based on FOI.  

    He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Connected Development CODE an NGO has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and Local Government Areas LGAs on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership OGP and Freedom of Information FOI Mr Kingsley Agu CODE s Project Manager on Deepening Cizens Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DeSPAAC said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens He said that the OGP being a multilateral initiative aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub national governments to promote open Government empower citizens fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M amp E officers where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities He however said the FOI Act not being domesticated in Kaduna State had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings We have been requesting information and the MDAs are always responsive he said He explained that when the M amp E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP it helped them to work better with the community members For us our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance He noted that when the M amp E officers were aware of their assigned duties and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens it would support the government in achieving its goals of development Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M amp E officers on planning so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state He called on the citizens especially at LGAs to use the FOI Act in getting information to get the right data to track and monitor projects It is the citizens responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens full participation in project development and implementation A participant Mr Yarima Zakariyya the M amp E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M amp E now a global trend He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens Also Mr Joshua Yakubu the Assistant Director Planning Zangon Kataf LGA said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process I now understand better the role of M amp E project implementation he said Regarding FOI Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA nor to the Chairman seeking any information based on FOI He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance
     Connected Development CODE an NGO has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna s Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs and Local Government Areas LGAs on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership OGP and Freedom of Information FOI Mr Kingsley Agu CODE s Project Manager on Deepening Cizens Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DeSPAAC said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens He said that the OGP being a multilateral initiative aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub national governments to promote open Government empower citizens fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M amp E officers where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities He however said the FOI Act not being domesticated in Kaduna State had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings We have been requesting information and the MDAs are always responsive he said He explained that when the M amp E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP it helped them to work better with the community members For us our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance He noted that when the M amp E officers were aware of their assigned duties and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens it would support the government in achieving its goals of development Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M amp E officers on planning so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state He called on the citizens especially at LGAs to use the FOI Act in getting information to get the right data to track and monitor projects It is the citizens responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens full participation in project development and implementation A participant Mr Yarima Zakariyya the M amp E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M amp E now a global trend He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens Also Mr Joshua Yakubu the Assistant Director Planning Zangon Kataf LGA said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process I now understand better the role of M amp E project implementation he said Regarding FOI Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA nor to the Chairman seeking any information based on FOI He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance
    General news1 month ago

    NGO trains Kaduna’s Evaluation Officers on Open Govt Partnership, FOI compliance

    Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, has trained Monitoring and Evaluation Officers of Kaduna’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and Local Government Areas (LGAs) on tenets and compliance with Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Freedom of Information (FOI).

    Mr. Kingsley Agu, CODE’s Project Manager on Deepening  Cizens’ Interest in Government Spendings and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices  (DeSPAAC), said the training was to ensure OGP in the grassroots and making available documents on request by citizens.

    He said that the OGP, being a multilateral initiative, aimed to secure concrete commitments from national and sub-national governments, to promote open Government, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

    Agu added that the training was also part of their committment to provide capacity for M&E officers, where they had earlier met with elected LGAs chairmen and offered to train their officers, to enshrine OGP tenets in their activities.

    He, however, said the FOI Act, not being domesticated in Kaduna State, had not affected their work of tracking constituency projects and universal basic education spendings.

    “We have been requesting information, and the MDAs are always responsive,” he said.

    He explained that when the M&E officers became aware of what the laws stated regarding release of information and OGP, it helped them to work better with the community members.

    “For us, our goal is ensuring citizens participation so they can be part of governance.

    ”He noted that when the M&E officers were aware of their assigned duties, and also the position of the law in making information available to citizens, it would support the government in achieving its goals of development.

    Agu also explained that the OGP would inform the M&E officers on planning, so they could get the views of citizens when carrying out needs assessments for project implementation across the state.

    He called on the citizens, especially at LGAs, to use the FOI Act in getting information, to get the right data to  track and monitor projects.

    “It is the citizens’ responsibility to provide oversight on what government is doing.

    ”He also called on the LGAs in the state to start setting up OGP structures to ensure citizens’ full participation in project development and implementation.

    A participant, Mr. Yarima Zakariyya, the M&E Officer of the state Planning and Budget Comission, said he had learned that the state was moving towards results based M&E, now a global trend.  

    He said Kaduna was one of the leading states regarding response to FOI to citizens, where the Planning and Budget had contributed immensely to responding effectively and timely to request by citizens.  

    Also, Mr. Joshua Yakubu, the Assistant Director Planning, Zangon Kataf LGA, said the training had exposed him more to the importance of citizens participation in government regarding enhancing accountability and transparency.  

    He said he understood the rudiments to apply in handling the citizens roles in budget process.  

    “I now understand better the role of M&E project implementation,” he said.  

    Regarding FOI, Yakubu said he had never had any official request from any community or organisation in the LGA, nor to the Chairman, seeking any information based on FOI.  

    He said a very large proportion of the citizens in Zangon Kataf were unaware of the FOI Act and how they could leverage on it to engage and hold the government accountable.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria NAN reports that the DeSPAAC project is being funded by the MacArthur Foundation.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some residents of Narayi community Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday commended Connected Development CODE an NGO for mobilising citizens in the state to monitor government projects The residents gave the commendation in Kaduna at a one day Town Hall Meeting organised by CODE to address issues emanating from delivery of constituency projects in the state The Village Head of the community Mr Sale Sule said that mobilising the residents to get involved in the design and implementation of constituency projects was very crucial According to him citizens involvement in the design and execution of constituency and other development projects will ensure that government spending meets the people s development yearning Sale who was represented by a Ward Head Mr Joseph Wyorkson stated that most times government projects were executed without consultation for the inputs of the benefitting communities For example there is a sports facility that was constructed in Government Secondary School Narayi We were not consulted and we did not know what the project was for or who was implementing the project We did not even know that the facility was being constructed in our school until the day of the inauguration That was when we knew it was facilitated by Sen Uba Sani representing Kaduna Central Another resident Mrs Esther Peter a nursing mother said government should consult them to get their buy in before siting a project in the community She said that this would ensure such projects met their needs Peter explained that the meeting had opened their eyes to the need to pay attention to government spending in their communities to ensure value for money Also a youth in the community Aliyu Abduljabbi said that the youths would no longer stand on the sideline but would take steps to engage the constituency project nomination and implementation processes Earlier CODE s Community Monitoring Team in the Area Ms Fatima Auta explained that the meeting was organised to address issues regarding constituency project implementation Auta added that the gathering was also to build synergy between the community members and government officials and promote gender responsive service delivery on constituency project implementation The meeting was equally organised to sensitise community members to the adopted project nomination and monitoring tools and how to engage the right authority with the collated information We also want to enlighten community members on how to engage government officials and how to write a request for information using the Freedom of Information Act she said Ms Zaraphat Haruna Project Assistant CODE explained that the town hall was under the Deepening Citizens Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices project Haruna explained that the project was being implemented in the state with support from MacArthur Foundation to empower citizens with the necessary data needed to address institutional corruption crippling various sectors in Nigeria The project seeks to also address ineffective delivery of constituency projects with a view to improving the quality of service delivery in Kaduna State she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that similar meetings were held in 15 communities across the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna community lauds NGO for mobilising citizens to track govt. spending
     Some residents of Narayi community Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State on Saturday commended Connected Development CODE an NGO for mobilising citizens in the state to monitor government projects The residents gave the commendation in Kaduna at a one day Town Hall Meeting organised by CODE to address issues emanating from delivery of constituency projects in the state The Village Head of the community Mr Sale Sule said that mobilising the residents to get involved in the design and implementation of constituency projects was very crucial According to him citizens involvement in the design and execution of constituency and other development projects will ensure that government spending meets the people s development yearning Sale who was represented by a Ward Head Mr Joseph Wyorkson stated that most times government projects were executed without consultation for the inputs of the benefitting communities For example there is a sports facility that was constructed in Government Secondary School Narayi We were not consulted and we did not know what the project was for or who was implementing the project We did not even know that the facility was being constructed in our school until the day of the inauguration That was when we knew it was facilitated by Sen Uba Sani representing Kaduna Central Another resident Mrs Esther Peter a nursing mother said government should consult them to get their buy in before siting a project in the community She said that this would ensure such projects met their needs Peter explained that the meeting had opened their eyes to the need to pay attention to government spending in their communities to ensure value for money Also a youth in the community Aliyu Abduljabbi said that the youths would no longer stand on the sideline but would take steps to engage the constituency project nomination and implementation processes Earlier CODE s Community Monitoring Team in the Area Ms Fatima Auta explained that the meeting was organised to address issues regarding constituency project implementation Auta added that the gathering was also to build synergy between the community members and government officials and promote gender responsive service delivery on constituency project implementation The meeting was equally organised to sensitise community members to the adopted project nomination and monitoring tools and how to engage the right authority with the collated information We also want to enlighten community members on how to engage government officials and how to write a request for information using the Freedom of Information Act she said Ms Zaraphat Haruna Project Assistant CODE explained that the town hall was under the Deepening Citizens Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices project Haruna explained that the project was being implemented in the state with support from MacArthur Foundation to empower citizens with the necessary data needed to address institutional corruption crippling various sectors in Nigeria The project seeks to also address ineffective delivery of constituency projects with a view to improving the quality of service delivery in Kaduna State she said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that similar meetings were held in 15 communities across the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Kaduna community lauds NGO for mobilising citizens to track govt. spending
    Community1 month ago

    Kaduna community lauds NGO for mobilising citizens to track govt. spending

    Some residents of Narayi community, Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State, on Saturday commended Connected Development (CODE), an NGO, for mobilising citizens in the state to monitor government projects.

    The residents gave the commendation in Kaduna, at a one-day Town Hall Meeting organised by CODE, to address issues emanating from delivery of constituency projects in the state.

    The Village Head of the community, Mr Sale Sule, said that mobilising the residents to get involved in the design and implementation of constituency projects was very crucial.

    According to him, citizens’ involvement in the design and execution of constituency and other development projects will ensure that government spending meets the people’s development yearning.

    Sale, who was represented by a Ward Head, Mr Joseph Wyorkson, stated that most times government projects were executed without consultation for the inputs of the benefitting communities.

    “For example, there is a sports facility that was constructed in Government Secondary School, Narayi.

    “We were not consulted, and we did not know what the project was for or who was implementing the project.

    “We did not even know that the facility was being constructed in our school until the day of the inauguration.

    “That was when we knew it was facilitated by Sen. Uba Sani, representing Kaduna Central.

    Another resident, Mrs Esther Peter, a nursing mother, said government should consult them to get their buy-in before siting a project in the community.

    She said that this would ensure such projects  met their needs.

    Peter explained that the meeting had opened their eyes to the need to pay attention to government spending in their communities to ensure value for money.

    Also, a youth in the community, Aliyu Abduljabbi, said that the youths would no longer stand on the sideline but would take steps to engage the constituency project nomination and implementation processes.

    Earlier, CODE’s Community Monitoring Team in the Area, Ms Fatima Auta, explained that the meeting was organised to address issues regarding constituency project implementation.

    Auta added that the gathering was also to build synergy between the community members and government officials, and promote gender-responsive service delivery on constituency project implementation.

    “The meeting was equally organised to sensitise community members to the adopted project nomination and monitoring tools, and how to engage the right authority with the collated information.

    “We also want to enlighten community members on how to engage government officials and how to write a request for information, using the Freedom of Information Act,” she said.

    Ms Zaraphat Haruna, Project Assistant, CODE, explained that the town hall was under the “Deepening Citizens Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices” project.

    Haruna explained that the project was being implemented in the state with support from MacArthur Foundation, to empower citizens with the necessary data needed to address institutional corruption crippling various sectors in Nigeria.

    “The project seeks to also address ineffective delivery of constituency projects with a view to improving the quality of service delivery in Kaduna State,” she said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that similar meetings were held in 15 communities across the 23 LGAs in Kaduna State.

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  •   NEThe National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA said it would partner with OXFAM and Connected Development CODE on achieving net zero climate change and challenges in oil bearing communities Prof Aliyu Jauro Director General NESREA said this in Abuja when the Civil Society Organisations paid an advocacy visit to the agency in Abuja Jauro said that the agency had a set of regulations targeted at controlling ecosystem challenges like wetland river banks and lake shores to ensure that whatever was done did not impact on the environment negatively He added that there were also regulations on coastal and marine area protection surface and ground water quality control soil erosion and flood control among others to ensure good environment and tackle climate change He stressed the need for companies to abide by the guidelines of NESREA to curb environmental hazards and for communities to benefit from extractive resources You mentioned the National Action Plan as the guiding principle which talks about how companies do their business in relationship to the issue of human rights There is what is called the Environmental Impact Assessment which requires the incorporation of social components and they are all issues of human rights so there is need for companies to abide by these regulations in whatever they do There is also the corporate social responsibilities guideline these are the only ways we can reduce inequality which is very high in West Africa as it is mentioned that the entire wealth of West Africa is in the hands of one per cent of the population This is because there is need to have a certain level of equality In some developed countries they found a way of taxing such rich people to bring equality to the system so there is need for Nigeria to try and see how it could reduce the inequality gap Jauro said that the agency would collaborate with the CSOs to see how it could drive some of its policies and ensure companies abided by the guidelines adding that it was the only way to reduce inequality Mr Henry Ushie Project Coordinator Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction OXFAM said that the CSOs were advocating for communities and countries to be environment conscious in terms of climate change adaptation and resilience Ushie said that there was a new project launched in collaboration with CODE and OXFAM aimed to see how climate change could be mainstreamed into all conversations and brought to light We want to see how communities can also play their role in keeping their environment clean The government made commitment to the United Nations Climate Change Conference more commonly referred to as COP26 in 2021 to go net zero by 2060 10 yeats ahead of the global commitment So we want to see how agencies like NESREA and NOSDRA are making concrete effort in terms of policy and practice to get to that point where we are able to say yes we are net zero He said that CODE s Follow the Money initiative to track funds at the grassroots would play its role to track such expenditure on whether it was being targeted at reducing climate injustice or promoting and ensuring the judicious use of the funds Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive of CODE said that as CSO leaders it was important to explore ways to collaborate with government because governments served the people and CSOs served the interests of the people Lawal said that CODE was leading a campaign in collaboration with OXFAM to look at how the Nationa Action Plan NAP on Business and Human Rights would be implemented We know that in exploration across Nigeria there have been incidents on human rights today we are meeting with government regulators and investigative agency to call their attention to this Most importantly it is to explore how we can collaborate with them to rebuild trust particularly in engaging communities where these resources are domiciled Lawal said the advocacy visit was also aimed at engaging the government on its preparedness for COP27 in Egypt in terms of policy implementation results lessons and how Nigeria could overcome the challenges NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NESREA, CSOs to partner on climate change, challenges in extractive communities 
      NEThe National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA said it would partner with OXFAM and Connected Development CODE on achieving net zero climate change and challenges in oil bearing communities Prof Aliyu Jauro Director General NESREA said this in Abuja when the Civil Society Organisations paid an advocacy visit to the agency in Abuja Jauro said that the agency had a set of regulations targeted at controlling ecosystem challenges like wetland river banks and lake shores to ensure that whatever was done did not impact on the environment negatively He added that there were also regulations on coastal and marine area protection surface and ground water quality control soil erosion and flood control among others to ensure good environment and tackle climate change He stressed the need for companies to abide by the guidelines of NESREA to curb environmental hazards and for communities to benefit from extractive resources You mentioned the National Action Plan as the guiding principle which talks about how companies do their business in relationship to the issue of human rights There is what is called the Environmental Impact Assessment which requires the incorporation of social components and they are all issues of human rights so there is need for companies to abide by these regulations in whatever they do There is also the corporate social responsibilities guideline these are the only ways we can reduce inequality which is very high in West Africa as it is mentioned that the entire wealth of West Africa is in the hands of one per cent of the population This is because there is need to have a certain level of equality In some developed countries they found a way of taxing such rich people to bring equality to the system so there is need for Nigeria to try and see how it could reduce the inequality gap Jauro said that the agency would collaborate with the CSOs to see how it could drive some of its policies and ensure companies abided by the guidelines adding that it was the only way to reduce inequality Mr Henry Ushie Project Coordinator Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction OXFAM said that the CSOs were advocating for communities and countries to be environment conscious in terms of climate change adaptation and resilience Ushie said that there was a new project launched in collaboration with CODE and OXFAM aimed to see how climate change could be mainstreamed into all conversations and brought to light We want to see how communities can also play their role in keeping their environment clean The government made commitment to the United Nations Climate Change Conference more commonly referred to as COP26 in 2021 to go net zero by 2060 10 yeats ahead of the global commitment So we want to see how agencies like NESREA and NOSDRA are making concrete effort in terms of policy and practice to get to that point where we are able to say yes we are net zero He said that CODE s Follow the Money initiative to track funds at the grassroots would play its role to track such expenditure on whether it was being targeted at reducing climate injustice or promoting and ensuring the judicious use of the funds Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive of CODE said that as CSO leaders it was important to explore ways to collaborate with government because governments served the people and CSOs served the interests of the people Lawal said that CODE was leading a campaign in collaboration with OXFAM to look at how the Nationa Action Plan NAP on Business and Human Rights would be implemented We know that in exploration across Nigeria there have been incidents on human rights today we are meeting with government regulators and investigative agency to call their attention to this Most importantly it is to explore how we can collaborate with them to rebuild trust particularly in engaging communities where these resources are domiciled Lawal said the advocacy visit was also aimed at engaging the government on its preparedness for COP27 in Egypt in terms of policy implementation results lessons and how Nigeria could overcome the challenges NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NESREA, CSOs to partner on climate change, challenges in extractive communities 
    Environment1 month ago

    NESREA, CSOs to partner on climate change, challenges in extractive communities 

    NEThe National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) said it would  partner with OXFAM and Connected Development (CODE) on achieving net zero, climate change  and challenges in oil-bearing communities.

    Prof. Aliyu Jauro,  Director-General, NESREA said this in Abuja when the Civil Society Organisations paid an advocacy visit to the agency in Abuja .

    Jauro said that the agency had a set of regulations targeted at controlling ecosystem challenges like wetland, river banks and lake shores to ensure that whatever was done did not impact on the environment negatively.

    He added that there were also  regulations on  coastal and marine area protection, surface and ground water quality control, soil erosion and flood control, among others, to ensure good environment and  tackle climate change.

    He stressed the need for companies to abide by the guidelines of NESREA  to curb environmental hazards and for communities to benefit from extractive  resources.

    “You  mentioned the National Action Plan as the guiding principle, which talks about how companies do their business  in relationship to the issue of human rights.

    “There is what is called the Environmental Impact Assessment  which requires  the incorporation of social components and they are all issues of human rights;  so there is need for companies to abide by these  regulations in whatever they do .

    ” There is also the corporate social responsibilities guideline,  these are the only ways we can reduce inequality which is very high in West Africa as it is mentioned that the entire wealth of West  Africa is in the hands of one per cent of the population.

    “This is because  there is need to have a certain level of equality.

    In some developed countries, they found a way of taxing such rich people to bring  equality to the system, so there is  need for Nigeria to try and see how it could reduce the inequality gap.

    ”Jauro said that the agency would collaborate with the  CSOs to see how it could drive some of its policies and ensure companies abided by the guidelines, adding that  it was the only way to reduce inequality.

    Mr Henry Ushie, Project Coordinator,  Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction OXFAM, said that  the CSOs were   advocating for communities and countries to be environment conscious in terms of climate change adaptation and resilience .

    Ushie said that there was a new   project  launched  in collaboration with  CODE and OXFAM aimed  to see how climate change  could be mainstreamed into  all conversations and brought to light .

    “We want to see how communities can also play their role in keeping their environment clean.

    “The government made commitment to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, more commonly referred to as COP26  in 2021 to go net zero by 2060, 10 yeats ahead of the global commitment.

    “So we want  to see how agencies like NESREA and NOSDRA  are making concrete effort in terms of policy and practice to  get to that  point where we are able to say ‘yes’, we are net zero.

    ”He said that CODE’s  Follow the Money initiative to track funds at the grassroots  would  play its role to track such expenditure on whether it was being targeted at reducing climate injustice, or promoting and ensuring the judicious use of the funds.

    Mr Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive of CODE, said that as CSO leaders, it was   important to  explore ways to collaborate with government because governments  served the people and CSOs  served the interests of the people.

    Lawal said that CODE was leading a  campaign in collaboration  with OXFAM to   look  at how the Nationa Action Plan (NAP) on Business and  Human Rights would be  implemented.

    ” We know that in exploration across Nigeria, there have been incidents on human rights; today we are meeting with government regulators  and  investigative agency to call their attention to this.

    ” Most importantly, it is  to explore how we can collaborate with them to rebuild trust, particularly in  engaging communities where these resources are domiciled.

    ”Lawal said the advocacy visit was also aimed at engaging the government  on its preparedness  for COP27 in Egypt  in terms of policy  implementation , results, lessons and how Nigeria could  overcome the challenges.


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  •  The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA on Wednesday said a total of 1 086 oil spills were recorded in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022 Mr Idris Musa Director General NOSDRA made this known when delegations from Connected Development CODE and OXFAM paid an advocacy visit to his office in Abuja The visit was to discuss some challenges witnessed in oil bearing communities Musa said that out of the 1 086 oil spill incidents recorded in Bayelsa 917 were as a result of sabotage in the form of third party breakage of pipelines with hacksaw or outright blowing up of the pipelines He said that communities in the area must protect oil installations and tackle such vandals as their silence was causing harm to their environment You see we cannot keep running away I gave you the statistics now that we recored 1 086 oil spill in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022 that is 84 4 per cent that means we need to do something It is not about experts if I came from a community for instance and then an expert will come and aid me to break a pipeline in my community that will spill oil into my water will I then drink it and do other domestic chores We need to speak to these issues we have done that consistently with evidence what we call Disaster Risk Reduction programme for communities telling them why they do not need to vandalise oil facilities So CSOs also have to wake up and interface with these communities let everybody check his own part and do the right thing that is what I will advocate the blame is not just on oil companies If everybody in the statistics I gave which is 84 4 per cent stop that act then we will have zero spill and our environment will be good the DG said Musa said that Nigeria loses billions of Naira due to the oil spillage experienced on a daily bases He added that NOSDRA has been advocating against it and working to put an end to the sabotage and destruction of oil facilities This is because when this spill happens three things happen As a nation we lose revenue individuals lose livelihood because the oil will impact on areas where they either fish or farm and then it is also a loss to the oil companies and the environment he added Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive Officer CODE said that the organisation through its Follow the Money initiative track the utilisation of public funds to ensure its judicious utilisation in the interest of communities Lawal said that CODE in collaboration with Oxfam have been working in the Niger Delta region through its Conflict and Fragility project He added that they were working on a new project and sought for collaboration with NOSDRA Lawal said the CODE partnership with OXFAM and the advocacy visit to NOSDRA was also to domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria at federal and state levels Mr Henry Ushie Project Coordinator Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction said that OXFAM Nigeria works to reduce poverty which was caused by inequality It is not that there are no resources but those resources do not go round because a few people have hijacked most of the resources to themselves So we try to reduce poverty by also ending inequality in all its forms whether social political or gender inequality we just make effort to end those forms of inequalities Specifically in Nigeria we work across three key areas gender justice economic livelihoods and also on accountable governance Within this sphere of work is our work on just economy where we look at those areas that have to do with revenue sharing For example issues around natural resources within the extractive industries and within that space we work with stakeholders to look at those anomalies the mismanagement that happen particularly at community level Ushie said that the advocacy visit was to engage with NOSDRA on how to tackle challenges in extractive communities and how the communities can benefit more from the resources He added that the advocacy was to also get update on how the agency leveraged on the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 and its plan to participate and maximise the upcoming COP27 for the benefit of the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    1, 086 oil spills recorded in 7 years in Bayelsa – NOSDRA
     The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA on Wednesday said a total of 1 086 oil spills were recorded in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022 Mr Idris Musa Director General NOSDRA made this known when delegations from Connected Development CODE and OXFAM paid an advocacy visit to his office in Abuja The visit was to discuss some challenges witnessed in oil bearing communities Musa said that out of the 1 086 oil spill incidents recorded in Bayelsa 917 were as a result of sabotage in the form of third party breakage of pipelines with hacksaw or outright blowing up of the pipelines He said that communities in the area must protect oil installations and tackle such vandals as their silence was causing harm to their environment You see we cannot keep running away I gave you the statistics now that we recored 1 086 oil spill in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022 that is 84 4 per cent that means we need to do something It is not about experts if I came from a community for instance and then an expert will come and aid me to break a pipeline in my community that will spill oil into my water will I then drink it and do other domestic chores We need to speak to these issues we have done that consistently with evidence what we call Disaster Risk Reduction programme for communities telling them why they do not need to vandalise oil facilities So CSOs also have to wake up and interface with these communities let everybody check his own part and do the right thing that is what I will advocate the blame is not just on oil companies If everybody in the statistics I gave which is 84 4 per cent stop that act then we will have zero spill and our environment will be good the DG said Musa said that Nigeria loses billions of Naira due to the oil spillage experienced on a daily bases He added that NOSDRA has been advocating against it and working to put an end to the sabotage and destruction of oil facilities This is because when this spill happens three things happen As a nation we lose revenue individuals lose livelihood because the oil will impact on areas where they either fish or farm and then it is also a loss to the oil companies and the environment he added Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive Officer CODE said that the organisation through its Follow the Money initiative track the utilisation of public funds to ensure its judicious utilisation in the interest of communities Lawal said that CODE in collaboration with Oxfam have been working in the Niger Delta region through its Conflict and Fragility project He added that they were working on a new project and sought for collaboration with NOSDRA Lawal said the CODE partnership with OXFAM and the advocacy visit to NOSDRA was also to domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria at federal and state levels Mr Henry Ushie Project Coordinator Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction said that OXFAM Nigeria works to reduce poverty which was caused by inequality It is not that there are no resources but those resources do not go round because a few people have hijacked most of the resources to themselves So we try to reduce poverty by also ending inequality in all its forms whether social political or gender inequality we just make effort to end those forms of inequalities Specifically in Nigeria we work across three key areas gender justice economic livelihoods and also on accountable governance Within this sphere of work is our work on just economy where we look at those areas that have to do with revenue sharing For example issues around natural resources within the extractive industries and within that space we work with stakeholders to look at those anomalies the mismanagement that happen particularly at community level Ushie said that the advocacy visit was to engage with NOSDRA on how to tackle challenges in extractive communities and how the communities can benefit more from the resources He added that the advocacy was to also get update on how the agency leveraged on the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP26 and its plan to participate and maximise the upcoming COP27 for the benefit of the nation NewsSourceCredit NAN
    1, 086 oil spills recorded in 7 years in Bayelsa – NOSDRA
    Environment1 month ago

    1, 086 oil spills recorded in 7 years in Bayelsa – NOSDRA

    The National Oil Spill Detection  and Response Agency (NOSDRA) on Wednesday said a total of 1,086 oil spills were recorded in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022. Mr Idris Musa, Director-General, NOSDRA, made this known when delegations from Connected Development (CODE) and OXFAM paid an advocacy visit to his office in Abuja.

    The visit was to discuss some challenges witnessed in oil-bearing communities.

    Musa said that out of the 1, 086 oil spill incidents recorded in Bayelsa, 917 were as a result of sabotage in the form of third party breakage of pipelines with hacksaw or outright blowing up of the pipelines.

    He said that communities in the area must protect oil installations and tackle such vandals, as their silence was  causing harm to their environment.

    “You see we cannot keep running away, I gave you the statistics now that we recored 1, 086 oil spill in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022, that is 84.4 per cent; that means we need to do something .

    “It is not about experts, if I came from a community for instance, and then an expert will come and aid me to break a pipeline in my community that will spill oil into my water, will I then drink it and do other domestic chores?

    “We need to speak to these issues, we have done that consistently with evidence, what we call Disaster Risk Reduction programme for communities, telling them why they do not need to vandalise oil facilities.

    “So CSOs also have to wake up and interface with these communities, let everybody check his own part and do the right thing, that is what I will advocate, the blame is not just on oil companies.

    “If everybody in the statistics I gave, which is  84.4 per cent, stop that act, then we will have zero spill and our environment will be good,” the DG said.

    Musa said that Nigeria loses billions of Naira due to the oil spillage experienced on a daily bases.

    He added that NOSDRA has been advocating against it and working to put an end to the sabotage and destruction of oil facilities.

    “This is because when this spill happens, three things happen.

    “As a nation, we lose revenue, individuals lose livelihood because the oil will impact on areas where they either fish or farm and then it is also a loss to the  oil companies and the  environment,” he added.

    Mr Hamzat Lawal, Chief Executive Officer CODE, said that the organisation through its Follow the Money initiative, track the utilisation of public funds to ensure its judicious utilisation in the interest of communities.

    Lawal said that CODE in collaboration with Oxfam have  been working in the Niger Delta region through its  Conflict and Fragility project.

    He added that they were working on a new project and sought for collaboration with NOSDRA.

    Lawal said the CODE partnership with OXFAM and the advocacy visit to NOSDRA was also to domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria at federal and state levels.

    Mr Henry Ushie, Project Coordinator, Fiscal Accountability for Inequality Reduction, said that OXFAM Nigeria works to  reduce poverty, which was caused by inequality.

    “It is not that there are no resources, but those resources do not go round, because a few people have hijacked most of the resources to themselves.

    “So we try to reduce poverty by also ending inequality in all its forms, whether social, political or gender inequality, we just make effort to end those forms of inequalities.

    “Specifically in Nigeria, we work across three key areas –  gender justice, economic livelihoods and also on accountable governance.

    “Within this sphere of work, is our work on just economy, where we look at those areas that have to do with revenue sharing.

    “For example, issues around natural resources within the extractive industries and within that space, we work with stakeholders to look at those anomalies, the mismanagement that happen, particularly at community level.

    ” Ushie said that the advocacy visit was to engage with NOSDRA on how to tackle challenges in extractive communities and how the communities can benefit more from the resources.

    He added that the advocacy was to also get update on how the agency leveraged on the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, and its plan to participate and maximise the upcoming COP27 for the benefit of the nation.


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  •  Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation has called for the introduction of compulsory 12 years free education for Zamfara State children The call is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation Mr Hamzat Lawal and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday Lawal charged the State Government to guarantee free and quality education for children in the state following its domestication of the Child Rights Act 2003 He recalled that Gov Bello Matawalle on Aug 17 signed the Child s Protection Bill into Law in the state According to the statement the Act serves as a comprehensive legal instrument for the protection of the rights of every Zamfara child It lauded the governor and State House of Assembly for domesticating the Act It argued that the full implementation of the legislation would prevent violations and abuse of the rights of every child in the state It is counterproductive if children are hindered from developing themselves to become fully fledged and successful members of society due to a collapse of the education sector To guarantee the successful future of every child CODE urges the Zamfara State Government to commit to 12 years of free and compulsory education for every child the statement added The group urged the governor to be part of its upcoming Education Summit where the challenges facing the sector and solutions would be extensively discussed The platform is dedicated to assembling critical stakeholders to rub minds on ways to improve school enrollment and retention in northern Nigeria it said It maintained that a key provision of the Act was for every child to have access to quality education It noted that the state had recorded a decline in children s enrollment in schools of late with insecurity and poverty worsening the already dire reality The statement added that reports showed that at least 20 000 senior secondary school students did not sit for the 2022 West African Examinations It attributed the development to the State Government s inability to pay examination fees and also clear a backlog of over N1 6 billion owed to the examination council This raises concern about the state of education in the state which is home to over 9 2 million citizens according to the 2006 census it stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO advocates compulsory 12 years free education for Zamfara children
     Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation has called for the introduction of compulsory 12 years free education for Zamfara State children The call is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation Mr Hamzat Lawal and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday Lawal charged the State Government to guarantee free and quality education for children in the state following its domestication of the Child Rights Act 2003 He recalled that Gov Bello Matawalle on Aug 17 signed the Child s Protection Bill into Law in the state According to the statement the Act serves as a comprehensive legal instrument for the protection of the rights of every Zamfara child It lauded the governor and State House of Assembly for domesticating the Act It argued that the full implementation of the legislation would prevent violations and abuse of the rights of every child in the state It is counterproductive if children are hindered from developing themselves to become fully fledged and successful members of society due to a collapse of the education sector To guarantee the successful future of every child CODE urges the Zamfara State Government to commit to 12 years of free and compulsory education for every child the statement added The group urged the governor to be part of its upcoming Education Summit where the challenges facing the sector and solutions would be extensively discussed The platform is dedicated to assembling critical stakeholders to rub minds on ways to improve school enrollment and retention in northern Nigeria it said It maintained that a key provision of the Act was for every child to have access to quality education It noted that the state had recorded a decline in children s enrollment in schools of late with insecurity and poverty worsening the already dire reality The statement added that reports showed that at least 20 000 senior secondary school students did not sit for the 2022 West African Examinations It attributed the development to the State Government s inability to pay examination fees and also clear a backlog of over N1 6 billion owed to the examination council This raises concern about the state of education in the state which is home to over 9 2 million citizens according to the 2006 census it stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO advocates compulsory 12 years free education for Zamfara children
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    CSO advocates compulsory 12 years free education for Zamfara children

    Connected Development (CODE), a Civil Society Organisation, has called for the introduction of compulsory 12 years free education for Zamfara State children.

    The call is contained in a statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Mr Hamzat Lawal, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Monday.

    Lawal charged the State Government to guarantee free and quality education for children in the state, following its domestication of the Child Rights Act 2003. He recalled that Gov. Bello Matawalle on Aug. 17, signed the Child’s Protection Bill into Law in the state.

    According to the statement, the Act serves as a comprehensive legal instrument for the protection of the rights of every Zamfara child.

    It lauded the governor and State House of Assembly for domesticating the Act. It argued that the full implementation of the legislation would prevent violations and abuse of the rights of every child in the state.

    “It is counterproductive, if children are hindered from developing themselves to become fully-fledged and successful members of society, due to a collapse of the education sector.

    “To guarantee the successful future of every child, CODE urges the Zamfara State Government to commit to 12 years of free and compulsory education for every child,” the statement added.

    The group urged the governor to be part of its upcoming Education Summit, where the challenges facing the sector and solutions would be extensively discussed.

    “The platform is dedicated to assembling critical stakeholders to rub minds on ways to improve school enrollment and retention in northern Nigeria,’’ it said.

    It maintained that a key provision of the Act was for every child to have access to quality education.

    It noted that the state had recorded a decline in children’s enrollment in schools of late, with insecurity and poverty “worsening the already dire reality”.

    The statement added that reports showed that at least 20,000 senior secondary school students did not sit for the 2022 West African Examinations.

    It attributed the development to the State Government’s inability to pay examination fees and also clear a backlog of over N1.6 billion owed to the examination council.

    “This raises concern about the state of education in the state, which is home to over 9.2 million citizens, according to the 2006 census,” it stated.


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  •  The All Progressives Congress APC Youth and Students Council has urged youths in the country to vote for Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election The group said Tinubu would ensure inclusiveness provide lasting solution to strikes by university lecturers and engineer reforms that would create jobs and opportunities for young people Mr Ezenwa Onyirimba Director General of the council made the appeal during an advocacy visit to the Chief Executive Officer Connected Development CODE Mr Hamzat Lawal on Tuesday in Abuja According to him Tinubu s antecedents speak for him and his actions have shown that if youths adopt him as president he would carry them along in his cabinet and governance He said that Tinubu had displayed uncommon leadership capacity as governor and would steer the affairs of the country for the good of all We all know in the history of Nigeria that ASUU strike did not start with the APC government it was because of agreements upon agreements previous governments did not meet up with that the current government inherited When Tinubu was governor of Lagos and the state university workers went on strike it did not take up to a month to resolve it and till his tenure ended there was no strike again What we are talking about is that Tinubu has the technical know how the understanding on how to better equip and run the education sector and nation as a whole Tinubu has great plans for youths We compared what he has done in the past and his future plans for youth to the plans of other candidates and we believe that youths will queue behind Asiwaju the D G said He sought for Lawal s support in galvanising the youths to support Tinubu s ambition because of the major role he played in the Not Too Young To Run Act and his influence on the youths The D G thanked Lawal for his contribution to youths development and for being a good ambassador of Nigeria Also Alhaji Taoheed Ozigi Deputy Director General of the council said the youth constitute more than half of the nation s population and the highest group in the INEC voter register I do not think anybody will dispute the fact that Bola Tinubu is an achiever charismatic and has impacted positively on the youths We do not have option but to go for him Tinubu is an advocate for youths and is interested in youths and has paid his dues as seen in his antecedents I see the transition coming in 2023 as a promising time for us the youths he added Ozigi said their aim was to talk to youths who have made impact on communities campuses and the nation to support the APC presidential candidate Responding the CODE Chief Executive and Founder Follow the Money said that his interest was the development of Nigeria not individual candidates Lawal said the nation has been bedevilled with so many challenges ranging from insecurity to unemployment as such it was important for young people to work together in addressing the challenges Yes you are advocating that as young people we should have a consensus candidate I understand your position of interest because you are aligning with your political party My position would not come from any interest I am a civic leader so what comes first for me is Nigeria Your group is one of the first I am meeting with and I am also going to meet with other political parties ultimately it is the Nigerian people that will decide who becomes the next president in 2023 My own commitment is to deploy independent observers that are mostly made of young people to observe the election In 2015 we deployed 5000 in 2019 we deployed 10 000 and in 2023 we are doubling it to 20 000 observers he said Lawal expressed the hope that the youths would constitute 50 per cent of the cabinet of the next president He added that his interest was to have a president who is inclusive in nature and will provide space for women persons with disabilities and youths The CODE executive officer advised the youths to shun sentiments and engage candidates on issues affecting the country and follow up to ensure the fulfilment of campaign promises after elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group canvasses youths’ support for Tinubu
     The All Progressives Congress APC Youth and Students Council has urged youths in the country to vote for Bola Tinubu in the 2023 presidential election The group said Tinubu would ensure inclusiveness provide lasting solution to strikes by university lecturers and engineer reforms that would create jobs and opportunities for young people Mr Ezenwa Onyirimba Director General of the council made the appeal during an advocacy visit to the Chief Executive Officer Connected Development CODE Mr Hamzat Lawal on Tuesday in Abuja According to him Tinubu s antecedents speak for him and his actions have shown that if youths adopt him as president he would carry them along in his cabinet and governance He said that Tinubu had displayed uncommon leadership capacity as governor and would steer the affairs of the country for the good of all We all know in the history of Nigeria that ASUU strike did not start with the APC government it was because of agreements upon agreements previous governments did not meet up with that the current government inherited When Tinubu was governor of Lagos and the state university workers went on strike it did not take up to a month to resolve it and till his tenure ended there was no strike again What we are talking about is that Tinubu has the technical know how the understanding on how to better equip and run the education sector and nation as a whole Tinubu has great plans for youths We compared what he has done in the past and his future plans for youth to the plans of other candidates and we believe that youths will queue behind Asiwaju the D G said He sought for Lawal s support in galvanising the youths to support Tinubu s ambition because of the major role he played in the Not Too Young To Run Act and his influence on the youths The D G thanked Lawal for his contribution to youths development and for being a good ambassador of Nigeria Also Alhaji Taoheed Ozigi Deputy Director General of the council said the youth constitute more than half of the nation s population and the highest group in the INEC voter register I do not think anybody will dispute the fact that Bola Tinubu is an achiever charismatic and has impacted positively on the youths We do not have option but to go for him Tinubu is an advocate for youths and is interested in youths and has paid his dues as seen in his antecedents I see the transition coming in 2023 as a promising time for us the youths he added Ozigi said their aim was to talk to youths who have made impact on communities campuses and the nation to support the APC presidential candidate Responding the CODE Chief Executive and Founder Follow the Money said that his interest was the development of Nigeria not individual candidates Lawal said the nation has been bedevilled with so many challenges ranging from insecurity to unemployment as such it was important for young people to work together in addressing the challenges Yes you are advocating that as young people we should have a consensus candidate I understand your position of interest because you are aligning with your political party My position would not come from any interest I am a civic leader so what comes first for me is Nigeria Your group is one of the first I am meeting with and I am also going to meet with other political parties ultimately it is the Nigerian people that will decide who becomes the next president in 2023 My own commitment is to deploy independent observers that are mostly made of young people to observe the election In 2015 we deployed 5000 in 2019 we deployed 10 000 and in 2023 we are doubling it to 20 000 observers he said Lawal expressed the hope that the youths would constitute 50 per cent of the cabinet of the next president He added that his interest was to have a president who is inclusive in nature and will provide space for women persons with disabilities and youths The CODE executive officer advised the youths to shun sentiments and engage candidates on issues affecting the country and follow up to ensure the fulfilment of campaign promises after elections NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group canvasses youths’ support for Tinubu
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    Group canvasses youths’ support for Tinubu

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth and Students Council, has urged youths in the country to vote for Bola Tinubu in the 2023  presidential election.

    The group said Tinubu would ensure inclusiveness, provide lasting solution to strikes by university lecturers and engineer reforms that would create jobs and opportunities for young people.

    Mr Ezenwa Onyirimba, Director-General of the council made the appeal during an advocacy visit to the Chief Executive Officer, Connected Development (CODE), Mr Hamzat Lawal, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to him, Tinubu’s antecedents speak for him and his actions have shown that if youths adopt him as president, he would carry them along in his cabinet and governance.

    He said that Tinubu had displayed uncommon leadership capacity as governor and would steer the affairs of the country for the good of all.

    “We all know in the history of Nigeria that ASUU strike did not start with the APC government, it was because of agreements upon agreements previous governments did not meet up with, that the current government inherited.

    “When Tinubu was governor of Lagos and the state university workers went on strike, it did not take up to a month to resolve it and till his tenure ended there was no strike again.

    “What we are talking about is that Tinubu has the technical know how, the understanding on how to better equip and run the education sector and nation as a whole.

    “Tinubu has great plans for youths.

    We compared what he has done in the  past and his future plans for youth to the plans of other candidates and we believe that youths will queue behind Asiwaju,” the D-G said.

    He sought for Lawal’s support in galvanising the youths to support Tinubu’s ambition because of  the major role he played in the Not-Too-Young-To-Run Act and his influence on the youths.

    The D-G thanked Lawal for his contribution to youths development and for being a good ambassador of Nigeria.

    Also, Alhaji Taoheed Ozigi, Deputy Director-General of the council, said the youth constitute more than half of the nation’s population and the highest group in the INEC voter register.

    “I do not think anybody will dispute the fact that Bola Tinubu is an achiever, charismatic and has impacted positively on the youths.

    We do not have option but to go for him.

    “Tinubu is an advocate for youths and is interested in youths and has paid his dues as seen in his antecedents.

    “I see the transition coming in 2023 as a promising time for us the youths,” he added.

    Ozigi said their aim was to talk to youths who have made impact on communities, campuses and the nation, to support the APC presidential candidate.

    Responding, the CODE Chief Executive and Founder, Follow the Money, said that his interest was the development of Nigeria, not individual candidates.

    Lawal said the nation has been bedevilled with so many challenges, ranging from insecurity to unemployment, as such it was important for young people to work together in addressing the challenges.

    “Yes, you are advocating that as young people we should have a consensus candidate, I  understand your position of interest because you are aligning with your political party.

    “My position would not come from any interest, I am a civic leader, so what comes first for me is Nigeria.

    “Your group is one of the first I am meeting with and I am also going to meet with other political parties, ultimately, it is the Nigerian people that will decide who becomes the next president in 2023. “My own commitment is to deploy independent observers that are mostly made of young people  to observe the election.

    “In 2015, we deployed 5000, in 2019 we deployed 10,000 and in 2023 we are doubling it to 20,000 observers,” he said.

    Lawal expressed the hope that the youths would constitute 50 per cent of the cabinet of the next president.

    He added that his interest was to have a president who is inclusive in nature and will provide space for women, persons with disabilities and youths.

    The CODE executive officer advised the youths to shun sentiments and engage candidates on issues affecting the country and follow up to ensure the fulfilment of campaign promises after elections.


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  •   2023 Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours CODE From left to right Mr Emmanuel Njoku Director Democracy and Governance CODE Ms Zaliha Lawal Programs Manager CODE Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive CODE Joseph Apel Board Member CODE Mr Ani Nwachukwu Research and Policy CODE 2023 Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours CODE Observers By Angela Atabo Abuja Aug 17 2023 Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation says observations from the just concluded Kenya election have revealed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to adjust its voting hours for 2023 poll Mr Emmanuel Njoku Director Democracy and Governance CODE said this at the official launch of CODE s annual report that detailed its various interventions and effort to institutionalise accountability and transparency in governance across Africa Njoku said that INEC s review of voting hours was recommended because if not done more than 30 million citizens could be disenfranchised in the 2023 General Elections He said that this was because Kenya used the same Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS device and also transmitted its results electronically just like Nigeria and the process was practically the same as the only difference was in the numbers He added that CODE was in Kenya to observe the election and to also see how the device would work so as to prepare for Nigeria s election in 2023 Kenya s voter register is just 22 1 million and the voter turnout was 65 per cent which was about 14 million votes in Nigeria we are expecting around 45 per cent voter turnout which is close to 40 million people Yet Kenyan polls open as early as 6am and close by 5pm that is 11 hours for a voter register of just under 2 1 million what that means is that everybody gets to vote However people in Nigeria with higher voters polls open for just six hours from 8 30 and closes by 2 30pm that is just six hours for a voter register of 95 million people With the BVAS it takes a person two minutes to accredit and voting mathematically if it takes one person two minutes to go through the process to vote it means in an hour it will take just about 30 persons to vote he said Njoku added This is because if we go ahead with what we have which is just six hours for 95 million persons to be able to get to vote we may end up seeing close to 30 million Nigerians being disenfranchised in the 2023 Going forward if Kenya with a voter register of 22 million persons allows 11 hours for citizens to vote INEC needs also to expand its voting time Mr Hamzat Lawal the Chief Executive Officer CODE said that the report launched revealed CODE s activities of holding public officials accountable and demanding that they keep their promises to their constituents by expediting timely interventions Lawal said that in 2021 with support from Ford Foundation CODE supported local leaders in Rivers grassroots in a campaign borne out of the need to combat pervasive corruption poor accountability and the negligence of community development He said that this have been amounting to years of under development exposure to hazardous health risks due to oil substance leakages into water supplies and the sheer impact of these on livelihoods and the quality of life He said that CODE visited 19 project sites in 10 communities in nine LGAs and as a result so many abandoned projects were completed Lawal added that the World Bank has approved a 150million dollar credit for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment AGILE to improve secondary education opportunities in the country He said that the AGILE project which was being carried out in 7 states would be implemented by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Connected Development CODE a Non Governmental Organisation He said that the seven states were Kano Kebbi Kaduna Kastina Borno Plateau and Ekiti State He stated that the AGILE PROJECT was expected to be a platform for girls health education gender based violence awareness and prevention as well as life skills for a period of 5 years We also tracked N1 167 billion worth of constituency projects in 30 communities across 3 senatorial zones of Kaduna State under Deepening Citizens Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DESPAAC We trained 53 students in Anti Corruption Transparency and Accountability under the Power Of Voices Partnership Fair For All Project In Oil Regions CODE also initiated and revived integrity and anti corruption clubs in 30 schools across FCT Cross River Delta and Rivers states he said Lawal said that CODE assessed the readiness of 90 Primary Health Centres PHCs to receive store and effectively administer vaccines with the purpose of equally driving quality standardisation of PHCs across the six geopolitical via follow the money project among others Also speaking Mr Ani Nwachukwu Research and Policy CODE said that there was need to address the security situation in the country especially at the grassroots otherwise it would affect the 2023 General Elections Nwachikwu said that CODE was implementing a national security watch projects that looked at analysing security breakdowns across the federation We are unveiling the first edition for the monthly security dossier he said nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours-CODE
      2023 Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours CODE From left to right Mr Emmanuel Njoku Director Democracy and Governance CODE Ms Zaliha Lawal Programs Manager CODE Mr Hamzat Lawal Chief Executive CODE Joseph Apel Board Member CODE Mr Ani Nwachukwu Research and Policy CODE 2023 Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours CODE Observers By Angela Atabo Abuja Aug 17 2023 Connected Development CODE a Civil Society Organisation says observations from the just concluded Kenya election have revealed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to adjust its voting hours for 2023 poll Mr Emmanuel Njoku Director Democracy and Governance CODE said this at the official launch of CODE s annual report that detailed its various interventions and effort to institutionalise accountability and transparency in governance across Africa Njoku said that INEC s review of voting hours was recommended because if not done more than 30 million citizens could be disenfranchised in the 2023 General Elections He said that this was because Kenya used the same Bimodal Voter Accreditation System BVAS device and also transmitted its results electronically just like Nigeria and the process was practically the same as the only difference was in the numbers He added that CODE was in Kenya to observe the election and to also see how the device would work so as to prepare for Nigeria s election in 2023 Kenya s voter register is just 22 1 million and the voter turnout was 65 per cent which was about 14 million votes in Nigeria we are expecting around 45 per cent voter turnout which is close to 40 million people Yet Kenyan polls open as early as 6am and close by 5pm that is 11 hours for a voter register of just under 2 1 million what that means is that everybody gets to vote However people in Nigeria with higher voters polls open for just six hours from 8 30 and closes by 2 30pm that is just six hours for a voter register of 95 million people With the BVAS it takes a person two minutes to accredit and voting mathematically if it takes one person two minutes to go through the process to vote it means in an hour it will take just about 30 persons to vote he said Njoku added This is because if we go ahead with what we have which is just six hours for 95 million persons to be able to get to vote we may end up seeing close to 30 million Nigerians being disenfranchised in the 2023 Going forward if Kenya with a voter register of 22 million persons allows 11 hours for citizens to vote INEC needs also to expand its voting time Mr Hamzat Lawal the Chief Executive Officer CODE said that the report launched revealed CODE s activities of holding public officials accountable and demanding that they keep their promises to their constituents by expediting timely interventions Lawal said that in 2021 with support from Ford Foundation CODE supported local leaders in Rivers grassroots in a campaign borne out of the need to combat pervasive corruption poor accountability and the negligence of community development He said that this have been amounting to years of under development exposure to hazardous health risks due to oil substance leakages into water supplies and the sheer impact of these on livelihoods and the quality of life He said that CODE visited 19 project sites in 10 communities in nine LGAs and as a result so many abandoned projects were completed Lawal added that the World Bank has approved a 150million dollar credit for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment AGILE to improve secondary education opportunities in the country He said that the AGILE project which was being carried out in 7 states would be implemented by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Connected Development CODE a Non Governmental Organisation He said that the seven states were Kano Kebbi Kaduna Kastina Borno Plateau and Ekiti State He stated that the AGILE PROJECT was expected to be a platform for girls health education gender based violence awareness and prevention as well as life skills for a period of 5 years We also tracked N1 167 billion worth of constituency projects in 30 communities across 3 senatorial zones of Kaduna State under Deepening Citizens Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices DESPAAC We trained 53 students in Anti Corruption Transparency and Accountability under the Power Of Voices Partnership Fair For All Project In Oil Regions CODE also initiated and revived integrity and anti corruption clubs in 30 schools across FCT Cross River Delta and Rivers states he said Lawal said that CODE assessed the readiness of 90 Primary Health Centres PHCs to receive store and effectively administer vaccines with the purpose of equally driving quality standardisation of PHCs across the six geopolitical via follow the money project among others Also speaking Mr Ani Nwachukwu Research and Policy CODE said that there was need to address the security situation in the country especially at the grassroots otherwise it would affect the 2023 General Elections Nwachikwu said that CODE was implementing a national security watch projects that looked at analysing security breakdowns across the federation We are unveiling the first edition for the monthly security dossier he said nannews ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours-CODE
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    2023: Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours-CODE

    2023: Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours-CODE       From left to right , Mr Emmanuel Njoku – Director Democracy and Governance, CODE,Ms Zaliha Lawal, Programs Manager, CODE, Mr Hamzat Lawal – Chief Executive, CODE, Joseph Apel- Board Member, CODE ,Mr Ani Nwachukwu – Research and Policy, CODE    2023: Observations from Kenyan election show INEC needs to review voting hours-CODE Observers By Angela Atabo Abuja, Aug. 17, 2023 Connected Development (CODE),a Civil Society Organisation says observations from the just concluded Kenya election have revealed the need for the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) to adjust its voting hours for 2023 poll.

    Mr Emmanuel Njoku, Director, Democracy and Governance, CODE said this at the official launch of CODE’s annual report that detailed its various interventions and effort to institutionalise accountability and transparency in governance across Africa.

    Njoku said that INEC’s review of voting hours was recommended because if not done, more than 30 million citizens could be disenfranchised in the 2023 General Elections .

    He said that this was because Kenya used the same Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) device and also transmitted its results electronically just like Nigeria and the process was practically the same as the only difference was in the numbers.

    He added that CODE was in Kenya to observe the election and to also see how the device would work so as to prepare for Nigeria’s election in 2023. “Kenya’s voter register is just 22.1 million and the voter turnout was 65 per cent, which was about 14 million votes, in Nigeria we are expecting around 45 per cent voter turnout which is close to 40 million people.

    “Yet Kenyan polls open as early as 6am and close by 5pm that is 11 hours for a voter register of just under 2.1 million what that means is that everybody gets to vote.

    “ However, people in Nigeria with higher voters’ polls open for just six hours from 8:30 and closes by 2:30pm that is just six hours for a voter register of 95 million people.

    “With the BVAS, it takes a person two minutes to accredit and voting , mathematically, if it takes one person two minutes to go through the process to vote, it means in an hour, it will take just about 30 persons to vote,” he said.

    Njoku added: “This is because if we go ahead with what we have, which is just six hours for 95 million persons to be able to get to vote, we may end up seeing close to 30 million Nigerians being disenfranchised in the 2023. “Going forward, if Kenya with a voter register of 22 million persons allows 11 hours for citizens to vote, INEC needs also to expand its voting time.

    ” Mr Hamzat Lawal, the Chief Executive Officer, CODE, said that the report launched revealed CODE’s activities of holding public officials accountable and demanding that they keep their promises to their constituents by expediting timely interventions.

    Lawal said that in 2021, with support from Ford Foundation, CODE supported local leaders in Rivers grassroots in a campaign borne out of the need to combat pervasive corruption, poor accountability, and the negligence of community development.

    He said that this have been amounting to years of under-development, exposure to hazardous health risks due to oil substance leakages into water supplies and the sheer impact of these on livelihoods and the quality of life.

    He said that CODE visited 19 project sites in 10 communities in nine LGAs and as a result ,so many abandoned projects were completed.

    Lawal added that the World Bank has approved a 150million dollar credit for the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), to improve secondary education opportunities in the country.

    He said that the AGILE project which was being carried out in 7 states would be implemented by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with Connected Development CODE, a Non-Governmental Organisation.

    He said that the seven states were Kano, Kebbi, Kaduna, Kastina, Borno, Plateau and Ekiti State.

    He stated that the AGILE PROJECT was expected to be a platform for girls health education, gender based violence awareness, and prevention as well as life skills, for a period of 5 years “We also tracked N1.167 billion worth of constituency projects in 30 communities across 3 senatorial zones of Kaduna State under Deepening Citizens’ Interest in Government Spending and Addressing Accompanying Corrupt Practices ( DESPAAC).

    “We trained 53 students in Anti-Corruption, Transparency, and Accountability under the Power Of Voices Partnership Fair For All Project In Oil Regions.

    “CODE also initiated and revived integrity and anti-corruption clubs in 30 schools across FCT, Cross River, Delta, and Rivers states,” he said.

    Lawal said that CODE assessed the readiness of 90 Primary Health Centres(PHCs) to receive, store and effectively administer vaccines with the purpose of equally driving quality standardisation of PHCs across the six geopolitical via follow the money project among others .

    Also speaking ,Mr Ani Nwachukwu ,Research and Policy, CODE, said that there was need to address the security situation in the country especially at the grassroots otherwise it would affect the 2023 General Elections.

    Nwachikwu said that CODE was implementing a national security watch projects that looked at analysing security breakdowns across the federation.

    “We are unveiling the first edition for the monthly security dossier,” he said.

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    ng) 
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  •  The White Elephant Social Development in partnership with Connected Development CODE has called on the youth to unite towards building the country and work in synergy ahead of the 2023 General Elections The call was made in Abuja on Saturday at a public dialogue and launch of an education intervention programme to aid students as part of activities to commemorate the International Youth Day The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this celebration is Inter generational Solidarity Creating a World for All Ages Mr Hamzat Lawal Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the group advised youths to have dreams be humble strive for a good name and serve humanity My message to young people is to continue to work to provide value and service to humanity but before they can do this they must get the right skill and the right mindset I believe that young people of today are part of the solution the old people of today are also part of the solution because the theme of this year s Youth Day talks about intergenerational solidarity So let s stop the blame game and work together to take Nigeria to where we all want to it to be he said Mr Ismaila Babatunde National Coordinator White Elephant Social Movement said that the theme for this year s Youth Day is apt saying to achieve development in Nigeria there is need to leverage the full potential of all generations Babatunde said that it was time to work to address the gap existing among youths government and older generations Youths face a lot of challenges like ageism unemployment education politics difficulty in business areas among others We need governments religious and traditional rulers and the older generation to carry youths along and include them in policy making processes We need an enabling environment to horn our skills and be able to compete at the global level just like our peers We as youths also need to wake up and realise that change begins with us Don t be an instrument of social vices don t be induced by any politicians to cause mayhem because you are also qualified to contest for the same position that the candidates vying for he said Mr Mubarak Ahmed Senatorial Candidate for FCT on the platform of New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP called on the youths to stand up firm and take responsibility to shape their future The reason is because we have not taken responsibility enough to be given that chance to participate This is a chance given to me as a youth and I will not let youths down so that tomorrow they talk about is today and we need to start and stand firm Rev Akila Baba from First Ecwa Church Karu advised the youths to embrace religious tolerance for a peaceful society According to Baba the education system should adopt a style of teaching that impacts on youths the attitude of dialogue non violence value orientation peace human rights among others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlights of the event was the launch of books for education intervention by the White Elephant The books are expected to reach out to over one million children in the pilot phase and then extended to about 10 million children subsequently NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group tasks youth on nation building ahead of 2023 elections
     The White Elephant Social Development in partnership with Connected Development CODE has called on the youth to unite towards building the country and work in synergy ahead of the 2023 General Elections The call was made in Abuja on Saturday at a public dialogue and launch of an education intervention programme to aid students as part of activities to commemorate the International Youth Day The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this celebration is Inter generational Solidarity Creating a World for All Ages Mr Hamzat Lawal Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the group advised youths to have dreams be humble strive for a good name and serve humanity My message to young people is to continue to work to provide value and service to humanity but before they can do this they must get the right skill and the right mindset I believe that young people of today are part of the solution the old people of today are also part of the solution because the theme of this year s Youth Day talks about intergenerational solidarity So let s stop the blame game and work together to take Nigeria to where we all want to it to be he said Mr Ismaila Babatunde National Coordinator White Elephant Social Movement said that the theme for this year s Youth Day is apt saying to achieve development in Nigeria there is need to leverage the full potential of all generations Babatunde said that it was time to work to address the gap existing among youths government and older generations Youths face a lot of challenges like ageism unemployment education politics difficulty in business areas among others We need governments religious and traditional rulers and the older generation to carry youths along and include them in policy making processes We need an enabling environment to horn our skills and be able to compete at the global level just like our peers We as youths also need to wake up and realise that change begins with us Don t be an instrument of social vices don t be induced by any politicians to cause mayhem because you are also qualified to contest for the same position that the candidates vying for he said Mr Mubarak Ahmed Senatorial Candidate for FCT on the platform of New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP called on the youths to stand up firm and take responsibility to shape their future The reason is because we have not taken responsibility enough to be given that chance to participate This is a chance given to me as a youth and I will not let youths down so that tomorrow they talk about is today and we need to start and stand firm Rev Akila Baba from First Ecwa Church Karu advised the youths to embrace religious tolerance for a peaceful society According to Baba the education system should adopt a style of teaching that impacts on youths the attitude of dialogue non violence value orientation peace human rights among others The News Agency of Nigeria reports that highlights of the event was the launch of books for education intervention by the White Elephant The books are expected to reach out to over one million children in the pilot phase and then extended to about 10 million children subsequently NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Group tasks youth on nation building ahead of 2023 elections
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    Group tasks youth on nation building ahead of 2023 elections

    The White Elephant Social Development, in partnership with Connected Development (CODE) has called on the  youth to unite towards building the country  and work in synergy ahead of the  2023 General Elections.

    The call was made in Abuja on Saturday at a public dialogue and launch  of an education intervention programme to aid students  as part of activities to commemorate  the  International Youth Day.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme for this celebration is: “Inter-generational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.”Mr Hamzat Lawal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the group advised youths to have dreams ,be humble ,strive for a good name  and serve humanity.

    “My message to young people is to continue to work to provide value and service to humanity but before they can do this, they must get the right skill and the right mindset.

    ” I believe that young people of today are part of the solution ,the old people of today are also part of the solution, because the theme of this year’s  Youth Day talks about intergenerational solidarity.

    “So let’s stop the blame game and  work together to take Nigeria to where we all want to it to  be,” he said.

    Mr Ismaila Babatunde,  National Coordinator ,White Elephant Social Movement ,said that the theme for this year’s Youth Day is apt, saying to achieve development in Nigeria,  there is need  to leverage the full potential of all generations.

    Babatunde said that it was time  to work to address the gap existing among  youths , government and older generations.

    “Youths face a lot of challenges like ageism, unemployment ,education, politics ,difficulty in business areas among others .

    “We need  governments ,religious and traditional rulers  and the older generation to carry youths along and include them in policy making processes. 

    “We need an enabling environment to horn our skills and be able to compete at the global level just like our peers .

    “We as youths also  need to wake up and realise that change begins with us.

    “Don’t be an instrument of social vices , don’t be induced by any politicians to cause mayhem because  you are also qualified to  contest for the same  position that  the candidates  vying for,” he said.

    Mr Mubarak Ahmed ,Senatorial Candidate for FCT on the platform of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)  called on the youths to  stand up firm  and  take responsibility to shape  their future.

    “The  reason is because we have not taken responsibility enough   to be given that chance to participate.

    “This is a chance given to me as a youth and I will not let  youths down , so that tomorrow  they talk about is today  and we  need to start and stand firm .

    ”Rev. Akila Baba from First Ecwa Church Karu, advised the youths to embrace religious tolerance for a peaceful society.

    According to Baba , the education system should adopt a style of teaching that impacts on youths; the attitude of dialogue ,non-violence ,value orientation, peace, human rights among others.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that  highlights of the event was the launch of books for education intervention by the White Elephant.

    The books are expected to reach out to over one million children in the pilot phase, and  then extended to about 10 million children subsequently.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN