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  •  The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development SCDDD has expressed deep regret over the death of its Board Chairman Malam Abidu Yazid who passed on early hours of Sept 22 in Kaduna The Executive Director of SCDDD Amb Sani Bala in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said the centre would remember the deceased for his dedication to its flagship projects including Leadership Effectiveness and Accountability Dialogue On behalf of the members of the Governing Board and the entire staff of the SCDDD we convey our sincere condolence to his family the Government and people of Katsina state May his soul rest in perfect peace Amen Bala said that the centre would miss the Community Initiative programme of the deceased which was aimed at promoting peace and the Africa We want where he imprinted upon humanity the need for durable peace and sustainable development He said that the centre was privileged to have late Yazid as a founding member of the Board of Directors and finally its Chairman spanning over a period of eight years According to him the deceased offered his entire resources both intellectually and physically to the service of the centre This Bala said was in addition to his numerous commitments to serving the society and humanity in general He served in various capacities in government including Head of Service and Secretary to Government of the old Kaduna State His commitment to public service and simple lifestyle was exemplary In a clime where opulence and stupendous display of riches is the order of the day Malam Abidu Yazid was a very simple and modest person As an economist he was concerned about the Nigerian economy particularly the collapse of the industrial sector He had tasked the centre on researching on the Revitalisation of the Nigerian Industrial Economy As at 6p m of September 21 2022 he was on his desk working to promote peace and to release a public statement admonishing Nigerians about the need for peace as Nigeria enters the electoral cycle We mourn this great Nigerian a decent humble peaceful deeply knowledgeable statesman and an illustrious son of Africa We therefore pray to God to forgive his infractions and reward his good works with Aljanaah Firdaus the statement read in part NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Savannah centre mourns death of its board chairman, Yazid
     The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development SCDDD has expressed deep regret over the death of its Board Chairman Malam Abidu Yazid who passed on early hours of Sept 22 in Kaduna The Executive Director of SCDDD Amb Sani Bala in a statement on Thursday in Abuja said the centre would remember the deceased for his dedication to its flagship projects including Leadership Effectiveness and Accountability Dialogue On behalf of the members of the Governing Board and the entire staff of the SCDDD we convey our sincere condolence to his family the Government and people of Katsina state May his soul rest in perfect peace Amen Bala said that the centre would miss the Community Initiative programme of the deceased which was aimed at promoting peace and the Africa We want where he imprinted upon humanity the need for durable peace and sustainable development He said that the centre was privileged to have late Yazid as a founding member of the Board of Directors and finally its Chairman spanning over a period of eight years According to him the deceased offered his entire resources both intellectually and physically to the service of the centre This Bala said was in addition to his numerous commitments to serving the society and humanity in general He served in various capacities in government including Head of Service and Secretary to Government of the old Kaduna State His commitment to public service and simple lifestyle was exemplary In a clime where opulence and stupendous display of riches is the order of the day Malam Abidu Yazid was a very simple and modest person As an economist he was concerned about the Nigerian economy particularly the collapse of the industrial sector He had tasked the centre on researching on the Revitalisation of the Nigerian Industrial Economy As at 6p m of September 21 2022 he was on his desk working to promote peace and to release a public statement admonishing Nigerians about the need for peace as Nigeria enters the electoral cycle We mourn this great Nigerian a decent humble peaceful deeply knowledgeable statesman and an illustrious son of Africa We therefore pray to God to forgive his infractions and reward his good works with Aljanaah Firdaus the statement read in part NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Savannah centre mourns death of its board chairman, Yazid
    General news2 weeks ago

    Savannah centre mourns death of its board chairman, Yazid

    The Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) has expressed deep regret over the death of its Board Chairman, Malam Abidu Yazid, who passed on early hours of Sept. 22, in Kaduna.

    The Executive Director of SCDDD, Amb. Sani Bala, in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, said the centre would remember the deceased for his dedication to its flagship projects, including Leadership Effectiveness and Accountability Dialogue.

    “On behalf of the members of the Governing Board and the entire staff of the SCDDD, we convey our sincere condolence to his family, the Government and people of Katsina state.

    “May his soul rest in perfect peace, Amen!

    ” Bala said that the centre would miss the Community Initiative programme of the deceased which was aimed at promoting peace and “the Africa We want” where he imprinted upon humanity the need for durable peace and sustainable development.

    He said that the centre was privileged to have late Yazid as a founding member of the Board of Directors and finally, its Chairman, spanning over a period of eight years.

    According to him, the deceased offered his entire resources, both intellectually and physically to the service of the centre.

    This, Bala said, was in addition to his numerous commitments to serving the society and humanity in general.

    “He served in various capacities in government, including Head of Service and Secretary to Government of the old Kaduna State.

    His commitment to public service and simple lifestyle was exemplary.

    “In a clime where opulence and stupendous display of riches is the order of the day, Malam Abidu Yazid was a very simple and modest person.

    “As an economist, he was concerned about the Nigerian economy, particularly, the collapse of the industrial sector.

    He had tasked the centre on researching on the ‘Revitalisation of the Nigerian Industrial Economy’.

    “As at 6p.

    m. of September 21, 2022, he was on his desk working to promote peace and to release a public statement admonishing Nigerians about the need for peace as Nigeria enters the electoral cycle.

    “We mourn this great Nigerian, a decent, humble, peaceful, deeply knowledgeable statesman and an illustrious son of Africa.

    “We therefore pray to God to forgive his infractions and reward his good works with Aljanaah Firdaus,” the statement  read in part. 


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   By Salisu Sani Idris Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development SCDDD has faulted the three month ultimatum by Niger Delta leaders to the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue SCDDD Executive Director Amb Sani Bala conveyed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday Bala said that while the centre aligned with the Niger Delta leaders on the need for the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue it should not be with a timeline The centre is aware that achieving this takes time and resources and considers it unrealistic to propose nor support any timeline to the Federal Government However a call for representatives of ethnic groups to chart a new course via a national dialogue to be convened by the Federal Government is in order The call is in line with our aim of mainstreaming a society driven national dialogue Bala however said the centre did not share the three month ultimatum the Niger Delta leaders issued to the Federal Government to convene the dialogue This is without any prejudice or iota of intent to downplay the import nor challenge the right of the Niger Delta people to express their views he said He said the centre was committed to promoting consensus on workable pathways to durable peace national unity security and sustainable development The centre is set out to achieve a patient and rigorous dialogue for consensus by all stakeholders on peaceful and systematic ways of addressing major challenges of governance and nation building Bala said he was happy with the media for the wider dissemination of its ongoing national unity project He said the centre had received many positive contributions from different ethnic nationalities NAN Source NAN
    Centre faults N/Delta leaders ultimatum to FG on national dialogue
      By Salisu Sani Idris Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development SCDDD has faulted the three month ultimatum by Niger Delta leaders to the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue SCDDD Executive Director Amb Sani Bala conveyed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday Bala said that while the centre aligned with the Niger Delta leaders on the need for the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue it should not be with a timeline The centre is aware that achieving this takes time and resources and considers it unrealistic to propose nor support any timeline to the Federal Government However a call for representatives of ethnic groups to chart a new course via a national dialogue to be convened by the Federal Government is in order The call is in line with our aim of mainstreaming a society driven national dialogue Bala however said the centre did not share the three month ultimatum the Niger Delta leaders issued to the Federal Government to convene the dialogue This is without any prejudice or iota of intent to downplay the import nor challenge the right of the Niger Delta people to express their views he said He said the centre was committed to promoting consensus on workable pathways to durable peace national unity security and sustainable development The centre is set out to achieve a patient and rigorous dialogue for consensus by all stakeholders on peaceful and systematic ways of addressing major challenges of governance and nation building Bala said he was happy with the media for the wider dissemination of its ongoing national unity project He said the centre had received many positive contributions from different ethnic nationalities NAN Source NAN
    Centre faults N/Delta leaders ultimatum to FG on national dialogue
    General news1 year ago

    Centre faults N/Delta leaders ultimatum to FG on national dialogue

    By Salisu Sani-Idris

    Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy and Development (SCDDD) has faulted the three-month ultimatum by Niger Delta leaders to the Federal Government,  to convene  a national dialogue.

    SCDDD Executive Director, Amb. Sani Bala, conveyed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Bala said that while the centre aligned with the Niger Delta leaders on the need for the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue, it should not be with a timeline.

    “The centre is aware that achieving this takes time and resources and considers it unrealistic to propose nor support any timeline to the Federal Government.

    ” However, a  call for representatives of ethnic groups to chart a new course via a national dialogue to be convened by the Federal Government is in order.

    “The call is in line with our  aim of mainstreaming a  society-driven national dialogue.”

    Bala, however,  said the centre did not share the three-month ultimatum the Niger Delta leaders issued to the Federal Government  to convene the dialogue.

    “This is without any prejudice or iota of intent to downplay the import nor challenge the right of the Niger Delta people to express their views,” he said.

    He said the centre was committed to promoting consensus on workable pathways to durable peace, national unity, security and sustainable development.

    ‘The centre is set out to achieve a patient and rigorous dialogue for consensus by all stakeholders,  on peaceful and systematic ways of addressing major challenges of governance and nation-building.

    Bala said he was happy with the media for the wider dissemination of its ongoing national unity project.

    He said  the centre had received many positive contributions from different ethnic nationalities. (NAN)

    Source: NAN

  •  Prof Ibrahim Gambari Nigerian former Minister of Foreign Affairs has urged stakeholders in Nollywood to use their works to advocate for peaceful and credible conduct ahead of the 2019 general elections The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gambari made the call on Friday in his Keynote Speech at the Annual Film Lecture of the Nigerian Film Corporation NFC in Abuja The lecture is a flagship event of the 2018 ZUMA Film Festival ZUFF holding in the nation s capital from Dec 1 t0 7 with the theme Archiving for Creativity Gambari who is the Founder Chairman of board of Savannah Centre For Diplomacy Democracy and Development SCDDD spoke on the topic Film Production and Preservation as Diplomatic Tools for Promoting Peace Unity and Development He noted that motion picture industry is a veritable tool that can be used to drive national unity build values of love peace and tolerance among Nigerians I seize the opportunity to renew our appeal to all movie producers their followers and supporters to step up their interventions for advocating of peaceful free and fair electoral contest in Nigerian in 2019 Film production is the engine that drives peace unity and development and Nollywood must be at the vanguard As the 2019 elections are approaching there must be films targeted at discouraging elections rigging and promoting violence free and fair elections he said Gamabari however warned filmmakers against producing movie that have divisive tendencies on the nation and put it in bad light in the comity of nations all in the name of making money He lamented that such negative images often reinforce negative tendencies in people and therefore urged film stakeholders to use their works as tools for positive social mobilization of citizens towards peaceful co existence The 2019 elections will either make or mar Nigeria and we should desist from hateful and inciting movies as hate speech is not a free speech We must not pretend that hate speech hurling of insults and making dangerous films portray well for Nollywood Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder and we should not allow it go the ways of Somalia or Afghanistan he added Gambari therefore urged relevant stakeholders to use films to shape opinions promote cultural diplomacy and mobilize citizens to work towards a better Nigeria He added by calling on government and relevant stakeholders to provide enabling environment for Nollywood to strive better Nollywood is doing well and this generation of filmmakers are looking forward to take it to the next level Therefore Nigeria is in dare need of a national and visionary leader who would encourage talents and entrepreneurship in all ramifications he said Earlier Dr Chidia Maduekwe Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee said that the festival with the theme Archiving for Creativity was to redefine the need and potentials of audio visual archiving in Nigeria Maduekwe who is the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation NFC organiser of ZUFF added that the theme intends to reignite the consciousness of audio visual archiving of creative works and its posterity NFC through ZUFF 2018 seeks to bring to the front burner the need to preserve Nigeria s memory for future generations of Nigerians with no end point Our goal is to have these images and the sounds associated with the images available for present and future generations As the world is being driven by digital technologies filmmaking in Nigeria and indeed around the world should equally be moving with their inventions and innovations he said NAN reports that the Annual Film Lecture now in its 9th edition provides opportunity for stakeholders in the movie industry to engage in narratives and conversations geared towards strengthening the sector The lecture brings together filmmakers captains of industries the academia relevant government functionaries and other stakeholders to share thoughts and brainstorm on contemporary issues of importance to the growth of the Nigeria movie industry Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    2019: Gambari urges filmmakers to advocate peaceful, credible elections
     Prof Ibrahim Gambari Nigerian former Minister of Foreign Affairs has urged stakeholders in Nollywood to use their works to advocate for peaceful and credible conduct ahead of the 2019 general elections The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gambari made the call on Friday in his Keynote Speech at the Annual Film Lecture of the Nigerian Film Corporation NFC in Abuja The lecture is a flagship event of the 2018 ZUMA Film Festival ZUFF holding in the nation s capital from Dec 1 t0 7 with the theme Archiving for Creativity Gambari who is the Founder Chairman of board of Savannah Centre For Diplomacy Democracy and Development SCDDD spoke on the topic Film Production and Preservation as Diplomatic Tools for Promoting Peace Unity and Development He noted that motion picture industry is a veritable tool that can be used to drive national unity build values of love peace and tolerance among Nigerians I seize the opportunity to renew our appeal to all movie producers their followers and supporters to step up their interventions for advocating of peaceful free and fair electoral contest in Nigerian in 2019 Film production is the engine that drives peace unity and development and Nollywood must be at the vanguard As the 2019 elections are approaching there must be films targeted at discouraging elections rigging and promoting violence free and fair elections he said Gamabari however warned filmmakers against producing movie that have divisive tendencies on the nation and put it in bad light in the comity of nations all in the name of making money He lamented that such negative images often reinforce negative tendencies in people and therefore urged film stakeholders to use their works as tools for positive social mobilization of citizens towards peaceful co existence The 2019 elections will either make or mar Nigeria and we should desist from hateful and inciting movies as hate speech is not a free speech We must not pretend that hate speech hurling of insults and making dangerous films portray well for Nollywood Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder and we should not allow it go the ways of Somalia or Afghanistan he added Gambari therefore urged relevant stakeholders to use films to shape opinions promote cultural diplomacy and mobilize citizens to work towards a better Nigeria He added by calling on government and relevant stakeholders to provide enabling environment for Nollywood to strive better Nollywood is doing well and this generation of filmmakers are looking forward to take it to the next level Therefore Nigeria is in dare need of a national and visionary leader who would encourage talents and entrepreneurship in all ramifications he said Earlier Dr Chidia Maduekwe Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee said that the festival with the theme Archiving for Creativity was to redefine the need and potentials of audio visual archiving in Nigeria Maduekwe who is the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation NFC organiser of ZUFF added that the theme intends to reignite the consciousness of audio visual archiving of creative works and its posterity NFC through ZUFF 2018 seeks to bring to the front burner the need to preserve Nigeria s memory for future generations of Nigerians with no end point Our goal is to have these images and the sounds associated with the images available for present and future generations As the world is being driven by digital technologies filmmaking in Nigeria and indeed around the world should equally be moving with their inventions and innovations he said NAN reports that the Annual Film Lecture now in its 9th edition provides opportunity for stakeholders in the movie industry to engage in narratives and conversations geared towards strengthening the sector The lecture brings together filmmakers captains of industries the academia relevant government functionaries and other stakeholders to share thoughts and brainstorm on contemporary issues of importance to the growth of the Nigeria movie industry Edited by Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    2019: Gambari urges filmmakers to advocate peaceful, credible elections
    Entertainment4 years ago

    2019: Gambari urges filmmakers to advocate peaceful, credible elections

    Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Nigerian former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has urged stakeholders in Nollywood to use their works to advocate for peaceful and credible conduct ahead of the 2019 general elections.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Gambari made the call on Friday in his Keynote Speech at the Annual Film Lecture of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC) in Abuja.

    The lecture is a flagship event of the 2018 ZUMA Film Festival (ZUFF) holding in the nation’s capital from Dec 1 t0 7, with the theme: “Archiving for Creativity.”

    Gambari, who is the Founder/Chairman of board of Savannah Centre For Diplomacy,Democracy and Development (SCDDD), spoke on the topic: “ Film Production and Preservation as Diplomatic Tools for Promoting Peace, Unity and Development.”

    He noted that motion picture industry is a veritable tool that can be used to drive national unity, build values of love, peace and tolerance among Nigerians.

    “I seize the opportunity to renew our appeal to all movie producers, their followers and supporters, to step up their interventions for advocating of peaceful, free and fair electoral contest in Nigerian in 2019.

    “Film production is the engine that drives peace, unity and development, and Nollywood must be at the vanguard.

    “As the 2019 elections are approaching, there must be films targeted at discouraging elections rigging and promoting violence-free and fair elections,” he said.

    Gamabari however, warned filmmakers against producing movie that have divisive tendencies on the nation and put it in bad light in the comity of nations, all in the name of making money.

    He lamented that such negative images often reinforce negative tendencies in people, and therefore urged film stakeholders to use their works as tools for positive social mobilization of citizens towards peaceful co-existence.

    “The 2019 elections will either make or mar Nigeria, and we should desist from hateful and inciting movies, as hate speech is not a free speech.

    “We must not pretend that hate speech, hurling of insults and making dangerous films portray well for Nollywood.

    “Nigeria is sitting on a keg of gun powder,and we should not allow it go the ways of Somalia or Afghanistan,” he added.

    Gambari, therefore, urged relevant stakeholders to use films to shape opinions, promote cultural diplomacy and mobilize citizens to work towards a better Nigeria.

    He added by calling on government and relevant stakeholders to provide enabling environment for Nollywood to strive better.

    “Nollywood is doing well, and this generation of filmmakers are looking forward to take it to the next level.

    “Therefore, Nigeria is in dare need of a national and visionary leader who would encourage talents and entrepreneurship in all ramifications,” he said.

    Earlier, Dr Chidia Maduekwe, Chairman of the Festival Organising Committee, said that the festival with the theme “Archiving for Creativity”, was to “redefine the need and potentials of audio visual archiving in Nigeria.”

    Maduekwe, who is the Managing Director of Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC),organiser of ZUFF, added that the theme intends to reignite the consciousness of audio-visual archiving of creative works and its posterity.

    “NFC, through ZUFF 2018, seeks to bring to the front burner the need to preserve Nigeria’s memory for future generations of Nigerians, with no end point.

    “Our goal is to have these images, and the sounds associated with the images, available for present and future generations.

    “As the world is being driven by digital technologies, filmmaking in Nigeria, and indeed around the world, should equally be moving with their inventions and innovations,” “he said.

    NAN reports that the Annual Film Lecture, now in its 9th edition,provides opportunity for stakeholders in the movie industry to engage in narratives and conversations geared towards strengthening the sector.

    The lecture brings together filmmakers,captains of industries,the academia, relevant government functionaries and other stakeholders to share thoughts and brainstorm on contemporary issues of importance to the growth of the Nigeria movie industry

    Edited by: Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)