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  •  The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards
    The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards
     The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards
    The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards
    Africa6 days ago

    The First Ladies of Niger and the Central African Republic congratulate the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Awards

    The Merck Foundation (https://Merck-Foundation.com) and African First Ladies announced the call for applications for 2 new 2022 award categories for media, musicians, fashion designers, filmmakers, students, and potential new talent in these fields; Merck Foundation "More Than a Mother" Awards 2022 to address topics such as: Breaking the stigma of infertility, Supporting girls' education, Ending child marriage, Ending female genital mutilation, Stopping gender-based violence and /o Empowerment of women at all levels; Merck Foundation “Diabetes and Hypertension” Awards 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of Diabetes and Hypertension.

    The CEO of the Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, acknowledged the congratulatory ceremony conducted by HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA, First Lady of Central Africa and Merck Foundation Ambassador "More than a Mother" and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, First Lady of Central Africa.

    Lady of Niger and Ambassador of "Educating Linda" to award the winners of the 2021 Merck Foundation Media Recognition Awards from their respective countries.

    Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej, Executive Director of the Merck Foundation and President of the "More than a Mother" campaign, said: "I am grateful to my dear sisters HE BRIGITTE TOUADERA, the First Lady of the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Merck Foundation "More Than a Mother" and HE BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, First Lady of Niger and Ambassador of "Educating Linda", for leading the award ceremony and personally presenting the medals and certificates to the winners who became alumni of the Merck Foundation.

    Once again, I congratulate the winner from CAR and Niger, respectively, and also appreciate all the efforts made by them to become the voice of the voiceless to raise awareness on sensitive social and cultural issues, such as the stigma of infertility.

    , support for girls' education and also health problems such as adapting the best protection measures during the coronavirus, in the last year ".

    The Merck Foundation, encouraged by the valuable contribution of the media, has further rewarded the winners by providing them with one year's access to an online educational training program called "MasterClass".

    MasterClass is an immersive online experience and self-paced learning course that can be accessed from anywhere with the internet.

    The Merck Foundation, in association with the First Lady of CAR, has awarded 5 scholarships to young local doctors in the fields of Oncology and Diabetes.

    A female doctor completed the Merck Foundation Oncology Program and became the first gynecologic oncologist at CAR.

    As part of its "Educating Linda" program, the Merck Foundation has also provided 3,000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in the Central African Republic.

    In addition, the Merck Foundation, in association with the First Lady of Niger, has awarded 25 scholarships to young doctors in the fields of Oncology, Fertility and Embryology, and Diabetes Care. Under its "Educating Linda" program, the Merck Foundation has also provided 3,000 sets of essential school supplies to girl students in Niger.

    The winners from the Central African Republic in association with HE Madam BRIGITTE TOUADERA, the First Lady of the Central African Republic and Merck Foundation “More Than a Mother” Ambassador are: MERCK FOUNDATION “MORE THAN A MOTHER” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS ” 2021 RADIO CATEGORY FIRST Position: Schella Claudicia Yemengali, Radio Centrafrique, CAR SECOND Position: Stephane Kokanzo, Radio Centrafrique, CAR MERCK FOUNDATION “MASK UP WITH CARE” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position: Arsène-Jonathan Mosseavo (https://bit.ly/3vTayHc) Winners from Niger in collaboration with HE Madam.

    BAZOUM HADIZA MABROUK, The First Lady of Niger and Educating Linda Ambassador are: MERCK FOUNDATION MEDIA RECOGNITION “MORE THAN A MOTHER” AWARDS 2021 PRINT CATEGORY FIRST Position: Issa Moussa, Niger Times, NIGER ONLINE CATEGORY FIRST Position: Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER MERCK FOUNDATION “MASK UP WITH CARE” MEDIA RECOGNITION AWARDS 2021 FIRST IMPRESSION CATEGORY Position: Koami Agbetiafa, Niger Inter Hebdo, NIGER Senator Rasha Kelej further added: “In association with my dear sisters, the first ladies African, I am happy to announce the call for applications from media, musicians, fashion designers, filmmakers, students and potential new talent in these fields for two award categories.

    You can share your work with us at submit@merck-foundation.com.” Award details: Merck Foundation Media Recognition "More than a mother" 2022 to address topics such as: Breaking the stigma of infertility, Supporting girls' education, Ending child marriage, Ending female genital mutilation, Stopping the gender violence and empowerment of women at all levels.

    Merck Foundation Media Recognition "Diabetes and Hypertension" 2022 to promote a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness of the prevention and early detection of diabetes and hypertension Last Submission Date: October 30, 2022

  •  Abuja City FC target promotion to NPFL
    Abuja City FC target promotion to NPFL
     Abuja City FC target promotion to NPFL
    Abuja City FC target promotion to NPFL
    General news5 months ago

    Abuja City FC target promotion to NPFL

    Abuja City FC

    Moses Adams, sporting director of a Nigerian National League (NNL) club, Abuja City FC, says the club's goal is to achieve promotion to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

    Adams told the Nigerian News Agency that the Abuja-based team, currently leading NNL Group A1 with 12 points from four games, would not give up on their goal.

    “We miss having a team from Abuja playing in the NPFL and I see City FC as that team to break the curse.

    “We need City FC to play in the NPFL, that way more Abuja fans will be able to watch the best matches in the league and not just focus on the English Premier League.

    "We have invested a lot in this team, in terms of welfare, players, coaching staff and more, so we expect nothing less than a qualification at the highest level of football in the country," he said.

    reports that City FC had defeated Mighty Jets of Jos 2-0, FWC 2-1, Oyah Sports FC 3-0 and 1-0 against EFCC FC in their last four matches.

    They will face El-Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri on Sunday.

    Team captain Onyeka Ojieh also said that his ultimate goal is to be in the NPFL.

    “We are doing our best to play in the NPFL because our teammates are in the NPFL, not the NNL, and as a result, we will do everything in our power to achieve our goal,” he said.

    NNL Group A1 consists of EFCC FC, Oyah Sports FC, FWC Champion, Sokoto United, Mighty Jets, ABS of Ilorin, El-Kanemi Warriors, City FC, Zamfara United and Yobe Desert Stars.(www. )

  •  Women s developmental potentials cannot be overlooked Sanwo Olu
    Women’s developmental potentials cannot be overlooked – Sanwo-Olu
     Women s developmental potentials cannot be overlooked Sanwo Olu
    Women’s developmental potentials cannot be overlooked – Sanwo-Olu
    Gender5 months ago

    Women’s developmental potentials cannot be overlooked – Sanwo-Olu

    Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, says women are endowed with immense value and potentials for development that cannot be overlooked.Sanwo-Olu said this on Tuesday at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan, at the celebration of the 2022 International Women’s Day (IWD), organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA).The theme of the 2022 celebration is ”Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow, #Break the Bias,”.He said that such value and potentials had made women to add their invaluable contributions to the success of his administration, and the sustained prosperity and development of the state.According to him, the 2020 theme highlights the sad reality of gender-based discrimination, which has long been a major barrier to acknowledge development.”It is a call to action and the stepping up of advocacy aimed at raising the awareness to what the society stands to gain, if equal opportunities are provided for both the female and male genders to pursue their dreams and attain their potentials.”Available statistics and indices of development have shown that societies where women are active partners and participants in development are more likely to attain higher level of prosperity, growth and progress.”Such societies have shown that, like a bird, which requires the two wings to fly and soar, the desired levels of growth and development can only be achieved when the potentials of the two genders are optimally harnessed.”In Lagos state, our commitment to this yearly celebration reflects our belief in the critical role our women must play and are playing side by side with the men,” he said.Sanwo-Olu said that as a deliberate decision, the Lagos state government had one of the highest numbers of women in any state cabinet in the country.He said that in the last 34 months, the government had remained faithful to its promise to improve the socio-economic status of women.The governor said that expanding the representation of women in his government was just the foundation of to empowering women, as it was building various programmes and policies which were being faithfully implemented.He said the state government’s Micro-Enterprise Support Scheme had directly impacted 5,000 women.According to him, a significant number of women have received and continues to receive support from the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), through its gender specific initiatives, targeted at enhancing the growth and earning capacity of women entrepreneurs across the state.”We are focused on getting more money into the hands of women.”Apart from the issues of capacity-building, business support and empowerment, our administration has remained undaunted and relentless in addressing the issues of abuse and gender-based violence, through the efforts of institutions and government agencies specially created for that purpose.”Let me use this opportunity to assure our women that we will continue to stand with you and work for you to ensure gender parity and fair representation at all levels of government. Together we will break the bias for a sustainable tomorrow,” he said.In her welcome address, Mrs Cecilia Dada, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation commended Sanwo-Olu for being passionate about the plight of women in the state.Dada said there was need for women to breach the frontiers of silence and inaction, by challenging every stereotype in the way of gender parity and inclusion.She said there was clarion call for gender-equality in all decision making policies, identifying factors as equal pay and equal distribution of resources, even as emphasis was being placed against all forms of idleness amongst active women within the society.”It is only a woman who is self-reliant that can break the bias and destroy the barriers.”I encourage women in Lagos state, Nigeria and all over the world, as we celebrate the International Women’s day, to avail themselves of various opportunities to become empowered, self-reliant, self-confident, even as we strive to attain leadership positions across the world,” Dada said.

  •  Minister promises more support for women in mining
    Minister promises more support for women in mining
     Minister promises more support for women in mining
    Minister promises more support for women in mining
    General news5 months ago

    Minister promises more support for women in mining

    Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, Minister of Mines and Steel Development, says the ministry is developing modalities to position Women in Mining to achieve more in the sector.

    Adegbite, representing Okono, Director, Mines and Environmental Compliance, made this known during the International Women's Day 2022 event and G4M Club Launch organized by Mining Nigeria (WIMIN), on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The theme for International Women's Day 2022 is: "Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow".

    According to Adegbite, the ministry is about to launch a program to support women in mining based on a request from its leadership.

    “Her aim is to reposition the organization to meet the development needs of women in the Nigerian mining sector and will be key to developing the sector's gender strategy and implementing it once it is complete.

    “Today's event on gender issues in the mining industry is helpful in structuring a healthy mining industry where women, men, communities, the environment, governments and mining companies are treated fairly.

    “This is in line with the gender objectives of the African Mining Vision (AMV) adopted by the Heads of Government in 2009 and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

    "Both seek to expand opportunities to strengthen the voice and influence of women and reduce inequalities," she said.

    He noted that it was unfair that the female gender was an important and growing segment of the mining industry's workforce and supply chain, and yet the industry was largely dominated.

    “Leaving this challenge unresolved prevents families, communities, governments and businesses from receiving the social and economic benefits associated with a diverse workforce.

    "The mining industry is traditionally a male-dominated industry that has limited the participation of women in leading roles."

    Additionally, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, Minister of State, Mines and Steel Development, praised women in mining for introducing girls, youth and schools to the field.

    “Catching them young is the best; Nigeria's future is mining because in the next few years, the oil that we have now will no longer exist, we will have solid minerals left.

    “I must praise the women; whatever you do is always perfect. Introducing mining to young women to trap young women in the profession is a great achievement for the sector and the country in general,” she said.

    Earlier, Br. Janet Adeyemi, President of Women in Mining Nigeria (WIMIN), said that the role of women has been limited to housework and child rearing, and this has done a great disservice to progress. of the human race.

    “However, in recent times, the world has gradually realized its mistake and the injustice committed, not only against women, but against the progress of the entire world.

    “For this reason, various actions have been undertaken to recognize the place of women in business society and to overcome the dark ages of discrimination and intolerance against the female gender.

    “Today marks the 111th time the world has come together to give special recognition to the contributions of women to the advancement of human society.

    “Women in mining is an easy reference of the strength and capacity of women in very complex and highly intricate sectors.

    "The men in those sectors do not imagine that any woman can withstand difficult terrain."

    He said that section 56, subsection 1 of the Nigerian Labor Law discriminates against women working underground in the mining sector.

    “But women in mining have made a clear point that however complex, intricate and critical the mining sector is, there are women who are cracking the hard nut with the highest level of professionalism,” Adeyemi said.

    Several women on the occasion asked the Federal Government to review the Labor Law that discriminates against women who operate in underground mining.

    Some also urged the government to relax the conditions attached to the N5 billion mining intervention loan with the Bank of Industry (BoI) to allow women artisanal and small-scale miners to access the fund.

    The girls from the school who attended the occasion were launched into the Girls' Club for Mining (G4M).

  •  PPP will boost mining investment Official
    PPP will boost mining investment– Official
     PPP will boost mining investment Official
    PPP will boost mining investment– Official
    General news5 months ago

    PPP will boost mining investment– Official

    The Director General of the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office (MCO), Mr. Obadiah Nkom, says that the Public Private Partnership (PPP) will drive huge investment in the mining sector.

    Nkom said this in a statement from Fatoke, head of the MCO Press Unit, in Abuja.

    Hosting a delegation from Optiva Resources Ltd., a UK-based investment organization and its investment advisers, NPL Advisors, the CEO said investing in Nigeria's mining sector "is a great opportunity."

    He listed the mineral titles available, such as Exploration License, Quarry Lease, Small-Scale Mining Lease, Water Use Permit and Mining Lease, adding that they were especially open to foreign investors.

    It also ensured a more conducive environment for mining investors, adding that the principles adopted had made the application process more transparent.

    "MCO is now online and the best time to invest in Nigeria's mineral sector is now," he said.

    He said the Federal Government, in collaboration with the World Bank, has upgraded the agency's system to meet the global standard.

    He said that the application-based electronic system of the Mining Cadastre (eMC+), a ready-made platform, has been provided for investors from all over the world to join.

    “We upgraded from the regular polygon to our current online system; we are talking about real-time management and these are the series of updates that can be aligned with international best practices.

    ”With the new system, the mineral title can be requested from anywhere in the world; Currently, we are crossing and tapping where necessary so that we have a sustainable system.”

    According to him, offices have been opened in the six geopolitical zones and they are also receiving requests from different zones and states.

    Earlier, Investment Promotion and Minerals Trade (IPMT) Director Mr. Yunusa Mohammed said the organization's visit coincided with the ministry's participation in the London Mines and Money Conference in December 2021.

    The CEO of Optiva Securities Ltd., Mr. Christian Dennis, who led the team, said that the company had gone to different countries in Africa.

    He said the visit to Nigeria was a fact-finding mission as his key interest was exploring investment opportunities in precious metals and battery metals.

  •  N5bn mining intervention loan No female miner accessed facility
    N5bn mining intervention loan: No female miner accessed facility
     N5bn mining intervention loan No female miner accessed facility
    N5bn mining intervention loan: No female miner accessed facility
    General news5 months ago

    N5bn mining intervention loan: No female miner accessed facility

    Mining site in Nigeria

    The Honorable Janet Adeyemi, President of the NGO Women in Mining Nigeria (WIMIN), has alleged that no women small-scale artisanal miners have benefited from the N5 billion mining intervention loan.

    Adeyemi made this known in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency in Abuja.

    She said the conditionality attached to the loan from Mines and Steel Development and the Bank of Industry (BoI) was too strict for women miners to agree to.

    recalls that in 2017, both the ministry and the BoI signed an agreement to each contribute 2.5 billion naira, for a total of 5 billion naira as an intervention fund for artisanal miners.

    The agreement was signed by Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was the then minister with BoI officials.

    Adeyemi said that the conditions should be relaxed, if the fund was really intended for artisanal miners.

    “We have tried several times to access credit but without success, we have sufficiently qualified affiliates but they were not given them because their guarantees (houses) were not in the cities.

    “One of our members who has his collateral in Benin City, Edo was denied the loan.

    “They are looking for different excuses to prevent our members from accessing the fund, even our male counterparts also complained about the same problem.

    “The bureaucracy in Nigeria is too much. I understand the risk associated with the mining sector, but there are things that need to be worked out,” she said.

    She said that the US government gave some grants to business owners to help their businesses.

    “The Federal Government can do the same and monitor the fund.

    "If we continue like this, the small miners that dominate the sector will continue in the same place without advancing," he said.

    He said that without official inclusion, women in mining will continue to lag behind in accessing funds due to stringent conditions and collateral issues.

    he also recalls that the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, said that the five billion naira was in BoI custody to be disbursed to miners who meet the criteria.

    Adegbite said that from 2017 to date, the ministry's N2.5 billion contribution to BoI had generated N1 billion in interest, making it N3.5 billion.

    “But more than N300 million has been disbursed from the fund to some miners,” he said.

    According to him, the purpose of the fund is not to generate interest for the government but to develop the sector.

    He said loan criteria had been relaxed, adding that artisanal miners only needed collateral, which would have to be a grade 14 journeyman or higher.

    it also reports that the loan will be available at a single-digit interest rate of five percent.

  •  PPFN restates commitment to safe space for women
    PPFN restates commitment to safe space for women
     PPFN restates commitment to safe space for women
    PPFN restates commitment to safe space for women
    General news5 months ago

    PPFN restates commitment to safe space for women

    The Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) on Wednesday reaffirmed its commitment to providing a safe space for women.

    Ms. Mukhtar Zainab, PPFN Marketing and Communications Officer, had this to say in a statement on the occasion of International Women's Day (IWD) in Abuja.

    Zainab said that the PPFN will continue to strengthen the factors that ensure the protection and safety of women and girls both at home, at school and in the workplace.

    “This day and every day we are honored as the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) to recognize the passion and reinforce the continued commitment of the team dedicated to providing a safe space for women.

    “At work, at home and everywhere in society, we believe that by providing access and the enabling environment for women and girls to thrive, we are ensuring better future prospects for our society,” she said.

    The press officer said that this year's campaign hashtag, #BreakTheBias, was a call to action to avoid stereotypes that hinder the advancement of women and girls in our society.

    According to her, it is time to rescue women and girls from laws that discriminate and retrograde regulations that harm them.

    He expressed the federation's determination to remain prepared to break down prejudice.

    “We are also particularly excited about this because the campaign theme aligns with our vision.

    “Promotes a society where all individuals freely exercise (without prejudice) their right to choose quality health services.

    “Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women and girls to access health services, especially reproductive health,” she said.

    Zainab called for action to end all stereotypes and discrimination aimed at thwarting efforts to accelerate gender equality.

    “Knowing that a bias exists is not enough; action is needed to level the playing field.

    “At PPFN, we are committed to promoting gender equality in our workplace and in the work we do.

    “We will continue to empower women and girls to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights to life-saving information and services.

    "As an organization, we will continue to encourage women's leadership by allocating at least 50% plus one seat to women in our board composition," she said.

    He expressed his optimism that such action would unlock women's potential and increase their control over resources and access to opportunities.

    “We will continue to lead and support the promotion of an enabling policy environment and ensuring the active participation of women in advocacy and community engagement,” she said.

    She used the occasion of International Women's Day 2022 to, on behalf of PPFN, call on all stakeholders to rededicate and reposition themselves to improve the quality of life for our women and girls.

    “Let us strengthen and support the Nigerian government to achieve the Family Planning 2030 (FP2030) Renewal Commitment.

    “For our part, we will continue to support the women of Nigeria in their quest to realize their full potential.

    "We are deeply committed to supporting any initiatives aimed at addressing the various challenges and barriers they face in their daily engagement and interaction with society," he said.

    He reiterated PPFN's commitment to continue participating in initiatives aimed at the advancement of women; and promote the celebration of women's achievements.

    “PPFN calls on everyone to raise awareness against prejudice. Let's act to break the bias of women today and every day.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the highlight of International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 was the provision of cervical cancer screening and family planning (FP) services for women.

    There was also the distribution of male and female condoms, as well as the provision of self-test kits for HIV and other diseases.

  •  Take advantage of new Electoral Act group tells youth
    Take advantage of new Electoral Act, group tells youth
     Take advantage of new Electoral Act group tells youth
    Take advantage of new Electoral Act, group tells youth
    General news5 months ago

    Take advantage of new Electoral Act, group tells youth

    All Progressives Congress (APC) Lob Cross River President Oden Ewa has advised young Nigerians to take advantage of the opportunities the Electoral Act provides in politics.

    Ewa, in an interview with journalists in Abuja, said it was time for young people to take their place of honor in the country's leadership and government.

    The president, who praised President Muhammadu Buhari for passing the controversial electoral bill, described the gesture as one of the president's historic achievements.

    He said the new law would add value to Nigeria's electoral system, which has so far suffered backlash from election observers and the international community.

    “This singular action by Mr. President has shown that he is very serious about cleaning up the electoral system through lasting reforms.

    “We are also aware of his extensive reforms in the oil and gas sector, as well as in the agricultural sector, among others.

    “The draft electoral law, President Buhari has returned power to the people.

    “He has given us back our voice, validating that the power indeed belongs to the people.

    "Now we can truly say that Nigeria is getting closer to practicing true democracy, a government of the people, the people," Ewa said.

    The group's chairman said that with the Electoral Act coming into force, "Nigerians now have the power to determine who will govern or represent them, as their votes will now count."

    He was of the opinion that elections would be freer and fairer in the country from now on.

    He noted that the era of electoral banditry and unhealthy manipulation of poll results would cease to exist.

    “It will no longer be business as usual. The 'carry go' syndrome will naturally fade,” she said.

    The lob claimed that ballot box hijacking and ballot stuffing during elections would become history as the country would begin to see more credible polls in the future. (www.nwes.ng)

  •  Gender equity panacea for sustainable future Ex Minister Maina
    Gender equity, panacea for sustainable future- Ex-Minister Maina
     Gender equity panacea for sustainable future Ex Minister Maina
    Gender equity, panacea for sustainable future- Ex-Minister Maina
    Gender5 months ago

    Gender equity, panacea for sustainable future- Ex-Minister Maina

    A former Minister for Women's Affairs, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has reiterated the need for women to be included in politics and government as key to ensuring a sustainable future.

    Maina, in a statement to mark International Women's Day 2022 in Abuja on Tuesday, said women in Nigeria were highly marginalized.

    She said that this year's theme, "Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow", was appropriate but unfortunately not practiced in Nigeria.

    “Without gender equality there can be no sustainable tomorrow. As the strongest gender, we naturally fill much higher roles than men can.

    “However, in politics and government we are excluded. So today I fold both my hands over my heart to join other women across the country in saying "Please break the bias."

    "The construction of the nation is a task that requires the contribution of all citizens regardless of their gender," he said.

    Maina said that to perpetually exclude a significant population of a country from political participation and governance processes was to deny the country the full potential for a sustainable tomorrow.

    “Women suffer deprivation in many spheres of our national life, but when we ask for equality, the patriarchy pushes us back.

    "We are not asking for equality because we want to assume the roles of our men, we are asking for gender equality because that is the only guarantee of a sustainable tomorrow," he said.

    According to her, the recent position taken by the National Assembly in the constitutional amendment process sends a bold signal to Nigerian women to wake up and get things organized.

    The former minister said it was time for Nigerian women to stand up and challenge the status quo.

    She said: “Since politics is a numbers game, we must come together and use our superior numbers to demand fairer treatment.

    “The minimum we should require in the 2023 constituency is the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and half of the candidates in all elective offices. With our numbers we can do it,” he said.

    Maina therefore called on all Nigerian women to rise to the challenge of ending bias and enthroning fairness in politics and government.

    “I challenge Nigerian men to see the reason to ensure equity and inclusion in our national life; this is certainly a task for all of us; Happy International Women's Day 2022,'' she added.

  •  Desertification FG establishes 190km shelter belt plantation in Katsina State
    Desertification: FG establishes 190km shelter-belt plantation in Katsina State
     Desertification FG establishes 190km shelter belt plantation in Katsina State
    Desertification: FG establishes 190km shelter-belt plantation in Katsina State
    Environment5 months ago

    Desertification: FG establishes 190km shelter-belt plantation in Katsina State

    The Federal Government said on Tuesday that it has established more than 190 km of seat belt plantations in Katsina state from 2013 to date.

    Mr. Isah Sadiq, Deputy Director of the Forestry and Land Management Department of the National Agency for Great Green Wall (NAGGW), told reporters this during the field investment assessment in Katsina State.

    The Nigerian News Agency reports that the agency visited five local government areas in Katsina state, which included Kaita, Mashi, Baure, Daura and Mai-Adua.

    Sadiq said the essence of the visit was to showcase the achievements made so far in combating land degradation and other environmental challenges in the state.

    “Establishing the shelterbelt will help prevent desert encroachment, serve as windbreaks for trees, and reduce soil erosion.

    “The effort will also provide housing for wildlife and produce healthy crops.

    “When you establish a protection belt, it will help the crops grow healthy and produce good fruit as well,” he said.

    Sadiq said that Nigeria was one of the pioneer countries of the GGW initiative due to the challenges of land degradation, desertification and drought, adding that there were 11 frontline states.

    He said the agency was established to prevent or reverse the degradation of ecosystems while improving the living conditions of affected communities through the provision of ecosystem services.

    He said the agency made sure the trees were planted during the rainy season between June and August to allow the trees to survive and look healthy.

    “Meanwhile, we have already built wells for the communities, once the rainy season comes, the workers will use the wells to water the trees so they continue to grow well.

    “We plant gardens for the communities; the trees are mainly for economic purposes where people can sell the fruits and use the money to support their families,” she said.

    The director said that NAGGW has always created a strong awareness in communities about the importance of conserving trees for sustainability.

    He said the agency planted more than 1,000 trees in the state in 2021 and was committed to ensuring degradation in affected communities was prevented.

    He said the agency would continue to plant more trees to ensure land degradation, forestation and other environmental challenges are effectively addressed in the state.

    Ms. Habiba Ibrahim, Deputy Director, Field Office Coordinator for the organization, said the agency's plan was to engage with communities to educate them on the importance of environmental protection.

    “Engaging with the people will enhance the activities we are doing and help the agency achieve its mandates and goals.

    “My advice to communities is to take what belongs to them so that it reduces poverty and hardship in the community and reclaims lost land.

    "I urge community leaders to encourage people on the importance of reversing tree degradation and avoiding activities that could lead to land destruction," he said.

    State field officer Mr. Tahir Ibrahim said the agency had committed to training most communities in various skills and equipped participants with tools to help lift them out of poverty.

    “NAGGW has also distributed solar panel power systems and built wells in communities for tree sustainability.”

    Mr. Mutaka Yusuf, one of the agency's rangers, said that the only challenge they faced at times was how to pump water into the water tanks to wet the trees.

    “We can't pump from the well due to lack of electricity and since this fuel shortage started, we can't even buy fuel to use in our generator.

    "So we need money to power our generator."

    Mr. Sani Iliyasu, Community Leader, Kayawa Village, Kaita LGA, who spoke on behalf of the people, thanked the agency for the gesture it gave them.

    "We promise to make sure the project is protected and maintained." (TO)