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  •  Mr George Moghalu Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority NIWA has assured the people of South East of Federal Government s determination to commence water transport operations at the Onitsha River Port Moghalu gave the assurance in a keynote address titled Reforming the Maritime Sector in Onitsha Priority Areas Potential Projects and the Way Forward at a seminar on Tuesday in Onitsha The Nigeria News Agency reports that the seminar was organised by NIWA to sensitise maritime stakeholders from the South East geo political zone on its activities aimed at accelerating development of the sector He said the ongoing concessional processes of the port would address certain issues and guarantee its operations as well as that of Baro River Port These two river ports are already completed and government invested much money in them others are still under construction We are talking with the right people and following the due processes to ensure things are properly done he said He noted that the Federal Government planned to develop and enhance safety enforcement minimise environmental damage and provide a clear framework to enable investors to participate in maritime projects According to him this is to improve growth and competitiveness within the sub sector Moghalu also said that government would install stop gaps to ensure safety and security in the nation s waterways The managing director said NIWA was collaborating with the private sector and had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private organisation for the production of life jackets We are also talking with the transporters to invest in the industry a good number of them have indicated interest to partner with us he further disclosed However the managing director expressed dismay over the spate of abuse on the nation s waterways including the building of structures along right of ways We have set up a task force on this because there are lots of infringements we need to know these people and what authorities they have to develop structures on the waterways without the consent and approval of NIWA We will also like to see the permit of those who claim they have it because many of them parade fake permits It is no longer business as usual Things must be done properly he said He also said that NIWA would partner with the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to address security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea Moghalu urged participants at the seminar to make suggestions on how to key into the global shipping community and maximise the comparative advantage of river ports in the transport sector Edited By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    FG committed to Onitsha River Port take-off, says NIWA MD
     Mr George Moghalu Managing Director National Inland Waterways Authority NIWA has assured the people of South East of Federal Government s determination to commence water transport operations at the Onitsha River Port Moghalu gave the assurance in a keynote address titled Reforming the Maritime Sector in Onitsha Priority Areas Potential Projects and the Way Forward at a seminar on Tuesday in Onitsha The Nigeria News Agency reports that the seminar was organised by NIWA to sensitise maritime stakeholders from the South East geo political zone on its activities aimed at accelerating development of the sector He said the ongoing concessional processes of the port would address certain issues and guarantee its operations as well as that of Baro River Port These two river ports are already completed and government invested much money in them others are still under construction We are talking with the right people and following the due processes to ensure things are properly done he said He noted that the Federal Government planned to develop and enhance safety enforcement minimise environmental damage and provide a clear framework to enable investors to participate in maritime projects According to him this is to improve growth and competitiveness within the sub sector Moghalu also said that government would install stop gaps to ensure safety and security in the nation s waterways The managing director said NIWA was collaborating with the private sector and had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private organisation for the production of life jackets We are also talking with the transporters to invest in the industry a good number of them have indicated interest to partner with us he further disclosed However the managing director expressed dismay over the spate of abuse on the nation s waterways including the building of structures along right of ways We have set up a task force on this because there are lots of infringements we need to know these people and what authorities they have to develop structures on the waterways without the consent and approval of NIWA We will also like to see the permit of those who claim they have it because many of them parade fake permits It is no longer business as usual Things must be done properly he said He also said that NIWA would partner with the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to address security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea Moghalu urged participants at the seminar to make suggestions on how to key into the global shipping community and maximise the comparative advantage of river ports in the transport sector Edited By Nyisom Fiyigon Dore
    FG committed to Onitsha River Port take-off, says NIWA MD
    Economy3 years ago

    FG committed to Onitsha River Port take-off, says NIWA MD

    Mr George Moghalu, Managing Director, National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA), has assured the people of South East of Federal Government’s determination to commence water transport operations at the Onitsha River Port.

    Moghalu gave the assurance in a keynote address titled “Reforming the Maritime Sector in Onitsha: Priority Areas, Potential Projects and the Way Forward” at a seminar on Tuesday in Onitsha.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the seminar was organised by NIWA to sensitise maritime stakeholders from the South East geo-political zone on its activities aimed at accelerating development of the sector.

    He said the ongoing concessional processes of the port would address certain issues and guarantee its operations, as well as that of Baro River Port.

    “These two river ports are already completed and government invested much money in them; others are still under construction.

    “We are talking with the right people and following the due processes to ensure things are properly done,” he said.

    He noted that the Federal Government planned to develop and enhance safety enforcement, minimise environmental damage, and provide a clear framework to enable investors to participate in maritime projects.

    According to him, this is to improve growth and competitiveness within the sub-sector.

    Moghalu also said that government would install stop gaps to ensure safety and security in the nation’s waterways.

    The managing director said NIWA was collaborating with the private sector, and had recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a private organisation for the production of life jackets.

    “We are also talking with the transporters to invest in the industry; a good number of them have indicated interest to partner with us,” he further disclosed.

    However, the managing director expressed dismay over the spate of abuse on the nation’s waterways, including the building of structures along right of ways.

    “We have set up a task force on this because there are lots of infringements; we need to know these people and what authorities they have to develop structures on the waterways without the consent and approval of NIWA.

    “We will also like to see the permit of those who claim they have it because many of them parade fake permits.

    It is no longer business as usual. Things must be done properly,” he said.

    He also said that NIWA would partner with the Nigerian Navy and other security agencies to address security challenges in the Gulf of Guinea.

    Moghalu urged participants at the seminar to make suggestions on how to key into the global shipping community and maximise the comparative advantage of river ports in the transport sector. 


    Edited By: Nyisom Fiyigon Dore

  •  UN Population Fund West and Central Africa Regional Office UNFPAWCARO has pledged continuous support to governments of the region in not only stemming maternal health challenges but achieving Demographic Dividends DD The information is in a statement by Mrs Kori Habib the UNFPA Media Associate made available to Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday Habib stated that Mr Mabingue Ngom the Regional Director UNFPAWCARO made the pledge at the opening of the UNFPA 2020 Regional Planning Meeting RPM taking place in Malabo Equitorial Guinea Ngom commended the commitments of African governments in trying to achieve Demographic Dividends as demonstrated during the Nairobi International Conference on Population and Development ICPD summit in 2019 He said it is just to remind us of the high commitment of the African governments during the Nairobi Summit to recall why we are here and what the expectations for this meeting are as well as what we expect from the countries The regional director who restated the resolve of UNFPA to address humanitarian crisis in the region called for accelerated action in fulfilling the promises made at the Nairobi Summit He acknowledged the commitment of the government of Equatorial Guinea and a private Oil Company that UNFPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with which was coordinated by the government Ngom emphasised some of the challenges facing Africa ranging from insecurity and humanitarian crisis youth unemployment and maternal health hoping to address them accordingly He added that this meeting is strategic and calls for reflections to discuss the progress made half way down the implementation of UNFPA s Strategic Plan 2018 2021 We will be drawing lessons from the past two years while integrating the bold commitments of ICPD25 to scale up and accelerate the delivery of the UNFPA three transformative results of zero unmet need for family planning zero preventable maternal deaths and zero Gender Based Violence and harmful practices by 2030 He assured partnership to improve the lives of women and children saying that UNFPA signed one of the largest Public Private Partnerships not only in Africa but across the globe aimed at improving the lives of women He however called for stronger collaboration in ensuring the delivery of the 2019 Nairobi summit commitments by governments The Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea Mr Francisco Asue expressed delight over the progress made by the country while working with the UN and most especially with the UNFPA The peace we enjoy made developmental progress simple in our country I must thank UNFPA especially for being a strong partner in providing us with the needed support Mady Biaye the UNFPA Resident Representative in Equatorial Guinea thanked the government and people of Equatorial Guinea for the good hospitality while hosting and providing a secure environment for the Regional Planning Meeting RPM 2020 NAN reports that the UNFPA WCARO Regional Planning Meeting is from Feb 25 to Feb 20 The meeting will review progress and commitments made during the 2019 Nairobi Summit during which the world made over 1 200 bold commitments to end maternal deaths unmet need for family planning and Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030 Edited By Zainab Garba Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    UNFPA pledges support to west, central African govts. to achieve Demographic Dividend (DD)
     UN Population Fund West and Central Africa Regional Office UNFPAWCARO has pledged continuous support to governments of the region in not only stemming maternal health challenges but achieving Demographic Dividends DD The information is in a statement by Mrs Kori Habib the UNFPA Media Associate made available to Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday Habib stated that Mr Mabingue Ngom the Regional Director UNFPAWCARO made the pledge at the opening of the UNFPA 2020 Regional Planning Meeting RPM taking place in Malabo Equitorial Guinea Ngom commended the commitments of African governments in trying to achieve Demographic Dividends as demonstrated during the Nairobi International Conference on Population and Development ICPD summit in 2019 He said it is just to remind us of the high commitment of the African governments during the Nairobi Summit to recall why we are here and what the expectations for this meeting are as well as what we expect from the countries The regional director who restated the resolve of UNFPA to address humanitarian crisis in the region called for accelerated action in fulfilling the promises made at the Nairobi Summit He acknowledged the commitment of the government of Equatorial Guinea and a private Oil Company that UNFPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with which was coordinated by the government Ngom emphasised some of the challenges facing Africa ranging from insecurity and humanitarian crisis youth unemployment and maternal health hoping to address them accordingly He added that this meeting is strategic and calls for reflections to discuss the progress made half way down the implementation of UNFPA s Strategic Plan 2018 2021 We will be drawing lessons from the past two years while integrating the bold commitments of ICPD25 to scale up and accelerate the delivery of the UNFPA three transformative results of zero unmet need for family planning zero preventable maternal deaths and zero Gender Based Violence and harmful practices by 2030 He assured partnership to improve the lives of women and children saying that UNFPA signed one of the largest Public Private Partnerships not only in Africa but across the globe aimed at improving the lives of women He however called for stronger collaboration in ensuring the delivery of the 2019 Nairobi summit commitments by governments The Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea Mr Francisco Asue expressed delight over the progress made by the country while working with the UN and most especially with the UNFPA The peace we enjoy made developmental progress simple in our country I must thank UNFPA especially for being a strong partner in providing us with the needed support Mady Biaye the UNFPA Resident Representative in Equatorial Guinea thanked the government and people of Equatorial Guinea for the good hospitality while hosting and providing a secure environment for the Regional Planning Meeting RPM 2020 NAN reports that the UNFPA WCARO Regional Planning Meeting is from Feb 25 to Feb 20 The meeting will review progress and commitments made during the 2019 Nairobi Summit during which the world made over 1 200 bold commitments to end maternal deaths unmet need for family planning and Gender Based Violence GBV and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030 Edited By Zainab Garba Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu
    UNFPA pledges support to west, central African govts. to achieve Demographic Dividend (DD)
    Health3 years ago

    UNFPA pledges support to west, central African govts. to achieve Demographic Dividend (DD)

    UN Population Fund, West and Central Africa Regional Office (UNFPAWCARO) has pledged continuous support to governments of the region in not only stemming maternal health challenges but achieving Demographic Dividends (DD).

    The information is in a statement by Mrs Kori Habib, the UNFPA Media Associate, made available to Nigeria News Agency on Tuesday.

    Habib stated that Mr Mabingue Ngom, the Regional Director, UNFPAWCARO, made the pledge at the opening of the UNFPA 2020 Regional Planning Meeting (RPM) taking place in Malabo, Equitorial Guinea.

    Ngom commended the commitments of African governments in trying to achieve Demographic Dividends as demonstrated during the Nairobi International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) summit in 2019.

    He said “it is just to remind us of the high commitment of the African governments during the Nairobi Summit, to recall why we are here and what the expectations for this meeting are, as well as what we expect from the countries.’’

    The regional director, who restated the resolve of UNFPA to address humanitarian crisis in the region, called for accelerated action in fulfilling the promises made at the Nairobi Summit.

    He acknowledged the commitment of the government of Equatorial Guinea and a private Oil Company that UNFPA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with, which was coordinated by the government.

    Ngom emphasised some of the challenges facing Africa, ranging from insecurity and humanitarian crisis, youth unemployment and maternal health, hoping to address them accordingly.

    He added that “this meeting is strategic and calls for reflections to discuss the progress made half-way down the implementation of UNFPA’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

    “We will be drawing lessons from the past two years, while integrating the bold commitments of ICPD25 to scale-up and accelerate the delivery of the UNFPA three transformative results of zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths, and zero Gender-Based Violence and harmful practices by 2030.”

    He assured partnership to improve the lives of women and children, saying that UNFPA signed one of the largest Public Private Partnerships not only in Africa but across the globe, aimed at improving the lives of women.

    He, however, called for stronger collaboration in ensuring the delivery of the 2019 Nairobi summit commitments by governments.

    The Prime Minister of Equatorial Guinea, Mr Francisco Asue, expressed delight over the progress made by the country while working with the UN, “and most especially with the UNFPA.

    “The peace we enjoy made developmental progress simple in our country, I must thank UNFPA especially for being a strong partner in providing us with the needed support.”

    Mady Biaye, the UNFPA Resident Representative in Equatorial Guinea, thanked the government and people of Equatorial Guinea for the good hospitality while hosting and providing a secure environment for the Regional Planning Meeting (RPM) 2020.

    NAN reports that the UNFPA WCARO Regional Planning Meeting is from Feb. 25 to Feb. 20.

    The meeting will review progress and commitments made during the 2019 Nairobi Summit, during which, the world made over 1,200 bold commitments to end maternal deaths, unmet need for family planning and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and harmful practices against women and girls by 2030.


    Edited By: Zainab Garba/ Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

     

     

  •  The World Bank says it has spent more than 580 million dollars 210 billion naira in implementing the three phases of its Africa Centre of Excellence ACE projects across 22 centres in West and Central African countries Mrs Ekua Benti Education and Capacity Specialist of the World Bank disclosed this at the 16thAfrican Higher Education Centre of Excellence workshop in Abuja on Tuesday Nigeria News Agency reports that the ACE Project was inaugurated in 2013 to promote regional specialisation among universities in the participating countries within the West and Central African sub regions The project is aimed at addressing common regional development challenges and strengthening capacities to deliver high quality training and applied research The scope has however been widened to accommodate 54 ACEs hosted in 22 centres across 12 countries which include Republic of Benin Burkina Faso Cameroun Cote d ivoire Djibouti Ghana Gambia Guinea Niger Senegal Togo and Nigeria Benti said that the ACE project focused mostly on masters and PhD students with some support for undergraduate students for specific centres The official said further that there were three different phases of ACE with Ace 1 being for West and Central Africa The phase which began in 2014 will end in March 2020 We have ACE 2 for East and Southern Africa which started in 2016 and the third phase was launched in 2019 Overall we have spent more than 580 million dollars 210 billion Naira she said The specialist added that such amount was spent because World Bank sees human development as a key thing for Africa s sustenance She disclosed that the bank envisaged that by 2030 there would be a massive increase in the population of youths and that if strategies were not mapped out on how to handle the situation via investment in human capital Africa would end up suffering in the end We are investing to make sure there is quality in education quality faculty quality in terms of the facilities the student have and quality in the research that is being done in African universities When we started we had challenges but the centres have been very committed and we have seen a lot of results in terms of them using the money for good facilities and in terms of the research One of the centres at the Redeemer s University was able to develop a tool for identifying and diagnosing Ebola virus which helped Nigeria she said Benti added that research done in those universities should have global application She therefore stressed that researches done should have impact development and should also focus on sexual harassment policy while also bringing in more female students into the project Meanwhile Prof Abubakar Rasheed Executive Secretary National Universities Commission NUC said that the project was aimed at addressing common regional development challenges and strengthening their capacities to deliver high quality training and applied research Rasheed added that the broad objective of the project was to meet the labour market demands for skills within specific areas where there were skill gaps affecting development economic growth and poverty reduction He said that the ACE 1 Project in Nigeria had recorded a number of successes in the past five years He listed some of the successes as enrolment of regional students from West and Central African countries into the Nigerian University System and development of the anti snake venom vaccine known as COVIP Plus According to him by March when ACE 1 will end the commission will set up a team to document all the achievements of ACE 1 and make recommendations to the government on sustaining the gains of the project The executive secretary therefore called on stakeholders to consolidate on the gains of ACE 1 in the Impact Project Workshop by improving the quality quantity and development impact of postgraduate education He commended the World Bank and the Association of African Universities AAU for the support accorded to Higher Education in Africa Mr Sonny Echono Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education said that the project had continued to encourage the internalisation of students in the country with the enrolment of regional students Echono said that the Federal Government had allowed all Nigerian universities to participate in the ACE projects which shows that the present administration is key to the development of research in the country He expressed confidence that the ten ACE centres in the country were capable of combating and containing the further spread of the coronavirus Edited By Hawa Lawal Emmanuel Yashim
    World Bank spends more than 0m on ACE projects in West, Central Africa
     The World Bank says it has spent more than 580 million dollars 210 billion naira in implementing the three phases of its Africa Centre of Excellence ACE projects across 22 centres in West and Central African countries Mrs Ekua Benti Education and Capacity Specialist of the World Bank disclosed this at the 16thAfrican Higher Education Centre of Excellence workshop in Abuja on Tuesday Nigeria News Agency reports that the ACE Project was inaugurated in 2013 to promote regional specialisation among universities in the participating countries within the West and Central African sub regions The project is aimed at addressing common regional development challenges and strengthening capacities to deliver high quality training and applied research The scope has however been widened to accommodate 54 ACEs hosted in 22 centres across 12 countries which include Republic of Benin Burkina Faso Cameroun Cote d ivoire Djibouti Ghana Gambia Guinea Niger Senegal Togo and Nigeria Benti said that the ACE project focused mostly on masters and PhD students with some support for undergraduate students for specific centres The official said further that there were three different phases of ACE with Ace 1 being for West and Central Africa The phase which began in 2014 will end in March 2020 We have ACE 2 for East and Southern Africa which started in 2016 and the third phase was launched in 2019 Overall we have spent more than 580 million dollars 210 billion Naira she said The specialist added that such amount was spent because World Bank sees human development as a key thing for Africa s sustenance She disclosed that the bank envisaged that by 2030 there would be a massive increase in the population of youths and that if strategies were not mapped out on how to handle the situation via investment in human capital Africa would end up suffering in the end We are investing to make sure there is quality in education quality faculty quality in terms of the facilities the student have and quality in the research that is being done in African universities When we started we had challenges but the centres have been very committed and we have seen a lot of results in terms of them using the money for good facilities and in terms of the research One of the centres at the Redeemer s University was able to develop a tool for identifying and diagnosing Ebola virus which helped Nigeria she said Benti added that research done in those universities should have global application She therefore stressed that researches done should have impact development and should also focus on sexual harassment policy while also bringing in more female students into the project Meanwhile Prof Abubakar Rasheed Executive Secretary National Universities Commission NUC said that the project was aimed at addressing common regional development challenges and strengthening their capacities to deliver high quality training and applied research Rasheed added that the broad objective of the project was to meet the labour market demands for skills within specific areas where there were skill gaps affecting development economic growth and poverty reduction He said that the ACE 1 Project in Nigeria had recorded a number of successes in the past five years He listed some of the successes as enrolment of regional students from West and Central African countries into the Nigerian University System and development of the anti snake venom vaccine known as COVIP Plus According to him by March when ACE 1 will end the commission will set up a team to document all the achievements of ACE 1 and make recommendations to the government on sustaining the gains of the project The executive secretary therefore called on stakeholders to consolidate on the gains of ACE 1 in the Impact Project Workshop by improving the quality quantity and development impact of postgraduate education He commended the World Bank and the Association of African Universities AAU for the support accorded to Higher Education in Africa Mr Sonny Echono Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education said that the project had continued to encourage the internalisation of students in the country with the enrolment of regional students Echono said that the Federal Government had allowed all Nigerian universities to participate in the ACE projects which shows that the present administration is key to the development of research in the country He expressed confidence that the ten ACE centres in the country were capable of combating and containing the further spread of the coronavirus Edited By Hawa Lawal Emmanuel Yashim
    World Bank spends more than 0m on ACE projects in West, Central Africa
    Metro3 years ago

    World Bank spends more than $580m on ACE projects in West, Central Africa

    The World Bank says it has spent more than 580 million dollars  (210 billion naira) in implementing the three phases of its Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE) projects across 22 centres in West and Central African countries.

    Mrs Ekua Benti, Education and Capacity Specialist of the World Bank disclosed this at the 16thAfrican Higher Education Centre of Excellence workshop in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the ACE Project was inaugurated in 2013 to promote regional specialisation among universities in the participating countries within the West and Central African sub-regions.

    The project is aimed at addressing common regional development challenges and strengthening capacities to deliver high quality training and applied research.

    The scope has however been widened to accommodate 54 ACEs hosted in 22 centres across 12 countries, which include Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Cote d’ivoire, Djibouti, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea, Niger, Senegal, Togo, and Nigeria.

    Benti said that the ACE project focused mostly on masters and PhD students with some support for undergraduate students for specific centres.

    The official said further that there were three different phases of ACE, with Ace 1 being for West and Central Africa. The phase which began in 2014 will end in March 2020.

    “We have ACE 2 for East and Southern Africa which started in 2016 and the third phase was launched in 2019.

    “Overall, we have spent more than 580 million dollars (210 billion Naira),” she said.

    The specialist added that such amount was spent because “World Bank sees human development as a key thing for Africa’s sustenance.”

    She disclosed that the bank envisaged that by 2030 there would be a massive increase in the population of youths and that if strategies were not mapped out on how to handle the situation via investment in human capital, Africa would end up suffering in the end.

    “We are investing to make sure there is quality in education, quality faculty, quality in terms of the facilities the student have and quality in the research that is being done in African universities.

    “When we started we had challenges but the centres have been very committed and we have seen a lot of results in terms of them using the money for good facilities and in terms of the research.

    “One of the centres at the Redeemer’s University was able to develop a tool for identifying and diagnosing Ebola virus which helped Nigeria,’’ she said.

    Benti added that research done in those universities should have global application.

    She, therefore, stressed that researches done should have impact development and should also focus on sexual harassment policy while also bringing in more female students into the project.

    Meanwhile, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), said that the project was aimed at addressing common regional development challenges and strengthening their capacities to deliver high quality training and applied research.

    Rasheed added that the broad objective of the project was to meet the labour market demands for skills within specific areas where there were skill gaps affecting development, economic growth, and poverty reduction.

    He said that the ACE 1 Project in Nigeria had recorded a number of successes in the past five years.

    He listed some of the successes as enrolment of regional students from West and Central African countries into the Nigerian University System and development of the anti-snake venom vaccine known as COVIP-Plus.

    According to him, by March when ACE 1 will end, the commission will set up a team to document all the achievements of ACE 1 and make recommendations to the government on sustaining the gains of the project.

    The executive secretary, therefore, called on stakeholders to consolidate on the gains of ACE 1 in the Impact Project Workshop by improving the quality, quantity, and development impact of postgraduate education.

    He commended the World Bank and the Association of African Universities (AAU) for the support accorded to Higher Education in Africa.

    Mr Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education said that the project had continued to encourage the internalisation of students in the country with the enrolment of regional students.

    Echono said that the Federal Government had allowed all Nigerian universities to participate in the ACE projects which shows that the present administration is key to the development of research in the country.

    He expressed confidence that the ten ACE centres in the country were capable of combating and containing the further spread of the coronavirus.


    Edited By: Hawa Lawal/Emmanuel Yashim

  •   Today the Next Einstein Forum NEF announces the 25 finalists for its Challenge of Invention to Innovation Ci2i competition in five categories to be held on 10 11 March 2020 in the NEF Innovation Salon The third cohort of Ci2i finalists selected from 260 applications are ambitious African innovators developing scalable solutions to local challenges in agriculture integration and logistics personalized and precision health power and energy They will pitch for a 25 000 prize in each category but also be connected to investors in a one of a kind Sciencepreneur Investor Meetup said Nathalie Munyampenda Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum The 25 finalists selected with the support of Co creation Hub include the creators of an overweight and obesity tracking database portable solar powered solution against post harvest milk losses ophthalmic devices emerging as the world s first definitive treatment of glaucoma an online blood bank connecting hospitals and two innovations aiming to ease the burden of doing business in Africa a cryptocurrency and industrial IoT solution The finalists will be treated to a lab style bootcamp held before the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi starting on 10th March The bootcamp will involve pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions At the end of the bootcamp the young sciencepreneurs will gain knowledge of how to create and deliver value through their solutions as well as understanding funding options amp valuations For the last six years we have been working with young African innovators whose disruptive and transformative innovations in health agriculture and fintech are having a wider impact for African citizens We are once again honored to give these 25 brilliant Sciencepreneurs the NEF platform to catapult from and to connect them with the investors they need to scale impact said Ms Munyampenda Finalists were selected by reviewing potential for impact technological readiness and the potential for commercialization Winners will be announced on 13th March 2020 Further information can be found here https gg2020 nef org speakers Meet the 25 Ci2i Finalists Sadiq Temitayo from Nigeria for AirSynQ An automated aerial surveillance system powered by balloon satellites for monitoring oil and gas pipeline assets in a bid to curb oil theft and vandalismAddae Obeng Benjamin from Ghana for Aleph Engineering Hardware and software solutions for enhancing physiotherapy in children with cerebral palsyMoussa Thiam from Senegal for CABA A real time hydroclimatic risk monitoring system used to track and provide flood risk information to low income communitiesPhilippa Ngaju Makobore from Uganda for ECGF An affordable Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set ECGF that regulates and delivers intravenous fluids or medication to patientsAbraham Natukunda from Rwanda for eNose An analytics platform that increases tea processing procedures using low power sensor devices and a data analytics engineAlbert Kure from Nigeria for FrontierSS At the intersection of facilitating STEM education and the creation of education solutionsNzambi Matee from Kenya for Gjenge An alternative building manufacturing company that recycles plastic wasteSalma Bouggarani from Morocco Green WATECH A patented eco innovative and efficient Multi Soil Layering MSL system for municipal wastewater treatmentOghenetega Iortim from Nigeria for GRICD Rechargeable trackable mobile cold boxes that enables businesses store and transport temperature sensitive commoditiesChijo Bare from Nigeria for Hydrotriciton A water powered emission free generating set that utilizes water as an input fuel and through cost effective hydrogen gas productionIfeanyi Christopher Chukwurah from Nigeria for Ifymoto An insect farming enterprise creating a protein packed cheap and high quality alternative to the unsustainable livestock feedMelissa Bime from Cameroon for INFIUSS An online blood bank that connects hospitals with blood banks especially those that lack themJoshua Fisher from South Africa for LIQID Medical Innovative and high impact ophthalmic devices that fight global blindnessPercy Lemtukei from Kenya for MaziwaPlus Prechiller A non refrigerant mobile solar powered milk chiller with a farmer management and milk collection platformNsereko Mike from Uganda for MiNi Money A peer to peer mobile blockchain technology that reduces Africa s high cost of remittances from 14 to 7 and even further to 2 Menyo Innocent from Uganda for M SCAN A portable affordable power efficient ultrasound devices that are compatible with laptops tablets and mobile phonesYankho Kaimila from Malawi for Nutrition Wellness Center A center for the prevention and management of overweight and obesity and dietary related diseasesAbasifreke James from Nigeria for POKER Blockchain development of innovative solutions for banks and fintech companies including government security agenciesOkey Esse from Nigeria for Powerstove Offgrid Affordable smokeless clean cookstove that uses 70 less of biomass and cooks food 5 times quicker saving households 300 annuallyOlubanjo Olugbenga from Nigeria for Reeddi Sustainably provides clean reliable and affordable electricity to individuals households and businesses operating in energy poor regionsFela Akinse from Nigeria for Salubata Modular and customizable shoes made from recycled plasticAbdou Maman from Niger for Tele Irrigation Long distance mobile solar and IOT captor water distribution real time farm monitoring and data collectionAchiri Arnold from Ghana for Traveler Inc An information system app that detects accidents in real time and sends a distress signal to ambulances and authoritiesAdulai Barry from Guinea Bissau for Ubuntu2S Intelligent solar home system SHS kits and solar kiosks developed with open solutions and mobile money paymentsKolawole Oluwatomisin from Nigeria for Vinsighte A digital health venture that aids the visually impaired to live more comfortably and achieve their full potentials
    Next Einstein Forum Unveils Top 25 Innovators to Compete At Its Global Gathering
      Today the Next Einstein Forum NEF announces the 25 finalists for its Challenge of Invention to Innovation Ci2i competition in five categories to be held on 10 11 March 2020 in the NEF Innovation Salon The third cohort of Ci2i finalists selected from 260 applications are ambitious African innovators developing scalable solutions to local challenges in agriculture integration and logistics personalized and precision health power and energy They will pitch for a 25 000 prize in each category but also be connected to investors in a one of a kind Sciencepreneur Investor Meetup said Nathalie Munyampenda Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum The 25 finalists selected with the support of Co creation Hub include the creators of an overweight and obesity tracking database portable solar powered solution against post harvest milk losses ophthalmic devices emerging as the world s first definitive treatment of glaucoma an online blood bank connecting hospitals and two innovations aiming to ease the burden of doing business in Africa a cryptocurrency and industrial IoT solution The finalists will be treated to a lab style bootcamp held before the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi starting on 10th March The bootcamp will involve pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions At the end of the bootcamp the young sciencepreneurs will gain knowledge of how to create and deliver value through their solutions as well as understanding funding options amp valuations For the last six years we have been working with young African innovators whose disruptive and transformative innovations in health agriculture and fintech are having a wider impact for African citizens We are once again honored to give these 25 brilliant Sciencepreneurs the NEF platform to catapult from and to connect them with the investors they need to scale impact said Ms Munyampenda Finalists were selected by reviewing potential for impact technological readiness and the potential for commercialization Winners will be announced on 13th March 2020 Further information can be found here https gg2020 nef org speakers Meet the 25 Ci2i Finalists Sadiq Temitayo from Nigeria for AirSynQ An automated aerial surveillance system powered by balloon satellites for monitoring oil and gas pipeline assets in a bid to curb oil theft and vandalismAddae Obeng Benjamin from Ghana for Aleph Engineering Hardware and software solutions for enhancing physiotherapy in children with cerebral palsyMoussa Thiam from Senegal for CABA A real time hydroclimatic risk monitoring system used to track and provide flood risk information to low income communitiesPhilippa Ngaju Makobore from Uganda for ECGF An affordable Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set ECGF that regulates and delivers intravenous fluids or medication to patientsAbraham Natukunda from Rwanda for eNose An analytics platform that increases tea processing procedures using low power sensor devices and a data analytics engineAlbert Kure from Nigeria for FrontierSS At the intersection of facilitating STEM education and the creation of education solutionsNzambi Matee from Kenya for Gjenge An alternative building manufacturing company that recycles plastic wasteSalma Bouggarani from Morocco Green WATECH A patented eco innovative and efficient Multi Soil Layering MSL system for municipal wastewater treatmentOghenetega Iortim from Nigeria for GRICD Rechargeable trackable mobile cold boxes that enables businesses store and transport temperature sensitive commoditiesChijo Bare from Nigeria for Hydrotriciton A water powered emission free generating set that utilizes water as an input fuel and through cost effective hydrogen gas productionIfeanyi Christopher Chukwurah from Nigeria for Ifymoto An insect farming enterprise creating a protein packed cheap and high quality alternative to the unsustainable livestock feedMelissa Bime from Cameroon for INFIUSS An online blood bank that connects hospitals with blood banks especially those that lack themJoshua Fisher from South Africa for LIQID Medical Innovative and high impact ophthalmic devices that fight global blindnessPercy Lemtukei from Kenya for MaziwaPlus Prechiller A non refrigerant mobile solar powered milk chiller with a farmer management and milk collection platformNsereko Mike from Uganda for MiNi Money A peer to peer mobile blockchain technology that reduces Africa s high cost of remittances from 14 to 7 and even further to 2 Menyo Innocent from Uganda for M SCAN A portable affordable power efficient ultrasound devices that are compatible with laptops tablets and mobile phonesYankho Kaimila from Malawi for Nutrition Wellness Center A center for the prevention and management of overweight and obesity and dietary related diseasesAbasifreke James from Nigeria for POKER Blockchain development of innovative solutions for banks and fintech companies including government security agenciesOkey Esse from Nigeria for Powerstove Offgrid Affordable smokeless clean cookstove that uses 70 less of biomass and cooks food 5 times quicker saving households 300 annuallyOlubanjo Olugbenga from Nigeria for Reeddi Sustainably provides clean reliable and affordable electricity to individuals households and businesses operating in energy poor regionsFela Akinse from Nigeria for Salubata Modular and customizable shoes made from recycled plasticAbdou Maman from Niger for Tele Irrigation Long distance mobile solar and IOT captor water distribution real time farm monitoring and data collectionAchiri Arnold from Ghana for Traveler Inc An information system app that detects accidents in real time and sends a distress signal to ambulances and authoritiesAdulai Barry from Guinea Bissau for Ubuntu2S Intelligent solar home system SHS kits and solar kiosks developed with open solutions and mobile money paymentsKolawole Oluwatomisin from Nigeria for Vinsighte A digital health venture that aids the visually impaired to live more comfortably and achieve their full potentials
    Next Einstein Forum Unveils Top 25 Innovators to Compete At Its Global Gathering
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    Next Einstein Forum Unveils Top 25 Innovators to Compete At Its Global Gathering

    Today, the Next Einstein Forum (NEF) announces the 25 finalists for its Challenge of Invention to Innovation (Ci2i) competition in five categories to be held on 10-11 March 2020 in the NEF Innovation Salon.

    “The third cohort of Ci2i finalists, selected from 260 applications, are ambitious African innovators developing scalable solutions to local challenges in agriculture, integration and logistics, personalized and precision health, power and energy. They will pitch for a $25,000 prize in each category but also be connected to investors in a one-of-a-kind ‘Sciencepreneur Investor Meetup’, said Nathalie Munyampenda, Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum.

    The 25 finalists selected, with the support of Co-creation Hub, include the creators of an overweight and obesity tracking database, portable solar-powered solution against post-harvest milk losses, ophthalmic devices emerging as the world’s first definitive treatment of glaucoma, an online blood bank connecting hospitals, and two innovations aiming to ease the burden of doing business in Africa: a cryptocurrency and industrial IoT solution.

    The finalists will be treated to a lab-style bootcamp, held before the NEF Global Gathering 2020 in Nairobi starting on 10th March. The bootcamp will involve pitch preparation and investment readiness sessions. At the end of the bootcamp, the young sciencepreneurs will gain knowledge of how to create and deliver value through their solutions as well as understanding funding options & valuations.

    “For the last six years we have been working with young African innovators whose disruptive and transformative innovations in health, agriculture and fintech are having a wider impact for African citizens. We are once again honored to give these 25 brilliant Sciencepreneurs, the NEF platform to catapult from and to connect them with the investors they need to scale impact,” said Ms. Munyampenda. 

    Finalists were selected by reviewing potential for impact, technological readiness and the potential for commercialization. Winners will be announced on 13th March 2020.

    Further information can be found here: https://gg2020.nef.org/speakers

    Meet the 25 Ci2i Finalists:

    • Sadiq Temitayo from Nigeria for AirSynQ: An automated aerial surveillance system powered by balloon satellites, for monitoring oil and gas pipeline assets in a bid to curb oil theft and vandalism
    • Addae Obeng Benjamin from Ghana for Aleph Engineering: Hardware and software solutions for enhancing physiotherapy in children with cerebral palsy
    • Moussa Thiam from Senegal for CABA: A real-time hydroclimatic risk monitoring system used to track and provide flood risk information to low-income communities
    • Philippa Ngaju Makobore from Uganda for ECGF: An affordable Electronically Controlled Gravity Feed Infusion Set (ECGF) that regulates and delivers intravenous fluids or medication to patients
    • Abraham Natukunda from Rwanda for eNose: An analytics platform that increases tea processing procedures using low power sensor devices and a data analytics engine
    • Albert Kure from Nigeria for FrontierSS: At the intersection of facilitating STEM education and the creation of education solutions
    • Nzambi Matee from Kenya for Gjenge: An alternative building manufacturing company that recycles plastic waste
    • Salma Bouggarani from Morocco Green WATECH: A patented, eco-innovative and efficient Multi-Soil Layering (MSL) system for municipal wastewater treatment
    • Oghenetega Iortim from Nigeria for GRICD: Rechargeable, trackable, mobile cold boxes that enables businesses store and transport temperature-sensitive commodities
    • Chijo Bare from Nigeria for Hydrotriciton: A water-powered, emission free, generating set that utilizes water as an input fuel and through cost effective hydrogen gas production
    • Ifeanyi Christopher Chukwurah from Nigeria for Ifymoto: An insect farming enterprise creating a protein-packed, cheap and high-quality alternative to the unsustainable livestock feed
    • Melissa Bime from Cameroon for INFIUSS: An online blood bank that connects hospitals with blood banks especially those that lack them
    • Joshua Fisher from South Africa for LIQID Medical: Innovative and high impact ophthalmic devices that fight global blindness
    • Percy Lemtukei from Kenya for MaziwaPlus Prechiller: A non-refrigerant mobile solar-powered milk chiller with a farmer management and milk collection platform
    • Nsereko Mike from Uganda for MiNi Money: A peer to peer mobile/blockchain technology that reduces Africa’s high cost of remittances from 14% to 7%, and even further to 2%
    • Menyo Innocent from Uganda for M-SCAN: A portable affordable power efficient ultrasound devices that are compatible with laptops, tablets and mobile phones
    • Yankho Kaimila from Malawi for Nutrition Wellness Center: A center for the prevention and management of overweight and obesity and dietary related diseases
    • Abasifreke James from Nigeria for POKER: Blockchain development of innovative solutions for banks and fintech companies, including government security agencies
    • Okey Esse from Nigeria for Powerstove Offgrid: Affordable smokeless clean cookstove that uses 70% less of biomass and cooks food 5 times quicker, saving households $300 annually
    • Olubanjo Olugbenga from Nigeria for Reeddi: Sustainably provides clean, reliable and affordable electricity to individuals, households and businesses operating in energy-poor regions
    • Fela Akinse from Nigeria for Salubata: Modular and customizable shoes made from recycled plastic
    • Abdou Maman from Niger for Tele Irrigation: Long-distance mobile, solar and IOT captor water distribution, real-time farm monitoring and data collection
    • Achiri Arnold from Ghana for Traveler Inc: An information system app that detects accidents in real time and sends a distress signal to ambulances and authorities
    • Adulai Barry from Guinea Bissau for Ubuntu2S: Intelligent solar home system (SHS) kits and solar kiosks, developed with open solutions and mobile money payments
    • Kolawole Oluwatomisin from Nigeria for Vinsighte: A digital health venture that aids the visually impaired to live more comfortably and achieve their full potentials

  •  Nigeria will continue to build her capacity to respond to emerging and re emerging infectious diseases Sen Olorunnimbe Mamora Minister of State for Health has said Mamora made this known while declaring open a Coronavirus COVID19 Infection Prevention and Control Training of Trainers IPC TOT workshop for participants from Benin Burkina Faso Cabo Verde and C te d Ivoire Others are The Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone and Togo organised by the World Health Organisation WHO on Friday in Abuja The training was convened on Infection Prevention and Control to strengthen COVID19 preparedness in Africa in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control Africa CDC in support from WHO and Infection Control Africa Network ICAfricaNetwork Mamora said In 2018 Nigeria developed a national training manual for Infection Prevention Control IPC which is being used in major treatment centres across the country especially in response to Lassa fever outbreaks This is driven through the National Centre Disease Control NCDC National Infection Prevention and Control Programme on IPC practices he said The minister explained that the essence of the training was to build the capacities of the trainees and make trainers out of them so as to have more capable hands in the It is important to state that what you have learned should not end here but be passed on to every health worker in your various countries towards the prevention and control of COVID 19 he said He described the training as a huge step aimed at strengthening the preparedness and response of Africa to COVID 19 Nigeria is pleased to host participants from across the continent particularly those from the 16 Africa Union Member States This training is a big step towards strengthening the preparedness and response of Africa to COVID 19 he addedThe Minister applauded the collaboration between the Africa CDC WHO ICAN in building the IPC capacity of Members States on COVID 19 He further said over the years the emergence of zoonotic diseases have been described as predictably unpredictable because no one can ascertained where when and how they will occur and that COVID 19 is a clear example He added that since the beginning of the COVID 19 outbreak in Wuhan China it has spread rapidly and widely affecting 26 countries and more recently Egypt The declaration of COVID 19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern PHEIC has ensured coordinated efforts at international regional national and even sub national levels There is still much to learn about COVID 19 but we know for certain that person to person transmission has been confirmed Therefore health workers who are at the forefront of response activities through caring for patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID 19 are at risk of infection This makes adherence to IPC practices a priority for countries in order to protect their citizens and significantly reduce the risk of transmission within and outside the country he stressed Also speaking Mr Chikwe Ihekweazu Director General of NCDC said that NCDC remains committed to working with partners to strengthen COVID19 preparedness in the region Ihekweazu who was represented by Mrs Elsie Ilori Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology NCDC thanked the Africa CDC WHO and ICAfricaNetwork for convening the training on IPC for African Union Member States Critical to our response in Nigeria and Africa are health workers and Port health officials who face higher risks of infection We must equip them with skills necessary for the implementation of IPC measures to ensure break in the transmission chain of coronavirus he said Mr Tajudeen Raji representative of the Director General Africa Centre for Disease Control said that COVID19 was fast evolving and experts are learning about the disease every day Raji said that Africa CDC task force on COVID19 had prioritised the training because they know that IPC was key to limiting spread of the disease He said that in addition to the training on infection prevention and control Africa CDC would continue to intensify preparedness for COVID19 in the continent So far we have supported 15 African Union member states to establish testing capacity for COVID19 Meanwhile NCDC and Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO and ICAN will train representatives from across Africa on IPC for COVID 19 NAN reports that the training end on Feb 25 in Abuja It will provide participants with improved capacity for the prevention and control of COVID 19 a continuous learning opportunities and an inclusion into the COVID 19 IPC focal persons network for the African region NAN reports that as at Feb 20 2020 over 75 748 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and 2129 deaths have been reported to WHO since 7th of January 2020 African countries are at risk of the ongoing epidemic because of the significant travel and trade connections with China OnJan 30 the WHO Director General declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and urged Member Countries to strengthen their preparedness for prevention and response to COVID 19 NAN Edited By Zainab Garba Sadiya Hamza
    Nigeria will build her capacity to respond to emerging, re-emerging infectious diseases – Mamora
     Nigeria will continue to build her capacity to respond to emerging and re emerging infectious diseases Sen Olorunnimbe Mamora Minister of State for Health has said Mamora made this known while declaring open a Coronavirus COVID19 Infection Prevention and Control Training of Trainers IPC TOT workshop for participants from Benin Burkina Faso Cabo Verde and C te d Ivoire Others are The Gambia Ghana Guinea Guinea Bissau Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone and Togo organised by the World Health Organisation WHO on Friday in Abuja The training was convened on Infection Prevention and Control to strengthen COVID19 preparedness in Africa in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control Africa CDC in support from WHO and Infection Control Africa Network ICAfricaNetwork Mamora said In 2018 Nigeria developed a national training manual for Infection Prevention Control IPC which is being used in major treatment centres across the country especially in response to Lassa fever outbreaks This is driven through the National Centre Disease Control NCDC National Infection Prevention and Control Programme on IPC practices he said The minister explained that the essence of the training was to build the capacities of the trainees and make trainers out of them so as to have more capable hands in the It is important to state that what you have learned should not end here but be passed on to every health worker in your various countries towards the prevention and control of COVID 19 he said He described the training as a huge step aimed at strengthening the preparedness and response of Africa to COVID 19 Nigeria is pleased to host participants from across the continent particularly those from the 16 Africa Union Member States This training is a big step towards strengthening the preparedness and response of Africa to COVID 19 he addedThe Minister applauded the collaboration between the Africa CDC WHO ICAN in building the IPC capacity of Members States on COVID 19 He further said over the years the emergence of zoonotic diseases have been described as predictably unpredictable because no one can ascertained where when and how they will occur and that COVID 19 is a clear example He added that since the beginning of the COVID 19 outbreak in Wuhan China it has spread rapidly and widely affecting 26 countries and more recently Egypt The declaration of COVID 19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern PHEIC has ensured coordinated efforts at international regional national and even sub national levels There is still much to learn about COVID 19 but we know for certain that person to person transmission has been confirmed Therefore health workers who are at the forefront of response activities through caring for patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID 19 are at risk of infection This makes adherence to IPC practices a priority for countries in order to protect their citizens and significantly reduce the risk of transmission within and outside the country he stressed Also speaking Mr Chikwe Ihekweazu Director General of NCDC said that NCDC remains committed to working with partners to strengthen COVID19 preparedness in the region Ihekweazu who was represented by Mrs Elsie Ilori Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology NCDC thanked the Africa CDC WHO and ICAfricaNetwork for convening the training on IPC for African Union Member States Critical to our response in Nigeria and Africa are health workers and Port health officials who face higher risks of infection We must equip them with skills necessary for the implementation of IPC measures to ensure break in the transmission chain of coronavirus he said Mr Tajudeen Raji representative of the Director General Africa Centre for Disease Control said that COVID19 was fast evolving and experts are learning about the disease every day Raji said that Africa CDC task force on COVID19 had prioritised the training because they know that IPC was key to limiting spread of the disease He said that in addition to the training on infection prevention and control Africa CDC would continue to intensify preparedness for COVID19 in the continent So far we have supported 15 African Union member states to establish testing capacity for COVID19 Meanwhile NCDC and Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO and ICAN will train representatives from across Africa on IPC for COVID 19 NAN reports that the training end on Feb 25 in Abuja It will provide participants with improved capacity for the prevention and control of COVID 19 a continuous learning opportunities and an inclusion into the COVID 19 IPC focal persons network for the African region NAN reports that as at Feb 20 2020 over 75 748 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and 2129 deaths have been reported to WHO since 7th of January 2020 African countries are at risk of the ongoing epidemic because of the significant travel and trade connections with China OnJan 30 the WHO Director General declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and urged Member Countries to strengthen their preparedness for prevention and response to COVID 19 NAN Edited By Zainab Garba Sadiya Hamza
    Nigeria will build her capacity to respond to emerging, re-emerging infectious diseases – Mamora
    Health3 years ago

    Nigeria will build her capacity to respond to emerging, re-emerging infectious diseases – Mamora

    Nigeria will continue to build her capacity to respond to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, Sen. Olorunnimbe Mamora, Minister of State for Health, has said.

    Mamora made this known while declaring open, a Coronavirus (COVID19), Infection Prevention and Control Training of Trainers (IPC,TOT), workshop for participants from

    Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde and Côte d’Ivoire.

    Others are The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo, 

    organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), on Friday in Abuja.

    The training was convened on Infection Prevention and Control to strengthen COVID19 preparedness in Africa in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC), in support from WHO and Infection Control Africa Network ICAfricaNetwork.

    Mamora said: ”In 2018, Nigeria developed a national training manual for Infection Prevention Control (IPC) which is being used in major treatment centres across the country especially in response to Lassa fever outbreaks.

    “This is driven through the National Centre Disease Control (NCDC), National Infection Prevention and Control Programme on IPC practices,” he said.

    The minister explained that the essence of the training was to build the capacities of the trainees and make trainers out of them, so as to have more capable hands in the

    “It is important to state that what you have learned should not end here but be passed on to every health worker in your various countries towards the prevention and control of COVID-19,” he said.

    He described the training, as a huge step aimed at strengthening the preparedness and response of Africa to COVID-19.

    ”Nigeria is pleased to host participants from across the continent particularly those from the 16 Africa Union Member States.

    “This training is a big step towards strengthening the preparedness and response of Africa, to COVID-19,’’ he added

    The Minister applauded the collaboration between the Africa CDC, WHO, ICAN in building the IPC capacity of Members States on COVID-19.

    He further said over the years, the emergence of zoonotic diseases have been described as “predictably unpredictable” because no one can ascertained where, when and how they will occur and that COVID-19 is a clear example.

    He added that since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China, it has spread rapidly and widely, affecting 26 countries and more recently, Egypt.

    ”The declaration of COVID-19 as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) has ensured coordinated efforts at international, regional, national and even sub-national levels.

    “There is still much to learn about COVID-19 but we know for certain that person-to-person transmission has been confirmed.

    “Therefore, health workers, who are at the forefront of response activities through caring for patients with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19, are at risk of infection.

    “This makes adherence to IPC practices a priority for countries in order to protect their citizens and significantly reduce the risk of transmission within and outside the country,’’ he stressed.

    Also speaking, Mr Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General of NCDC, said that NCDC remains committed to working with partners to strengthen COVID19 preparedness in the region.

    Ihekweazu, who was represented by Mrs Elsie Ilori, Director of Surveillance and Epidemiology, NCDC, thanked the Africa CDC, WHO and ICAfricaNetwork for convening the training on IPC for African Union Member States.

    “Critical to our response in Nigeria, and Africa, are health workers and Port health officials who face higher risks of infection.

    “We must equip them with skills necessary for the implementation of IPC measures to ensure break in the transmission chain of coronavirus,” he said.

    Mr Tajudeen Raji, representative of the Director General, Africa Centre for Disease Control, said that COVID19 was fast evolving, and experts are learning about the disease every day.

    Raji said that Africa CDC task force on COVID19 had prioritised the training because they know that IPC was key to limiting spread of the disease.

    He said that in addition to the training on infection prevention and control, Africa CDC would continue to intensify preparedness for COVID19 in the continent.

    “So far, we have supported 15 African Union member states to establish testing capacity for COVID19.

    Meanwhile, NCDC and Africa CDC in collaboration with WHO and ICAN will train representatives from across Africa on IPC for COVID-19.

    NAN reports that the training end on Feb. 25, in Abuja.

    It will provide participants with improved capacity for the prevention and control of COVID-19, a continuous learning opportunities and an inclusion into the COVID-19 IPC focal persons’ network for the African region.

    NAN, reports that as at Feb., 20,  2020, over 75,748 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2129 deaths have been reported to WHO since 7th of January 2020.

    African countries are at-risk of the ongoing epidemic because of the significant travel and trade connections with China.

    OnJan. 30,  the WHO Director-General declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and urged Member Countries to strengthen their preparedness for prevention and response to COVID-19.*NAN)


    Edited By: Zainab Garba/Sadiya Hamza

  •  Justice Edward Asante President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice has underscored need for establishment of legal system to assist Ivoirians approach court for protection of their human right Information Officer of the Court Elohor Ovadje in a statement said the president made the call at the opening ceremony of special court forum for Lawyers and Law Students in Abidjan WednesdayAsante said the assistance was for Ivoirians who approach the court for protection but cannot afford legal cost Such legal aid will help improve access to justice for category of citizens who could otherwise be denied opportunity to avail themselves remedy offered by Court for violation of their human rights Only 18 cases have been filed by community citizens in Cote d Ivoire since 2009 when the first case was filed from the country Asante said He said that the court delegation was in that country on five day awareness campaign as part of engagement with community citizens on the outreach programmes to address shortcomings of visibility platforms Also the court had undertaken the campaign in three countries Cape Verde Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2019 while others were scheduled for Senegal Guinea and Niger later in the year He assured participants at the forum that the court was working on regional legal aid scheme for indigent citizens and other initiatives to improve access to the Court s E filing platform He said that the act would encourage remote filing of cases without having to come to the headquarters of the ECOWAS Court in Abuja The Court is also working towards reviving its moot court programme in 2020 that was suspended some years ago for logistic reasons Hope that this and other initiatives will help deepen the knowledge of Community Law among the relevant stakeholders the President added He expressed optimism that through the programme the Court would further demonstrate its determination to position law students in community law and equip them better for practice particularly with the Court He explained that the forum was designed to tackle specific needs of lawyers and students and create platform for them to familiarize themselves with Court s presentation and practice He noted that such would deepen knowledge of Lawyers law lecturers and students on human rights jurisprudence of the Court and enhance their understanding of community Law among critical stakeholders The president further said the programme had been tailored to focus on mandate and procedure of the court on how to file cases representation before Court privileges and immunities of Lawyers Meanwhile Ovadje in the statement quoted the President of the Cote d Ivoire Bar Association Mr N dri Thomas to have described the cause as means to deepen Lawyers knowledge on community Law According to Thomas as principal actors in the public service of justice the campaign reminds us of the unexplored areas that will broaden our horizon particularly in area of human rights Ovadje further said the delegation of the Court which include judges and staff visited the National Council on Human Rights in that country and were received by President Madam Namizata Sangare Sangare in the statement said explained Council to consist all human rights including rights of foreigners and those in prison and that it publishes annual report on the state of human rights Edited By Isaac Aregbesola
    ECOWAS Court advocates legal system to guarantee Ivoirians of rights protection
     Justice Edward Asante President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice has underscored need for establishment of legal system to assist Ivoirians approach court for protection of their human right Information Officer of the Court Elohor Ovadje in a statement said the president made the call at the opening ceremony of special court forum for Lawyers and Law Students in Abidjan WednesdayAsante said the assistance was for Ivoirians who approach the court for protection but cannot afford legal cost Such legal aid will help improve access to justice for category of citizens who could otherwise be denied opportunity to avail themselves remedy offered by Court for violation of their human rights Only 18 cases have been filed by community citizens in Cote d Ivoire since 2009 when the first case was filed from the country Asante said He said that the court delegation was in that country on five day awareness campaign as part of engagement with community citizens on the outreach programmes to address shortcomings of visibility platforms Also the court had undertaken the campaign in three countries Cape Verde Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2019 while others were scheduled for Senegal Guinea and Niger later in the year He assured participants at the forum that the court was working on regional legal aid scheme for indigent citizens and other initiatives to improve access to the Court s E filing platform He said that the act would encourage remote filing of cases without having to come to the headquarters of the ECOWAS Court in Abuja The Court is also working towards reviving its moot court programme in 2020 that was suspended some years ago for logistic reasons Hope that this and other initiatives will help deepen the knowledge of Community Law among the relevant stakeholders the President added He expressed optimism that through the programme the Court would further demonstrate its determination to position law students in community law and equip them better for practice particularly with the Court He explained that the forum was designed to tackle specific needs of lawyers and students and create platform for them to familiarize themselves with Court s presentation and practice He noted that such would deepen knowledge of Lawyers law lecturers and students on human rights jurisprudence of the Court and enhance their understanding of community Law among critical stakeholders The president further said the programme had been tailored to focus on mandate and procedure of the court on how to file cases representation before Court privileges and immunities of Lawyers Meanwhile Ovadje in the statement quoted the President of the Cote d Ivoire Bar Association Mr N dri Thomas to have described the cause as means to deepen Lawyers knowledge on community Law According to Thomas as principal actors in the public service of justice the campaign reminds us of the unexplored areas that will broaden our horizon particularly in area of human rights Ovadje further said the delegation of the Court which include judges and staff visited the National Council on Human Rights in that country and were received by President Madam Namizata Sangare Sangare in the statement said explained Council to consist all human rights including rights of foreigners and those in prison and that it publishes annual report on the state of human rights Edited By Isaac Aregbesola
    ECOWAS Court advocates legal system to guarantee Ivoirians of rights protection
    Foreign3 years ago

    ECOWAS Court advocates legal system to guarantee Ivoirians of rights protection

    Justice Edward Asante, President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, has underscored need for establishment of legal system to assist Ivoirians approach court for protection of their human right.

    Information Officer of the Court, Elohor Ovadje,  in a statement  said the president made the call at the opening ceremony of special court forum for Lawyers and Law Students in Abidjan Wednesday

    Asante said the assistance was for Ivoirians who approach the court for protection, but cannot afford legal cost.

    “Such legal aid will help improve access to justice for category of citizens who could otherwise be denied opportunity to avail themselves remedy offered by Court, for violation of their human rights.

    “Only 18 cases have been filed by community citizens in Cote d’Ivoire since 2009, when the first case was filed from the country,” Asante said.

    He said that the court delegation was in that country on five-day awareness campaign, as part of engagement with community citizens on the outreach programmes, to address shortcomings of visibility platforms.

    Also, the court had undertaken the campaign in three countries- Cape Verde, Liberia and Sierra Leone-in 2019 while others were scheduled for Senegal, Guinea and Niger later in the year.

    He assured participants at the forum that the court was working on regional legal aid scheme for indigent citizens and other initiatives to improve access to the Court’s E-filing platform.

    He said that the act would encourage remote filing of cases without having to come to the headquarters of the ECOWAS Court in Abuja.

    “The Court is also working towards reviving its moot court programme in 2020 that was suspended some years ago for logistic reasons.

    “Hope that this and other initiatives will help deepen the knowledge of Community Law among the relevant stakeholders.” the President added.

    He expressed optimism that through the programme, the Court would further demonstrate its determination to position law students in community law and equip them better for practice, particularly with the Court.

    He explained that the forum was designed to tackle specific needs of lawyers and students and create platform for them to familiarize themselves with Court’s presentation and practice.

    He noted that such would deepen knowledge of Lawyers, law lecturers and students on human rights jurisprudence of the Court and enhance their understanding of community Law among critical stakeholders.

    The president further said the programme had been tailored to focus on mandate and procedure of the court, on how to file cases, representation before Court, privileges and immunities of Lawyers.

    Meanwhile, Ovadje in the statement quoted the President of the Cote d’Ivoire Bar Association, Mr N’dri Thomas, to have described the cause as means to deepen Lawyers knowledge on community Law.

    According to Thomas, as principal actors in the public service of justice, the campaign reminds us of the unexplored areas that will broaden our horizon, particularly in area of human rights.

    Ovadje further said the delegation of the Court which include judges and staff, visited the National Council on Human Rights in that country and were received by President Madam Namizata Sangare.

    Sangare, in the statement said explained Council to consist all human rights, including rights of foreigners and those in prison and that it publishes annual report on the state of human rights.


    Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola

  •   ldquo In some places they threw stones at us but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people rdquo says Dr Freddy Banza an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization WHO Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world rsquo s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa a small town in the northeast of the DRC nbsp is keenly aware that without community collaboration efforts to halt the virus would come short In October 2019 after burying their kin suspected to have died of Ebola a family fled into the forest outside their village near Mambasa recalls Dr Banza Without seeking the help of the Ebola response team responsible for safe and dignified burials handling bodies without the appropriate protection is an extremely dangerous undertaking nbsp However risks of further infections were eased with the involvement of the village chief Having been educated about Ebola risks and working closely with Ebola response teams the chief set off to retrieve the hiding family and brought them back for vaccination nbsp Ebola response teams have in several instances encountered communities and families unwilling and at times hostile to collaborate in the efforts to curb the virus Increasingly involving communities and their leaders in the response has helped improve the reach and impact of the virus control Dr Ibrahima Soc egrave Fall WHO Assistant Director General for Emergencies is clear ldquo The end of the Ebola epidemic will require that communities take ownership of the response rdquo For his part Dr Banza adds ldquo When I see communities get involved it gives me the strength and motivation to keep working to save lives rdquo Working to save lives has been Dr Banza rsquo s passion from a young age Growing up in the Republic of Congo he was deeply affected by the maternal deaths he saw in his community and the critical lack of health care This led him to pursue medical studies He first became an attending physician then a managing physician and finally an area chief in his native country before bringing his expertise as an epidemiologist and public health specialist to other countries including Chad Guinea Haiti Madagascar Senegal and Zimbabwe nbsp He joined WHO in 2012 and in 2014 was part of the response team for the West Africa Ebola outbreak the world rsquo s largest and most severe When the current outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018 Dr Banza quickly joined the team ldquo My greatest achievement will be to help bring this Ebola epidemic to an end And to be able to remind myself that despite resistance despite the difficulties encountered we were able to accomplish this and that I contributed to the effort rdquo
    Working with communities to end Ebola
      ldquo In some places they threw stones at us but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people rdquo says Dr Freddy Banza an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization WHO Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world rsquo s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa a small town in the northeast of the DRC nbsp is keenly aware that without community collaboration efforts to halt the virus would come short In October 2019 after burying their kin suspected to have died of Ebola a family fled into the forest outside their village near Mambasa recalls Dr Banza Without seeking the help of the Ebola response team responsible for safe and dignified burials handling bodies without the appropriate protection is an extremely dangerous undertaking nbsp However risks of further infections were eased with the involvement of the village chief Having been educated about Ebola risks and working closely with Ebola response teams the chief set off to retrieve the hiding family and brought them back for vaccination nbsp Ebola response teams have in several instances encountered communities and families unwilling and at times hostile to collaborate in the efforts to curb the virus Increasingly involving communities and their leaders in the response has helped improve the reach and impact of the virus control Dr Ibrahima Soc egrave Fall WHO Assistant Director General for Emergencies is clear ldquo The end of the Ebola epidemic will require that communities take ownership of the response rdquo For his part Dr Banza adds ldquo When I see communities get involved it gives me the strength and motivation to keep working to save lives rdquo Working to save lives has been Dr Banza rsquo s passion from a young age Growing up in the Republic of Congo he was deeply affected by the maternal deaths he saw in his community and the critical lack of health care This led him to pursue medical studies He first became an attending physician then a managing physician and finally an area chief in his native country before bringing his expertise as an epidemiologist and public health specialist to other countries including Chad Guinea Haiti Madagascar Senegal and Zimbabwe nbsp He joined WHO in 2012 and in 2014 was part of the response team for the West Africa Ebola outbreak the world rsquo s largest and most severe When the current outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018 Dr Banza quickly joined the team ldquo My greatest achievement will be to help bring this Ebola epidemic to an end And to be able to remind myself that despite resistance despite the difficulties encountered we were able to accomplish this and that I contributed to the effort rdquo
    Working with communities to end Ebola
    Africa3 years ago

    Working with communities to end Ebola


    “In some places they threw stones at us, but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people,” says Dr Freddy Banza, an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization (WHO).

    Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa, a small town in the northeast of the DRC  is keenly aware that without community collaboration, efforts to halt the virus would come short.

    In October 2019, after burying their kin suspected to have died of Ebola, a family fled into the forest outside their village near Mambasa, recalls Dr Banza. Without seeking the help of the Ebola response team responsible for safe and dignified burials, handling bodies without the appropriate protection is an extremely dangerous undertaking. 

    However, risks of further infections were eased with the involvement of the village chief. Having been educated about Ebola risks and working closely with Ebola response teams, the chief set off to retrieve the hiding family and brought them back for vaccination. 

    Ebola response teams have in several instances encountered communities and families unwilling, and at times hostile, to collaborate in the efforts to curb the virus. Increasingly involving communities and their leaders in the response has helped improve the reach and impact of the virus control.

    Dr Ibrahima Socè-Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergencies, is clear: “The end of the Ebola epidemic will require that communities take ownership of the response.” For his part, Dr Banza adds, “When I see communities get involved, it gives me the strength and motivation to keep working to save lives.”

    Working to save lives has been Dr Banza’s passion from a young age. Growing up in the Republic of Congo, he was deeply affected by the maternal deaths he saw in his community and the critical lack of health care. This led him to pursue medical studies. He first became an attending physician, then a managing physician and finally an area chief in his native country before bringing his expertise as an epidemiologist and public health specialist to other countries, including Chad, Guinea, Haiti, Madagascar, Senegal and Zimbabwe. 

    He joined WHO in 2012 and in 2014 was part of the response team for the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the world’s largest and most severe. When the current outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018, Dr Banza quickly joined the team. “My greatest achievement will be to help bring this Ebola epidemic to an end. And to be able to remind myself that despite resistance, despite the difficulties encountered, we were able to accomplish this, and that I contributed to the effort.”

  •   ldquo In some places they threw stones at us but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people rdquo says Dr Freddy Banza an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization WHO Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world rsquo s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa a small town in the northeast of the DRC nbsp is keenly aware that without community collaboration efforts to halt the virus would come short In October 2019 after burying their kin suspected to have died of Ebola a family fled into the forest outside their village near Mambasa recalls Dr Banza Without seeking the help of the Ebola response team responsible for safe and dignified burials handling bodies without the appropriate protection is an extremely dangerous undertaking nbsp However risks of further infections were eased with the involvement of the village chief Having been educated about Ebola risks and working closely with Ebola response teams the chief set off to retrieve the hiding family and brought them back for vaccination nbsp Ebola response teams have in several instances encountered communities and families unwilling and at times hostile to collaborate in the efforts to curb the virus Increasingly involving communities and their leaders in the response has helped improve the reach and impact of the virus control Dr Ibrahima Soc egrave Fall WHO Assistant Director General for Emergencies is clear ldquo The end of the Ebola epidemic will require that communities take ownership of the response rdquo For his part Dr Banza adds ldquo When I see communities get involved it gives me the strength and motivation to keep working to save lives rdquo Working to save lives has been Dr Banza rsquo s passion from a young age Growing up in the Republic of Congo he was deeply affected by the maternal deaths he saw in his community and the critical lack of health care This led him to pursue medical studies He first became an attending physician then a managing physician and finally an area chief in his native country before bringing his expertise as an epidemiologist and public health specialist to other countries including Chad Guinea Haiti Madagascar Senegal and Zimbabwe nbsp He joined WHO in 2012 and in 2014 was part of the response team for the West Africa Ebola outbreak the world rsquo s largest and most severe When the current outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018 Dr Banza quickly joined the team ldquo My greatest achievement will be to help bring this Ebola epidemic to an end And to be able to remind myself that despite resistance despite the difficulties encountered we were able to accomplish this and that I contributed to the effort rdquo
    Working with communities to end Ebola
      ldquo In some places they threw stones at us but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people rdquo says Dr Freddy Banza an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization WHO Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world rsquo s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa a small town in the northeast of the DRC nbsp is keenly aware that without community collaboration efforts to halt the virus would come short In October 2019 after burying their kin suspected to have died of Ebola a family fled into the forest outside their village near Mambasa recalls Dr Banza Without seeking the help of the Ebola response team responsible for safe and dignified burials handling bodies without the appropriate protection is an extremely dangerous undertaking nbsp However risks of further infections were eased with the involvement of the village chief Having been educated about Ebola risks and working closely with Ebola response teams the chief set off to retrieve the hiding family and brought them back for vaccination nbsp Ebola response teams have in several instances encountered communities and families unwilling and at times hostile to collaborate in the efforts to curb the virus Increasingly involving communities and their leaders in the response has helped improve the reach and impact of the virus control Dr Ibrahima Soc egrave Fall WHO Assistant Director General for Emergencies is clear ldquo The end of the Ebola epidemic will require that communities take ownership of the response rdquo For his part Dr Banza adds ldquo When I see communities get involved it gives me the strength and motivation to keep working to save lives rdquo Working to save lives has been Dr Banza rsquo s passion from a young age Growing up in the Republic of Congo he was deeply affected by the maternal deaths he saw in his community and the critical lack of health care This led him to pursue medical studies He first became an attending physician then a managing physician and finally an area chief in his native country before bringing his expertise as an epidemiologist and public health specialist to other countries including Chad Guinea Haiti Madagascar Senegal and Zimbabwe nbsp He joined WHO in 2012 and in 2014 was part of the response team for the West Africa Ebola outbreak the world rsquo s largest and most severe When the current outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018 Dr Banza quickly joined the team ldquo My greatest achievement will be to help bring this Ebola epidemic to an end And to be able to remind myself that despite resistance despite the difficulties encountered we were able to accomplish this and that I contributed to the effort rdquo
    Working with communities to end Ebola
    Africa3 years ago

    Working with communities to end Ebola


    “In some places they threw stones at us, but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people,” says Dr Freddy Banza, an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization (WHO).

    Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa, a small town in the northeast of the DRC  is keenly aware that without community collaboration, efforts to halt the virus would come short.

    In October 2019, after burying their kin suspected to have died of Ebola, a family fled into the forest outside their village near Mambasa, recalls Dr Banza. Without seeking the help of the Ebola response team responsible for safe and dignified burials, handling bodies without the appropriate protection is an extremely dangerous undertaking. 

    However, risks of further infections were eased with the involvement of the village chief. Having been educated about Ebola risks and working closely with Ebola response teams, the chief set off to retrieve the hiding family and brought them back for vaccination. 

    Ebola response teams have in several instances encountered communities and families unwilling, and at times hostile, to collaborate in the efforts to curb the virus. Increasingly involving communities and their leaders in the response has helped improve the reach and impact of the virus control.

    Dr Ibrahima Socè-Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergencies, is clear: “The end of the Ebola epidemic will require that communities take ownership of the response.” For his part, Dr Banza adds, “When I see communities get involved, it gives me the strength and motivation to keep working to save lives.”

    Working to save lives has been Dr Banza’s passion from a young age. Growing up in the Republic of Congo, he was deeply affected by the maternal deaths he saw in his community and the critical lack of health care. This led him to pursue medical studies. He first became an attending physician, then a managing physician and finally an area chief in his native country before bringing his expertise as an epidemiologist and public health specialist to other countries, including Chad, Guinea, Haiti, Madagascar, Senegal and Zimbabwe. 

    He joined WHO in 2012 and in 2014 was part of the response team for the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the world’s largest and most severe. When the current outbreak in DRC was declared in August 2018, Dr Banza quickly joined the team. “My greatest achievement will be to help bring this Ebola epidemic to an end. And to be able to remind myself that despite resistance, despite the difficulties encountered, we were able to accomplish this, and that I contributed to the effort.”

  •  The Inspector General I G of Police Mr Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday advocated for local and international cooperation to secure waterways in the southern part of Nigeria Adamu disclosed this in Abuja during a courtesy visit by participants at the National Security Studies Bwari in the Federal Capital Territory FCT For us to secure our waterways in the south we must cooperate and the cooperation must not only be with citizens but also with other countries that are members of the Gulf of Guinea By this I am talking about countries that are having border with Nigeria like Cameroon Benin Ghana and others I am sure your research will take you to these countries for you to comprehend the impact of these crimes and how it affects national security he said He said security has been a global challenge especially with increasing act of terrorism proliferation of small arms and drug trafficking According to him while we are on land trying to secure our country there are people that specialise in committing crimes on the high sea He said these crimes were being committed on the high sea because the bulk of Nigeria s international trade comes through the sea It is on record that the crisis in the southern part of the country is fueled by the amount of weapons coming into the country through the perpetrators None of the law enforcement agencies have the calibre of weapons being used by the criminals It is the same type of weapons they use to steal our crude and other products and in doing this they get themselves ready to confront anybody they come across he added He said the Nigerian Navy had responsibility to deal with issues of maritime crimes as far as Nigeria was concerned Adamu however said Nigeria Police has structure that takes care of maritime issues but had limitations on the extent it could go in the sea In his remark Mr Ayodele Adeleke the commandant of the institute said the visit followed the need to improve on security along the Gulf of Guinea He said the theme of the course is Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Issues and Challenges of International Trade National Security and Sustainable Development in member states According to him the topic is chosen because of the dwindling resources facing Nigeria at the moment He said that bulk of Nigeria s trade passes through the Gulf of Guinea We believe that the police have a vital role because there is no way we can increase our Gross Domestic Product GDP without collective efforts to policing the country s water corridors he said Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Maharazu Ahmed
    I-G advocates local, international cooperation to secure Nigeria waterways
     The Inspector General I G of Police Mr Mohammed Adamu on Wednesday advocated for local and international cooperation to secure waterways in the southern part of Nigeria Adamu disclosed this in Abuja during a courtesy visit by participants at the National Security Studies Bwari in the Federal Capital Territory FCT For us to secure our waterways in the south we must cooperate and the cooperation must not only be with citizens but also with other countries that are members of the Gulf of Guinea By this I am talking about countries that are having border with Nigeria like Cameroon Benin Ghana and others I am sure your research will take you to these countries for you to comprehend the impact of these crimes and how it affects national security he said He said security has been a global challenge especially with increasing act of terrorism proliferation of small arms and drug trafficking According to him while we are on land trying to secure our country there are people that specialise in committing crimes on the high sea He said these crimes were being committed on the high sea because the bulk of Nigeria s international trade comes through the sea It is on record that the crisis in the southern part of the country is fueled by the amount of weapons coming into the country through the perpetrators None of the law enforcement agencies have the calibre of weapons being used by the criminals It is the same type of weapons they use to steal our crude and other products and in doing this they get themselves ready to confront anybody they come across he added He said the Nigerian Navy had responsibility to deal with issues of maritime crimes as far as Nigeria was concerned Adamu however said Nigeria Police has structure that takes care of maritime issues but had limitations on the extent it could go in the sea In his remark Mr Ayodele Adeleke the commandant of the institute said the visit followed the need to improve on security along the Gulf of Guinea He said the theme of the course is Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Issues and Challenges of International Trade National Security and Sustainable Development in member states According to him the topic is chosen because of the dwindling resources facing Nigeria at the moment He said that bulk of Nigeria s trade passes through the Gulf of Guinea We believe that the police have a vital role because there is no way we can increase our Gross Domestic Product GDP without collective efforts to policing the country s water corridors he said Edited By Gregg Mmaduakolam Maharazu Ahmed
    I-G advocates local, international cooperation to secure Nigeria waterways
    Defence/Security3 years ago

    I-G advocates local, international cooperation to secure Nigeria waterways

    The Inspector General (I-G) of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, on Wednesday advocated for  local and international cooperation to secure waterways in the southern part of Nigeria.

    Adamu disclosed this in Abuja during a courtesy visit by participants at the National Security Studies, Bwari in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

    “For us to secure our waterways in the south, we must cooperate and the cooperation must not only be with citizens, but also with other countries that are members of the Gulf of Guinea.

    “By this, I am talking about countries that are having border with Nigeria like Cameroon, Benin, Ghana and others.

    “I am sure your research will take you to these countries  for you to comprehend the impact of these crimes and how it affects national security,” he said.

    He said security has been a global challenge, especially with increasing act of terrorism, proliferation of small arms and drug trafficking.

    According to him, while we are on land trying to secure our country, there are people that specialise in committing crimes on the high sea.

    He said these crimes were being committed on the high sea because the bulk of Nigeria’s international trade comes through the sea.

    “It is on record that the crisis in the southern part of the country is fueled by the amount of weapons coming into the country through the perpetrators.

    “None of the law enforcement agencies have the calibre of weapons being used by the criminals.

    “It is the same type of weapons they use to steal our crude and other products and in doing this, they get themselves ready to confront anybody they come across,” he added.

    He said the Nigerian Navy had responsibility to deal with issues of maritime crimes as far as Nigeria was concerned.

    Adamu, however, said Nigeria Police has structure that takes care of maritime issues but had limitations on the extent it could go in the sea.

    In his remark, Mr Ayodele Adeleke, the commandant of the institute said the visit followed the need to improve on security along the Gulf of Guinea.

    He said the theme of the course is “Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, Issues and Challenges of International Trade, National Security and Sustainable Development in member states’’.

    According to him, the topic is chosen because of the dwindling resources facing Nigeria at the moment.

    He said that bulk of Nigeria’s trade passes through the Gulf of Guinea.

    “We believe that the police have a vital role because there is no way we can increase our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) without collective efforts to policing the country’s water corridors,” he said.


    Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam/Maharazu Ahmed

  •  The Director General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA Dr Dakuku Peterside says the threats of piracy armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern Peterside spoke at the 9th Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges in Lagos on Wednesday He said that sensitising judges on the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences SPOMO Act 2019 would aid its implementation in the country The seminar organised by NIMASA in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies NIALS had the theme Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences SPOMO Act 2019 Keys to Accelerating and Achieving Safe and Secure Shipping Peterside said that the seminar instituted by NIMASA in 2009 for judges afforded a unique opportunity for the judiciary and the agency to dialogue on issues of mutual importance to both sectors and the country in general One of the key deliverables according to him is the sensitisation of judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian jurisdiction considering the multijurisdictional nature of shipping Also with the world s waters accounting for over 80 per cent of transportation requirements in the global trading supply chain network across established international routes and trade lanes the threats of piracy armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern The Gulf of Guinea sadly had been at the epi centre of maritime security discussions globally given the incidents recorded in the region and challenges of maritime insecurity in the region have been further compounded by a deficit of legislation to address the challenge With the signing into law by Mr President on June 24 2019 of the SOPOMO Act facilitated by NIMASA there is now a robust and detailed framework in place for the criminalisation and punishment of piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea he said Peterside noted that his expectation was for better understanding of the provisions of the act and in the implementation all parties would be equipped to play their roles ultimately with the view to reducing criminality on the waterways He said that apart from the legal framework NIMASA was also investing in infrastructure and assets building human capacity and putting in intervention measures to keep the people off piracy The director general said that it was only a matter of time before the country would start reaping the benefits of the investment that was being established I feel terrible every time I hear of one attack or one incident either successful or not and government at the highest level are most supportive to fight this menace he said Prof Mohammed Ladan DG NIALS said that this year s theme was borne out of the coming into force of the first stand alone anti sea piracy and maritime crimes law in the Gulf of Guinea He said that it was aimed at stemming the tide of acts of sea piracy and armed robbery and other challenges of maritime safety and security that hamper sustainable economic growth and development of all the territorial states in the region West Africa and its trading partners lost about 2 3billion USD to maritime crimes between 2016 and 2018 and annually lost about 777 million USD between 2015 and 2018 In addition to human costs the Gulf of Guinea experienced an escalation of piracy kidnapping and armed robbery at sea incidents in 2018 and 2019 Through this strategic maritime law seminar we wish to enhance the capacity of and remind our justice sector actors that we will all prosper when the seas around us are safe and secure Ladan said He said that timeliness in justice dispensation were critical to realising the potential of the maritime sector According to him this will enable investors trust the judicial process as the more time taken on a case the more investment opportunities are lost Edited By Oluwole Sogunle
    Piracy, other maritime crimes issues of global concern — Peterside
     The Director General Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA Dr Dakuku Peterside says the threats of piracy armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern Peterside spoke at the 9th Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges in Lagos on Wednesday He said that sensitising judges on the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences SPOMO Act 2019 would aid its implementation in the country The seminar organised by NIMASA in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies NIALS had the theme Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences SPOMO Act 2019 Keys to Accelerating and Achieving Safe and Secure Shipping Peterside said that the seminar instituted by NIMASA in 2009 for judges afforded a unique opportunity for the judiciary and the agency to dialogue on issues of mutual importance to both sectors and the country in general One of the key deliverables according to him is the sensitisation of judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian jurisdiction considering the multijurisdictional nature of shipping Also with the world s waters accounting for over 80 per cent of transportation requirements in the global trading supply chain network across established international routes and trade lanes the threats of piracy armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern The Gulf of Guinea sadly had been at the epi centre of maritime security discussions globally given the incidents recorded in the region and challenges of maritime insecurity in the region have been further compounded by a deficit of legislation to address the challenge With the signing into law by Mr President on June 24 2019 of the SOPOMO Act facilitated by NIMASA there is now a robust and detailed framework in place for the criminalisation and punishment of piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea he said Peterside noted that his expectation was for better understanding of the provisions of the act and in the implementation all parties would be equipped to play their roles ultimately with the view to reducing criminality on the waterways He said that apart from the legal framework NIMASA was also investing in infrastructure and assets building human capacity and putting in intervention measures to keep the people off piracy The director general said that it was only a matter of time before the country would start reaping the benefits of the investment that was being established I feel terrible every time I hear of one attack or one incident either successful or not and government at the highest level are most supportive to fight this menace he said Prof Mohammed Ladan DG NIALS said that this year s theme was borne out of the coming into force of the first stand alone anti sea piracy and maritime crimes law in the Gulf of Guinea He said that it was aimed at stemming the tide of acts of sea piracy and armed robbery and other challenges of maritime safety and security that hamper sustainable economic growth and development of all the territorial states in the region West Africa and its trading partners lost about 2 3billion USD to maritime crimes between 2016 and 2018 and annually lost about 777 million USD between 2015 and 2018 In addition to human costs the Gulf of Guinea experienced an escalation of piracy kidnapping and armed robbery at sea incidents in 2018 and 2019 Through this strategic maritime law seminar we wish to enhance the capacity of and remind our justice sector actors that we will all prosper when the seas around us are safe and secure Ladan said He said that timeliness in justice dispensation were critical to realising the potential of the maritime sector According to him this will enable investors trust the judicial process as the more time taken on a case the more investment opportunities are lost Edited By Oluwole Sogunle
    Piracy, other maritime crimes issues of global concern — Peterside
    Economy3 years ago

    Piracy, other maritime crimes issues of global concern — Peterside

    The Director General, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr Dakuku Peterside, says the threats of piracy, armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern.

    Peterside spoke at the 9th Admiralty Law Seminar for Judges in Lagos on Wednesday.

    He said that sensitising judges on the Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act 2019 would aid its implementation in the country.

    The seminar, organised by NIMASA in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), had the theme: Suppression of Piracy and other Maritime Offences (SPOMO) Act 2019: Keys to Accelerating and Achieving Safe and Secure Shipping.

    Peterside said that the seminar, instituted by NIMASA in 2009 for judges, afforded a unique opportunity for the judiciary and the agency to dialogue on issues of mutual importance to both sectors and the country in general.

    One of the key deliverables, according to him, is the sensitisation of judges on contemporary maritime law issues both within and outside the Nigerian jurisdiction, considering the multijurisdictional nature of shipping.

    “Also, with the world’s waters accounting for over 80 per cent of transportation requirements in the global trading supply chain network across established international routes and trade lanes, the threats of piracy, armed robbery at sea and other maritime crimes have been an issue of global concern.

    “The Gulf of Guinea, sadly, had been at the epi-centre of maritime security discussions globally, given the incidents recorded in the region, and challenges of maritime insecurity in the region have been further compounded by a deficit of legislation to address the challenge.

    “With the signing into law by Mr President on June 24, 2019 of the SOPOMO Act, facilitated by NIMASA, there is now a robust and detailed framework in place for the criminalisation and punishment of piracy and other maritime crimes in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea,” he said.

    Peterside noted that his expectation was for better understanding of the provisions of the act, and in the implementation, all parties would be equipped to play their roles, ultimately with the view to reducing criminality on the waterways.

    He said that apart from the legal framework, NIMASA was also investing in infrastructure and assets, building human capacity and putting in intervention measures to keep the people off piracy.

    The director general said that it was only a matter of time before the country would start reaping the benefits of the investment that was being established.

    “I feel terrible every time I hear of one attack or one incident, either successful or not, and government at the highest level are most supportive to fight this menace,” he said.

    Prof. Mohammed Ladan, DG NIALS, said that this year’s theme was borne out of the coming into force of the first stand-alone anti-sea piracy and maritime crimes law in the Gulf of Guinea.

    He said that it was aimed at stemming the tide of acts of sea piracy and armed robbery and other challenges of maritime safety and security that hamper sustainable economic growth and development of all the territorial states in the region.

    “West Africa and its trading partners lost about 2.3billion USD to maritime crimes between 2016 and 2018 and annually lost about 777 million USD between 2015 and 2018.

    “In addition to human costs, the Gulf of Guinea experienced an escalation of piracy, kidnapping and armed robbery at sea incidents in 2018 and 2019.

    “Through this strategic maritime law seminar, we wish to enhance the capacity of, and remind our justice sector actors that we will all prosper when the seas around us are safe and secure,” Ladan said.

    He said that timeliness in justice dispensation were critical to realising the potential of the maritime sector.

    According to him, this will enable investors trust the judicial process, as the more time taken on a case, the more investment opportunities are lost.


    Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle

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