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  •  Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations CSOs have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General of the National Council on Climate Change The CSOs in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law s implementation the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies The campaigners who urged government to immediately implement the climate law also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act However government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change Consequently Prof Chukwumerije Okereke the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity SPP said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development CCCD at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Abakaliki Ebonyi Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila to review the bill Also Nnaemeka Oruh National Coordinator Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment GLOBE Nigeria lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society the media youth advocates the international community especially the British High Commission and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep Sam Onuigbo played a critical role in this This is a win for Nigeria and an important step he said Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives CEDSI Nigeria described the development as a strong step in the right direction Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation She said that the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step As an organisation we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step she said Abdulhamid Hamid the Chief Executive Officer Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative GECCI said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act was very effective He said We now know that the government is taking it seriously Therefore with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council we are still expecting for its urgent implementation The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors as well as civil society women youth and people with disabilities It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions administer the newly established Climate Change Fund mobilise resources to support climate actions and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria s NDC The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions The promotion and adoption of nature based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged The terms of the agency s being given funds to start implementing work and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides Similarly David Terungwa Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation GIFSEP said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for He said While we commend the appointment of the Director General it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1 5 degrees Celsius 1 5 C as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021 The Act reaffirms the federal government s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century net zero target for 2050 to 2070 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO leaders laud FG on Dahiru’s appointment as pioneer Climate Council’s D-G
     Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations CSOs have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General of the National Council on Climate Change The CSOs in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law s implementation the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies The campaigners who urged government to immediately implement the climate law also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act However government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change Consequently Prof Chukwumerije Okereke the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity SPP said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development CCCD at Alex Ekwueme Federal University Abakaliki Ebonyi Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila to review the bill Also Nnaemeka Oruh National Coordinator Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment GLOBE Nigeria lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society the media youth advocates the international community especially the British High Commission and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep Sam Onuigbo played a critical role in this This is a win for Nigeria and an important step he said Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives CEDSI Nigeria described the development as a strong step in the right direction Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation She said that the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step As an organisation we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step she said Abdulhamid Hamid the Chief Executive Officer Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative GECCI said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act was very effective He said We now know that the government is taking it seriously Therefore with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council we are still expecting for its urgent implementation The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors as well as civil society women youth and people with disabilities It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions administer the newly established Climate Change Fund mobilise resources to support climate actions and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria s NDC The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions The promotion and adoption of nature based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged The terms of the agency s being given funds to start implementing work and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides Similarly David Terungwa Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation GIFSEP said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for He said While we commend the appointment of the Director General it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1 5 degrees Celsius 1 5 C as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021 The Act reaffirms the federal government s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century net zero target for 2050 to 2070 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO leaders laud FG on Dahiru’s appointment as pioneer Climate Council’s D-G
    Environment2 months ago

    CSO leaders laud FG on Dahiru’s appointment as pioneer Climate Council’s D-G

    Leaders of some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have lauded the Federal Government for appointing Dr Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change.

    The CSOs, in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday, also expressed their delight that the Federal Government considered their calls for the implementation of the Climate Change Act. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in recent weeks the campaigners were persistent in their demands.

    The CSOs leaders and participants at a virtual workshop in July, had expressed the need for the federal government to establish the National Council on Climate Change.

    Their call was made in order to boost implementation of the Nigeria Climate Change Act, which was signed into law in November 2021 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Amid calls by youth groups for the commencement of the law’s implementation, the workshop was followed by the submission of a petition signed by 64 groups to relevant government agencies.

    The campaigners, who urged government to immediately implement the climate law, also expressed their dismay over the delay by the government in implementing the core provisions of the Act. However, government took a major decision to signpost the beginning of the implementation of the Climate Change Act with the appointment of Dr. Salisu Dahiru as pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change.

    Consequently, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, the President of the Society for Planet and Prosperity (SPP), said he was delighted that the government has listened to the message sent by leaders of Nigerian CSOs and NGOs to urgently implement the Climate Change Act. Okereke is also the Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi.

    Okereke led the Technical Committee set up by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, to review the bill.

    Also Nnaemeka Oruh, National Coordinator, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), Nigeria, lauded what he called coordinated campaign by stakeholders on the matter.

    “I would say that the coordinated campaigns by civil society, the media, youth advocates, the international community especially the British High Commission, and of course by the National Assembly especially Rep. Sam Onuigbo, played a critical role in this.

    “This is a win for Nigeria and an important step” he said.

    Dr Mina Ogbanga of the Centre for Development Support Initiatives (CEDSI Nigeria), described the development as `a strong step in the right direction’.

    Ogbanga acknowledged the step as one that would cascade our climate change ambitions unto actualisation.

    She said that “the strategic advocacy of civil societies contributed in no small way to the government taking this step.

    “As an organisation, we have continuously called for the implementation of the Climate Change Act as part of Nigeria’s contribution to safeguarding its citizens against the harsh realities of climate change impact.

    “It is our hope that the composition of the National Council will meet all best practice standards to accomplish this very strategic step,” she said.

    Abdulhamid Hamid, the Chief Executive Officer, Global Environmental and Climate Conservation Initiative (GECCI), said that the call for the government to implement the Climate Change Act “was very effective”.

    He said: “We now know that the government is taking it seriously.

    Therefore, with this good development on the appointed DG of the Council, we are still expecting for its urgent implementation.

    “The Climate Change Act also includes provisions for members of the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, women, youth, and people with disabilities.

    “It empowers the Council with significant powers to coordinate national climate actions, administer the newly established Climate Change Fund, mobilise resources to support climate actions, and collaborate with the Nigerian Sovereign Green Bond in meeting Nigeria’s NDC.

    “The Climate Change Fund is envisioned as a financing mechanism for prioritised climate actions and interventions.

    “The promotion and adoption of nature-based solutions to reduce GHG emissions and mitigate climate change is encouraged.

    “The terms of the agency’s being given funds to start implementing work, and all those involved in the act should be called to be included in the implementation work that will begin as the law provides.

    ” Similarly, David Terungwa, Founder and Executive Director of the Global Initiative for Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP), said that the delay in the implementation of the Act was uncalled for.

    He said: “While we commend the appointment of the Director General, it is important to state that the long delay in the implementation of the Climate Change Act was not necessary.

    “Considering its importance it took a push and campaigns by civil society organisations and other stakeholders before the appointment of the Director General.

    “Now that we officially have less than seven years to act to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius (1.5°C), as agreed in the 2015 Paris Agreement, urgent action is required more than ever before to deal with the increasing risks of climate change across the globe.

    President Muhammadu Buhari signed the Climate Change Bill into law in November 2021. The Act reaffirms the federal government’s aim to cut current emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 and achieve net zero emissions as early as possible in the second half of the century (net zero target for 2050 to 2070).


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved 2 59 billion dollars for the development of Badagry Deep Seaport in Lagos State The council also approved N2 6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies operating in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja The Ministers of Transport Muazu Sambo and that of Federal Capital Territory FCT Malam Muhammed Bello made these known when they addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting on Wednesday The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja According to Sambo the Badagry project will be executed out under a Public Private Partnership PPP scheme saying the private sector will inject money into the port and manage it for 45 years He said I presented a memo at council with respect to the development of the Badagry Deep Seaport under the public private partnership arrangement where the private sector will inject money for the development of the port and at the end of the concessionary period the port reverts to the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Ports Authority The project as approved by the council based on the final business case as approved earlier by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in line with extant laws stands at 2 59 billion It is to be developed in four phases and the concessionary period is 45 years he stated Sambo said the decision taken by the government would further its goal of making Nigeria the maritime hub of the West and Central African regions According to him the project will help Nigeria generate total revenue of 53 6 billion dollars over the concession period as well as create jobs and attract foreign direct investments culminating with an enhancement of the wellbeing of Nigerians On his part the FCT minister revealed that the council approved N2 6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies to combat criminal activities across all the six area councils of the FCT He said Today I presented a memo for the procurement of utility vehicles security gadgets and accessories to support the security agencies operating within the Federal Capital Territory These items are 60 utility vehicles including communication equipment to be installed in the vehicles to be supplied at the cost of N1 835 108 613 95 with a delivery period of two months He also revealed that the FCT administration also got approval for the procurement of more working tools for security agencies responsible for securing the territory In addition to that the council also approved the supply of various security gadgets and accessories to support security agencies in the FCT at a total sum of N847 139 764 57 he added Bello said the support given to the security agencies was in line with the FCT administration s policy of aiding their work so as to enhance security within the territory On recent attacks in some parts of the FCT the minister assured residents that there are tremendous efforts by all relevant authorities to ensure that the FCT continues to enjoy lasting peace Also addressing the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Dr Zainab Ahmed revealed that council approved a new policy for the institutionalisation of the practice of monitoring and evaluation in Nigeria According to her the programme is to be known as the National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy He added that the progromme would go a long way to help improve the wellbeing of citizens and socio economic development of the country She said Today the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning presented a policy memo to Council and the memo is on the National Monitoring and Evaluation policy for the country The policy defines a framework for the institutionalisation of the practice of Monitoring and Evaluation M amp E to promote good governance learning and accountability for results that will contribute to improve socio economic development of the country and enhance the well being of citizens The policy clarifies how M amp E should be conducted in the country specify the position institutional and financial arrangements and the modalities for feedback especially from citizens so that decision makers can make effective use of evidence by government and stakeholders to inform policy strategies and investment The minister added that the approved policy was developed in close collaboration with States of the Federation development partners academia and several experts as well as associations of monitoring and evaluation in Nigeria On the reported donation of security vehicles to Niger Republic by the Federal Government the minister said the donation was made in the spirit of African brotherliness and being your brother s keeper She said Over time Nigeria has had to support its immediate neighbours to enhance their capacity to secure their countries as it relates to us This is not the first time that Nigeria is supporting Niger Cameroun or Chad The president makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their president as such the requests are approved and the interventions are provided to enhance their capacity to protect their own territory as it relates to security also in Nigeria she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEC approves .59bn for Badagry Seaport, N2.6bn for FCT Security vehicles, gadgets
     The Federal Executive Council FEC has approved 2 59 billion dollars for the development of Badagry Deep Seaport in Lagos State The council also approved N2 6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies operating in the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja The Ministers of Transport Muazu Sambo and that of Federal Capital Territory FCT Malam Muhammed Bello made these known when they addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting on Wednesday The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja According to Sambo the Badagry project will be executed out under a Public Private Partnership PPP scheme saying the private sector will inject money into the port and manage it for 45 years He said I presented a memo at council with respect to the development of the Badagry Deep Seaport under the public private partnership arrangement where the private sector will inject money for the development of the port and at the end of the concessionary period the port reverts to the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Ports Authority The project as approved by the council based on the final business case as approved earlier by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in line with extant laws stands at 2 59 billion It is to be developed in four phases and the concessionary period is 45 years he stated Sambo said the decision taken by the government would further its goal of making Nigeria the maritime hub of the West and Central African regions According to him the project will help Nigeria generate total revenue of 53 6 billion dollars over the concession period as well as create jobs and attract foreign direct investments culminating with an enhancement of the wellbeing of Nigerians On his part the FCT minister revealed that the council approved N2 6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies to combat criminal activities across all the six area councils of the FCT He said Today I presented a memo for the procurement of utility vehicles security gadgets and accessories to support the security agencies operating within the Federal Capital Territory These items are 60 utility vehicles including communication equipment to be installed in the vehicles to be supplied at the cost of N1 835 108 613 95 with a delivery period of two months He also revealed that the FCT administration also got approval for the procurement of more working tools for security agencies responsible for securing the territory In addition to that the council also approved the supply of various security gadgets and accessories to support security agencies in the FCT at a total sum of N847 139 764 57 he added Bello said the support given to the security agencies was in line with the FCT administration s policy of aiding their work so as to enhance security within the territory On recent attacks in some parts of the FCT the minister assured residents that there are tremendous efforts by all relevant authorities to ensure that the FCT continues to enjoy lasting peace Also addressing the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting the Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Dr Zainab Ahmed revealed that council approved a new policy for the institutionalisation of the practice of monitoring and evaluation in Nigeria According to her the programme is to be known as the National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy He added that the progromme would go a long way to help improve the wellbeing of citizens and socio economic development of the country She said Today the Federal Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning presented a policy memo to Council and the memo is on the National Monitoring and Evaluation policy for the country The policy defines a framework for the institutionalisation of the practice of Monitoring and Evaluation M amp E to promote good governance learning and accountability for results that will contribute to improve socio economic development of the country and enhance the well being of citizens The policy clarifies how M amp E should be conducted in the country specify the position institutional and financial arrangements and the modalities for feedback especially from citizens so that decision makers can make effective use of evidence by government and stakeholders to inform policy strategies and investment The minister added that the approved policy was developed in close collaboration with States of the Federation development partners academia and several experts as well as associations of monitoring and evaluation in Nigeria On the reported donation of security vehicles to Niger Republic by the Federal Government the minister said the donation was made in the spirit of African brotherliness and being your brother s keeper She said Over time Nigeria has had to support its immediate neighbours to enhance their capacity to secure their countries as it relates to us This is not the first time that Nigeria is supporting Niger Cameroun or Chad The president makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their president as such the requests are approved and the interventions are provided to enhance their capacity to protect their own territory as it relates to security also in Nigeria she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FEC approves .59bn for Badagry Seaport, N2.6bn for FCT Security vehicles, gadgets
    General news2 months ago

    FEC approves $2.59bn for Badagry Seaport, N2.6bn for FCT Security vehicles, gadgets

    The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved 2.59 billion dollars for the development of Badagry Deep Seaport in Lagos State.

    The council also approved N2.6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies operating in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

    The Ministers of Transport, Muazu Sambo, and that of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammed Bello, made these known when they addressed State House correspondents on the outcome of the council meeting on Wednesday.

    The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.

    According to Sambo, the Badagry project will be executed out under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme, saying the private sector will inject money into the port and manage it for 45 years.

    He said: “I presented a memo at council, with respect to the development of the Badagry Deep Seaport, under the public private partnership arrangement, where the private sector will inject money for the development of the port and at the end of the concessionary period, the port reverts to the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Ports Authority.

    “The project as approved by the council based on the final business case as approved earlier by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission in line with extant laws, stands at $2.59 billion.

    “It is to be developed in four phases and the concessionary period is 45 years,” he stated.

    Sambo said the decision taken by the government would further its goal of making Nigeria the maritime hub of the West and Central African regions.

    According to him, the project will help Nigeria generate total revenue of 53.6 billion dollars over the concession period as well as create jobs and attract foreign direct investments, culminating with an enhancement of the wellbeing of Nigerians.

    On his part, the FCT minister revealed that the council approved N2.6 billion for the procurement of utility vehicles and gadgets for security agencies to combat criminal activities across all the six area councils of the FCT.

    He said: “Today, I presented a memo for the procurement of utility vehicles, security gadgets and accessories to support the security agencies operating within the Federal Capital Territory.

    “These items are 60 utility vehicles, including communication equipment to be installed in the vehicles, to be supplied at the cost of N1,835,108,613,.

    95 with a delivery period of two months.

    ” He also revealed that the FCT administration also got approval for the procurement of more working tools for security agencies responsible for securing the territory.

    “In addition to that, the council also approved the supply of various security gadgets and accessories to support security agencies in the FCT at a total sum of N847,139,764.57,” he added.

    Bello said the support given to the security agencies was in line with the FCT administration’s policy of aiding their work, so as to enhance security within the territory.

    On recent attacks in some parts of the FCT, the minister assured residents that “there are tremendous efforts by all relevant authorities, to ensure that the FCT continues to enjoy lasting peace’’.

    Also addressing the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr Zainab Ahmed, revealed that council approved a new policy for the institutionalisation of the practice of monitoring and evaluation in Nigeria.

    According to her, the programme is to be known as the National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy.

    He added that the progromme would go a long way to help improve the wellbeing of citizens and socio-economic development of the country She said: “Today, the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning presented a policy memo to Council and the memo is on the National Monitoring and Evaluation policy for the country.

    “The policy defines a framework for the institutionalisation of the practice of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) to promote good governance, learning and accountability for results that will contribute to improve socio-economic development of the country and enhance the well-being of citizens.

    “The policy clarifies how M&E should be conducted in the country; specify the position, institutional and financial arrangements and the modalities for feedback, especially from citizens so that decision makers can make effective use of evidence by government and stakeholders to inform policy strategies and investment.

    ’’ The minister added that the approved policy was developed in close collaboration with States of the Federation, development partners, academia and several experts as well as associations of monitoring and evaluation in Nigeria.

    On the reported donation of security vehicles to Niger Republic by the Federal Government, the minister said the donation was made in the spirit of African brotherliness and being your brother’s keeper.

    She said: “Over time, Nigeria has had to support its immediate neighbours to enhance their capacity to secure their countries as it relates to us.

    This is not the first time that Nigeria is supporting Niger, Cameroun or Chad. “The president makes an assessment as to what is required based on the request of their president, as such, the requests are approved and the interventions are provided, to enhance their capacity to protect their own territory as it relates to security also in Nigeria,” she said.

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Seplat Energy Plc on Wednesday said there were huge business opportunities for investors in Nigeria s transition to cleaner sources of energy Mr Roger Brown the Chief Executive Officer Seplat Energy Plc made this known while delivering a keynote address at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition NAICE in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the topic of the panel session was Operationalising a Clean Energy Transition for Sustainable Development in Africa Represented by Mr Effiong Okon New Energies Director Seplat Energy Plc Brown said lack of access to energy by Nigeria and other African countries remain a huge opportunity for investors He said Nigeria in particular had a strong potential for growth and that energy transition was an opportunity to create a sustainable future for the country According to him Nigeria s population is projected to hit 329 million by 2040 with an electricity demand of 240TWh Brown said there was the need for investment in gas and renewables such as hydro solar and wind which would play key roles in Nigeria s industrialisation in the near future He said The greatest business opportunity ahead of us is to supply the right mix of energy to support Nigeria s growth In doing so we must make a positive social impact and contribute to Nigeria s achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Brown said Seplat was in support of the Federal Government s decision to make gas Nigeria s energy transition fuel and would continue to make investments toward the development and utilisation of the country s abundant gas resources While listing the company s achievement he said Seplat had since 2011 invested a capex of 1 7 billion in the sector and had paid 445 million dividends since its Initial Public Offerring IPO He said the 700 million ANOH Gas Processing Company being constructed by Seplat and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd at Asaa in Imo was nearing completion Brown said the project when completed would provide gas to boost the much needed supply of power to millions of homes and businesses across Nigeria to facilitate better standard of living and drive economic growth Earlier Prof Olalekan Olafuyi Chairman SPE Nigeria Council urged African countries to priotise reduction of energy poverty in the continent while also working on decarbonising the energy system Olafuyi said that the continent s contribution to global carbon emission was relatively low He added that there was the need to utilise its huge hydrocarbon resources for industrialisation and human capital development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Huge investment opportunities in Nigeria’s energy transition abound – Seplat
     Seplat Energy Plc on Wednesday said there were huge business opportunities for investors in Nigeria s transition to cleaner sources of energy Mr Roger Brown the Chief Executive Officer Seplat Energy Plc made this known while delivering a keynote address at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition NAICE in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the topic of the panel session was Operationalising a Clean Energy Transition for Sustainable Development in Africa Represented by Mr Effiong Okon New Energies Director Seplat Energy Plc Brown said lack of access to energy by Nigeria and other African countries remain a huge opportunity for investors He said Nigeria in particular had a strong potential for growth and that energy transition was an opportunity to create a sustainable future for the country According to him Nigeria s population is projected to hit 329 million by 2040 with an electricity demand of 240TWh Brown said there was the need for investment in gas and renewables such as hydro solar and wind which would play key roles in Nigeria s industrialisation in the near future He said The greatest business opportunity ahead of us is to supply the right mix of energy to support Nigeria s growth In doing so we must make a positive social impact and contribute to Nigeria s achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Brown said Seplat was in support of the Federal Government s decision to make gas Nigeria s energy transition fuel and would continue to make investments toward the development and utilisation of the country s abundant gas resources While listing the company s achievement he said Seplat had since 2011 invested a capex of 1 7 billion in the sector and had paid 445 million dividends since its Initial Public Offerring IPO He said the 700 million ANOH Gas Processing Company being constructed by Seplat and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd at Asaa in Imo was nearing completion Brown said the project when completed would provide gas to boost the much needed supply of power to millions of homes and businesses across Nigeria to facilitate better standard of living and drive economic growth Earlier Prof Olalekan Olafuyi Chairman SPE Nigeria Council urged African countries to priotise reduction of energy poverty in the continent while also working on decarbonising the energy system Olafuyi said that the continent s contribution to global carbon emission was relatively low He added that there was the need to utilise its huge hydrocarbon resources for industrialisation and human capital development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Huge investment opportunities in Nigeria’s energy transition abound – Seplat
    General news2 months ago

    Huge investment opportunities in Nigeria’s energy transition abound – Seplat

    Seplat Energy Plc on Wednesday said there were huge business opportunities for investors in Nigeria’s transition to cleaner sources of energy.

    Mr Roger Brown, the Chief Executive Officer Seplat Energy Plc, made this known while delivering a keynote address at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the topic of the panel session was: “Operationalising a Clean Energy Transition for Sustainable Development in Africa.

    ” Represented by Mr Effiong Okon, New Energies Director, Seplat Energy Plc, Brown said lack of access to energy by Nigeria and other African countries remain a huge opportunity for investors.

    He said Nigeria in particular had a strong potential for growth and that energy transition was an opportunity to create a sustainable future for the country.

    According to him, Nigeria’s population is projected to hit 329 million by 2040 with an electricity demand of 240TWh. Brown said there was the need for investment in gas and renewables such as hydro, solar and wind which would play key roles in Nigeria’s industrialisation in the near future.

    He said: “The greatest business opportunity ahead of us is to supply the right mix of energy to support Nigeria’s growth.

    “In doing so, we must make a positive social impact and contribute to Nigeria’s achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    ” Brown said Seplat was in support of the Federal Government’s decision to make gas Nigeria’s energy transition fuel and would continue to make investments toward the development and utilisation of the country’s abundant gas resources.

    While listing the company’s achievement, he said Seplat had since 2011 invested a capex of $1.7 billion in the sector and had paid $445 million dividends since its Initial Public Offerring (IPO).

    He said the $700 million ANOH Gas Processing Company being constructed by Seplat and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Ltd. at Asaa, in Imo was nearing completion.

    Brown said the project, when completed would provide gas to boost the much-needed supply of power to millions of homes and businesses across Nigeria to facilitate better standard of living and drive economic growth.

    Earlier, Prof. Olalekan Olafuyi, Chairman, SPE Nigeria Council, urged African countries to priotise reduction of energy poverty in the continent while also working on decarbonising the energy system.

    Olafuyi said that the continent’s contribution to global carbon emission was relatively low.

    He added that there was the need to utilise its huge hydrocarbon resources for industrialisation and human capital development.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office on three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Permanent Secretaries include Lydia Jafiya from Adamawa Udom Okokon Ekenam from Akwa Ibom and Farouk Yabo from Sokoto State The president performed the ceremony shortly before the commencement of the weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa Abuja NAN reports that those in attendance of the FEC meeting include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who is recuperating from a recent surgical kneel operation The Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha Head of the Federal Civil Service Dr Folasade Yemi Esan and the National Security Council NSA retired Gen Babagana Monguno are also in attendance of the meeting The Ministers of Finance Budget and National Planning Information and Culture Federal Capital Territory FCT Dr Zainab Ahmed Lai Mohammed and Muhammed Bello respectively as well as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami are also attending the meeting Others are the Ministers of Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo Communication and Digital Economy Prof Ali Pantami Power Abubakar Aliyu Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige and that of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Other members of Council are participating in the meeting virtually from their various offices in Abuja NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari swears in 3 Permanent Secretaries as recuperating Osinbajo joins FEC
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office on three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Permanent Secretaries include Lydia Jafiya from Adamawa Udom Okokon Ekenam from Akwa Ibom and Farouk Yabo from Sokoto State The president performed the ceremony shortly before the commencement of the weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa Abuja NAN reports that those in attendance of the FEC meeting include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who is recuperating from a recent surgical kneel operation The Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Boss Mustapha Head of the Federal Civil Service Dr Folasade Yemi Esan and the National Security Council NSA retired Gen Babagana Monguno are also in attendance of the meeting The Ministers of Finance Budget and National Planning Information and Culture Federal Capital Territory FCT Dr Zainab Ahmed Lai Mohammed and Muhammed Bello respectively as well as the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami are also attending the meeting Others are the Ministers of Industry Trade and Investment Otunba Niyi Adebayo Communication and Digital Economy Prof Ali Pantami Power Abubakar Aliyu Labour and Employment Dr Chris Ngige and that of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq Other members of Council are participating in the meeting virtually from their various offices in Abuja NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari swears in 3 Permanent Secretaries as recuperating Osinbajo joins FEC
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    Buhari swears in 3 Permanent Secretaries as recuperating Osinbajo joins FEC

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of Office on three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Permanent Secretaries include Lydia Jafiya from Adamawa; Udom Okokon Ekenam from Akwa Ibom and Farouk  Yabo from Sokoto State.

    The president performed the ceremony shortly before the commencement of the weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at the Council Chambers of the presidential villa, Abuja.

    NAN reports that those in attendance of the FEC meeting include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, who is recuperating from a recent surgical kneel operation The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Head of the Federal Civil Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan and the National Security Council (NSA), retired Gen. Babagana Monguno are also in attendance of the meeting.

    The Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning; Information and Culture; Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Zainab Ahmed, Lai Mohammed and Muhammed Bello respectively, as well as the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami are also attending the meeting.

    Others are the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Communication and Digital Economy, Prof. Ali Pantami; Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; and that of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.

    Other members of Council are participating in the meeting virtually from their various offices in Abuja.


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  •   Three UN appointed independent human rights experts returned from Ethiopia on Tuesday after working to negotiate access to areas important for investigations The United Nations International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is mandated to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law Specifically it will investigate the violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in the state of Ethiopia committed on November 3 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region Access Meeting Initially created by the Human Rights Council on December 17 2021 the three member Commission composed of Kaari Betty Murungi chair Steven Ratner and Radhika Coomaraswamy concluded a five day visit to the country where met with the Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Justice and other senior government officials Members hoped that their meetings with officials would result in immediate and full access to visiting sites as well as their ability to collect testimonies The Commission is also tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on technical assistance to the Ethiopian government on transitional justice issues including accountability reconciliation and healing In addition members met with members of the National Dialogue Commission and Interministerial Working Group the Ethiopian National Human Rights Commission civil society diplomats and UN agencies and staff in Ethiopia to discuss the current situation of human rights in the country The investigation continues The Commission presented its first update to the Council on 30 June 2022 after UN appointed investigators announced that they had launched an investigation into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in the Oromia region of Ethiopia Speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva at the time Ms Murungi said that while she continued her work investigating rights abuses related to the conflict in Ethiopia s northern Tigray region that erupted in November 2020 the Commission had received reports of killings in western Oromia Despite many other conflicts around the world Ms Murungi had emphasized that the world must not ignore what is happening in Ethiopia The continued spread of violence fueled by hate speech and incitement to ethnic and gender based violence are early warning indicators of new heinous crimes against innocent civilians especially women and children who are most vulnerable The Commission is scheduled to present a written report to the human rights body on this trip during its next session in September 2022 The Geneva based UN Human Rights Council appoints special rapporteurs and independent experts to examine and report on about a specific human problem issue of rights or the situation of a country The charges are fees and the experts are not paid for their work
    United Nations delegation returns from a fact-finding mission on human rights in Ethiopia
      Three UN appointed independent human rights experts returned from Ethiopia on Tuesday after working to negotiate access to areas important for investigations The United Nations International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is mandated to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law Specifically it will investigate the violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in the state of Ethiopia committed on November 3 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region Access Meeting Initially created by the Human Rights Council on December 17 2021 the three member Commission composed of Kaari Betty Murungi chair Steven Ratner and Radhika Coomaraswamy concluded a five day visit to the country where met with the Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Justice and other senior government officials Members hoped that their meetings with officials would result in immediate and full access to visiting sites as well as their ability to collect testimonies The Commission is also tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on technical assistance to the Ethiopian government on transitional justice issues including accountability reconciliation and healing In addition members met with members of the National Dialogue Commission and Interministerial Working Group the Ethiopian National Human Rights Commission civil society diplomats and UN agencies and staff in Ethiopia to discuss the current situation of human rights in the country The investigation continues The Commission presented its first update to the Council on 30 June 2022 after UN appointed investigators announced that they had launched an investigation into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in the Oromia region of Ethiopia Speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva at the time Ms Murungi said that while she continued her work investigating rights abuses related to the conflict in Ethiopia s northern Tigray region that erupted in November 2020 the Commission had received reports of killings in western Oromia Despite many other conflicts around the world Ms Murungi had emphasized that the world must not ignore what is happening in Ethiopia The continued spread of violence fueled by hate speech and incitement to ethnic and gender based violence are early warning indicators of new heinous crimes against innocent civilians especially women and children who are most vulnerable The Commission is scheduled to present a written report to the human rights body on this trip during its next session in September 2022 The Geneva based UN Human Rights Council appoints special rapporteurs and independent experts to examine and report on about a specific human problem issue of rights or the situation of a country The charges are fees and the experts are not paid for their work
    United Nations delegation returns from a fact-finding mission on human rights in Ethiopia
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    United Nations delegation returns from a fact-finding mission on human rights in Ethiopia

    Three UN-appointed independent human rights experts returned from Ethiopia on Tuesday after working to negotiate access to areas important for investigations.

    The United Nations International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is mandated to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law.

    Specifically, it will investigate the violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in the state of Ethiopia committed on November 3, 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region.

    Access Meeting Initially created by the Human Rights Council on December 17, 2021, the three-member Commission, composed of Kaari Betty Murungi (chair), Steven Ratner and Radhika Coomaraswamy, concluded a five-day visit to the country where met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice and other senior government officials.

    Members hoped that their meetings with officials would result in “immediate and full access to visiting sites” as well as their ability to collect testimonies.

    The Commission is also tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on technical assistance to the Ethiopian government on transitional justice issues, including accountability, reconciliation and healing.

    In addition, members met with members of the National Dialogue Commission and Interministerial Working Group, the Ethiopian National Human Rights Commission, civil society, diplomats, and UN agencies and staff in Ethiopia to discuss the current situation of human rights in the country.

    The investigation continues The Commission presented its first update to the Council on 30 June 2022 after UN-appointed investigators announced that they had launched an investigation into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva at the time, Ms. Murungi said that while she continued her work investigating rights abuses related to the conflict in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region that erupted in November 2020, the Commission had received reports of killings in western Oromia.

    Despite many other conflicts around the world, Ms. Murungi had emphasized that the world must not ignore what is happening in Ethiopia.

    "The continued spread of violence, fueled by hate speech and incitement to ethnic and gender-based violence, are early warning indicators of new heinous crimes against innocent civilians, especially women and children, who are most vulnerable."

    .

    The Commission is scheduled to present a written report to the human rights body on this trip during its next session in September 2022.

    The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council appoints special rapporteurs and independent experts to examine and report on about a specific human problem.

    issue of rights or the situation of a country.

    The charges are fees and the experts are not paid for their work.

  •  Three UN appointed independent human rights experts returned from Ethiopia on Tuesday after working to negotiate access to areas important for investigations The UN International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is mandated to conduct a thorough and impartial probe into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law Specifically it will investigate violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in Ethiopia state committed on November 3 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region Initially created by the Human Rights Council on December 17 2021 the three member commission comprised of Kaari Betty Murungi Chair Steven Ratner and Radhika Coomaraswamy UN Human Rights Office of the Higher Commissioner in a statement stated that the three member has concluded a five day visit to the country where they met with the Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Justice and other senior government officials The members hoped that their meetings with the officials would result in immediate and absolute access to visit sites as well as their ability to gather testimonials The commission is also tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on technical assistance to the Ethiopian Government on transitional justice including accountability reconciliation and healing Additionally the members met with members of the National Dialogue Commission and Inter Ministerial Task Force the Ethiopia National Human Rights Commission civil society diplomats and UN agencies and staff in Ethiopia to discuss the current human rights situation in the country The Commission presented its first update to the Council on 30 June 2022 after the UN appointed investigators announced that they d launched a probe into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in Ethiopia s Oromia region Speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva at that time Murungi said that as it continued its work investigating rights abuses linked to conflict in Ethiopia s northern Tigray region that flared in November 2020 the Commission had received reports of killings in Western Oromia Despite many other conflicts around the world Murungi had stressed that the world must not ignore what was happening in Ethiopia The ongoing spread of violence fuelled by hate speech and incitement to ethnic based and gender based violence are early warning indicators of further atrocity crimes against innocent civilians especially women and children who are more vulnerable The Commission is scheduled to submit a written report to the human rights body on this trip during its next session in September 2022 Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN delegation returns from human rights fact-finding mission in Ethiopia
     Three UN appointed independent human rights experts returned from Ethiopia on Tuesday after working to negotiate access to areas important for investigations The UN International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is mandated to conduct a thorough and impartial probe into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law Specifically it will investigate violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in Ethiopia state committed on November 3 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region Initially created by the Human Rights Council on December 17 2021 the three member commission comprised of Kaari Betty Murungi Chair Steven Ratner and Radhika Coomaraswamy UN Human Rights Office of the Higher Commissioner in a statement stated that the three member has concluded a five day visit to the country where they met with the Deputy Prime Minister Minister of Justice and other senior government officials The members hoped that their meetings with the officials would result in immediate and absolute access to visit sites as well as their ability to gather testimonials The commission is also tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on technical assistance to the Ethiopian Government on transitional justice including accountability reconciliation and healing Additionally the members met with members of the National Dialogue Commission and Inter Ministerial Task Force the Ethiopia National Human Rights Commission civil society diplomats and UN agencies and staff in Ethiopia to discuss the current human rights situation in the country The Commission presented its first update to the Council on 30 June 2022 after the UN appointed investigators announced that they d launched a probe into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in Ethiopia s Oromia region Speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva at that time Murungi said that as it continued its work investigating rights abuses linked to conflict in Ethiopia s northern Tigray region that flared in November 2020 the Commission had received reports of killings in Western Oromia Despite many other conflicts around the world Murungi had stressed that the world must not ignore what was happening in Ethiopia The ongoing spread of violence fuelled by hate speech and incitement to ethnic based and gender based violence are early warning indicators of further atrocity crimes against innocent civilians especially women and children who are more vulnerable The Commission is scheduled to submit a written report to the human rights body on this trip during its next session in September 2022 Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN delegation returns from human rights fact-finding mission in Ethiopia
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    UN delegation returns from human rights fact-finding mission in Ethiopia

    Three UN-appointed independent human rights experts returned from Ethiopia on Tuesday after working to negotiate access to areas important for investigations.

    The UN International Commission of Human Rights Experts on Ethiopia is mandated to conduct a thorough and impartial probe into allegations of violations and abuses of international human rights law.

    Specifically, it will investigate violations of international humanitarian law and international refugee law in Ethiopia state committed on November 3, 2020 by all parties to the conflict in the Tigray region.

    Initially created by the Human Rights Council on December 17, 2021, the three-member commission  comprised of Kaari Betty Murungi (Chair), Steven Ratner and Radhika Coomaraswamy.

    UN Human Rights Office of the Higher Commissioner, in a statement, stated that the three-member has concluded a five-day visit to the country where they met with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Justice, and other senior government officials.

    The members hoped that their meetings with the officials would result in “immediate and absolute access to visit sites” as well as their ability to gather testimonials.

    The commission is also tasked with providing guidance and recommendations on technical assistance to the Ethiopian Government on transitional justice, including accountability, reconciliation, and healing.

    Additionally, the members met with members of the National Dialogue Commission and Inter-Ministerial Task Force, the Ethiopia National Human Rights Commission, civil society, diplomats, and UN agencies and staff in Ethiopia to discuss the current human rights situation in the country.

    The Commission presented its first update to the Council on 30 June 2022 after the UN-appointed investigators announced that they’d launched a probe into an alleged massacre of at least 200 people in Ethiopia’s Oromia region.

    Speaking on the sidelines of the Human Rights Council in Geneva at that time, Murungi said that as it continued its work investigating rights abuses linked to conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region that flared in November 2020, the Commission had received reports of killings in Western Oromia.

    Despite many other conflicts around the world, Murungi had stressed that the world must not ignore what was happening in Ethiopia.

    “The ongoing spread of violence, fuelled by hate speech and incitement to ethnic-based and gender-based violence, are early-warning indicators of further atrocity crimes against innocent civilians, especially women and children who are more vulnerable”.

    The Commission is scheduled to submit a written report to the human rights body on this trip during its next session in September 2022. Special Rapporteurs and independent experts are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a specific human rights theme or a country situation.

    The positions are honorary and the experts are not paid for their work.

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  •  The Federal Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to achieving self sufficiency and net exporter of energy resources by 2026 Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager National Petroleum Investment Services NAPIMS made this known while speaking at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition NAICE on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he spoke during a panel session on Sustainable Energy Transition Strategy The Role of Legislative Frameworks and Investment Programmes Wunti said though the government had pledged to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2060 its priority remains reducing energy poverty in the country with its abundant hydrocarbon resources To this end he said the government s target was to attain zero dependence on imported energy both primary and secondary as well as becoming a net exporter of secondary energy resources by 2026 Wunti said the plan was to provide access to energy to 100 per cent of the population through the gas to power initiative which would spur industrialisation and economic growth He however maintained that this could only be achieved through effective legislative frameworks and investment programmes needed to maximise the opportunities in the oil and gas sector Wunti said there was need to create a platform where market investment and financing come together with regard to delivery of energy in a more sustainable manner He noted that unfortunately the industry had witnessed decline in investments in recent years which had plunged the world into the global energy crisis According to him available statistics from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC shows that the world requires 11 8 trillion to meet its energy needs Wunti said the current global energy crisis was due to energy imbalance with supply falling short of demand which had driven the price of energy resources upward Also Mr Austin Avuru Chairman AA Holdings Ltd said Africa must design home grown solutions to the divestment of assets by International Oil Companies across the continent Avuru said the move was largely responsible for Nigeria being unable to meet its OPEC quota adding that there was need to grow indigenous companies to fill the void created by the divestment of the IOCs He said the way forward was for the companies to get access to funding from within the continent for oil and gas exploration Avuru also called for deployment of technologies production of more natural gas and encouragement of tree planting to achieve decarbonisation while maximising the continent s abundant oil and gas resources Earlier in his remarks Prof Olalekan Olafuyi Chairman SPE Nigeria Council decried the lack of access to energy by many Africans Olafuyi said building a sustainable energy sector was fundamental for the African continent to power sustainable industrialisation and trade He said this underpins the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA plan and thus highlights further the need for regional integration to solve Africa s energy and climate challenges Ramping up sustainable energy generation capacity by 2030 according to the African Development Bank s AfDB New Deal on Energy for Africa requires a minimum of 44 billion of annual financing Maintaining and extending the pace of progress will thus require strong political commitment and sound governance long term energy planning adequate political and fiscal incentives as well as public and private financing he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG reiterates commitment to energy self-sufficiency by 2026
     The Federal Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to achieving self sufficiency and net exporter of energy resources by 2026 Mr Bala Wunti Group General Manager National Petroleum Investment Services NAPIMS made this known while speaking at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition NAICE on Tuesday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he spoke during a panel session on Sustainable Energy Transition Strategy The Role of Legislative Frameworks and Investment Programmes Wunti said though the government had pledged to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2060 its priority remains reducing energy poverty in the country with its abundant hydrocarbon resources To this end he said the government s target was to attain zero dependence on imported energy both primary and secondary as well as becoming a net exporter of secondary energy resources by 2026 Wunti said the plan was to provide access to energy to 100 per cent of the population through the gas to power initiative which would spur industrialisation and economic growth He however maintained that this could only be achieved through effective legislative frameworks and investment programmes needed to maximise the opportunities in the oil and gas sector Wunti said there was need to create a platform where market investment and financing come together with regard to delivery of energy in a more sustainable manner He noted that unfortunately the industry had witnessed decline in investments in recent years which had plunged the world into the global energy crisis According to him available statistics from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC shows that the world requires 11 8 trillion to meet its energy needs Wunti said the current global energy crisis was due to energy imbalance with supply falling short of demand which had driven the price of energy resources upward Also Mr Austin Avuru Chairman AA Holdings Ltd said Africa must design home grown solutions to the divestment of assets by International Oil Companies across the continent Avuru said the move was largely responsible for Nigeria being unable to meet its OPEC quota adding that there was need to grow indigenous companies to fill the void created by the divestment of the IOCs He said the way forward was for the companies to get access to funding from within the continent for oil and gas exploration Avuru also called for deployment of technologies production of more natural gas and encouragement of tree planting to achieve decarbonisation while maximising the continent s abundant oil and gas resources Earlier in his remarks Prof Olalekan Olafuyi Chairman SPE Nigeria Council decried the lack of access to energy by many Africans Olafuyi said building a sustainable energy sector was fundamental for the African continent to power sustainable industrialisation and trade He said this underpins the African Continental Free Trade Area AfCFTA plan and thus highlights further the need for regional integration to solve Africa s energy and climate challenges Ramping up sustainable energy generation capacity by 2030 according to the African Development Bank s AfDB New Deal on Energy for Africa requires a minimum of 44 billion of annual financing Maintaining and extending the pace of progress will thus require strong political commitment and sound governance long term energy planning adequate political and fiscal incentives as well as public and private financing he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG reiterates commitment to energy self-sufficiency by 2026
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    FG reiterates commitment to energy self-sufficiency by 2026

    The Federal Government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to achieving self-sufficiency and net exporter of energy resources by 2026.Mr Bala Wunti, Group General Manager, National Petroleum Investment Services (NAPIMS), made this known while speaking at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) on Tuesday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that he spoke during a panel session on “Sustainable Energy Transition Strategy: The Role of Legislative Frameworks and Investment Programmes.

    ”Wunti said though the government had pledged to achieve net zero carbon emission by 2060, its priority remains reducing energy poverty in the country with its abundant hydrocarbon resources.

    To this end, he said the government’s target was to attain zero dependence on imported energy, both primary and secondary, as well as becoming a net exporter of secondary energy resources by 2026.Wunti said the plan was to provide  access to energy to 100 per cent of the population through the gas to power initiative which would spur industrialisation and economic growth.

    He, however maintained that this could only be achieved through effective legislative frameworks and investment programmes needed to maximise the opportunities in the oil and gas sector.

    Wunti said there was need to create a platform where market investment and financing come together with regard to delivery of energy in a more sustainable manner.

    He noted that unfortunately, the industry had witnessed decline in investments in recent years which had plunged the world into the global energy crisis.  

    According to him, available statistics from the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) shows that the world requires $11.8 trillion to meet its energy needs.

    Wunti said the current global energy crisis was due to energy imbalance with supply falling short of demand which had driven the price of energy resources upward.

    Also, Mr Austin Avuru, Chairman, AA Holdings Ltd., said Africa must design home grown solutions to the divestment of assets by International Oil Companies across the continent.

    Avuru said the move was largely responsible for Nigeria being unable to meet its OPEC quota, adding that there was need to grow indigenous companies to fill the void created by the divestment of the IOCs.He said the way forward was for the companies to get access to funding from within the continent for oil and gas exploration.

    Avuru also called for deployment of technologies, production of more natural gas and encouragement of tree planting to achieve decarbonisation  while maximising the continent’s abundant oil and gas resources.

    Earlier in his remarks, Prof. Olalekan Olafuyi, Chairman, SPE Nigeria Council, decried the lack of access to energy by many Africans.

    Olafuyi said building a sustainable energy sector was fundamental for the African continent to power sustainable industrialisation and trade.

    He said this underpins the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) plan and thus highlights further the need for regional integration to solve Africa’s energy and climate challenges. 

    “Ramping up sustainable energy generation capacity by 2030 according to the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) New Deal on Energy for Africa, requires a minimum of $44 billion of annual financing.  

    “Maintaining and extending the pace of progress will thus require strong political commitment and sound governance, long-term energy planning, adequate political and fiscal incentives as well as public and private financing,” he said.  


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  •  The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC says it has placed focus on four cardinal areas for sustainable gas development and utilisation in the country The commission said that the four cardinal areas were gas reserves growth optimised gas production domestic gas utilisation and gas flare elimination Mr Gbenga Komolafe Commission s Chief Executive NUPRC made this known at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition NAICE on Monday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria that the conference had as its theme Global Transition to Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa Komolafe represented by Mr Abel Nsa Head National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre NOGEC urged other African countries to adopt suitable anchor points and roadmaps similar to what had been outlined by the commission According to him this will enable them to achieve the right energy mix while decarbonising their oil and gas development He noted that Nigeria had huge abundant gas resources which had been adopted by the country as its energy transition fuel Komolafe said the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act PIA 2021 was aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in the oil and gas sector to attract more investments He said We are positioning gas as our transition fuel while adopting phased down approach in our energy transition quest geared toward paying greater attention to the development of untapped gas resources This energy source with low carbon footprint would serve as the transition fuel in meeting our energy security as a nation Fortunately several African countries including Nigeria Algeria Mozambique Egypt and Libya among others are blessed with huge gas reserves With a total of over 620 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and 125 3 billion barrels of crude oil the future of upstream oil and gas in Africa is promising Komolafe however noted that it required the right legislative framework and a change in policy direction for maximum economic recovery and energy sustenance He added that the PIA had generous fiscal provisions aimed toward attracting investment not just for oil development but for harnessing of the rich gas potential of the nation which was among the highest in the world Also Prof Olalekan Olafuyi the Chairman SPE Nigeria Council said the world was facing the challenges of balancing the urgency of transition to cleaner energy with the obvious energy deficit and economic challenges experienced in recent times Olafuyi said It is expected that the adaptive strategies for energy transition should be adopted in Africa The status quo in the African energy supply is very obvious Africa and Nigeria in particular are still struggling with endemic energy poverty as compared to the developed regions of the world He said this was further worsened by the divestment by major international operators and funding challenges for oil and gas businesses This leaves the indigenous stakeholder in a situation of choosing to continue with the oil and gas business or channeling the attention to renewable energy sources This question is in the mindset of stakeholders in the energy business and policy space are the main reason we are here at this conference Olafuyi said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation, development
     The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC says it has placed focus on four cardinal areas for sustainable gas development and utilisation in the country The commission said that the four cardinal areas were gas reserves growth optimised gas production domestic gas utilisation and gas flare elimination Mr Gbenga Komolafe Commission s Chief Executive NUPRC made this known at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers SPE Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition NAICE on Monday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria that the conference had as its theme Global Transition to Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa Komolafe represented by Mr Abel Nsa Head National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre NOGEC urged other African countries to adopt suitable anchor points and roadmaps similar to what had been outlined by the commission According to him this will enable them to achieve the right energy mix while decarbonising their oil and gas development He noted that Nigeria had huge abundant gas resources which had been adopted by the country as its energy transition fuel Komolafe said the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act PIA 2021 was aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in the oil and gas sector to attract more investments He said We are positioning gas as our transition fuel while adopting phased down approach in our energy transition quest geared toward paying greater attention to the development of untapped gas resources This energy source with low carbon footprint would serve as the transition fuel in meeting our energy security as a nation Fortunately several African countries including Nigeria Algeria Mozambique Egypt and Libya among others are blessed with huge gas reserves With a total of over 620 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and 125 3 billion barrels of crude oil the future of upstream oil and gas in Africa is promising Komolafe however noted that it required the right legislative framework and a change in policy direction for maximum economic recovery and energy sustenance He added that the PIA had generous fiscal provisions aimed toward attracting investment not just for oil development but for harnessing of the rich gas potential of the nation which was among the highest in the world Also Prof Olalekan Olafuyi the Chairman SPE Nigeria Council said the world was facing the challenges of balancing the urgency of transition to cleaner energy with the obvious energy deficit and economic challenges experienced in recent times Olafuyi said It is expected that the adaptive strategies for energy transition should be adopted in Africa The status quo in the African energy supply is very obvious Africa and Nigeria in particular are still struggling with endemic energy poverty as compared to the developed regions of the world He said this was further worsened by the divestment by major international operators and funding challenges for oil and gas businesses This leaves the indigenous stakeholder in a situation of choosing to continue with the oil and gas business or channeling the attention to renewable energy sources This question is in the mindset of stakeholders in the energy business and policy space are the main reason we are here at this conference Olafuyi said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation, development
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    NUPRC outlines cardinal areas for sustainable gas utilisation, development

    The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) says it has placed focus on four cardinal areas for sustainable gas development and utilisation in the country.

    The commission said that the four cardinal areas were gas reserves growth, optimised gas production, domestic gas utilisation and gas flare elimination.

    Mr Gbenga Komolafe, Commission’s Chief Executive, NUPRC, made this known at the 2022 Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria Annual International Conference and Exhibition (NAICE) on Monday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria that the conference had as its theme: “Global Transition to Renewable and Sustainable Energy and the Future of Oil and Gas in Africa.

    ” Komolafe, represented by Mr Abel Nsa, Head, National Oil and Gas Excellence Centre (NOGEC), urged other African countries to adopt suitable anchor points and roadmaps similar to what had been outlined by the commission.

    According to him, this will enable them to achieve the right energy mix while decarbonising their oil and gas development.

    He noted that Nigeria had huge abundant gas resources which had been adopted by the country as its energy transition fuel.

    Komolafe said the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA) 2021 was aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in the oil and gas sector to attract more investments.

    He said: “We are positioning gas as our transition fuel while adopting phased down approach in our energy transition quest geared toward paying greater attention to the development of untapped gas resources.

    “This energy source with low carbon footprint would serve as the transition fuel in meeting our energy security as a nation.

    “Fortunately, several African countries including Nigeria, Algeria, Mozambique, Egypt and Libya, among others are blessed with huge gas reserves.

    “With a total of over 620 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves and 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil, the future of upstream oil and gas in Africa is promising.

    ” Komolafe, however, noted that it required the right legislative framework and a change in policy direction for maximum economic recovery and energy sustenance.

    He added that the PIA had generous fiscal provisions aimed toward attracting investment not just for oil development but for harnessing of the rich gas potential of the nation which was among the highest in the world.

    Also, Prof. Olalekan Olafuyi, the Chairman, SPE Nigeria Council, said the world was facing the challenges of balancing the urgency of transition to cleaner energy with the obvious energy deficit and economic challenges experienced in recent times.

    Olafuyi said: “It is expected that the adaptive strategies for energy transition should be adopted in Africa.

    “The status quo in the African energy supply is very obvious.

    Africa and Nigeria in particular, are still struggling with endemic energy poverty as compared to the developed regions of the world.

    ” He said this was further worsened by the divestment by major international operators and funding challenges for oil and gas businesses.

    “This leaves the indigenous stakeholder in a situation of choosing to continue with the oil and gas business or channeling the attention to renewable energy sources.

    “This question is in the mindset of stakeholders in the energy business and policy space are the main reason we are here at this conference,” Olafuyi said.


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  •  br gt The Enugu State Ease of Doing Business EoDB Council says innovative economic programmes of Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is yielding the desired positive results in promoting and growing businesses in the state The council also described economic programme of EoDB as one of the key legacies Gov Ugwuanyi would be bequeathing to the people of the state at the end of his administration It added that Enugu State under Gov Ugwuanyi s watch was the first to commence the reform process of Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria to promote businesses Speaking during the Council Meeting and Workshop with the Technical Working Group on EoDB in Enugu on Sunday Secretary of the EoDB Council Dr Sam Ogbu Nwobodo applauded Ugwuanyi s economic policies Ogbu Nwobodo thanked Ugwuanyi who is the Chairman of the Council for participating in the workshop aimed at strengthening the reform process of the body for optimal results towards the socio economic advancement of the state Ogbu Nwobodo who is also the Director General of EoDB maintained that Gov Ugwuanyi s administration through EoDB had made good strides and received remarkable commendations from reputable institutions and organisations about how businesses were being supported Speaking further at the Council meeting in Enugu the DG of Enugu State EoDB lauded Gov Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in making Enugu State conducive for businesses to thrive He also acknowledged the government s support to the Council to drive the reform process According to him the governor s recent approval for the state to engage one of the top consultants in the country Drakkevista Global Services Lagos in advancing the reform process of EoDB is yielding the desired positive results The DG reassured the government of the firm commitment of the Council to fully actualise his administration s vision of not just providing critical infrastructure in the state but also creating wealth and the enabling environment for businesses to thrive Ogbu Nwobodo disclosed that the outcome of the workshop which was anchored by the Partner and Principal Consultant of Drakkevista Global Services Lagos David Uzosike as the Resource Person added more value to the council He expressed delight that Enugu State is one of the 9 states out of the 37 Sub national governments to approve and implement the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF and World Bank recommendation of N145 per linear meter Right of Way ROW This was charged for laying of fibre optical cable by the Internet service providers in the state he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Govt’s economic programmes yielding results, says Council
     br gt The Enugu State Ease of Doing Business EoDB Council says innovative economic programmes of Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is yielding the desired positive results in promoting and growing businesses in the state The council also described economic programme of EoDB as one of the key legacies Gov Ugwuanyi would be bequeathing to the people of the state at the end of his administration It added that Enugu State under Gov Ugwuanyi s watch was the first to commence the reform process of Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria to promote businesses Speaking during the Council Meeting and Workshop with the Technical Working Group on EoDB in Enugu on Sunday Secretary of the EoDB Council Dr Sam Ogbu Nwobodo applauded Ugwuanyi s economic policies Ogbu Nwobodo thanked Ugwuanyi who is the Chairman of the Council for participating in the workshop aimed at strengthening the reform process of the body for optimal results towards the socio economic advancement of the state Ogbu Nwobodo who is also the Director General of EoDB maintained that Gov Ugwuanyi s administration through EoDB had made good strides and received remarkable commendations from reputable institutions and organisations about how businesses were being supported Speaking further at the Council meeting in Enugu the DG of Enugu State EoDB lauded Gov Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in making Enugu State conducive for businesses to thrive He also acknowledged the government s support to the Council to drive the reform process According to him the governor s recent approval for the state to engage one of the top consultants in the country Drakkevista Global Services Lagos in advancing the reform process of EoDB is yielding the desired positive results The DG reassured the government of the firm commitment of the Council to fully actualise his administration s vision of not just providing critical infrastructure in the state but also creating wealth and the enabling environment for businesses to thrive Ogbu Nwobodo disclosed that the outcome of the workshop which was anchored by the Partner and Principal Consultant of Drakkevista Global Services Lagos David Uzosike as the Resource Person added more value to the council He expressed delight that Enugu State is one of the 9 states out of the 37 Sub national governments to approve and implement the Nigeria Governors Forum NGF and World Bank recommendation of N145 per linear meter Right of Way ROW This was charged for laying of fibre optical cable by the Internet service providers in the state he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Enugu Govt’s economic programmes yielding results, says Council
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    Enugu Govt’s economic programmes yielding results, says Council

    br> The Enugu State Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) Council says innovative economic programmes of Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is yielding the desired positive results in promoting and growing businesses in the state.

    The council also described economic programme of EoDB as one of the key legacies Gov. Ugwuanyi would be bequeathing to the people of the state at the end of his administration.

    It added that Enugu State under Gov. Ugwuanyi’s watch was the first to commence the reform process of Ease of Doing Business in Nigeria to promote businesses.

    Speaking during the Council Meeting and Workshop with the Technical Working Group on EoDB, in Enugu on Sunday, Secretary of the EoDB Council, Dr Sam Ogbu-Nwobodo, applauded Ugwuanyi’s economic policies.

    Ogbu-Nwobodo thanked Ugwuanyi who is the Chairman of the Council, for participating in the workshop aimed at strengthening the reform process of the body for optimal results towards the socio-economic advancement of the state.

    Ogbu-Nwobodo, who is also the Director General of EoDB, maintained that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s administration through EoDB, had made good strides and received remarkable commendations from reputable institutions and organisations about how businesses were being supported.

    Speaking further at the Council meeting in Enugu, the DG of Enugu State EoDB, lauded Gov. Ugwuanyi for his steadfastness in making Enugu State conducive for businesses to thrive.

    He also acknowledged the government’s support to the Council to drive the reform process.

    According to him, the governor’s recent approval for the state to engage one of the top consultants in the country (Drakkevista Global Services, Lagos) in advancing the reform process of EoDB is yielding the desired positive results.

    The DG reassured the government of the firm commitment of the Council to fully actualise his administration’s vision of not just providing critical infrastructure in the state but also creating wealth and the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

    Ogbu-Nwobodo disclosed that the outcome of the workshop, which was anchored by the Partner and Principal Consultant of Drakkevista Global Services, Lagos, David Uzosike, as the Resource Person, added more value to the council.

    He expressed delight that “Enugu State is one of the 9 states out of the 37 Sub-national governments to approve and implement the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and World Bank recommendation of N145 per linear meter Right of Way (ROW).

    “This was charged for laying of fibre optical cable by the Internet service providers in the state,” he said.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week expressed reservations over the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation s judiciary saying it was serious and would be addressed He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country s economy currently battling insecurity corruption and economic challenges aggravated by the COVID 19 and the war in Ukraine Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers a body of legal practitioners of the highest distinction in the legal profession in the State House Abuja on Thursday According to the president a democratic government like the one he leads standing on a tripod comprising the Executive Legislature and Judiciary cannot stand where one of its three pillars the Judiciary is not properly nurtured maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude Kassi Brou at the Presidential Villa Abuja He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub regional body remained united Buhari said You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS and of the sub region Your tenure has been very successful and I wish you and the family more successes ahead The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia Liberia to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country Buhari who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme Fostering Unity Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme At the event in Monrovia Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust freedom and transparency According to the president this is the only way the sub region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy On July 27 President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano Katsina Expressway The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023 2025 from the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval The ministry presented the draft for the country for the next three years to the Council President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr Sanjay Pradhan on Thursday in Abuja During the meeting Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership OGP Support Unit since 2016 He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti Corruption Summit he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption According to him since that time we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church Odozi Obodo on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN According to him the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari pledges ”better life” for Nigerian judges.
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week expressed reservations over the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation s judiciary saying it was serious and would be addressed He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country s economy currently battling insecurity corruption and economic challenges aggravated by the COVID 19 and the war in Ukraine Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers a body of legal practitioners of the highest distinction in the legal profession in the State House Abuja on Thursday According to the president a democratic government like the one he leads standing on a tripod comprising the Executive Legislature and Judiciary cannot stand where one of its three pillars the Judiciary is not properly nurtured maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude Kassi Brou at the Presidential Villa Abuja He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub regional body remained united Buhari said You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS and of the sub region Your tenure has been very successful and I wish you and the family more successes ahead The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia Liberia to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country Buhari who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme Fostering Unity Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme At the event in Monrovia Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust freedom and transparency According to the president this is the only way the sub region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy On July 27 President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa Abuja on Wednesday The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano Katsina Expressway The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023 2025 from the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval The ministry presented the draft for the country for the next three years to the Council President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit led by the Chief Executive Officer Dr Sanjay Pradhan on Thursday in Abuja During the meeting Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership OGP Support Unit since 2016 He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti Corruption Summit he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption According to him since that time we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church Odozi Obodo on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN According to him the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari pledges ”better life” for Nigerian judges.
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    Buhari pledges ”better life” for Nigerian judges.

    President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week, expressed reservations over  the degenerated welfare and working conditions of the nation’s judiciary, saying it was serious and would be addressed.

    He said this would be done despite the dire state of the country’s economy “currently battling insecurity, corruption and economic challenges,” aggravated by the COVID-19 and the war in  Ukraine.

    Buhari stated this when he hosted the chairman and representatives of the Body of Benchers, a body of legal practitioners of “the highest distinction in the legal profession” in the State House, Abuja, on Thursday.

    According to the president, a democratic government like the one he leads, “standing on a tripod comprising the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, cannot stand where one of its three pillars, the Judiciary is not properly nurtured, maintained and sustained to deliver on its very pivotal constitutional duties.

    ” The president had earlier on July 25 hosted outgoing President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

    He lauded him for the role he played in ensuring that the sub-regional body remained united.

    Buhari said: “You showed great commitment to the unity of ECOWAS, and of the sub-region.

    ”Your tenure has been very successful, and I wish you and the family more successes ahead.

    ” The president departed Abuja on Tuesday for Monrovia, Liberia, to attend the 175th independence anniversary of the country.

    Buhari, who was the Special Guest of Honour at the event, joined other world leaders and organisations to rejoice with the people of Liberia at the event with the theme: “Fostering Unity, Protecting Our Peace for Development and Prosperity.

    ” Nigeria played a leading role in the stabilisation of the West African nation in the early 90s, leading to the establishment of democratic rule and has continued to assist the country in many ways, especially through the Technical Aids Corps scheme.

    At the event in Monrovia, Buhari called on leaders in West Africa to do all within their powers to ensure that elections were conducted in their countries in an atmosphere of trust, freedom and transparency.

    According to the president, this is the only way the sub-region can be insulated from the scourge of unconstitutional take overs that reared its head in three countries recently.

    The president affirmed that democracy and good governance must take their roots on the African continent to sustain peace, stability and development while leaders must redouble their efforts to guarantee the irreversibility of democracy.

    On July 27,  President Buhari presided over virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.

    The Council approved an augmentation of N16 billion for the completion of the dualisation of the Kano-Katsina Expressway.

    The Council also received draft copies of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework 2023-2025 from the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning for onward transmission to the National Assembly for approval.

    The ministry presented the draft for the country, for the next three years to the Council.

    President Buhari also summoned emergency meeting of the National Security Council on Thursday in Abuja, where he expressed serious concern over the current security challenges facing some parts of the country and would stop at nothing to change the tide.

    The president also hosted a delegation from the OGP Support Unit, led by the Chief Executive Officer, Dr Sanjay Pradhan, on Thursday in Abuja.

    During the meeting, Buhari itemised the benefits Nigeria had derived from joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Support Unit since 2016.He said when he committed Nigeria to the membership of the Open Government Partnership at the London Anti-Corruption Summit, he was very clear about the role that the initiative would play in the fight against corruption.

    According to him, since that time, “we have developed and implemented two National Action Plans on the Open Government Partnership.

    The Nigerian leader concluded the week with a congratulatory message to Archbishop Daniel Okoh,  General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church (Odozi-Obodo), on his election as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

    According to him, the election of Okoh by the very important Christian body is a testament to his devotion to the Church of God in the country and beyond. 


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