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  •   As US EU others seek policy consensus in closing gender gaps British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing has said that the United UK Kingdom government has launched a 100 million about four hundred billion naira the program through the first bank of Nigeria as direct funding specifically to women owned enterprises in Nigeria She made this known at the ongoing gender and inclusion summit organized by the Policy Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group yesterday in Abuja She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK s three Es projects namely Educating girls Empowering women and Ending violence against women and girls The UK has three areas focusing on Gender The three Es includes educating girls empowering women and ending violence against women and girls The UK has worked on education for decades now particularly in north east Nigeria where we have supported 1 4 million additional girls going to school On the empowerment side we recently launched a hundred million programmes through the first bank of Nigeria which will direct funding specifically to women owned enterprises she said Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them but there are social norms religious norms and behavioural norms which are used as excuses for not making progress on gender equality She adds We are also digitising Humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account which gives them more empowerment United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard has called on government and International partners to prioritize streamlining policies towards closing gender parity gaps She said gave priority to the US government which is why it is investing over 200 billion annually towards programming our gender activity and equality globally According to her In Nigeria the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women s success and addresses challenges that hold women back and to empower Nigerian women to do the same The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government And we encourage women not only to vote on election day but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections This campaign season presents an opportunity to demand candidates prioritise policies and legislations for women and girls Speaking on gender equality in the workplace and employment opportunity Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria Alexandre Borges Gomes said less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs against 76 percent of men according to a recent survey Deputy Director PIC Dr Osasuyi Dirisu explained that the is the first national level body of its kind for applying behavioural insights and other innovative policy tools in Africa She said the PIC works in several policy areas such as financial and digital Inclusion health human capital gender and social policy accountability and transparency hence We do a lot around strategies programs regulatory and policy design And being here is ensuring that the policy process is participatory and then we present solutions and evaluate get lessons to learn so that we can scale She added that PIC has so projects in the last year on harnessing behavioural insight sustainable and inclusive digital transformation assessment of the context and behavioural drivers of learning poverty and outcomes for at risk in and out of school children in response to the need for capacity strengthening for gender and development PIC collaborated with the centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies at the University of Ife to develop a five day gender and development course started it in April and have about 100 attendees from donor organisations private sectors and NGO We also conducted a gender assessment of the mining sector We are here at the summit and hope to institutionalise and have an opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advanced cause to improving gender equality in Nigeria
    UK invests 0 million for women own enterprises in Nigeria
      As US EU others seek policy consensus in closing gender gaps British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing has said that the United UK Kingdom government has launched a 100 million about four hundred billion naira the program through the first bank of Nigeria as direct funding specifically to women owned enterprises in Nigeria She made this known at the ongoing gender and inclusion summit organized by the Policy Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group yesterday in Abuja She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK s three Es projects namely Educating girls Empowering women and Ending violence against women and girls The UK has three areas focusing on Gender The three Es includes educating girls empowering women and ending violence against women and girls The UK has worked on education for decades now particularly in north east Nigeria where we have supported 1 4 million additional girls going to school On the empowerment side we recently launched a hundred million programmes through the first bank of Nigeria which will direct funding specifically to women owned enterprises she said Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them but there are social norms religious norms and behavioural norms which are used as excuses for not making progress on gender equality She adds We are also digitising Humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account which gives them more empowerment United States Ambassador to Nigeria Mary Beth Leonard has called on government and International partners to prioritize streamlining policies towards closing gender parity gaps She said gave priority to the US government which is why it is investing over 200 billion annually towards programming our gender activity and equality globally According to her In Nigeria the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women s success and addresses challenges that hold women back and to empower Nigerian women to do the same The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government And we encourage women not only to vote on election day but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections This campaign season presents an opportunity to demand candidates prioritise policies and legislations for women and girls Speaking on gender equality in the workplace and employment opportunity Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria Alexandre Borges Gomes said less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs against 76 percent of men according to a recent survey Deputy Director PIC Dr Osasuyi Dirisu explained that the is the first national level body of its kind for applying behavioural insights and other innovative policy tools in Africa She said the PIC works in several policy areas such as financial and digital Inclusion health human capital gender and social policy accountability and transparency hence We do a lot around strategies programs regulatory and policy design And being here is ensuring that the policy process is participatory and then we present solutions and evaluate get lessons to learn so that we can scale She added that PIC has so projects in the last year on harnessing behavioural insight sustainable and inclusive digital transformation assessment of the context and behavioural drivers of learning poverty and outcomes for at risk in and out of school children in response to the need for capacity strengthening for gender and development PIC collaborated with the centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies at the University of Ife to develop a five day gender and development course started it in April and have about 100 attendees from donor organisations private sectors and NGO We also conducted a gender assessment of the mining sector We are here at the summit and hope to institutionalise and have an opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advanced cause to improving gender equality in Nigeria
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    UK invests $100 million for women own enterprises in Nigeria

    *As US, EU, others seek policy consensus in closing gender gaps British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has said that the United, (UK), Kingdom government has launched a $100 million, (about four hundred billion naira), the program through the first bank of Nigeria as direct funding specifically to women-owned enterprises in Nigeria.

    She made this known at the ongoing gender and inclusion summit organized by the Policy Innovation Center, (PIC), an initiative of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, yesterday in Abuja.

    She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK’s three Es projects, namely Educating girls, Empowering women and Ending violence against women and girls.

    “The UK has three areas focusing on Gender.

    The three Es includes educating girls, empowering women and ending violence against women and girls.

    “The UK has worked on education for decades now, particularly in north-east Nigeria where we have supported 1.

    4 million additional girls going to school.

    “On the empowerment side, we recently launched a hundred million programmes through the first bank of Nigeria which will direct funding specifically to women-owned enterprises,” she said.

    Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them but there are social norms, religious norms and behavioural norms which are used as excuses for not making progress on gender equality.

    She adds, “We are also digitising Humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account which gives them more empowerment.

    United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard has called on government and International partners to prioritize streamlining policies towards closing gender parity gaps.

    She said gave priority to the US government which is why it is investing over $200 billion annually towards programming our gender activity and equality globally.

    According to her, “In Nigeria, the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women’s success and addresses challenges that hold women back and to empower Nigerian women to do the same.

    “The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government.

    And we encourage women not only to vote on election day but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections.

    “This campaign season presents an opportunity to demand candidates prioritise policies and legislations for women and girls.

    Speaking on gender equality in the workplace and employment opportunity, Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria, Alexandre Borges-Gomes, said less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs against 76 percent of men, according to a recent survey.

    Deputy Director, PIC, Dr Osasuyi Dirisu explained that the is the first national-level body of its kind for applying behavioural insights and other innovative policy tools in Africa.

    She said the PIC works in several policy areas such as financial and digital Inclusion, health, human capital, gender and social policy, accountability and transparency hence.

    “We do a lot around strategies, programs, regulatory and policy design.

    And being here is ensuring that the policy process is participatory, and then we present solutions and evaluate, get lessons to learn so that we can scale.

    She added that PIC has so projects in the last year on harnessing behavioural insight, sustainable and inclusive digital transformation, assessment of the context and behavioural drivers of learning poverty and outcomes for “at risk (in and out of school children.

    ” in response to the need for capacity strengthening for gender and development, PIC collaborated with the centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, at the University of Ife to develop a five-day gender and development course started it in April and have about 100 attendees from donor organisations, private sectors and NGO.

    We also conducted a gender assessment of the mining sector.

    “We are here at the summit and hope to institutionalise and have an opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advanced cause to improving gender equality in Nigeria.

  •   The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Ms Catriona Laing said on Wednesday that the UK government has launched a 100 million program through the First Bank of Nigeria as direct financing for women owned businesses in Nigeria Laing unveiled this at the Innovation Center hosted by the ongoing Gender and Inclusion Summit PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK s three Its projects namely Educate Girls Empower Women and End Violence Against Women and Girls The UK has three areas that focus on Gender The three Es included educating girls empowering women and ending violence against women and girls The UK has been working on education for decades particularly in north east Nigeria where we have helped 1 4 million more girls to go to school On the empowerment side we recently launched a 100 million program through Nigeria s first bank that will direct funding specifically to women owned businesses she said Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them but there are social norms religious norms and behavioral norms that are used as excuses for not advancing gender equality According to her they were also digitizing humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account which gives them more empowerment In addition Mary Beth Leonard US Ambassador to Nigeria also called on the Nigerian government and international partners to prioritize streamlining policies to close gender parity gaps He reiterated that the US government prioritizes gender activity which is why it invests more than 200 billion annually to program gender and equality activities globally In Nigeria the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women s success and addresses the challenges that hold women back and empower Nigerian women to do the same The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government And we encourage women to not only vote on Election Day but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections This campaign season presents an opportunity to push candidates to prioritize policies and legislation for women and girls she said In addition Alexandre Borges Gomes deputy head of the European Union delegation in Nigeria said that less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs compared to 76 percent of men according to a recent survey For her part Dr Osasuyi Dirisu PIC Deputy Director explained that the organization works in various policy areas such as official and digital inclusion health human capital gender and social policy accountability and transparency Dirisu added that in the last year PIC initiated projects to harness behavioral insights sustainable and inclusive digital transformation assessment of context and behavioral drivers of learning poverty and outcomes for at risk children inside and outside of school We are here at the summit and we hope to institutionalize and have the opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advance cause to improve gender equality in Nigeria she said News Agency Nigeria reports several plenary sessions and presentations on Reimagining Inclusion for Social Development Youth Perspectives Access to Justice for GBV Survivors Edited Source Credit NAN
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      The British High Commissioner to Nigeria Ms Catriona Laing said on Wednesday that the UK government has launched a 100 million program through the First Bank of Nigeria as direct financing for women owned businesses in Nigeria Laing unveiled this at the Innovation Center hosted by the ongoing Gender and Inclusion Summit PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG in Abuja She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK s three Its projects namely Educate Girls Empower Women and End Violence Against Women and Girls The UK has three areas that focus on Gender The three Es included educating girls empowering women and ending violence against women and girls The UK has been working on education for decades particularly in north east Nigeria where we have helped 1 4 million more girls to go to school On the empowerment side we recently launched a 100 million program through Nigeria s first bank that will direct funding specifically to women owned businesses she said Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them but there are social norms religious norms and behavioral norms that are used as excuses for not advancing gender equality According to her they were also digitizing humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account which gives them more empowerment In addition Mary Beth Leonard US Ambassador to Nigeria also called on the Nigerian government and international partners to prioritize streamlining policies to close gender parity gaps He reiterated that the US government prioritizes gender activity which is why it invests more than 200 billion annually to program gender and equality activities globally In Nigeria the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women s success and addresses the challenges that hold women back and empower Nigerian women to do the same The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government And we encourage women to not only vote on Election Day but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections This campaign season presents an opportunity to push candidates to prioritize policies and legislation for women and girls she said In addition Alexandre Borges Gomes deputy head of the European Union delegation in Nigeria said that less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs compared to 76 percent of men according to a recent survey For her part Dr Osasuyi Dirisu PIC Deputy Director explained that the organization works in various policy areas such as official and digital inclusion health human capital gender and social policy accountability and transparency Dirisu added that in the last year PIC initiated projects to harness behavioral insights sustainable and inclusive digital transformation assessment of context and behavioral drivers of learning poverty and outcomes for at risk children inside and outside of school We are here at the summit and we hope to institutionalize and have the opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advance cause to improve gender equality in Nigeria she said News Agency Nigeria reports several plenary sessions and presentations on Reimagining Inclusion for Social Development Youth Perspectives Access to Justice for GBV Survivors Edited Source Credit NAN
    UK channels 0 million to women owned businesses in Nigeria
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    UK channels $100 million to women owned businesses in Nigeria

    The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, said on Wednesday that the UK government has launched a $100 million program through the First Bank of Nigeria as direct financing for women-owned businesses in Nigeria.

    Laing, unveiled this at the Innovation Center hosted by the ongoing Gender and Inclusion Summit, (PIC), an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) in Abuja.

    She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK's three Its projects, namely Educate Girls, Empower Women and End Violence Against Women and Girls.

    “The UK has three areas that focus on Gender. The three Es included educating girls, empowering women, and ending violence against women and girls.

    “The UK has been working on education for decades, particularly in north east Nigeria where we have helped 1.4 million more girls to go to school.

    “On the empowerment side, we recently launched a $100 million program through Nigeria's first bank that will direct funding specifically to women-owned businesses,” she said.

    Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them, but there are social norms, religious norms and behavioral norms that are used as excuses for not advancing gender equality.

    According to her, they were also digitizing humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account, which gives them more empowerment.

    In addition, Mary Beth Leonard, US Ambassador to Nigeria, also called on the Nigerian government and international partners to prioritize streamlining policies to close gender parity gaps.

    He reiterated that the US government prioritizes gender activity, which is why it invests more than $200 billion annually to program gender and equality activities globally.

    “In Nigeria, the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women's success and addresses the challenges that hold women back and empower Nigerian women to do the same.

    “The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government.

    “And we encourage women to not only vote on Election Day, but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections.

    “This campaign season presents an opportunity to push candidates to prioritize policies and legislation for women and girls,” she said.

    In addition, Alexandre Borges-Gomes, deputy head of the European Union delegation in Nigeria, said that less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs compared to 76 percent of men, according to a recent survey.

    For her part, Dr. Osasuyi Dirisu, PIC Deputy Director, explained that the organization works in various policy areas such as official and digital inclusion, health, human capital, gender and social policy, accountability and transparency.

    Dirisu added that in the last year, PIC initiated projects to harness behavioral insights, sustainable and inclusive digital transformation, assessment of context and behavioral drivers of learning poverty, and outcomes for "at-risk" children ( inside and outside of school).

    “We are here at the summit and we hope to institutionalize and have the opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advance cause to improve gender equality in Nigeria,” she said.

    News Agency Nigeria reports several plenary sessions and presentations on Reimagining Inclusion for Social Development: Youth Perspectives, Access to Justice for GBV Survivors.

    =============Edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •   Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
      Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country s public and private sectors They made the commitment during a special session on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption organized by the Innovation Center PIC an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group NESG Ms Olubukola Balogun board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes ICPC highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order There are sanctions system studies but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions you have your system it is society that is going to make the tools work That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy she said According to her the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society All behaviors that are illegal let them out It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right he said L R Waziri Adio Founder CEO Agora Policy Olubukola Balogun Honorary Board Member Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices ICPC Philip Mshelbila Managing Director CEO Nigeria LNG Limited Kole Shettima country director MacArthur Foundation Osasuyi Dirisu Deputy Director Policy Innovation Center PIC Akinwumi Akinola Senior Analyst PIC Friday Odeh Country Director Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 NES 28 in AbujaAlso speaking Dr Osasiyi Dirisu Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center PIC said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices corrupt Dirisu said the three year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria We meet with government CSOs NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency We came together to co create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria he said reports that Nigeria s National Anti Corruption Strategy 2017 2021 recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption Edited Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption
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    Stakeholders seek application of behaviour change approach to fight corruption

    Stakeholders have resolved to adopt and inculcate a behavior change approach among citizens to promote transparency and accountability in the country's public and private sectors.

    They made the commitment during a special session on "Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption" organized by the Innovation Center (PIC), an initiative of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG).

    Ms. Olubukola Balogun, board member of the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Crimes (ICPC) highlighted the need to move from a criminal justice approach to leveraging behavior change to address corruption .

    “Government policies will focus the fight against corruption in other areas beyond law and order.

    “There are sanctions, system studies, but everything has to be promoted because even if you have your sanctions, you have your system, it is society that is going to make the tools work.

    “That is why we want to work in society with the help of our development partners. The Government has approved the national ethics and integrity policy,” she said.

    According to her, the ethics and integrity policy has seven main core values, which drive advocacy for behavior change in the fight against corruption.

    “We are going through these valleys throughout the country through meetings with traditional and religious leaders, youth groups and women around the six geopolitical zones and we have gone to 21 states.

    “We are advocating that we should all go back to the drawing boards and get our value rights in society.

    “All behaviors that are illegal let them out. It is for our common good so that we can have a shared prosperity and we can all get it right and get it right,” he said.

    L-R: Waziri Adio, Founder/CEO, Agora Policy; Olubukola Balogun, Honorary Board Member, Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices (ICPC); Philip Mshelbila, Managing Director/CEO, Nigeria LNG Limited; Kole Shettima, country director, MacArthur Foundation; Osasuyi Dirisu, Deputy Director, Policy Innovation Center (PIC); Akinwumi Akinola, Senior Analyst, PIC; Friday Odeh, Country Director, Accountability Lab at an interactive panel on 'Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption' held on the sidelines of the Nigerian Economic Summit 28 (NES 28) in Abuja

    Also speaking, Dr. Osasiyi Dirisu, Deputy Director of the Policy Innovation Center (PIC) said that the meeting was organized to enlighten public and private stakeholders on the different dimensions of using behavioral science to address behavioral practices. corrupt.

    Dirisu said the three-year PIC program was funded by the foundation to take lessons from behavioral science and use them to work on improving accountability and transparency within different sectors in Nigeria.

    “We meet with government CSOs, NGOs and MDAs and support them to start thinking differently about interventions that will work for accountability and transparency.

    “We came together to co-create what the solutions would look like and then developed a four-sided cause training program on using behavioral insights to support accountability and transparency programs.

    “We train organizations to think differently and help them improve the effectiveness of the work they do.

    “The next phase is to work with organizations to design solutions that they will re-implement in society using lessons from behavioral science that reflect some of those solutions.

    “We will test them and see which ones work and start supporting best practices for accountability and transparency programs in Nigeria,” he said.

    reports that Nigeria's National Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2021) recommends public participation as a strong pillar to reduce corruption.

    =========Edited

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  Four candidates vying for the Kaduna State governorship seat through different political parties on Tuesday interfaced with Civil Society Organisations CSOs stressing the need to address insecurity and provide atmosphere conducive for education The candidates made the observations in Kaduna at a one day agenda setting dialogue with the CSOs ahead of the 2023 general elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the engagement organised by Partnership for Issue Based Campaigns in Nigeria PICaN was supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL in collaboration with Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women LANW The Deputy Governotship candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Dr John Ayuba said the present administration was not doing very well especially regarding security and education He said in the education sector in Kaduna state there was inconsistency in policies which hampered the overall objectives of ensuring sound education and welfare of teachers Today you sack and recruit new ones tomorrow you also sack half of the ones you recruited among the ones recruited you don t deploy them for the work he said Ayuba added that policy somersault had affected the education sector in Kaduna state He promised to ensure job security especially that of teachers in the state and also roll out strategies that would ensure safety of lives and property of every citizen and resident in the state Our security agenda will be community based the distance is too much between where acts of insecurity are perpetrated and security operatives We will empower communities to be the first line of resistance to criminals and terrorists before help comes he said Ayuba also said he would reinvigorate the state primary health care centres to function effectively and efficiently It is worrisome that in spite of the huge amount of funds put into these sectors they still function at a minimal level We will all put them in place if we emerge victorious in the coming 2023 elections he said Also the Labour Party LP candidate Jonathan Asake said the spate of insecurity in Kaduna State and by extension the entire country was worrisome and counter development He said addressing insecurity would be the topmost agenda if they emerged winners of the governorship seat in 2023 Asake added that they were working on ways of fighting the menace of insecurity in the state noting that without security virtually everything would come to standstill A lot of businesses and investments in Kaduna have folded up small and medium enterprises have gone down and most schools in the rural and suburb communities have closed down because of banditry and kidnapping Virtually life has become standstill because of insecurity farmers can t go to their farms and this caused hunger skyrocketing of price of food items he lamented Asake said that if the LP produced the governor of Kaduna State he would address ungoverned spaces where bandits and criminals were resident He promised to bring back effective functionalities of traditional institutions like the village district heads and youth leaders by reestablishing them to ensure provision of security in their domains He further said they would empower the local vigilantes forest guards and hunters to maintain security at local levels When terrorists were terrorising communities in Burkina Faso the Government knew that they didn t have enough Police manpower to cover all the communities they empowered the locals and within the shortest period the whole thing calmed down On his part Dr Andrew Duya the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA candidate said he would not work in isolation of the citizens demand when if he emerged Governor of the state On how to tackle insecurity he said The terrorists are not ghosts and spirits we know where they are as a retired Police man I will lead in the operations and confront them he said He added that he would explore the citizens power and resources by giving them the equipment to secure their communities Nigeria has been paying leap service on the issue of community policing in advanced countries every community has its own Police The community Police know every nuke and cranny in the community and the people We will employ such strategies to ensure security without which there will not be meaningful achievement and development Duya said Also Hayatudeen Makarfi the Peoples Redemption Party PRP candidate said the party had an existing template that was perfected in 1979 to 1983 He said their core areas of priority was social justice economy and According to him the reason people feel maginalised and disenfranchised results from decay and failure of the social system We will ensure quick dispensation of justice decongestion of prison and administration of justice in the courts by automating the state judicial Institutions he said Regarding security Makarfi said they would not approach the problem from defence perspective but through the cause The challenge is not fighting terrorists with bullets it is how we can engage dialogue with them and find a way of reintegrating them to the society NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Kaduna governorship candidates interface with CSOs, harp on security, education
     Four candidates vying for the Kaduna State governorship seat through different political parties on Tuesday interfaced with Civil Society Organisations CSOs stressing the need to address insecurity and provide atmosphere conducive for education The candidates made the observations in Kaduna at a one day agenda setting dialogue with the CSOs ahead of the 2023 general elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the engagement organised by Partnership for Issue Based Campaigns in Nigeria PICaN was supported by Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL in collaboration with Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women LANW The Deputy Governotship candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party PDP Dr John Ayuba said the present administration was not doing very well especially regarding security and education He said in the education sector in Kaduna state there was inconsistency in policies which hampered the overall objectives of ensuring sound education and welfare of teachers Today you sack and recruit new ones tomorrow you also sack half of the ones you recruited among the ones recruited you don t deploy them for the work he said Ayuba added that policy somersault had affected the education sector in Kaduna state He promised to ensure job security especially that of teachers in the state and also roll out strategies that would ensure safety of lives and property of every citizen and resident in the state Our security agenda will be community based the distance is too much between where acts of insecurity are perpetrated and security operatives We will empower communities to be the first line of resistance to criminals and terrorists before help comes he said Ayuba also said he would reinvigorate the state primary health care centres to function effectively and efficiently It is worrisome that in spite of the huge amount of funds put into these sectors they still function at a minimal level We will all put them in place if we emerge victorious in the coming 2023 elections he said Also the Labour Party LP candidate Jonathan Asake said the spate of insecurity in Kaduna State and by extension the entire country was worrisome and counter development He said addressing insecurity would be the topmost agenda if they emerged winners of the governorship seat in 2023 Asake added that they were working on ways of fighting the menace of insecurity in the state noting that without security virtually everything would come to standstill A lot of businesses and investments in Kaduna have folded up small and medium enterprises have gone down and most schools in the rural and suburb communities have closed down because of banditry and kidnapping Virtually life has become standstill because of insecurity farmers can t go to their farms and this caused hunger skyrocketing of price of food items he lamented Asake said that if the LP produced the governor of Kaduna State he would address ungoverned spaces where bandits and criminals were resident He promised to bring back effective functionalities of traditional institutions like the village district heads and youth leaders by reestablishing them to ensure provision of security in their domains He further said they would empower the local vigilantes forest guards and hunters to maintain security at local levels When terrorists were terrorising communities in Burkina Faso the Government knew that they didn t have enough Police manpower to cover all the communities they empowered the locals and within the shortest period the whole thing calmed down On his part Dr Andrew Duya the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA candidate said he would not work in isolation of the citizens demand when if he emerged Governor of the state On how to tackle insecurity he said The terrorists are not ghosts and spirits we know where they are as a retired Police man I will lead in the operations and confront them he said He added that he would explore the citizens power and resources by giving them the equipment to secure their communities Nigeria has been paying leap service on the issue of community policing in advanced countries every community has its own Police The community Police know every nuke and cranny in the community and the people We will employ such strategies to ensure security without which there will not be meaningful achievement and development Duya said Also Hayatudeen Makarfi the Peoples Redemption Party PRP candidate said the party had an existing template that was perfected in 1979 to 1983 He said their core areas of priority was social justice economy and According to him the reason people feel maginalised and disenfranchised results from decay and failure of the social system We will ensure quick dispensation of justice decongestion of prison and administration of justice in the courts by automating the state judicial Institutions he said Regarding security Makarfi said they would not approach the problem from defence perspective but through the cause The challenge is not fighting terrorists with bullets it is how we can engage dialogue with them and find a way of reintegrating them to the society NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Kaduna governorship candidates interface with CSOs, harp on security, education
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    2023: Kaduna governorship candidates interface with CSOs, harp on security, education

    Four candidates vying for the Kaduna State governorship seat through different political parties, on Tuesday interfaced with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), stressing the need to address insecurity and provide atmosphere conducive for education.

    The candidates made the observations in Kaduna at a one-day agenda setting dialogue with the CSOs ahead of the 2023 general elections.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the engagement, organised by Partnership for Issue-Based Campaigns in Nigeria (PICaN), was supported by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) in collaboration with Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LANW).

    The Deputy Governotship candidate under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr John Ayuba, said the present administration was not doing very well, especially regarding security and education.

    He said in the education sector in Kaduna state, there was inconsistency in policies which hampered the overall objectives of ensuring sound education and welfare of teachers.

    “Today you sack and recruit new ones, tomorrow you also sack half of the ones you recruited, among the ones recruited, you don’t deploy them for the work,” he said.

    Ayuba added that policy somersault had affected the education sector in Kaduna state.

    He promised to ensure job security, especially that of teachers in the state and also roll out strategies that would ensure safety of lives and property of every citizen and resident in the state.

    “Our security agenda will be community based, the distance is too much between where acts of insecurity are perpetrated and security operatives.

    “We will empower communities to be the first line of resistance to criminals and terrorists before help comes,” he said.

    Ayuba also said he would reinvigorate the state primary health care centres to function effectively and efficiently.  

    “It is worrisome that in spite of the huge amount of funds put into these sectors, they still function at a minimal level.

    “We will all put them in place if we emerge victorious in the coming 2023 elections,” he said.  

    Also, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Jonathan Asake, said the spate of insecurity in Kaduna State and by extension the entire country, was worrisome and counter development.

    He said addressing insecurity would be the topmost agenda if they emerged winners of the governorship seat in 2023. Asake added that they were working on ways of fighting the menace of insecurity in the state, noting that without security, virtually everything would come to standstill.

    “A lot of businesses and investments in Kaduna have folded up, small and medium enterprises have gone down, and most schools in the rural and suburb communities have closed down because of banditry and kidnapping.

    “Virtually, life has become standstill because of insecurity, farmers can’t go to their farms, and this caused hunger, skyrocketing of price of food items,” he lamented.

    Asake said that if the LP produced the governor of Kaduna State, he would address ungoverned spaces where bandits and criminals were resident.

    He promised to bring back effective functionalities of traditional institutions like the village, district heads and youth leaders by reestablishing them to ensure provision of security in their domains.

    He further said they would empower the local vigilantes, forest guards and hunters to maintain security at local levels.

    “When terrorists were terrorising communities in Burkina Faso, the Government knew that they didn’t have enough Police manpower to cover all the communities, they empowered the locals and within the shortest period, the whole thing calmed down.

    ” On his part, Dr. Andrew Duya, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, said he would not work in isolation of the citizens demand when if he emerged Governor of the state.

    On how to tackle insecurity, he said: “The terrorists are not ghosts and spirits, we know where they are, as a retired Police man, I will lead in the operations and confront them,” he said.

    He added that he would explore the citizens power and resources by giving them the equipment to secure their communities.

    “Nigeria has been paying leap service on the issue of community policing, in advanced countries, every community has its own Police.

    “The community Police know every nuke and cranny in the community, and the people.

    “We will employ such strategies to ensure security without which there will not be meaningful achievement and development,” Duya said.

    Also, Hayatudeen Makarfi, the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) candidate, said the party had an existing template that was perfected in 1979 to 1983. He said their core areas of priority was social justice, economy and .

    According to him, the reason people feel maginalised and disenfranchised results from decay and failure of the social system.

    “We will ensure quick dispensation of justice, decongestion of prison, and administration of justice in the courts by automating the state judicial Institutions,” he said.

    Regarding security, Makarfi said they would not approach the problem from defence perspective, but through the cause.

    “The challenge is not fighting terrorists with bullets, it is how we can engage, dialogue with them and find a way of reintegrating them to the society. 


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  •  Partnership for Issues Based campaign in Nigeria PICaN a Civil society organization has tasked Nigerians on using available technology platforms to track and document campaign promises by politicians in the 2023 elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the organization stated this at a one day workshop supported by the Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL and UKaid on Thursday in Kaduna A communication technology expert Mr Leslie Dongh said that social media was an important and a veritable Platform that could be used to hold politicians accountable for any promise they made to Nigerians He said the tracking technologies were web based and the social media had been tools to influence electorate When these campaign promises are made you can tag and create a buzz around them it will be easy to track anytime you apply it he said In his contribution Yusuf Goje a Lead partner with PiCaN stressed the imperative of the issue based campaigns by politicians adding that the quality of the elections campaign was a forerunner to the quality of governance after a winner emerged Goje said there was the need for the electorate to hold any contestant accountable by signing social contract with the citizens on what to do for them when elected According to him the essence of any elections is to provide good governance to the people and make life better for all Earlier Mr Istifanus Akau of PERL said the objective of the workshop was to review and identify technology driven platforms for tracking and documenting campaign commitments He said the workshop was also meant to brainstorm on strategies of utilizing digital platforms to promote issues on political campaigns set agenda for candidates and create work plan to scale up tracking of campaign commitments in Kaduna State NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO tasks Nigerians on technology for tracking political campaigns
     Partnership for Issues Based campaign in Nigeria PICaN a Civil society organization has tasked Nigerians on using available technology platforms to track and document campaign promises by politicians in the 2023 elections The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the organization stated this at a one day workshop supported by the Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn PERL and UKaid on Thursday in Kaduna A communication technology expert Mr Leslie Dongh said that social media was an important and a veritable Platform that could be used to hold politicians accountable for any promise they made to Nigerians He said the tracking technologies were web based and the social media had been tools to influence electorate When these campaign promises are made you can tag and create a buzz around them it will be easy to track anytime you apply it he said In his contribution Yusuf Goje a Lead partner with PiCaN stressed the imperative of the issue based campaigns by politicians adding that the quality of the elections campaign was a forerunner to the quality of governance after a winner emerged Goje said there was the need for the electorate to hold any contestant accountable by signing social contract with the citizens on what to do for them when elected According to him the essence of any elections is to provide good governance to the people and make life better for all Earlier Mr Istifanus Akau of PERL said the objective of the workshop was to review and identify technology driven platforms for tracking and documenting campaign commitments He said the workshop was also meant to brainstorm on strategies of utilizing digital platforms to promote issues on political campaigns set agenda for candidates and create work plan to scale up tracking of campaign commitments in Kaduna State NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CSO tasks Nigerians on technology for tracking political campaigns
    General news3 months ago

    CSO tasks Nigerians on technology for tracking political campaigns

    Partnership for Issues-Based campaign in Nigeria (PICaN), a Civil society organization, has tasked Nigerians on using available technology platforms to  track and document  campaign promises by politicians in the 2023 elections.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the organization stated this at  a one-day workshop  supported by the Partnership to Engage Reform and Learn (PERL) and UKaid on Thursday in Kaduna.

    A communication technology expert, Mr. Leslie Dongh, said that  social media was an important and  a veritable Platform that  could be used to hold politicians  accountable for  any promise they made to Nigerians.

    He  said  the tracking technologies were web-based and  the social media had been tools to influence electorate.

    “When these campaign promises are made, you can  tag and create a buzz around them; it will be easy to  track anytime you apply it,” he said.

    In his contribution, Yusuf Goje, a  Lead partner with PiCaN, stressed the imperative of the issue-based campaigns by politicians, adding that  the quality of the elections campaign was a forerunner to the quality of governance after a winner emerged.

    Goje said there was the  need for the  electorate to hold any contestant  accountable by signing social contract with the citizens on what to do for them when elected.  

    According to him, the essence of any  elections is to provide good governance to the people and make life better for all.  

    Earlier, Mr. Istifanus Akau of PERL, said the objective of the  workshop was to review and  identify technology-driven platforms for tracking and documenting campaign commitments.  

    He said the  workshop was also meant to brainstorm on strategies of  utilizing digital platforms  to promote issues on political campaigns, set agenda for candidates and create work-plan  to scale-up tracking of campaign commitments in Kaduna State.


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  •   No Ikoyi Lagos property sold by NDLEA Official Property By Ibironke Ariyo Abuja July 20 2002 The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says it did not sell its office in Ikoyi part of Lagos State The agency dismissed an anonymous write up going round on WhatsApp platforms that a certain former NDLEA chairman sold off its headquarters office buildings in Ikoyi The Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja Babafemi described the write up as a total distortion of facts as it stated that the NDLEA left its officers and men stranded According to him the agency wishes to state that buildings referred to in the circulating piece which did not belong to it in the first place served as its national headquarters before its relocation to Abuja some years ago It should be noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee PIC on Federal Government Landed Properties took over the buildings following a government directive The directives stated that all vacated or underutilised government property be taken over by the PIC sold and proceeds paid to Federal Government coffers At the time of relocation 70 per cent of the agency s headquarters staff moved to Abuja while the remaining 30 per cent are still in Shaw road office Ikoyi This remaining 30 per cent will soon join the main headquarters in Abuja as soon as the new HQ building recently bought by the Federal Government for the agency is ready for occupation he said Babafemi said that like other Federal Government agencies whose property were taken over by the PIC NDLEA had no hand in the sale of the mentioned property He said the agency does not know who bought them and for how much as the presidential committee solely handled the sale The challenge before the agency at the moment is how to remove our officers and men who live within communities where they are exposed to dangers into secure barracks accommodation And this is a concern already being addressed by the Federal Government through budgetary provisions for the construction of such barracks across the country beginning from 2022 Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the anonymous write up which is nothing but an embodiment of distortion and mischief he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No Ikoyi Lagos property sold by NDLEA- Official 
      No Ikoyi Lagos property sold by NDLEA Official Property By Ibironke Ariyo Abuja July 20 2002 The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says it did not sell its office in Ikoyi part of Lagos State The agency dismissed an anonymous write up going round on WhatsApp platforms that a certain former NDLEA chairman sold off its headquarters office buildings in Ikoyi The Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja Babafemi described the write up as a total distortion of facts as it stated that the NDLEA left its officers and men stranded According to him the agency wishes to state that buildings referred to in the circulating piece which did not belong to it in the first place served as its national headquarters before its relocation to Abuja some years ago It should be noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee PIC on Federal Government Landed Properties took over the buildings following a government directive The directives stated that all vacated or underutilised government property be taken over by the PIC sold and proceeds paid to Federal Government coffers At the time of relocation 70 per cent of the agency s headquarters staff moved to Abuja while the remaining 30 per cent are still in Shaw road office Ikoyi This remaining 30 per cent will soon join the main headquarters in Abuja as soon as the new HQ building recently bought by the Federal Government for the agency is ready for occupation he said Babafemi said that like other Federal Government agencies whose property were taken over by the PIC NDLEA had no hand in the sale of the mentioned property He said the agency does not know who bought them and for how much as the presidential committee solely handled the sale The challenge before the agency at the moment is how to remove our officers and men who live within communities where they are exposed to dangers into secure barracks accommodation And this is a concern already being addressed by the Federal Government through budgetary provisions for the construction of such barracks across the country beginning from 2022 Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the anonymous write up which is nothing but an embodiment of distortion and mischief he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No Ikoyi Lagos property sold by NDLEA- Official 
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    No Ikoyi Lagos property sold by NDLEA- Official 

    No Ikoyi Lagos property sold by NDLEA- Official PropertyBy Ibironke AriyoAbuja July 20, 2002 The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) says it did not sell its office in Ikoyi part of Lagos State.

    The agency dismissed an anonymous write up going round on WhatsApp platforms that a certain former NDLEA chairman, sold off its headquarters office buildings in Ikoyi.

    The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

    Babafemi described the write up as a total distortion of facts as it stated that the NDLEA left its officers and men stranded.

    According to him, the agency wishes to state that buildings referred to in the circulating piece, which did not belong to it in the first place, served as its national headquarters before its relocation to Abuja some years ago.

    “It should be noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Federal Government Landed Properties took over the buildings following a government directive“The directives stated that all vacated or underutilised government property be taken over by the PIC, sold and proceeds paid to Federal Government coffers.

    “At the time of relocation, 70 per cent  of the agency’s headquarters staff moved to Abuja while the remaining 30 per cent  are still in Shaw road office, Ikoyi.

    “This remaining 30 per cent will soon join the main headquarters in Abuja as soon as the new HQ building, recently bought by the Federal Government for the agency is ready for occupation, ” he said.

    Babafemi said that like other Federal Government agencies whose property were taken over by the PIC, NDLEA had no hand in the sale of the mentioned property.

    He said the agency does not know who bought them and for how much, as the presidential committee solely handled the sale.

    “The challenge before the agency at the moment is how to remove our officers and men who live within communities where they are exposed to dangers into secure barracks accommodation.

    “And this is a concern already being addressed by the Federal Government through budgetary provisions for the construction of such barracks across the country beginning from 2022.

    “Members of the public are therefore urged to disregard the anonymous write up, which is nothing but an embodiment of distortion and mischief,” he said.

    .

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  •  Mr Runcie Chidebe the Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE PPB an NGO campaigning against cancer in Nigeria has been conferred with African Genius Award AGA A statement by PPB Communication and Social Media Lead Officer Mr Chika Joseph noted that Chidebe was honoured for outstanding performance on the African continent particularly in Nigeria Joseph noted that the executive director was given the award along with Dr Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank and 11 others from Africa The organisers of the 2022 AGA are Plus 94 Research and Priority Performance Project and the University of Pretoria UP South Africa Chidebe has been a frontline cancer patient advocate and a leading voice urging the Nigeria government to make cancer control a national health priority In 2016 he co led series of campaigns and advocacy that led to the passage of the bill for establishment of the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment by the National Assembly The bill was eventually signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2017 He also founded the first Breast Cancer Support Group in Abuja with nine cancer patients Today the group has grown into a national network Network of People Impacted by Cancer in Nigeria NePICiN connecting hundreds of cancer patients to lead advocacy across the country Globally Chidebe is known for his consistent advocacy on global inequities in access to cancer care urging global leaders to make cancer care accessible to every patient in Africa and low resource countries Joseph said He also quoted the Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria Prof Tawana Kupe as saying that Africa is rich in talent and its people need to come up with solutions to its own problems by becoming a knowledge economy in spite of the continent s challenges An African Genius is defined as any individual who possesses unique characteristics and skills and has used them to address challenges or to impact African societies in ways that are uplifting transformative and build the esteem of Africans Kupe also said that that inspired them to make significant contributions to the continent and its countries development in different ways I am worried about what Africa is going through right now and what Africa may go through in the future He said he would not stand and watch Africa sink I am taking a stand to support this beautiful and resourceful continent I hope that many young people will pick up diverse sectors of our sufferings and work towards fixing it The statement quoted Chidebe as being grateful to the organisers of the AGA for the continental honour Other awardees are Dr David Moinina Sengeh Sierra Leone Dr Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga DRC Ms Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu Ethiopia Mr Joseph Achille Mbembe Cameroon Also Mr Kelvin Doe Sierra Leone Mr Paulin J Hountondji Benin Prof PLO Lumumba Kenya Mr Nana Kwame Bediako Ghana and Mr Vusi Thembekwayo South Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria anti cancer campaigner bags African Genius Award
     Mr Runcie Chidebe the Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE PPB an NGO campaigning against cancer in Nigeria has been conferred with African Genius Award AGA A statement by PPB Communication and Social Media Lead Officer Mr Chika Joseph noted that Chidebe was honoured for outstanding performance on the African continent particularly in Nigeria Joseph noted that the executive director was given the award along with Dr Akinwumi Adesina President of the African Development Bank and 11 others from Africa The organisers of the 2022 AGA are Plus 94 Research and Priority Performance Project and the University of Pretoria UP South Africa Chidebe has been a frontline cancer patient advocate and a leading voice urging the Nigeria government to make cancer control a national health priority In 2016 he co led series of campaigns and advocacy that led to the passage of the bill for establishment of the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment by the National Assembly The bill was eventually signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2017 He also founded the first Breast Cancer Support Group in Abuja with nine cancer patients Today the group has grown into a national network Network of People Impacted by Cancer in Nigeria NePICiN connecting hundreds of cancer patients to lead advocacy across the country Globally Chidebe is known for his consistent advocacy on global inequities in access to cancer care urging global leaders to make cancer care accessible to every patient in Africa and low resource countries Joseph said He also quoted the Vice Chancellor of the University of Pretoria Prof Tawana Kupe as saying that Africa is rich in talent and its people need to come up with solutions to its own problems by becoming a knowledge economy in spite of the continent s challenges An African Genius is defined as any individual who possesses unique characteristics and skills and has used them to address challenges or to impact African societies in ways that are uplifting transformative and build the esteem of Africans Kupe also said that that inspired them to make significant contributions to the continent and its countries development in different ways I am worried about what Africa is going through right now and what Africa may go through in the future He said he would not stand and watch Africa sink I am taking a stand to support this beautiful and resourceful continent I hope that many young people will pick up diverse sectors of our sufferings and work towards fixing it The statement quoted Chidebe as being grateful to the organisers of the AGA for the continental honour Other awardees are Dr David Moinina Sengeh Sierra Leone Dr Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga DRC Ms Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu Ethiopia Mr Joseph Achille Mbembe Cameroon Also Mr Kelvin Doe Sierra Leone Mr Paulin J Hountondji Benin Prof PLO Lumumba Kenya Mr Nana Kwame Bediako Ghana and Mr Vusi Thembekwayo South Africa NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria anti cancer campaigner bags African Genius Award
    General news5 months ago

    Nigeria anti cancer campaigner bags African Genius Award

    Mr Runcie Chidebe, the Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE (PPB), an NGO campaigning against cancer in Nigeria, has been conferred with African Genius Award (AGA).A statement by PPB Communication and Social Media Lead Officer, Mr Chika Joseph, noted that Chidebe was honoured for outstanding performance on the African continent, particularly in Nigeria.Joseph noted that the executive director was given the award along with Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of the African Development Bank and 11 others from Africa.The organisers of the 2022 AGA are Plus 94 Research and Priority Performance Project and the University of Pretoria (UP), South Africa.“Chidebe has been a frontline cancer patient advocate and a leading voice urging the Nigeria government to make cancer control a national health priority.”In 2016, he co-led series of campaigns and advocacy that led to the passage of the bill for establishment of the National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment by the National Assembly.The bill was eventually signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2017.He also founded the first Breast Cancer Support Group in Abuja, with nine cancer patients.“Today, the group has grown into a national network – Network of People Impacted by Cancer in Nigeria (NePICiN) connecting hundreds of cancer patients to lead advocacy across the country.“Globally, Chidebe is known for his consistent advocacy on global inequities in access to cancer care – urging global leaders to make cancer care accessible to every patient in Africa and low resource countries,” Joseph said.He also quoted the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria, Prof. Tawana Kupe, as saying that “Africa is rich in talent, and its people need to come up with solutions to its own problems, by becoming a knowledge economy, in spite of the continent’s challenges”.“An ‘African Genius’ is defined as any individual who possesses unique characteristics and skills and has used them to address challenges or to impact African societies in ways that are uplifting, transformative and build the esteem of Africans.Kupe also said that that inspired them to make significant contributions to the continent and its countries’  development in different ways.“I am worried about what Africa is going through right now and what Africa may go through in the future.He said he would not stand and watch Africa sink. I am taking a stand to support this beautiful and resourceful continent.“I hope that many young people will pick up diverse sectors of our sufferings and work towards fixing it.”The statement quoted Chidebe as being grateful to the organisers of the AGA for the continental honour.Other awardees are Dr David Moinina Sengeh (Sierra Leone), Dr Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga (DRC), Ms Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (Ethiopia), Mr Joseph-Achille Mbembe (Cameroon).Also, Mr Kelvin Doe (Sierra Leone), Mr Paulin J. Hountondji (Benin), Prof PLO Lumumba (Kenya), Mr Nana Kwame Bediako (Ghana) and Mr Vusi Thembekwayo (South Africa). (

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  •  The Federal Government through the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure NASENI has called for solution based research proposals that address socio economic problems of the country Dr Muhammed Dahiru Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee PIC on Technology Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday The event was tagged Launch of Call for Research and Development Proposals for Delta 2 Programme He said the launch was simultaneously hosted by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TA CR with at least eight other participating countries Dahiru said it was the first part of the project procedure scheduled on TA CR Delta 2 Programme for bilateral cooperation in applied research and technology transfer for agriculture mining and general manufacturing Research and development R amp D proposals are now invited from Nigerian academic community research and development institutions as well as private companies and independent researchers on three priority areas he said The PIC chairman mentioned these areas to include agriculture and food technology mining and industrial development and general manufacturing for SMEs development He recalled that the inauguration of the PIC on Technology Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic took place in December 2020 According to him this was in response to the need for the implementation of the existing Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria represented by NASENI and the Czech Republic represented by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TA CR He said the MoU would subsist until its expiration in 2024 listing the priority areas to include biotechnology and pharmaceutical research agriculture and food technology mining and industrial development Others according to him are energy technology sustainable transportation technology environmental protection and sustainability information and communication technology nano science nano technology and advanced material genomic medicine among others Dahiru stated that in the PIC s Terms of Reference the committee was expected to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of infrastructure manufacturing and innovation in the country Prof Mohammed Haruna Co Chairman of the PIC said the call for public proposals for the Delta 2 programme was one of the projects to be implemented under the agreement He said the Delta 2 Progranmme was the cooperation model of the TA CR running for the period from 2020 to 2025 through which TA CR sponsors applied research and innovation of manufacturing companies and innovative institutions Haruna said the technologies would be sourced from Czech Republic s manufacturing companies tertiary research and development institutions He further disclosed that the Czech government had allocated approximately the sum of 10 5 million U S dollars as research fund through the TA CR Accordingly he said NASENI on behalf of the Federal Government had supplemented this sum to the tune of N2 billion or 5 7 million U S dollars Haruna expressed optimism that technology acquisition and domestication through the collaboration would help Nigeria bridge the technology gap existing among the Western nations He also said it would facilitate transition to a manufacturing economy adding that deployment of technology was crucial to mitigating socio economic and security challenges Zdenek Krejci Czech Ambassador to Nigeria said Nigeria was a significant partner to all African countries Represented by Beata Matusikova Head Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Czech Republic he noted that Czech Republic and Nigeria were developing stronger ties through technology transfer Highlight of the event was the presentation on how to participate in the Delta 2 Programme by John Mbiimbe Head ICT at the PIC Secretariat and goodwill messages The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by scientists professionals businessmen academics cbankers among others www nannwes ng NAN
    FG calls for proposals on Czech-Nigeria technology transfer
     The Federal Government through the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure NASENI has called for solution based research proposals that address socio economic problems of the country Dr Muhammed Dahiru Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee PIC on Technology Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday The event was tagged Launch of Call for Research and Development Proposals for Delta 2 Programme He said the launch was simultaneously hosted by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TA CR with at least eight other participating countries Dahiru said it was the first part of the project procedure scheduled on TA CR Delta 2 Programme for bilateral cooperation in applied research and technology transfer for agriculture mining and general manufacturing Research and development R amp D proposals are now invited from Nigerian academic community research and development institutions as well as private companies and independent researchers on three priority areas he said The PIC chairman mentioned these areas to include agriculture and food technology mining and industrial development and general manufacturing for SMEs development He recalled that the inauguration of the PIC on Technology Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic took place in December 2020 According to him this was in response to the need for the implementation of the existing Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria represented by NASENI and the Czech Republic represented by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic TA CR He said the MoU would subsist until its expiration in 2024 listing the priority areas to include biotechnology and pharmaceutical research agriculture and food technology mining and industrial development Others according to him are energy technology sustainable transportation technology environmental protection and sustainability information and communication technology nano science nano technology and advanced material genomic medicine among others Dahiru stated that in the PIC s Terms of Reference the committee was expected to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of infrastructure manufacturing and innovation in the country Prof Mohammed Haruna Co Chairman of the PIC said the call for public proposals for the Delta 2 programme was one of the projects to be implemented under the agreement He said the Delta 2 Progranmme was the cooperation model of the TA CR running for the period from 2020 to 2025 through which TA CR sponsors applied research and innovation of manufacturing companies and innovative institutions Haruna said the technologies would be sourced from Czech Republic s manufacturing companies tertiary research and development institutions He further disclosed that the Czech government had allocated approximately the sum of 10 5 million U S dollars as research fund through the TA CR Accordingly he said NASENI on behalf of the Federal Government had supplemented this sum to the tune of N2 billion or 5 7 million U S dollars Haruna expressed optimism that technology acquisition and domestication through the collaboration would help Nigeria bridge the technology gap existing among the Western nations He also said it would facilitate transition to a manufacturing economy adding that deployment of technology was crucial to mitigating socio economic and security challenges Zdenek Krejci Czech Ambassador to Nigeria said Nigeria was a significant partner to all African countries Represented by Beata Matusikova Head Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Czech Republic he noted that Czech Republic and Nigeria were developing stronger ties through technology transfer Highlight of the event was the presentation on how to participate in the Delta 2 Programme by John Mbiimbe Head ICT at the PIC Secretariat and goodwill messages The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by scientists professionals businessmen academics cbankers among others www nannwes ng NAN
    FG calls for proposals on Czech-Nigeria technology transfer
    General news7 months ago

    FG calls for proposals on Czech-Nigeria technology transfer

    The Federal Government through the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure(NASENI) has called for solution-based research proposals that address socio-economic problems of the country.

    Dr Muhammed Dahiru, Chairman of the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) on Technology Exchange  between Nigeria and the Czech Republic, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday.

    The event was tagged: Launch of Call for Research and Development Proposals for Delta-2 Programme.”

    He said the launch was simultaneously hosted by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) with at least eight other participating countries.

    Dahiru said it was the first part of the project procedure scheduled on “TA CR Delta 2 Programme for bilateral cooperation in applied research and technology transfer for agriculture, mining and general manufacturing.

    “Research and development (R&D) proposals are now invited from Nigerian academic community, research and development institutions as well as private companies and independent researchers on three priority areas,’’ he said.

    The PIC chairman mentioned these areas to include: agriculture and food technology, mining and industrial development and general manufacturing for SMEs development.

    He recalled that the inauguration of the PIC on Technology Exchange between Nigeria and the Czech Republic took place in December 2020.

    According to him, this was in response to the need for the implementation of the existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria, represented by NASENI and the Czech Republic, represented by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR).

    He said the MoU would subsist until its expiration in 2024, listing the priority areas to include: biotechnology and pharmaceutical research, agriculture and food technology, mining and industrial development.

    Others, according to him are: energy technology, sustainable transportation technology, environmental protection and sustainability, information and communication technology, nano-science,nano technology and advanced material, genomic medicine among others.

    Dahiru stated that in the PIC’s Terms of Reference, the committee was expected to collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of  infrastructure, manufacturing and innovation in the country.

    Prof. Mohammed Haruna, Co-Chairman of the PIC, said the call for public proposals for the Delta-2 programme was one of the projects to be implemented under the agreement.

    He said the Delta-2 Progranmme was the cooperation model of the TA CR running for the period from 2020 to 2025, through which TA CR sponsors applied research and innovation of manufacturing companies and innovative institutions.

    Haruna said the technologies would be sourced from Czech Republic’s manufacturing companies, tertiary, research and development institutions.

    He further disclosed that the Czech government had allocated approximately the sum of 10.5 million U.S dollars as research fund through the TA CR.

    Accordingly, he said NASENI on behalf of the Federal Government had supplemented this sum to the tune of N2 billion or 5.7 million U.S. dollars.

    Haruna expressed optimism that technology acquisition and domestication through the collaboration would help Nigeria bridge the technology gap existing among the Western nations.

    He also said it would facilitate transition to a manufacturing economy, adding that deployment of technology was crucial to mitigating socio-economic and security challenges.

    Zdenek Krejci, Czech Ambassador to Nigeria, said Nigeria was a significant partner to all African countries.

    Represented by Beata Matusikova, Head, Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Embassy of Czech Republic, he noted that Czech Republic and Nigeria were developing stronger ties through technology transfer.

    Highlight of the event was the presentation on how to participate in the Delta-2 Programme, by John Mbiimbe, Head, ICT at the PIC Secretariat and goodwill messages.

    The News Agency of Nigeria   reports that the event was attended by scientists, professionals, businessmen, academics, cbankers among others(www.nannwes.ng)

    (NAN)

  •   Through this acquisition ENGIE is pleased to strengthen its commitment to be a reliable responsible and ethical long term investor in the electricity supply sector in South Africa JOHANNESBURG South Africa November 18 2021 APO Group ENGIE www ENGIE com is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Abengoa s indirect stake in Xina Solar One Pty Ltd Following the transaction ENGIE will now own 40 of the capital of Xina Solar A 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant CSP as well as 46 of Xina Operations Maintenance Company Pty Ltd The Xina Solar One plant located in Pofadder in the Northern Cape supplies around 400 GWh of clean sustainable and distributable electrical energy to 95 000 South African households and prevents the emission into the atmosphere of around 348 000 tonnes of CO2 each year The plant uses parabolic tank technology to generate renewable sustainable and distributable energy from the sun In addition this power plant has a thermal energy storage system that uses molten salts to store the energy needed for an additional 5 and a half hour supply and thus helps meet the southern peak demand African Xina Solar One which started commercial operation in August 2017 is one of the country s first solar thermal power plants designed with thermal storage that allows the plant to operate during peak hours when the demand for electric power is higher With this acquisition ENGIE will have a total installed capacity of 1 320 MW in South Africa and consolidate its position as a major player in IPP The Group is present in the country with around 520 employees in the fields of electricity production engineering and energy solutions The acquisition of Xina Solar One supports our 2045 net zero carbon ambitions by contributing to a global target of 50 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2025 and 80 GW by 2030 commented Mohamed Hoosen CEO of ENGIE Renewable energies for Asia Middle East Africa Through this acquisition ENGIE is pleased to reinforce its commitment to be a reliable responsible and ethical long term investor in the electricity supply sector in South Africa The partnership with Abengoa will strengthen our ability to expand local skills and expertise in solar thermal power generation said Desnei Leaf Camp new CEO of Xina Solar One In South Africa in addition to Xina Solar One ENGIE has stakes in a CSP plant 100 MW Kathu a wind farm 94 MW Aurora 2 solar photovoltaic plants 21 MW and 2 peak thermal plants 670 MW Avon and 335 MW Dedisa The co shareholders of Xina Solar One include the Public Investment Corporation a pension fund manager and a shareholder in ENGIE s Kathu solar thermal project 20 Industrial Development Corporation a development finance institution 100 owned by the South African government 20 and Xina Community Trust funded by IDC 20 Abengoa along with the other partners IDC PIC and Community Trust are extremely proud of the technical achievements of Xina Solar One and consider ENGIE s commitment to be the best solution for a long term investor in South Africa said said Javier Payan CFO from Abengoa South Africa
    ENGIE completes the acquisition of Xina Solar One, a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in South Africa
      Through this acquisition ENGIE is pleased to strengthen its commitment to be a reliable responsible and ethical long term investor in the electricity supply sector in South Africa JOHANNESBURG South Africa November 18 2021 APO Group ENGIE www ENGIE com is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Abengoa s indirect stake in Xina Solar One Pty Ltd Following the transaction ENGIE will now own 40 of the capital of Xina Solar A 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant CSP as well as 46 of Xina Operations Maintenance Company Pty Ltd The Xina Solar One plant located in Pofadder in the Northern Cape supplies around 400 GWh of clean sustainable and distributable electrical energy to 95 000 South African households and prevents the emission into the atmosphere of around 348 000 tonnes of CO2 each year The plant uses parabolic tank technology to generate renewable sustainable and distributable energy from the sun In addition this power plant has a thermal energy storage system that uses molten salts to store the energy needed for an additional 5 and a half hour supply and thus helps meet the southern peak demand African Xina Solar One which started commercial operation in August 2017 is one of the country s first solar thermal power plants designed with thermal storage that allows the plant to operate during peak hours when the demand for electric power is higher With this acquisition ENGIE will have a total installed capacity of 1 320 MW in South Africa and consolidate its position as a major player in IPP The Group is present in the country with around 520 employees in the fields of electricity production engineering and energy solutions The acquisition of Xina Solar One supports our 2045 net zero carbon ambitions by contributing to a global target of 50 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2025 and 80 GW by 2030 commented Mohamed Hoosen CEO of ENGIE Renewable energies for Asia Middle East Africa Through this acquisition ENGIE is pleased to reinforce its commitment to be a reliable responsible and ethical long term investor in the electricity supply sector in South Africa The partnership with Abengoa will strengthen our ability to expand local skills and expertise in solar thermal power generation said Desnei Leaf Camp new CEO of Xina Solar One In South Africa in addition to Xina Solar One ENGIE has stakes in a CSP plant 100 MW Kathu a wind farm 94 MW Aurora 2 solar photovoltaic plants 21 MW and 2 peak thermal plants 670 MW Avon and 335 MW Dedisa The co shareholders of Xina Solar One include the Public Investment Corporation a pension fund manager and a shareholder in ENGIE s Kathu solar thermal project 20 Industrial Development Corporation a development finance institution 100 owned by the South African government 20 and Xina Community Trust funded by IDC 20 Abengoa along with the other partners IDC PIC and Community Trust are extremely proud of the technical achievements of Xina Solar One and consider ENGIE s commitment to be the best solution for a long term investor in South Africa said said Javier Payan CFO from Abengoa South Africa
    ENGIE completes the acquisition of Xina Solar One, a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in South Africa
    Africa1 year ago

    ENGIE completes the acquisition of Xina Solar One, a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in South Africa

    Through this acquisition, ENGIE is pleased to strengthen its commitment to be a reliable, responsible and ethical long-term investor in the electricity supply sector in South Africa.

    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 18, 2021 / APO Group / -

    ENGIE (www.ENGIE.com) is pleased to announce the completion of the acquisition of Abengoa's indirect stake in Xina Solar One (Pty) Ltd. Following the transaction, ENGIE will now own 40% of the capital of Xina Solar A 100 MW Concentrated Solar Power Plant (CSP), as well as 46% of Xina Operations & Maintenance Company (Pty) Ltd.

    The Xina Solar One plant, located in Pofadder in the Northern Cape, supplies around 400 GWh of clean, sustainable and distributable electrical energy to 95,000 South African households and prevents the emission into the atmosphere of around 348,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. The plant uses parabolic tank technology to generate renewable, sustainable and distributable energy from the sun. In addition, this power plant has a thermal energy storage system that uses molten salts to store the energy needed for an additional 5 and a half hour supply, and thus helps meet the southern peak demand. African.

    Xina Solar One, which started commercial operation in August 2017, is one of the country's first solar thermal power plants designed with thermal storage that allows the plant to operate during peak hours when the demand for electric power is higher.

    With this acquisition, ENGIE will have a total installed capacity of 1,320 MW in South Africa and consolidate its position as a major player in IPP. The Group is present in the country with around 520 employees in the fields of electricity production, engineering and energy solutions.

    “The acquisition of Xina Solar One supports our 2045 net zero carbon ambitions by contributing to a global target of 50 GW of installed renewable capacity by 2025 and 80 GW by 2030,” commented Mohamed Hoosen, CEO of ENGIE, Renewable energies for Asia, Middle East & Africa.

    “Through this acquisition, ENGIE is pleased to reinforce its commitment to be a reliable, responsible and ethical long-term investor in the electricity supply sector in South Africa. The partnership with Abengoa will strengthen our ability to expand local skills and expertise in solar thermal power generation, ”said Desnei Leaf-Camp, new CEO of Xina Solar One.

    In South Africa, in addition to Xina Solar One, ENGIE has stakes in a CSP plant (100 MW Kathu), a wind farm (94 MW Aurora), 2 solar photovoltaic plants (21 MW) and 2 peak thermal plants ( 670 MW Avon and 335 MW Dedisa).

    The co-shareholders of Xina Solar One include the Public Investment Corporation, a pension fund manager and a shareholder in ENGIE's Kathu solar thermal project (20%); Industrial Development Corporation, a development finance institution 100% owned by the South African government (20%); and Xina Community Trust, funded by IDC (20%).

    “Abengoa, along with the other partners IDC, PIC and Community Trust, are extremely proud of the technical achievements of Xina Solar One and consider ENGIE's commitment to be the best solution for a long-term investor in South Africa,” said said Javier Payan, CFO. from Abengoa South Africa.

  •   News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably agricultural technology transfer plays major role in transforming agricultural production It facilitates the movement of skills essential for improving farm production George Mgendi Mao Shipping and Cheng Xiang authors of A Review of Agricultural Technology Transfer in Africa Lessons from Japan and China Case Projects in Tanzania and Kenya were emphatic about the importance of technology transfer A similar research article on The Perceived Effectiveness of Agricultural Technology Transfer Methods Evidence From Rice Farmers in Northern Ghana also examined the effectiveness of various technology transfer methods Written Samuel Donkoh Joseph Awuni and reviewed they argued that technological change and adoption of improved production techniques were important steps in the development process of every agrarian economy They said this was especially true for agricultural development in Sub Saharan Africa where crop output remained stagt for years due to a multiplicity of factors including poor adoption and use of improved production methods In recent times Nigerian agribusiness experts and biotechnologists have stressed the need for the adoption and domestication of appropriate technologies in order to boost food production They also posited that technology would improve insect or pest resistance herbicide or drought tolerance and disease resistance giving farmers additional tool to increase yield Bola Awotide Aziz Karimov and Aliou Diagn in their article Agricultural Technology Adoption Commercialisation and Smallholder Rice Farmers Welfare in Rural Nigeria stressed the importance of adopting agricultural technology These writers held that improved agricultural technology adoption such as using improved seed varieties could inspire the change over from the presently low productivity peasant and subsistence farming to commercial farming Accordingly they maintained that improved agricultural technology adoption has the potential to deepen the market share of agricultural output In this way the smallholder farmers resource use and output diversification decisions could be guided increasingly of profit maximisation On their part Isiodu Aduche and Allwell Ome Egeonu of the Department of Sociology Ignatius University of Education Port Harcourt noted that in the past Nigeria had tried to increase and improve local production especially in the manufacturing sector technologies This was done through adoption of the import substitution industries policy in the 1970s and early 1980s till now Nigeria has not been able to improve its technological base they said However the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to change the narrative as it recognised the importance and necessity of technology transfer in boosting agricultural production and revamping other sectors of the economy To achieve this the President set up a committee on technology transfer that will go into partnership with foreign countries in order to facilitate and fast track the transfer of appropriate technologies into the country It was to achieve the objective of technology transfer that the Presidential Implementation Committee PIC approved Buhari on Sept 25 was inaugurated on Dec 10 2020 of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari The president s action is already yielding fruit as the PIC On Technology Tansfer Information Exchange between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Czech Republic has commenced The PIC is to implement the Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria and Czech Republic for an initial period of 10 years and renewable on expiration The PIC is the catalyst in using the instrument of the MoU between Nigeria and Czech Republic to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of infrastructure manufacturing and innovation in Nigeria The Committee represents a critical anchor in the administration and implementation of the agreement The PIC will support and promote bilateral and multilateral activities particularly joint projects and programmes between Nigeria and the Czech Republic aimed at achieving laudable outcomes in the priority areas of the agreement To deepen the agreement the PIC will collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners in achieving the desired outcomes In its immediate focus for implementation the PIC work plan 2021 to 2024 focuses on fostering infrastructural development in the areas of agriculture mining and general manufacturing This include and specifically for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs The plan will also focus on nationwide stakeholders engagements and sensitisation schemes with the objective of compiling and collating the technology infrastructure needs and preferences of stakeholders in the focus sectors In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja recently Mr Mohammed Dahiru Chairman of Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer assured of government s resolve to boost agriculture and other sectors of the economy via technology transfer He noted that over the years the problem of the country had been over reliance on importation as the country imports almost everything it consumes He said that was why the Buhari administration felt it was necessary to have the right partners that would boost the transfer of technologies to Nigeria According to Dahiru these technologies would be domesticated with research agencies in the country for the benefit of Nigerians and relevant stakeholders He listed priority areas of the transfer to include agriculture and food technology ICT transport o science and technology genomic medicine pharmaceuticals energy mining among others It is based on this that the president set up this committee so that we can see to the full implementation of this agreement which will benefit targeted sectors of the economy the PIC chairman said He also expressed optimism that such move and effort of the government would help push Nigeria toward self reliance with huge decrease in foreign spending as well as improve the nation s capacity and production Dahiru noted that the project would improve the capacity of Nigerian businesses as well as benefit all businessmen qualified to benefit from the technology transfer He stressed that the committee was mandated to concentrate more on agriculture mining and SMEs He spoke of plans to irrigate many parts of the North East and North West to facilitate agricultural activities all year round The PIC chairman also listed technology hubs in the South East as another area of focus for the transfer of technologies in order to help grow SMEs With the focus of the PIC on technology transfer in agriculture as directed the government has taken a proactive step toward boosting agriculture and food production Stakeholders want the project to be sustained in order to ensure food security and vibrant economy Source NAN
    Boosting agricultural production in Nigeria via technology transfer
      News Agency of Nigeria Unarguably agricultural technology transfer plays major role in transforming agricultural production It facilitates the movement of skills essential for improving farm production George Mgendi Mao Shipping and Cheng Xiang authors of A Review of Agricultural Technology Transfer in Africa Lessons from Japan and China Case Projects in Tanzania and Kenya were emphatic about the importance of technology transfer A similar research article on The Perceived Effectiveness of Agricultural Technology Transfer Methods Evidence From Rice Farmers in Northern Ghana also examined the effectiveness of various technology transfer methods Written Samuel Donkoh Joseph Awuni and reviewed they argued that technological change and adoption of improved production techniques were important steps in the development process of every agrarian economy They said this was especially true for agricultural development in Sub Saharan Africa where crop output remained stagt for years due to a multiplicity of factors including poor adoption and use of improved production methods In recent times Nigerian agribusiness experts and biotechnologists have stressed the need for the adoption and domestication of appropriate technologies in order to boost food production They also posited that technology would improve insect or pest resistance herbicide or drought tolerance and disease resistance giving farmers additional tool to increase yield Bola Awotide Aziz Karimov and Aliou Diagn in their article Agricultural Technology Adoption Commercialisation and Smallholder Rice Farmers Welfare in Rural Nigeria stressed the importance of adopting agricultural technology These writers held that improved agricultural technology adoption such as using improved seed varieties could inspire the change over from the presently low productivity peasant and subsistence farming to commercial farming Accordingly they maintained that improved agricultural technology adoption has the potential to deepen the market share of agricultural output In this way the smallholder farmers resource use and output diversification decisions could be guided increasingly of profit maximisation On their part Isiodu Aduche and Allwell Ome Egeonu of the Department of Sociology Ignatius University of Education Port Harcourt noted that in the past Nigeria had tried to increase and improve local production especially in the manufacturing sector technologies This was done through adoption of the import substitution industries policy in the 1970s and early 1980s till now Nigeria has not been able to improve its technological base they said However the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to change the narrative as it recognised the importance and necessity of technology transfer in boosting agricultural production and revamping other sectors of the economy To achieve this the President set up a committee on technology transfer that will go into partnership with foreign countries in order to facilitate and fast track the transfer of appropriate technologies into the country It was to achieve the objective of technology transfer that the Presidential Implementation Committee PIC approved Buhari on Sept 25 was inaugurated on Dec 10 2020 of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari The president s action is already yielding fruit as the PIC On Technology Tansfer Information Exchange between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Czech Republic has commenced The PIC is to implement the Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Nigeria and Czech Republic for an initial period of 10 years and renewable on expiration The PIC is the catalyst in using the instrument of the MoU between Nigeria and Czech Republic to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of infrastructure manufacturing and innovation in Nigeria The Committee represents a critical anchor in the administration and implementation of the agreement The PIC will support and promote bilateral and multilateral activities particularly joint projects and programmes between Nigeria and the Czech Republic aimed at achieving laudable outcomes in the priority areas of the agreement To deepen the agreement the PIC will collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners in achieving the desired outcomes In its immediate focus for implementation the PIC work plan 2021 to 2024 focuses on fostering infrastructural development in the areas of agriculture mining and general manufacturing This include and specifically for Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs The plan will also focus on nationwide stakeholders engagements and sensitisation schemes with the objective of compiling and collating the technology infrastructure needs and preferences of stakeholders in the focus sectors In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja recently Mr Mohammed Dahiru Chairman of Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer assured of government s resolve to boost agriculture and other sectors of the economy via technology transfer He noted that over the years the problem of the country had been over reliance on importation as the country imports almost everything it consumes He said that was why the Buhari administration felt it was necessary to have the right partners that would boost the transfer of technologies to Nigeria According to Dahiru these technologies would be domesticated with research agencies in the country for the benefit of Nigerians and relevant stakeholders He listed priority areas of the transfer to include agriculture and food technology ICT transport o science and technology genomic medicine pharmaceuticals energy mining among others It is based on this that the president set up this committee so that we can see to the full implementation of this agreement which will benefit targeted sectors of the economy the PIC chairman said He also expressed optimism that such move and effort of the government would help push Nigeria toward self reliance with huge decrease in foreign spending as well as improve the nation s capacity and production Dahiru noted that the project would improve the capacity of Nigerian businesses as well as benefit all businessmen qualified to benefit from the technology transfer He stressed that the committee was mandated to concentrate more on agriculture mining and SMEs He spoke of plans to irrigate many parts of the North East and North West to facilitate agricultural activities all year round The PIC chairman also listed technology hubs in the South East as another area of focus for the transfer of technologies in order to help grow SMEs With the focus of the PIC on technology transfer in agriculture as directed the government has taken a proactive step toward boosting agriculture and food production Stakeholders want the project to be sustained in order to ensure food security and vibrant economy Source NAN
    Boosting agricultural production in Nigeria via technology transfer
    General news1 year ago

    Boosting agricultural production in Nigeria via technology transfer

    , News Agency of Nigeria

    Unarguably, agricultural technology transfer plays major role in transforming agricultural production. It facilitates the movement of skills essential for improving farm production.

    George Mgendi, Mao Shipping and Cheng Xiang, authors of ‘’ A Review of Agricultural Technology Transfer in Africa: Lessons from Japan and China Case Projects in Tanzania and Kenya,’’ were emphatic about the importance of technology transfer.

    A similar research article on: “The Perceived Effectiveness of Agricultural Technology Transfer Methods: Evidence From Rice Farmers in Northern Ghana,’’ also examined the effectiveness of various technology transfer methods.

    Written , Samuel Donkoh, Joseph Awuni and reviewed , they argued that technological change and adoption of improved production techniques were important steps in the development process of every agrarian economy.

    They said this was especially true for agricultural development in Sub-Saharan Africa, where crop output remained stagt for years due to a multiplicity of factors, including poor adoption and use of improved production methods.

    In recent times, Nigerian agribusiness experts and biotechnologists have stressed the need for the adoption and domestication of appropriate technologies in order to boost food production.

    They also posited that technology would improve insect or pest resistance, herbicide or drought tolerance and disease resistance, giving farmers’ additional tool to increase yield.

    Bola Awotide, Aziz Karimov and Aliou Diagn, in their article: “Agricultural Technology Adoption, Commercialisation and Smallholder Rice Farmers’ Welfare in Rural Nigeria,’’ stressed the importance of adopting agricultural technology.

    These writers held that improved agricultural technology adoption, such as using improved seed varieties, could inspire the change over from the presently low productivity, peasant, and subsistence farming to commercial farming.

    Accordingly, they maintained that improved agricultural technology adoption has the potential to deepen the market share of agricultural output.

    In this way, the smallholder farmers’ resource use and output diversification decisions could be guided increasingly of profit maximisation.

    On their part, Isiodu Aduche and Allwell Ome-Egeonu of the Department of Sociology, Ignatius University of Education, Port Harcourt, noted that in the past, Nigeria had tried to increase and improve local production, especially in the manufacturing sector, technologies.

    “This was done through adoption of the import substitution industries policy in the 1970s and early 1980s, till now, Nigeria has not been able to improve its technological base,’’ they said.

    However, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, is committed to change the narrative, as it recognised the importance and necessity of technology transfer in boosting agricultural production and revamping other sectors of the economy.

    To achieve this, the President set up a committee on technology transfer that will go into partnership with foreign countries in order to facilitate and fast-track the transfer of appropriate technologies into the country.

    It was to achieve the objective of technology transfer that the Presidential Implementation Committee (PIC) approved Buhari on Sept. 25 was inaugurated on Dec. 10, 2020 of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari.

    The president’s action is already yielding fruit, as the PIC On Technology Tansfer/Information Exchange between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Czech Republic, has commenced.

    The PIC is to implement the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and Czech Republic for an initial period of 10 years and renewable on expiration.

    The PIC is the catalyst in using the instrument of the MoU between Nigeria and Czech Republic, to ignite a process of fostering growth and expansion of infrastructure, manufacturing and innovation in Nigeria.

    The Committee represents a critical anchor in the administration and implementation of the agreement.

    The PIC will support and promote bilateral and multilateral activities, particularly joint projects and programmes between Nigeria and the Czech Republic, aimed at achieving laudable outcomes in the priority areas of the agreement.

    To deepen the agreement, the PIC will collaborate with relevant stakeholders and partners in achieving the desired outcomes.

    In its immediate focus for implementation, the PIC work plan 2021 to 2024 focuses on fostering infrastructural development in the areas of agriculture, mining and general manufacturing.

    This include and specifically for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

    The plan will also focus on nationwide stakeholders’ engagements and sensitisation schemes with the objective of compiling and collating the technology infrastructure needs and preferences of stakeholders’ in the focus sectors.

    In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, recently, Mr Mohammed Dahiru, Chairman of Presidential Implementation Committee on Technology Transfer, assured of government’s resolve to boost agriculture and other sectors of the economy via technology transfer.

    He noted that over the years the problem of the country had been over-reliance on importation, as the country imports almost everything it consumes.

    He said that was why the Buhari administration felt it was necessary to have the right partners that would boost the transfer of technologies to Nigeria.

    According to Dahiru, these technologies would be domesticated with research agencies in the country for the benefit of Nigerians and relevant stakeholders.

    He listed priority areas of the transfer to include agriculture and food technology, ICT, transport, o science and technology, genomic medicine, pharmaceuticals, energy, mining among others.

    “It is based on this that the president set up this committee so that we can see to the full implementation of this agreement which will benefit targeted sectors of the economy,’’ the PIC chairman said.

     

    He also expressed optimism that such move and effort of the government would help push Nigeria toward self-reliance with huge  decrease in foreign spending as well as improve the nation’s capacity and production.

    Dahiru noted that the project would improve the capacity of Nigerian businesses as well as benefit all businessmen qualified to benefit from the technology transfer.

    He stressed that the committee was mandated to concentrate more on agriculture, mining and SMEs.

    He spoke of plans to irrigate many parts of the North-East and North-West to facilitate agricultural activities all year round.

    The PIC chairman also listed technology hubs in the South-East as another area of focus for the transfer of technologies in order to help grow SMEs.

    With the focus of the PIC on technology transfer in agriculture as directed , the government has taken a proactive step toward boosting agriculture and food production. Stakeholders want the project to be sustained in order to ensure food security and vibrant economy.

    Source: NAN

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