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  •  Plateau United on Wednesday in Abuja began their campaign in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs on a bright note beating Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4 1 In the playoffs first leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Ibrahim Mustapha opened scoring for the hosts through a powerful header after 26 minutes Ifeanyi Emmanuel doubled the tally for the Jos based clubside in the 40th minute through another header to give the hosts a two goal advantage at the end of the first half Plateau United continued from where they left off in the second half as they piled pressure of the visitors defence They got their reward in the 75th minute after a lovely pinpoint throw in from team captain Daniel Itodo which connected with the legs of substitute Albert Hilary for the third goal Al Akhdar however pulled a goal back through Ary Babel s lovely header in the 84th minute There was a late goal to come in the 90th minute after Hilary added a fourth goal for Plateau United from a simple tap in This was after a clever dribble by substitute Chimezie Izu sent Hilary through on goal in the 90th minute The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week Winners of the two leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Plateau United put four goals past Al Akhdar SC
     Plateau United on Wednesday in Abuja began their campaign in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs on a bright note beating Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4 1 In the playoffs first leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Ibrahim Mustapha opened scoring for the hosts through a powerful header after 26 minutes Ifeanyi Emmanuel doubled the tally for the Jos based clubside in the 40th minute through another header to give the hosts a two goal advantage at the end of the first half Plateau United continued from where they left off in the second half as they piled pressure of the visitors defence They got their reward in the 75th minute after a lovely pinpoint throw in from team captain Daniel Itodo which connected with the legs of substitute Albert Hilary for the third goal Al Akhdar however pulled a goal back through Ary Babel s lovely header in the 84th minute There was a late goal to come in the 90th minute after Hilary added a fourth goal for Plateau United from a simple tap in This was after a clever dribble by substitute Chimezie Izu sent Hilary through on goal in the 90th minute The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week Winners of the two leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Plateau United put four goals past Al Akhdar SC
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    CAF Confederation Cup: Plateau United put four goals past Al Akhdar SC

    Plateau United on Wednesday in Abuja began their campaign in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs on a bright note, beating Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4-1. In the playoffs’ first leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Ibrahim Mustapha opened scoring for the hosts through a powerful header after 26 minutes.

    Ifeanyi Emmanuel doubled the tally for the Jos-based clubside in the 40th minute through another header to give the hosts a two-goal advantage at the end of the first half.

    Plateau United continued from where they left off in the second half as they piled pressure of the visitors’ defence.

    They got their reward in the 75th minute after a lovely pinpoint throw-in from team captain Daniel Itodo which connected with the legs of substitute Albert Hilary for the third goal.

    Al Akhdar however pulled a goal back through Ary Babel’s lovely header in the 84th minute.

    There was a late goal to come in the 90th minute after Hilary added a fourth goal for Plateau United from a simple tap-in.

    This was after a clever dribble by substitute Chimezie Izu sent Hilary through on goal in the 90th minute.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week.

    Winners of the two-leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup.(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Plateau United on Wednesday in Abuja began their campaign in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs on a bright note beating Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4 1 In the playoffs first leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Ibrahim Mustapha opened scoring for the hosts through a powerful header after 26 minutes Ifeanyi Emmanuel doubled the tally for the Jos based clubside in the 40th minute through another header to give the hosts a two goal advantage at the end of the first half Plateau United continued from where they left off in the second half as they piled pressure of the visitors defence They got their reward in the 75th minute after a lovely pinpoint throw in from team captain Daniel Itodo which connected with the legs of substitute Albert Hilary for the third goal Al Akhdar however pulled a goal back through Ary Babel s lovely header in the 84th minute There was a late goal to come in the 90th minute after Hilary added a fourth goal for Plateau United from a simple tap in This was after a clever dribble by substitute Chimezie Izu sent Hilary through on goal in the 90th minute The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week Winners of the two leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Plateau United put four goals past Al Akhdar SC
     Plateau United on Wednesday in Abuja began their campaign in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs on a bright note beating Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4 1 In the playoffs first leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium Ibrahim Mustapha opened scoring for the hosts through a powerful header after 26 minutes Ifeanyi Emmanuel doubled the tally for the Jos based clubside in the 40th minute through another header to give the hosts a two goal advantage at the end of the first half Plateau United continued from where they left off in the second half as they piled pressure of the visitors defence They got their reward in the 75th minute after a lovely pinpoint throw in from team captain Daniel Itodo which connected with the legs of substitute Albert Hilary for the third goal Al Akhdar however pulled a goal back through Ary Babel s lovely header in the 84th minute There was a late goal to come in the 90th minute after Hilary added a fourth goal for Plateau United from a simple tap in This was after a clever dribble by substitute Chimezie Izu sent Hilary through on goal in the 90th minute The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week Winners of the two leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAF Confederation Cup: Plateau United put four goals past Al Akhdar SC
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    CAF Confederation Cup: Plateau United put four goals past Al Akhdar SC

    Plateau United on Wednesday in Abuja began their campaign in the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup playoffs on a bright note, beating Al Akhdar Sports Club of Libya 4-1. In the playoffs’ first leg match played at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Ibrahim Mustapha opened scoring for the hosts through a powerful header after 26 minutes.

    Ifeanyi Emmanuel doubled the tally for the Jos-based clubside in the 40th minute through another header to give the hosts a two-goal advantage at the end of the first half.

    Plateau United continued from where they left off in the second half as they piled pressure of the visitors’ defence.

    They got their reward in the 75th minute after a lovely pinpoint throw-in from team captain Daniel Itodo which connected with the legs of substitute Albert Hilary for the third goal.

    Al Akhdar however pulled a goal back through Ary Babel’s lovely header in the 84th minute.

    There was a late goal to come in the 90th minute after Hilary added a fourth goal for Plateau United from a simple tap-in.

    This was after a clever dribble by substitute Chimezie Izu sent Hilary through on goal in the 90th minute.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Plateau United will travel to Libya for the second leg next week.

    Winners of the two-leg tie will qualify for the group stage of the 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup.(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The African Development Bank AfDB President Dr Akinwumi Adesina says that the Africa Investment Forum has mobilised 110 billion dollars in investment interests to Africa since its inception in 2018 Adesina was speaking at the Official Opening of the Africa Investment Forum Market Days 2022 being held in Abidjan C te d Ivoire The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event which opened on Wednesday will end on Friday The AfDB president said the forum was an avenue to mobilise investments for and showcase Africa Four years ago we began a journey together the AfDB the Africa Import Export Bank the Trade and Development Bank the Africa Finance Corporation the Development Bank of South Africa the European Investment Bank the Islamic Development Bank and Africa 50 when we established the Africa Investment Forum The Africa Investment Forum is delivering amazing investments for Africa In four years since the Forum commenced in 2018 it has helped to mobilise 110 billion dollars in investment interests to Africa He urged investors to have confidence and invest in Africa He said Moody Analytics of defaults on infrastructure investments over 14 years showed that Africa had the lowest default rate on infrastructure projects globally Moody Analytics of defaults on infrastructure investments over 14 years show that Africa has the lowest default rate on infrastructure projects in the world 5 5 per cent Compared to Latin America 12 9 per cent Asia 8 8 per cent Eastern Europe 8 6 per cent North America 7 6 per cent and Western Europe 5 9 per cent Africa is not as risky as you think Perception is not the same as reality The Africa Investment Forum will make investments to land in Africa You have all it takes to succeed with your investments Adesina also said the investors were at the forum to seek opportunities for investments to identify and to invest in bankable projects in Africa According to the AfDB president Africa beyond aid is an Africa driven by investments He spoke on the African Continental Free Trade Area AFCFTA which he said was the largest free trade zone in the world connecting economies worth 3 3 trillion dollars So Africa cannot be ignored If you are not investing in Africa think again Africa is the investment frontier in the world today and in the future Invest in Africa today benefit from its great future At the Africa Investment Forum we do deals deals and deals And they are transformational deals he said Meanwhile he said participants at the virtual Africa Investment Forum held in March secured 15 6 billion dollars in investment interest for the construction of the Lagos Abidjan Highway The highway which carries 75 per cent of trade in the West Africa region will help unleash greater growth trade and investment across the region Adesina said the forum had outlined several investment ready projects for investors These range from renewable energy hydropower gas infrastructure railways road and water transport They include agriculture health mining fertiliser manufacturing port infrastructure and urban green transport They include sports urban housing and private equity feeder funds Furthermore he said Africa would account for more than one quarter of the world s population by 2050 and would have the largest sources of renewable energy in the world Africa has 65 per cent of the uncultivated arable land left to feed the world he said The AfDB president also said the forum would support women businesses Presidents who attended were Alassane Ouattara of C te d Ivoire Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana Sahle Work Zewde of Ethiopia Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe and Patrice Talon of Benin Also in attendance were Jewel Howard Talyor Vice President of Liberia and Philip Mpango Vice President of Tanzania Furthermore Jos Ulisses Correia e Silva Prime Minister of Cabo Verde and Patrick Achi Prime Minister of C te d Ivoire were present at the ceremony Meanwhile ministers representing Heads of State and Government included Niale Kaba Minister of Planning and Development of the C te d Ivoire and Governor of the AfDB Group President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude Kassi Brou ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions were also in attendance NewsSourceCredit NAN
    African forum mobilised 0bn in investment interests since 2018 —- Adesina
     The African Development Bank AfDB President Dr Akinwumi Adesina says that the Africa Investment Forum has mobilised 110 billion dollars in investment interests to Africa since its inception in 2018 Adesina was speaking at the Official Opening of the Africa Investment Forum Market Days 2022 being held in Abidjan C te d Ivoire The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event which opened on Wednesday will end on Friday The AfDB president said the forum was an avenue to mobilise investments for and showcase Africa Four years ago we began a journey together the AfDB the Africa Import Export Bank the Trade and Development Bank the Africa Finance Corporation the Development Bank of South Africa the European Investment Bank the Islamic Development Bank and Africa 50 when we established the Africa Investment Forum The Africa Investment Forum is delivering amazing investments for Africa In four years since the Forum commenced in 2018 it has helped to mobilise 110 billion dollars in investment interests to Africa He urged investors to have confidence and invest in Africa He said Moody Analytics of defaults on infrastructure investments over 14 years showed that Africa had the lowest default rate on infrastructure projects globally Moody Analytics of defaults on infrastructure investments over 14 years show that Africa has the lowest default rate on infrastructure projects in the world 5 5 per cent Compared to Latin America 12 9 per cent Asia 8 8 per cent Eastern Europe 8 6 per cent North America 7 6 per cent and Western Europe 5 9 per cent Africa is not as risky as you think Perception is not the same as reality The Africa Investment Forum will make investments to land in Africa You have all it takes to succeed with your investments Adesina also said the investors were at the forum to seek opportunities for investments to identify and to invest in bankable projects in Africa According to the AfDB president Africa beyond aid is an Africa driven by investments He spoke on the African Continental Free Trade Area AFCFTA which he said was the largest free trade zone in the world connecting economies worth 3 3 trillion dollars So Africa cannot be ignored If you are not investing in Africa think again Africa is the investment frontier in the world today and in the future Invest in Africa today benefit from its great future At the Africa Investment Forum we do deals deals and deals And they are transformational deals he said Meanwhile he said participants at the virtual Africa Investment Forum held in March secured 15 6 billion dollars in investment interest for the construction of the Lagos Abidjan Highway The highway which carries 75 per cent of trade in the West Africa region will help unleash greater growth trade and investment across the region Adesina said the forum had outlined several investment ready projects for investors These range from renewable energy hydropower gas infrastructure railways road and water transport They include agriculture health mining fertiliser manufacturing port infrastructure and urban green transport They include sports urban housing and private equity feeder funds Furthermore he said Africa would account for more than one quarter of the world s population by 2050 and would have the largest sources of renewable energy in the world Africa has 65 per cent of the uncultivated arable land left to feed the world he said The AfDB president also said the forum would support women businesses Presidents who attended were Alassane Ouattara of C te d Ivoire Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana Sahle Work Zewde of Ethiopia Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe and Patrice Talon of Benin Also in attendance were Jewel Howard Talyor Vice President of Liberia and Philip Mpango Vice President of Tanzania Furthermore Jos Ulisses Correia e Silva Prime Minister of Cabo Verde and Patrick Achi Prime Minister of C te d Ivoire were present at the ceremony Meanwhile ministers representing Heads of State and Government included Niale Kaba Minister of Planning and Development of the C te d Ivoire and Governor of the AfDB Group President of the ECOWAS Commission Jean Claude Kassi Brou ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions were also in attendance NewsSourceCredit NAN
    African forum mobilised 0bn in investment interests since 2018 —- Adesina
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    African forum mobilised $110bn in investment interests since 2018 —- Adesina

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina says that the Africa Investment Forum has mobilised 110 billion dollars in investment interests to Africa since its inception in 2018. Adesina was speaking at the Official Opening of the Africa Investment Forum Market Days 2022 being held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event, which opened on Wednesday will end on Friday.

    The AfDB president said the forum was an avenue to mobilise investments for and showcase Africa.

    “Four years ago, we began a journey together, the AfDB, the Africa Import-Export Bank, the Trade and Development Bank, the Africa Finance Corporation, the Development Bank of South Africa, the European Investment Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and Africa 50—when we established the Africa Investment Forum.

    “The Africa Investment Forum is delivering amazing investments for Africa.

    “In four years since the Forum commenced in 2018, it has helped to mobilise 110 billion dollars in investment interests to Africa.

    ” He urged investors to have confidence and invest in Africa.

    He said Moody Analytics of defaults on infrastructure investments over 14 years showed that Africa had the lowest default rate on infrastructure projects globally.

    “Moody Analytics of defaults on infrastructure investments over 14 years show that Africa has the lowest default rate on infrastructure projects in the world (5.5 per cent).

    “Compared to Latin America (12.9 per cent), Asia (8.8 per cent), Eastern Europe (8.6 per cent), North America (7.6 per cent), and Western Europe (5.9 per cent).

    “Africa is not as risky as you think.

    Perception is not the same as reality.

    “The Africa Investment Forum will make investments to land in Africa.

    You have all it takes to succeed with your investments.

    ” Adesina also said the investors were at the forum to seek opportunities for investments, to identify, and to invest in bankable projects in Africa.

    According to the AfDB president, Africa beyond aid is an Africa driven by investments.

    He spoke on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA), which he said was the largest free trade zone in the world connecting economies worth 3.3 trillion dollars.

    “So, Africa cannot be ignored.

    If you are not investing in Africa, think again!

    “Africa is the investment frontier in the world – today and in the future.

    Invest in Africa today, benefit from its great future.

    “At the Africa Investment Forum, we do deals, deals, and deals.

    And they are transformational deals,” he said.

    Meanwhile, he said participants at the virtual Africa Investment Forum, held in March, secured 15.6 billion dollars in investment interest for the construction of the Lagos-Abidjan Highway.

    “The highway, which carries 75 per cent of trade in the West Africa region, will help unleash greater growth, trade, and investment across the region.

    ” Adesina said the forum had outlined several investment ready projects for investors.

    “These range from renewable energy hydropower, gas infrastructure, railways, road, and water transport.

    They include agriculture, health, mining, fertiliser manufacturing, port infrastructure, and urban green transport.

    “They include sports, urban housing, and private equity feeder funds.

    ” Furthermore, he said Africa would account for more than one quarter of the world’s population by 2050 and would have the largest sources of renewable energy in the world.

    “Africa has 65 per cent of the uncultivated arable land left to feed the world,” he said The AfDB president also said the forum would support women businesses.

    Presidents who attended were Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia, Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe, and Patrice Talon of Benin.

    Also in attendance were Jewel Howard Talyor, Vice President of Liberia and Philip Mpango, Vice President of Tanzania.

    Furthermore, José Ulisses Correia e Silva, Prime Minister of Cabo Verde, and Patrick Achi, Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire were present at the ceremony.

    Meanwhile, ministers representing Heads of State and Government included Niale Kaba, Minister of Planning and Development of the Côte d’Ivoire and Governor of the AfDB Group.

    President of the ECOWAS Commission, Jean-Claude Kassi Brou, ambassadors and heads of diplomatic missions were also in attendance.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   2023 elections Stakeholders advocate peace security in Nigeria Peace By Abigael Joshua Abuja Nov 2 2023 Stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja advocated for peace and security before and during the 2023 general elections in the country Ms Bridget Osakwe National Network Coordinator West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP Nigeria made the call during a two day localisation training of trainers workshop slated for Nov 1 and Nov 2 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop is centred on the implementation of the Women Peace and Security Resolutions in Nigeria Osakwe said that peace is not measurable because it is a process To measure peace is very difficult peace is a process and not an event Most times electoral conflicts come from the communities so I urge women to begin to use their influence and capabilities to achieve positive impacts for a peaceful 2023 general elections We have been able to identify some grave issues of concern in the area of security and I believe that the women at the grassroot will begin to mitigate them after this workshop Osakwe said The Executive Director Gender Equality Peace and Development Centre GEPaDC Prof Patricia Donli noted that there was need to take the issues of security seriously to mitigate its effect on the society Donli said that the workshop was timely towards resolution of conflicts in conflict zones We can not resolve conflict when we don t have the knowledge of the conflict she said To Mrs Patience Obaulo Head of Programmes WANEP Nigeria said that the training was all about how the local authorities could implemented the Women Peace and Security agenda at the local level Obaulo said that WANEP NIGERIA is of the views and perspectives that the issues of Women Peace and Security is inculcated into communities to ensure holistic approach to peace building A Women Peace and Security Consultant Mr Esike Ebruke said that the workshop would break the culture of silence and enable people to speak out over issues of concern Ebruke said that the workshop would also empower young women girls and men to promote inclusion in all facets of the government in development both at the local and state levels We have domesticated action plans in some states to promote peace for example there is the women vision voice in Adamawa This will enable women have strong voices for peace processes to resolve disputes and traumas they experience in their communities Similarly Mrs Pauline Tallen Minster Women Affairs and Social Development assured that the workshop would entrench peace in the country Tallen who was represented by Mrs Nlechi Tonia from the Ministry said that the issues of peace and security in the nation are of top priority She commended WANEP NIGERIA for the workshop and expressed optimism that the issues of peace and security at the local level would be addressed Katrina Leclerc Director of Programmes at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders urged that governors mayors counsellors traditional and religious leaders local women youth and grassroot activists be included in the peace drive Leclerc urged that there be localisation guidelines to sustain the peace drive NAN reports that WANEP is a leading regional peacebuilding organisation founded in 1998 in response to civil wars that plagued West Africa in the 1990s NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Stakeholders advocate peace, security in Nigeria
      2023 elections Stakeholders advocate peace security in Nigeria Peace By Abigael Joshua Abuja Nov 2 2023 Stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja advocated for peace and security before and during the 2023 general elections in the country Ms Bridget Osakwe National Network Coordinator West Africa Network for Peacebuilding WANEP Nigeria made the call during a two day localisation training of trainers workshop slated for Nov 1 and Nov 2 The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop is centred on the implementation of the Women Peace and Security Resolutions in Nigeria Osakwe said that peace is not measurable because it is a process To measure peace is very difficult peace is a process and not an event Most times electoral conflicts come from the communities so I urge women to begin to use their influence and capabilities to achieve positive impacts for a peaceful 2023 general elections We have been able to identify some grave issues of concern in the area of security and I believe that the women at the grassroot will begin to mitigate them after this workshop Osakwe said The Executive Director Gender Equality Peace and Development Centre GEPaDC Prof Patricia Donli noted that there was need to take the issues of security seriously to mitigate its effect on the society Donli said that the workshop was timely towards resolution of conflicts in conflict zones We can not resolve conflict when we don t have the knowledge of the conflict she said To Mrs Patience Obaulo Head of Programmes WANEP Nigeria said that the training was all about how the local authorities could implemented the Women Peace and Security agenda at the local level Obaulo said that WANEP NIGERIA is of the views and perspectives that the issues of Women Peace and Security is inculcated into communities to ensure holistic approach to peace building A Women Peace and Security Consultant Mr Esike Ebruke said that the workshop would break the culture of silence and enable people to speak out over issues of concern Ebruke said that the workshop would also empower young women girls and men to promote inclusion in all facets of the government in development both at the local and state levels We have domesticated action plans in some states to promote peace for example there is the women vision voice in Adamawa This will enable women have strong voices for peace processes to resolve disputes and traumas they experience in their communities Similarly Mrs Pauline Tallen Minster Women Affairs and Social Development assured that the workshop would entrench peace in the country Tallen who was represented by Mrs Nlechi Tonia from the Ministry said that the issues of peace and security in the nation are of top priority She commended WANEP NIGERIA for the workshop and expressed optimism that the issues of peace and security at the local level would be addressed Katrina Leclerc Director of Programmes at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders urged that governors mayors counsellors traditional and religious leaders local women youth and grassroot activists be included in the peace drive Leclerc urged that there be localisation guidelines to sustain the peace drive NAN reports that WANEP is a leading regional peacebuilding organisation founded in 1998 in response to civil wars that plagued West Africa in the 1990s NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023 elections: Stakeholders advocate peace, security in Nigeria
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    2023 elections: Stakeholders advocate peace, security in Nigeria

    2023 elections: Stakeholders advocate peace, security in Nigeria Peace By Abigael Joshua.

    Abuja, Nov. 2, 2023 Stakeholders on Wednesday in Abuja, advocated for peace and security before and during the 2023 general elections in the country.

    Ms Bridget Osakwe, National Network Coordinator, West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP-Nigeria) made the call during a two-day localisation training of trainers workshop slated for Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop is centred on the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Resolutions in Nigeria.

    Osakwe said that peace is not measurable because it is a process.

    “To measure peace is very difficult, peace is a process and not an event.

    “Most times, electoral conflicts come from the communities so I urge women to begin to use their influence and capabilities to achieve positive impacts for a peaceful 2023 general elections.

    “We have been able to identify some grave issues of concern in the area of security and I believe that the women at the grassroot will begin to mitigate them after this workshop,” Osakwe said.

    The Executive Director, Gender Equality, Peace and Development Centre (GEPaDC) Prof. Patricia Donli noted that there was need to take the issues of security seriously to mitigate its effect on the society.

    Donli said that the workshop was timely towards resolution of conflicts in conflict zones.

    “We can not resolve conflict when we don’t have the knowledge of the conflict,” she said.

    To Mrs Patience Obaulo, Head of Programmes, WANEP-Nigeria said that the training was all about how the local authorities could implemented the Women, Peace and Security agenda at the local level.

    Obaulo said that WANEP-NIGERIA is of the views and perspectives that the issues of Women, Peace and Security is inculcated into communities to ensure holistic approach to peace building.

    A Women Peace and Security Consultant, Mr Esike Ebruke said that the workshop would break the culture of silence and enable people to speak out over issues of concern.

    Ebruke said that the workshop would also empower young women, girls and men to promote inclusion in all facets of the government in development both at the local and state levels.

    “We have domesticated action plans in some states to promote peace, for example there is the women vision voice in Adamawa.

    “This will enable women have strong voices for peace processes to resolve disputes and traumas they experience in their communities.

    Similarly, Mrs Pauline Tallen, Minster, Women Affairs and Social Development assured that the workshop would entrench peace in the country.

    Tallen who was represented by Mrs Nlechi Tonia, from the Ministry said that the issues of peace and security in the nation are of top priority.

    She commended WANEP-NIGERIA for the workshop and expressed optimism that the issues of peace and security at the local level would be addressed.

    Katrina Leclerc, Director of Programmes at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders urged that governors, mayors, counsellors, traditional and religious leaders, local women, youth and grassroot activists be included in the peace drive.

    Leclerc urged that, there be localisation guidelines to sustain the peace drive.

    NAN reports that WANEP is a leading regional peacebuilding organisation founded in 1998 in response to civil wars that plagued West Africa in the 1990s.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Plateau United Football Club on Wednesday in Abuja beat visiting Al Akhdar S C of Libya 4 1 in the first leg match of their 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup final playoff round fixture The Jos based side will visit the Libyan side on Nov 9 for the second leg match In the same competition and earlier in the day in Port Harcourt Rivers United whipped Al Nasr also of Libya 5 0 The result will definitely make the second leg game of Nov 9 more comfortable for the reigning Nigerian Professional Football League NPFL champions More details to follow soon OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Plateau United, Rivers United whitewash Libyan opponents with goals
     Plateau United Football Club on Wednesday in Abuja beat visiting Al Akhdar S C of Libya 4 1 in the first leg match of their 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup final playoff round fixture The Jos based side will visit the Libyan side on Nov 9 for the second leg match In the same competition and earlier in the day in Port Harcourt Rivers United whipped Al Nasr also of Libya 5 0 The result will definitely make the second leg game of Nov 9 more comfortable for the reigning Nigerian Professional Football League NPFL champions More details to follow soon OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Plateau United, Rivers United whitewash Libyan opponents with goals
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    Plateau United, Rivers United whitewash Libyan opponents with goals

    Plateau United Football Club on Wednesday in Abuja beat visiting Al Akhdar S.

    C. of Libya 4-1 in the first leg match of their 20222023 CAF Confederation Cup final playoff round fixture.

    The Jos-based side will visit the Libyan side on Nov. 9 for the second leg match.

    In the same competition and earlier in the day in Port Harcourt, Rivers United whipped Al Nasr, also of Libya 5-0. The result will definitely make the second leg game of Nov. 9 more comfortable for the reigning Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions.

    More details to follow soon.

    OLAL(
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Chief Olusegun Runsewe has described the annual National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST as a potent platform for the enhancement of national unity and peaceful co existence among Nigerians Runsewe made the remark in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday Runsewe also the Chairman National Planning Committee 35th edition of NAFEST said the national fiesta should be kept away from the misgivings in the industry He said it was improper for stakeholders to indulge in acts that would potray the NAFEST project in bad light before national and international public The director general said that NAFEST should be at all times portrayed as a festival of national unity and peaceful co existence He said the Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed had been supportive of NAFEST and all programmes of the NCAC He was with us in Jos during the Plateau edition He stayed all through the festival and has always sent senior officers of the ministry when any event clashes with his official assignments he said Runsewe stated that apart from fostering national cohesion culture remains a critical vehicle for international diplomatic relations He said that culture should be distanced from certain irritations especially with the nation s preparation for the 35th edition of NAFEST The world is watching how the nation is going to keep its very deep cultural diversity intact as a tool for tourism promotion I urge players in the industry to carefully understand the roles of culture as a unifier We need to be circumspect in pursuing disagreements It is more profitable to seek peaceful means of resolution NAFEST is for peaceful engagements Let us use it to showcase love for our fatherland he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAFEST, potent platform for peaceful co-existence – Runsewe
     The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Chief Olusegun Runsewe has described the annual National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST as a potent platform for the enhancement of national unity and peaceful co existence among Nigerians Runsewe made the remark in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday Runsewe also the Chairman National Planning Committee 35th edition of NAFEST said the national fiesta should be kept away from the misgivings in the industry He said it was improper for stakeholders to indulge in acts that would potray the NAFEST project in bad light before national and international public The director general said that NAFEST should be at all times portrayed as a festival of national unity and peaceful co existence He said the Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed had been supportive of NAFEST and all programmes of the NCAC He was with us in Jos during the Plateau edition He stayed all through the festival and has always sent senior officers of the ministry when any event clashes with his official assignments he said Runsewe stated that apart from fostering national cohesion culture remains a critical vehicle for international diplomatic relations He said that culture should be distanced from certain irritations especially with the nation s preparation for the 35th edition of NAFEST The world is watching how the nation is going to keep its very deep cultural diversity intact as a tool for tourism promotion I urge players in the industry to carefully understand the roles of culture as a unifier We need to be circumspect in pursuing disagreements It is more profitable to seek peaceful means of resolution NAFEST is for peaceful engagements Let us use it to showcase love for our fatherland he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAFEST, potent platform for peaceful co-existence – Runsewe
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    NAFEST, potent platform for peaceful co-existence – Runsewe

    The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Chief Olusegun Runsewe, has described the annual National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) as a potent platform for the enhancement of national unity and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

    Runsewe made the remark in a statement in Lagos on Wednesday.

    Runsewe, also, the Chairman, National Planning Committee, 35th edition of NAFEST, said the national fiesta should be kept away from the misgivings in the industry.

    He said it was improper for stakeholders to indulge in acts that would potray the NAFEST project in bad light before national and international public.

    The director-general said that NAFEST should be at all times portrayed as a festival of national unity and peaceful co-existence.

    He said the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had been supportive of NAFEST and all programmes of the NCAC.

    ”He was with us in Jos during the Plateau edition.

    He stayed all through the festival and has always sent senior officers of the ministry when any event clashes with his official assignments,” he said.

    Runsewe stated that apart from fostering national cohesion, culture remains  a critical vehicle for international diplomatic relations.

    He said that culture should be distanced from certain irritations, especially with the nation’s preparation for the 35th edition of NAFEST.

    ”The world is watching how the nation is going to keep its very deep cultural diversity intact as a tool for tourism promotion. 

    “I urge players in the industry to carefully understand the roles of culture as a unifier.

    We need to be circumspect in pursuing disagreements.

    ”It is more profitable to seek peaceful means of resolution.

    NAFEST is for peaceful engagements.

    Let us use it to showcase love for our fatherland,” he said.


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  •   Curbing export rejects through improved standards Curbing export rejects through improved standards By Gregory Mmaduakolam News Agency of Nigeria International trade is vital to the growth of any economy Nigeria s economy has been largely serviced by foreign exchange earned from crude oil sales The present administration on various occasions has vowed to continue to move the country away from monolithic economy to one in which foreign exchange is earned from diverse sources Speaking at the 27th Annual National Conference of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is a need to sustain the diversification of the economy already achieved by this administration Represented at the event by the Minister of State Budget and National Planning Prince Clem Agba said that a national development plan has been generated to respond to the challenges of a mono economy He said the two broad objectives of the plan is leveraging on various growth sectors strengthening linkages and enhancing value chain One of the sectors expected to drive this agenda is agriculture and the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Dr Ernest Umakhihe says emphasis is being placed on adding value to agro products before exporting them He spoke at the 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development NCARD in Jos Plateau State Experts say this target faces one major challenge the rejection of produce from Nigeria by the international market Some of the reasons cited for the rejections are food safety technical barriers non adherence to best practices and disregard for basic requirements Nigeria being faced with a lot of economic challenges as experienced globally by other nations cannot just relax and allow this other way of earning foreign exchange from its products at the global markets to slip it by without ensuring that critical measures are taken to harness this advantage The Executive Director Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC Dr Ezra Yakusak has acknowledged this shortcoming saying that the Council was poised to address it holistically Packaging and labelling is also a key factor that determines the sustainability of products in the foreign market The problem of quality standard certification and appropriate packaging for Made in Nigeria products destined for export has been an issue due to lack of awareness In fact the international market in its competitive nature will only welcome products of high quality with relevant certifications and quality packaging that is environmentally friendly the media recently quoted him as saying According to him the international market is so competitive that any little detail that is not fixed can cause the exporting country several billions of dollars and discourage exporters from patronising products from that country in the future In most cases packaging has often been approached from the view point of providing safety for the product thereby neglecting the other qualities such as the aesthetics and design nature of the packaging itself The market world has changed systematically giving more preference to products with good packaging and edging out producers without certification he said Similarly Prof Mojisola Adeyeye Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC said over 76 per cent of Nigeria s exported agricultural commodities are rejected in Europe for not meeting required standards Adeyeye while speaking on measures taken to improve the country s agricultural product exports said the agency got the feedback through its rapid alert systems We ve got to work hard to show that we love this country to the extent that we will not bring disgrace to the country from outside When somebody saves money gets loans or whatever exports an agricultural product and that product is rejected it breaks my heart she said Mrs Adeyeye said it is important for exporters to respect regulatory procedures of NAFDAC and Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services NAQS when processing their export farm produce for export So the people that are exporting are either taking shortcuts or they re being deceived that their products are okay just ship it we will take care of it she said in a recent media report She therefor appealed to commodity exporters to work closely with relevant authorities such as NAFDAC and NEPC to ensure that the chance of their products being rejected abroad was drastically minismised I am pleading with all exporters and MSMEs who want to export to please come to NAFDAC to make sure their products meet international market standards she said In adding the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire said the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure that products being exported from Nigeria were not rejected abroad for not meeting health safety standards Ehanire spoke in Lagos State during the opening of a six day training for members of the National Codex Committee on Food Safety Risk Analysis and the revised NCC procedural manual organised in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO He said the Federal Government had taken steps to ensure protection of food safe also to ensure fair practice in international food trade We have been hearing of rejection of our products it is because there s no adherence to standards and this is not giving the country a good image It s affecting us economically tourism wise and in every other aspect he said Malam Farouk Salim Director General Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON said the Organisation has raised the standards to check the rejection faced by Nigeria s agricultural commodities in global markets The move according to the standards body is apt and timely to make Nigeria agro commodities competitive at the international markets especially with the introduction of African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA According Salim Nigerian goods are rejected because they fail standard procedure locally before being exported Exporters do not check the standards of the country they are exporting to So as long as our exporters ignore our standards they will have their products rejected If they follow due procedures we are here to partner and assist them to make sure that their products are accepted globally If the exporters come through us and they follow the standards of our country and they follow the standards of the country they are exporting to they will have no problem of rejection he said Dr Vincent Isegbe Director General NAQS urged exporters to take advantage of experts in his agency to reduce the losses they incur due to the rejection of their products abroad Commodities leaving Nigeria must be signed and certified by the Service to get the Phytosanitary Certificate As custodians of rules and regulations concerning plants and products we have power to exercise our obligations towards all those international protocols he said As exporters seek to leverage on the international market to project Nigeria s products and maximise profit it will benefit them to key into Federal Government s policies to ensure their products is of top quality NANFeafutures If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Curbing export rejects through improved standards
      Curbing export rejects through improved standards Curbing export rejects through improved standards By Gregory Mmaduakolam News Agency of Nigeria International trade is vital to the growth of any economy Nigeria s economy has been largely serviced by foreign exchange earned from crude oil sales The present administration on various occasions has vowed to continue to move the country away from monolithic economy to one in which foreign exchange is earned from diverse sources Speaking at the 27th Annual National Conference of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has said there is a need to sustain the diversification of the economy already achieved by this administration Represented at the event by the Minister of State Budget and National Planning Prince Clem Agba said that a national development plan has been generated to respond to the challenges of a mono economy He said the two broad objectives of the plan is leveraging on various growth sectors strengthening linkages and enhancing value chain One of the sectors expected to drive this agenda is agriculture and the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Dr Ernest Umakhihe says emphasis is being placed on adding value to agro products before exporting them He spoke at the 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development NCARD in Jos Plateau State Experts say this target faces one major challenge the rejection of produce from Nigeria by the international market Some of the reasons cited for the rejections are food safety technical barriers non adherence to best practices and disregard for basic requirements Nigeria being faced with a lot of economic challenges as experienced globally by other nations cannot just relax and allow this other way of earning foreign exchange from its products at the global markets to slip it by without ensuring that critical measures are taken to harness this advantage The Executive Director Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC Dr Ezra Yakusak has acknowledged this shortcoming saying that the Council was poised to address it holistically Packaging and labelling is also a key factor that determines the sustainability of products in the foreign market The problem of quality standard certification and appropriate packaging for Made in Nigeria products destined for export has been an issue due to lack of awareness In fact the international market in its competitive nature will only welcome products of high quality with relevant certifications and quality packaging that is environmentally friendly the media recently quoted him as saying According to him the international market is so competitive that any little detail that is not fixed can cause the exporting country several billions of dollars and discourage exporters from patronising products from that country in the future In most cases packaging has often been approached from the view point of providing safety for the product thereby neglecting the other qualities such as the aesthetics and design nature of the packaging itself The market world has changed systematically giving more preference to products with good packaging and edging out producers without certification he said Similarly Prof Mojisola Adeyeye Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control NAFDAC said over 76 per cent of Nigeria s exported agricultural commodities are rejected in Europe for not meeting required standards Adeyeye while speaking on measures taken to improve the country s agricultural product exports said the agency got the feedback through its rapid alert systems We ve got to work hard to show that we love this country to the extent that we will not bring disgrace to the country from outside When somebody saves money gets loans or whatever exports an agricultural product and that product is rejected it breaks my heart she said Mrs Adeyeye said it is important for exporters to respect regulatory procedures of NAFDAC and Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services NAQS when processing their export farm produce for export So the people that are exporting are either taking shortcuts or they re being deceived that their products are okay just ship it we will take care of it she said in a recent media report She therefor appealed to commodity exporters to work closely with relevant authorities such as NAFDAC and NEPC to ensure that the chance of their products being rejected abroad was drastically minismised I am pleading with all exporters and MSMEs who want to export to please come to NAFDAC to make sure their products meet international market standards she said In adding the Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire said the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure that products being exported from Nigeria were not rejected abroad for not meeting health safety standards Ehanire spoke in Lagos State during the opening of a six day training for members of the National Codex Committee on Food Safety Risk Analysis and the revised NCC procedural manual organised in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO He said the Federal Government had taken steps to ensure protection of food safe also to ensure fair practice in international food trade We have been hearing of rejection of our products it is because there s no adherence to standards and this is not giving the country a good image It s affecting us economically tourism wise and in every other aspect he said Malam Farouk Salim Director General Standards Organisation of Nigeria SON said the Organisation has raised the standards to check the rejection faced by Nigeria s agricultural commodities in global markets The move according to the standards body is apt and timely to make Nigeria agro commodities competitive at the international markets especially with the introduction of African Continental Free Trade Agreement AfCFTA According Salim Nigerian goods are rejected because they fail standard procedure locally before being exported Exporters do not check the standards of the country they are exporting to So as long as our exporters ignore our standards they will have their products rejected If they follow due procedures we are here to partner and assist them to make sure that their products are accepted globally If the exporters come through us and they follow the standards of our country and they follow the standards of the country they are exporting to they will have no problem of rejection he said Dr Vincent Isegbe Director General NAQS urged exporters to take advantage of experts in his agency to reduce the losses they incur due to the rejection of their products abroad Commodities leaving Nigeria must be signed and certified by the Service to get the Phytosanitary Certificate As custodians of rules and regulations concerning plants and products we have power to exercise our obligations towards all those international protocols he said As exporters seek to leverage on the international market to project Nigeria s products and maximise profit it will benefit them to key into Federal Government s policies to ensure their products is of top quality NANFeafutures If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Curbing export rejects through improved standards
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    Curbing export rejects through improved standards

    Curbing export rejects through improved standards Curbing export rejects through improved standards By Gregory Mmaduakolam, News Agency of Nigeria International trade is vital to the growth of any economy.

    Nigeria’s economy has been largely serviced by foreign exchange earned from crude oil sales.

    The present administration, on various occasions, has vowed to continue to move the country away from monolithic economy to one in which foreign exchange is earned from diverse sources.

    Speaking at the 27th Annual National Conference of the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, President  Muhammadu Buhari, has said there is a need to sustain the diversification of the economy already achieved by this administration.

    Represented at the event by the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, said that a national development plan has been generated to respond to the challenges of a mono-economy.

    He said the two broad objectives of the plan is leveraging on various growth sectors, strengthening linkages and enhancing value chain.

    One of the sectors expected to drive this agenda is agriculture and the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr Ernest Umakhihe says emphasis is being placed on adding value to agro products before exporting them.

    He spoke at the 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) in Jos, Plateau State.

    Experts say this target faces one major challenge—the rejection of produce from Nigeria by the international market.

    Some of the reasons cited for the rejections are food safety, technical barriers, non-adherence to best practices and disregard for basic requirements.

    Nigeria being faced with a lot of economic challenges as experienced globally by other nations cannot just relax and allow this other way of earning foreign exchange from its products at the global markets to slip it by, without ensuring that critical measures are taken to harness this advantage.

    The Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, Dr Ezra Yakusak has acknowledged this shortcoming, saying that the Council was poised to address it holistically.  

    “Packaging and labelling is also a key factor that determines the sustainability of products in the foreign market.

    “The problem of quality, standard, certification and appropriate packaging for Made-in-Nigeria products destined for export has been an issue due to lack of awareness.

    “In fact the international market in its competitive nature will only welcome products of high quality with relevant certifications and quality packaging that is environmentally friendly”, the media recently quoted him as saying.

    According to him, the international market is so competitive that any little detail that is not fixed can cause the exporting country several billions of dollars and discourage exporters from patronising products from that country in the future.

    “ In most cases, packaging has often been approached from the view point of providing safety for the product thereby neglecting the other qualities such as the aesthetics and design nature of the packaging itself.

    “The market world has changed systematically giving more preference to products with good packaging and edging out producers without certification,’’ he said.

    Similarly Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),  said, over 76 per cent of Nigeria’s exported agricultural commodities are rejected in Europe for not meeting required standards.

    Adeyeye, while speaking on measures taken to improve the country’s agricultural product exports, said the agency got the feedback through its rapid alert systems.

    “We’ve got to work hard to show that we love this country to the extent that we will not bring disgrace to the country from outside.

    “When somebody saves money, gets loans or whatever, exports an agricultural product and that product is rejected, it breaks my heart,” she said.

    Mrs Adeyeye said it is important for exporters to respect regulatory procedures of NAFDAC and Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS) when processing their export farm produce for export.

    “So the people that are exporting are either taking shortcuts or they’re being deceived that their products are okay, just ship it, we will take care of it,” she said in a recent media report.

    .

    She, therefor, appealed to commodity exporters to work closely with relevant authorities such as NAFDAC and NEPC to ensure that the chance of their products being rejected abroad was drastically minismised.  

    “I am pleading with all exporters, and MSMEs who want to export to please come to NAFDAC to make sure their products meet international market standards,” she said.

    In adding , the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, said the Federal Government was doing everything possible to ensure that products being exported from Nigeria were not rejected abroad for not meeting health safety standards.

    Ehanire, spoke in Lagos State during the opening of a six-day training for members of the National Codex Committee on Food Safety Risk Analysis and the revised NCC procedural manual organised in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

    He said the Federal Government had taken steps “to ensure protection of food safe also to ensure fair practice in international food trade’’.

    “We have been hearing of rejection of our products; it is because there’s no adherence to standards, and this is not giving the country a good image.

    “It’s affecting us economically; tourism wise and in every other aspect’’, he said.

    Malam Farouk Salim, Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), said the Organisation has raised the standards to check the rejection faced by Nigeria’s agricultural commodities in global markets.

    The move according to the standards body is apt and timely to make Nigeria agro commodities competitive at the international markets, especially with the introduction of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) According Salim, Nigerian goods are rejected, because they fail standard procedure locally before being exported.

    “Exporters do not check the standards of the country they are exporting to.

    “So as long as our exporters ignore our standards they will have their products rejected.

    If they follow due procedures; we are here to partner and assist them to make sure that their products are accepted globally.

    ” “If the exporters come through us and they follow the standards of our country and they follow the standards of the country they are exporting to, they will have no problem of rejection” he said.

    Dr Vincent Isegbe, Director-General, NAQS, urged exporters to take advantage of experts in his agency to reduce the losses they incur due to the rejection of their products abroad.

    “Commodities leaving Nigeria must be signed and certified by the Service to get the Phytosanitary Certificate.

    “As custodians of rules and regulations concerning plants and products, we have power to exercise our obligations towards all those international protocols”, he said.

    As exporters seek to leverage on the international market to project Nigeria’s products and maximise profit, it will benefit them to key into Federal Government’s policies to ensure their products is of top quality.

    (NANFeafutures) **If used please credit the writer and News Agency of Nigeria.


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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over a hybrid meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the State House Council Chambers Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari is away in the UK for routine medical check up The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari are attending the meeting Before the commencement of the meeting Mustapha notified the cabinet of the death of Nigeria s first Minister of Aviation Chief Mbazulike Amaechi The council then observed a minute silence in honour of the late Amaechi who died on Nov 1 at the age of 92 Ministers physically present at the meeting are those of Industry Trade and Investments Niyi Adebayo Interior Rauf Aregbesola Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare and Science and Technology Adeleke Mamora Others are those of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola and Agriculture and Rural Development Mahmood Abubakar Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investments Mariam Katagum and Minister of State for Health Ekumankama Joseph Nkama are also at the meeting At the last meeting on Oct 27 FEC ratified the UN Water Convention on the Protection and use of Trans Border Water Course and International Lakes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo presides as FEC honours late Amaechi
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over a hybrid meeting of the Federal Executive Council FEC at the State House Council Chambers Abuja President Muhammadu Buhari is away in the UK for routine medical check up The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari are attending the meeting Before the commencement of the meeting Mustapha notified the cabinet of the death of Nigeria s first Minister of Aviation Chief Mbazulike Amaechi The council then observed a minute silence in honour of the late Amaechi who died on Nov 1 at the age of 92 Ministers physically present at the meeting are those of Industry Trade and Investments Niyi Adebayo Interior Rauf Aregbesola Sports and Youth Development Sunday Dare and Science and Technology Adeleke Mamora Others are those of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola and Agriculture and Rural Development Mahmood Abubakar Minister of State for Industry Trade and Investments Mariam Katagum and Minister of State for Health Ekumankama Joseph Nkama are also at the meeting At the last meeting on Oct 27 FEC ratified the UN Water Convention on the Protection and use of Trans Border Water Course and International Lakes NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo presides as FEC honours late Amaechi
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    Osinbajo presides as FEC honours late Amaechi

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over a hybrid meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the State House Council Chambers, Abuja.

    President Muhammadu Buhari is away in the UK for routine medical check-up.

    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, are attending the meeting.

    Before the commencement of the meeting, Mustapha notified the cabinet of the death of Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi.

    The council then observed a minute silence in honour of the late Amaechi, who died on Nov. 1, at the age of 92. Ministers physically present at the meeting are those of Industry, Trade and Investments, Niyi Adebayo, Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare and Science and Technology, Adeleke Mamora.

    Others are those of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and Agriculture and Rural Development, Mahmood Abubakar.

    Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investments, Mariam Katagum; and Minister of State for Health, Ekumankama Joseph Nkama, are also at the meeting.

    At the last meeting on Oct. 27, FEC ratified the UN Water Convention on the Protection and use of Trans-Border Water Course and International Lakes.


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  •  The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire says the Federal Government is making plans to make the Cancer Health Fund CHF available for more cancers Ehanire said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 2022 International Cancer Week ICW The event had Bridging the Cancer Care Gap Improving Diagnosis and Multidisciplinary Management as its theme Ehanire was represented by the Minister of State for Health Hon Joseph Ekumankama We are currently taking steps to expand the CHF to additional six centres in order to improve access to the fund nationwide and to make it as close to the people as possible We are also taking steps to make the fund available for more cancers especially in children instead of limiting it to the cancers of breast cervix and prostate Ehanire said He also said that more than 1 500 indigent cancer patients had so far registered in the six pilot hospitals already administering treatment He also said that more than 400 cancer patients had started receiving treatment under the CHF initiative The fund which is contributory and domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN was created by the Federal Government to reduce the burden of cancer treatment for Nigerians could not afford it Ehanire said that the Ministry of Health and its partners had continued to improve access to cancer treatment through the Cancer Access Partnership CAP programme He also said that more than 2 000 patients already enrolled in 17 hospitals with additional six hospitals at the final stages of activation before the end of 2022 Ehanire said that diagnosis was one of the major challenges in oncology practice in Nigeria due to paucity of pathology specialists and limited capacity for immunohistochemistry and other specialised investigations He said that the federal government was already mapping out training programmes in collaboration with various partners to improve the capacity of healthcare workers The minister however said that the National Cancer Control Plan 2018 2022 which expired in July boosted the actualisation of the objectives of the federal government in the fight against cancer in Nigeria The Country Director World Health Organisation WHO Mr Walter Mulombo said that every year Africa records around 1 1 million new cases of cancer resulting in up to 700 000 deaths According to him breast cancer cervical cancer prostate cancer liver and colorectal cancers account for almost all of the new cases on the continent annually Children are also inequitably impacted with more than 400 000 diagnosed annually for cancer around the world 90 per cent live in low and middle income countries survival rates are very low at 20 per cent or less in African countries compared to more than 80 per cent in developed nations A renewed effort to curb new cancer is urgent alarming projections are that cancer death rates in Africa will rise exponentially over the next 20 years Common challenges facing the region includes limited access to primary prevention early detection services lack of awareness and education in addition to delays in diagnosis and treatment According to Mulombo Africa has only three per cent of the world s cancer treatment facility with radiotherapy available in just 22 countries in Sub Saharan Africa which contributes to poor survival rates He however said that WHO was committed to supporting a number of key initiatives and continue its collaboration with Nigeria to address issues regarding cancer Wife of Kebbi State governor Mrs Zainab Bagudu said that Nigeria was indeed ready to address the issues of cancer and that the political will to carry out the task was also present Bagudu who is also the Chairperson First Ladies Against Cancer added that the skills and the intellectuals to help solve the issue of cancer in the country were also readily available She however said that just a little bit more support and guidance was needed to achieve the desired results The President Nigerian Cancer Society NCS Dr Adamu Umar noted that the amendment of the National Health Insurance Act making it National Health Insurance Authority would enhance cancer care in Nigeria This he said was because universal health coverage was the only way to achieve comprehensive care for cancer He also said that the projected eight per cent allotted for healthcare in the proposed 2023 Appropriation Bill was a very big achievement and that it was the only way universal health coverage could be achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ICW is meant to foster collaboration between the federal government and states and between government and Non Governmental Organisations to stem the scourge of cancer in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to extend cancer health fund to other cancers – Ehanire
     The Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire says the Federal Government is making plans to make the Cancer Health Fund CHF available for more cancers Ehanire said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 2022 International Cancer Week ICW The event had Bridging the Cancer Care Gap Improving Diagnosis and Multidisciplinary Management as its theme Ehanire was represented by the Minister of State for Health Hon Joseph Ekumankama We are currently taking steps to expand the CHF to additional six centres in order to improve access to the fund nationwide and to make it as close to the people as possible We are also taking steps to make the fund available for more cancers especially in children instead of limiting it to the cancers of breast cervix and prostate Ehanire said He also said that more than 1 500 indigent cancer patients had so far registered in the six pilot hospitals already administering treatment He also said that more than 400 cancer patients had started receiving treatment under the CHF initiative The fund which is contributory and domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN was created by the Federal Government to reduce the burden of cancer treatment for Nigerians could not afford it Ehanire said that the Ministry of Health and its partners had continued to improve access to cancer treatment through the Cancer Access Partnership CAP programme He also said that more than 2 000 patients already enrolled in 17 hospitals with additional six hospitals at the final stages of activation before the end of 2022 Ehanire said that diagnosis was one of the major challenges in oncology practice in Nigeria due to paucity of pathology specialists and limited capacity for immunohistochemistry and other specialised investigations He said that the federal government was already mapping out training programmes in collaboration with various partners to improve the capacity of healthcare workers The minister however said that the National Cancer Control Plan 2018 2022 which expired in July boosted the actualisation of the objectives of the federal government in the fight against cancer in Nigeria The Country Director World Health Organisation WHO Mr Walter Mulombo said that every year Africa records around 1 1 million new cases of cancer resulting in up to 700 000 deaths According to him breast cancer cervical cancer prostate cancer liver and colorectal cancers account for almost all of the new cases on the continent annually Children are also inequitably impacted with more than 400 000 diagnosed annually for cancer around the world 90 per cent live in low and middle income countries survival rates are very low at 20 per cent or less in African countries compared to more than 80 per cent in developed nations A renewed effort to curb new cancer is urgent alarming projections are that cancer death rates in Africa will rise exponentially over the next 20 years Common challenges facing the region includes limited access to primary prevention early detection services lack of awareness and education in addition to delays in diagnosis and treatment According to Mulombo Africa has only three per cent of the world s cancer treatment facility with radiotherapy available in just 22 countries in Sub Saharan Africa which contributes to poor survival rates He however said that WHO was committed to supporting a number of key initiatives and continue its collaboration with Nigeria to address issues regarding cancer Wife of Kebbi State governor Mrs Zainab Bagudu said that Nigeria was indeed ready to address the issues of cancer and that the political will to carry out the task was also present Bagudu who is also the Chairperson First Ladies Against Cancer added that the skills and the intellectuals to help solve the issue of cancer in the country were also readily available She however said that just a little bit more support and guidance was needed to achieve the desired results The President Nigerian Cancer Society NCS Dr Adamu Umar noted that the amendment of the National Health Insurance Act making it National Health Insurance Authority would enhance cancer care in Nigeria This he said was because universal health coverage was the only way to achieve comprehensive care for cancer He also said that the projected eight per cent allotted for healthcare in the proposed 2023 Appropriation Bill was a very big achievement and that it was the only way universal health coverage could be achieved The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ICW is meant to foster collaboration between the federal government and states and between government and Non Governmental Organisations to stem the scourge of cancer in Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG to extend cancer health fund to other cancers – Ehanire
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    FG to extend cancer health fund to other cancers – Ehanire

    The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, says the Federal Government is making plans to make the Cancer Health Fund (CHF) available for more cancers.

    Ehanire said this on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 2022 International Cancer Week (ICW).

    The event had “Bridging the Cancer Care Gap: Improving Diagnosis and Multidisciplinary Management” as its theme.

    Ehanire was represented by the Minister of State for Health, Hon. Joseph Ekumankama.

    “We are currently taking steps to expand the CHF to additional six centres in order to improve access to the fund nationwide and to make it as close to the people as possible.

    “We are also taking steps to make the fund available for more cancers especially in children instead of limiting it to the  cancers of breast, cervix and prostate,” Ehanire said.

    He also said that more than 1,500 indigent cancer patients had so far registered in the six pilot hospitals already administering treatment.

    He also said that more than 400 cancer patients had started receiving treatment under the CHF initiative.

    The fund which is contributory and domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was created by the Federal Government to reduce the burden of cancer treatment for Nigerians could not afford it.

    Ehanire said that the Ministry of Health and its partners had continued to improve access to cancer treatment through the Cancer Access Partnership (CAP) programme.

    He also said that more than 2,000 patients already enrolled in 17 hospitals with additional six hospitals at the final stages of activation before the end of 2022. Ehanire said that diagnosis was one of the major challenges in oncology practice in Nigeria due to paucity of pathology specialists and limited capacity for immunohistochemistry and other specialised investigations.

    He said that the federal government was already mapping out training programmes in collaboration with various partners to improve the capacity of healthcare workers.

    The minister, however, said that the National Cancer Control Plan (2018-2022), which expired in July, boosted the actualisation of the objectives of the federal government in the fight against cancer in Nigeria.

    The Country Director, World Health Organisation (WHO), Mr Walter Mulombo, said that every year, Africa records around 1.1 million new cases of cancer resulting in up to 700,000 deaths.

    According to him, breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, liver and colorectal cancers account for almost all of the new cases on the continent annually.

    “Children are also inequitably impacted with more than 400,000 diagnosed annually for cancer around the world, 90 per cent live in low and middle income countries, survival rates are very low at 20 per cent or less in African countries compared to more than 80 per cent in developed nations.

    “A renewed effort to curb new cancer is urgent, alarming projections are that cancer death rates in Africa will rise exponentially over the next 20 years.

    “Common challenges facing the region includes limited access to primary prevention, early detection services, lack of awareness and education in addition to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

    ” According to Mulombo, Africa has only three per cent of the world’s cancer treatment facility with radiotherapy available in just 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which contributes to poor survival rates.

    He, however, said that WHO was committed to supporting a number of key initiatives and continue its collaboration with Nigeria to address issues regarding cancer.

    Wife of Kebbi State governor, Mrs Zainab Bagudu, said that Nigeria was indeed ready to address the issues of cancer and that the political will to carry out the task was also present.

    Bagudu, who is also the Chairperson, First Ladies Against Cancer, added that the skills and the intellectuals to help solve the issue of cancer in the country were also readily available.

    She, however, said that just a little bit more support and guidance was needed to achieve the desired results.

    The President, Nigerian Cancer Society (NCS), Dr Adamu Umar, noted that the amendment of the National Health Insurance Act making it National Health Insurance Authority would enhance cancer care in Nigeria.

    This, he said, was because universal health coverage was the only way to achieve comprehensive care for cancer.

    He also said that the projected eight per cent allotted for healthcare in the proposed 2023 Appropriation Bill was a very big achievement and that it was the only way universal health coverage could be achieved.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the ICW is meant to foster collaboration between the federal government and states, and between government and Non-Governmental Organisations to stem the scourge of cancer in Nigeria.


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  •  UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed has told youth advocates in Spain that the UN belongs to them urging them to make the organisation their own and reshape it Mohammed said this at a dialogue between some of the organisation s senior officials and youth leaders held in Madrid Spain to commemorate the World Cities Day observed annually on Oct 31 Young people are an integral part of a growing network of local and global voices uniting around the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs which promise a more just equitable and greener world by the 2030 deadline As strong advocates for climate action and social justice they have a key role in efforts to achieve sustainable development that benefits both people and the planet she said in a statement According to her today s young people have social media platforms at their disposal and while these can be great communications tools she warned against using it wrongly The UN top official however warned that youths could cause people to have a narrow view of things instead of seeing the wider world and multiple perspectives She also spoke of the importance of representation and the need to open spaces for the youth adding that young people themselves should also make their voices heard The deputy secretary general said the UN must let young people speak and really listen to them Mohammed underscored why it was necessary to have youths at the table especially given the current global crises She also said that democracy belonged to the young adding that but lately many did not vote meaning they were not represented The deputy chief called for youths to defend democracy fight for it and safeguard the rights of youths In addition she spoke on how youth and gender must be mainstreamed across the UN system and reflected in all its work She recalled that as far back as the Habitat III UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development held in Quito Ecuador in 2016 young people came up with their own benchmark to review global progress thus far UN entities in Spain were encouraged to invite youth representatives from different sectors to participate in the dialogue They included Lina Amir youth representative from the UN refugee agency UNHCR who shared her perspective from the health and prevention sector She spoke about how young people are discouraged from taking part in politics for example due to factors such as fear and insecurity Amir suggested that knowledge is necessary to overcome this and decision makers should create more programmes that help young people gain confidence She added that more intergenerational spaces need to be established to find common solutions while dedicated spaces must be created to incorporate youth opinions in political debates Jos Mart n from the non profit CIFAL M laga said promoting youth leadership requires two things training and advocacy Youths should gain a deep understanding of the world and of environmental social and economic sustainability as well as the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap for the future This training should be mainstreamed across all educational levels from kindergarten to university he said nannews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN belongs to you, deputy chief tells youth advocates in Spain
     UN Deputy Secretary General Amina Mohammed has told youth advocates in Spain that the UN belongs to them urging them to make the organisation their own and reshape it Mohammed said this at a dialogue between some of the organisation s senior officials and youth leaders held in Madrid Spain to commemorate the World Cities Day observed annually on Oct 31 Young people are an integral part of a growing network of local and global voices uniting around the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs which promise a more just equitable and greener world by the 2030 deadline As strong advocates for climate action and social justice they have a key role in efforts to achieve sustainable development that benefits both people and the planet she said in a statement According to her today s young people have social media platforms at their disposal and while these can be great communications tools she warned against using it wrongly The UN top official however warned that youths could cause people to have a narrow view of things instead of seeing the wider world and multiple perspectives She also spoke of the importance of representation and the need to open spaces for the youth adding that young people themselves should also make their voices heard The deputy secretary general said the UN must let young people speak and really listen to them Mohammed underscored why it was necessary to have youths at the table especially given the current global crises She also said that democracy belonged to the young adding that but lately many did not vote meaning they were not represented The deputy chief called for youths to defend democracy fight for it and safeguard the rights of youths In addition she spoke on how youth and gender must be mainstreamed across the UN system and reflected in all its work She recalled that as far back as the Habitat III UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development held in Quito Ecuador in 2016 young people came up with their own benchmark to review global progress thus far UN entities in Spain were encouraged to invite youth representatives from different sectors to participate in the dialogue They included Lina Amir youth representative from the UN refugee agency UNHCR who shared her perspective from the health and prevention sector She spoke about how young people are discouraged from taking part in politics for example due to factors such as fear and insecurity Amir suggested that knowledge is necessary to overcome this and decision makers should create more programmes that help young people gain confidence She added that more intergenerational spaces need to be established to find common solutions while dedicated spaces must be created to incorporate youth opinions in political debates Jos Mart n from the non profit CIFAL M laga said promoting youth leadership requires two things training and advocacy Youths should gain a deep understanding of the world and of environmental social and economic sustainability as well as the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap for the future This training should be mainstreamed across all educational levels from kindergarten to university he said nannews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UN belongs to you, deputy chief tells youth advocates in Spain
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    UN belongs to you, deputy chief tells youth advocates in Spain

    UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, has told youth advocates in Spain that the UN belongs to them, urging them to make the organisation their own, and reshape it.

    Mohammed said this at a dialogue between some of the organisation’s senior officials and youth leaders, held in Madrid, Spain, to commemorate the World Cities Day, observed annually on Oct. 31. “Young people are an integral part of a growing network of local and global voices uniting around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which promise a more just, equitable and “greener” world by the 2030 deadline.

    “As strong advocates for climate action and social justice, they have a key role in efforts to achieve sustainable development that benefits both people and the planet,’’ she said in a statement.

    According to her, today’s young people have social media platforms at their disposal, and while these can be great communications tools, she warned against using it wrongly.

    The UN top official, however, warned that youths could  cause people to have a narrow view of things, instead of seeing the wider world and multiple perspectives.

    She also spoke of the importance of representation, and the need to open spaces for the youth, adding that young people themselves should also make their voices heard.

    The deputy secretary-general said the UN must let young people speak, and really listen to them.

    Mohammed underscored why it was necessary to have youths at the table especially given the current global crises.

    She also said that democracy belonged to the young, adding that but lately many did not vote, meaning they were not represented.

    The deputy chief called for youths to defend democracy, fight for it, and safeguard the rights of youths.

    In addition, she spoke on how youth and gender must be mainstreamed across the UN system and reflected in all its work.

    She recalled that as far back as the Habitat III UN conference on housing and sustainable urban development, held in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016, young people came up with their own benchmark to review global progress thus far.

    UN entities in Spain were encouraged to invite youth representatives from different sectors to participate in the dialogue.

    They included Lina Amir, youth representative from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, who shared her perspective from the health and prevention sector.

    She spoke about how young people are discouraged from taking part in politics, for example, due to factors such as fear and insecurity.

    Amir suggested that knowledge is necessary to overcome this, and decision makers should create more programmes that help young people gain confidence.

    She added that more intergenerational spaces need to be established to find common solutions, while dedicated spaces must be created to incorporate youth opinions in political debates.

    José Martín from the non-profit CIFAL Málaga, said promoting youth leadership requires two things: training and advocacy.

    “Youths should gain a deep understanding of the world, and of environmental, social and economic sustainability, as well as the 2030 Agenda as a roadmap for the future.

    “This training should be mainstreamed across all educational levels – from kindergarten to university,” he said.

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