By Chijioke Okoronkwo
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says the Federal Government has, over the years, prioritised employment generation by integrating job creation in all its major policies, projects and programmes.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke at the formal presentation of the Research Report of Course 29 of the National Defence College (NDC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The report is titled “Creating Jobs and Opportunities for Africa’s Largest Youth Population”.
Osinbajo recalled that when the president spoke about the budget in 2019, he mentioned that one of the critical things to do was that, with every policy, emphasis must be placed on job creation.
“So, the key question that we ask regarding any government policy is how many jobs will this bring about, how many jobs it will create.
“And aside from that, there have also been several engagements with different policy bodies and ideas concerning job creation.
“The whole idea of creating jobs and opportunities especially in an economy of this size, is that government’s involvement must be in creating the enabling environment.”
Osinbajo spoke on the current effort of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council (PEAC) which was inaugurated recently – the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy (NPRGS), which he had the privilege of chairing its Steering Committee.
“This is another of the very broad plans of creating opportunities and more jobs.
“There are also other several job initiatives; the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) is a major plan of job creation, as a matter of fact, the major focus of the plan is job creation – sustaining existing jobs and then being able to create other jobs.
“The Food for Jobs programme which is an agricultural programme is a major initiative that has led to the identification of 5 million farmers, and these farmers are geo-tagged to their farmlands which is the first time that this has been done in the history of the country.
“They now have BVN numbers so that loans can be given to them and farm inputs as well.
“ So, the Food for Jobs Programme is a major agricultural plan.”
The vice president also spoke about the social housing and solar connections being components of the ESP, which have been prioritised by the federal government, to create jobs directly and indirectly for thousands of Nigerians, especially youths across the country.
Osinbajo commended the management of the college, adding that the NDC research initiative had been extremely useful in agitating the ideas, thoughts and policies that could influence the direction of government.
“I really want to commend the resourceful and insightful work that has been done especially with this issue of job creation, as you can imagine, this is obviously one of the critical problems that we have as an economy and a nation,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the Commandant of NDC, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, said the presentation of the research report was in response to the vice president’s request for a research on job creation scenarios and strategy.
He said that Course 29 of the college, which comprised 96 participants across services within and outside the country, was presenting the report in fulfillment of the Higher Defence Management and Strategic Research.
The research report was presented on behalf of the Course 29 participants by Navy Capt T Ngada.
In another development, the vice president received, on a courtesy visit, the management of the Nigerian Exchange Limited, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Temi Popoola.
The delegation made a presentation on the post-demutualisation activities of the Nigerian Exchange Group to the vice president.
Osinbajo commended the completion of the demutualisation of the stock exchange.
According to him, it is a welcome development and fantastic that the process is now complete.
He urged the management of the company to explore areas of growing the stock market by venturing into emerging frontiers.
The vice president assured the management of government’s support by way of policy to enable the company and the stock market reach greater heights.
By Edith Ike-Eboh & Emmanuel Afonne
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) began its week with the task of normalising the supply of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) at different filling stations in the country especially the FCT following the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over remuneration.
The normalisation started with the corporation increasing the daily supply of petrol across the country from 550 trucks to 1,661 trucks to combat the buildup of fuel queues in some parts of the country.
It would be recalled that the intervention of Malam Mele Kyari, NNPC Group Managing Director, led to the suspension of the strike by the PTD for one week.
Speaking in a similar vein at the State House after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, Kyari assured that with the resumption of loading, normalcy would soon return to the fuel stations across the country.
He said the ex-depot price of petrol would remain the same for the month of May, urging marketers not to engage in arbitrary price increase.
Kyari urged motorists to avoid panic buying in order not to compound the situation.
He called on stakeholders in the downstream sector to collaborate with the NNPC to ensure a quick return to the zero-fuel queues situation that Nigerians had been enjoying before the unfortunate disruption of the distribution chain.
Managing Director of the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Mr Musa Lawan, in the same vein said that there are about two billion litres of PMS in strategic depots across the country to keep the nation well supplied for two months if no drop of fuel was imported in that period.
The PPMC boss explained that the disruption in the distribution chain was caused by the strike embarked upon by Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) over remuneration.
He assured that with the suspension of the strike upon the intervention of the GMD of NNPC, and the resumption of loading, coupled with the extension of loading time, normalcy would soon return to the filling stations.
Also in the week, the Petroleum Tanker Drivers section of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) suspended its industrial action.
This followed the intervention of the GMD of the NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari after a meeting brokered between the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers (PTD) at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
Kyari said the Corporation was committed to resolving the issues between both bodies in the interest of Nigerians.
He promised to rally all relevant stakeholders, including government agencies, within seven days to take a critical look at the issues with a view to providing lasting solutions to the problem.
“The PTD went on strike due to the inability of their employers, NARTO, to increase their compensation. We have given commitment to both NARTO and PTD that we will resolve the underlining issues within a week and come back to the table so that we have a total closure on it,” Kyari explained.
The National Chairman of the PTD, Mr Salmon Oladiti, while announcing suspension of the strike, said the decision was based on the intervention of the GMD of the NNPC.
Also speaking, the President of NARTO, Mr Yusuf Othman, and the Chairman, Ardova Plc/President of the Prudent Group, Mr Abdulwasiu Sowami, who spoke on behalf of other marketers, commended the NNPC boss for his prompt initiative to wade into the matter.
Other issues discussed were the need for close collaboration with products marketers and security agencies to curtail the challenge of smuggling, seamless payment transactions between Petroleum Equalization Fund (PEF) and marketers, and equitable distribution of PMS to all petroleum products marketing companies.
Within the week, a group of petroleum tanker owners in Nigeria under the auspices of the Association of Distributors and Transporters of Petroleum Products (ADITOP) visited the NNPC Towers to appreciate the GMD of the NNPC for his efforts to bring sanity into the downstream sector of the oil industry.
Speaking during the visit, the National President of ADITOP, Alhaji Lawal Mohammed, expressed delight at the achievements of the Corporation under the leadership of Malam Mele Kyari, especially in the area of stakeholder engagement.
“This singular action of meeting with us defines you as a leader with limitless leadership humility and untiring capacity for encouraging the concept of stakeholder management and eagerness to carry us along in every public policy engagements of the NNPC concerning the oil and gas value chain,” Mohammed said.
He pledged the group’s support for NNPC, adding that they were ready to place their trucks and retail outlets at the disposal of the Corporation for any pilot programme and investment initiative.
Kyari pledged to work with the petroleum products distributors to sustain the prevailing sanity in the downstream sector.
Also in the week, the gas development and commercialisation programme of the NNPC received a boost with the execution of the Oil Mining Lease (OML) 143 Gas Development Agreement (GDA) by the NNPC and its partner, Sterling Oil Exploration and Production Company (SEEPCO).
The project would boost the nation’s gas production by 1.2trillion cubic feet (tcf).
Speaking at the signing ceremony which took place at the NNPC Towers, Kyari said the gas commercialisation strategy of the Corporation was in tandem with the Federal Government’s National Gas Expansion Programme (NGEP).
Kyari added that the gas from the project would be processed at the Ashtavinayak Hydrocarbon Limited (AHL) 125million standard cubic feet (mmscf) of gas per day gas plant located in Kwale, Delta State.
“This opens a gateway for other opportunities in the Oil and Gas Industry, not just SEEPCO Group but for other companies too.
“We are happy that this will unlock significant volumes of gas which will deliver 125mmscfd to the Midstream plant that you have built.
“This is a great milestone for us and we are happy to do business with you. You are a very reliable partner because when you say things, you get them done,” Kyari said.
He said the development of OML 143 would bring value for the Federal Government, NNPC and SEEPCO Group which would in turn boost the nation’s economy.
Group Managing Director of SEEPCO, Mr Tony Chukwueke, said the OML 143 GDA is a major milestone for the country because it was the first Agreement in Nigeria that fully separates gas development from oil production.
Chukwueke noted that the arrangement would enable holistic development of the gas potential in the block.
He further explained that the GDA was a significant step as it was the first of its kind to expressly include terms that encourage the contractor to be effective in its cost management thereby passing on significant revenue to the Federal Government, NNPC and other stakeholders.
“I will like to take this opportunity to thank the GMD NNPC for his contribution to Nigeria and also recommit that SEEPCO is determined to play its role in the energy industry in Nigeria,” Chukwueke said.Group Managing Director of SEEPCO, Mr Tony-Chukwueke with Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari at signing of OML 143 Gas Development Deal
The Gas Development Agreement is required, pursuant to the Production Sharing Contract obligations, to set out the terms for the development of the 1.2tcf Non-Associated Gas oil block by SEEPCO which is the Contractor with the NNPC as the Concessionaire.
The additional gas supply from the project would raise the nation’s gas production profile, make dry gas available for the proposed 650 megawatts NNPC/SEEPCO Independent Power Plant, boost in-country supply of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and general domestic gas utilization, increase energy security, and create job opportunities for Nigerians.
In another development, the National Defence College (NDC), during the week commended the NNPC for its efforts at sustaining energy security for the nation.
The Commandant of NDC, Rear Admiral Oladele Daji, who gave the commendation during a courtesy visit to the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Malam Mele Kyari, also hailed the Corporation’s focus on transparency in its business operations.
He said that NNPC’s commitment to transparency and accountability has brought value to the nation, adding that with the right attitude and focus, government enterprise can thrive.
“The NNPC continues to impact the lives and livelihood of Nigerians positively through well thought-out policies and programmes.
“The transparency in the conduct of NNPC’s businesses over the last three years is unprecedented and worthy of emulation by other organisations of government,” Daji said.
Responding, Kyari called for deeper collaboration between NNPC and the NDC, stressing that such collaboration could engender efficient business operations in the oil and gas industry.
He urged the NDC to consider introducing a course in energy security as it was a strategic area critical to the maintenance of the nation’s oil and gas reserves.
“I don’t know the curriculum in the NDC, but obviously, energy security is part of national security,” Kyari said.
He assured that NNPC would continue to support the security agencies in their role of protecting the nation’s assets.
In the week under review, the NNPC Trading, a subsidiary of the NNPC, was certified as fully compliant with the National Fire Safety Code.
The approval was given by the Federal Fire Service (FFS) at an event where the Comptroller General of FFS, Mr Liman Ibrahim, issued the NNPC Trading with the Fire Safety Certificate.
Speaking at the event, the Comptroller General of FFS who was represented by the Chief Superintendent, Oluseyi Oduye, commended the Management of NNPC Trading for taking the necessary measures toward ensuring that its office complex is a safe working environment.
He said the NNPC’s strategy of optimising safety to actualise its business objectives was a good idea, urging the Managing Director of NNPC Trading to continue to comply with fire safety rules and regulations.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of the NNPC Trading, Mr Lawal Sade, said the NNPC Group has a culture of safety which places high premium on the safety of employees, facilities and equipment of the organisation.
“Over the years, the NNPC has been known as a responsible entity that does not toy with the safety of its human capital and material assets.
“Our organisation has a robust policy on safety, which is strictly followed in all our operations across the country and beyond,” Sade said.
The NNPC Trading boss assured that his leadership would ensure that all safety operating standards were fully upheld in line with the NNPC policy of zero-tolerance for workplace accidents.
He added that efforts would be made to upgrade the company’s safety facilities from time to time.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the certificate is a statutory requirement for insurance coverage of the NNPC Trading complex and a standard requirement of the Fire Service Act (1963) part 2 of the National Fire Service Code.
Follow us on www.nannews.ng for weekly review of the activities of the Corporation. (NAN)(NAN)
By Sumaila Ogbaje
Nigeria National Defense College (NDC) Commander Rear Admiral Oladele Daji congratulated the Army Chief of Staff (COAS) Lieutenant General. The quality of leadership of Ibrahim Attahiru in steering the affairs of the Nigerian army.
The director of public relations for the army, Brig.-General. Mohammed Yerima, in a statement, said Daji praised him during a courtesy visit to SFOC on Tuesday in Abuja.
The commander said that Attahiru's unique and exceptional leadership skills had led to recent successes in the fight against Boko Haram / ISWAP terrorists in the northeast and other security concerns in the country.
He said the visit was intended to pay tribute to SFOC as a member of the College Board and to brief them on his recent assumption of duties as Commander.
Daji also hinted at SFOC about NDC's plan to embark on a world tour in Africa, Europe, America and Asian countries.
According to him, the tour will expand participants' knowledge of the military and strategic command style of other countries with a view to boosting human capacity development in the Nigerian armed forces.
He also invited Attahiru to hand over the document of the army chief of staff to the participants of the NDC 29 course.
Responding, COAS, Attahiru congratulated the NDC commander on his appointment which he said comes with enormous responsibilities.
Attahiru revealed that he had kept abreast of the college's development progress and assured the commander of his continued support and cooperation. (NOPE)(NAN)
By Sumaila Ogbaje
The National Defense College (NDC) on Tuesday officially withdrew the immediate commander, Rear Admiral Mackson Kadiri, from service following his retirement from active military service.
In his acceptance speech, Kadiri thanked God for his successful stint in the armed forces, adding that he had spent nearly 37 years in the military, which he described as a unique profession.
He added that he is proud to identify with the profession, due to its excellent tradition and the training it has provided him over the past 37 years to acquire professional skills, through which he has been able to contribute. to nation building.
“I have had the privilege of being nurtured by the armed forces, especially the navy, where I have traveled all over the world, to gain experience and also meet people.
“I will join the league of my illustrious seniors, who are retired, to continue to advocate for improving the capacity of the armed forces, especially in today's world where the security environment is immediate and strategic is fluid and dangerous, ”he said.
The former commander praised the bravery and resilience of members of Nigeria's armed forces in ensuring that the nation remains inviolable.
He urged members of the armed forces to continue to do their best to resolve the issue of insecurity.
“To the officers gathered here, I would like to stress and repeat that the capacity of the armed forces will depend to a large extent on the leadership that the officers provide.
“I urge you to bear in mind that the effectiveness of human authority has moral and ethical content.
"To this extent, I would like to say that the leadership that we will continue to give to the men and women in uniform will not only be by the authority of the rank of power, but by the authority of the example of power", he said.
Kadiri also called on college participants to take advantage of the course mix at NDC that reflected the requirements for tackling and managing the country's complex security environment.
According to him, the situation being complex, it required a multidisciplinary and multi-agency approach.
He urged them to apply the course in their programs to improve global security, to make the world a better place for all. (NOPE)(NAN)
The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has extended financial support to a project that will strengthen the efforts of West African countries to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) targets under the Paris climate accord. The Bank will underwrite the preparation of concept notes exploring the use of internationally transferable mitigation outcomes (ITMOs) in selected West African countries.
The project is financed through the African Climate Technology and Finance Center and Network (ACTFCN), a Bank-managed initiative that draws on funds from the GEF Trust Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund. The project is being implemented by a consortium led by Triple E Systems.
“This intervention will put in place a robust platform, including processes, procedures and structures that will ensure real and practical participation of the West African sub-region in the use of ITMOs to deliver some of their NDC aspirations. It will form the basis for the replication of these activities in other African countries,” said Gareth Phillips, Manager of Climate and Environment Finance at the African Development Bank.
The initiative will help governments develop technical capacity and institutional infrastructure to enable the private sector to access new sources of climate finance as well as promote new financing mechanisms for energy efficiency and mitigation projects.
ITMOs promote low carbon technologies and accelerate the implementation of projects and programs for energy efficiency projects. The process involves the implementation of an approved project that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and creates mitigation outcomes utilizing approved accounting procedures. These steps are followed by the transfer of the mitigation outcomes from the host party to a buying party. Corresponding adjustments in the registries of both parties ensure environmental integrity.
The Paris agreement permits the use of markets for the transfer of ITMOs between countries to meet the commitments contained in their NDCs.
The project will also leverage the active engagement of several West African countries in climate negotiations, particularly around Article 6 of the Paris accord, and the activities of the West African Alliance for Carbon Markets and Climate Finance (the West African Alliance or WAA), which provide the opportunity to expand the reach of carbon pricing to enable full implementation of NDCs.
ACTFCN aims to support sub-Saharan African member countries in scaling-up the deployment of low-carbon and climate resilient technologies for climate change mitigation and adaptation.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of African Development Bank Group (AfDB).
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The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) joined a group of 11 multilateral development banks (MDBs) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Thursday in launching a first-ever joint report on financing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Download report: https://bit.ly/2K9Gcem
The launch took place during a virtual ceremony attended by the heads of the institutions. The report is released at the end of a critical year, with the COVID-19 pandemic threatening to reverse progress on the SDGs. In response, MDBs have collectively mobilized a global response package of $230 billion between 2020 and 2021, to reduce the pandemic’s impact, of which $75 billion will be directed to the world’s poorest countries before the end of 2020.
The crisis triggered by the COVID 19 pandemic has threatened to reverse progress against the SDGs. National and global leaders have recognized the opportunity—and responsibility—to ensure that recovery efforts support the SDGs, the report said.
The report highlights selected examples of initiatives related to the 17 SDGs and efforts to “mobilize finance, create knowledge, and build capacity” for countries for their achievement. It showcases examples of how their financing directly contributes to advancing SDGs that empower people, protect the planet, foster prosperity for all, and develop sustainable quality infrastructure.
Head of the Islamic Development Bank Group (ISDB) Bandar Hajjar, whose institution led the compilation of the report, said the pandemic had highlighted the fragility of the progress countries have made toward the SDGs and underlined the imperative of fostering better and more resilient development.
“We recognize the urgency to achieve the 2030 Agenda through the work that needs to go into building a more resilient post-COVID-19 world,” Hajjar said. “The report also emphasizes the critical importance of MDBs partnerships to deliver financing, knowledge, and capacity building support for the SDGs.”
Such partnerships and coordination would include increased support for an ambitious climate action for the planet; fostering digitalization for sustainability; continuing to promote sustainable infrastructure, strengthening resilience and mobilizing finance by attracting, de-risking, leveraging and catalyzing investments of all kinds.
“This joint report reflects our collective engagement and strong commitment to accelerate progress towards the SDGs. To accelerate Africa’s development, we will continue joining investment hands across the globe,” African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina said.
Examples of African Development Bank initiatives, such as its Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation Program, which aims to reach 40 million farmers by 2023 and add 120 million metric tons to the African food basket, are included in the report.
The Bank’s Africa NDC Hub, established in 2018 to provide resources to countries in the region to implement the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), is also highlighted. The hub is supported by18 international partners, including partner MDBs such as the Islamic Development Bank.
Key activities include developing a digital tool for policy makers to mainstream the SDGs, NDCs, and the Africa Agenda 2063 in national development plans. The Bank has also supported Cote d’Ivoire in developing an NDC investment plan, and its Africa NDC Hub hosts the ClimDev Special Fund to modernize Africa’s climate and weather observation networks.
“These are very extraordinary times…we will need to have audacious leadership, we will need to have audacious partnerships, and we will need to have audacious financing systems,” Adesina said.
The 12 organizations partnering on the report are the African Development Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Council of Europe Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, the IDB Group, the International Monetary Fund, the Islamic Development Bank Group, the New Development Bank, and the World Bank Group (World Bank, IFC, MIGA).
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Ghana’s anti-graft chief, Mr Martin Amidu, on Monday announced his resignation with immediate effect, citing the lack of cooperation from the government and state agencies, frustrations and interference in his work from the presidency.
“This is to inform the public that I resigned from my position as the Special Prosecutor of the Office of the Special Prosecutor with immediate effect upon the submission of my letter of resignation …,” Mr Amidu said in a press statement.
His resignation is the culmination of a series of events since his appointment in 2018 when he persistently complained about lack of office accommodation, staff, independent investigators, and money to run the office.
The events came to a head following his damning report when he undertook a risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment on the government’s controversial gold royalties deal, called Agyapa Royalties Limited that was heavily condemned by the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) and more than a dozen civil society organisations.
“The reaction I received for daring to produce the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption report convinces me beyond any reasonable doubt that I was not intended to exercise any independence as the Special Prosecutor in the prevention, investigation, prosecution, and recovery of assets of corruption. My position as the Special Prosecutor has consequently become clearly untenable,” Mr Amidu said.
Mr Amidu said the death of former President Jerry John Rawlings last Thursday “removed the only protection I had from the threats and plans directed at me for undertaking the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transactions anti-corruption assessment report and dictates that I resign as the Special Prosecutor immediately”.
Many people think the resignation of the Special Prosecutor is an indictment on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s fight against corruption.
Edited By: Vincent Obi
The Climate and Sustainable Development Network (CSDevNet) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Alex Ekwueme Federal University (AEFUNAI), Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo.
Mr Pius Oko, Project Officer, CSDevNet, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja after the signing ceremony.
The MoU establishes a framework of cooperation, understanding and collaboration between the two parties.
It is to enhance their shared goals and objectives with respect to coordination and cooperation on joint policy research, and capacity building on Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement.
Oko, who represented the Network at the signing ceremony, as well as Ms Enogba Ende, Head of Finance at CSDevNet, said the university would conduct a study on some aspects of the Nigeria’s NDCs to the Paris agreement.
“This is in line with our focal emphasis on promoting and advocating pro-poor, climate-friendly and equity-based responses to climate change and sustainable development in Nigeria.”
He said that sequel to the MoU, CSDevNet was engaging the university to undertake research on the status of climate governance in Nigeria.
Oko said that this would help identify gaps and yield recommendations that specifically address issues pertaining to Nigeria.
“This study will focus on Energy (Nigeria’s National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Action Plan) in Nigeria’s NDCs between 2018 and 2020; examining the compliance practice to implementation of the Paris Agreement.
“Also, the study is expected to yield recommendations that will inform the implementation of the long-term commitments of the NDCs to the Paris Agreement as submitted by Nigeria and other West Africa countries, including situational analysis of the effects on COVID-19.”
Oko quoted Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba, Vice-Chancellor, AEFUNAI, in his response, as saying that he was delighted to join the epoch partnership with CSDevNet.
“This partnership is aimed at consolidating, developing and promoting the principle of climate rights and democracy in Nigeria and Africa.
“The partnership is also aimed at conserving the environment and safeguarding the planet; encouraging good governance, transparency and accountability in Nigeria and Africa,” Nwajiuba was quoted as saying.
He said that adoption of the Paris Agreement in December 2015 marked a new chapter for international cooperation on climate.
“The agreement, not only entails measures aimed at cutting back emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change, but at the end of January 2018, 167 parties, including Nigeria had submitted their climate action plan known as the NDCs.
“Each Country’s NDCs are national climate plans highlighting climate actions, including climate related targets, priorities, policies and measures governments aim to implement in response to climate change,” Nwajiuba said.
The vice-chancellor said that the NDCs was a breakthrough and an innovative tool because it provided the framework to integrate bottom-up, self-motivated voluntary commitments of states, with a set of legally binding provisions for monitoring and ratcheting-up ambition.
He said the Nigeria NDC joint study and research with CSDevNet would provide a case for bottom-up informed national policies that were evidenced-based.
NAN reports that CSDevNet is a national coalition of over 300 civil society organisations in Nigeria, which promotes and advocates climate-friendly and equity-based responses to sustainable development issues.
PACJA is a consortium of more than 1,000 organisations from 48 African countries that brings together a diverse membership drawn from grassroots, community and faith-based organisations, NGOs, farmers and pastoralist groups.
CSDevNet and PACJA have a shared vision to advance a people-centred, right-based, just and inclusive approach to addressing climate and environmental challenges facing humanity and the planet.
Edited By: Nick Nicholas/Olagoke Olatoye
The Federal Ministry of Environment is partnering with German foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to conduct nationwide youth consultations on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) enhancement in the country.
Mr Seyifunmi Adebote, an environmentalist and State Coordinator, International Climate Change Development Initiative, made this known in a statement issued on Tuesday in Abuja.
Adebote said that the nationwide consultations would bring meaningful youth engagement into Nigeria’s NDC enhancement process and in tracking the implementation process.
“In continued efforts to ensure youth involvement and active engagement in climate policy development, the ministry of environment is partnering with a non-profit German foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) to conduct a nationwide youth consultations on (NDC) enhancement in Nigeria.
“Building upon the International Youth Day event and the virtual validation workshop of NDC Youth Action Manual which held Aug. 12 and 25 respectively, the National Youth Climate Consultation on NDC Enhancement in Nigeria will establish clear plans.
“The plans will be for permanent and meaningful youth engagement in Nigeria’s NDC process beyond the current enhancement, including in the wider activities of the ministry
“It will be recalled that Nigeria had youths as part of its official delegation for the first time at the Conference of Parties during the COP25 in Madrid and this is furtherance of such concrete engagement.
“The sectors are agriculture, energy, oil and gas, industry, transport, water, waste management group and cross-cutting issues, finance and investment, gender and youth.
“ Nigerian youths are encouraged to be a part by registering to attend via https://bit.ly/3hVp2xd.
“The NDCs, which embody efforts by each country to reduce national emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change are at the heart of the Paris Agreement and central to the achievement of these long-term goals.’’
Adebote said that Nigeria and 185 other countries submitted their first NDCs in 2015 and Nigeria was planning to submit the revised NDC by 1st quarter of 2021.
“Considering that the NDCs are submitted every five years to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, an updated NDC is required for all party members,’’ he said.
He said that each climate plan reflects the country’s ambition for reducing emissions, taking into account its domestic circumstances and capabilities.
The coordinator said that the updated NDCs were expected to enhance the ambition of the Paris Agreement and provide a progression compared to the previous NDC while reflecting its highest possible ambition.
“Until recently, only four parties have submitted their second NDCs, namely Moldova, the Marshall Islands, Suriname and Norway.’’
He said that the consultation was expected to hold virtually on Sept. 11, via zoom with Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, the Minister of State for Environment and Daniel Mann, Resident Representative of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Nigeria expected to deliver crucial remarks.
He added that Samira Ibrahim, the Centre Director, Centre for Policy Research and Development Solutions would moderate the event.
Mr Huzi Mshelia, NDC Revision Coordinator, Department of Climate Change of the ministry, Olumide Idowu, Co-founder, International Climate Change Development Initiative and Adebote, Host, Climate Talk Podcast will be speaking at the event.
Edited By: Grace Yussuf
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it will continue to support Nigeria in the strengthening of peace and security through inclusive, innovative and sustainable solutions that are people oriented.
The UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Lealem Dinku, said this on Monday in Abuja, at the project launch of “Strengthening National and Regional Capacities for Peace Support Operations (PSOs)” for Centre for Strategic Research and Studies (CSRS) and National Defence College (NDC).
The project was funded by the Government of Japan through the UNDP.
He said that the partnership would also help in achieving the entire spectrum of peace operations from conflict prevention to conflict management and post–conflict peace building and recovery.
“With the launch of this project, the Government of Japan and UNDP will be implementing concurrently, three projects in Nigeria- one in the north east, one in Lagos and Kaduna as part of Japan regional support and one at national level–NDC Abuja.
“UNDP is honoured to be part of this initiative and will continue to strategically support the strengthening of ’s capacity and role in peace, security and disaster management.
“Building a better post COVID -19 pandemic recovery is an opportunity to re-imagine development priorities in Nigeria.
“And, strengthening of peace and security through inclusive, innovative and sustainable solutions that are people oriented in the country,” he said.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, represented by Mrs Elizabeth Egharevba, Director, International Cooperation, said that the project documents had already been endorsed by the ministry.
According to him, the project is expected to among other things, enhance the capacities for PSOs in West Africa through trainings to be conducted by the Abuja.
“This laudable initiative could not have come at any other time than now, when Nigeria and other West African countries are facing different security challenges; hence the need to build capacities and resilience of critical actors towards eradicating these challenges.
“Nigeria will continue to partner with UNDP and other critical stakeholders to ensure implementation of projects and programmes that will impact positively on the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.
He also called on the UNDP to ensure that effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism was put in place to ensure the sustainability of the project and also to carry along the ministry in the execution of the project.
The Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, represented by the Director, Peacekeeping Operations, Defence Headquarters, Maj.-Gen. Henry Ayamasaowei, expressed the determination of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to maintain its rightful place in the Peace Support Operations (PSOs) across the world.
Olonisakin, who expressed delight at the project funded by the Government of Japan through UNDP, noted that such collaboration would help Nigeria scale up its operations.
“The armed forces of Nigeria is willing and ever ready to continue to contribute its quotas to peace support operations in the sub region, in the continent and even globally, as part of our contribution to entrenching global peace and security.
“It is in that spirit that we want to reinstate our commitment to providing troops and resources to different missions across the nation and across the world.
“As it were, there was a time that Nigeria was one of the largest contributors to peacekeeping operations around the world, but in the recent past that contribution has dwindled drastically for obvious reasons.
“This kind of collaboration will help Nigeria to scale up its operation,” he said.
He urged the college not to allow the collaboration to break anymore.
Kadiri said that the project would herald the third phase of collaboration with the Government of Japan.
“The training is coming at an opportunity time due to the dynamic and changing nature of contemporary conflicts in Africa and globally which continues to pose critical challenge to the management of PSO.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)