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  •  As Nigeria mark 62nd Independence Anniversary some Nigerians have expressed joy over the infrastructure development in the country since independence A cross section of the respondents who spoke in Bauchi and Dutse described the Federal Government s commitment towards roads housing power and rail infrastructure development as commendable Mr Sabo Mohammed a political analyst in Bauchi State said the country witnessed massive progress in infrastructure development under President Mohammadu Buhari s administration He lauded the president for ensuring continuity of infrastructure development projects initiated by his predecessors He said the projects were designed to provide modern air sea rail and road transportation networks for ease of doing businesses reduce poverty creat jobs and enhance wealth creation Mohammed said that power and housing project initiatives would also address energy crisis enhance stable power supply and provide decent houses to tackle housing deficit in the country According to him the Buhari administration has executed about 5 000 kilometers of roads through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund and SUKUK Bond The gesture he said would encourage investment revamp industries and improved public service delivery to fast track sustainable social and economic development in the country He listed some of the projects to include the 2nd Niger Bridge Lagos Ibadan Expressway East West Road Abuja Kaduna Kano Expressway Gombe Yola Road Kano Maiduguri Expressway and Kirfi Gombe Road Mohammed said that some of the projects had been completed and inaugurated while others were at various stages of completion On rail sector Mohammed listed the Kaduna Abuja Lagos Kano Warri Itakpe Lagos Portharcourt standard gauge lines as well as Kano Maradi Rail line in Niger Republic In the energy sector he said the Federal Government initiated viable projects such as NLNG Train 7 Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano AKK pipeline project The AKK project on completion would saw an incremental 4 000MW of generating assets to the power sector he said Mohammed said the Zungeru and Kashimbila Hydro Power Plants were designed to complement systemic reforms and investments in the distribution and transmission segments of the electricity value chain The analyst said the country under the stewardship of Muhammadu Buhari also achieved giant leap in energy infrastructure development with signing of agreements on expanding gas supply to other African member states On July 28 2022 Nigeria signed a Memerandum of Understanding MoU with Algeria and Nigerien Governments for the implementation of the Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline TSGP project TSGP also known as NIGAL pipeline and Trans African gas pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria The gigantic project is seen as an opportunity to diversify the European Union s gas supplies Not to forget the infrastructure development in tertiary institutions across the country funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund he said Mohammed said the projects were visible and incontrovertible assets in proof of what Nigeria s resources were invested in He however urged the Federal Government to complete all ongoing projects before the expiration of the tenure of President Buhari in 2023 Also Maryam Ibrahim and Babangida Muhammad residents of Dutse in Jigawa lauded the Nigerian government over its commitment to the infrastructure development in the country Muhammad noted tat the feat achieved in road infrastructure enhance transportation services as well as ease movement of goods and services across the country He advocated for practical measures to ensure rehabilitation and maintainance of the structures and urged Nigerians to protect national assets in their respective communities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62: Stakeholders commend Nigeria’s infrastructure devt
     As Nigeria mark 62nd Independence Anniversary some Nigerians have expressed joy over the infrastructure development in the country since independence A cross section of the respondents who spoke in Bauchi and Dutse described the Federal Government s commitment towards roads housing power and rail infrastructure development as commendable Mr Sabo Mohammed a political analyst in Bauchi State said the country witnessed massive progress in infrastructure development under President Mohammadu Buhari s administration He lauded the president for ensuring continuity of infrastructure development projects initiated by his predecessors He said the projects were designed to provide modern air sea rail and road transportation networks for ease of doing businesses reduce poverty creat jobs and enhance wealth creation Mohammed said that power and housing project initiatives would also address energy crisis enhance stable power supply and provide decent houses to tackle housing deficit in the country According to him the Buhari administration has executed about 5 000 kilometers of roads through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund and SUKUK Bond The gesture he said would encourage investment revamp industries and improved public service delivery to fast track sustainable social and economic development in the country He listed some of the projects to include the 2nd Niger Bridge Lagos Ibadan Expressway East West Road Abuja Kaduna Kano Expressway Gombe Yola Road Kano Maiduguri Expressway and Kirfi Gombe Road Mohammed said that some of the projects had been completed and inaugurated while others were at various stages of completion On rail sector Mohammed listed the Kaduna Abuja Lagos Kano Warri Itakpe Lagos Portharcourt standard gauge lines as well as Kano Maradi Rail line in Niger Republic In the energy sector he said the Federal Government initiated viable projects such as NLNG Train 7 Ajaokuta Kaduna Kano AKK pipeline project The AKK project on completion would saw an incremental 4 000MW of generating assets to the power sector he said Mohammed said the Zungeru and Kashimbila Hydro Power Plants were designed to complement systemic reforms and investments in the distribution and transmission segments of the electricity value chain The analyst said the country under the stewardship of Muhammadu Buhari also achieved giant leap in energy infrastructure development with signing of agreements on expanding gas supply to other African member states On July 28 2022 Nigeria signed a Memerandum of Understanding MoU with Algeria and Nigerien Governments for the implementation of the Trans Saharan Gas Pipeline TSGP project TSGP also known as NIGAL pipeline and Trans African gas pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria The gigantic project is seen as an opportunity to diversify the European Union s gas supplies Not to forget the infrastructure development in tertiary institutions across the country funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund he said Mohammed said the projects were visible and incontrovertible assets in proof of what Nigeria s resources were invested in He however urged the Federal Government to complete all ongoing projects before the expiration of the tenure of President Buhari in 2023 Also Maryam Ibrahim and Babangida Muhammad residents of Dutse in Jigawa lauded the Nigerian government over its commitment to the infrastructure development in the country Muhammad noted tat the feat achieved in road infrastructure enhance transportation services as well as ease movement of goods and services across the country He advocated for practical measures to ensure rehabilitation and maintainance of the structures and urged Nigerians to protect national assets in their respective communities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62: Stakeholders commend Nigeria’s infrastructure devt
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    Nigeria@62: Stakeholders commend Nigeria’s infrastructure devt

    As Nigeria mark 62nd Independence  Anniversary, some Nigerians have expressed joy over the infrastructure development in the country since independence.

    A cross section of the respondents who spoke in Bauchi and Dutse, described the Federal Government’s commitment towards roads, housing, power and rail infrastructure development as commendable.

    Mr Sabo Mohammed, a political analyst in Bauchi State, said the country witnessed massive progress in infrastructure development under President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration.

    He lauded the president for ensuring continuity of infrastructure development projects initiated by his predecessors.

    He said the projects were designed to provide modern air, sea, rail and road transportation networks for ease of doing businesses, reduce poverty, creat jobs and enhance wealth creation.

    Mohammed said that power and housing project initiatives would also address energy crisis, enhance stable power supply and provide decent houses to tackle housing deficit in the country.

    According to him, the Buhari administration has executed about 5,000 kilometers of roads through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund and SUKUK Bond.The gesture, he said, would encourage investment, revamp industries and improved public service delivery to fast track sustainable social and economic development in the country.

    He listed some of the projects to include the 2nd Niger Bridge; Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway, Gombe -Yola Road, Kano – Maiduguri Expressway and Kirfi – Gombe Road.Mohammed said that some of the projects had been completed and inaugurated while others were at various stages of completion.

    On rail sector, Mohammed listed the Kaduna – Abuja, Lagos – Kano,  Warri – Itakpe, Lagos -Portharcourt standard gauge lines as well as Kano – Maradi Rail line in Niger Republic.

    In the energy sector, he said, the Federal Government initiated viable projects such as NLNG Train 7, Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano (AKK) pipeline project.

    The AKK project on completion would saw an incremental 4,000MW of generating assets to the power sector, he said.

    Mohammed said the Zungeru and Kashimbila Hydro Power Plants were designed to complement systemic reforms and investments in the distribution and transmission segments of the electricity value chain.

    The analyst said, the country under the stewardship of Muhammadu Buhari also achieved giant leap in energy infrastructure development with signing of agreements on expanding gas supply to other African member states.

    On July 28, 2022, Nigeria signed a Memerandum of Understanding (MoU) with Algeria and Nigerien Governments for the implementation of the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline (TSGP) project.

    TSGP; also known as NIGAL pipeline and Trans-African gas pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria.

    The gigantic project is seen as an opportunity to diversify the European Union’s gas supplies.

    “Not to forget the infrastructure development in tertiary institutions across the country funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),” he said.

    Mohammed said the projects were visible and incontrovertible assets in proof of what Nigeria’s resources were invested in.

    He, however, urged the Federal Government to complete all ongoing projects before the expiration of the tenure of President Buhari in 2023.Also, Maryam Ibrahim and Babangida Muhammad, residents of Dutse in Jigawa, lauded the Nigerian government over its commitment to the infrastructure development in the country.

    Muhammad noted tat the feat achieved in road infrastructure enhance transportation services as well as ease movement of goods and services across the country.

    He advocated for practical measures to ensure rehabilitation and maintainance of the structures, and urged Nigerians to protect national assets in their respective communities.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Ondo State House of Assembly has expressed joy over plans by President Mohammadu Buhari to confer a national honour Commander of the Order of the Niger CON on Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Akure by Mr Akogun Omole Chairman House Committee on Information Youth and Sports Development The statement said the Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun described the award as an honour well deserved Oleyelogun said that the award was a clear testimony of the various laudable contributions of the governor to national development The speaker described Akeredolu as a man with passion and love for his people and that his government had brought smiles to the people According to him this is through his landmark achievements in the state particularly in the area of security He appreciated the president for the prestigious award scheduled to hold on Oct 11 in Abuja NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo Assembly congratulates Akeredolu on national award
      The Ondo State House of Assembly has expressed joy over plans by President Mohammadu Buhari to confer a national honour Commander of the Order of the Niger CON on Gov Oluwarotimi Akeredolu This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Akure by Mr Akogun Omole Chairman House Committee on Information Youth and Sports Development The statement said the Speaker Bamidele Oleyelogun described the award as an honour well deserved Oleyelogun said that the award was a clear testimony of the various laudable contributions of the governor to national development The speaker described Akeredolu as a man with passion and love for his people and that his government had brought smiles to the people According to him this is through his landmark achievements in the state particularly in the area of security He appreciated the president for the prestigious award scheduled to hold on Oct 11 in Abuja NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ondo Assembly congratulates Akeredolu on national award
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    Ondo Assembly congratulates Akeredolu on national award

     The Ondo State House of Assembly has expressed joy over plans by President Mohammadu Buhari to confer a national honour, Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON), on Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

    This is contained in a statement on Tuesday in Akure by Mr Akogun Omole, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Youth and Sports Development.

    The statement said the Speaker, Bamidele Oleyelogun, described the award as an honour well-deserved.

    Oleyelogun said that the award was a clear testimony of the various laudable contributions of the governor to national development.

    The speaker described Akeredolu as a man with passion and love for his people and that his government had brought smiles to the people.

    According to him, this is through his landmark achievements in the state, particularly in the area of security.

    He appreciated the president for the prestigious award scheduled to hold on Oct. 11, in Abuja.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle 15 million children from child labour in Nigeria Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal at the National Children Conference in commemoration of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour WDACL with theme Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour on Tuesday in Abuja Ngige recalled that in 2015 world leaders gathered and adopted the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Target 8 7 in all its forms by 2025 According to him the call sought to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and modern day slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour He therefore said that the collaboration and partnerships was imperative amidst growing concerns of a global social crisis with alarming proportion According to him global estimates have shown that child labour is on the rise with an increase from 152 million to 160 million between 2016 and 2020 Sub Saharan Africa has seen 19 6 per cent of all African children in child labour and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work this is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world In Nigeria child labour has become a scourge Several children find themselves on the streets forced to make a living with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as at 2020 according to the ILO with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022 This of course will most certainly have massive implications in the near future However as a country we take pride in stating that considerable efforts have been made in dealing with this menace he said He added that most notably the adoption and ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour respectively He also said that others are the passage of the Child Rights Act into law to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child with adoption by about 30 state governments He said that the implementation and enforcement of National Action Plan on Child Labour Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in workplaces was spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ngige also said the National Steering Committee as well as State Steering Committees and Desk Officers on Child Labour were established at all levels of government and institutional levels to translate the provisions of the five year National Action Plan In spite of all these we require more collaboration and partnerships to confront the task ahead of us he said The minister while speaking on the theme for the year called for more investments in social protection systems in order to create a strong protection base that will keep children away from child labour According to him as we reflect on the progress being made so far let us also not lose sight of the importance of providing safety nets for children in vulnerable conditions The outbreak of COVID 19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long term development and safety of children worldwide As a result families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions among others Also the households needing to employ various means for survival this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults he said He also noted that countries all over the world had to expand their social protection systems to adequately respond to the crisis which could reduce the number of children in child labour He therefore said that President Mohammadu Buhari s administration had done a lot in addressing some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria This include tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash transfer Trader moni N power Home Grown School Feeding he said He however commended the National Steering Committee and other stakeholders for putting together the forum for dialogue in the interest of the Nigerian children Also Mrs Vanessa Phala the ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that in Nigeria not less than 15 million children are engaged in child labour and half of the number are bearing the heavy burden of hazardous work I am pleased to tell you that the International Labour Organisation s Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria in collaboration with the ILO s tripartite partners has intensified its social protection with a series of interventions in line with the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan Others are the Nigeria s National Action Plan State Action Plans and other roadmaps to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 8 7 the total elimination of all forms of child labour and forced labour by 2025 In addition over 100 pupils and students have received re enrolment and school kit support to keep their dreams alive and prepare for a better future she said Phala also noted that these interventions have targeted identified vulnerable children guardians and parents in focal communities of Ondo Niger and Osun States with impacts beyond geographical boundaries According to her to sustain our interventions governments social partners the media others need to constantly engage children to ensure sustainable policies and implement legal requirements for the elimination of child labour through monitoring There also need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer s contribution to health protection old age benefits employment injury scheme and other support systems she said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG wants partnerships to tackle 15m in child labour
     The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle 15 million children from child labour in Nigeria Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment made the appeal at the National Children Conference in commemoration of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour WDACL with theme Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour on Tuesday in Abuja Ngige recalled that in 2015 world leaders gathered and adopted the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Target 8 7 in all its forms by 2025 According to him the call sought to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and modern day slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour He therefore said that the collaboration and partnerships was imperative amidst growing concerns of a global social crisis with alarming proportion According to him global estimates have shown that child labour is on the rise with an increase from 152 million to 160 million between 2016 and 2020 Sub Saharan Africa has seen 19 6 per cent of all African children in child labour and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work this is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world In Nigeria child labour has become a scourge Several children find themselves on the streets forced to make a living with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as at 2020 according to the ILO with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022 This of course will most certainly have massive implications in the near future However as a country we take pride in stating that considerable efforts have been made in dealing with this menace he said He added that most notably the adoption and ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour respectively He also said that others are the passage of the Child Rights Act into law to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child with adoption by about 30 state governments He said that the implementation and enforcement of National Action Plan on Child Labour Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in workplaces was spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment Ngige also said the National Steering Committee as well as State Steering Committees and Desk Officers on Child Labour were established at all levels of government and institutional levels to translate the provisions of the five year National Action Plan In spite of all these we require more collaboration and partnerships to confront the task ahead of us he said The minister while speaking on the theme for the year called for more investments in social protection systems in order to create a strong protection base that will keep children away from child labour According to him as we reflect on the progress being made so far let us also not lose sight of the importance of providing safety nets for children in vulnerable conditions The outbreak of COVID 19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long term development and safety of children worldwide As a result families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions among others Also the households needing to employ various means for survival this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults he said He also noted that countries all over the world had to expand their social protection systems to adequately respond to the crisis which could reduce the number of children in child labour He therefore said that President Mohammadu Buhari s administration had done a lot in addressing some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria This include tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash transfer Trader moni N power Home Grown School Feeding he said He however commended the National Steering Committee and other stakeholders for putting together the forum for dialogue in the interest of the Nigerian children Also Mrs Vanessa Phala the ILO Country Director to Nigeria said that in Nigeria not less than 15 million children are engaged in child labour and half of the number are bearing the heavy burden of hazardous work I am pleased to tell you that the International Labour Organisation s Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria in collaboration with the ILO s tripartite partners has intensified its social protection with a series of interventions in line with the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan Others are the Nigeria s National Action Plan State Action Plans and other roadmaps to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 8 7 the total elimination of all forms of child labour and forced labour by 2025 In addition over 100 pupils and students have received re enrolment and school kit support to keep their dreams alive and prepare for a better future she said Phala also noted that these interventions have targeted identified vulnerable children guardians and parents in focal communities of Ondo Niger and Osun States with impacts beyond geographical boundaries According to her to sustain our interventions governments social partners the media others need to constantly engage children to ensure sustainable policies and implement legal requirements for the elimination of child labour through monitoring There also need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer s contribution to health protection old age benefits employment injury scheme and other support systems she said nanews NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG wants partnerships to tackle 15m in child labour
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    FG wants partnerships to tackle 15m in child labour

    The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation have called for more collaboration and partnerships to tackle 15 million children from child labour in Nigeria.

    Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, made the appeal at the National Children Conference in commemoration of the 2022 World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL), with theme “Universal Social Protection to end Child Labour’’, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Ngige recalled that in 2015, world leaders gathered and adopted the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Target 8.7 in all its forms by 2025. According to him, the call sought to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour and modern day slavery and human trafficking, and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour.

    He therefore said that the collaboration and partnerships was imperative amidst growing concerns of a global social crisis with alarming proportion.

    According to him, global estimates have shown that child labour is on the rise; with an increase from 152 million to 160 million between 2016 and 2020. “Sub-Saharan Africa has seen 19.6 per cent of all African children in child labour, and a possible nine per cent in hazardous work; this is in contrast to continued progress being made elsewhere in the world.

    “In Nigeria, child labour has become a scourge.

    Several children find themselves on the streets, forced to make a living, with others employed in industrial complexes and hazardous environments.

    “Statistics revealed there are about 15 million child workers as at 2020, according to the ILO, with the UN warning that the absence of mitigating strategies could see an increase of children engaged in child labour by the end of 2022. “This of course, will most certainly have massive implications in the near future.

    However, as a country, we take pride in stating that considerable efforts have been made in dealing with this menace,’’ he said.

    He added that most notably the adoption and ratification of ILO Conventions 138 and 182 on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour, respectively.

    He also said that others are the passage of the Child Rights Act into law to domesticate the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with adoption by about 30 state governments.

    He said that the implementation and enforcement of National Action Plan on Child Labour, Prohibition and Elimination of Forced Labour, Modern Slavery, and Human Trafficking in workplaces was spearheaded by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment.

    Ngige also said the National Steering Committee, as well as State Steering Committees, and Desk Officers on Child Labour were established at all levels of government and institutional levels to translate the provisions of the five-year National Action Plan. “In spite of all these, we require more collaboration and partnerships to confront the task ahead of us,’’ he said.

    The minister, while speaking on the theme for the year called for more investments in social protection systems in order to create a strong protection base that will keep children away from child labour.

    `According to him, as we reflect on the progress being made so far, let us also not lose sight of the importance of providing safety nets for children in vulnerable conditions.

    “The outbreak of COVID-19 brought with it a chain reaction that caused devastating effects on the long-term development and safety of children worldwide.

    As a result, families were plunged into poverty and vulnerable conditions, among others.

    “Also the households needing to employ various means for survival; this meant children were forced to go into the streets to bring income, exposing them to higher levels of vulnerability compared to adults,’’ he said.

    He also noted that countries all over the world had to expand their social protection systems to adequately respond to the crisis, which could reduce the number of children in child labour.

    He therefore said that President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration had done a lot in addressing some challenges fueling child labour in Nigeria.

    “This include tackling poverty through Social Investment programmes such as Conditional Cash-transfer, Trader moni, N-power, Home Grown School Feeding,’’ he said.

    He however commended the National Steering Committee and other stakeholders for putting together the forum for dialogue in the interest of the Nigerian children.

    Also, Mrs Vanessa Phala, the ILO Country Director to Nigeria, said that in Nigeria, not less than 15 million children are engaged in child labour, and half of the number are bearing the heavy burden of hazardous work.

    “I am pleased to tell you that the International Labour Organisation’s Dutch Government funded ACCEL Africa Project in Nigeria, in collaboration with the ILO’s tripartite partners, has intensified its social protection with a series of interventions in line with the ECOWAS Regional Action Plan. “Others are the Nigeria’s National Action Plan, State Action Plans, and other roadmaps to achieving Sustainable Development Goal Target 8.7- the total elimination of all forms of child labour and forced labour by 2025. “In addition, over 100 pupils and students have received re-enrolment and school kit support to keep their dreams alive and prepare for a better future,’’ she said.

    Phala also noted that these interventions have targeted identified vulnerable children, guardians and parents in focal communities of Ondo, Niger and Osun States, with impacts beyond geographical boundaries.

    According to her, to sustain our interventions, governments, social partners, the media, others need to constantly engage children to ensure sustainable policies, and implement legal requirements for the elimination of child labour through monitoring.

    “There also need to improve relevant policy frameworks and provide innovative solutions to address poverty which is the root cause of child labour and forced labour.

    “We urge employers to honour the right of workers to social protection by constantly remitting the employer’s contribution to health protection, old age benefits, employment injury scheme, and other support systems,’’ she said.

    nanews.


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  •  The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN has advised politicians and voters to refrain from vote selling and buying during the 2023 general elections The group made the call in a communiqu issued at the end of its Second Plenary meeting at Orlu near Owerri The communique was signed by the President of CBCN and Archbishop of Owerri Most Rev Lucius Ugorji and of Uromi Most Rev Donatus Ogun They called for political education of all citizens in general and the young people in particular to enable them effectively play their parts in political affairs We call on all our citizens and institutions to work towards responsible political behaviour and informed choices In consonance with the principles of the Social Teaching of the Church our people should be made aware of the duty to be both good leaders and followers Only when the people are enlightened to take cognisance of their duties to the nation and their rights in it can they escape the servitude of political manipulation and ignorance in their electoral habits they said They commended the National Assembly and President Mohammadu Buhari for enacting and signing into law the Electoral Bill 2022 We acknowledge the President s commitment to ensuring a level playing ground for all candidates in the elections Furthermore we commend the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for its innovations especially in the area of technology to ensure free fair and credible elections We however enjoin the commission to ensure that this technology is transparently deployed to increase the confidence of the people in the electoral process the group advised We therefore renew our call on all our faithful laity and clergy alike to come out en masse to vote for people of unassailable integrity They asked Nigerians to vote for people of good characters capacity and track record to lead the nation out of the present socio political and economic doldrums irrespective of party religious and ethnic affiliations They noted that it was through the right political choices that the current situation in the country could be ameliorated They expressed concerns over the continued and heightened insecurity in the country the nation s poor economy and the lingering ASUU strike The bishops stated that government had not lived up to its duties with regard to security We observe that even when suspects have been arrested there is not even diligent prosecution of the culprits of these nefarious acts leaving the citizenry helpless and despairing Owing to mismanagement and a failing economy with an ever increasing debt burden there is poverty and hunger in our land in spite of our huge human and natural resources they claimed They called for adequate policies and provide the enabling environment for the creation of more jobs by both the government and the private sector to reduce the level of insecurity in the country We renew our call on the Federal Government and ASUU to find a quicker and better way of resolving the matters under contention so that public universities will re open The group also commended Pope Francis for creating another Cardinal in the person of His Eminence Cardinal Peter Okpaleke the Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese They called on Nigerians to turn their attention to God in prayer and fasting for the country to get it right We call on our citizens to continue fasting and prayers to prepare for smooth and peaceful elections In campaigning and canvassing for votes we urge politicians to eschew the politics of bitterness divisiveness and religious bigotry If we succeed in doing these things we shall indeed cross the threshold into a new dawn in our country they noted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Refrain from vote buying, religious, ethnic sentiments — Catholic bishops
     The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria CBCN has advised politicians and voters to refrain from vote selling and buying during the 2023 general elections The group made the call in a communiqu issued at the end of its Second Plenary meeting at Orlu near Owerri The communique was signed by the President of CBCN and Archbishop of Owerri Most Rev Lucius Ugorji and of Uromi Most Rev Donatus Ogun They called for political education of all citizens in general and the young people in particular to enable them effectively play their parts in political affairs We call on all our citizens and institutions to work towards responsible political behaviour and informed choices In consonance with the principles of the Social Teaching of the Church our people should be made aware of the duty to be both good leaders and followers Only when the people are enlightened to take cognisance of their duties to the nation and their rights in it can they escape the servitude of political manipulation and ignorance in their electoral habits they said They commended the National Assembly and President Mohammadu Buhari for enacting and signing into law the Electoral Bill 2022 We acknowledge the President s commitment to ensuring a level playing ground for all candidates in the elections Furthermore we commend the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC for its innovations especially in the area of technology to ensure free fair and credible elections We however enjoin the commission to ensure that this technology is transparently deployed to increase the confidence of the people in the electoral process the group advised We therefore renew our call on all our faithful laity and clergy alike to come out en masse to vote for people of unassailable integrity They asked Nigerians to vote for people of good characters capacity and track record to lead the nation out of the present socio political and economic doldrums irrespective of party religious and ethnic affiliations They noted that it was through the right political choices that the current situation in the country could be ameliorated They expressed concerns over the continued and heightened insecurity in the country the nation s poor economy and the lingering ASUU strike The bishops stated that government had not lived up to its duties with regard to security We observe that even when suspects have been arrested there is not even diligent prosecution of the culprits of these nefarious acts leaving the citizenry helpless and despairing Owing to mismanagement and a failing economy with an ever increasing debt burden there is poverty and hunger in our land in spite of our huge human and natural resources they claimed They called for adequate policies and provide the enabling environment for the creation of more jobs by both the government and the private sector to reduce the level of insecurity in the country We renew our call on the Federal Government and ASUU to find a quicker and better way of resolving the matters under contention so that public universities will re open The group also commended Pope Francis for creating another Cardinal in the person of His Eminence Cardinal Peter Okpaleke the Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese They called on Nigerians to turn their attention to God in prayer and fasting for the country to get it right We call on our citizens to continue fasting and prayers to prepare for smooth and peaceful elections In campaigning and canvassing for votes we urge politicians to eschew the politics of bitterness divisiveness and religious bigotry If we succeed in doing these things we shall indeed cross the threshold into a new dawn in our country they noted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Refrain from vote buying, religious, ethnic sentiments — Catholic bishops
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    2023: Refrain from vote buying, religious, ethnic sentiments — Catholic bishops

    The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has advised politicians and voters to refrain from vote-selling and buying during the 2023 general elections.

    The group made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of its Second Plenary meeting at Orlu, near Owerri.

    The communique was signed by the President of CBCN and Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji and of Uromi, Most Rev. Donatus Ogun. They called for political education of all citizens in general and the young people in particular, to enable them effectively play their parts in political affairs.

    “We call on all our citizens and institutions to work towards responsible political behaviour and informed choices.

    “In consonance with the principles of the Social Teaching of the Church, our people should be made aware of the duty to be both good leaders and followers.

    “Only when the people are enlightened to take cognisance of their duties to the nation and their rights in it, can they escape the servitude of political manipulation and ignorance in their electoral habits,” they said.

    They commended the National Assembly and President Mohammadu Buhari for enacting and signing into law the Electoral Bill 2022. “We acknowledge the President’s commitment to ensuring a level-playing ground for all candidates in the elections.

    “Furthermore, we commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its innovations, especially in the area of technology, to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

    “We, however, enjoin the commission to ensure that this technology is transparently deployed, to increase the confidence of the people in the electoral process,” the group advised.

    “We, therefore, renew our call on all our faithful, laity and clergy alike, to come out en masse to vote for people of unassailable integrity.

    They asked Nigerians to vote for people of good characters, capacity and track record to lead the nation out of the present socio-political and economic doldrums, irrespective of party, religious and ethnic affiliations.

    They noted that it was through the right political choices that the current situation in the country could be ameliorated.

    They expressed concerns over the continued and heightened insecurity in the country, the nation’s poor economy and the lingering ASUU strike.

    The bishops stated that government had not lived up to its duties with regard to security.

    “We observe that even when suspects have been arrested, there is not even diligent prosecution of the culprits of these nefarious acts, leaving the citizenry helpless and despairing.

    ” “Owing to mismanagement and a failing economy with an ever increasing debt burden, there is poverty and hunger in our land, in spite of our huge human and natural resources,” they claimed.

    They called for adequate policies and provide the enabling environment for the creation of more jobs by both the government and the private sector to reduce the level of insecurity in the country.

    “We renew our call on the Federal Government and ASUU to find a quicker and better way of resolving the matters under contention so that public universities will re-open.

    ” The group also commended Pope Francis for creating another Cardinal in the person of His Eminence, Cardinal Peter Okpaleke, the Bishop of Ekwulobia Diocese.

    They called on Nigerians to turn their attention to God in prayer and fasting for the country to get it right.

    “We call on our citizens to continue fasting and prayers to prepare for smooth and peaceful elections.

    “In campaigning and canvassing for votes, we urge politicians to eschew the politics of bitterness, divisiveness and religious bigotry.

    “If we succeed in doing these things, we shall indeed cross the threshold into a new dawn in our country,” they noted.


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  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA has disclosed that the Federal Government was committed to increasing the beneficiaries of the National Homegrown School Feedimg Programme in Ebonyi Dr Desmond Onwo Director NOA in the state disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abakaliki Onwo explained that the programme would get to all the public primary schools across the 13 local government areas of the state He added that the agency would soon embark on sensitisation to create awareness about the scheme That is primary one to three pupils We are embarking on a sensitisation campaign to ensure that people from the Grassroots are aware of the scheme We shall be meeting with the critical stakeholders in the state including the traditional rulers market women parents and even teachers among others Some schools have been captured in the 13 local government areas by the enumerators and the government is trying to increase the number of beneficiaries so that it gets to all the public primary schools he said The director explained that the essence of the programme was to deliver school feeding to young children with a specific focus on increasing school enrollment and reducing the incidence of malnutrition The scheme will help promote nutrition education and better eating habits and also encourage the diversification of production with a special emphasis on local crops It is a Federal Government funded initiative it was introduced by President Mohammadu Buhari in 2016 It is free for all the beneficiaries The objective is to improve the nutritional and health status of primary school children It will also boost the income of farmers and provide empowerment opportunities for women he further said Onwo explained that the programme had created significant economic impacts on local agricultural production benefited communities and the children We urge parents and all stakeholders to support us in the awareness campaign to ensure that the messages got to the people especially the rural dwellers he added NAN recalls that the Federal Government had in 2021 promised to enroll more than 67 307 primary school pupils into the programme in the state The government in 2021 also said the programme would capture about 561 public primary schools across the 13 local government areas in the state covering primary one to three in public schools NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG committed to increasing beneficiaries of home-grown feeding programme in Ebonyi — NOA
     The National Orientation Agency NOA has disclosed that the Federal Government was committed to increasing the beneficiaries of the National Homegrown School Feedimg Programme in Ebonyi Dr Desmond Onwo Director NOA in the state disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abakaliki Onwo explained that the programme would get to all the public primary schools across the 13 local government areas of the state He added that the agency would soon embark on sensitisation to create awareness about the scheme That is primary one to three pupils We are embarking on a sensitisation campaign to ensure that people from the Grassroots are aware of the scheme We shall be meeting with the critical stakeholders in the state including the traditional rulers market women parents and even teachers among others Some schools have been captured in the 13 local government areas by the enumerators and the government is trying to increase the number of beneficiaries so that it gets to all the public primary schools he said The director explained that the essence of the programme was to deliver school feeding to young children with a specific focus on increasing school enrollment and reducing the incidence of malnutrition The scheme will help promote nutrition education and better eating habits and also encourage the diversification of production with a special emphasis on local crops It is a Federal Government funded initiative it was introduced by President Mohammadu Buhari in 2016 It is free for all the beneficiaries The objective is to improve the nutritional and health status of primary school children It will also boost the income of farmers and provide empowerment opportunities for women he further said Onwo explained that the programme had created significant economic impacts on local agricultural production benefited communities and the children We urge parents and all stakeholders to support us in the awareness campaign to ensure that the messages got to the people especially the rural dwellers he added NAN recalls that the Federal Government had in 2021 promised to enroll more than 67 307 primary school pupils into the programme in the state The government in 2021 also said the programme would capture about 561 public primary schools across the 13 local government areas in the state covering primary one to three in public schools NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG committed to increasing beneficiaries of home-grown feeding programme in Ebonyi — NOA
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    FG committed to increasing beneficiaries of home-grown feeding programme in Ebonyi — NOA

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has disclosed that the Federal Government was committed to increasing the beneficiaries of the National Homegrown School Feedimg Programme in Ebonyi.

    Dr Desmond Onwo, Director, NOA in the state, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Friday in Abakaliki.

    Onwo explained that the programme would get to all the public primary schools across the 13 local government areas of the state.

    He added that the agency would soon embark on sensitisation to create awareness about the scheme  “That is, primary one to three pupils.

    We are embarking on a sensitisation campaign to ensure that people from the Grassroots are aware of the scheme.

    “We shall be meeting with the critical stakeholders in the state, including the traditional rulers, market women, parents and even teachers, among others.

    “Some schools have been captured in the 13 local government areas by the enumerators and the government is trying to increase the number of beneficiaries so that it gets to all the public primary schools,” he said.

    The director explained that the essence of the programme was to deliver school feeding to young children with a specific focus on increasing school enrollment, and reducing the incidence of malnutrition.

    “The scheme will help promote nutrition, education and better eating habits and also encourage the diversification of production with a special emphasis on local crops.

    “It is a Federal Government funded initiative; it was introduced by President Mohammadu Buhari in 2016. “It is free for all the beneficiaries.

    The objective is to improve the nutritional and health status of primary school children.

    “It will also boost the income of farmers and provide empowerment opportunities for women,” he further said.

    Onwo explained that the programme had created significant economic impacts on local agricultural production, benefited communities and the children.

    “We urge parents and all stakeholders to support us in the awareness campaign to ensure that the messages got to the people, especially the rural dwellers,” he added.

    NAN recalls that the Federal Government had in 2021, promised to enroll more than 67,307 primary school pupils into the programme in the state.

    The government in 2021 also said the programme would capture about 561 public primary schools across the 13 local government areas in the state, covering primary one to three in public schools.


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  •  Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo has so far given attention to over 70 road projects in the past 32 months under the 3R agenda of Recovery Reconstruction and Rehabilitation The state Commissioner for Works Mr Ralph Nwosu who disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Owerri said the roads were important to the socio economic well being of the state Nwosu said some of the affected roads had been completed while reconstruction of others were at different stages He said the first phase of the dual carriage 36km Owerri Orlu road with street lights and drainage system was among the projects for inauguration by President Mohammadu Buhari on Tuesday Owerri Orlu road before now was in a very bad shape and only received palliative attention from some previous administrations which is as good as nothing The road posed so much hazard ranging from insecurity accidents loss of life incessant vehicle damage and unnecessary delay on the road whereby a journey of thirty minutes turned to two hours he noted The commissioner said the Njaba Okwudor heavy erosion menace on the road has be reclaimed He also noted that the Owerri Okigwe 52km road had equally been reconstructed into broad way with phase one construction completed from Owerri to Amaraku Nwosu said the governor had flagged off the Owerri Umuahia road reconstruction adding that the Avu Obosima Adapalm Amafor 24 5km road was undergoing reconstruction process with the contractor assuring to complete the project within record time He added that the Naze Nekede Iheagwa Obinze 17 1km road would soon be completed This particular road was abandoned as far back as the creation of the present Imo as past administrations could not recover the road It was as though all hope was lost to the teaming population that live around this area It must be mentioned that this particular road leads to three major federal institutions of higher learning situated in the state namely Federal Polytechnic Nekede Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO and Police Training College he emphasised The commissioner said when completed the road would decongest traffic in Owerri Metropolis as well as provide relief to the massive population dependent on the road He said the governor had changed the narratives of Relief Market road and its adjoining streets namely Ihechiowa Street Elezieanya Street Golden Child Street Okenze Street Abiriba Street and Gef Oguzie Street Relief Market Road was fixed for over one year now by the present administration with standard drainage system and it has not caved in since then still looking solid Chukwuma Nwaoha road recovery is another mile stone made so far with the construction of an underground tunnel balloon technology that discharges storm water to Otamiri River to halt the spate of flooding menace experienced in the area in the past The magic wand used by Uzodimma in recovering Chukwuma Nwaoha road is being replicated at Works Layout where underground tunnel construction that will chanel storm water to Nworie river is ongoing he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imo: Over 70 roads received attention in 32 months – Commissioner 
     Gov Hope Uzodimma of Imo has so far given attention to over 70 road projects in the past 32 months under the 3R agenda of Recovery Reconstruction and Rehabilitation The state Commissioner for Works Mr Ralph Nwosu who disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Owerri said the roads were important to the socio economic well being of the state Nwosu said some of the affected roads had been completed while reconstruction of others were at different stages He said the first phase of the dual carriage 36km Owerri Orlu road with street lights and drainage system was among the projects for inauguration by President Mohammadu Buhari on Tuesday Owerri Orlu road before now was in a very bad shape and only received palliative attention from some previous administrations which is as good as nothing The road posed so much hazard ranging from insecurity accidents loss of life incessant vehicle damage and unnecessary delay on the road whereby a journey of thirty minutes turned to two hours he noted The commissioner said the Njaba Okwudor heavy erosion menace on the road has be reclaimed He also noted that the Owerri Okigwe 52km road had equally been reconstructed into broad way with phase one construction completed from Owerri to Amaraku Nwosu said the governor had flagged off the Owerri Umuahia road reconstruction adding that the Avu Obosima Adapalm Amafor 24 5km road was undergoing reconstruction process with the contractor assuring to complete the project within record time He added that the Naze Nekede Iheagwa Obinze 17 1km road would soon be completed This particular road was abandoned as far back as the creation of the present Imo as past administrations could not recover the road It was as though all hope was lost to the teaming population that live around this area It must be mentioned that this particular road leads to three major federal institutions of higher learning situated in the state namely Federal Polytechnic Nekede Federal University of Technology Owerri FUTO and Police Training College he emphasised The commissioner said when completed the road would decongest traffic in Owerri Metropolis as well as provide relief to the massive population dependent on the road He said the governor had changed the narratives of Relief Market road and its adjoining streets namely Ihechiowa Street Elezieanya Street Golden Child Street Okenze Street Abiriba Street and Gef Oguzie Street Relief Market Road was fixed for over one year now by the present administration with standard drainage system and it has not caved in since then still looking solid Chukwuma Nwaoha road recovery is another mile stone made so far with the construction of an underground tunnel balloon technology that discharges storm water to Otamiri River to halt the spate of flooding menace experienced in the area in the past The magic wand used by Uzodimma in recovering Chukwuma Nwaoha road is being replicated at Works Layout where underground tunnel construction that will chanel storm water to Nworie river is ongoing he added NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Imo: Over 70 roads received attention in 32 months – Commissioner 
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    Imo: Over 70 roads received attention in 32 months – Commissioner 

    Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has so far, given attention to over 70 road projects in the past 32 months under the 3R agenda of Recovery, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation.

    The state Commissioner for Works, Mr Ralph Nwosu, who disclosed this in a statement on Monday in Owerri, said  the roads were important to the socio-economic well-being of the state.

    Nwosu said some of the affected roads had  been completed, while reconstruction of others were at different stages.

    He said the first phase of the dual carriage 36km Owerri-Orlu road with street lights and drainage system was among the projects for inauguration by President Mohammadu Buhari on Tuesday.

    “Owerri-Orlu road before now was in a very bad shape and only received palliative attention from some previous administrations which is as good as nothing.

    “The road posed so much hazard ranging from insecurity, accidents, loss of life, incessant vehicle damage and unnecessary delay on the road, whereby a journey of thirty minutes turned to two hours,” he noted.

    The commissioner said the Njaba-Okwudor heavy erosion menace on the road has be reclaimed.

    He also noted that the Owerri-Okigwe 52km road had equally been reconstructed into broad way with phase one construction completed from Owerri to Amaraku.

    Nwosu said the governor had flagged-off the Owerri-Umuahia road reconstruction, adding that the Avu – Obosima – Adapalm – Amafor 24.5km road was undergoing reconstruction process with the contractor assuring to complete the project within record time.

    He added that the Naze – Nekede – Iheagwa – Obinze 17.1km road would soon be completed.

    “This particular road was abandoned as far back as the creation of the present Imo , as past administrations could not recover the road.

    “It was as though all hope was lost to the teaming population that live around this area.

    “It must be mentioned that this particular road leads to three major federal institutions of higher learning situated in the state namely: Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) and Police Training College,” he emphasised.

    The commissioner said when completed, the road would decongest traffic in Owerri Metropolis as well as provide relief to the massive population dependent on the road.

    He said the governor had changed the narratives of Relief Market road and its’ adjoining streets namely: Ihechiowa Street, Elezieanya Street, Golden Child Street, Okenze Street, Abiriba Street and Gef Oguzie Street.

    “Relief Market Road was fixed for over one year now by the present administration with standard drainage system and it has not caved in since then, still looking solid.

    “Chukwuma Nwaoha road recovery is another mile stone made so far with the construction of an underground tunnel (balloon technology) that discharges storm water to Otamiri River to halt the spate of flooding menace experienced in the area in the past.

    “The magic wand used by Uzodimma  in recovering Chukwuma Nwaoha road is being replicated at Works Layout, where underground tunnel construction that will chanel storm water to Nworie river is ongoing,” he added.


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  •  The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya says the passing out cadets of the Nigerian Military School NMS will undergo six weeks additional training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry NASI Yahaya was the reviewing officer at the 64th Passing Out Parade of the NMS Boys in Zaria Kaduna State held on Saturday In a statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu the COAS said the training at NASI would prepare the boys effectively contribute their quota in combating contemporary security challenges in the country He appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari for his unwavering support and encouragement to the Nigerian army Speaking on behalf of ex boys of NMS the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf commended the COAS unprecedented intervention in the area of infrastructure to the school The NMS Commandant Brig Gen Jonathan Aun conveyed the appreciation of the staff and students of the school to the COAS for the execution of welfare projects inaugurated shortly after the passing out parade Aun said that the projects would engender conducive environment for teaching and learning in the school The projects include a remodelled e Library 2000 capacity students refectory Officers Mess Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess Soldiers Club and a Multipurpose Hall The event was attended by senior military officers traditional rulers and other dignitaries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMS Boys to undergo 6-week intensive training at NASI – COAS
     The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya says the passing out cadets of the Nigerian Military School NMS will undergo six weeks additional training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry NASI Yahaya was the reviewing officer at the 64th Passing Out Parade of the NMS Boys in Zaria Kaduna State held on Saturday In a statement by the Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu the COAS said the training at NASI would prepare the boys effectively contribute their quota in combating contemporary security challenges in the country He appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari for his unwavering support and encouragement to the Nigerian army Speaking on behalf of ex boys of NMS the Commandant Nigerian Defence Academy Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf commended the COAS unprecedented intervention in the area of infrastructure to the school The NMS Commandant Brig Gen Jonathan Aun conveyed the appreciation of the staff and students of the school to the COAS for the execution of welfare projects inaugurated shortly after the passing out parade Aun said that the projects would engender conducive environment for teaching and learning in the school The projects include a remodelled e Library 2000 capacity students refectory Officers Mess Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess Soldiers Club and a Multipurpose Hall The event was attended by senior military officers traditional rulers and other dignitaries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NMS Boys to undergo 6-week intensive training at NASI – COAS
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    NMS Boys to undergo 6-week intensive training at NASI – COAS

    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya, says the passing out cadets of the Nigerian Military School (NMS) will undergo six weeks additional training at the Nigerian Army School of Infantry (NASI).

    Yahaya was the reviewing officer at the 64th Passing Out Parade of the NMS Boys in Zaria, Kaduna State, held on Saturday.

    In a statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, the COAS said the training at NASI would prepare the boys effectively contribute their quota in combating contemporary security challenges in the country.

    He appreciated President Mohammadu Buhari for his unwavering support and encouragement to the Nigerian army.

    Speaking on behalf of ex-boys of NMS, the Commandant, Nigerian Defence Academy, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, commended the COAS’ “unprecedented” intervention in the area of infrastructure to the school.

    The NMS Commandant, Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Aun, conveyed the appreciation of the staff and students of the school to the COAS for the execution of welfare projects inaugurated shortly after the passing out parade.

    Aun said that the projects would engender conducive environment for teaching and learning in the school.

    The projects include, a remodelled e-Library, 2000 capacity students refectory, Officers Mess, Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, Soldiers Club and a Multipurpose Hall. The event was attended by senior military officers, traditional rulers and other dignitaries.


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  •  The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has charged cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA 69 Regular Course to deploy acquired combat skills and competences in tackling security challenges Yahaya gave the charge during the Battle Inoculation phase of Exercise Camp Highland which wrapped up final exercises for Army cadets before their passing out from NDA later in October The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja He expressed satisfaction with the level of training received by the cadets saying there has been remarkable improvement in the quality of their combat training due to recent review of the academy s training curriculum The COAS said the combat training was in tune with the army s deliberate capacity development effort towards tackling contemporary security challenges He expressed optimism that the junior commanders would add value to ongoing operational efforts to restore peace and security in troubled parts of the country The COAS commended President Mohammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in the Nigerian army as well as his support and strategic guidance He assured the President and all Nigerians that the army in synergy with other services and security agencies would speak to the insurgents and bandits in the language they understand The Commandant of NDA Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf described the exercise as a baptism into battle saying the exercise was a culmination of five years of training for the cadets before their graduation He said the exercise featured combat assault on simulated objects with live firing by combat teams of cadets supported from the air to inject realism into the exercise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COAS tasks cadets to deploy acquired skills to tackle insecurity
     The Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya has charged cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy NDA 69 Regular Course to deploy acquired combat skills and competences in tackling security challenges Yahaya gave the charge during the Battle Inoculation phase of Exercise Camp Highland which wrapped up final exercises for Army cadets before their passing out from NDA later in October The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Onyema Nwachukwu made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja He expressed satisfaction with the level of training received by the cadets saying there has been remarkable improvement in the quality of their combat training due to recent review of the academy s training curriculum The COAS said the combat training was in tune with the army s deliberate capacity development effort towards tackling contemporary security challenges He expressed optimism that the junior commanders would add value to ongoing operational efforts to restore peace and security in troubled parts of the country The COAS commended President Mohammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in the Nigerian army as well as his support and strategic guidance He assured the President and all Nigerians that the army in synergy with other services and security agencies would speak to the insurgents and bandits in the language they understand The Commandant of NDA Maj Gen Ibrahim Yusuf described the exercise as a baptism into battle saying the exercise was a culmination of five years of training for the cadets before their graduation He said the exercise featured combat assault on simulated objects with live firing by combat teams of cadets supported from the air to inject realism into the exercise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    COAS tasks cadets to deploy acquired skills to tackle insecurity
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    COAS tasks cadets to deploy acquired skills to tackle insecurity

    The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Faruk Yahaya has charged cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) 69 Regular Course to deploy acquired combat skills and competences in tackling security challenges.

    Yahaya gave the charge during the Battle Inoculation phase of Exercise Camp Highland, which wrapped up final exercises for Army cadets, before their passing out from NDA later in October.

    The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

    He expressed satisfaction with the level of training received by the cadets, saying there has been remarkable improvement in the quality of their combat training due to recent review of the academy’s training curriculum.

    The COAS said the combat training was in tune with the army’s deliberate capacity development effort towards tackling contemporary security challenges.

    He expressed optimism that the junior commanders would add value to ongoing operational efforts to restore peace and security in troubled parts of the country.

    The COAS commended President Mohammadu Buhari for the confidence reposed in the Nigerian army, as well as his support and strategic guidance.

    He assured the President and all Nigerians that the army, in synergy with other services and security agencies, would “speak to the insurgents and bandits in the language they understand”.

    The Commandant of NDA, Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Yusuf, described the exercise as a “baptism into battle”, saying the exercise was a culmination of five years of training for the cadets before their graduation.

    He said the exercise featured combat assault on simulated objects with live firing by combat teams of cadets, supported from the air to inject realism into the exercise.


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  •  Prof Chukwumerije Okereke Leed Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Pathways DDP project says that Nigeria requires clear quantifiable policies to achieve 50 per cent emission reduction by 2050 Okereke said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of a webinar on Nigeria s Long Term Low Emission Development Strategy LT LEDS monitored in Lagos The theme of the webinar is Understanding Nigeria s Long Term Vision 2050 LTV 2050 and the Elaboration of the Long Term Low Emissions Development Strategy LT LEDS Okereke said that the LT LEDS were strategies used by countries all over the world to plan how they can achieve economic development thereby reducing emissions across all sectors of the economy According to him the Nationally Determined Contributions NDC talks about emission reduction up on to 2030 Generally the LT LEDS thinks about emission reduction up on to 2050 The Nigerian Government wanted to do an LT LEDS but because they did not have the modeling tools and capabilities and because of the brevity of time decided to do a Long Term Vision LTV The LTV describes the future whereby 20502060 Nigeria will be a circular economy well developed and will have a robust climate resilience systems where emissions will be very low down by 50 per cent he said He said that the LE LEDS provides a clearly defined quantifiable measureable analytically robust and rigorous pathway through which the LTV could be achieved in 2050 Speaking on ways to key into the vision of the LTV Okereke said that climate change affects everyone and people could play a part in all sorts of different ways If you recycle waste if you reuse if you plant trees if you use solar panels if you walk instead of driving all of these things are ways of minimising the generation of emissions by individuals If you switch off your generators when you don t need them practice organic farming they all reduce wastes and emissions so these are the things that individuals can do The other things individuals can do is in terms of their eating pattern because a lot of emissions come from cows so people who eat vegetarian diets tend also to reduce their carbon footprint Okereke said He said that large scale emissions come from industrial deforestation gas flaring haulage shipping aviation and transportation Okereke said that the task before the government was to come up with robust policies and implement them to help individuals to always take action to reduce their emissions According to him the job of the LT LEDS is to show what kind of actions policies and investments that government and individuals can make to reduce emissions Part of the problems with the country is that we throw policies around without costing them they don t have a good understanding of the economics of the policies The environmental economic and social benefits of those policies should be quantified The LT LEDS have to quantify some of these policies and show in a clear way how these actions and measures can be taken to achieve our ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050 Okereke said On the position of Nigeria as an oil producing country vis vis its vision at decarbonisation and net zero emissions Okereke said that Nigeria is in a difficult condition as it relates to climate change He said that Nigeria as an oil dependent state earns about 85 87 per cent of its foreign exchange from oil He said that with the global transitioning to green growth many countries are making efforts to wean themselves out of oil This means that long term future value of oil may crash and Nigeria may cease to gain less from the extraction and sale of oil At the same time Nigeria is very vulnerable to climate change so it needs to act quickly to build economic resilience If more nations move away from oil as we envisage and rigorous ambitious climate policies are enacted across the nations that is going to be catastrophic for Nigeria because of the dwindling resources and massive unemployment that will result Okereke said The professor said that Nigeria has a comparative advantage in wind and solar resources which the country can annex to its advantage He said that to annex renewable energy the country requires the political will and the right caliber of people to make it happen What is required is the 5Ps People Policy Plan Platform and Politics without this you just talk and talk and nothing happens Okereke said Earlier Dr Salisu Dahiru the Director General National Climate Change Commission commended Okereke for his presentation Dahiru also expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari for his wisdom in resuscitating the Act and believing in the ability of the commission to deliver on its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG requires clear policies to achieve 50% emission reduction by 2050 – Expert
     Prof Chukwumerije Okereke Leed Nigeria Deep Decarbonisation Pathways DDP project says that Nigeria requires clear quantifiable policies to achieve 50 per cent emission reduction by 2050 Okereke said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of a webinar on Nigeria s Long Term Low Emission Development Strategy LT LEDS monitored in Lagos The theme of the webinar is Understanding Nigeria s Long Term Vision 2050 LTV 2050 and the Elaboration of the Long Term Low Emissions Development Strategy LT LEDS Okereke said that the LT LEDS were strategies used by countries all over the world to plan how they can achieve economic development thereby reducing emissions across all sectors of the economy According to him the Nationally Determined Contributions NDC talks about emission reduction up on to 2030 Generally the LT LEDS thinks about emission reduction up on to 2050 The Nigerian Government wanted to do an LT LEDS but because they did not have the modeling tools and capabilities and because of the brevity of time decided to do a Long Term Vision LTV The LTV describes the future whereby 20502060 Nigeria will be a circular economy well developed and will have a robust climate resilience systems where emissions will be very low down by 50 per cent he said He said that the LE LEDS provides a clearly defined quantifiable measureable analytically robust and rigorous pathway through which the LTV could be achieved in 2050 Speaking on ways to key into the vision of the LTV Okereke said that climate change affects everyone and people could play a part in all sorts of different ways If you recycle waste if you reuse if you plant trees if you use solar panels if you walk instead of driving all of these things are ways of minimising the generation of emissions by individuals If you switch off your generators when you don t need them practice organic farming they all reduce wastes and emissions so these are the things that individuals can do The other things individuals can do is in terms of their eating pattern because a lot of emissions come from cows so people who eat vegetarian diets tend also to reduce their carbon footprint Okereke said He said that large scale emissions come from industrial deforestation gas flaring haulage shipping aviation and transportation Okereke said that the task before the government was to come up with robust policies and implement them to help individuals to always take action to reduce their emissions According to him the job of the LT LEDS is to show what kind of actions policies and investments that government and individuals can make to reduce emissions Part of the problems with the country is that we throw policies around without costing them they don t have a good understanding of the economics of the policies The environmental economic and social benefits of those policies should be quantified The LT LEDS have to quantify some of these policies and show in a clear way how these actions and measures can be taken to achieve our ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050 Okereke said On the position of Nigeria as an oil producing country vis vis its vision at decarbonisation and net zero emissions Okereke said that Nigeria is in a difficult condition as it relates to climate change He said that Nigeria as an oil dependent state earns about 85 87 per cent of its foreign exchange from oil He said that with the global transitioning to green growth many countries are making efforts to wean themselves out of oil This means that long term future value of oil may crash and Nigeria may cease to gain less from the extraction and sale of oil At the same time Nigeria is very vulnerable to climate change so it needs to act quickly to build economic resilience If more nations move away from oil as we envisage and rigorous ambitious climate policies are enacted across the nations that is going to be catastrophic for Nigeria because of the dwindling resources and massive unemployment that will result Okereke said The professor said that Nigeria has a comparative advantage in wind and solar resources which the country can annex to its advantage He said that to annex renewable energy the country requires the political will and the right caliber of people to make it happen What is required is the 5Ps People Policy Plan Platform and Politics without this you just talk and talk and nothing happens Okereke said Earlier Dr Salisu Dahiru the Director General National Climate Change Commission commended Okereke for his presentation Dahiru also expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari for his wisdom in resuscitating the Act and believing in the ability of the commission to deliver on its mandate NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG requires clear policies to achieve 50% emission reduction by 2050 – Expert
    Environment2 months ago

    FG requires clear policies to achieve 50% emission reduction by 2050 – Expert

    Prof Chukwumerije Okereke, Leed, Nigeria, Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project, says that Nigeria requires clear, quantifiable policies to achieve 50 per cent emission reduction by 2050. Okereke said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  on the sidelines of a webinar on Nigeria’s Long–Term Low Emission Development Strategy (LT-LEDS), monitored in Lagos.

    The theme of the webinar is “Understanding Nigeria’s Long- Term Vision 2050(LTV 2050) and the Elaboration of the Long-Term Low Emissions Development Strategy (LT-LEDS).

    Okereke said that the LT-LEDS were strategies used by countries all over the world to plan how they can achieve economic development thereby reducing emissions across all sectors of the economy.

    According to him, the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), talks about emission reduction up on to 2030. “Generally, the LT-LEDS thinks about emission reduction up on to 2050. “The Nigerian Government wanted to do an LT-LEDS, but because they did not have the modeling tools and capabilities and because of the brevity of time, decided to do a Long Term Vision (LTV).

    “The LTV describes the future whereby 20502060, Nigeria will be a circular economy, well developed and will have a robust climate resilience systems, where emissions will be very low, down by 50 per cent,” he said.

    He said that the LE-LEDS provides a clearly defined; quantifiable, measureable, analytically robust and rigorous pathway through which the LTV could be achieved in 2050. Speaking on ways to key into the vision of the LTV, Okereke said that climate change affects everyone and people could play a part in all sorts of different ways.

    “If you recycle waste, if you reuse, if you plant trees, if you use solar panels, if you walk instead of driving; all of these things are ways of minimising the generation of emissions by individuals.

    “If you switch off your generators when you don’t need them, practice organic farming; they all reduce wastes and emissions, so these are the things that individuals can do.

    “The other things individuals can do is in terms of their eating pattern, because a lot of emissions come from cows; so people who eat vegetarian diets tend also to reduce their carbon footprint,” Okereke said.

    He said that large scale emissions come from industrial deforestation, gas flaring, haulage, shipping, aviation and transportation.

    Okereke said that the task before the government was to come up with robust policies and implement them to help individuals to always take action to reduce their emissions.

    According to him,  the job of the LT-LEDS is to show what kind of actions, policies and investments that government and individuals can make to reduce emissions.

    “Part of the problems with the country is that we throw policies around without costing them; they don’t have a good understanding of the economics of the policies.

    “The environmental, economic and social benefits of those policies should be quantified.

    “The LT-LEDS have to quantify some of these policies and show in a clear way how these actions and measures can be taken to achieve our ambitious target of net zero emissions by 2050,” Okereke said.

    On the position of Nigeria as an oil producing country vis-à-vis its vision at decarbonisation and net zero emissions, Okereke said that Nigeria is in a difficult condition as it relates to climate change.

    He said that Nigeria, as an oil dependent state earns about 85-87 per cent of its foreign exchange from oil.

    He said that with the global transitioning to green growth, many countries are making efforts to wean themselves out of oil “This means that long-term future value of oil may crash and Nigeria may cease to gain less from the extraction and sale of oil.

    “At the same time, Nigeria is very vulnerable to climate change, so it needs to act quickly to build economic resilience.

    “If more nations move away from oil as we envisage and rigorous ambitious climate policies are enacted across the nations, that is going to be catastrophic for Nigeria because of the dwindling resources and massive unemployment that will result,” Okereke said.

    The professor said that Nigeria has a comparative advantage in wind and solar resources which the country can annex to its advantage.

    He said that to annex renewable energy, the country requires the political will and the right caliber of people to make it happen.

    “What is required is the 5Ps, People, Policy, Plan, Platform and Politics, without this, you just talk and talk and nothing happens,” Okereke said.

    Earlier, Dr Salisu Dahiru, the Director-General, National Climate Change Commission, commended Okereke for his presentation.

    Dahiru also expressed gratitude to President Mohammadu Buhari for his wisdom in resuscitating the Act and believing in the ability of the commission to deliver on its mandate.

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  •  The Federal Government says that it has restored over 24 000 hectares of degraded land and planted trees on more than 20 million hectares of land across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort was made possible with the support from development partners The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance He said that the meeting that gathered several relevant stakeholders would make far reaching resolutions aimed at moving the environment sector forward The meeting has over the years become a platform where challenges in the environment sector are subjected to interrogation with a view to proffering solutions on the problems confronting the sector This year s theme aptly captures an environment in which we presently live in an environment threatened by the debilitating effects of climate change he said The minister said that climate change has posed serious threats to nature and existence of man He said that human activities and naturally occurring emergencies have exacerbated the impact of global phenomenon in recent years We are appalled by the various scientific reports which have called for urgent remedial actions The impact of global warming occasioned by deforestation desertification biodiversity loss climate change among others have left their negative tolls on both the terrestrial and aquatic systems with dire consequences on our planet and humans Abdullahi said that plans and actions have been developed in addition to a National Adaptation Plan Framework to help with adaptation planning and governance According to him giant strides have been recorded in the strengthening of the policy and legal framework He said that President Mohammadu Buhari on November 2021 signed into law Climate Change Act He said that the Act would go a long way in catalysing the realisation of the country s climate ambitions and commitments including contribution to zero emission It is important to point out that the Act among others provides for the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change The Act has also empowered to make policy and decisions on all matters related to climate change in Nigeria It will as well help to develop technology for renewable energy and transition to a green economy among others he said The minister said that one of the country s greatest means of balancing emissions was the provision of carbon sinks and biodiversity preservation He said the Act had made a case for exploration of nature based solutions Amongst these solutions is the establishment of the UN backed Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation REDD registry he said Minister of Federal Capital Territory Malam Musa Bello said that the meeting was a successful gathering of the highest decision making body in the environment sector Bello said that the meeting would add credence to efforts of making Abuja a conference tourism hub not just in Nigeria but also on the African continent He encouraged Nigerians to continue to plant trees while improving in sensitising residents on the need to protect the environment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restores over 24,000 hectares of degraded land- Minister
     The Federal Government says that it has restored over 24 000 hectares of degraded land and planted trees on more than 20 million hectares of land across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort was made possible with the support from development partners The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance He said that the meeting that gathered several relevant stakeholders would make far reaching resolutions aimed at moving the environment sector forward The meeting has over the years become a platform where challenges in the environment sector are subjected to interrogation with a view to proffering solutions on the problems confronting the sector This year s theme aptly captures an environment in which we presently live in an environment threatened by the debilitating effects of climate change he said The minister said that climate change has posed serious threats to nature and existence of man He said that human activities and naturally occurring emergencies have exacerbated the impact of global phenomenon in recent years We are appalled by the various scientific reports which have called for urgent remedial actions The impact of global warming occasioned by deforestation desertification biodiversity loss climate change among others have left their negative tolls on both the terrestrial and aquatic systems with dire consequences on our planet and humans Abdullahi said that plans and actions have been developed in addition to a National Adaptation Plan Framework to help with adaptation planning and governance According to him giant strides have been recorded in the strengthening of the policy and legal framework He said that President Mohammadu Buhari on November 2021 signed into law Climate Change Act He said that the Act would go a long way in catalysing the realisation of the country s climate ambitions and commitments including contribution to zero emission It is important to point out that the Act among others provides for the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change The Act has also empowered to make policy and decisions on all matters related to climate change in Nigeria It will as well help to develop technology for renewable energy and transition to a green economy among others he said The minister said that one of the country s greatest means of balancing emissions was the provision of carbon sinks and biodiversity preservation He said the Act had made a case for exploration of nature based solutions Amongst these solutions is the establishment of the UN backed Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation REDD registry he said Minister of Federal Capital Territory Malam Musa Bello said that the meeting was a successful gathering of the highest decision making body in the environment sector Bello said that the meeting would add credence to efforts of making Abuja a conference tourism hub not just in Nigeria but also on the African continent He encouraged Nigerians to continue to plant trees while improving in sensitising residents on the need to protect the environment NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG restores over 24,000 hectares of degraded land- Minister
    Environment2 months ago

    FG restores over 24,000 hectares of degraded land- Minister

    The Federal Government says that it has restored over 24,000 hectares of degraded land and planted trees on more than 20 million hectares of land across the country.

    The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Abdullahi said that the effort was made possible with the support from development partners.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the meeting is: “Pursuit of Zero Emission, A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance”.

    He said that the meeting that gathered several relevant stakeholders would make far reaching resolutions aimed at moving the environment sector forward.

    “The meeting has over the years become a platform where challenges in the environment sector are subjected to interrogation with a view to proffering solutions on the problems confronting the sector.

    “This year’s theme aptly captures an environment in which we presently live in, an environment threatened by the debilitating effects of climate change,” he said.

    The minister said that climate change has posed serious threats to nature and existence of man.

    He said that human activities and naturally occurring emergencies have exacerbated the impact of global phenomenon in recent years.

    “We are appalled by the various scientific reports which have called for urgent remedial actions.

    “The impact of global warming occasioned by deforestation, desertification, biodiversity loss, climate change, among others have left their negative tolls on both the terrestrial and aquatic systems, with dire consequences on our planet and humans.

    ” Abdullahi said that plans and actions have been developed in addition to a National Adaptation Plan Framework to help with adaptation planning and governance.

    According to him, giant strides have been recorded in the strengthening of the policy and legal framework.

    He said that President Mohammadu Buhari on November 2021, signed into law Climate Change Act. He said that the Act would go a long way in catalysing the realisation of the country’s climate ambitions and commitments including contribution to zero emission.

    “It is important to point out that the Act among others, provides for the establishment of the National Council on Climate Change.

    “The Act has also empowered to make policy and decisions on all matters related to climate change in Nigeria.

    “It will as well help to develop technology for renewable energy and transition to a green economy, among others,” he said.

    The minister said that one of the country’s greatest means of balancing emissions was the provision of carbon sinks and biodiversity preservation.

    He said the Act had made a case for exploration of nature-based solutions.

    “Amongst these solutions is the establishment of the UN-backed Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) registry,” he said.

    Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Malam Musa Bello, said that the meeting was a successful gathering of the highest decision making body in the environment sector.

    Bello said that the meeting would add credence to efforts of making Abuja a conference tourism hub not just in Nigeria but also on the African continent.

    He encouraged Nigerians to continue to plant trees, while improving in sensitising residents on the need to protect the environment.


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