The Federal Government has released relief materials mainly food and non food items to flood victims in Anambra.
Mr Walson Ibarakumo, an Assistant Director in charge of Response and Rehabilitation, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), said this after a closed-door meeting with officials of Anambra Government in Awka on Thursday.
Ibarakumo said the non food items had arrived but the food items were yet to arrive in Anambra due to the traffic challenges caused by flooding in the confluence town of Lokoja, Kogi State.
The NEMA official and his team were received by Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Deputy Governor of Anambra and Chief Paul Odenigbo, the Executive Secretary of Anambra State Emergency Management Agency.
He said the food consignment had been trapped on the Lokoja axis where flood had rendered the road impassable to vehicular traffic.
He said the food items meant to Anambra were 1,400 (10kg) bags of rice, 1,400 (10kg) bags of beans, 1,400 (10kg) maize, 75 (20kg) of salt, 75 (20 ltr) vegetable oil, 1,000 cartons of seasoning and 75 cartons of tin tomatoes.
The non food items included 7,350 nylon mats, 1,000 treated mosquito nets, 600 cartons of bath soap, 2,500 Guinea brocades (5yrds) and 1,000 units of each of children, women and men’s wear.
Ibarakumo commended the Anambra government for their efforts so far in the response, rescue and intervention operations while expressing hope that the trapped materials would reach the state soon.
On his part, Ibezim thanked the Federal Government for the support but expressed regrets over the devastating impact of the flood on Anambra.
Ibezim said the number of affected local government areas had increased from five to seven with addition of Ihiala and Ekwusigo.
He said new challenges were emerging each new day due to rising water levels and that the government was still busy with containing the disaster which overstretched their preparations.
The deputy governor said efforts were being made to provide minimal comfort to victims and that every item meant to cushion their pains would be diligently distributed.
A World Bank mission is in Abuja, Nigeria, from 7 to 15 October 2022 to support the implementation of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP) and the Regional Electricity Access and Storage Technology of Energy in Batteries (BEST).
Both are projects of the Directorate of Energy and Mines of the ECOWAS Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization The main objective of the mission is to review the status of the projects, together with the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) based in Abuja and the National Project Execution Units (PIU) in the Member States where the projects are being executed.
In addition, the mission will discuss the progress made, the difficulties, as well as the necessary steps and resources that will strengthen the capacity of the RCU and the PIUs to accelerate the implementation of both projects.
The mission will also build on the recent in-depth exercise organized by the World Bank's Regional Integration Department as it monitors the activities of both projects.
Therefore, it will include technical workshops and special review meetings on procurement, financial management, and environmental protection.
Regarding the Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP), the mission will specifically deal with matters related to the execution of contracts for the design, supply and installation of electricity distribution infrastructure, compensation of the people affected by the project , monitoring of disbursement goals, status of the action plan of the last mission to support implementation and monitoring of project results framework indicators.
Regarding the Regional Project for Access to Electricity and Battery Energy Storage Technology (BEST), the mission will focus on the progress and challenges to be addressed to meet the commitments of the financing agreement; the level of preparation of the feasibility study for the electricity access component; the bidding process for hiring consulting engineers and construction companies; the performance of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and the Resettlement Action Plans (RAP) and the budget allocation for the compensation of the affected people.
The mission work was officially declared open on Monday 10th October 2022 at the ECOWAS offices in Niger House, Abuja by Mr. Bayaornibe Dabire, Director of Energy and Mines, who represented the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization of ECOWAS, Sediko Douka.
It was attended by members of the World Bank delegation, the Regional Coordination Unit (RCU) and the coordinators of the National Project Implementation Unit (UEP) of the Member States where the projects are being implemented.
Experts from the Directorates of Energy and Mines, Financial Reports and Subsidies of ECOWAS and the Procurement Division also participate in the meeting.
The World Bank mission is personally led by Pedro Sánchez (Lead Energy Specialist and Project Manager) and Massan Elise Akitani (Lead Energy Specialist, Co-Project Manager) together with Adebayo Adeniyi (Lead Procurement Specialist), Arigu Yusufu Kudu ( financial management specialist, AFCW2) and Joel Olukayode Ogboye (financial management specialist).
Other members of the mission are joining by video conference.
It will be recalled that the objective of the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Access Project (ECOWAS-REAP) and the Regional Electricity Access and Battery Energy Storage Technology (BEST) is to enable access to quality electricity for people .
The US$225 million ECOWAS-REAP project (Phase 1) covers Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mali. The objective is that 2.5 million people in the three countries have access to electricity and the electrification of local communities in Gambia (298), Guinea Bissau (66) and Mali (214) with 152,000 new interconnection power lines in the three countries.
The project finances the expansion of the medium (MV) and low voltage (LV) networks of the high voltage substations of the Gambia River Basin Development Organization (OMVG) and the Gambia River Basin Development Organization.
Senegal River (OMVS), to transform the electricity sectors.
The $465 million BEST project (Phase 2) covers Ivory Coast, Niger, Mali, Senegal and Mauritania.
The project finances the expansion of the MV and LV networks in Niger, Senegal and Mauritania and will also help improve the stability of the electricity grid with the installation of battery energy storage solutions (BESS) in HV substations in Costa de Ivory, Mali and Niger.
President Muhammmadu Buhari has appealed to Member-States of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) to remit their outstanding Annual Assessed Contributions to the Secretariat to meet the Commission’s objectives.
The President made the appeal at a virtual meeting of the Heads of State and Government of Member States of the Commission, convened to review progress on efforts to deal with the maritime challenges in the region.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the GGC, is an international body, was established by the Treaty signed in Libreville, Gabon, on July 3, 2001, comprising Angola, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Sao Tome and Principe.
According to him, the continued non-payment by the majority has greatly affected the ability of the Commission to fulfil the mandate for which it was established in 2001. The president added that the inability of member-states to pay their assessment was threatening the continued existence of the Commission.
He also called for urgent collective action against the dangers and threats affecting maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea Region.
According to him, Nigeria considers the effective functioning of the GGC as strategic to the collective security interest in the Gulf region, particularly in addressing criminal issues.
He said such issues included piracy, proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, protection of marine resources as well as irregular migration to the region.
“As a demonstration of our firm commitment towards the repositioning of the GGC into a more vibrant Organization that will effectively deliver on its mandate, Nigeria hosted the 4th Ordinary Summit of the Assembly of Heads of States and Government of the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) from Nov. 21 to Nov. 23, 2017 in Abuja.
“In addition, Nigeria hosted the 11th Ordinary session of the Council of Ministers of the Gulf of Guinea in Abuja from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20, 2019 as part of our efforts to revitalize the activities of the Commission.
“These sessions observed, inter alia, that non-payment of Assessed Contribution by majority of the GGC Member-States to support the Commission’s operational budget has seriously affected the effective delivery of the organization’s mandate.
“Meanwhile, Nigeria has championed several efforts towards fighting maritime insecurity in the Gulf of Guinea,’’ the president said.
He highlighted that in June, 2019, Nigeria’s National Assembly passed the Suppression of Piracy and Other Maritime Offences Act, 2019, (POMO Act) which aims to prevent and suppress piracy, armed robbery and any other unlawful acts against a ship.
Furthermore, the president pledged that Nigeria would continue to deploy significant resources towards tackling piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
“Through the Deep Blue Project in June 2021, the Government of Nigeria unveiled 195million dollar-worth of boats, vehicles and aircraft to spearhead the country’s fight against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
“The operational mechanisms in the Gulf of Guinea Region as you know are similar to those in some other regional organisations.
“For instance ECOWAS and ECCAS have adopted protocols on the security of their Maritime domains and also set up Regional Centers for Maritime Security respectfully.
” The Nigerian leader, therefore, stressed the need for the GGC to adopt a collaborative strategy to engage partners and donors in creating awareness on the objectives of the organization.
This, he said, was with a view to synergizing for more effective results towards fighting maritime insecurity in the GGC region.
“As Your Excellencies are aware, another challenge which confronted the organization in its fight against maritime insecurity in the region is the COVID – 19 Global Pandemic and its attendant negative impact on the activities of the Gulf of Guinea Commission, in 2020 and early 2021. “What we need now is to work more than ever towards the revitalization of the organisation by holding regular meetings and Summits of the Commission,” he maintained.
The president also expressed his profound gratitude to fellow Heads of State for the support from all Member States during his tenure as Chair of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the GGC.
“This Summit marks the end of my chairmanship and will also be my last Summit in the Gulf of Guinea as Head of State.
”As we decide on the next Chairmanship, I am confident that I am bequeathing a revitalized Commission.
“I therefore urge you to extend the same support and solidarity I enjoyed during my tenure to my successor to ensure continuity in our efforts and commitment to address the challenges of our organization,” he said.
The Nigerian leader congratulated Amb. Florentina Ukonga, the Executive Secretary of the GGC, and her team for their hard work and commitment not only towards the organisation of this Summit, but in running the organisation effectively.
He acknowledged the great work done by the outgoing Executive Committee led by Ukonga in spite of the paucity of funds the Committee had been grappling with.
The president expressed hope that the virtual Summit would yield fruitful results that would move the organisation forward.
President Nana Akuffo-Ado of Ghana emerged the new President at the end of the Summit.
On Monday, October 10, 2022, a Regional Coordination and Training Meeting on the inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa opened in Accra, Ghana.
Organized by the Commission of the Department of Human Development and Social Affairs of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), experts from the member states of the West African Regional Organization and the African Union Commission participated in the meeting.
While delivering his speech at the opening of the meeting, Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil, ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana, deplored the fact that only three (3) of the fifteen (15) ECOWAS countries have ratified the Protocol of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples' Rights Related to the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (known as AfChHPR-PWD).
These are namely Mali, Burkina Faso and Togo. “We must all join together to reverse this trend in order to contribute to the realization of a fully integrated community of people in a peaceful and prosperous region, with strong institutions that respect fundamental freedoms and work for inclusive and sustainable development”, Ambassador Baba Gana Wakil offered.
The ECOWAS Resident Representative in Ghana concluded his speech thus: “To reiterate the call to action made by Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, all countries are urged to fully implement the Convention on Human Rights.
of Persons with Disabilities, increase accessibility and dismantle economic and other barriers to the active participation of persons with disabilities and their representative organizations”.
Taking the floor, Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samaté, Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development of the African Union (AU), the main objective of this Meeting of Experts on Regional Coordination and Training on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in West Africa is to (i) popularize the Protocol (Af-ChHPR-PWDs) in all ECOWAS Member States to enable them to have a better understanding of this continental legal document and the accompanying policy instruments, (ii) and promote its ratification and subsequent implementation.
In her speech delivered to the participants, Ambassador Cessouma Minata Samaté reiterated her Department's commitment to support ECOWAS in the process of signing, ratifying, implementing and reporting on the AU Disability Architecture (AUDA).
She also reminded that ratification is only a significant step towards a good intention.
“What matters most is the development and implementation of relevant legal and legislative texts and policies for the benefit of people living with disabilities,” added the African Union Commissioner.
Ms. Paula Saad, Director General of Social Inclusion of Guinea Bissau, on behalf of His Excellency General Umaro Sissoko Embalo, current President of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, expressed the opinion that the regional meeting of experts would serve as a meeting point for all Member States to work as a team to put an end to violations of the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities and reverse the trend towards their full inclusion.
In her keynote address during the opening session, the Executive Secretary of the Ghana National Council on Disability, Attorney Esther Akua Gyamfi, informed the participants that the Ghanaian authorities have mandated the National Council on Disability to coordinate and work with disability organizations persons with disabilities and other stakeholders to sign and ratify the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.
Esther Akua GYAMFI, as well as the representative of the United Nations Regional Office for West Africa in charge of Human Rights, thanked the ECOWAS Commission for this capacity building exercise organized for experts and sensitization of the Member States.
She also expressed her gratitude to the organization for its efforts to mobilize citizens of the region living with disabilities.
Japanese Government has reiterated commitment to contributing to the security of Nigeria, other West African countries and protect people’s lives through a variety of measures including capacity building for personnel in charge of maritime safety.
Mr Shinozawa Takayuki, Charge d Affairs ad Interim of Japan to Nigeria, gave the assurance at the opening of a three-Week Counter-Piracy Course on the Core Principles and Practice of Combating Piracy, in Abuja.
The course, which started on Tuesday, is being conducted by Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre (MLAILPKC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan.
Takayuki said that Japan had in June, signed an agreement with Nigeria to grant high-speed boats to Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The high-speed boats, according to him, will make a significant contribution to maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea in the near future.
“In August, Japan hosted the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African (TICAD8).
In the “Tunis Declaration” that resulted from the conference, Japan emphasized the importance of promoting regional and international efforts related to maritime security ”This including the fight against maritime crime such as piracy, and of maintaining a rule-based maritime order in accordance with the principles of international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
“Furthermore, this project, which begins the Anti-Piracy course today, is one of Japan’s contributions to capacity building, and we hope that the knowledge acquired by the 30 trainees will improve safety in the Gulf of Guinea.
“It is also a project on the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, (FOIP), an initiative of the Japanese Government to build a rules-based international order, free trade, freedom of navigation, and the rule of law, all of which are essential principles for achieving regional stability and prosperity.
“Under the FOIP initiative, the Government of Japan believes that it is extremely important to contribute to the peace and stability of the African region by promoting the use of the oceans as an “international public property” in cooperation with the international community and strengthening the connectivity of Asia and Africa, which are experiencing rapid economic development,” he said.
Takayuki said that ensuring the security of the Gulf of Guinea was also important from the perspective of economic security, adding that trade between Nigeria and Japan had reached to one billion dollars annually.
He added that the total amount to date stood at approximately 115 billion yen.
“Therefore, it is necessary to ensure maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea, a key trade route in West Africa, in order to facilitate bilateral trade,” he added.
The Japanese envoy said the Gulf of Guinea was described as the world’s piracy hotspot in 2021 and commended Nigerian government, military, NIMASA and other relevant organisations for their continuous efforts in fighting piracy through various initiatives.
He said that countries such as UK and US had been working together with the Nigerian government on security in the Gulf of Guinea.
According to him, research on piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, the result of a previous project revealed that the root cause of piracy is economic and employment problems.
“The lack of employment opportunities has led to the widespread practice of turning to piracy for a livelihood.
In short, in order to eradicate piracy, we have to eradicate poverty.
”The Government of Japan feels the necessity to promote the fishing industry in the southern states of Nigeria.
“Japan and Nigeria are far apart, but we are connected by sea.
“Therefore, as a true friend of Nigeria, it can be said that Nigeria’s matter is Japan’s matter.
“I wish to reassure everyone here that the Government of Japan, in cooperation with other countries, continues to contribute to the peace and stability of the Gulf of Guinea, for the livelihood of the Nigerian people and for regional economic stability,” he said.
Also speaking, head of governance for Peace UNDP, Mattew Alao, said the project would contribute towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 16, which aims at promoting peace.
“The Counter Piracy project, which is being implemented by the Centre, will assist the Gulf of Guinea Countries to further strengthen their institutional effectiveness, inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and responsiveness,as well as reinforce synergies and partnership amongst them to combat maritime crimes; promote international trades; and ensure economic stability of the member states and of the local communities in the region.
“Furthermore, the project will contribute towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 which aims to promote peace and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels.
It will help to reduce the prevalence of extremism, violence crimes and exclusion.
The crosscutting themes embedded in the project, such as gender, human rights, international humanitarian law, rule of law amongst others will enable the creation of just and peaceful societies.
” his remarks, the Assistant Director training, Navy Headquarters, Captain Nsikan Friday, said the Nigerian Navy, was always ready to battle piracy, he as well urged participants to maximise all information which will help in curbing piracy.
He said there was reduction in piracy activities in the GoG
Regional experts in charge of visa issuance and control met in Abuja for a three (3) day technical meeting to validate the recommendations of the earlier held Working Group meeting, harmonize visa cost and design and deliberate on other associated modalities related to the implementation of ECOVISA.
The meeting was officially opened this day, October 11, 2022, by the interim chair of the meeting, Mr. McArious A.
Akanbong, who stated that the meeting was held in accordance with the decision of the Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in 2000.
He urged the participants to work closely together.
towards achieving the set goals.
The ECOWAS Commissioner for Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Massandje Touré-Litsé, welcomed the participants on behalf of the President of the ECOWAS Commission, HE Dr. Omar Alieu TOURAY, and the new management.
He reiterated the commitment of the ECOWAS Commission to the update of ECOVISA, which will boost tourism in the ECOWAS region as an important economic activity in terms of income generation, job creation, foreign exchange earnings and cultural exchange that cannot be overlooked.
He also highlighted the benefits that the implementation of ECOVISA will bring to the region in terms of boosting foreign direct investment, strengthening the private sector for industrialization that can drive economic development.
Finally, she stated that ECOVISA would play a vital role in the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as a tool to allow citizens of third countries to focus on our region.
Dr. Yakubu Dadu, Head of the ECOWAS Country Office in Nigeria, recalled the details of the expert meeting held in Accra, Ghana, in April 2022, which launched the process.
He reaffirmed Nigeria's commitment and confidence in the ECOVISA Task Force to execute the task entrusted to them effectively and efficiently.
“I have no doubt that the 3-day meeting will further enrich us as we discuss other emerging issues related to the implementation of ECOVISA in our region,” he added.
Mr. Bakary Sanou, Manager of the ECOWAS Component of the GIZ Support to the African Union Border Program (GIZ/AUBP), acknowledged the commitment that the ECOWAS Commission has shown in the process.
He expressed the readiness of GIZ-AUBP to support the process for the implementation of free movement in the ECOWAS region for all.
He called on the participants to use the 3 days to ensure that the interest of the region is considered.
ECOVISA experts will also deliberate on the standardized cost of ECOVISA, present a sample design and features of ECOVISA for validation, and validate the terms of reference for contracting competent local service providers to develop the technology to be used for ECOVISA.
ECOVISA is based on the idea of the Schengen visa which will give citizens of non-member states access to any of the 15 member states with a single visa.
The 3-day meeting brought together experts in charge of visa issuance, experts in charge of visa control at points of entry, as well as participants from the ECOWAS Commission and GIZ-AUBP.
For reference, the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government directed the ECOWAS Commission to develop the modalities for the smooth implementation of ECOVISA for Migrants from third countries.
In fulfillment of this mandate, the ECOWAS Commission in collaboration with GIZ-AUBP launched a study on modalities for the harmonization of Visa procedures and processes in the ECOWAS region.
An ECOVISA working group was established and a series of expert meetings with experts from Burkina Faso, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Federal Republic of Nigeria and Senegal were held in April 2022 to review the results of the studio.
This meeting of experts is therefore to ensure the final validation to pave the way for the implementation of ECOVISA.
The Federal Government on Tuesday called for more synergy among the stakeholders to tackle headlong the perennial problems of regional piracy activities in the Gulf of Guinea (GoG) nations.
The Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, made the call at the opening of a 3-Week Counter-Piracy Course on the Core Principles and Practice of Combating Piracy, in Abuja.
The course was conducted by Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre (MLAILPKC) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Japan.
The minister who was represented by the Deputy Director, UN Development System Division of the ministry, Mrs Victoria Oluyole, said this would help to consolidate the success being recorded in the fight against maritime crime.
Agba commended the UNDP and the Government of Japan with the Nigerian Navy and other concerned nations for strategizing and planning on the ways and means of combating the menace on the national and regional waters He said this had also helped in making it safe and correcting the damages already done to the sector as well as restoring normalcy to the seafarers.
While commending the Government of Japan, the UNDP and the Nigerian Navy for facilitating the programme, which he described as remarkable, Agba expressed the hope that it would help address the challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.
“This event is remarkable as we have the assurance that the perennial problems of regional piracy activities in the Gulf of Guinea nations are being confronted headlong in a new tactical dimension through training of professionals who would be able to handle state-of-the-art equipment and development of other capacities.
“We are confident that this capacity building exercise will provide the needed concept, facilitate the state of the art simulation gadgets, tactical, technological know-how to counter emerging threats as well as establish professional relationship among member States,” he said.
The minister, therefore, urged participants to get the best of the training in order to deploy it afterwards towards national objectives to salvage the region and the international communities.
The UNDP Team Lead, Governance, Peace and Security, Mr Matthew Alao, said that the 3-week course would help reinforce synergies and partnership amongst stakeholders.
Also said the course was part of a Japanese-funded project that intends to complement global, regional and national authorities’ visions and efforts at combating the menace of pirates in the Gulf of Guinea region.
He said the was aimed at building the skills, expertise and knowledge of the participants on the core principles and practice of combating piracy.
“The course consolidates on the achievement of the 2021 maiden edition of the anti-piracy project successfully implemented by MLAILPKC in collaboration with partners from Go Countries including Nigeria.
“The Counter Piracy project, which is being implemented by the Centre, will assist the Gulf of Guinea Countries to further strengthen their institutional effectiveness, inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and responsiveness.
“As well as reinforce synergies and partnerships amongst them to combat maritime crimes; promote international trades, and ensure the economic stability of the member states and of the local communities in the region.
“The project will contribute towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 which aims to promote peace and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective and accountable institutions at all levels.
It will help to reduce the prevalence of extremisms, violent crimes and exclusion,” he said.
The Commandant Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre Maj.-Gen. Awaul Fagge, represented by Deputy Commandant, Brig.-Gen. Sunday Makolo, expressed concern over the increased rise in the different acts of piracy threatens the maritime domain.
According to him, this accounts for a great percentage of global merchandise distribution and exchanges.
Fagge said incessant pirate attacks had resulted in increased maritime insurance costs, increased prices of goods merchandise, oil and gas resource and the growth of regional black markets in clandestine goods and services apart from endangering lives and properties.
He said the costs associated with piracy and other TOCs were passed on and borne by the final consumers in the GoG littoral states.
“It is against this backdrop that the Government of Japan through the UNDP, sponsored the Centre to conduct a research project on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea: Root Causes, Effects and Priority Intervention Measures’.
“Thereafter, a curriculum for an anti-piracy course was developed, which led to the conduct of the Anti-Piracy Course in the Centre,” he said.
The commandant said that during the period of training, participants would be required to bring their various experiences, competencies and expertise to bear.
Mr Shinozawa Takayuki, Charge d Affairs ad Interim of Japan to Nigeria, said that his country was committed to contributing to the security of West Africa and protect people’s lives through a variety of measures including capacity building for personnel in charge of maritime safety.
“Japan and Nigeria are far apart, but we are connected by sea.
Therefore, as a true friend of Nigeria, it can be said that Nigeria’s matter is Japan’s matter.
“I wish to reassure everyone that the Government of Japan, in cooperation with other countries, continues to contribute to the peace and stability of the Gulf of Guinea, for the livelihood of the Nigerian people and for regional economic stability,” he added.
While describing the GoG as the world’s piracy hotspot in 2021, the envoy commended the Government of Nigeria, the Nigerian military, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency and other relevant organizations for their continuous and tremendous efforts in fighting piracy through various initiatives.
He said that countries such as UK and US were also working together with the Nigerian government on security in the Gulf of Guinea.
COVID-19 and the recent outbreaks of monkeypox and polio have highlighted how vulnerable the world is to infectious diseases.
But every day, public health workers stop epidemics before they start.
Last month, Ghana contained its first outbreak of the Marburg virus (https://bit.ly/3Erw3nr), which is highly contagious and has a fatality rate of up to 88%.
This story, like many other prevented epidemics, did not make the headlines.
Today, Resolve to Save Lives (https://ResolveToSaveLives.org/) releases a new "Epidemics That Didn't Happen" report (https://bit.ly/3yu3IJq) showing that investment in preparedness, combined with speed, Strategic responses by public health authorities can stop disease outbreaks, save lives, and prevent suffering.
These are the everyday hits that are rarely reported.
The latest “Epidemics That Didn't Happen” (https://bit.ly/3yu3IJq) celebrates successful responses to outbreaks around the world and demonstrates the benefits, in lives saved, of investing in health systems.
“The successes of frontline public health workers around the world demonstrate that public health works when we invest in and prioritize strengthening health systems, especially at the national and subnational levels,” said Dr. Tom Frieden, President and Executive Director of Resolve to Save Lives.
and former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Our report demonstrates that responses don't have to be perfect to be effective, but sustained investment in preparedness can mean the difference between a contained outbreak and one that devastates a community, a country, or the world.
Epidemic preparedness should not stop when an outbreak ends.” When outbreaks are not contained, the results can be economically catastrophic and deadly: estimates put the global cost of COVID-19 at $20 trillion, with an estimated 20 million lives lost.
However, an investigation by Resolve to Save Lives found that it would cost an estimated $124 billion over five years (https://bit.ly/3Mkpdlr) to make the world much better prepared for disease threats, a bargain that could save countless lives and preserve economies.
The real-life examples presented in the latest report highlight different aspects of effective public health programs, including how: Improved systems and skills after deadly epidemics stopped Ebola outbreaks in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo Learning from experience helped health workers in India contain a Nipah outbreak for a single case Advanced planning, regional awareness and quick action stopped cholera in Burkina Faso A diverse team mobilized and successfully contained an outbreak of rabies in Tanzania Well-coordinated health offices in Brazil quickly stopped a flu outbreak on a cruise ship Community trust enabled early detection of and response to a dengue case in Indonesia “Outbreaks start and end locally, so community action is crucial to prevent epidemics.
Public health officials' engagement with communities pays off because it builds trust in the health system,” said Amanda McClelland, Senior Vice President, Resolve to Save Lives.
“Another key component is protecting healthcare workers, who are the first line of defense against outbreaks.
When primary healthcare facilities are safe work environments, patients and healthcare workers are protected and are better able to detect and respond to health threats before they spiral out of control.” The case studies were developed with the support of ministries of health and global health organizations, including the Indonesian Red Cross Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Vital Strategies and the FAME Hospital.
To read the attached report, visit https://bit.ly/3yu3IJq.
The sixth edition of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) came to end on Friday with an award ceremony in which news agencies from Cote d’voire and Guinea emerged top winners of the prestigious Grand Prize in journalism.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Soro Yacouba of the Ivorian news agency, AIP, won the Grand Prize for the best video report.
His television report focused on the challenges of educating mentally retarded children in his country.
Yaccouba’s colleague in AIP, Kouassi Konan, also won the Grand Prize for the best article.
His award-winning article was entitled: ” Violence against Children: Light on a Painful Reality in Cote d’voire.
” NAN further reports that the Grand Prize in the photo category was given to Guilavvogul Kpeze from the Guinean news agency, AGP.
The caption of the winning photograph illustrated the daily life of a rural woman in the Guinea Savannah and the perfect harmony between man, nature and biodiversity.
The winner in each category received a plaque and a certificate signed by the president of FAAPA, Mr Khalil Idrissi, as well as one thousand dollars.
NAN recalls that members of the jury on the Grand Prize had met in Dakar, Senegal, in November 2021 on the occasion of the eighth Session of the Executive Council to consider entries submitted by African news agencies.
Three members of the Atlantic Federation of African Press Agencies (FAAPA) on Friday joined the Executive Council of the body, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The trio, AGP of Guinea, Ghana News Agency and AGP of Gabon were elected, following the exit of the Agence Benin Press-ABP from the Executive Council and the need to fill available vacancies.
The election of the new Executive Council members were part of the resolutions adopted to amend the FAAPA statutes to admit the three member agencies into the council at the ongoing General Assembly.
The forum, which was led by the Vice Chairman of FAAPA, Oumou Sana, also resolved to create an Honourary Committee made up of members who distinguished themselves in the services of the Federation.
NAN, represented by its Managing Director, Mr Buki Ponle, is an Executive Council member of FAAPA.
The session also considered the report and statistics on the FAAPA website as well as reviewed the report of the 8th meeting of the Executive Council held in Dakar in November 2021. It also deliberated on the Action Plan for 2022-2023 as well as considered the training seminar reports and proposals.