Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has promised to do everything possible to sustain peace in the state.
Lalong stated this at an event organised by the state’s Peace Building Agency (PPBA) to commemorate the 2022 International Peace Day on Wednesday in Jos. Represented by Mr Dan Majang, the state’s Commissioner for Information and Communications, the governor expressed deep desire to bequeath a peaceful Plateau.
“We will do everything possible to secure the people of Plateau; because we can only grow and develop when there is absolute peace.
“We will deploy all resources at our disposal to ensure lasting peace is restored to all parts of the state.
“The establishment of the peace building agency is part of our efforts in ensuring there is peace at all levels,” he said.
The governor thanked security agencies and the media for working assiduously toward the actualisation of the relative peace currently being enjoyed in the state.
He, however, called on residents of the state to support and collaborate with the government and security agencies toward a peaceful Plateau.
Earlier, Mr Joseph Lengmang, the Director General of PPBA, said that the event was organised to reflect on the importance of the day, which was set aside by the United Nations to commemorate the peace works in the state.
Lengmang said that the event was organised in collaboration with its partners, including Mercy Corps, Norwegian Refugee Council, TearFund, Joint Initiative for Strategic Religious Action and GIZ, among others.
He explained that the event had afforded peace practitioners in the state and other stakeholders to share their experiences.
Prof. Pandang Yamsat, the Co-Chairman of Plateau Inter-Religious Council, advised residents of the state to be tolerant, patient and respect the values of others.
He advised communities to come together and draw out values that would entrench togetherness and promote peaceful co-existence in the society.
The reprsentatives of Gbong Gwom Jos, Commander Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Commissioner of Police, Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), among others, also spoke at event.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2022 International Day of Peace has the theme ”End Racism, Build Peace” with a sub theme ”Fostering Social Cohesion and Mutual Understanding for Sustainable Peace in Plateau: The Role of Community” NAN also reports that the agency with its partners has organised a road walk on in Jos as part of activities making the day.
Smart Africa's skills development arm, Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) (https://SADA.atingi.org/) continues to expand its presence in Africa, with Côte d'Ivoire the latest country to benefit from skills development digital.
Launched in partnership with the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, the initiative will help nurture the country's nascent digital sector through the provision of digital skills.
Speaking of the launch, Mr. Lacina Koné, Director General and CEO of Smart Africa, praised the political will of African governments to transform the digital landscape on the continent and emphasized the support of Smart Africa.
“There is a growing recognition, among nations, of the role of digital technologies in transforming the socio-economic situation and the determination to adopt them is palpable.
Through initiatives such as SADA, the Smart Africa Alliance is committed to supporting national efforts to close the digital skills gap.
We are pleased to bring SADA to life in Côte d'Ivoire, an important country of the alliance”.
Representing the German government, a key donor to the SADA initiative, Mr. Marton Köver, Chargé d'Affaires of the German Embassy in Côte d'Ivoire, stressed that “a fair and equitable legal framework is key to ensuring that as many Africans as a possible benefit of digital transformation”, a step that Côte d'Ivoire has now taken with SADA.
In addition to SADA, the Agile Regulation Program for Digital Transformation (AReg4DT) was also launched in collaboration with the World Bank and GIZ.
The World Bank Country Director for Côte d'Ivoire, Benin, Guinea and Togo, Ms. Coralie Gevers, also stated that “capacity building and knowledge sharing among African countries is essential to support the implementation of the Africa Digital Transformation Strategy 2020-2030 and Côte d"Ivoire has an important role to play by sharing peer-to-peer knowledge and showcasing the benefits of applying agile regulatory principles for vibrant, inclusive, sustainable and secure digital markets, as demonstrated by the recent adoption of its National Digital Development Strategy 2025".
The launch of SADA in Côte d'Ivoire heralds the implementation of several capacity building programs in Big Data and IoT, teacher training, executive training, advanced ICT training, among others.
In addition, Côte d'Ivoire is set to host the first Cybersecurity Innovation Centers for young people.
Currently, Côte d'Ivoire leads Smart Africa's cybersecurity flagship.
In this regard, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the Smart Africa Alliance and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Communication of Côte d'Ivoire, part of which is the provision, by SADA, of specific capacity building interventions related to the country's priorities.
in the ICT sector Speaking about the launch of SADA, the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy of Côte d'Ivoire, Mr. Amadou Coulibaly, emphasized that “SADA-Côte d'Ivoire will be one of the key vehicles for the launch progress of the "awareness and training" projects of the 4th pillar of the National Digital Strategy to 2025, which has the specific objective of developing and promoting digital skills.
As a pan-African dynamic learning ecosystem, SADA aims to improve digital skills qualifications, employability and meet the emerging talent needs of African citizens.
The national digital academy will support priority digital skills needs uniquely identified nationally.
Additionally, these national digital academies will soon be implemented in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Tunisia, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
SADA is also embarking on a program to provide African youth and entrepreneurs with digital skills to thrive in the global tech ecosystem.
This will help increase digital technology competence, reduce unemployment and increase digital entrepreneurial skills for young people in Africa.
This program aims to impact 500 young people by the end of the year.
Since its start of operations in August 2020, focusing on the Capacity Building for Decision Makers (CBDM) module, SADA has trained more than 2,000 decision and policy makers in 26 countries on digital transformation topics including cases of use of artificial intelligence, 5G connectivity, Data Protection and Privacy, Rural Broadband Policies, Security Technologies, Innovative and Regulatory Sandboxing Environments, Data Centers and Cloud, Digital Identity for the Unattended, Electronic Payment, etc.
The goal is to reach more than 22,000 beneficiaries trained by 2023, supported by the SADA wave of implementation.
Edo Government and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ)’s SEDIN programme, has trained Investment Promotion liaison officers working with the state public service on exploring business opportunities.
The Managing Director, Edo State Investment Promotion Office (ESIPO), Mr Kelvin Uwaibi, said at the opening of the training that the need to train the public servants had become imperative.
According to him, there is the need to train the officers on government policies on business activities.
“We want to give some level of seamlessness on how we deliver services to the public, especially as regards to ease of doing business.
“The State Civil service is more of a brain box to offer services to the public and it is important that the civil servants start to strengthen their service delivery to the public,” he said.
Also speaking, the coordinator and Policy Advisor of GIZ- SEDIN in the state, Blessing Ajimoti, said the training was to enhance the knowledge of the liaison officers on investment promotion.
She said the exercise was also to provide them with skills on ease of doing business.
Ajimoti said that the participants were drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) with a view to improving information exchange on investment opportunities within the state.
According to her , the GIZ’s SEDIN programme is a Pro-poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria targeted at improving employment and income of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
“SEDIN is working with private and public institutions to improve business enabling environment and promote policies favouring MSMEs, employment, and local economic development.
” Earlier, the Head of Ease of Doing Business Secretariat, Mr Osaze Ogbomo, said the training was to provide synergy among the different government agencies for effective service delivery.
“We are looking at providing the right technical support they need as well as get feedback from them to better serve the private sector.
“We want our liaison officers to know about what is expected of them to improve investment in the state,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was tagged “Investment Promotion and Facilitation in Edo State: Improving the Business Environment for Economic Growth”
The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) have featured two innovative mechanisms for scaling up adaptation action and finance.
This is contained in a statement posted on AfDB’s website, a copy of which was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria .
The bank said that the adaptation was reached during a joint event held on Sept. 1, on the sidelines of the Africa Climate Week in Libreville, Gabon.
It said Ludovica Amatucci, a programme analyst at UNCDF, made a presentation on the Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL mechanism).
According to Amatucci, the tool helps local governments and communities to tap into climate finance for locally-led adaptation, contributing to the implementation of the Nationally Defined Contributions under the Paris Agreement.
“Also, the tool helps local governments and communities on National Adaptation Plans and Sustainable Development Goal 13, which states to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.
” Amatucci said that “the LoCAL mechanism supports inter-governmental fiscal transfer systems target adaptation actions at the local level, while reinforcing transparency and reporting through those systems.
” AfDB’s Senior Climate Finance Officer, Kidanua Gizaw, said that the bank was piloting an Adaptation Benefits Mechanism (ABM) as a non-market, results-based finance tool to boost investments that enhanced the resilience of vulnerable communities and ecosystems.
While lnes Josten, Project Manager of the Green Cooling Initiative at the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), explained that higher temperatures arising from climate change meant that traditional potato storage techniques in Kenya were no longer adequate.
It also meant potato crops could be preserved as long as before.
The statement said the first approved ABM methodology “Potato storage using green cooling technology”, presents a means to measure and quantify the benefits of modern, clean energy-based storage solutions in terms of saved wealth.
It said the methodology was developed by Perspectives Climate Group and funded by GIZ.
Accordingto the statement, adaptationof the methodology has become imperative as it reduces risk of rotting of potatoes.
“Applying this methodology to an ABM project would demonstrate better its added value and help to mobilise finance for clean technology to secure the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and the region.
” Omar Saleh, the Managing Director of Zephyr Consulting, representing SLAMDAM, a Dutch private sector organisation, presented the new ABM methodology, “Flood damage reduction using a mobile flood barrier,” based on an ABM demonstration project in Lagos, Nigeria,” Saleh said.
According to the statement, the ABM methodology enables mobilisation of funds by linking adaptation benefits to investments in the mobile flood barrier.
Mr Kouassi Amani, a Project Lead of the “Cocoa Climate Resilience” made an ABM demonstration project implemented by the International Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Cote d’Ivoire.
He illustrated how the project could use the ABM to incentivise private sector investment in cocoa agroforestry for climate change adaptation in West Africa.
The moderator, Gareth Phillips, AfDB Manager for Climate and Environment Finance, noted that the current adaptation finance levels were insufficient to meet the needs of developing countries.
Philllips, however, said the private sector and local governments could play a crucial role in filling the gap.
He said the AfDB and the UNCDF could also help to address the lack of credible adaptation metrics and indicators.
He said this could be done by developing and using methodological tools, create incentives to attract a broad range of actors to engage in adaptation, and unlocking new financial streams.
Africa Climate Week, forms part of a series of regional climate weeks being held globally.
Participants came together to outline Africa’s objectives for the upcoming COP27 in Egypt and unify and amplify the African voice to ensure action.
Ogun has signed an agreement with the German Agency for Development (GIZ) to train 3,500 entrepreneurs on how to create, start and grow their businesses in a sustainable manner.
Remi Ogunmefun, Special Adviser on Industry, Trade and Investment to Gov. Dapo Abiodun, made the disclosure in Abeokuta on Monday.
He stated that the agreement aimed at building a vibrant Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises sub-sector and encourage entrepreneurship.
He added that the training would help participants to access markets, build value chain linkages, and prepare their businesses for funding and sustainable operations.
Ogunmefun stated also that the training would be open to entrepreneurs in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), cassava , food and beverages, fashion, textiles and beauty care sectors.
“At least 1,072 entrepreneurs shortlisted through the first batch of applications for the Ogun Govt.-GIZ Entrepreneurship Development Training programme are currently undergoing training.
“The second batch of registration for the training programme has started via https:.
ng “As many eligible entrepreneurs as possible are expected to take advantage of this window to be part of the remaining 2,500 entrepreneurs.
“They would be trained between November 2022 and January 2023,’’ Ogunmefun stated.
The special adviser enjoined those who needed further information on the programme to call 08033762594 or 08057033027 or email: ogunmsme@ogunstate.
Skilled Women Initiative (TSWINI), a non-profit organisation with support from a German corporation has unveiled the ‘TSWINI Impact Fund aimed at promoting entrepreneurship among women living in Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the fund will particularly focus on supporting 10 women for a period of 12 months to establish their businesses.
It is expected to bring forward innovations that will contribute to economic growth and development in Nigeria.
NAN also reports that the fund was achieved with the support of GIZ, Nigeria-German Center for jobs, migration and reintegration among others.
Mrs Chisom Nwankwo, Founder of TSWINI said the fund would promote entrepreneurship and empower the women to be able to support and fend for themselves and their families.
“This impact funds aim at supporting women that have undergone a 24 months training programme in different areas like tailoring, baking, soap making among others.
“We will be providing working space for the women in Kaura market Abuja.
“We will also provide equipment for the women and also support one child of each of the women by paying their one year titiution.
“There is also a one-year health insurance plan for the women and it will be done in partnership with National Health Insurance Scheme.
“Moving forward, the organisation also plans to register at least one of the brand with NAFDAC.
“With this, we believe that it will go a long way to tackle issues of poverty and unemployment for women living in IDPs camps and also push them forward to social integration,”she said.
Nwankwo disclosed that the organisation has also trained over 300 men in IDP camps on fish farming, barbing and capentary.
“In the Malaysian IDP camp there is a big fish farm which have some of the men we trained are handling.
“We also provided the men with a space to market and sell their products in Kaura market.
“We believe that the initiative will heal this individuals from the post event trauma due to the crisis,” she said.
On her part, Mrs Tolu Olaiya, Coordinator for Nigeria- German Center Abuja said she was excited about the impact fund, adding that it came at the right time.
“This will enable the women to look forward to leaving the camp and moving towards social integration.
“This will also help improve the livelihood of these women who are committed to making a difference in their society,” Olaiya said.
Mrs Zara Musa, one of the beneficiaries, expressed appreciation to the organisation for the support with a promise that they would be committed and consistent in their businesses to ensure that it was well utilised.
“We have benefited from this fund and we can assure you that this business we’ve started will enable us to leave the camp by next year and be socially integrated,” Musa said.
NAN also reports that the highlights of the event is the presentation of business registration certificate and smartphones for social media marketing to all the beneficiaries.
The Edo Skill Development Agency says it has received 1,551 movie entries from 94 countries, ahead of the international film festival holding in the state in September.
The Managing Director of the agency, Mrs Ukinebo Dare, disclosed this on Tuesday in Benin during the unveiling of the logo for the festival.
Dare said the festival, slated for between Sept. 1 and Sept. 4, was aimed at boosting film industry and to create employment in the state.
“During the festival we are bringing international film makers to train local film makers and expose them to international world.
“The festival will also empower Edo citizens to take the centre stage in the film industry.
“We have received 1,551 movie entries from 94 countries of the world for the Edo film festival.
” She said: “We also have a team of international juries, who would watch all the films and select the best to showcase during the festival at Kada cinema, among others.
“We have three categories that would win cash prizes.
A prize of $2000 each would go to the winner in each category.
“They are Best Student Film, Best Technology Film and Best Phone Shot Film; while the winners would be announced during the festival,” said the co-chairman for the festival.
She explained that 200 movies would be shown during the 4-day event with partners such as Kada Cinema, GIZ international and Presco company as sponsors.
The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Bamidele Obaitan, said the festival was to enable Edo people tell their own story to the world, noting that Edo story has always been narrated by other people.
The state government, the commissioner said, was using the festival to attract investment to the state and empower its citizenry.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and MacArthur Foundation have trained police officers and lawyers on the Implementation of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015.Mr Tobenna Erojikwe, Chairman, NBA Institute of Continuing Legal Education, said at the training on Monday in Warri, that the police were critical stakeholders in the implementation of the act.
He said the training aimed at educating police officers on the need to comply with the principles of human rights in law enforcement in the South South regionErojikwe urged the participants to focus on Section 17 of the Act.According to him, Section 17 makes the collection of particulars of suspects mandatory.
He, however, urged the participants to share the experience gained during the training with their colleagues.
In his paper presentation, Mr Idris Bawa, Advisor, Police Programme, GIZ Africa-Nigeria, said there was need for the procurement of recording gadgets for obtaining statements from suspects as provided for in the Act.His paper was titled: “The Role of the Nigeria Police in the Speedy and Successful implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.”“There is need for coordination amongst all the judicial actors in the implementation of the Criminal Justice Act,” he said.
Also, Mr Benard Onigah, Secretary, National Human Rights Committee, NBA, in his presentation, called for collaboration between the police and lawyers to achieve same objective in justice delivery.
Onigah presented a paper titled: “The Nigeria Police and Citizens engagement; highlighting NBA Human rights intervention.
”Mr Saka Azimazi, former Deputy Director, Legal and Investigation, National Human Rights Commission, in his presentation stressed the need for collaboration between lawyers and police in the implication of the Act.Azimazi spoke on the topic: “The need for the Nigeria police to comply with the principles of human rights and respect for the rule of law in fulfilling their law enforcement mandate.
”Responding, Mr Ari Ali, the Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, represented by CSP Emmanuel Yakubu, thanked the organisers.
He expressed the hope that the participants would learn core values of some of the key principles of law regarding administration of criminal justice Act.“I urge the participants to understand that training like this is an opportunity to acquire more knowledge.
One of the participants, Mr Monday Isaiah, thanked the organisers, noting that the training was timely.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants across the Niger Delta region attended the event.
The Trade Directorate of the Economic Community Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) organized a Retreat for the ECOWAS Interdepartmental Trade Facilitation Committee (IDTFC) in Lagos, Nigeria from 1-3 August 2022.
The 3-day retreat provided a platform for ECOWAS Commission Directorates and Agencies to review regional trade guidance documents currently in the drafting stage, such as the Regional Trade and Transport Facilitation Strategy (RTTFS), the framework for the elimination of Non-Tariff Barriers (NTB), the Common Trade Policy (CTP), and the Trade and Investment Development Strategy.
In his opening remarks, Mr. Kolawole SOFOLA, ECOWAS Commission Acting Director of Trade, welcomed the participants on behalf of Ms. Massandje TOURE-LITSE, Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture.
He recalled that the Interdepartmental Committee on Trade Facilitation was established in 2017 to spearhead a coordinated approach to the implementation of trade facilitation decisions, agreements and programs carried out by different Directorates and Agencies of the Commission.
Mr. SOFOLA highlighted recent efforts facilitated by the Commission, such as the adoption of the ECOWAS Community Transit Supplementary Law and the establishment of the ECOWAS Regional Trade Facilitation Committee (RTFC).
The RTFC provides advisory recommendations to the ECOWAS Commission regarding the implementation of all instruments associated with the simplification of export, import and transit within and outside the region.
Before declaring the meeting open, he assured IDTFC members that their comments and input will be incorporated into draft documents before they are presented to member states for consideration and adoption.
On behalf of GIZ, Mr. Kelechi OKORO, Advisor to the Trade Facilitation Program for West Africa (TFWA), underlined the important role of the IDTFC in facilitating trade in the region.
He reiterated GIZ's support for the Committee's work and his satisfaction with the progress made so far in the development of various policy documents.
He expressed his hope that ECOWAS will ensure the effective implementation of the strategies when they are adopted.
Participants in the retreat included representatives from the directorates of Trade, Customs Union and Taxation, Transport, Private Sector, Industry, Free Movement of Persons, Research and Statistics, Foreign Affairs, Legal Affairs, Communication and the Gender Development Center of ECOWAS.
The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Afreximbank also participated in the recall.
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has called for co-operation among Nigeria’s water, energy and food security sectors towards addressing all challenges hindering socio-economic development.
Adamu made the call on Tuesday at the opening of a three-day Inter-Sectoral Policy National Dialogue on “the Nexus of Water -Energy-Food Security” held in Abuja.
The workshop was organised by the Niger Basin Authority (NBA) and German International Cooperation (GiZ).
He said mismanagement of one sector could affect the viability of other sectors and compromise the livelihoods of the people and the ecosystem.
Adamu, represented by the Director, Water Quality and Sanitation, Mr Emmanuel Awe said the nexus approach reflected the interlink between Water, Energy, Food Security and Environment.
He expressed the need to integrate all sectors towards promoting positive impact, socio -economic development and management of resources.
Adamu said increasing activities due to urbanisation, agriculture and industrialisation, had resulted in the pollution of fresh water with serious adverse effects on health and wellbeing.
While expressing the Federal Government’s gratitude to the NBA and experts, he urged all participants to show more commitment for effective and efficient implementation of all NBA projects and programmes.
Regional Coordinator, Nexus GIZ and EU, Robert Kronefield and NBA representative, Bamidele Olatunji, said the workshop would strengthen stakeholders’ capacity in planning, policy development and implementation of the NEXUS approach.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the first phase of the NBA and German Cooperation (NBA-GIZ) NEXUS Project (2016-2020) placed strong emphasis on regional integration of the NEXUS approach and capacity building.
The NEXUS project takes an integrated view of the water, energy and agriculture sectors, as these are all competing for the same scarce resources.
It allows an optimal balance of interests in the use of resources, manage conflicts and human rights risks appropriately, and respect the limits of the planet’s ecological resilience.