Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST) is championing campaign to discourage consumption of raw hides and skin in Nigeria, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Prof Mohammed Yakubu, Chairman, National Steering Committee on Strategic Implementation Plan of Leather and Leather Products Policy in Nigeria, stated this during a leather business-to-business summit and expo in Lagos on Monday.
According to Yakubu, if all leather stakeholders are involved in the campaign, there will be enough leather to produce leather products in the country.
“In the area of security, the institute is collaborating with the military for research, development, design and production of footwear for the armed forces.
“The institute has embarked on some strategic research initiatives, geared toward production of leather processing assistants.
“There is a research group looking into the production of refined vegetable-based tanning agents, while another group is working in the area of recombinant DNA for the production of enzymes for leather processing.
“Another group is also exploiting our diverse flora resources as substitutes for salts as biocides for the preservation of hides and skin.
“In the area of adhesives and in the spirit of the Executive Orders 03 and 05, the institute is utilising our rubber resource to develop highly-efficient adhesives,” he said.
Yakubu further stated that the institute was similarly investigating the use of nano-silica materials in making shoe soles, compounded with waste tires and plastics.
He said that the institute had made some strides in the fabrication of simple implements, such as shoe sole attaching and molds for the manufacturing of shoe lasts.
Also speaking, President, Lagos State Shoemakers’ Association, Mr Yesuru Bello, said that the purpose of the summit was to create awareness as well as promote and expose members to investors.
Bello said that the summit also aimed to make export opportunities available for leather works and accessories, including include car and home upholstery, in Lagos.
He urged members of the association to shun dollars and spend naira in order to increase the state’s internally-generated revenue (IGR) and enhance their own incomes.
In his address, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that his administration, as a responsive and responsible one, had provided support to the entrepreneurs in the sector as well as business owners in other sectors.
Sanwo-Olu, represented by Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Lola Akande, said the support included: access to market, finance and construction of a leather hub, which is 65 per cent completed, among others.
All these, he said, were aimed at mitigating the challenges hindering market access and production in the sector.
He said that his administration has initiated the idea of a leather hub in Matori Industrial Estate, Mushin, to break into the economic cycle and add values to raw leather materials being produced locally.
“The hub will be a primary manufacturing source for retailers in the sector.
“There is a large leather market in Mushin to take up the products to consumers.
Traders will no longer be burdened to turn tanned skins to finished products after the completion of the leather hub,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said that the completion of the hub would generate direct and indirect jobs for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the leather business.
According to him, the leather hub, upon taking off, will be able to train no fewer than 100 people in leather works and bridge the gap in value chain.
Following the recent announcement of the title of the series, The Walt Disney Company Africa (www.TheWaltDisneyCompany.com), along with its project partners, National Geographic, the US Department of State, the US Agency.
for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect today revealed that the highly anticipated National Geographic Kids show, Team Sayari, will air every Saturday on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, Starsat 221) at 1:00 p.m. (CAT) on from September 24, 2022.
Young Nairobi residents Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Shanah Manjeru (14), Railey Mwai (10) and Adarsh Nagda (12) serve as studio hosts for the Program.
From Sayari Base Camp, they connect with field presenters who travel east, west, and South Africa to explore intriguing facets of the environment, interview experts on the ground, and learn what it takes to protect and conserve our natural world.
Joining them at the venue are Sheilah Sheldone (13, Kenya), Toluwanimi Olaoye (12, Nigeria), Christian Mekhi (10, Rwanda), Atule Mazane, Khahliso Khojane, Thandolwethu Fani (13, 14, 15, South Africa) and Sabrina Kilumanga (10, Tanzania).
Driven by the show's goal of inspiring meaningful and impactful behavior change in young viewers across the continent and creating the next generation of environmental conservation leaders, each episode begins with a DNA-inspired computer called Funzi giving our young presenters missions to complete.
This sets the stage for adventurous journeys, revealing the wonders of the natural world and the need to live more lightly on the planet.
On their travels, the Sayari team will meet National Geographic explorers and pioneers in the fields of conservation, science, nature, wildlife and the environment, learning valuable lessons on how to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature.
nature in a fun way.
Viewers can look forward to exciting journeys, intriguing discoveries, fun DIY activities, and exciting adventures each week.
In the premiere episode, the Sayari team discovers how single-use plastic is harmful to marine life after Funzi sends them on a journey to find out how waste materials end up in our oceans and what they can do to help save them.
Viewers can also look forward to fascinating journeys through wild spaces like mountains, forests, and nature reserves, and encounters with wild animals, from elephants to bees, sharks to snakes, and everything in between.
On their travels, they meet unlikely heroes in these faraway places who share fascinating information about the planet we call home.
Christine Service, General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa says, “At National Geographic, we believe that when people better understand the world, they care more deeply about it.
National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 133 years, and Team Sayari is a shining example of this mission and purpose.
We can't wait for viewers across the continent to share this engaging and entertaining local series, in the hope that it will help them become a passionate community of young explorers, inspired to learn about the world they live in and strive for.
Says US Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman: “The American people are proud to work with private and local partners in Kenya and across Africa to motivate and inspire the next generation of environmental champions.
Team Sayari, and its educational and digital outreach activities, engage young people in their schools and communities with new perspectives and ideas, which is key to supporting the vision of a greener future for all.” Says Dr. Paula Kahumbu, Executive Director of WildlifeDirect: “The Sayari team is a first in many ways.
Never before have African children and experts been seen presenting the wealth of treasures of the continent's biodiversity.
Our child pioneers reporting from different parts of Africa bring the continent together to work on solutions to the challenges that threaten our wildlife.
The power of the series lies in the voices of African children being called to action.” Team Sayari is the result of a collaborative effort between National Geographic, The Walt Disney Company Africa, USAID, the US Department of State, and WildlifeDirect.
The series is produced by Kenyan production company White Rhino Films with the aim of celebrating the environment and raising awareness of conservation and associated issues in a fun and family-friendly way.
There will also be engaging digital extensions on social media platforms that allow viewers to further explore the topics covered in the series, as well as an outreach program that will expand the show's reach to countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
How to tune in: DSTV: Channel 182 StarSat: 221 on DTH, 221 on DTT (250 on DTT in Uganda)
Swiss drug major Roche announced on Tuesday the launch of a digital polymerase chain reaction (PCR system), to help better understand the nature of a patient’s cancer, genetic disease or infection.
The Digital LightCycler System would be available in 15 countries worldwide in 2022 with plans to be launched into more countries in the near future.
The system would be CE-marked, affirming the good’s conformity with European health.
Digital LightCycler System is Roche’s first digital PCR system.
The new next-generation diagnostics platform, which detects disease, is designed to accurately quantify trace amounts of specific DNA and RNA targets not typically detectable by conventional PCR methods.
The system is designed for laboratories performing highly sensitive and precise DNA and RNA analysis in areas such as oncology and infectious diseases.
It would allow clinical researchers to divide DNA and RNA from an already extracted clinical sample into as many as 100,000 microscopic individual reactions.
The system can then perform PCR and produce highly sophisticated data analysis on the results.
UN Women Uganda, through the support of the EU-UN Global Spotlight Initiative and the Embassy of Sweden, works with the Uganda Police Force to ensure trauma-informed and victim-focused investigation of crimes of sexual violence and of gender (SGBV).
UN Women has supported evidence collection trainings and has donated evidence collection vans as well as state-of-the-art technology to facilitate DNA collection for better investigations of SGBV crimes.
UN Women donated three Crime Scene Evidence Collection vans, 18 Scene of Crime Officer (SOCO) kits, 18 crime scene cameras, DNA consumables (for the kit), 3 preconfigured containers and 3 audio-visual recording.
Crime scene vans are used to maintain the quality of evidence by preventing degradation of DNA samples.
"Women report more and have developed confidence in the police.
The forensic evidence speaks for itself, there is no longer the impression that a crime witness is needed in the open."
said Emmanuel Ogwang, Kampala Metropolitan East Regional Crime Scene Officer.
In addition to the team, UN Women supported SOCO trainings in trauma-informed, victim-centered and gender-sensitive investigations.
Police Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Ogwang, Regional Crime Scene Officer, Kampala Metropolitan received evidence collection training in 2020, to better facilitate the investigation and therefore prosecution of SGBV offences.
Ogwang spoke about the impact of the trainings: “I have learned how to interview in a trauma-informed and victim-centered way, I know how to work better with investigating officers and send forensic SGBV evidence to relevant labs.” The Acting Director of ACP Forensic Services Andrew K.
Mubiru shared his reflections on this history of the Forensic Center as a regional hub of excellence, saying that 40% of the cases received here at the Forensic Biology Laboratory are related to cases of Sexual and Gender Violence.
.Thanks to this team, the response time in the investigation of cases has been reduced considerably, since the police now have an internal DNA processing laboratory in addition to the Government Analytical Laboratory.
On the groundbreaking acquisition of the equipment, Mubiru shared: "We are grateful to the Government of Uganda for enhancing our capabilities in 2020 when we acquired DNA equipment.
In the same year, UN Women paid a visit, during which they pledged to support efforts already conducted by the Government DNA capabilities are crucial to support investigations and are useful for SGBV crimes We have been able to reduce the backlog to 8 months In addition, the cases investigated have seen credible evidence of perpetrators in 70% of cases.
That 30% gap would be filled with awareness (of the general public and physicians) of these skills and training."
Reflecting on the impact of this support, Mubiru stressed that DNA collection is important to prosecute crimes, adding that "in two years' time is when we will see court reports and real success as cases are resolved."
Drug-facilitated sexual abuse among university students in Uganda Director of Forensic Services Mubiru shared information about an unspoken 'new trend' in Kampala.
they accessed narcotics and psychotropic substances, as well as commercially available sedatives that are used as "date rape drugs."
These criminals now have the ability to subdue their unsuspecting victims who have been lured into a seemingly innocent outing or date.
Survivors often fail to report these incidents, due to the stigma of the association, as this is often committed by intimate partners Mubiru continued: The ims are often middle-aged college girls, and these men are raping them already.
We want victims and survivors to be able to speak out and to know that we have modern chromatographic and mass spectrometry techniques capable of detecting traces of endogenous and exogenous chemical substances in a variety of matrices such as blood, urine and hair."
Dr. Jaffar Kisitu, El Jefe of the Forensic Chemistry Section trains UPF Agents and Investigators on the use of the equipment to detect drugs.
He disclosed that the chromatographic machine detects tiny amounts of substances and provides evidence to prosecute crimes of sexual violence.
He said that "the samples determine alcohol content Besides drugs, the liquid chromatography machine is a game-changing machine.
The mass spectrometry machine is a detector, the gas chromatography machine is also a detector."
Growing optimism in the Ugandan police force to investigate crimes effectively Uganda has seen a rise in optimism around the allegation of SGBV cases, as explained by Police Assistant Inspector Emmanuel Ogwang, Regional Crime Scene Officer for the Kampala Metropolitan East Area, Ogwang trained as a trained evidence-gatherer focused on sexual and gender-based violence offences.
He noted, "When cases occur in a community and a victim gets justice, they share that feedback with the rest of the community, and they are motivated to report similar cases."Inspector Ogwang supported a 5-year-old victim to expose the details of his abuse after his mother reported the case to the police abuse, after seeing that the police successfully concluded the case, he approached to her mother, who later reported that the same thing happened to her daughter.
ted "Thanks to the training, I confidently took the initiative to play a game with her [the victim] asking him to identify the location of the crime.
She identified the bathroom, using evidence markers, as the exact location of the crime.
We did a reconstruction of the crime scene, we collected evidence from those places at the scene, as well as clothing (from the perpetrator, his teacher) to analyze."
Inspector Ogwang was trained in the use of the sexual assault evidence collection kit, which was crucial investigation of two successful desecration cases in June 2022 and three in July 2022.
After a crime scene officer like Ogwang visits the scene, evidence is collected, investigated and issued.
a report to the investigating officer who in turn delivers a case file to the Court.
The evidence collected can last more than 72 hours, as the lifespan of sperm in the body lasts up to 5 days.
He told us: " In Uganda, we have sunlight affecting the crime scene, but with the [UN Women supported] now, when we arrive on site, we pay attention to transient elements, such as clothing, shoe prints, palm prints, clothing fibers, hair, smear samples on surfaces.” Support from UN Women led to an increase in cases of SGBV reported and investigations actually carried out by the UPF Forensic Medicine department This support has seen an improvement in the quality of investigations of SGBV crimes, as the quality of DNA has improved thanks to the improvement of transportation facilities to the lab.
This support has seen an increase in the prosecution of SGBV crimes in Uganda ultimately leading to less impunity for crimes of this nature.
While the immediate impact is already apparent, it will really be seen within two years when court reports and successful cases are expunged.
Following the start of field production earlier this year, as well as the announcement of local hosts, The Walt Disney Company (https://TheWaltDisneyCompany.com) Africa, together with its project partners, National Geographic, the Department The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and WildlifeDirect today revealed both the title and set of the highly anticipated National Geographic Kids show.
Inspired by the show's goal of inspiring lasting and impactful behavior change in young viewers across the continent and creating the next generation of environmental conservation leaders, the show will be titled Team Sayari.
Incorporating the Swahili term for 'planet', the title embodies the show's goal: to provide viewers with the knowledge, skills and tools needed to conserve and protect the natural world, in a fun way.
In the series, the young presenters will visit nature to meet with African experts in five countries on the continent to explore, discover, learn about our environmental challenges and be inspired to reduce their impact, protect and restore nature.
Filming has also begun on a custom-built set in Nairobi, the Sayari Basecamp.
The set, the first of its kind in Kenya, embodies childhood imagination and adventure with a locally built and designed tree house-inspired hideaway, featuring African-inspired and nature-based motifs, along with advanced technology items.
It comes complete with a mission control wall, a cozy seating area, and a lively interview spot.
Sayari's base camp was produced almost entirely from recycled and recycled materials, true to the spirit of the show.
The central feature is a gigantic tree, with a textured trunk called Funzi (derived from the Swahili word for learn) that features interactive AI technology and a DNA helix, imparting environmental knowledge and challenging our young presenters.
To impart a sense of movement, Funzi's inner section rotates slowly during interaction.
Wood paneling, lush foliage and porthole windows complete the ambiance of a treetop hideaway high in the sky.
Made from organic materials, the furniture upholstery features a two-tiered African print, providing layers of texture and pops of color.
The shelving unit in the set is handcrafted, adding an element of whimsy to the design.
A live-edge table where the marks of the tree have been preserved for a raw look, it will be dressed uniquely per episode.
At base camp, Funzi gives studio hosts Mysha Hodson (13), Marita Lucas (12), Shanah Manjeru (14), Railey Mwai (10), and Adarsh Nagda (12) missions to complete, laying the foundation for the many adventures and fun throughout the episodes.
It is also from this intriguing setting that you will bond with other presenters from East, West and South Africa.
Team Sayari is the result of a collaborative effort between National Geographic, The Walt Disney Company Africa, USAID, the US Department of State, and WildlifeDirect.
The series, produced by local production company White Rhino Films, aims to celebrate the environment and raise awareness of conservation and associated issues in a fun, family-friendly way, airing later this year on both National Geographic Wild and Disney Channel in Africa.
There will also be engaging digital extensions on social media platforms that allow viewers to further explore the topics covered in the series, as well as an outreach program that will extend the show's reach to countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Michael Smollan, Director of Growth and Innovation, Smollan (https://Smollan.com) discusses how the customer experience has changed in the telecom industry and what brands can do to deliver a differentiated experience.
Before the 'great wobble' that affected everything in every way, there was already a shift within the telecoms industry as the lines began to blur between previously separate consumer channels, creating new synergies for brands and consumers.
retailers optimize the customer experience.
However, things were going to change at a rate that no one could have foreseen as the pandemic accelerated the transformation.
Comparatively, the share of employees working from home before the pandemic was just 4% – fast forward to April 2020 with the full lockdown, that share rose to around 30% [www.Applause.com]Having to work from home turned the tables as around-the-clock demand meant that telcos' performance would now be in the spotlight, nothing more than customer experience (CX) from service level to what the products fit so well into their lives.
Amidst these changing expectations and behaviors, goalposts had to be repositioned to determine what brands and retailers needed to do differently in 2022 and beyond to meaningfully connect with customers.
Doxee, specialists in innovating customer relationships, suggest that there are two pathways that will evolve around the telecom customer experience: the human pathway and the technology pathway.
Putting the customer at the center with their specific needs and requirements, and also promoting digital innovation so that the offers are broad; interactions are satisfying and choices are as "human-centric" as possible.
Telco Trends 2022 (https://bit.ly/3bDB3cA) suggests that getting to what matters will win the hearts of consumers in the Telco space, as they don't just consider each of their interactions with a company when deciding who to select .
– they also take into account how a brand represents itself, what it stands for, and how serious the brand is about cybersecurity.
With the evolution of 5G, telcos need to consider new services and revenue streams, as well as authentically partnering with the customer experience, which is called "the great brand equalizer."
With 82% of telecom consumers considering alternatives if they experience a bad customer journey and 27% of them abandoning the purchase process altogether.
[source: US Telecom Report] Focusing on solving customer pain points and offering products and services to alleviate those areas of friction is imperative.
Today's consumers want personalized offers and want control over their own personal data.
22% of consumers are happy to share some data in exchange for a more personalized service or product.
[source: Rise of Mass Personalisation].
Companies need this data to power these experiences.
“So too, enabling service excellence must be part of the customer experience for brands and retailers in the telecom space, from the moment a customer searches for a product.
This has to be part of the DNA of a brand.
In my opinion, it is more important than the price and some may even argue that it is the product itself.
Service has to be the biggest driver of customer loyalty at all times to create a strongly differentiated experience,” said Michael Smollan, Smollan's Chief Growth and Innovation Officer.
The latest South African Telecom Sentiment Index, in association with Deloitte Africa, ranked the telecom sector last in terms of consumer sentiment compared to the banking, insurance and food industries.
Even as load shedding drives up operating costs and the battle for additional broadband spectrum, telcos have to fill the gaps.
Understanding customer expectations, delivering omnichannel engagement, reaching disgruntled customers, and harnessing the power of big data and analytics will help improve customer service as a core product.
Change the customer experience, forever.
On Thursday 4th August 2022, Ms. Barbara Creecy, Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, along with South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) board members and management visited the National Zoological Gardens (NZG ) from South Africa to review the installation.
contribution to biodiversity, research, scientific services, animal welfare, conservation, tourism and public awareness.
The Chairman of the SANBI Board, Professor Edward Nesamvuni, welcomed the Minister's visit as it provided him with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of SANBI's state-of-the-art fundamental research and scientific services, in particular those activities that contribute positively in political action, regulation of wildlife.
services and associated enforcement and compliance.
“SANBI's work in scientific research and services including genetic and DNA profiling, veterinary services and the Biobank contributes significantly to information on biodiversity, species conservation, biodiversity and health, and the wildlife economy.
, in addition to combating wildlife crime,” said Minister Barbara.
hair-raising During her visit, the Minister had the opportunity to see facilities that include state-of-the-art equipment used for the development of marker-based systems to advance genomics research at the Center for Conservation Sciences.
Work includes next-generation sequencing, the development of genetic approaches to conduct phylogenetic assessments (using whole mitochondrial genomes or nuclear and mitochondrial sequence regions) within and between taxa, in order to understand evolutionary processes and patterns, as well as to identify species, units within species, management units or cryptic species.
The results of this process are valuable in ensuring informed conservation action for species that are subject to a variety of threats.
In the Genetic Services Unit, the Minister saw the tools, technologies and guidelines that are applied in wildlife forensics and used to expand wildlife DNA databases to ensure effective enforcement, testing defensible and credible forensics to mitigate wildlife crime and contribute to wildlife management.
"Through research, novel genetic tools for hybrid identification are applied in a variety of wildlife species with model thresholds for genetic testing," explained Professor Ramagwai Sebola, Chief Director: Foundational Biodiversity Science at SANBI.
"This is a service provided to SANParks, provincial conservation authorities/agencies, and the wildlife industry to maintain the genetic integrity and report on the genetic status of wildlife populations."
The Minister also visited the animal hospital and the veterinary unit that handles animal operations and autopsies with high-tech equipment.
During the visit, the Minister gave a tour of the facilities demonstrating SANBI's commitment to a One Health approach that focuses on the distribution, prevalence and epidemiology of pathogens and the development of a database to assess risks and impact for develop response strategies.
for wildlife disease threats.
The visit included the Biobank where biological materials are preserved for future research and decision-making that contribute to the conservation of species.
In line with the commemoration of the inaugural Marine Protected Areas Day, on 1 August 2022, the Minister visited the aquarium, the largest indoor aquarium in South Africa, and reiterated the importance of protecting marine ecosystems for ecological, social and economic.
Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr Osita Okechukwu, says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday.
Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket, Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears.
“But I know that in the fullness of time, contrary to the speculations of spin doctors, they would not vote for the former Vice President,” he said.
He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today, they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023. “Our first slogan in APC is change.
Our mantra is change.
We will not remain static, never.
We will change whatever is not working.
All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party, the PDP.
“Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket; if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku, my answer is ‘Capital No’.
No matter what, they know he is bringing nothing new to the table.
“Find out, Northern Christians do not trust Atiku.
They know his cherry-picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention.
They also know his ambivalence on religion, as demonstrated in the late Deborah’s imbroglio in Sokoto, which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian.
“Secondly, they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas’ DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry.
Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together,” Okechukwu said.
The Enugu APC chieftain added:“As a matter of fact, without being personal, one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse, that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF).
“May one ask, is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn’t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for?
Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees?
” “Thirdly, they’re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP’s Constitution.
For Atiku rotation convention is north-south geopolitically benched, only when he wins the president.
If he fails as in 2019, the rotation convention goal post must be shifted.
“It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018, Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3(c) of PDP’s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt.
“But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention, arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP?
Hence breached Section 3(c) of PDP’s Constitution.
Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach.
” “Yes, faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion, so is rotation convention which bonds north and south, and cements inclusion and corporate existence.
This is why I continue to salute APC’s Northern Governors, majority of whom unlike PDP’s Governors by this noble patriotism, restored equity, natural justice and national loyalty in our clime.
“If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south, to be honest there wouldn’t be the imperative of APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket.
They cannot benefit from their negligence.
I stand to be contradicted,” Okechukwu stated emphatically.
On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government, Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight, assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President.
“We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister, was more powerful than Vice President, when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently, how powerful Abba Kyari (of blessed memory) was as Chief of Staff to the President.
Therefore, Christians nationwide should give APC another chance.
” He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu’s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State, describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed, tribe and tongue.
“I maintain that the next APC’s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration, contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood.
” He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter.
“In fact, it is only President Buhari’s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98% of abandoned and ongoing roads, rails, and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria, both at federal, state and local councils for over five decades.
The Police Command in Nasarawa State has begun investigation of alleged defilement of a minor, by a police inspector attached to the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the command.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, DSP Ramhan Nansel, said this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday in Lafia.
Nansel said the Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Adesina Soyemi, ordered the arrest of the suspect, following a petition received by the ‘B’ Division, Lafia, on July 18.
The PPRO said the petitioner accused the police officer of being in the habit of defiling under-aged girls within his living quarters.
“Upon the receipt of the complaints, the state Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr Adesina Soyemi, ordered the arrest of the suspect.
“The CP also directed DCP Shettima Jauro-Mohammed in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department to carry out diligent investigation into the matter.
“Experts were invited and they obtained DNA samples as part of the investigative process,” the PPRO said.
Nansel said that the outcome of the test was being awaited to prove the veracity or otherwise of the allegation.
“The Nigeria Police Force is a disciplined organisation and will not condone or cover up any act that seems to contravene the law and capable of bringing the force to disrepute.
“The public is hereby assured of a comprehensive investigation into the case as outcome of the investigation will be made public,” he added.
He further said that any erring personnel would be sanctioned in accordance with the provisions of the law .
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) have pledged to pursue ensure that justice was served to a 15-year-old girl allegedly defiled and impregnated by her uncle in Nasarawa State.
Mrs Rabiatu Addra, Chairperson of FIDA in Nasaeawa state, told newsmen in Lafia the association was disturbed by the case and get justice for the girl and her family.
”A whistle-blower reported to the association that the victim, aged 15, was repeatedly defiled by an uncle she was living with after her father died.
”FIDA in conjunction with the Sexual and Gender Based Violence Response team (SGBV) mobilised the police and the man was arrested.
”The victim was taken to the hospital and we paid for her treatment but unfortunately she lost the six-month-old baby.
“The state Ministry of Justice further paid the bill for a DNA test as part of the ongoing investigation to get evidence,” the FIDA chairperson said.
She said that the victim has been discharge from the hospital and reunited with her family.
”We will not stop until justice is served.
We appeal to the police to ensure a thorough investigation into the matter,” she said.
She called for intensive, collaborative action by security agencies to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children.
The chairperson restated FIDA’s support to ensure justice to victims of violence, abuse, exploitation and harmful practices.