The Federal Government and the International Labour Organisation(ILO) has called for proper planning of climate policies to ensure effective implementation in the country.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige said this while inaugurating the “Just Transition and Green Jobs Project for Nigeria’’ on Monday in Abuja.
The project which is also known as the “Social Dimension of Ecological Transition has been domiciled as the “Just Transition and Green Jobs for Nigeria Project”.
It is also been implemented in some other African countries such as Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Nigeria and scheduled to run until December 2024.
Ngige, represented by Ms Kachollom Daju, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said that to achieve the aim of the climate policies, all stakeholders in both the public and private sectors must be actively involved.
He said the initiative is key to national development due to the dire need for Nigeria to fulfill her obligations, as contained in the updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
According to him, the entire African continent, contributes less than three per cent of the Green House Gas (GHG).
“The impact of global warming is more severe on the socio-economic well-being of the developing countries.
“The situation is made worse by the fact that most of these countries are already being challenged by intermittent economic instabilities and recessions.
“This is due to COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other development challenges contributing to their high poverty profiles and poor social indices,’’ he said.
Ngige added that for instance, the intense global campaigns to replace fossil fuel with renewable energy sources have adverse implications on Nigeria’s economy.
He said this was due to the nation’s high dependence on crude oil exportation as the major source of foreign exchange earnings.
The minister said the degree of impact of climate actions on sectors in Nigeria vary; with the oil and gas industry expected to be most severely affected.
“However, the agricultural industry, as well as five other sectors identified in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), will also be hard hit if ignored in the process of cushioning the impact of the actions on workers.
“This would create a dependency phenomenon, with loss of jobs in large numbers and significant economic pressures on the livelihood of the affected workforce, ultimately sending negative ripples on the nation’s economy at macro level.
“Therefore, the climate policies and strategies formulated for Nigeria must be carefully planned, implemented and evaluated to ensure that no one is left behind, ‘’he said.
He added that this justifies the multi-sectoral composition of both the Project Steering Committee (PSC) and Technical Work Group (TWG) which have been inaugurated on this project.
“It is expected that the launch of the Just Transition Project in Nigeria would create massive awareness and sensitise stakeholders and the general public on the need to support the initiative.
“That is towards harnessing the various opportunities created by the climate change actions in Nigeria.
“Also, the focus is to grow the economy, ameliorate any undesirable socio-economic impact on workers; strengthen the workforce by replacing obsolete skills and creating new jobs,’’ he said.
The minister added that the project, which is designed to be private sector led, will ensure that substitution of fossil energy with solar, wind powers, among others would not lead to deficits in job volumes.
He said it would also open new and diverse opportunities for new investments, technologies and jobs, especially for young Nigerians.
Ngige however, noted the high prospects of the initiative towards the reduction of the lingering high unemployment and under employment rates in Nigeria.
ILO Country Director to Nigeria, Ms Vanessa Phala, said the actions planned under the project will contribute to strengthening the resilience of local economies and expansion of opportunities for decent job creation.
Phala also noted that the 2015 Paris Agreement highlighted a just transition and decent work as essential elements to responses to climate change.
“This is as well as the guidelines for a just transition towards environmentally sustainable economies and societies for all, as adopted by the ILO constituents to guide the transformation.
“It aims to enable ambitious climate action that delivers decent jobs and advances social justice; support countries on bold solutions for a transition towards a sustainable future.
“That is just for all and enjoys broad-based support and facilitate an inclusive and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis for building back better,’’she added.
She also noted that project was supported by the ILO Office, Abuja, with the French Government.
Also, Mr Emma Ugboaja, General Secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) said that the Just Transition is the flagship contribution of the World of Work to the Climate Change discourse.
“The struggle for the mainstreaming of workers’ concerns and perspectives on the global climate change discourse did not come easy.
“We therefore, demand that the Nigerian Just Transition and Green Jobs Project must be built on Social Dialogue.
“The Nigerian Just Transition and Green Jobs Project must pay attention to Social Protection and also government should invest in research and innovation.
“Ultimately, our collective aspiration should be to engender an economy wide process that collaborates on plans, policies and investments that lead to a future where there is an abundance of green and decent jobs,’’he said. (
The 9th edition of the Africities Summit has been launched today in Kisumu by His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. Former Seychelles head of state, His Excellency Danny Faure also took part in the official ceremony in the presence of 3500 delegates from around the world and more than 2000 local authorities. For this event, Kisumu has set up an Africities Village at the Jomo Kenyatta Stadium and its surrounding areas in order to welcome participants and exhibitors from the four corners of the world.
During the 5 days, discussions will be held around the theme of the summit: "The role of intermediary cities in Africa in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the African Union Agenda 2063". In line with the theme, Kisumu is the first intermediary city to host the event.
His Excellency, President Uhuru Kenyatta in his speech called on the participants of the summit to make it a questioning forum for the summit to be successful. He proposed a 12-point questioning framework based on how national central governments can support a mobilization of resources to unlock effective delivery service in intermediary cities. what strategies and policies are required to combat the threats of radicalization and terrorism especially in the urban areas including our intermediary cities and what legal and policy frameworks should be established so as to foster the robust and sustainable development of intermediary cities among other questions.
"Time is ripe for scaling up the role of intermediary cities as the next frontiers of African urbanization and development. An unprecedented rate of urbanization has seen 1086 intermediary cities become home to 174 million people representing 36% of our continent's total urban population and contributing about 40% of our continent's GDP. As we convene to deliberate on how we can establish a shift towards a new urban paradigm and unleash the potential of intermediary cities in fostering inclusive development and the realization of our SDGs and all other socio economic development initiatives we must keep in mind that Africa is becoming increasingly urbanized. The traditional rural focus within development plans risks marginalizing a growing section of our population which will soon be the majority," said His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya.
Local governments play a key role in the achievement of Agenda 2030 and SDG 13 through ensuring a paradigm shift towards low-emission and climate-resilient development pathways. Cities produce between 71% and 75% of total greenhouses gas emissions (GHG). In this regard, despite increasing levels of attention and action on climate change at city scales, much of this activity is largely decoupled from national policy framework. UCLG Africa position on climate is that the battle against climate change will be lost or won in cities and territories. UCLG Africa advocates for territorialization of NDCs and the adoption of a bottom-up approach to their definition, starting from locally determined contributions (LDCs).
"The reality of our continent is reflected in the way we treat our intermediary cities. Intermediary cities are your key target of governance. Treat them well and they will treat African citizens well, treat them bad and we will fail in our progress,"said Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.
A dialogue between former head of states followed the official opening on financing infrastructure and urbanization in Africa to achieve the SDGs and the UN 2030 Agenda and the Africa Union Agenda 2063.
African Union High Representative For Infrastucture Development, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga called for the establishment of an African Infrastucture Fund to fund the monetary deficit needed to build Africa's infrastructure.
"Africa needs 170 billion dollars per annum to be able to meet its infrastructure needs but has a deficit of about 110 billion dollars. We can work with several institutions to establish this fund because we have identified that Africa has idle capital such as sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and insurance funds. We are working towards tapping these resources to enable Africa fund its own development,"he said.
Former President of Seychelles, His Excellency Danny Faure highlighted the need for bankable strategic infrastructure based on data.
"It is important that we back up our interventions based on facts and data that shows us where we are in terms of development. The next step is to strategically choose the right infrastructure that will have the most effective impact on the continent and whose outcomes will be beneficial to our nations and populations. The approach on the continent concerning infrastructure needs to be co-ordinated and not fragmented," he said.
This first day of the summit was also dedicated to Diaspora. The African diaspora accounts for around 150 million people of African descent located in all the regions of the world. The African Union considers Africa's Diaspora as the sixth region of Africa. Consolidating the relations between the Africa Motherland and its Diaspora and all the dimensions to give to these relations was at the heart of the discussions of the Diaspora Day. It is a key agenda to ensure the realization of the United Nations 2030 agenda and the African Union Agenda 2063. Its contribution to economic development is greater than public aid from international institutions. Also, a certain form of transmission of the Afro-descendant history gives rise to a great involvement of the new generations for a better knowledge of its identity but also an active participation in the emergence of this continent.
Synergy needs to be developed between the diaspora and the local population and local authorities need to set up programs in which the diaspora can concretely participate in for the development of the continent at local, national and continental level to make the continent shine internationally.
One of the best illustrations of the reality and weight of African Diaspora, is Ms Lupita Nyongo, who is the first Goodwill Ambassador of Africities. In her official video, Ms Nyongo expressed how honored she felt to be the Africities Goodwill Ambassador for this Year "Kisumu is my ancestral home and I have witnessed its potential first hand. It has so much to offer and I can finally see its vibrant energy being tapped with the radical leadership of its governor, my father Professor Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. I could not think of a better place to come together to discuss tangible solutions for the challenges facing Africa and its intermediary cities than the Africities Summit. Over the next 5 days, you will participate in interactive sessions, you will hear from inspirational speakers, take workshops, implement projects and dream up the Africa we want to see. One where everyone has access to food, healthcare, education, housing, public safety and peace."
Tomorrow the main sessions will include Africities Trade and invest forum, Digital Day, Culture Day, and a series of assemblies of UCLG Africa Networks to elect their office bearers. These include: the General Assembly of The Network for Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), the General Assembly of Network of young local elected officials (YELO), the Assembly of Territorial Coaches, the Assembly of Permanent Secretaries/ Executive Directors of National Association Of Local Authorities, the Assembly of the network of City Managers (Africa MAGNET); the Assembly of the network of City Chief Finance Officers (Africa FINET); the Assembly of the network of City Chief Technical Officers (Africa TECHNET) and the Assembly of the network of Human Resource Managers of African Local and Regional Governments (Local Africa HR-Net); the Assembly of Territorial Managers in charge of Decentralized Cooperation ; the Assembly of the African Media For Development (MADEL).
PS: Don't miss the daily press conference at the venue at 8:30 AM. Venue: Africities Media Centre
Find all the information: Presentation / Program / Speakers on: www.Africities.org
The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) approved the establishment of a €4 million Circular Economy Fund for Africa to drive the integration of the circular economy into African efforts to achieve defined contribution goals at the national level (NDC).
The Fund (https://bit.ly/3voaQVl), a multi-donor trust fund, will operate for a period of 5 years and will receive initial support of €4 million from the Government of Finland and the Nordic Development Fund. (www.NDF.int). Board approval took place on March 30, 2022.
The circular economy is a model of production and consumption that involves sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, renewing and recycling existing materials and products for as long as possible. Under the Paris Agreement, NDCs incorporate each signatory's efforts to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change. All 54 African countries are members of the Paris Agreement.
The Fund will focus on three strategic areas: building institutional capacity to strengthen the regulatory environment for circular economy innovations and practices; provide support to the private sector through a business development program; and provide technical assistance to the African Circular Economy Alliance (https://bit.ly/3xrjfKl). The African Development Bank hosts the Alliance's secretariat.
Jussi Nummelin, Acting Director of the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Unit for Southern and Western Africa, said: “Improving and promoting the Circular Economy is very important for Finland. The world's first national circular economy roadmap was developed in Finland in 2016.
"We are very interested in starting cooperation with the African Development Bank and with the African Circular Economy Alliance and the Nordic Development Fund to improve circularity in the world," Nummelin concluded.
Henrik Franklin, Director of Origination and Portfolio Management at the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) said: “NDF is pleased to join forces with the African Development Bank and the Government of Finland to establish the Africa Circular Economy Fund (ACEF). . The circular economy is key to climate change adaptation and mitigation and has great potential to create jobs, improve productivity and strengthen the economic competitiveness of African countries.”
Al-Hamndou Dorsouma, Officer in Charge of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, said: “Launching a dedicated circular economy financing vehicle positions the Bank as a champion of solutions that decouple economic growth from Africa of unsustainable extraction of natural resources”.
Circular economy principles play a strategic role in advancing the High-5 development priorities (https://bit.ly/3uLPSQU) of the African Development Bank.
The Fund is expected to consolidate the Bank's portfolio of operations that align with the circular economy, including the renewable energy, climate-smart agriculture and green manufacturing sectors. In addition to supporting the achievement of the NDC targets of African countries, it will also promote their progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Dorsouma said the Bank would leverage its network to attract more donors and partners.
The circular economy model has gained momentum as a paradigm of sustainable development in recent years. At the continental level, the African Union and the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment have recognized circularity as a focal area for their respective recovery programs launched in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Several African nations have also integrated the circular economy into their Nationally Determined Contributions, and some are developing national circular economy action plans.
Present at the launch were Catriona Laing CB, British High Commissioner to Nigeria; Sharon Ikeazor, Honourable Minister of State for Environment; Pauline Tallen, Honourable Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Honourable Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Prof. Eli. Jidere Bala, the Director-General/ CEO Energy Commission of Nigeria, and various stakeholders. Among those who joined virtually were Brendan Donegan, 2050 Calculator Programme Lead, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Jessica Brislin Higgs, Senior Advisor, Mott MacDonald; and Onesmus Mwabonje from Imperial College.
The present version of the NECAL 2050 Calculator – a tool that allows users to try different options for reducing emissions at a faster rate and to build a pathway that meets long-term emission targets to 2050 – is designed to help industries and the energy sector to set their greenhouse gas emission reduction targets, as well as to identify realistic solutions which support the implementation of Nigeria’s climate commitments, also known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
The update – the first in Africa – was delivered under the UK Government’s international 2050 Calculator program, which is funded by the UK’s International Climate Finance, and was led by global engineering, management, and development consultancy Mott MacDonald, and a consortium which includes Imperial College, Climact and Ricardo.
Nigeria has submitted updated NDCs, which include new mandates for industries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The new NECAL 2050 Calculator reflects the prevailing policies, ongoing efforts in energy supply and demand, and proposes reference scenarios on energy production and consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from 2015 to 2050. The new version includes updates to six sectors: Transport, buildings, industry, CO2 removal & gases, electricity and land, and bioenergy & waste.
British High Commissioner, Catriona Laing CB said: “The launch of the Nigeria Energy Calculator 2050 further strengthens bilateral collaboration between the UK and Nigeria on the clean energy transition. Nigeria’s energy sector accounts for 60 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions and the sector is also key to the delivery of Nigeria’s many development priorities; it is, therefore, critical to understanding the options that are available to reduce emissions while matching energy supply and demand.
I look forward to seeing the NECAL2050 tool supporting different sectors of government to design and deliver high-quality policies that enhance the conditions for strong governance, growth, job creation, and poverty reduction.”
The Honourable Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu said: “This is an energy planning tool that enables choices in energy development pathway to be examined, along with its environmental consequences. The NECAL2050 model should form part of our national energy planning tools. This will be used in planning energy needs for Nigeria’s Vision 2050 and beyond. This will reflect Nigeria’s commitment to a cleaner and more sustainable energy utilization.”
The Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor said: “As we gather to launch the 2nd Edition of the Nigeria Energy Calculator NECAL2050, I am more elated knowing that the completion of this policy tool could not have come at a better time than now.
“The commitment of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to global climate protocols and recent declaration at the UNFCCC Conference of Parties in Glasgow on meeting net-zero emissions by 2060. Towards this end, the Ministry as the national coordinating body of climate activities will leverage on this tool for policy and decision making for the implementation of Nigeria’s long-term strategy for climate change under the Paris Agreement, as well as identify realistic solutions towards supporting the implementation of Nigeria’s NDCs.”
Jessica Brislin-Higgs, senior climate and sustainability consultant for Mott MacDonald and program country manager for Nigeria, noted: “Nigeria is a pioneer – it is the first African country to produce an updated Calculator model. We would like to acknowledge the expertise and diligence of the core technical team at the Energy Commission of Nigeria, with support from the Federal Ministry of Environment, who have worked tirelessly on this project. These efforts are highly appreciated and will go far towards changing the trajectory of sustainable development in Nigeria.”
The NECAL 2050 is an open-source, user-friendly model. Unlike other energy models, the tool can be used by governments, stakeholders, academia, and the public alike, including schoolchildren, to inform the debate about which policies will be most effective in tackling energy challenges and reducing emissions.
A capacity building workshop on preparing bankable projects to access climate finance was launched this morning at the Caudan Arts Centre, Port Louis, in the presence of the Minister for the Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change, Mr. Kavydass Ramano.
The objective of the workshop is to strengthen institutional capacities to mobilize funds from international donors for the implementation of the updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of 2021. Experts from the international consultancy Agrer, who are currently on mission in Mauritius under the El Preparatory Support Program and Preparation of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the level of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, are the specialists for the capacity building workshop. Participants are being made aware of the GCF procedures, financing mechanism, and project conceptualization and formulation.
In his speech, Minister Ramano recalled that since February of this year, the consultants have started a series of consultation and training sessions and that this workshop aims to provide all stakeholders with the required information on operational modalities, terminologies and different templates used under the GCF. Therefore, this capacity-building exercise is crucial, as a poor understanding of funding agencies' evaluation criteria can make processes longer and often jeopardize their retention, he added.
Speaking about NDC 2021, he noted that Mauritius has committed globally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Total financial needs, he said, to implement NDC measures are estimated at $6.5 billion. with USD 4.5 billion. billion for adaptation and USD 2 billion for mitigation. He stated that despite the difficult economic situation, the Government has committed to providing unconditional support for the implementation of its NDC of 35% of the total financial needs of USD 6.5 billion amounting to USD 2.3 billion.
While acknowledging the challenges of mobilizing climate finance and accessing financing windows in various international forums, Minister Ramano stated that during the period from 2016 to 2021, Mauritius was only able to mobilize some $90 million, mostly funds. donations from the Global Environment Facility. , Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund and friendly countries through the EU and AFD. Hence the need, he stressed, to have trained local resources that are capable of timely drafting the ideas and concepts of the project to the satisfaction of the financing entity.
Regarding the climate problem in Mauritius, he noted that the country has been experiencing more and more extreme weather events during the past years, such as torrential rains, flash floods, storm surges, heat stress, and late winter and summer. Our average temperature increases of 1.39 degrees Celsius and sea level rise of 5.6 millimeters per year have exceeded global averages, he said.
The Environment Minister further referred to some facts and figures related to the vulnerability assessment of Mauritius in 2021. They include: Mauritius may become a water-scarce region by 2030 and projections indicate that usable water resources may decline up to 13% by 2050 if no action is taken to restore catchment areas; rising temperatures are expected to lead to changes in agricultural areas, lower crop productivity, increased poultry mortality, and the incidence of crop pests and diseases; the projected increase in the occurrence of coral bleaching would reduce coral biodiversity and fish species for both Mauritius and Rodrigues; increased flooding coupled with extreme heat is expected to affect infrastructure and livelihoods; and increase in waterborne and vector-borne diseases.
He underlined that based on these findings, the Interministerial Council on Climate Change held on September 28, 2021, chaired by the Prime Minister, made the decision that Mauritius join the countries that are in a state of climate emergency. In this bleak context, a green recovery, based on sustainable development and self-sufficiency, is essential, he concluded.
The Azimio La Umoja political coalition on Saturday featured ODM party leader Raila Odinga as its presidential standard-bearer in the upcoming general election.
More than 20 political parties affiliated with Azimio La Umoja signed two pacts creating the coalition and endorsing Mr. Odinga's candidacy respectively at the new team's National Delegates Conference (NDC) held at KICC.
Speaking at the NDC, President Kenyatta, who is the leader of the ruling Jubilee Party, thanked the parties affiliated with Azimio La Umoja for choosing Mr. Odinga as the coalition's standard-bearer in the upcoming elections and said the leader of the ODM had what it took to win the election. .
“Today we have come together as delegates from different political parties and we have elected without opposition Mr. Raila Amolo Odinga as the candidate for the presidency of Azimio la Umoja.
“I have no doubt that he is capable, he has the will and God willing he will be able to ensure that our nation advances in development and unity,” President Kenyatta announced.
He expressed confidence that Mr. Odinga will defeat his opponents in the August 9 elections, giving him the opportunity to lead the country in addressing some of its main challenges, including endemic corruption.
The President thanked the captains of Azimio La Umoja affiliated parties, led by Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, for setting aside their presidential ambitions for the sake of Kenya's unity and progress, assuring that the coalition is a vehicle inclusive politician who will have everyone on board.
“When the government is formed, there will be Kalonzo Musyoka, Gideon (Moi), Charity Ngilu and others. We will see representation from everyone here because that is the only way to be successful.
“We have resolved in the agreements that we have signed that we will sit down together with our brother (Raila), who is now our captain and brother Kalonzo and others to decide the rest of the line-up that will form the Government in August”, said the revealed President.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Odinga thanked President Kenyatta and all the political leaders of the Azimio La Umoja coalition for nominating him as their presidential standard-bearer and vowed to fight for victory in the general election.
“Let me start by saying that I accept the nomination of Azimio La Umoja to run for the presidency of the Republic of Kenya in the general elections on August 9. I accept this nomination with absolute gratitude and dedication to our people, our country and all the leaders and parties that have endorsed it. You gave me a strong, wide, unified platform to stand on and extra pairs of hands to help stabilize the boat,” said Mr. Odinga.
The former Prime Minister paid a laudatory tribute to President Kenyatta for his role in forging the Azimio La Umoja coalition and for working hard to unite Kenyans for harmony and national progress during his tenure.
“No one ever imagined that parties and individuals who fought on opposite sides in 2013 and 2017 would come together. I thank my friend and brother President Uhuru for this unlikely journey that we began four years ago and that has changed the history and politics of this country,” said Mr. Odinga.
If elected president, Mr. Odinga promised to improve the economy, fight poverty and corruption, and build on President Kenyatta's legacy.
“I pledge to lead an all-out war against poverty, unemployment and hopelessness in Kenya and to update Article 43 of our Constitution which guarantees Kenyans the rights to education, health, food, water, housing and social security. No Kenyan should feel forgotten in our country,” promised Mr. Odinga.
Later, the Azimio La Umoja brigade led by President Kenyatta and Mr. Odinga addressed a massive political rally at Jacaranda Grounds in Embakasi East constituency, where they vowed to unite and fight hard for victory in the upcoming elections. elections.
Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka recounted his long political association with Odinga, saying that he had wholeheartedly chosen to back the ODM leader's presidential ambition in order to unite Kenyans in their fight for a fair and just society.
Mr. Musyoka pledged to team up with the entire leadership of Azimio La Umoja in a vigorous national campaign that will lead to the election of Mr. Odinga as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya.
"I thought that Raila would endorse me for the presidency this time, but with a clean heart, I will support him. I am ready to seek votes for Raila Odinga across the country," Musyoka said.
Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Hassan Joho (Mombasa), politician Mukhisa Kituyi and area MP Babu Owino were among other leaders who spoke at the politically charged Jacaranda Grounds rally.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has fired politicians who said the Jubilee Party was no longer a major political player in the country and said the ruling party has been busy working to implement its pre-election promises.
“But the reality of the matter is this: Jubilee is not only alive; he is alive and well,” said President Kenyatta, leader of the Jubilee Party.
The president spoke on Saturday at the Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) in Nairobi County, where he chaired the party's National Delegates Conference (NDC).
Contrary to the narrative perpetuated by his opponents, the president said the Jubilee Party administration had recorded tremendous successes during its key term, including doubling Kenya's GDP from sh5 billion to shsh 11 billion.
The president called the politicians who chose to leave the Jubilee Party self-serving, bitter liars who tried unsuccessfully to sabotage the ruling party from within.
“There are those who said that they withdrew from the game because it was dead. When they couldn't explain why the nation-building work by the ruling party continued even after their departure, they started saying that they were expelled from the party, which is not true," President Kenyatta said.
He said that political leaders who abdicated their government and ruling party responsibilities to participate in early political campaigns were largely motivated by outright personal ambition.
“There is nothing wrong with ambition, but ambition must be controlled. Unchecked ambition is like an unguided missile that can cause untold damage and destruction,” the president said.
In his "handshake" with ODM leader Raila Odinga, the president said the closing of political ranks was aimed at restoring peace during the difficult post-election period when a part of the country was considering secession.
Citing the example of the 2013 grand coalition government led by retired President Mwai Kibaki and Mr Odinga, the president wondered why some politicians were bitterly opposed to the "handshake".
“The main objective of our 'handshake' with Baba (Mr. Odinga) was peace. We agreed that we needed to have a constitutional order that ensures that our country remains not only united but peaceful and that people can freely engage in competitive politics,” he said.
Once again, the president refuted political claims that opposition leaders led by Mr. Odinga had joined the government via handshake, disrupting the country's development agenda.
“I heard some people say that they haven't seen a country like Kenya where the government and the opposition are working together, my answer to them is that they see it in Kenya because they need to be mature enough to distinguish between politics and needs. of our people,” said President Kenyatta.
Several political party leaders speaking at the NDC applauded President Kenyatta for his impressive development record and visionary leadership, saying he ensured Kenya remains peaceful, stable and progressive.
ODM leader Raila Odinga said the "handshake" helped defuse political tension that had threatened to tear Kenya apart following the disputed presidential results of the 2017 general election.
"You know the country was going down the drain and you heard us calling for a boycott of some particular products," said the ODM leader as he recounted in detail the events that led to the 'handshake'.
Windshield Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said One Kenya Alliance (OKA) had decided to join forces with Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta in the 'Azimio La Umoja' political party and said discussions were underway to decide on a single presidential candidate for the August elections.
"We are committed to ensuring one nation and one people. We have started structured talks to build a strong nation. This is not the time for insults, this is the time to build a proud nation among the community of nations," Musyoka said. he said.
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In the changes, the Jubilee Party's founding general secretary, Raphael Tuju, resigned from the post and was replaced by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni.
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Rear Admiral Murtala Bashir, commander of the National Defense College (NDC), says the institution has finalized plans to include a master's program in the school's curriculum.
Bashir revealed this at the opening of the NDC Steering Group Retreat themed "Moving Forward in Retreat" on Thursday in Abuja.
He said the university had considered awarding a master's degree to participants at the end of the 11-month course.
According to him, NDC participants usually had to go to the University of Ibadan or the Nigerian Defense Academy (NDA) for another six months to earn a master's degree.
He said the university felt that after 30 years of existence, it had come of age to award degrees to its participants after 11 months, adding that it was global best practice.
“That is why we have partners from the National Universities Commission (NUC), University of Ibadan, NDA and other stakeholders for us to brainstorm and see how we can include the MSc in the curriculum.
“Ultimately, we will make the curriculum stronger and more responsive to our needs as a nation,” he said.
The commander said the retreat was designed to take stock of the curriculum, most especially to make it more responsive to current realities, such as the introduction of new courses.
He added that the retreat was also expected to improve ties and understanding of the problems facing the nation, as well as support the comprehensive social approach to tackling the problems.
The commander said that the dynamic nature of the world had continued to affect many things around the world, such as COVID-19.
Others, according to him, include security challenges and the resurgence of political instability in parts of the world.
“We are also seeing the advent of artificial intelligence which has given rise to sophisticated technologies that are becoming game changers in almost everything we do.
“This and many other things will definitely dictate global events for some time.
“We need to take all of these things into account in our curriculum so that it is more responsive to current realities on the ground,” he added.
Deputy Commander, NDC, Maj.-Gen. Emeka Onumajuru said that the retreat was organized to take stock and restart for optimal performance, saying that an organization transforms, innovates or dies.
Onumajuru said the retreat would address the college's activities in the context of its mission.
He said that, in this regard, it was important that university curricula and programs be modified to reflect contemporary demands on knowledge and research to meet global best practices.
“This faculty retirement is expected to help reposition the university to better fulfill its mandate to help educate this generation of strategic leaders,” he said.Keep reading
We agreed that the UK and Egypt would strengthen bilateral cooperation to combat climate changeLONDON, UK, January 16, 2022/APO Group/ --
Following an open and constructive exchange of views on climate change issues, priorities and areas of collaboration, in the follow-up to COP26 and in preparation for COP27, COP26 President Alok Sharma and the COP27 President-designate Sameh Shoukry issued the following statement:
As the current and incoming Presidencies of the UNFCCC COP, we affirm our joint commitment to accelerate the fight against climate change during this critical decade. In this context, we agreed that the UK and Egypt would strengthen bilateral cooperation to combat climate change and maintain and build on the current momentum for global climate action.
We will work together in 2022 and beyond to drive ambitious implementation of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Paris Agreement, and deliver on the outcomes of the Glasgow Climate Pact to maintain the scope of 1, 5 degrees and support developing countries. in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The UK will give its full support to Egypt in delivering ambitious results at COP27, including ensuring it delivers on those most vulnerable to climate change.
We emphasize the urgency of the action required to address ambition gaps in mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, and finance, and the importance of responding to the best available science in this regard. We recognize that significant progress was made at COP26, but much more remains to be done, particularly to implement the commitments made. Our goal is to pursue a lasting legacy that ensures the UNFCCC process continues to drive ambitious action to address climate change and its impacts.
Through our partnership, we will drive and support key processes, activities and initiatives to increase ambition and implementation to achieve the goals of the UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement. We will work together to encourage all Parties to meet their mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage and financing commitments; requesting that by the end of 2022 parties review and strengthen their 2030 emissions target to align with the Paris temperature goals, including enhancing long-term NDC strategies and increasing ambition, ensuring accelerated delivery of $100 billion and move towards doubling adaptation funding at 2019 levels, as envisioned in the Glasgow Climate Pact.
We also recognize the importance of our own national climate action, to demonstrate global leadership. We further recognize the opportunity our partnership offers to enhance our shared prosperity through green trade and investment opportunities.
To achieve our goals, we will share experience and knowledge and work closely with key partners, including the UNFCCC Secretariat and the Chairs of subsidiary bodies. We will seek inclusive leadership and engagement that leaves no problem and no one behind, and allows the voices of all Parties, civil society and vulnerable groups, including youth and indigenous peoples, to be heard.
To this end, we agree to continue close consultations in the coming months, both at the ministerial and technical levels.