The North East Development Commission (NEDC), in collaboration with Gombe Government, trained 50 women on renewable energy and distributed energy efficient stoves to them.
Mr. Aliyu Abdulkadir, the training Coordinator NEDC, disclosed this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday after the training.
He said the aim of the training was to equip the women with knowledge regarding the climate change as a phenomenon and what they could do to mitigate it’s impact.
the exercise was to achieive target set by the Federal Government to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports SDG 13 is one of the 17 goals established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 with its official mission statement.
“ “Nigeria and the rest of the world have been dealing with a general change in the climate and this climate change as phenomenal, is something that is affecting our livelihood, health care, food sustainability and other aspects of our socio economic well-being.
“Unless they are properly tackled, the world will no longer be the same and our generation will not be able to pass unto the upcoming generation what we inherited from our ancestors in terms of environment which is crucial.
“This training is part of the mitigation process because women were being taught how to use energy sufficient stoves which would help in ensuring that energy consumption is minimised .
“ The women can equally serve as advocates and positive partners in the fight against climate change and global warming ,” he explained.
NAN reports that each of the trainees received one energy efficient stove, undisclosed amount of cash and certificate.
Mrs Asabe Yakubu, one of the trainees, thanked NEDC for selecting her as a beneficiary of the training which she described as enriching.
“Prior to the training I did not have knowledge about climate change.
“ I am going to put into practice what I was taught in this training to the benefit of my family, immediate community and the country in general.
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has begun a two-day training of 300 rural women on using energy-efficient stoves in the region.
The Managing Director of the Commission, Mohammed Alkali said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Thursday in Maiduguri.
He said that 50 women were been selected to participate in the exercise in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. Alkali said the exercise was being conducted simultaneously as part of effort to enlighten the public on dangers associated with felling of trees as well as encourage use of energy-efficient stoves to mitigate effects of climate change.
According to him, the North-East region exemplifies typical extreme case of the country’s version of climate change, reveling in ecological imbalance accompanied by devastating consequences.
He said the region has been grappling with an unprecedented number of “climate induced migrations” occasioned by the multifaceted effects of climate change.
The NEDC boss listed the effects to include desertification, drought, flood and shrinkage of the Lake Chad basin – which put the region in a dire strait.
“We are seeing the effects of climate change that has exacerbated different conflicts in the North-East from the insurgency to communal conflicts over the years.
“The drying up of the Lake Chad, the southward expansion of the Sahara Desert, floods being experienced across many states, menace of the clashes necessitated by the diminishing availability of forests and grazing lands, are all obvious problems associated with climate change in the region,” he said.
Also speaking, Hajiya Falmata Mustapha, a Director in the Lake Chad Research Institute, said the women would be sensitised on effects of climate change and how use of energy-efficient stoves.
She said the participants would be provided with fuel-efficient stoves at the end io the exercise, adding that it was designed with 43 per cent thermal efficiency.
The Director urged Borno government and other stakeholders to work towards enhancing access to energy-efficient stove to control environmental pollution and deforestation.
One of the beneficiaries, Talatu Dibal lauded the gesture, adding that it had exposed them to understanding dangers associated and how to mitigate its impact on the environment.
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has begun a two-day training of 50 women on alternative energy to mitigate effect of climate change.
Mr Ali Abbas, NEDC Focal Person in Yobe, disclosed this at the inauguration of the exercise on Thursday in Damaturu.
“We are here to undertake training of 50 women selected from across the 17 local government areas of the state.
“It is a training organised by NEDC in collaboration with Yobe government, to mitigate the impact of climate change,” he said.
He said climate change has been identified as a major challenge being faced by global community, adding that North-East region has been grappling with an unprecedented effects of climate change.
He listed some of the effects to include desertification, drought, flooding and shrinkage of the Lake Chad, among others.
Abbas noted that adverse effects of climate change exacerbated conflict in the region such as insurgency and communal clashes.
“As a local level solution, NEDC is looking at training of women to be able to use alternative energy sources which is an energy efficiency stove.
“At the end of this training each of the participant will be given energy efficiency stove,” he said.
The state’s Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Sidi Karasuwa said the programme was imperative towards addressing tree felling in the state.
Represented by Muhammed Ahmed, a Director in the ministry, commended NEDC for execution of viable projects for the overall development of the people.
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has trained 150 automobile technicians on digital vehicular diagnostics and maintenance.
Speaking at their graduation ceremony on Saturday in Yola, Mohammed Goni, Managing Director, NEDC, said the training was part of the commission’s mandate to train and empower people in the region.
He urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired, the starter packs given to them and to train people under them.
Goni appealed to them not to sell out the kits given to them, so as not to ”regret their action in future.
”As part of the commission’s efforts in impacting positively on the citizens, it decided to establish Information Communication and Technology (ICT) centers in each of the senatorial districts in North-east to train more youth.
”Government alone cannot employ everybody, hence the need for people to get skills to help themselves, family and their communities, as well as to be employers of labour.
” Prof. Mohammed Ajiya, Managing Director, Digital Bridge Institute, explained that the beneficiaries underwent a three- week training and exposed them on how to provide effective services in their profession.
He added that they were also trained on how to relate with their customers and people working under them, as well as on entrepreneural skills.
Ajiya also urged them to impact positively on their businesses with the knowledge acquired.
In his remarks, Malam Bashir Ahmad, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Adamawa, commended the NEDC for engaging more youth for the various trainings in the state and North-east in general.
Ahmad, who was represented by Mr James Iliya, Commissioner, Ministry of Entrepreneurship Development, said the training would impact on the beneficiaries and the society in general.
According to him, the state government was also complementing the effects of NEDC in that regard, by reopening 10 skills acquisition centres in the state.
He added that 1,000 youths were also being trained on ICT and would soon to be presented with starter packs to be able to compete with other youths in the country.
Hussaini Musa, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, lauded the gesture of the commission and promised to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired and starter packs, given to them.
Musa also pledged to step down the training for more people to benefit on how to address challenges associated with modern vehicles
The UN and Nigeria have restated commitment to enhance the lives of older persons in the country.
Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, restated Nigeria’s commitment in a meeting with Dr Claudia Mahler, the UN’s Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights of Older Persons on Monday in Abuja.
Farouq said the ministry served as the nexus to bridge Nigeria’s comprehensive and multi-sectoral efforts to ensure inclusive social development, disaster mitigation and coordinated humanitarian responses in Nigeria.
She explained that the ministry was established with the mandate to provide leadership and coordinate all matters relating to humanitarian challenges, disaster management and social development in Nigeria.
Farouq added that the ministry oversees nine related agencies and departments.
The agencies include Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Persons with Disabilities (NCPWD) and National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Others are National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), North East Development Commission (NEDC), National Social Safety Nets Coordinating Office (NASSCO), National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) and the National Senior Citizens Centre (NSCC).
“However, under the purview of the Ministry, a number of policies have been developed to provide cardinal directions and framework for programme design, planning and implementation in the statutory areas.
“These include the National Policy on Ageing, Revised Social Protection Policy, Policy on Internally Displaced Persons, Policy on Persons with Disability, and Policy on Prohibition of Trafficking and Violence Against Persons, including older persons.
“The Ministry has also developed a comprehensive Strategic Roadmap for effective coordination.
“Also, President Muhammadu Buhari signed into Law the Act to establish NSCC in 2017, a focal body to reorient citizens’ negative perceptions and attitude about Ageing and older persons.
“Let me reiterate Nigeria’s commitment to support any process, including cross-regional Inter-Sessional meetings of like-minded member states to move forward the Convention on the Rights of older persons,” Farouq said.
She further said that the National Health Insurance Authority Bill, which has incorporated older persons amongst vulnerable groups for free healthcare without payment of premium, was recently signed into law.
Farouq also said that older persons were recipients of the grants for the vulnerable groups, with 15 per cent allocation reserved for them.
Speaking, Mahler said even though she heard a lot about Nigeria’s effort, but she was in the country to get an overview of activities concerning older persons.
“I am grateful to learn that there is a policy in place which tackled the issues and will be monitored.
I am willing to hear more about concrete steps so as to know where to render support to Nigeria in this regard.
“We can also raise more awareness.
A lot of things are already going on.
I think older persons are not that visible than other age groups.
“All over the world, we are still at the awareness level that older persons are left behind.
We need not only to support them but to give them space to be the advocate for themselves“I encourage you to tell me what is going on in your specific areas, including numbers as it would help me in my report.
“On human right issues, we need to ensure that barriers are overcome, for example age discrimination is a global issue concerning older persons,” Mahler said.
She further explained that it was good to support older persons to deal with their own lives in dignity and in development issues, adding that climate change also affect older persons.
“We are looking forward to see the leadership of Nigeria in Africa.
I am also happy to hear the support from Nigeria for right of older persons.
“I read all your papers and plans and I am looking forward to see us monitoring, so then we can work together to make their lives better,” Mahler stressed.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the NSCC, Dr Emem Omokaro, said Farouq was so passionate about social inclusion for older persons.
Omokaro said NSCC have strategic plan and that older persons were integrated in 2021 to 2025 National Development Plan.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the nine agencies under the ministry explained their activities and how older persons were carried along.
The event attracted officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant stakeholders.
NAN also reports that Mahler and Omokaro had earlier visited the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Budget and National Planning on advocacy.
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with residents in towns and villages affected by flooding across the country.
The president’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the president, the Federal Government will keep sending teams to assess the situation with a view to rendering all necessary help.
Buhari expressed concern over the hardships being faced by people due to this natural calamity.
The president noted that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had written to each of the 36 states of the federation through the states’ respective governors advising on the appropriate action to take in view of the gloomy forecasts of the rains this year.
“The structure of the response mechanism on this issue is clear: the government at the centre should step in to directly address national-level emergencies and that local government councils and the states are the first responders in all situations.
“Calls for the federal government to respond to all outbreaks of natural disaster do not just display an understanding of Nigerian law.
“While not a national-level emergency, the ongoing flooding is an emergency nevertheless.
Nigerian lives and property are at stake.
“We call on governors of those states that have swung into action and engaged the necessary gear to continue with their efforts, and those that have not, to immediately face their duties of managing the flooding within their jurisdictions,” he said.
According to him, each of the three tiers, (the local government, the state government and the federal government) has a sizeable budget at its disposal, allocated monthly precisely for dealing with these state-level natural emergencies.
The president, however, wondered why some of the state governments in question were not already drawing upon those funds to tackle the current emergency.
“The general population is misguidedly calling on the federal government to intervene in all situations.
“If those moneys are, for whatever reason, no longer available, the affected states and local councils must immediately contact the relevant authorities to explain what has happened with those funds.
“Under the prevailing revenue allocation formula, 2.32 per cent of derivation funds is set aside for ecology and disaster management.
“Of this amount, the 36 states and the FCT get 0.72 per cent, the 774 local governments get 0.6 per cent, adding to 1.32 per cent, leaving a balance of one per cent to the government of the federation,” said the president.
According to him, by the law of land, NEMA takes 20 per cent of the amount allocated to the Federal Government while the North East Development Commission (NEDC) collects 10 per cent and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) gets 10 per cent.
He said the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (GGW) gets 0.5 per cent, leaving 0.55 of the one per cent to the federal government for ecological protection and disaster management.
The president commended the few states that are up in front, doing a yeoman’s effort averting disasters and managing same where they occur.
He assured that the federal government would continue to work closely with the state governments to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge.
The president maintained that the response to emergencies must stand on the three-legged structure.
President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for providing life saving assistance to displaced populations in the North-East region.
The president made the commendation in an address to mark the 2022 World Humanitarian Day organised by the ministry, on Thursday in Maiduguri.
He said the ministry aided the development of humanitarian policies and provided effective coordination of national and international humanitarian interventions since inception in 2019. While noting that the people in the region had suffered from the insurgency, the president said the establishment of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), to among others stimulate support services and developed a master plan for the region.
“The plan known as the North East Stabilisation and Development Master Plan will contain programmes and skills that promote and facilitate physical and socio-economic development of the region as well as produce a comprehensive implementation plan.
“I am glad to hear from the supervisory minister that the north master plan has been finalised after consultations with all stakeholders,” he said.
He also commended the state governments in the region for complimenting the Federal Government’s efforts in ensuring the return and rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees.
The president reiterated commitment to address humanitarian issues in collaboration with development partners, especially towards improving the resilience of vulnerable populations.
“For the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and its agencies, I urged you to pay particular attention on emerging issues as we seek to return and rehabilitate our people.
“The emerging issues include increasing number of orphans and widows,” he said.
The president also lauded the military and other security agencies for thier commitment in the fight against insurgency, and urged them not to relent in ensuring that the insurgents were completely eliminated.
He also tasked the military to ensure adequate security for farmers, adding that agricultural activities are needed for resettlement and development of rural areas.
Gov. Babagana Zulum thanked Buhari for his commitment to end insurgency and peace restoration in the state.
He also commended security agencies, international community and development partners for thier support to the state, adding that the sustain improvement in security had led to the closure of all IDPs camps in Maiduguri.
The governor called for more support to the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR) programme of the state government.
Also, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, said the World Humanitarian Day aimed at advocating peace and stability at home and abroad.
Umar-Farouq said the celebration to mark the day in Maiduguri was to show solidarity to people of the state who suffered the brunt of decade-long insurgency.
“This year’s theme is “IT TAKES A VILLAGE”.
It truly takes a village to provide emergency relief, protection and assistance, to build peace and resilience of affected communities.
“Mr President, permit me to acknowledge the presence of members of the humanitarian community here with us for their commitment of service to humanity,” she said.
She said statistics of the Aid Worker Security Database from 2016 indicated that 35 aid workers lost their lives, 22 wounded and 28 kidnapped, adding that six others had been kidnapped in 2022. “We respect the memory of those who died while performing service.
I would like to use this opportunity to recognise all the humanitarian workers who have been killed, injured or kidnapped in the line of duty.
“I have instructed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) and the North East Development Commission (NEDC) to stockpile food and non-food items in order to mitigate food insecurity,” she said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development and its agencies to address urgent threats posed by explosive remnants in the North East region.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman, said Buhari issued the directive on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day 2022, in Maiduguri, Borno, on Thursday.
He affirmed government’s commitment to reducing the effect of disasters, climate change, insurgency and challenges of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
He also directed the Ministry and its agencies to pay particular attention to emerging issues amid the return and rehabilitation of Nigerians displaced in the 13-year conflict and insurgency in the region.
He said: ”The emerging issues include the increasing number of orphans and widows.
”From our experience in the unfortunate Civil War, I know the threat that unexploded ordnances can pose to returnees even after the conflict has ended as we saw in the latest IED incident in Bama just last week.
”I urge the Ministry and its agencies as well as State Governments and the Special Committee I have set up under the Chairmanship of the Vice President to come up with specific programmes and projects.
”These projects would respond to these emerging challenges of explosive ordnance as well as that of children orphaned by insurgency.
” On the fight against insurgency, Buhari reiterated his directive to security agencies to take the fight to the hideouts of the criminal elements and ensure ”they are completely eliminated.
” He said: ”The Men and Officers of Operation Lafiya Dole, security agencies and the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF), are very much appreciated for their commitment to the fight against insurgency.
”I commend their professionalism and tactical penetration to the hideout of the criminal elements, leading to appreciable improvement of the security situation in this North East Region, without which the resettlement of the IDP’s would not be possible.
”I, therefore, implore you not to relent in your efforts, continue to take the fight to their hideouts and ensure they are completely eliminated.
”I also implore you to ensure adequate security for farmers in their farming activities.
agricultural activities are most needed for settlement and development of the rural areas and this can only be achieved if the farmers are sure of their safety.
” On World Humanitarian Day, commemorated annually on August 19, Buhari commended all humanitarian aid workers that provide the much-needed assistance to those afflicted by the conflict.
He praised humanitarian aid workers across the globe for distinguishing themselves through their courage, commitment and drive to help their fellow humans in need – often at extreme personal risk to themselves.
”This typifies the nature of humanitarian work and sacrifice, and it is a great testimony for the theme of this year’s World Humanitarian Day which is “It Takes a Village,” he said.
The president led other guests at the event in Maiduguri to observe a minute of silence in memory of all who lost their lives in disasters and humanitarian workers who died in the line of duty.
‘‘On this 2022 World Humanitarian Day and every other day, we stand and shall continue to stand in solidarity with humanitarian aid workers and recognize their tremendous service and sacrifice.
”We celebrate their tireless efforts to save lives, preserve human dignity, and alleviate suffering.
Their selfless commitment and actions stand as an example to us all.
”We will also make sure that they have our backing by ensuring that the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Social Development facilitates their work,” he pledged,” he said.
Buhari also used the occasion to appreciate retired Gen. Theophilus Danjuma for his support to Borno Government in rehabilitating many IDPs in the North East. He described Danjuma’s humanitarian assistance as significant and patriotic, urging other Nigerians and organisations with the means to support humanitarian work.
The president also thanked the UNDP, the European Union, the government of USA, United Kingdom and Germany, as well as other foreign establishments for their support in complementing the Administration’s effort to stabilize the North East Region.
He urged all relevant public, private and international agencies to support government’s drive to rehabilitate IDPs, care for victims of insurgency as well as commitment to ”on-going processes concerning Boko members willing to surrender.
” In his welcome address, Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno said “the state is enjoying relative peace and stability, thanks to the sacrifices of gallant soldiers, security agencies, local vigilantes and the MNJTF.
’’ He commended the president for his leadership and the successes recorded so far in the war against terror in the region.
The governor also hailed the establishment of North East Development Commission (NEDC) and the ongoing installation of a 50MW power generation plant to provide electricity in the State.
He also thanked the president for the recent approval of N15billion for the repatriation of citizens from the North East living in Chad, Niger and Cameroon as a result of the displacement caused by the insurgency.
Citing figures from Aid Worker Security Database, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Farouq disclosed that since 2016, 35 aid workers lost their lives, 22 wounded and 28 kidnapped.
She added that since the beginning of this year, six aid workers were kidnapped in the country.
On the choice of Borno for this year’s event, the minister explained that it was meant to highlight the humanitarian situation and plight of IDPs in the region and to inspire the much needed change.
While in Borno, Buhari inaugurated the Bulunkutu Teachers’ Quarters on Airport road and Molai 500 low-cost housing estate for IDPs constructed by the State Government with support of the Federal Government.
The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has graduated 30 youths trained on climate-friendly stove fabrication and briquette production in Bauchi State.
The Assistant General Manager of the commission in charge of Bauchi State, Mr Ibrahim Bashir stated this at the end of the training exercise on Friday n Bauchi.
He said the commission began the training of the youths drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi, Birno Gombe and Taraba States on Monday, Aug. 8. He said the training programme was one of the key mandate of the commission towards empowering people in the region, to enable them to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
The NEDC official said briquette production techniques acquired by the trainees was a huge source of export which would increase income and revenue generation in the country.
“Briquettes are a big source of export which will generate a lot of money to the North-East region and Nigeria.
“I have been privileged to have seen briquettes being packaged in cartons and people in the neighbouring countries patronise it.
“It is a good source of economic empowerment.
If you can export a truck load of briquettes, you will be able to start your manufacturing industries of the briquette,” he said.
He urged the graduates to ensure effective use of the skills learnt and step-down the training in their communities.
The Lead Trainer, Mr Saleh Yahmut said the youths had been exposed to entrepreneurial skills to enable them to run successful businesses in briquettes.
Accordingto him, a bag of briquettes is being sold at N5,000, adding that it was made from rice husks, sugarcane peels, groundnut and coconut shells, and sawdust.
This, he said would check indescrminate tree felling and preserve the ecosystem in the country.
“The fabricated stove are environmental friendly unlike most of the existing stoves in the country which emit carbon monoxide, ” he said.
One the graduates, Esther Febiuns, commended the gesture and called for expansion of the scope of the training exercise to encourage participation in the programme.
The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commenced a one-week training for 30 youths on fabrication of efficient stoves and briquette production in the region.
Speaking during the commencement of the training in Bauchi on Monday, Mr Adamu Lawan, Head of Environment and Natural Resources, NEDC, said the training is titled `waste to wealth’ under the commission.
He explained that the trainees, five each from Borno, Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Taraba states, consisted of artisans and scavengers that would be effectively taught how to fabricate energy efficient stoves.
According to him, the stove is environmentally friendly and acceptable globally, adding that the model of the stove was initially adopted in India.
“Since the inception of the commission, the main mandate is to develop the North East, and part of the development is job creation.
“We have seen that there are so many graduates on the streets, there are no white collar jobs, so we start thinking outside the box.
“The trainer here was in Kenya and he emerged one of the best in West Africa in fabrication of this stove.
“So, we feel this is a very good idea for us in the North East to train our people, so that they will be producing and selling it themselves to earn a living and to also become employers of labour,” he said.
Lawan, who stated that most of the stoves used in the country emit carbon monoxide, however, explained that the type of stove that would be fabricated by the trainees would be environmentally friendly.
He added that it had been tested and the briquette, which is like the charcoal they would be using is from solid and agricultural wastes.
“It is not going to impact the environment negatively in any way,” Lawan said.
Also, Mr Saleh Yahmut, the trainer, said that the fuel for the stove would be extracted from rice husks, sugarcane peels, groundnut shells, coconut shells and sawdust.
He added that every available wastes from the farm or from the house was a potential raw material for the fuel.
“With this innovation, there will be no more felling of trees,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of others, Yaku Ismail, appreciated NEDC for the kind gesture and promised to listen attentively to what would be taught and make effective use of the skills acquired.