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  •  The Chattered Institute of Logistics and Transport CILT has inaugurated its executive members of the Calabar branch to pilot the affairs of the institute The executive members were inaugurated on Saturday in Calabar by Dr Peter Borlo Vice President East of the institute after an online voting process by members of the institute The Vice President inaugurated Dr Chijioke Ukadike as the pioneer Chairman of the Calabar branch while Dr Patrick Ekhameye and Dr Uche Ohaebuchi were inaugurated as Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively Speaking Borlo said that the institute was founded in 1919 in the United Kingdom adding that the institute was established in Nigeria in 1958 He noted that the backbone of any country s economy was the logistics and transport sector hence the need for government at all levels to collaborate with the institute for sustainable gains CILT is the only body that has the content to direct and contribute towards the regulation that builds marine transport services he said Also speaking the Port Manager Calabar Port Mr Festus Olumati told the new executives and members of the institute that the Calabar Port was still effective and operational Commissioner for Transport in Cross River Mr Edet Oqua told the inaugurated executive that the state government was open to do business with the institute Responding the pioneer Chairman Ukadike expressed satisfaction with the electoral process that produced him as the pioneer Chairman of the institute in Cross River Ukadike who is the Head Corporate and Strategic Communication Department Nigeria Port Authority Calabar has amassed nearly three decades of working experience in the Nigeria transport sector Ukadike who is also a Chattered Fellow of CILT gave assurance that the institute under his leadership would promote marine and transport services in the state Cross River has what it takes to become a super Marine hub and the Calabar Port is sitting at the corridors of the Gulf of Guinea We can capture the food market marine and logistics services from Calabar because the port is strategically position for such services he said He noted that with an advanced certificate in CILT an individual can work anywhere in the world in the marine and transport sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports that shortly after the inauguration the secretariat of the institute in the state located along Calabar highway was also inaugurated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institute of Transport inaugurates executive members in Calabar
     The Chattered Institute of Logistics and Transport CILT has inaugurated its executive members of the Calabar branch to pilot the affairs of the institute The executive members were inaugurated on Saturday in Calabar by Dr Peter Borlo Vice President East of the institute after an online voting process by members of the institute The Vice President inaugurated Dr Chijioke Ukadike as the pioneer Chairman of the Calabar branch while Dr Patrick Ekhameye and Dr Uche Ohaebuchi were inaugurated as Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively Speaking Borlo said that the institute was founded in 1919 in the United Kingdom adding that the institute was established in Nigeria in 1958 He noted that the backbone of any country s economy was the logistics and transport sector hence the need for government at all levels to collaborate with the institute for sustainable gains CILT is the only body that has the content to direct and contribute towards the regulation that builds marine transport services he said Also speaking the Port Manager Calabar Port Mr Festus Olumati told the new executives and members of the institute that the Calabar Port was still effective and operational Commissioner for Transport in Cross River Mr Edet Oqua told the inaugurated executive that the state government was open to do business with the institute Responding the pioneer Chairman Ukadike expressed satisfaction with the electoral process that produced him as the pioneer Chairman of the institute in Cross River Ukadike who is the Head Corporate and Strategic Communication Department Nigeria Port Authority Calabar has amassed nearly three decades of working experience in the Nigeria transport sector Ukadike who is also a Chattered Fellow of CILT gave assurance that the institute under his leadership would promote marine and transport services in the state Cross River has what it takes to become a super Marine hub and the Calabar Port is sitting at the corridors of the Gulf of Guinea We can capture the food market marine and logistics services from Calabar because the port is strategically position for such services he said He noted that with an advanced certificate in CILT an individual can work anywhere in the world in the marine and transport sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports that shortly after the inauguration the secretariat of the institute in the state located along Calabar highway was also inaugurated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Institute of Transport inaugurates executive members in Calabar
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    Institute of Transport inaugurates executive members in Calabar

    The Chattered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has inaugurated its executive members of the Calabar branch to pilot the affairs of the institute.

    The executive members were inaugurated on Saturday in Calabar by Dr Peter Borlo, Vice President, East, of the institute, after an online voting process by members of the institute.

    The Vice President inaugurated Dr Chijioke Ukadike as the pioneer Chairman of the Calabar branch, while Dr Patrick Ekhameye and Dr Uche Ohaebuchi were inaugurated as Vice Chairman and Secretary respectively.

    Speaking, Borlo said that the institute was founded in 1919 in the United Kingdom, adding that the institute was established in Nigeria in 1958. He noted that the backbone of any country’s economy was the logistics and transport sector, hence the need for government at all levels to collaborate with the institute for sustainable gains.

    “CILT is the only body that has the content to direct and contribute towards the regulation that builds marine transport services,” he said.

    Also speaking, the Port Manager, Calabar Port, Mr Festus Olumati, told the new executives and members of the institute that the Calabar Port was still effective and operational.

    Commissioner for Transport in Cross River, Mr Edet Oqua, told the inaugurated executive that the state government was open to do business with the institute.

    Responding, the pioneer Chairman, Ukadike, expressed satisfaction with the electoral process that produced him as the pioneer Chairman of the institute in Cross River.

    Ukadike, who is the Head, Corporate and Strategic Communication Department, Nigeria Port Authority, Calabar, has amassed nearly three decades of working experience in the Nigeria transport sector.

    Ukadike, who is also a Chattered Fellow of CILT, gave assurance that the institute under his leadership would promote marine and transport services in the state.

    “Cross River has what it takes to become a super Marine hub and the Calabar Port is sitting at the corridors of the Gulf of Guinea.

    “We can capture the food market, marine and logistics services from Calabar because the port is strategically position for such services,” he said.

    He noted that with an advanced certificate in CILT, an individual can work anywhere in the world in the marine and transport sector.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that shortly after the inauguration, the secretariat of the institute in the state, located along Calabar highway, was also inaugurated.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Guinea Bissau have formally established diplomatic relations today The Joint Communiqu formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Abdulla Shahid Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and on behalf of the Government of Guinea Bissau by Her Excellency Suzi Carla Barbosa Minister of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation and Communities of the Republic of Guinea Bissau Establishing diplomatic relations and cultivating meaningful partnerships with friendly countries to achieve common goals in areas of mutual interest is a key priority of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih s foreign policy Guinea Bissau is a tropical country on the Atlantic coast of West Africa with a population of approximately 1 97 million The Republic of Guinea Bissau is the 181st country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives
    Maldives and Guinea-Bissau establish diplomatic relations
      The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Guinea Bissau have formally established diplomatic relations today The Joint Communiqu formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Abdulla Shahid Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and on behalf of the Government of Guinea Bissau by Her Excellency Suzi Carla Barbosa Minister of Foreign Affairs International Cooperation and Communities of the Republic of Guinea Bissau Establishing diplomatic relations and cultivating meaningful partnerships with friendly countries to achieve common goals in areas of mutual interest is a key priority of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih s foreign policy Guinea Bissau is a tropical country on the Atlantic coast of West Africa with a population of approximately 1 97 million The Republic of Guinea Bissau is the 181st country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives
    Maldives and Guinea-Bissau establish diplomatic relations
    Africa2 months ago

    Maldives and Guinea-Bissau establish diplomatic relations

    The Republic of Maldives and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau have formally established diplomatic relations today.

    The Joint Communiqué formalizing diplomatic relations between the two countries was signed on behalf of the Government of Maldives by His Excellency Abdulla Shahid, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives and on behalf of the Government of Guinea-Bissau by Her Excellency Suzi Carla Barbosa.

    , Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Communities of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

    Establishing diplomatic relations and cultivating meaningful partnerships with friendly countries to achieve common goals in areas of mutual interest is a key priority of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's foreign policy.

    Guinea-Bissau is a tropical country on the Atlantic coast of West Africa, with a population of approximately 1.97 million.

    The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is the 181st country to establish diplomatic relations with the Maldives.

  •   The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita reaffirmed on September 23 2022 in New York Morocco s commitment to an African Atlantic partnership that will be at the active service of stability and co development Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States Mr Bourita stressed that the reactivation of this geostrategic alliance expresses the vision and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to make the African Atlantic space a framework for cooperation pragmatic and timely interstate Our meeting last June and the Rabat Declaration that came out of it have materialized this vision establishing the Atlantic area of Africa as a space of peace stability and shared prosperity he noted In this regard he stressed that through the Rabat Declaration the Atlantic African States have demonstrated the strong ambition of placing joint action within the framework of a broader association and deepening integration ties in order to more fully address effectively the challenges of the region and to identify the great potential for cooperation Mr Bourita also noted that these States have agreed that joint actions be guided by the principles of consultation solidarity and dynamic and enterprising South South cooperation noting that the international context which has rarely been as complex as the current one reinforces the relevance of this initiative It also commits us to respond to the imperative of consolidating our partnership Especially since we face the same challenges and share the same concerns including security stability and sustainable development he explained Highlighting the complex interconnected and multidimensional threats facing the region the Minister warned of terrorist threats that are spreading in various parts of Africa with very negative repercussions on the stability of the region An effective fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach aimed at actions both in terms of security promoting the ideals of tolerance and achieving sustainable development he said adding that the situation of transnational organized crime in the region is also very worrying The illicit trafficking of weapons drugs or human beings is developing very rapidly and threatens peace and development in the African Atlantic space he warned Mr Bourita also warned of the threats posed by piracy which damage the prospects for economic and commercial development of the countries of the region saying that the direct and indirect cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea would approach to two billion dollars a year and this figure does not include all the costs assumed by African countries and their partners The Minister also noted that the intertwining of terrorism separatism and transnational organized crime multiplies the threat by creating an alliance of evil forces No country can face these challenges by itself he stressed and called for joining efforts through cooperation and coordination as necessary Referring to the prospects for cooperation Bourita highlighted the immense opportunities for association in the region in the areas of blue economy maritime cooperation and energy The blue economy is projected to contribute 3 000 trillion in annual value added to the global economy by 2030 and our region has enormous potential in this area he said indicating that maritime cooperation is also an asset which would allow strengthening our economic and trade integration and improve our competitiveness in the global economy Regarding the environmental challenges facing the region Bourita said that efforts to address these challenges are part of the dynamics of economic cooperation in this area recalling that the African continent which contributes 7 of greenhouse gas emissions is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change The initiatives of the African Action Summit held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech in 2016 on the emergence from Africa through climate action are among the appropriate actions for our collective fight against climate change he argued and he added that the search and promotion of international alliances is desirable e support efforts and build capacity to meet challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation In this context he said that a draft Program of Action of this Initiative aims to identify common strategic priorities for the realization of the vision of an effective and inclusive African Atlantic partnership noting that this project is a unifying element to join us in around goals and guide us in our collective actions The Agenda for Action also serves as a basis for the preparation of the action plans of the three thematic groups created by the Rabat Declaration which deal with political dialogue and issues of security the blue economy connectivity and energy as well as sustainable development and the environment the Minister continued adding that today s meeting will be sanctioned by a declaration reaffirming the common will to consolidate our partnership and give impetus and guidance to our future collective actions including the Program of Action and the work of the three Thematic Groups The Minister strongly encouraged the Member States of this alliance to designate the Focal Points of this Draft Program of Action to begin to forge the common agenda and harmonize actions This meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly
    Morocco chairs the Ministerial Meeting of Atlantic African States in New York
      The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita reaffirmed on September 23 2022 in New York Morocco s commitment to an African Atlantic partnership that will be at the active service of stability and co development Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States Mr Bourita stressed that the reactivation of this geostrategic alliance expresses the vision and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to make the African Atlantic space a framework for cooperation pragmatic and timely interstate Our meeting last June and the Rabat Declaration that came out of it have materialized this vision establishing the Atlantic area of Africa as a space of peace stability and shared prosperity he noted In this regard he stressed that through the Rabat Declaration the Atlantic African States have demonstrated the strong ambition of placing joint action within the framework of a broader association and deepening integration ties in order to more fully address effectively the challenges of the region and to identify the great potential for cooperation Mr Bourita also noted that these States have agreed that joint actions be guided by the principles of consultation solidarity and dynamic and enterprising South South cooperation noting that the international context which has rarely been as complex as the current one reinforces the relevance of this initiative It also commits us to respond to the imperative of consolidating our partnership Especially since we face the same challenges and share the same concerns including security stability and sustainable development he explained Highlighting the complex interconnected and multidimensional threats facing the region the Minister warned of terrorist threats that are spreading in various parts of Africa with very negative repercussions on the stability of the region An effective fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach aimed at actions both in terms of security promoting the ideals of tolerance and achieving sustainable development he said adding that the situation of transnational organized crime in the region is also very worrying The illicit trafficking of weapons drugs or human beings is developing very rapidly and threatens peace and development in the African Atlantic space he warned Mr Bourita also warned of the threats posed by piracy which damage the prospects for economic and commercial development of the countries of the region saying that the direct and indirect cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea would approach to two billion dollars a year and this figure does not include all the costs assumed by African countries and their partners The Minister also noted that the intertwining of terrorism separatism and transnational organized crime multiplies the threat by creating an alliance of evil forces No country can face these challenges by itself he stressed and called for joining efforts through cooperation and coordination as necessary Referring to the prospects for cooperation Bourita highlighted the immense opportunities for association in the region in the areas of blue economy maritime cooperation and energy The blue economy is projected to contribute 3 000 trillion in annual value added to the global economy by 2030 and our region has enormous potential in this area he said indicating that maritime cooperation is also an asset which would allow strengthening our economic and trade integration and improve our competitiveness in the global economy Regarding the environmental challenges facing the region Bourita said that efforts to address these challenges are part of the dynamics of economic cooperation in this area recalling that the African continent which contributes 7 of greenhouse gas emissions is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change The initiatives of the African Action Summit held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech in 2016 on the emergence from Africa through climate action are among the appropriate actions for our collective fight against climate change he argued and he added that the search and promotion of international alliances is desirable e support efforts and build capacity to meet challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation In this context he said that a draft Program of Action of this Initiative aims to identify common strategic priorities for the realization of the vision of an effective and inclusive African Atlantic partnership noting that this project is a unifying element to join us in around goals and guide us in our collective actions The Agenda for Action also serves as a basis for the preparation of the action plans of the three thematic groups created by the Rabat Declaration which deal with political dialogue and issues of security the blue economy connectivity and energy as well as sustainable development and the environment the Minister continued adding that today s meeting will be sanctioned by a declaration reaffirming the common will to consolidate our partnership and give impetus and guidance to our future collective actions including the Program of Action and the work of the three Thematic Groups The Minister strongly encouraged the Member States of this alliance to designate the Focal Points of this Draft Program of Action to begin to forge the common agenda and harmonize actions This meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly
    Morocco chairs the Ministerial Meeting of Atlantic African States in New York
    Africa2 months ago

    Morocco chairs the Ministerial Meeting of Atlantic African States in New York

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, reaffirmed, on September 23, 2022 in New York, Morocco's commitment to an African Atlantic partnership that will be at the active service of stability and co-development.

    Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States, Mr. Bourita stressed that the reactivation of this geostrategic alliance expresses the vision and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to make the African Atlantic space a framework for cooperation pragmatic and timely interstate.

    "Our meeting last June and the Rabat Declaration that came out of it have materialized this vision, establishing the Atlantic area of ​​Africa as a space of peace, stability and shared prosperity," he noted.

    In this regard, he stressed that through the Rabat Declaration, the Atlantic African States have demonstrated the strong ambition of placing joint action within the framework of a broader association and deepening integration ties, in order to more fully address effectively the challenges of the region.

    and to identify the great potential for cooperation, Mr. Bourita also noted that these States have agreed that joint actions be guided by the principles of consultation, solidarity, and dynamic and enterprising South-South cooperation, noting that the international context, which has rarely been as complex as the current one, reinforces the relevance of this initiative.

    “It also commits us to respond to the imperative of consolidating our partnership.

    Especially since we face the same challenges and share the same concerns, including security, stability and sustainable development,” he explained.

    Highlighting the complex, interconnected and multidimensional threats facing the region, the Minister warned of terrorist threats that are spreading in various parts of Africa with "very negative" repercussions on the stability of the region.

    "An effective fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach aimed at actions both in terms of security, promoting the ideals of tolerance and achieving sustainable development," he said, adding that the situation of transnational organized crime in the region is also very worrying.

    "The illicit trafficking of weapons, drugs or human beings is developing very rapidly and threatens peace and development in the African Atlantic space," he warned.

    Mr. Bourita also warned of the threats posed by piracy, which "damage the prospects for economic and commercial development of the countries of the region", saying that the direct and indirect cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea would approach to two billion dollars a year and this figure does not include all the costs assumed by African countries and their partners.

    The Minister also noted that the intertwining of terrorism, separatism and transnational organized crime multiplies the threat by creating an "alliance of evil forces."

    "No country can face these challenges by itself," he stressed, and called for joining efforts, through cooperation and coordination, as necessary.

    Referring to the prospects for cooperation, Bourita highlighted the immense opportunities for association in the region in the areas of blue economy, maritime cooperation and energy.

    “The blue economy is projected to contribute $3,000 trillion in annual value added to the global economy by 2030, and our region has enormous potential in this area,” he said, indicating that maritime cooperation is also an asset, “which would allow strengthening our economic and trade integration and improve our competitiveness in the global economy.

    Regarding the environmental challenges facing the region, Bourita said that efforts to address these challenges are part of the dynamics of economic cooperation in this area, recalling that the African continent , which contributes 7% of greenhouse gas emissions, is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change".

    The initiatives of the African Action Summit, held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech in 2016, on the emergence from Africa through climate action, are among the appropriate actions for our collective fight against climate change,” he argued, and he added that the search and promotion of international alliances is desirable.

    e support efforts and build capacity to meet challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation.

    In this context, he said that a draft Program of Action of this Initiative aims to identify common strategic priorities for the realization of the vision of an effective and inclusive African Atlantic partnership, noting that this project is a unifying element to "join us in around goals, and guide us in our collective actions The Agenda for Action also serves as a basis for the preparation of the action plans of the three thematic groups created by the Rabat Declaration, which deal with political dialogue and issues of security: the blue economy, connectivity and energy, as well as sustainable development and the environment, the Minister continued, adding that today's meeting will be sanctioned by a declaration, reaffirming the common will to "consolidate our partnership and give impetus and guidance to our future collective actions, including the Program of Action and the work of the three Thematic Groups.

    The Minister strongly encouraged the Member States of this alliance to designate the Focal Points of this Draft Program of Action, to begin to forge the common agenda and harmonize actions.

    This meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA donated relief materials to flood victims in Niger on Thursday in Minna The relief materials were presented by Dr Onimode Abdullahi Director Special Duties who represented the NEMA Director General Malam Mustapha Ahmed He said the donation was part of the continuous collaboration between the agency and Niger government The relief materials are 2 500 bags of 10kg rice 2 500 bags of 10kg Maize and 2 500 bags of 10kg Beans 100 kegs of vegetable oil and 200 cartoons of seasoning cubes Others are 300 bags of salts 900 bags of 50kg cement 100 bags of 25kg nails 300 bundles of roofing sheets 100 packets of zinc nails and 6 000 pieces of textiles Also in the donation are 6 000 prices of Guinea brocade 6 000 pieces of men s wear 7 000 pieces of children s wear 7 000 pieces of women s wear and 3 000 prices of plastic buckets Three thousand pieces of plates 3 000 pieces of plastic cups 200 pieces of spoons 200 pieces of sanitary pads 200 cartoons of toilet soap and 100 sets of four in one cooking pots are also part of the materials On top of that are 100 cooking stoves 2 500 mattresses 2 500 insecticide treated mosquito nets 2 500 nylon mats 2 500 blankets and 2 500 bath towels Ahmed said the intervention was to assist flood victims to get back on their feet and restart normal lives adding that the Federal Government was concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state He appealed to the state government to take disaster risk governance to the grassroots through the setting up of Local Emergency Management Committees LEMCs in all council areas He also appealed to the state to set aside a predictable funding to the state s Emergency Management Committee and the LEMCs to enable timely intervention and the saving of lives in the event of disasters Responding Gov Abubakar Sani Bello appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and NEMA for providing support to the flood victims He assured that the relief intervention would go a long way to alleviate the plight of victims The governor said the state government was making efforts to ensure that communities in flood prone areas were relocated to higher grounds and called for Federal Government s support to that effect He also appealed to NEMA to visit the affected communities to assess the level of damage caused by flood to enable the agency to give more support to victims Gov Bello was represented at the presentation by his deputy Alhaji Ahmed Ketso NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA donates relief materials to flood victims in Niger
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA donated relief materials to flood victims in Niger on Thursday in Minna The relief materials were presented by Dr Onimode Abdullahi Director Special Duties who represented the NEMA Director General Malam Mustapha Ahmed He said the donation was part of the continuous collaboration between the agency and Niger government The relief materials are 2 500 bags of 10kg rice 2 500 bags of 10kg Maize and 2 500 bags of 10kg Beans 100 kegs of vegetable oil and 200 cartoons of seasoning cubes Others are 300 bags of salts 900 bags of 50kg cement 100 bags of 25kg nails 300 bundles of roofing sheets 100 packets of zinc nails and 6 000 pieces of textiles Also in the donation are 6 000 prices of Guinea brocade 6 000 pieces of men s wear 7 000 pieces of children s wear 7 000 pieces of women s wear and 3 000 prices of plastic buckets Three thousand pieces of plates 3 000 pieces of plastic cups 200 pieces of spoons 200 pieces of sanitary pads 200 cartoons of toilet soap and 100 sets of four in one cooking pots are also part of the materials On top of that are 100 cooking stoves 2 500 mattresses 2 500 insecticide treated mosquito nets 2 500 nylon mats 2 500 blankets and 2 500 bath towels Ahmed said the intervention was to assist flood victims to get back on their feet and restart normal lives adding that the Federal Government was concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state He appealed to the state government to take disaster risk governance to the grassroots through the setting up of Local Emergency Management Committees LEMCs in all council areas He also appealed to the state to set aside a predictable funding to the state s Emergency Management Committee and the LEMCs to enable timely intervention and the saving of lives in the event of disasters Responding Gov Abubakar Sani Bello appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and NEMA for providing support to the flood victims He assured that the relief intervention would go a long way to alleviate the plight of victims The governor said the state government was making efforts to ensure that communities in flood prone areas were relocated to higher grounds and called for Federal Government s support to that effect He also appealed to NEMA to visit the affected communities to assess the level of damage caused by flood to enable the agency to give more support to victims Gov Bello was represented at the presentation by his deputy Alhaji Ahmed Ketso NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA donates relief materials to flood victims in Niger
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    NEMA donates relief materials to flood victims in Niger

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) donated relief materials to flood victims in Niger on Thursday in Minna.

    The relief materials were presented by Dr Onimode Abdullahi, Director, Special Duties, who represented the NEMA Director-General, Malam Mustapha Ahmed.

    He said the donation was part of the continuous collaboration between the agency and Niger government.

    The relief materials are 2,500 bags of 10kg rice, 2,500 bags of 10kg Maize, and 2,500 bags of 10kg Beans, 100 kegs of vegetable oil and 200 cartoons of seasoning cubes.

    Others are 300 bags of salts, 900 bags of 50kg cement, 100 bags of 25kg nails, 300 bundles of roofing sheets, 100 packets of zinc nails and 6,000 pieces of textiles.

    Also in the donation are 6,000 prices of Guinea brocade, 6,000 pieces of men’s wear, 7,000 pieces of children’s wear, 7,000 pieces of women’s wear and 3,000 prices of plastic buckets.

    Three thousand pieces of plates, 3,000 pieces of plastic cups, 200 pieces of spoons, 200 pieces of sanitary pads, 200 cartoons of toilet soap and 100 sets of four-in-one cooking pots are also part of the materials.

    On top of that are 100 cooking stoves, 2,500 mattresses, 2,500 insecticide-treated mosquito nets, 2,500 nylon mats, 2,500 blankets and 2,500 bath towels.

    Ahmed said the intervention was to assist flood victims to get back on their feet and restart normal lives, adding that the Federal Government was concerned about the welfare and wellbeing of the people of the state.

    He appealed to the state government to take disaster risk governance to the grassroots through the setting up of Local Emergency Management Committees (LEMCs) in all council areas.

    He also appealed to the state to set aside a predictable funding to the state’s Emergency Management Committee and the LEMCs to enable timely intervention and the saving of lives in the event of disasters.

    Responding, Gov. Abubakar Sani-Bello appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and NEMA for providing support to the flood victims.

    He assured that the relief intervention would go a long way to alleviate the plight of victims.

    The governor said the state government was making efforts to ensure that communities in flood prone areas were relocated to higher grounds and called for Federal Government’s support to that effect.

    He also appealed to NEMA to visit the affected communities to assess the level of damage caused by flood to enable the agency to give more support to victims.

    Gov. Bello was represented at the presentation by his deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Some governors who are part of the Nigerian delegation at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly have reaffirmed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to uphold rule of law The governors are Simon Lalong of Plateau AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State Babagana Zulum of Borno and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governors had accompanied the President to deliver his statement to the General Assembly Also Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande and some top political leaders to deliver his address The governors reaffirmed his commitment to constitutional term limits and Nigeria s efforts to promote rule of law and democracy in West Africa The governors cited the country s support for The Gambia Guinea Bissau and Chad during their political impasses as an affirmation of his commitment to ensuring stability in the West African subregion Right Simon Lalong of Plateau State Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State Babagana Zulum of Borno State Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State 77th Session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday at UN headquarters in New York Reacting to Buhari s statement Gov Lalong told newsmen at UN headquarters in New York that Mr President would not fail in his pledge of delivering fair and fair elections My take on that is knowing Mr President he is talking about free and fair election not only free and fair election but working within the rules Working within the rules means that next year he s going to leave office there will be an election and there will be a new leadership in Nigeria As you can see from the text of the message he said he is not the type that will come and change the rule halfway to ensure that he will continue in office he said Lalong said he had worked with the President for so long and that he would keep to his promise I know that what he said is really coming out from his heart that there will be free and fair election And there will also be new leadership And he will also leave after his eight years he said Gov AbdulRazaq said the President spoke about the fact that he would be leaving the office and that he has entrenched democracy and how this will be his last visit to the address the global community The address was such that he dealt on the issues affecting the world post COVID global food security issues in Eastern Europe Democracy in Africa truncation of democracies in Africa and how we re consolidating in Nigeria he said According to him he is leaving the stage and he intends to conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria for posterity Well we all know the President he is very straightforward in his dealings with others In the last meeting with the governors of the All Progressive Congress APC when the APC had its presidential candidate he told us clearly that it s going to be a fair elections and he expects INEC to do a good job So meaning that there ll be no manipulation and he asked us to go and work hard towards the elections make sure we secure our states and deliver APC at all levels On the impact this will have on the election AbdulRazaq said Well like he the next Nigerian president to that would address the assembly will not him So it shows you that he spoke basically about elongation of tenure in several countries and that that will not happen in Nigeria That democracy has come to stay So we re looking forward to sustaining his legacy On his part Gov Sanwolu said The points that I ve taken away from there is how despite COVID and all the things have happened to us last year that we stood out in the community of nations And how Nigeria even helped countries suffering around Africa you know in West African regions that have suffered disruptions and military coups and the rest of it and how toes up to mitigate and to help stabilize countries in Africa He did took very strong lines to end his speech which I believe that indeed he has earned his pay as Nigeria s President at the General Assembly On his reaffirming his commitment to the general elections the Lagos governor said For someone to everyone said that by this time next year he is certain that there will be another President He said there would be another President that would be presenting Nigeria s statement at the 78th General Assembly noting that this fact goes to show that he wants to conduct a free and fair election come next year Similarly Gov Zulum reiterated the governors view that Buhari would conduct credible elections in Nigeria under its leadership He also said that inshallah by next year a new president will be elected and will be here to address the General Assembly So this is an indication that the President is willing to ensure stable democracy in Nigeria Also Gov Matawalle said Mr President in his statement talked about the issue of credible elections next year Matawalle said those that are saying the President or the government is not serious or they have no confidence in the electoral process he has said it here in United States So that can give more confidence to the people that Mr President is going to conduct a credible election in Nigeria he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: 5 governors reaffirm Buhari’s commitment to rule of law, fair elections
     Some governors who are part of the Nigerian delegation at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly have reaffirmed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to uphold rule of law The governors are Simon Lalong of Plateau AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State Babagana Zulum of Borno and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governors had accompanied the President to deliver his statement to the General Assembly Also Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN Prof Tijjani Muhammad Bande and some top political leaders to deliver his address The governors reaffirmed his commitment to constitutional term limits and Nigeria s efforts to promote rule of law and democracy in West Africa The governors cited the country s support for The Gambia Guinea Bissau and Chad during their political impasses as an affirmation of his commitment to ensuring stability in the West African subregion Right Simon Lalong of Plateau State Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State Babagana Zulum of Borno State Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State 77th Session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday at UN headquarters in New York Reacting to Buhari s statement Gov Lalong told newsmen at UN headquarters in New York that Mr President would not fail in his pledge of delivering fair and fair elections My take on that is knowing Mr President he is talking about free and fair election not only free and fair election but working within the rules Working within the rules means that next year he s going to leave office there will be an election and there will be a new leadership in Nigeria As you can see from the text of the message he said he is not the type that will come and change the rule halfway to ensure that he will continue in office he said Lalong said he had worked with the President for so long and that he would keep to his promise I know that what he said is really coming out from his heart that there will be free and fair election And there will also be new leadership And he will also leave after his eight years he said Gov AbdulRazaq said the President spoke about the fact that he would be leaving the office and that he has entrenched democracy and how this will be his last visit to the address the global community The address was such that he dealt on the issues affecting the world post COVID global food security issues in Eastern Europe Democracy in Africa truncation of democracies in Africa and how we re consolidating in Nigeria he said According to him he is leaving the stage and he intends to conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria for posterity Well we all know the President he is very straightforward in his dealings with others In the last meeting with the governors of the All Progressive Congress APC when the APC had its presidential candidate he told us clearly that it s going to be a fair elections and he expects INEC to do a good job So meaning that there ll be no manipulation and he asked us to go and work hard towards the elections make sure we secure our states and deliver APC at all levels On the impact this will have on the election AbdulRazaq said Well like he the next Nigerian president to that would address the assembly will not him So it shows you that he spoke basically about elongation of tenure in several countries and that that will not happen in Nigeria That democracy has come to stay So we re looking forward to sustaining his legacy On his part Gov Sanwolu said The points that I ve taken away from there is how despite COVID and all the things have happened to us last year that we stood out in the community of nations And how Nigeria even helped countries suffering around Africa you know in West African regions that have suffered disruptions and military coups and the rest of it and how toes up to mitigate and to help stabilize countries in Africa He did took very strong lines to end his speech which I believe that indeed he has earned his pay as Nigeria s President at the General Assembly On his reaffirming his commitment to the general elections the Lagos governor said For someone to everyone said that by this time next year he is certain that there will be another President He said there would be another President that would be presenting Nigeria s statement at the 78th General Assembly noting that this fact goes to show that he wants to conduct a free and fair election come next year Similarly Gov Zulum reiterated the governors view that Buhari would conduct credible elections in Nigeria under its leadership He also said that inshallah by next year a new president will be elected and will be here to address the General Assembly So this is an indication that the President is willing to ensure stable democracy in Nigeria Also Gov Matawalle said Mr President in his statement talked about the issue of credible elections next year Matawalle said those that are saying the President or the government is not serious or they have no confidence in the electoral process he has said it here in United States So that can give more confidence to the people that Mr President is going to conduct a credible election in Nigeria he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: 5 governors reaffirm Buhari’s commitment to rule of law, fair elections
    Foreign2 months ago

    UNGA77: 5 governors reaffirm Buhari’s commitment to rule of law, fair elections

    Some governors who are part of the Nigerian delegation at the ongoing 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly have reaffirmed the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari to uphold rule of law.

    The governors are Simon Lalong of Plateau; AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara; Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State, Babagana Zulum of Borno and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the governors had accompanied the President to deliver his statement to the General Assembly.

    Also, Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and some top political leaders to deliver his address.

    The governors reaffirmed his commitment to constitutional term limits and Nigeria’s efforts to promote rule of law and democracy in West Africa.

    The governors cited the country’s support for The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Chad during their political impasses, as an affirmation of his commitment to ensuring stability in the West African subregion.

    (Right) Simon Lalong of Plateau State; Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State, Babagana Zulum of Borno State; Bello Matawalle of Zamfara State and AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State 77th Session of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday at UN headquarters in New York.  Reacting to Buhari’s statement, Gov. Lalong, told newsmen at UN headquarters in New York that Mr President would not fail in his pledge of delivering fair and fair elections.

    “My take on that is knowing Mr President, he is talking about free and fair election, not only free and fair election but working within the rules.

    “Working within the rules means that next year, he’s going to leave office, there will be an election, and there will be a new leadership in Nigeria.

    “As you can see from the text of the message, he said, he is not the type that will come and change the rule halfway to ensure that he will continue in office,’’ he said.

    Lalong said he had worked with the President for so long and that he would keep to his promise.

    “I know that what he said is really coming out from his heart that there will be free and fair election.

    “And there will also be new leadership.

    And he will also leave after his eight years,’’ he said.

    Gov. AbdulRazaq said the President spoke about the fact that he would be leaving the office and that he has entrenched democracy, and how this will be his last visit to the address the global community.

    “The address was such that he dealt on the issues affecting the world, post COVID, global food security, issues in Eastern Europe, Democracy in Africa, truncation of democracies in Africa, and how we’re consolidating in Nigeria,’’ he said.

    According to him, he is leaving the stage and he intends to conduct a free and fair election in Nigeria for posterity.

    “Well, we all know the President, he is very straightforward in his dealings with others.

    “In the last meeting with the governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) when the APC had its presidential candidate, he told us clearly that it’s going to be a fair elections and he expects INEC to do a good job.

    “So, meaning that there’ll be no manipulation and he asked us to go and work hard towards the elections, make sure we secure our states and deliver APC at all levels.

    ” On the impact this will have on the election, AbdulRazaq said: “Well, like he the next Nigerian president to that would address the assembly will not him.

    “So, it shows you that he spoke basically about elongation of tenure in several countries and that that will not happen in Nigeria.

    “That democracy has come to stay.

    So we’re looking forward to sustaining his legacy.

    ” On his part, Gov. Sanwolu said: “The points that I’ve taken away from there, is how despite COVID and all the things have happened to us last year, that we stood out in the community of nations.

    “And how Nigeria even helped countries suffering around Africa, you know, in West African regions, that have suffered disruptions and military coups and the rest of it and how toes up  to mitigate and to help stabilize countries in Africa.

    “He did took very strong lines to end his speech, which I believe that indeed he has earned his pay as Nigeria’s President at the General Assembly.

    ” On his reaffirming his commitment to the general elections, the Lagos governor said: For someone to everyone said that by this time next year, he is certain that there will be another President.

    He said there would be another President that would be presenting Nigeria’s statement at the 78th General Assembly, noting that this fact goes to show that he wants to conduct a free and fair election come next year.

    ” Similarly, Gov. Zulum, reiterated the governors view that Buhari would conduct credible elections in Nigeria under its leadership.

    “He also said that “inshallah” by next year, a new president will be elected and will be here to address the General Assembly.

    So, this is an indication that the President is willing to ensure stable democracy in Nigeria.

    ” Also, Gov. Matawalle, said Mr President in his statement talked about the issue of credible elections next year.

    Matawalle said those that are saying the President, or the government is not serious, or they have no confidence in the electoral process, he has said it here in United States.

    “So, that can give more confidence to the people that Mr. President is going to conduct a credible election in Nigeria,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The ECOWAS Commission joined the rest of the global community in commemorating World Peace Day WPD while pledging greater commitment to regional peace and security at a ceremony in Abuja Nigeria on 21 September 2022 The occasion was also used by the Commission to symbolically launch the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework ECPF special documentary highlighting the peacebuilding progress of the regional bloc at the right time in which ECOWAS takes stock and makes projections about its conflict prevention efforts past present and future Addressing the audience that also included online participants ECOWAS Commission President Dr Omar Alieu Touray who was represented by his special adviser Ambassador Mambury Njie emphasized that achieving true peace involves much more to lay down their arms It requires building societies where all members feel they can prosper It is about creating a world where people are treated equally regardless of their ethnicity religion and race President Touray further argued that the ideals of the WPD are on a par with the ECOWAS Vision 2050 which envisions a fully integrated community of peoples living in a peaceful and prosperous region with strong institutions and respect for fundamental rights and freedom fighting for inclusion and sustainable development Also speaking on the occasion the President of the ECOWAS Community Court the Honorable Justice Edward Asante who was represented by the institution s Chief Registrar Mr Tony Anene Maidoh noted that for a region whose recent history is dominated by Due to wars and political upheavals citizens of the community now have a greater appreciation of the imperative of peace as a critical foundation for building our edifice of integration In his message of goodwill the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nigeria who was represented by Mr Ronald Kayanja spoke on the theme of this year s celebration End Racism Build Peace He emphasized the need for a united front against all ills in societies and communities instead of fighting each other let us unite to fight our common enemy racism poverty climate change he added After an exultation on the virtues of Peace by the main host and Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security CPAPS of ECOWAS Dr Abdel Fatau Musa represented by the Director of Peacekeeping and Security Director Dr Cyriaque Agnekethom there were also messages of goodwill from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Permanent Representatives and Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria Mr Joao Butiam party chief USAID REWARD Mr Alimou Dialllo Director Research and Policy Analysis Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution IPCR Dr Joseph Ochogwu and ECOWAS Staff Representative Dr Tony Elemelu among others The highlight of the event was the symbolic launch of the special ECPF documentary which was made on behalf of CPAPS by the Division Chief Mediation and Coordination of Regional Political Affairs MCRPA Dr Onyinye Onwuka The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and represents a symbolic date shared worldwide for humanity to commit to Peace above differences and contribute to building a Culture of Peace Participants in the ECOWAS WTD commemoration also included members of the Diplomatic Corps key regional peace and security actors as well as development partners
    Economic Community Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) Pledges Greater Commitment to Peace and Security and Releases Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Documentary of the ECOWAS on advances in the consolidation of peace
      The ECOWAS Commission joined the rest of the global community in commemorating World Peace Day WPD while pledging greater commitment to regional peace and security at a ceremony in Abuja Nigeria on 21 September 2022 The occasion was also used by the Commission to symbolically launch the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework ECPF special documentary highlighting the peacebuilding progress of the regional bloc at the right time in which ECOWAS takes stock and makes projections about its conflict prevention efforts past present and future Addressing the audience that also included online participants ECOWAS Commission President Dr Omar Alieu Touray who was represented by his special adviser Ambassador Mambury Njie emphasized that achieving true peace involves much more to lay down their arms It requires building societies where all members feel they can prosper It is about creating a world where people are treated equally regardless of their ethnicity religion and race President Touray further argued that the ideals of the WPD are on a par with the ECOWAS Vision 2050 which envisions a fully integrated community of peoples living in a peaceful and prosperous region with strong institutions and respect for fundamental rights and freedom fighting for inclusion and sustainable development Also speaking on the occasion the President of the ECOWAS Community Court the Honorable Justice Edward Asante who was represented by the institution s Chief Registrar Mr Tony Anene Maidoh noted that for a region whose recent history is dominated by Due to wars and political upheavals citizens of the community now have a greater appreciation of the imperative of peace as a critical foundation for building our edifice of integration In his message of goodwill the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nigeria who was represented by Mr Ronald Kayanja spoke on the theme of this year s celebration End Racism Build Peace He emphasized the need for a united front against all ills in societies and communities instead of fighting each other let us unite to fight our common enemy racism poverty climate change he added After an exultation on the virtues of Peace by the main host and Commissioner for Political Affairs Peace and Security CPAPS of ECOWAS Dr Abdel Fatau Musa represented by the Director of Peacekeeping and Security Director Dr Cyriaque Agnekethom there were also messages of goodwill from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Permanent Representatives and Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria Mr Joao Butiam party chief USAID REWARD Mr Alimou Dialllo Director Research and Policy Analysis Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution IPCR Dr Joseph Ochogwu and ECOWAS Staff Representative Dr Tony Elemelu among others The highlight of the event was the symbolic launch of the special ECPF documentary which was made on behalf of CPAPS by the Division Chief Mediation and Coordination of Regional Political Affairs MCRPA Dr Onyinye Onwuka The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and represents a symbolic date shared worldwide for humanity to commit to Peace above differences and contribute to building a Culture of Peace Participants in the ECOWAS WTD commemoration also included members of the Diplomatic Corps key regional peace and security actors as well as development partners
    Economic Community Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) Pledges Greater Commitment to Peace and Security and Releases Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Documentary of the ECOWAS on advances in the consolidation of peace
    Africa2 months ago

    Economic Community Commission of West African States (ECOWAS) Pledges Greater Commitment to Peace and Security and Releases Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Documentary of the ECOWAS on advances in the consolidation of peace

    The ECOWAS Commission joined the rest of the global community in commemorating World Peace Day (WPD), while pledging greater commitment to regional peace and security at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, on 21 September 2022.

    The occasion was also used by the Commission to symbolically launch the ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) special documentary highlighting the peacebuilding progress of the regional bloc at the right time in which ECOWAS takes stock and makes projections about its conflict prevention efforts: past, present and future.

    Addressing the audience that also included online participants, ECOWAS Commission President Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, who was represented by his special adviser Ambassador Mambury Njie, emphasized that “achieving true peace involves much more to lay down their arms.

    It requires building societies where all members feel they can prosper.

    It is about creating a world where people are treated equally regardless of their ethnicity, religion and race.” President Touray further argued that the ideals of the WPD are on a par with the ECOWAS Vision 2050, which envisions a fully integrated community of peoples, living in a peaceful and prosperous region, with strong institutions and respect for fundamental rights and freedom, fighting for inclusion and sustainable development.

    Also speaking on the occasion, the President of the ECOWAS Community Court, the Honorable Justice Edward Asante, who was represented by the institution's Chief Registrar, Mr. Tony Anene-Maidoh, noted that for a region whose recent history is dominated by Due to wars and political upheavals, citizens of the community, “now have a greater appreciation of the imperative of peace as a critical foundation for building our edifice of integration” In his message of goodwill, the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Nigeria, who was represented by Mr. Ronald Kayanja, spoke on the theme of this year's celebration: End Racism.

    Build Peace.

    He emphasized the need for a united front against all ills in societies and communities, “instead of fighting each other, let us unite to fight our common enemy; racism, poverty, climate change…” he added.

    After an exultation on the virtues of Peace by the main host and Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security (CPAPS) of ECOWAS, Dr. Abdel-Fatau Musa, represented by the Director of Peacekeeping and Security Director, Dr. Cyriaque Agnekethom, there were also messages of goodwill from the Chairman of the ECOWAS Committee of Permanent Representatives and Ambassador of Guinea Bissau to Nigeria, Mr. Joao Butiam, party chief, USAID-REWARD Mr. Alimou Dialllo, Director Research and Policy Analysis, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) Dr. Joseph Ochogwu, and ECOWAS Staff Representative Dr. Tony Elemelu, among others.

    The highlight of the event was the symbolic launch of the special ECPF documentary which was made on behalf of CPAPS by the Division Chief, Mediation and Coordination of Regional Political Affairs (MCRPA), Dr. Onyinye Onwuka.

    The International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 and represents a symbolic date shared worldwide for humanity to commit to Peace above differences and contribute to building a Culture of Peace.

    Participants in the ECOWAS WTD commemoration also included members of the Diplomatic Corps, key regional peace and security actors, as well as development partners.

  •   The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak According to the report of the Ugandan authorities the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub county Mubende district in central Uganda Only one fatal case has been reported so far a 24 year old man who died on September 19 2022 The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola like symptoms and signs Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio economic activities The main mode of transport is by road air and water via Lake Victoria Some of the formal land crossings include border points like Busia Malaba Lwakhakha Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport J KIA Kisumu International Airport Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport In addition there are numerous informal land and sea border points All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases Ebola virus disease EVD is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person to person transmission Based on previous outbreaks up to 67 of infected cases die Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact as demonstrated in the 2014 2016 outbreak in West Africa It is estimated that the three most affected countries Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone lost more than 4 3 billion dollars In light of this information the government has issued an alert to all counties to Be vigilant and enhance surveillance especially at the border Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports Detection of people at risk population including travellers truck drivers bushmeat handlers and health workers Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases Raise awareness among health workers about Infection Prevention and Control IPC measures case management and specimen management Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention preparedness and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans As the Ministry takes these steps and while we do not want people to panic I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Headache Sore throat Measles like rash Red eyes Bleeding from body openings If you come across such a person notify the nearest health center or administrative officials such as deputy chiefs or immediately call the following hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats including infectious diseases and that citizens continue to receive quality health services
    Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda
      The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak According to the report of the Ugandan authorities the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub county Mubende district in central Uganda Only one fatal case has been reported so far a 24 year old man who died on September 19 2022 The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola like symptoms and signs Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio economic activities The main mode of transport is by road air and water via Lake Victoria Some of the formal land crossings include border points like Busia Malaba Lwakhakha Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport J KIA Kisumu International Airport Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport In addition there are numerous informal land and sea border points All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases Ebola virus disease EVD is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person to person transmission Based on previous outbreaks up to 67 of infected cases die Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact as demonstrated in the 2014 2016 outbreak in West Africa It is estimated that the three most affected countries Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone lost more than 4 3 billion dollars In light of this information the government has issued an alert to all counties to Be vigilant and enhance surveillance especially at the border Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports Detection of people at risk population including travellers truck drivers bushmeat handlers and health workers Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases Raise awareness among health workers about Infection Prevention and Control IPC measures case management and specimen management Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention preparedness and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans As the Ministry takes these steps and while we do not want people to panic I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Headache Sore throat Measles like rash Red eyes Bleeding from body openings If you come across such a person notify the nearest health center or administrative officials such as deputy chiefs or immediately call the following hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats including infectious diseases and that citizens continue to receive quality health services
    Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda
    Africa2 months ago

    Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda

    The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country.

    This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness.

    I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak.

    According to the report of the Ugandan authorities.

    the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district in central Uganda.

    Only one fatal case has been reported so far, a 24-year-old man who died on September 19, 2022.

    The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola-like symptoms and signs.

    Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased.

    Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation.

    Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past, largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous.

    It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio-economic activities.

    The main mode of transport is by road, air and water (via Lake Victoria).

    Some of the formal land crossings include border points like; Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha, Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (J KIA), Kisumu International Airport, Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport.

    In addition, there are numerous informal land and sea border points.

    All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases.

    Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus.

    The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person transmission.

    Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67% of infected cases die.

    Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact, as demonstrated in the 2014/2016 outbreak in West Africa.

    It is estimated that the three most affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) lost more than 4.3 billion dollars.

    In light of this information, the government has issued an alert to all counties to: • Be vigilant and enhance surveillance, especially at the border, • Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports • Detection of people at risk population including travellers, truck drivers, bushmeat handlers and health workers • Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases • Raise awareness among health workers about Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures , case management, and specimen management • Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness, and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans.

    As the Ministry takes these steps, and while we do not want people to panic, I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs, especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks; • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Abdominal pain • Headache • Sore throat • Measles-like rash • Red eyes • Bleeding from body openings.

    If you come across such a person, notify the nearest health center or administrative officials, such as deputy chiefs, or immediately call the following hotline numbers: 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35.

    The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats, including infectious diseases, and that citizens continue to receive quality health services.

  •  United Bank for Africa Plc UBA says it will commence cross border transactions with the new Pan African Payment and Settlement System PAPSS in the fourth quarter of 2022 Mr Kayode Olubiyi Group Head Digital Banking UBA said on Tuesday at a UBA webinar that the reason UBA was selected as the first bank to pilot the payment was because of its Pan African presence in five of the six countries selected for the first phase The six countries selected for the first phase of documentation and pilots are Nigeria Ghana Sierra Leone Guinea Liberia and Gambia The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the webinar discussed Facilitating Cross border Payments with PAPSS a platform that enables traders make real time transfers of funds from one African country to another UBA is present in five of these locations this is one of the reasons why we have been selected because of our pan African presence UBA in collaboration with Afrexim Bank will be among the first commercial banks not just in Nigeria but across Africa to implement PAPSS system UBA is present in 20 African countries and with this initiative expanding to more countries We will be able to facilitate seamless cross border transfers across not just the countries where we are but across all the 54 countries in Africa he said Olubiyi said that the ability to trade between countries directly in Africa and to make cross border payments would be opened up in these first set of countries and subsequently would be expanded to the other countries across Africa He said PAPSS a centralised payment infrastructure put together by Afrexim would facilitate and improve intra African trade and commerce payments as making payments across border could sometimes be a challenge He urged SMEs and business start ups to leverage PAPSS as it would impact infrastructure and provide a good alternative to payments across Africa and reduced cost in terms of sending money from one country to another These are the things that PAPPSS is coming to address and take out of the way It will facilitate economic activities among African countries to simple low cost risk control payments clearing and settlement system he said Monica Oraro Head Product and Business Development PAPSS said that the process for the final integrations was ongoing and the target was to have Nigeria and Ghana running in the fourth quarter of 2022 We are just in the process of doing the final integrations I believe UBA will be one of the first bank to start off transactions but our target is to have Nigeria and Ghana running in Q4 So between next month and December and then in Q1 we will be focusing on the other four countries Liberia Sierra Leone Gambia and Kenya So today we are focusing on Africa because of our role in being able to support the coming to light of the African continental free trade agreements but we also recognise that there is a lot happening between Africa and the rest of the world So in the future we will look into facilitating payments going maybe out of Africa or coming in but today our focus is on all payments that are moving within Africa she said She added that PAPSS was commencing with the banks today and in the future would work with FinTechs so that people could have the ability to not just send money to an account but also to a mobile number as well NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UBA to begin cross-border transactions with PAPSS in Q4
     United Bank for Africa Plc UBA says it will commence cross border transactions with the new Pan African Payment and Settlement System PAPSS in the fourth quarter of 2022 Mr Kayode Olubiyi Group Head Digital Banking UBA said on Tuesday at a UBA webinar that the reason UBA was selected as the first bank to pilot the payment was because of its Pan African presence in five of the six countries selected for the first phase The six countries selected for the first phase of documentation and pilots are Nigeria Ghana Sierra Leone Guinea Liberia and Gambia The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the webinar discussed Facilitating Cross border Payments with PAPSS a platform that enables traders make real time transfers of funds from one African country to another UBA is present in five of these locations this is one of the reasons why we have been selected because of our pan African presence UBA in collaboration with Afrexim Bank will be among the first commercial banks not just in Nigeria but across Africa to implement PAPSS system UBA is present in 20 African countries and with this initiative expanding to more countries We will be able to facilitate seamless cross border transfers across not just the countries where we are but across all the 54 countries in Africa he said Olubiyi said that the ability to trade between countries directly in Africa and to make cross border payments would be opened up in these first set of countries and subsequently would be expanded to the other countries across Africa He said PAPSS a centralised payment infrastructure put together by Afrexim would facilitate and improve intra African trade and commerce payments as making payments across border could sometimes be a challenge He urged SMEs and business start ups to leverage PAPSS as it would impact infrastructure and provide a good alternative to payments across Africa and reduced cost in terms of sending money from one country to another These are the things that PAPPSS is coming to address and take out of the way It will facilitate economic activities among African countries to simple low cost risk control payments clearing and settlement system he said Monica Oraro Head Product and Business Development PAPSS said that the process for the final integrations was ongoing and the target was to have Nigeria and Ghana running in the fourth quarter of 2022 We are just in the process of doing the final integrations I believe UBA will be one of the first bank to start off transactions but our target is to have Nigeria and Ghana running in Q4 So between next month and December and then in Q1 we will be focusing on the other four countries Liberia Sierra Leone Gambia and Kenya So today we are focusing on Africa because of our role in being able to support the coming to light of the African continental free trade agreements but we also recognise that there is a lot happening between Africa and the rest of the world So in the future we will look into facilitating payments going maybe out of Africa or coming in but today our focus is on all payments that are moving within Africa she said She added that PAPSS was commencing with the banks today and in the future would work with FinTechs so that people could have the ability to not just send money to an account but also to a mobile number as well NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UBA to begin cross-border transactions with PAPSS in Q4
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    UBA to begin cross-border transactions with PAPSS in Q4

    United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA) says it will commence cross-border transactions with the new Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) in the fourth quarter of 2022.   Mr Kayode Olubiyi, Group Head, Digital Banking, UBA, said on Tuesday at a UBA webinar that the reason UBA was selected as the first bank to pilot the payment was because of its Pan-African presence in five of the six-countries selected for the first phase.  

    The six countries selected for the first phase of documentation and pilots are- Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Gambia.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the webinar discussed “ Facilitating Cross-border Payments with PAPSS’’, a platform that enables traders make real-time transfers of funds from one African country to another.  

    “UBA is present in five of these locations, this is one of the reasons why we have been selected because of our pan African presence   “UBA in collaboration with Afrexim Bank will be among the first commercial banks not just in Nigeria, but across Africa to implement PAPSS system.  

    “UBA is present in 20 African countries and with this initiative, expanding to more countries.

    We will be able to facilitate seamless cross-border transfers across not just the countries where we are, but across all the 54 countries in Africa,’’ he said.  

    Olubiyi said that the ability to trade between countries directly in Africa and to make cross-border payments would be opened up in these first set of countries and subsequently would be expanded to the other countries across Africa.  

    He said PAPSS, a centralised payment infrastructure, put together by Afrexim would facilitate and improve intra-African trade and commerce payments as making payments across border could sometimes be a challenge.  

    He urged SMEs and business start-ups to leverage PAPSS as it would impact infrastructure and provide a good alternative to payments across Africa and reduced cost in terms of sending money from one country to another.  

    “These are the things that PAPPSS is coming to address and take out of the way.

    It will facilitate economic activities among African countries to simple low cost risk control payments, clearing and settlement system,’’ he said.  

    Monica Oraro , Head, Product and Business Development , PAPSS said that the process for the final integrations was ongoing and the target was to have Nigeria and Ghana running in the fourth quarter of 2022.   “We are just in the process of doing the final integrations, I believe UBA will be one of the first bank to start off transactions; but our target is to have Nigeria and Ghana running in Q4.   “So between next month and December, and then in Q1, we will be focusing on the other four countries- Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambia and Kenya.  

    “So, today we are focusing on Africa because of our role in being able to support the coming to light of the African continental free trade agreements; but we also recognise that there is a lot happening between Africa and the rest of the world.  

    “So in the future, we will look into facilitating payments going maybe out of Africa or coming in, but today, our focus is on all payments that are moving within Africa,’’ she said.  

    She added that PAPSS was commencing with the banks today and in the future would work with FinTechs so that people could have the ability to not just send money to an account, but also to a mobile number as well.


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  •  The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has distributed over 360 metric tonnes of assorted food items to vulnerable and indigent groups in the nation s capital The FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu inaugurated the distribution of the food items at the FCT Sports Complex Garki on Tuesday in Abuja Aliyu said that the exercise was part of strategy adopted by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of growing global economic recession which affected the capacities of average Nigerian to put food on their tables According to the minister the assorted food items distributed include 4 918 50kg bags of Maize 2 800 50kg bags of Guinea Corn and 2 400 25kg bags of Garri Aliyu said that the directive for the release of food items from the National Strategic Reserve for urgent distribution to vulnerable and indigent groups in the society She said the move underscores the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari s administration to promote social equity and improve the lot of all Nigerians She however assured that all the grains would be judiciously distributed among the vulnerable groups in the six area councils of the FCT at no cost She reassured residents of the commitment of the FCT Administration towards repositioning the agricultural sector Aliyu said that the administration would continue to give impetus to various agricultural support programmes We are equally very hopeful that the FCT Livestock Development Plan which is being put in place will help to revitalise the sector towards improving food and nutrition security And enhance revenue inflow for all stakeholders in livestock sub sector and boost the economy of Nigeria she added Earlier the FCTA Permanent Secretary Mr Olusade Adesola said that the Federal Government was aware that the indigent groups and the middle class constitute a significant percentage of the population They are amongst the category of persons that have been adversely affected by the harsh global economic recession and conflicts as well as climate change Olusade revealed that a report obtained from the World Food Programme WFP showed that over 828 million people go to bed hungry every night He said that the number of affected with acute food insecurity had soared from 135 million to 345 million since 2019 while a total of 50 million people in 45 countries are teetering on the edge of famine He therefore commended the Federal Government for having the wellbeing of Nigerians at heart by directing the emergency release of assorted food items from the national strategic reserve for distribution to vulnerable groups in the society Also Malam Abubakar Ibrahim the Mandate Secretary FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat said the secretariat collaborates with the Area Council Authority He said the secretariat also collaborates with the 17 chiefdoms to identify families and groups that would be given priority in the distribution of the items According to him this is to ensure that the programme achieved the desired objectives We have equally made adequate arrangements to move the items closer to the reach of targeted beneficiaries in the various area councils NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA distributes 360 metric tonnes of assorted food items to vulnerable
     The Federal Capital Territory Administration FCTA has distributed over 360 metric tonnes of assorted food items to vulnerable and indigent groups in the nation s capital The FCT Minister of State Dr Ramatu Aliyu inaugurated the distribution of the food items at the FCT Sports Complex Garki on Tuesday in Abuja Aliyu said that the exercise was part of strategy adopted by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of growing global economic recession which affected the capacities of average Nigerian to put food on their tables According to the minister the assorted food items distributed include 4 918 50kg bags of Maize 2 800 50kg bags of Guinea Corn and 2 400 25kg bags of Garri Aliyu said that the directive for the release of food items from the National Strategic Reserve for urgent distribution to vulnerable and indigent groups in the society She said the move underscores the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari s administration to promote social equity and improve the lot of all Nigerians She however assured that all the grains would be judiciously distributed among the vulnerable groups in the six area councils of the FCT at no cost She reassured residents of the commitment of the FCT Administration towards repositioning the agricultural sector Aliyu said that the administration would continue to give impetus to various agricultural support programmes We are equally very hopeful that the FCT Livestock Development Plan which is being put in place will help to revitalise the sector towards improving food and nutrition security And enhance revenue inflow for all stakeholders in livestock sub sector and boost the economy of Nigeria she added Earlier the FCTA Permanent Secretary Mr Olusade Adesola said that the Federal Government was aware that the indigent groups and the middle class constitute a significant percentage of the population They are amongst the category of persons that have been adversely affected by the harsh global economic recession and conflicts as well as climate change Olusade revealed that a report obtained from the World Food Programme WFP showed that over 828 million people go to bed hungry every night He said that the number of affected with acute food insecurity had soared from 135 million to 345 million since 2019 while a total of 50 million people in 45 countries are teetering on the edge of famine He therefore commended the Federal Government for having the wellbeing of Nigerians at heart by directing the emergency release of assorted food items from the national strategic reserve for distribution to vulnerable groups in the society Also Malam Abubakar Ibrahim the Mandate Secretary FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat said the secretariat collaborates with the Area Council Authority He said the secretariat also collaborates with the 17 chiefdoms to identify families and groups that would be given priority in the distribution of the items According to him this is to ensure that the programme achieved the desired objectives We have equally made adequate arrangements to move the items closer to the reach of targeted beneficiaries in the various area councils NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCTA distributes 360 metric tonnes of assorted food items to vulnerable
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    FCTA distributes 360 metric tonnes of assorted food items to vulnerable

    The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has distributed over 360 metric tonnes of assorted food items to vulnerable and indigent groups in the nation’s capital.

    The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu inaugurated the distribution of the food items at the FCT Sports Complex, Garki, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Aliyu said that the exercise was part of strategy adopted by the Federal Government to cushion the effect of growing global economic recession, which affected the capacities of average Nigerian to put food on their tables.

    According to the minister, the assorted food items distributed include 4,918 50kg bags of Maize, 2,800 50kg bags of Guinea Corn and 2,400 25kg bags of Garri.

    Aliyu said that the directive for the release of food items from the National Strategic Reserve for urgent distribution to vulnerable and indigent groups in the society.

    She said the move underscores the commitment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to promote social equity and improve the lot of all Nigerians.

    She, however, assured that all the grains would be judiciously distributed among the vulnerable groups in the six area councils of the FCT at no cost.

    She reassured residents of the commitment of the FCT Administration towards repositioning the agricultural sector.

    Aliyu said that the administration would continue to give impetus to various agricultural support programmes.

    “We are equally very hopeful that the FCT Livestock Development Plan, which is being put in place, will help to revitalise the sector towards improving food and nutrition security.

    “And enhance revenue inflow for all stakeholders in livestock sub-sector and boost the economy of Nigeria,” she added.

    Earlier, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Mr Olusade Adesola, said that the Federal Government was aware that the indigent groups and the middle class constitute a significant percentage of the population.

    “They are amongst the category of persons that have been adversely affected by the harsh global economic recession, and  conflicts as well as climate change”.

    Olusade revealed that a report obtained from the World Food Programme (WFP) showed that over 828 million people go to bed hungry every night.

    He said that the number of affected with acute food insecurity had soared from 135 million to 345 million since 2019, while a total of 50 million people in 45 countries are teetering on the edge of famine.

    He, therefore, commended the Federal Government for having the wellbeing of Nigerians at heart by directing the emergency release of assorted food items from the national strategic reserve for distribution to vulnerable groups in the society.

    Also, Malam Abubakar Ibrahim, the Mandate Secretary FCTA Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat said the secretariat collaborates with the Area Council Authority.

    He said the secretariat also collaborates with the 17 chiefdoms to identify families and groups that would be given priority in the distribution of the items.

    According to him, this is to ensure that the programme achieved the desired objectives.

    “We have equally made adequate arrangements to move the items closer to the reach of targeted beneficiaries in the various area councils.


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  •  The Federal Government has urged the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS to support the National Security Sector Reform processes within the region The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Amb Zubairu Dada made the call at a 4 day ECOWAS Security Sector Reform and Governance SSRG Training Workshop on Monday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was co founded by the European Union and German Cooperation Dada disclosed that the Nigerian Government was committed to engaging the General Assembly on the critical aspect of the United Nations roles in supporting the SSRG He said that SSRG was to enable ECOWAS fulfil its role of assisting member states to establish early warning mechanisms and rapid response to threats to regional peace and security Dada noted that Nigeria was equally in support of the ECOWAS commission in achieving a stronger SSRG within member states Nigeria restates its commitment to having a strong ECOWAS community and strongly recommends that the commission explores every opportunity at its disposal towards supporting national security sector reform processes within the ECOWAS community Just as Nigeria is committed to engaging the General Assembly on the critical aspects of the UN roles in supporting the SSRG Nigeria is equally in support of the ECOWAS Commission in achieving a stronger SSRG within the ECOWAS Member States No doubt insecurity is a major regional challenge threatening the entire economy of the West African sub region impeding the maximisation of West Africa s strategic littoral economic potentials and causing instability in the Gulf of Guinea The heinous activities of various non State Actors around the sub region particularly in the Gulf of Guinea are indeed causing political upheavals and menace to our community Dada stressed the need for ECOWAS to share the reports on security sector reform titled Securing States and societies Strengthening Security Sector Reform issued by the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon in August 2013 I recommend therefore that this ECOWAS shares from the above mentioned report to build a formidable security sector reform that will promote a common vision and shared understanding of SSRG among national security stakeholders Including political decision makers legislators oversight bodies senior security practitioners and civil societies It is pertinent to note that an exchange of experiences is a vital aspect of security sector reform in addition to the usual technical and financial assistance he said Earlier Alexandre Gomes First Counselor Deputy Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS said the training was very timely given the difficulties the sub region faces Gomes added that the workshop was a contribution towards maintaining peace and security in the sub region The ECOWAS Policy Framework for SSRG s was officially launched in Abuja in November 2021 It is now for member states to start implementation It contributes to the democratisation process in ECOWAS member states by encouraging security institutions to comply with democratic governance principles accountability transparency and the rule of law We strongly encourage its incorporation into national law in member states We hope that the next four days will help devise ways to adapting the regional SSRG policy framework to Nigeria Also Dr Uju Agomoh the Executive Director African Security Sector Network said if security sector reforms literacy and practical initiatives can be moved into the lives of people and within the continent then we are heading for good times Conflict doesn t help anyone but we believe we need to look within us build synergy with already existing mechanism of various governments we need to also ensure that there is sustainability in terms of what makes a difference NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges ECOWAS to support security sector reform
     The Federal Government has urged the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS to support the National Security Sector Reform processes within the region The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Amb Zubairu Dada made the call at a 4 day ECOWAS Security Sector Reform and Governance SSRG Training Workshop on Monday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was co founded by the European Union and German Cooperation Dada disclosed that the Nigerian Government was committed to engaging the General Assembly on the critical aspect of the United Nations roles in supporting the SSRG He said that SSRG was to enable ECOWAS fulfil its role of assisting member states to establish early warning mechanisms and rapid response to threats to regional peace and security Dada noted that Nigeria was equally in support of the ECOWAS commission in achieving a stronger SSRG within member states Nigeria restates its commitment to having a strong ECOWAS community and strongly recommends that the commission explores every opportunity at its disposal towards supporting national security sector reform processes within the ECOWAS community Just as Nigeria is committed to engaging the General Assembly on the critical aspects of the UN roles in supporting the SSRG Nigeria is equally in support of the ECOWAS Commission in achieving a stronger SSRG within the ECOWAS Member States No doubt insecurity is a major regional challenge threatening the entire economy of the West African sub region impeding the maximisation of West Africa s strategic littoral economic potentials and causing instability in the Gulf of Guinea The heinous activities of various non State Actors around the sub region particularly in the Gulf of Guinea are indeed causing political upheavals and menace to our community Dada stressed the need for ECOWAS to share the reports on security sector reform titled Securing States and societies Strengthening Security Sector Reform issued by the former UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon in August 2013 I recommend therefore that this ECOWAS shares from the above mentioned report to build a formidable security sector reform that will promote a common vision and shared understanding of SSRG among national security stakeholders Including political decision makers legislators oversight bodies senior security practitioners and civil societies It is pertinent to note that an exchange of experiences is a vital aspect of security sector reform in addition to the usual technical and financial assistance he said Earlier Alexandre Gomes First Counselor Deputy Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS said the training was very timely given the difficulties the sub region faces Gomes added that the workshop was a contribution towards maintaining peace and security in the sub region The ECOWAS Policy Framework for SSRG s was officially launched in Abuja in November 2021 It is now for member states to start implementation It contributes to the democratisation process in ECOWAS member states by encouraging security institutions to comply with democratic governance principles accountability transparency and the rule of law We strongly encourage its incorporation into national law in member states We hope that the next four days will help devise ways to adapting the regional SSRG policy framework to Nigeria Also Dr Uju Agomoh the Executive Director African Security Sector Network said if security sector reforms literacy and practical initiatives can be moved into the lives of people and within the continent then we are heading for good times Conflict doesn t help anyone but we believe we need to look within us build synergy with already existing mechanism of various governments we need to also ensure that there is sustainability in terms of what makes a difference NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges ECOWAS to support security sector reform
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    FG urges ECOWAS to support security sector reform

    The Federal Government has urged the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support the National Security Sector Reform processes within the region.

    The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, made the call at a 4-day ECOWAS Security Sector Reform and Governance (SSRG) Training Workshop on Monday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was co-founded by the European Union and German Cooperation.

    Dada disclosed that the Nigerian Government was committed to engaging the General Assembly on the critical aspect of the United Nations roles in supporting the SSRG.

    He said that SSRG was to enable ECOWAS fulfil its role of assisting member states to establish early warning mechanisms and rapid response to threats to regional peace and security.

    Dada noted that Nigeria was equally in support of the ECOWAS commission in achieving a stronger SSRG within member states.

    “Nigeria restates its commitment to having a strong ECOWAS community and strongly recommends that the commission explores every opportunity at its disposal towards supporting national security sector reform processes within the ECOWAS community.

    ” Just as Nigeria is committed to engaging the General Assembly on the critical aspects of the UN roles in supporting the SSRG, Nigeria is equally in support of the ECOWAS Commission in achieving a stronger SSRG within the ECOWAS Member States.

    ” No doubt, insecurity is a major regional challenge, threatening the entire economy of the West African sub-region, impeding the maximisation of West Africa’s strategic littoral economic potentials, and causing instability in the Gulf of Guinea.

    ” The heinous activities of various non-State Actors around the sub-region, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea are indeed causing political upheavals and menace to our community.

    ” Dada stressed the need for ECOWAS to share the reports on security sector reform, titled “Securing States and societies: Strengthening Security Sector Reform,” issued by the former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon in August 2013. ” I recommend therefore, that this ECOWAS shares from the above-mentioned report to build a formidable security sector reform that will promote a common vision and shared understanding of SSRG among national security stakeholders.

    ” Including political decision makers, legislators, oversight bodies, senior security practitioners and civil societies.

    ” It is pertinent to note that an exchange of experiences is a vital aspect of security sector reform in addition to the usual technical and financial assistance,” he said.

    Earlier, Alexandre Gomes, First Counselor, Deputy Head of European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, said the training was very timely, given the difficulties the sub-region faces.

    Gomes added that the workshop was a contribution towards maintaining peace and security in the sub-region.

    ” The ECOWAS Policy Framework for SSRG’s was officially launched in Abuja in November 2021. It is now for member states to start implementation.

    ” It contributes to the democratisation process in ECOWAS member states by encouraging security institutions to comply with democratic governance principles: accountability, transparency, and the rule of law.

    ” We strongly encourage its incorporation into national law in member states.

    We hope that the next four days will help devise ways to adapting the regional SSRG policy framework to Nigeria.

    ” Also, Dr Uju Agomoh, the Executive Director, African Security Sector Network, said” if security sector reforms literacy and practical initiatives can be moved into the lives of people and within the continent, then, we are heading for good times.

    ” Conflict doesn’t help anyone but we believe we need to look within us, build synergy with already existing mechanism of various governments, we need to also ensure that there is sustainability in terms of what makes a difference.


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