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  •   By Bridget Ikyado Mr Oluseun Onigbinde Founder BudgIT an Information and Technology based civic organisation has urged government functionaries to sustain discipline and accountability in the discharge of their responsibilities Onigbinde gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja during the organisation s 10th anniversary of civic innovation and impact in Nigeria He said that such attitude would encourage other citizens to imbibe the culture of accountability and integrity in all their dealings thereby adding immense value to the country According to him BudgIT applies technology to intersect citizens engagement with institutions to facilitate societal change He said as a pioneer in the field of social advocacy BudgIT used array of tech tools to simplify budgets and matters of public spending for citizens to easily track Onigbinde noted that the organisation was focused on raising standard of transparency and accountability in goverce We are in constant partnership with civil society public institutions and the media chiefly in the areas of fiscal analyses civic technology and data representation BudgIT s methodology is deploying refined data mining skillsets to creatively represent data and we empower citizens to use the resulting information in demanding improved service delivery beyond budget access He further said that BudgIT functions on the premise that budgets must work for the people Most emblematic is our project tracking tool Tracka created in 2014 Tracka is now functional in 20 States and allows Nigerians post pictures of developmental projects in their communities With BudgIT s project officers aiding citizens offline to communicate with their elected representatives He said that it helped the people to demand for completion of government projects in their neighbourhoods The founder pointed out that BudgIT had reached over 4 85 million Nigerians via digital and physical spaces and leads in online and offline conversations on government fices and public sector efficiency Onigbinde disclosed that the organisation also had over 8 000 unique data requests from private corporate and development entities and individuals BudgIT is now widely regarded as a trusted hub for public fice data in Nigeria Offline and on the ground BudgIT collaborates across the public private sectors to deliver programs that shore up the capacity of its peers and willing government institutions We have worked with 42 civil society organizations to revamp their digital outlook policy analyses and report presentation formats he added The founder announced that they were currently experimenting with Nigeria s first Data Journalism platform to enhance information dissemination According to him BudgIT would continue to influence national agenda on public spending open goverce and analyses of anti corruption and transparency initiatives The Minister of State Budget and National Planning Mr Clem Agba commended BudgIT for its initiatives which were in tandem with the Federal Government policy on transparency and accountability According to Agba government has also developed a citizen s guide to budget planning and development to ensure better accessibility and understanding for all Nigerians He advised other civic organisations to operate in partnership with the government rather than being attack dogs Today s government has inclusive and participatory roles for its citizens for transparency accountability and progress he noted The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by two former ministers Mr Frank Nweke Jnr and Oby Ezekwesili as well as Mr Kayode Fayemi Chairman Nigerians Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti Source NAN
    BudgIT urges govt functionaries to sustain discipline, accountability
      By Bridget Ikyado Mr Oluseun Onigbinde Founder BudgIT an Information and Technology based civic organisation has urged government functionaries to sustain discipline and accountability in the discharge of their responsibilities Onigbinde gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja during the organisation s 10th anniversary of civic innovation and impact in Nigeria He said that such attitude would encourage other citizens to imbibe the culture of accountability and integrity in all their dealings thereby adding immense value to the country According to him BudgIT applies technology to intersect citizens engagement with institutions to facilitate societal change He said as a pioneer in the field of social advocacy BudgIT used array of tech tools to simplify budgets and matters of public spending for citizens to easily track Onigbinde noted that the organisation was focused on raising standard of transparency and accountability in goverce We are in constant partnership with civil society public institutions and the media chiefly in the areas of fiscal analyses civic technology and data representation BudgIT s methodology is deploying refined data mining skillsets to creatively represent data and we empower citizens to use the resulting information in demanding improved service delivery beyond budget access He further said that BudgIT functions on the premise that budgets must work for the people Most emblematic is our project tracking tool Tracka created in 2014 Tracka is now functional in 20 States and allows Nigerians post pictures of developmental projects in their communities With BudgIT s project officers aiding citizens offline to communicate with their elected representatives He said that it helped the people to demand for completion of government projects in their neighbourhoods The founder pointed out that BudgIT had reached over 4 85 million Nigerians via digital and physical spaces and leads in online and offline conversations on government fices and public sector efficiency Onigbinde disclosed that the organisation also had over 8 000 unique data requests from private corporate and development entities and individuals BudgIT is now widely regarded as a trusted hub for public fice data in Nigeria Offline and on the ground BudgIT collaborates across the public private sectors to deliver programs that shore up the capacity of its peers and willing government institutions We have worked with 42 civil society organizations to revamp their digital outlook policy analyses and report presentation formats he added The founder announced that they were currently experimenting with Nigeria s first Data Journalism platform to enhance information dissemination According to him BudgIT would continue to influence national agenda on public spending open goverce and analyses of anti corruption and transparency initiatives The Minister of State Budget and National Planning Mr Clem Agba commended BudgIT for its initiatives which were in tandem with the Federal Government policy on transparency and accountability According to Agba government has also developed a citizen s guide to budget planning and development to ensure better accessibility and understanding for all Nigerians He advised other civic organisations to operate in partnership with the government rather than being attack dogs Today s government has inclusive and participatory roles for its citizens for transparency accountability and progress he noted The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by two former ministers Mr Frank Nweke Jnr and Oby Ezekwesili as well as Mr Kayode Fayemi Chairman Nigerians Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti Source NAN
    BudgIT urges govt functionaries to sustain discipline, accountability
    General news1 year ago

    BudgIT urges govt functionaries to sustain discipline, accountability

    By Bridget Ikyado

    Mr Oluseun Onigbinde, Founder BudgIT, an Information and Technology based civic organisation, has urged government functionaries to sustain discipline and accountability in the discharge of their responsibilities.

    Onigbinde gave the advice on Tuesday in Abuja during the organisation’s 10th anniversary of civic innovation and impact in Nigeria.

    He said that such attitude would encourage other citizens to imbibe the culture of accountability and integrity in all their dealings, thereby adding immense value to the country.

    According to him, BudgIT applies technology to intersect citizens’ engagement with institutions, to facilitate societal change.

    He said as a pioneer in the field of social advocacy, BudgIT used array of tech tools to simplify budgets and matters of public spending, for citizens to easily track.

    Onigbinde noted that the organisation was focused on raising standard of transparency and accountability in goverce.

    “We are in constant partnership with civil society, public institutions and the media, chiefly in the areas of fiscal analyses, civic technology and data representation.

    ” BudgIT’s methodology is deploying refined data mining skillsets to creatively represent data, and we empower citizens to use the resulting information in demanding improved service delivery beyond budget access.”

    He further said that BudgIT functions on the premise that budgets must work for the people.

    ” Most emblematic is our project-tracking tool (Tracka), created in 2014.

    ” Tracka is now functional in 20 States, and allows Nigerians post pictures of developmental projects in their communities.

    “With BudgIT’s project officers aiding citizens offline to communicate with their elected representatives.”

    He said that it helped the people to demand for completion of government projects in their neighbourhoods.

    The founder pointed out that BudgIT had reached over 4.85 million Nigerians via digital and physical spaces, and leads in online and offline conversations on government fices and public sector efficiency.

    Onigbinde disclosed that the organisation also had over 8,000 unique data requests from private, corporate and development entities and individuals.

    “BudgIT is now widely regarded as a trusted hub for public fice data in Nigeria.

    “Offline, and on the ground, BudgIT collaborates across the public-private sectors to deliver programs that shore up the capacity of its peers and willing government institutions.

    “We have worked with 42 civil society organizations to revamp their digital outlook, policy analyses and report presentation formats,” he added.

    The founder announced that they were currently experimenting with Nigeria’s first Data Journalism platform to enhance information dissemination.

    According to him, BudgIT would continue to influence national agenda on public spending, open goverce, and analyses of anti-corruption and transparency initiatives.

    The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Mr Clem Agba commended BudgIT for its initiatives which were in tandem with the Federal Government policy on transparency and accountability.

    According to Agba, government has also developed a citizen’s guide to budget, planning and development, to ensure better accessibility and understanding for all Nigerians.

    He advised other civic organisations to operate in partnership with the government rather than being “attack dogs”.

    “Today’s government has inclusive and participatory roles for its citizens for transparency, accountability and progress,” he noted.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was attended by two former ministers, Mr Frank Nweke Jnr and Oby Ezekwesili, as well as Mr Kayode Fayemi, Chairman Nigerians Governors Forum and Governor of Ekiti.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Ifeanyi Nwoko Former President Goodluck Jonathan will join other former presidents top lawyers policymakers and other stakeholders in the justice sector for the 2021 African Bar Association AfBA Annual Conference in Niamey Republic of Niger The conference scheduled to hold between Oct 3 and 7 2021 will feature stakeholders from across Africa Vice Chairman Nigerian Forum AFBA Mr Owoicho Adejo Ogiri Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja Adejo Ogiri disclosed that the keynote speaker at the conference will be the 2018 Nobel Prize winner from DR Congo Dr Denis Mukwege He said that the conference which is to be held at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre will have stakeholders advance discussion on the theme Accountable Goverce as a Panacea for the Unending Conflicts in Africa The Legal Profession as the Driver Other notable Africans listed to attend the conference are Mohammed Bazoum President of Niger Republic Mohamadou Issofou former president of Niger Republic Ellen Johnson Sirleaf former president of Liberia and Ernest Bai Koroma former president of Sierra Leone Others are Judge Navanethem Pillay the first woman of colour to be appointed as Judge in South Africa and 2016 AfBA Conference keynote speaker Mr Joseph Daudu SAN as well as Dr Abdulsamad Rabiu Founder Chairman of BUA Group among others According to Adejo Ogiri the annual conference will bring together experts and participants in the legal profession the judiciary legislature the executive the academia the military and security agencies as well as the business and policymaking sector Speaking on the expected outcome he said Judging by the very important guests that will grace the occasion the very interesting topics selected and seasoned experts to dissect them it promises to be another memorable productive discourse He said that interested participants could access information and register for the conference on www afribar org Source NAN
    Jonathan, Sirleaf, others set for AFBA conference on ending conflicts in Africa
      By Ifeanyi Nwoko Former President Goodluck Jonathan will join other former presidents top lawyers policymakers and other stakeholders in the justice sector for the 2021 African Bar Association AfBA Annual Conference in Niamey Republic of Niger The conference scheduled to hold between Oct 3 and 7 2021 will feature stakeholders from across Africa Vice Chairman Nigerian Forum AFBA Mr Owoicho Adejo Ogiri Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja Adejo Ogiri disclosed that the keynote speaker at the conference will be the 2018 Nobel Prize winner from DR Congo Dr Denis Mukwege He said that the conference which is to be held at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre will have stakeholders advance discussion on the theme Accountable Goverce as a Panacea for the Unending Conflicts in Africa The Legal Profession as the Driver Other notable Africans listed to attend the conference are Mohammed Bazoum President of Niger Republic Mohamadou Issofou former president of Niger Republic Ellen Johnson Sirleaf former president of Liberia and Ernest Bai Koroma former president of Sierra Leone Others are Judge Navanethem Pillay the first woman of colour to be appointed as Judge in South Africa and 2016 AfBA Conference keynote speaker Mr Joseph Daudu SAN as well as Dr Abdulsamad Rabiu Founder Chairman of BUA Group among others According to Adejo Ogiri the annual conference will bring together experts and participants in the legal profession the judiciary legislature the executive the academia the military and security agencies as well as the business and policymaking sector Speaking on the expected outcome he said Judging by the very important guests that will grace the occasion the very interesting topics selected and seasoned experts to dissect them it promises to be another memorable productive discourse He said that interested participants could access information and register for the conference on www afribar org Source NAN
    Jonathan, Sirleaf, others set for AFBA conference on ending conflicts in Africa
    General news1 year ago

    Jonathan, Sirleaf, others set for AFBA conference on ending conflicts in Africa

    By Ifeanyi Nwoko

    Former President Goodluck Jonathan will join other former presidents, top lawyers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the justice sector for the 2021 African Bar Association (AfBA) Annual Conference in Niamey, Republic of Niger.

    The conference, scheduled to hold between Oct. 3 and 7, 2021 will feature stakeholders from across Africa, Vice Chairman (Nigerian Forum AFBA), Mr. Owoicho Adejo-Ogiri.

    Speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Adejo-Ogiri disclosed that the keynote speaker at the conference will be the 2018 Nobel Prize winner from DR Congo, Dr Denis Mukwege.

    He said that the conference which is to be held at the Mahatma Gandhi International Conference Centre will have stakeholders advance discussion on the theme `Accountable Goverce as a Panacea for the Unending Conflicts in Africa: The Legal Profession as the Driver’.

    Other notable Africans listed to attend the conference are Mohammed Bazoum, President of Niger Republic; Mohamadou Issofou, former president of Niger Republic; Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, former president of Liberia; and Ernest Bai Koroma, former president of Sierra-Leone.

    Others are Judge Navanethem Pillay, the first woman of colour to be appointed as Judge in South Africa; and 2016 AfBA Conference keynote speaker, Mr Joseph Daudu (SAN); as well as Dr Abdulsamad Rabiu, Founder/Chairman of BUA Group, among others.

    According to Adejo-Ogiri, the annual conference will bring together experts and participants in the legal profession, the judiciary, legislature, the executive, the academia, the military and security agencies, as well as the business and policymaking sector.

    Speaking on the expected outcome, he said, “Judging by the very important guests that will grace the occasion, the very interesting topics selected, and seasoned experts to dissect them, it promises to be another memorable productive discourse.”

    He said that interested participants could access information and register for the conference on www.afribar.org.

    Source: NAN

  •   By Ibironke Ariyo The Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS FCT Command Mr Abdul rahman Maiyaki called for the holding of a virtual court for detainees to facilitate the rapid decongestion of detention centers Maiyaki made the appeal during a courtesy call on Judge Peters Kekemeke Federal High Court Nyanya on Tuesday in Abuja He said the purpose of the visit was to resolve the issues detainees face in detention centers noting that defendants were a major concern The Monitor noted that although the virtual hearings took place during the recent courtworker strike he said there was a need to continue the virtual hearings to help detainees obtain justice immediately Doing so will not only solve the problem of overcrowding but also alleviate the panic and unnecessary tensions that lead to escapes from detention centers The issue of persons awaiting trial ATP would also be addressed and this would decongest our detention centers as most of them were the reason why the detention centers were overcrowded he said Maiyaki assured Kekemeke of the safety of any judge sent to detention centers for any hearing as the NCoS had the necessary measures in place to ensure their safety We have decided that no detainees will be seen around the centers until the trials are completed We have also prepared a place for justice to sit he said In response Judge Kekemeke said the majority of remand detainees had not been convicted of a criminal offense and were awaiting trial following a not guilty plea Kekemeke said several detainees were illegally held behind bars for no reason adding that the virtual session would help decongest the centers The judge who also serves as the High Court and NCoS liaison officer assured the team of a swift response to help tackle overcrowding We will be proactive in sending magistrates to visit detention centers to ensure that the Correctional Service is decongested The court will ensure that people are sent once or twice to the detention centers for detainees he said Kekemeke urged the comptroller and his team to make arrangements to build courts inside the detention centers adding that this would quickly resolve the overcrowding problem He noted that cases were slow due to the lack of witnesses and magistrates and judges were always ready to work but witnesses were not always on the ground The judge also urged them to bring the police and other necessary sister agencies into their arrangements to achieve an effective result NAA NAN
    NCoS calls for virtual court sitting for speedy trials
      By Ibironke Ariyo The Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service NCoS FCT Command Mr Abdul rahman Maiyaki called for the holding of a virtual court for detainees to facilitate the rapid decongestion of detention centers Maiyaki made the appeal during a courtesy call on Judge Peters Kekemeke Federal High Court Nyanya on Tuesday in Abuja He said the purpose of the visit was to resolve the issues detainees face in detention centers noting that defendants were a major concern The Monitor noted that although the virtual hearings took place during the recent courtworker strike he said there was a need to continue the virtual hearings to help detainees obtain justice immediately Doing so will not only solve the problem of overcrowding but also alleviate the panic and unnecessary tensions that lead to escapes from detention centers The issue of persons awaiting trial ATP would also be addressed and this would decongest our detention centers as most of them were the reason why the detention centers were overcrowded he said Maiyaki assured Kekemeke of the safety of any judge sent to detention centers for any hearing as the NCoS had the necessary measures in place to ensure their safety We have decided that no detainees will be seen around the centers until the trials are completed We have also prepared a place for justice to sit he said In response Judge Kekemeke said the majority of remand detainees had not been convicted of a criminal offense and were awaiting trial following a not guilty plea Kekemeke said several detainees were illegally held behind bars for no reason adding that the virtual session would help decongest the centers The judge who also serves as the High Court and NCoS liaison officer assured the team of a swift response to help tackle overcrowding We will be proactive in sending magistrates to visit detention centers to ensure that the Correctional Service is decongested The court will ensure that people are sent once or twice to the detention centers for detainees he said Kekemeke urged the comptroller and his team to make arrangements to build courts inside the detention centers adding that this would quickly resolve the overcrowding problem He noted that cases were slow due to the lack of witnesses and magistrates and judges were always ready to work but witnesses were not always on the ground The judge also urged them to bring the police and other necessary sister agencies into their arrangements to achieve an effective result NAA NAN
    NCoS calls for virtual court sitting for speedy trials
    Defence/Security1 year ago

    NCoS calls for virtual court sitting for speedy trials

    By Ibironke Ariyo
    The Controller of Nigeria Correctional Service (NCoS), FCT Command, Mr. Abdul-rahman Maiyaki, called for the holding of a virtual court for detainees to facilitate the rapid decongestion of detention centers.

    Maiyaki made the appeal during a courtesy call on Judge Peters Kekemeke, Federal High Court Nyanya on Tuesday in Abuja.

    He said the purpose of the visit was to resolve the issues detainees face in detention centers, noting that defendants were a major concern.

    The Monitor noted that although the virtual hearings took place during the recent courtworker strike, he said there was a need to continue the virtual hearings to help detainees obtain justice immediately.

    “Doing so will not only solve the problem of overcrowding, but also alleviate the panic and unnecessary tensions that lead to escapes from detention centers.

    "The issue of persons awaiting trial (ATP) would also be addressed and this would decongest our detention centers as most of them were the reason why the detention centers were overcrowded," he said.

    Maiyaki assured Kekemeke of the safety of any judge sent to detention centers for any hearing, as the NCoS had the necessary measures in place to ensure their safety.

    “We have decided that no detainees will be seen around the centers until the trials are completed. We have also prepared a place for justice to sit, ”he said.

    In response, Judge Kekemeke said the majority of remand detainees had not been convicted of a criminal offense and were awaiting trial following a not-guilty plea.

    Kekemeke said several detainees were illegally held behind bars for no reason, adding that the virtual session would help decongest the centers.

    The judge who also serves as the High Court and NCoS liaison officer assured the team of a swift response to help tackle overcrowding.

    “We will be proactive in sending magistrates to visit detention centers to ensure that the Correctional Service is decongested.

    "The court will ensure that people are sent once or twice to the detention centers for detainees," he said.

    Kekemeke urged the comptroller and his team to make arrangements to build courts inside the detention centers, adding that this would quickly resolve the overcrowding problem.

    He noted that cases were slow due to the lack of witnesses, and magistrates and judges were always ready to work but witnesses were not always on the ground.

    The judge also urged them to bring the police and other necessary sister agencies into their arrangements to achieve an effective result. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •   By Sumaila Ogbaje The Nigerian army has clarified that the new army chief of staff Major General Faruk Yahaya s service began on September 22 1990 when he was appointed an officer The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima made this clarification in a statement Tuesday in Abuja Yerima said SFOC during its confirmation screening at the National Assembly mentioned that it was drawing on its 36 years of military experience According to him Yahaya told senators that he brought into this highly loaded office about 36 years of military experience having joined the army on September 27 1985 as a member of the 37th Regular Course Diploma Yerima noted that SFOC went further in stating that since the moment he passed out on September 22 1990 He said for the record that SFOC had accurately captured his military experience to include the five years he spent training as an officer cadet at the Nigerian Defense Academy However an officer s service record counts from the day he is commissioned This is clearly stated in the harmonized conditions of service agents revised in 2017 he said In the case of the 22nd SFOC as he made clear it was commissioned on September 22 1990 which is the benchmark for its years of service So that means the message being broadcast is completely inaccurate and out of context he said The military spokesperson however urged the public to ignore allegations that tended to portray SFOC had spent 36 years in service According to him the allegations emanated from an ignorance of the military service or from an evil which is best explained by its authors NAA NAN
    Army clarifies COAS service record
      By Sumaila Ogbaje The Nigerian army has clarified that the new army chief of staff Major General Faruk Yahaya s service began on September 22 1990 when he was appointed an officer The Director Army Public Relations Brig Gen Mohammed Yerima made this clarification in a statement Tuesday in Abuja Yerima said SFOC during its confirmation screening at the National Assembly mentioned that it was drawing on its 36 years of military experience According to him Yahaya told senators that he brought into this highly loaded office about 36 years of military experience having joined the army on September 27 1985 as a member of the 37th Regular Course Diploma Yerima noted that SFOC went further in stating that since the moment he passed out on September 22 1990 He said for the record that SFOC had accurately captured his military experience to include the five years he spent training as an officer cadet at the Nigerian Defense Academy However an officer s service record counts from the day he is commissioned This is clearly stated in the harmonized conditions of service agents revised in 2017 he said In the case of the 22nd SFOC as he made clear it was commissioned on September 22 1990 which is the benchmark for its years of service So that means the message being broadcast is completely inaccurate and out of context he said The military spokesperson however urged the public to ignore allegations that tended to portray SFOC had spent 36 years in service According to him the allegations emanated from an ignorance of the military service or from an evil which is best explained by its authors NAA NAN
    Army clarifies COAS service record
    Defence/Security1 year ago

    Army clarifies COAS service record

    By Sumaila Ogbaje

    The Nigerian army has clarified that the new army chief of staff, Major-General. Faruk Yahaya's service began on September 22, 1990 when he was appointed an officer.

    The Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Yerima, made this clarification in a statement Tuesday in Abuja.

    Yerima said SFOC, during its confirmation screening at the National Assembly, mentioned that it was drawing on its 36 years of military experience.

    According to him, Yahaya told senators that he brought "into this highly loaded office, about 36 years of military experience, having joined the army on September 27, 1985 as a member of the 37th Regular Course (Diploma)".

    Yerima noted that SFOC went further in stating that "since the moment he passed out on September 22, 1990".

    He said, for the record, that SFOC had accurately captured his military experience to include the five years he spent training as an officer cadet at the Nigerian Defense Academy.

    “However, an officer's service record counts from the day he is commissioned.

    “This is clearly stated in the harmonized conditions of service (agents) revised in 2017,” he said.

    “In the case of the 22nd SFOC, as he made clear, it was commissioned on September 22, 1990, which is the benchmark for its years of service.

    "So that means the message being broadcast is completely inaccurate and out of context," he said.

    The military spokesperson, however, urged the public to ignore allegations that tended to portray SFOC had spent 36 years in service.

    According to him, the allegations emanated from an ignorance of the military service or from an evil which is best explained by its authors. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •   By Ikenna Osuoha Save Our Heritage Initiative SOHI an Abuja based NGO called for an immediate end to all forms of abuse against the elderly in order to restore and preserve their dignity and well being The group s chief executive officer CEO Ms May Ikokwu made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency NAN on Tuesday in Abuja on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day WEAAD Ikokwu denounced the way some elders were treated in society which she said undermined the dignity allegedly attached to the golden age She said shamefully there have been several cases of rape of older women even in their 80s by young men in their twenties Today many elders in our society are treated with the utmost contempt reckless abandonment without any iota of love or consideration For example in camps for internally displaced persons IDPs most of the elderly die as a result of abuse abandonment and absence of caregivers The SOHI boss urged the government to ensure the swift return of those displaced to their home communities according to geriatrics as they often suffered from mental imbalance when removed from their usual home Ikokwu expressed concern over the gradual disappearance of moral values associated with love care and respect for elders in society calling for a return to the old tradition of respect and care for elders She added that the continued psychological and physical abuse of the elderly was not only an affront to their basic rights but an imposition of the reign of cruelty against the elderly Ikokwu urged the younger generation to always treat the elders with love and care regardless of the reason for the provocation She condemned the stereotype of elders as wizards or wizards in some communities describing it as barbaric and inhuman She wondered how an old man or woman with underlying health issues such as dementia or amnesia could be called a sorcerer or sorcerer without any empirical evidence The director general of the NGO congratulated the federal government on the new board of directors of the Senior Citizens Center She added that the rapid take off of the center should facilitate the provision of care and attention to the elderly in society NAN reports that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day WEAAD is celebrated on June 15 each year to bring the voices of abused and victimized older people to the table NAAN NAN
    Elders Day: Group urges immediate end to abuse against elders
      By Ikenna Osuoha Save Our Heritage Initiative SOHI an Abuja based NGO called for an immediate end to all forms of abuse against the elderly in order to restore and preserve their dignity and well being The group s chief executive officer CEO Ms May Ikokwu made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency NAN on Tuesday in Abuja on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day WEAAD Ikokwu denounced the way some elders were treated in society which she said undermined the dignity allegedly attached to the golden age She said shamefully there have been several cases of rape of older women even in their 80s by young men in their twenties Today many elders in our society are treated with the utmost contempt reckless abandonment without any iota of love or consideration For example in camps for internally displaced persons IDPs most of the elderly die as a result of abuse abandonment and absence of caregivers The SOHI boss urged the government to ensure the swift return of those displaced to their home communities according to geriatrics as they often suffered from mental imbalance when removed from their usual home Ikokwu expressed concern over the gradual disappearance of moral values associated with love care and respect for elders in society calling for a return to the old tradition of respect and care for elders She added that the continued psychological and physical abuse of the elderly was not only an affront to their basic rights but an imposition of the reign of cruelty against the elderly Ikokwu urged the younger generation to always treat the elders with love and care regardless of the reason for the provocation She condemned the stereotype of elders as wizards or wizards in some communities describing it as barbaric and inhuman She wondered how an old man or woman with underlying health issues such as dementia or amnesia could be called a sorcerer or sorcerer without any empirical evidence The director general of the NGO congratulated the federal government on the new board of directors of the Senior Citizens Center She added that the rapid take off of the center should facilitate the provision of care and attention to the elderly in society NAN reports that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day WEAAD is celebrated on June 15 each year to bring the voices of abused and victimized older people to the table NAAN NAN
    Elders Day: Group urges immediate end to abuse against elders
    General news1 year ago

    Elders Day: Group urges immediate end to abuse against elders

    By Ikenna Osuoha

    Save Our Heritage Initiative (SOHI), an Abuja-based NGO, called for an immediate end to all forms of abuse against the elderly in order to restore and preserve their dignity and well-being.

    The group's chief executive officer (CEO), Ms. May Ikokwu, made the call in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja on the occasion of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD).

    Ikokwu denounced the way some elders were treated in society, which she said undermined the dignity allegedly attached to the golden age.

    She said “shamefully, there have been several cases of rape of older women, even in their 80s, by young men in their twenties.

    “Today, many elders in our society are treated with the utmost contempt, reckless abandonment without any iota of love or consideration.

    “For example, in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), most of the elderly die as a result of abuse, abandonment and
    absence of caregivers.

    The SOHI boss urged the government to ensure the swift return of those displaced to their home communities according to geriatrics, as they often suffered from mental imbalance when removed from their usual home.

    Ikokwu expressed concern over the gradual disappearance of moral values ​​associated with love, care and respect for elders in society, calling for a return to the old tradition of respect and care for elders.

    She added that the continued psychological and physical abuse of the elderly was not only an affront to their basic rights, but an imposition of the reign of cruelty against the elderly.

    Ikokwu urged the younger generation to always treat the elders with love and care, regardless of the reason for the provocation.

    She condemned the stereotype of elders as wizards or wizards in some communities, describing it as "barbaric and inhuman".

    She wondered how an old man or woman with underlying health issues such as dementia or amnesia could be called a sorcerer or sorcerer.
    without any empirical evidence.

    The director general of the NGO congratulated the federal government on the new board of directors of the Senior Citizens Center.

    She added that "the rapid take-off of the center should facilitate the provision of care and attention to the elderly in society."

    NAN reports that World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is celebrated on June 15 each year to bring the voices of abused and victimized older people to the table. (NAAN).

    (NAN)

  •   By Muhyideen Jimoh Noah Dallaji president of the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation ACTDF an international NGO called for more investment in sport to fight crime and youth unrest in the country Dallaji told the Nigeria News Agency NAN on Tuesday in Abuja that sport if professionally managed could be used to empower young Nigerians Sport is essential to empower our young people and get them off the streets Once young people are really engaged especially through sport I can assure you that all these problems of crime theft and unrest will be reduced to the nearest minimum in the country he said he declares The philanthropist was speaking after his foundation officially unveiled two athletes linked to the Tokyo Olympics adopted for Games sponsorship He explained that the foundation had decided to sponsor the quarter mile Patience Okon George and taekwondo star Elizabeth Anyanacho as part of the Federal Youth and Youth Development Ministry s Adopt an Athlete initiative sports Dallaji instructed the athletes and team of Nigeria to step up preparations to win medals for the nation at the rapidly approaching Tokyo Games I want to congratulate you both because you have worked so hard to earn this recommendation The foundation didn t come looking for you we just said choose the best for us and your names popped up So I want to instruct you not to give in this is just the start go to the Olympics and win us medals he said Current track team captain Patience Okon George told NAN the initiative was a step in the right direction She called for more support from the private sector to complement government efforts to take sport to the next level in the country Okon George said the Nigeria team trained hard to secure a podium for the country at the Tokyo Olympics The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 NOPE NAN
    Foundation advocates more investment in sports to curb crime
      By Muhyideen Jimoh Noah Dallaji president of the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation ACTDF an international NGO called for more investment in sport to fight crime and youth unrest in the country Dallaji told the Nigeria News Agency NAN on Tuesday in Abuja that sport if professionally managed could be used to empower young Nigerians Sport is essential to empower our young people and get them off the streets Once young people are really engaged especially through sport I can assure you that all these problems of crime theft and unrest will be reduced to the nearest minimum in the country he said he declares The philanthropist was speaking after his foundation officially unveiled two athletes linked to the Tokyo Olympics adopted for Games sponsorship He explained that the foundation had decided to sponsor the quarter mile Patience Okon George and taekwondo star Elizabeth Anyanacho as part of the Federal Youth and Youth Development Ministry s Adopt an Athlete initiative sports Dallaji instructed the athletes and team of Nigeria to step up preparations to win medals for the nation at the rapidly approaching Tokyo Games I want to congratulate you both because you have worked so hard to earn this recommendation The foundation didn t come looking for you we just said choose the best for us and your names popped up So I want to instruct you not to give in this is just the start go to the Olympics and win us medals he said Current track team captain Patience Okon George told NAN the initiative was a step in the right direction She called for more support from the private sector to complement government efforts to take sport to the next level in the country Okon George said the Nigeria team trained hard to secure a podium for the country at the Tokyo Olympics The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8 NOPE NAN
    Foundation advocates more investment in sports to curb crime
    General news1 year ago

    Foundation advocates more investment in sports to curb crime

    By Muhyideen Jimoh

    Noah Dallaji, president of the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), an international NGO, called for more investment in sport to fight crime and youth unrest in the country.

    Dallaji told the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja that sport, if professionally managed, could be used to empower young Nigerians.

    “Sport is essential to empower our young people and get them off the streets.

    "Once young people are really engaged, especially through sport, I can assure you that all these problems of crime, theft and unrest will be reduced to the nearest minimum in the country," he said. he declares.

    The philanthropist was speaking after his foundation officially unveiled two athletes linked to the Tokyo Olympics "adopted" for Games sponsorship.

    He explained that the foundation had decided to sponsor the quarter mile Patience Okon-George and taekwondo star Elizabeth Anyanacho as part of the Federal Youth and Youth Development Ministry's “Adopt an Athlete” initiative. sports.

    Dallaji instructed the athletes and team of Nigeria to step up preparations to win medals for the nation at the rapidly approaching Tokyo Games.

    “I want to congratulate you both because you have worked so hard to earn this recommendation.

    “The foundation didn't come looking for you, we just said choose the best for us and your names popped up.

    "So I want to instruct you not to give in, this is just the start, go to the Olympics and win us medals," he said.

    Current track team captain Patience Okon-George told NAN the initiative was a step in the right direction.

    She called for more support from the private sector to complement government efforts to take sport to the next level in the country.

    Okon-George said the Nigeria team trained hard to secure a podium for the country at the Tokyo Olympics.

    The postponed Tokyo Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By Collins Yakubu Hammer The Nigerian Press Council NPC expresses its readiness to partner with the People s Republic of Bangladesh through exchange and capacity building programs to improve professionalism in the media sectors of both country AFN Executive Secretary Francis Nwosu said this when Bangladesh s High Commissioner to Nigeria Masudur Raham visited the council on Tuesday in Abuja Nwosu said Nigeria and Bangladesh have things in common such as the issue of circularism He added that the council was doing its best to strengthen and consolidate the unity of the different groups in the country through appropriate regulations However we are ready to participate in an exchange program with the Press Council in your country to build the capacity of staff to improve effective regulation that would benefit Nigeria and Bangladesh We want to see how to explore opportunities for collaboration and capacity building of our board staff and journalists in Nigeria We look forward to this opportunity when the COVID 19 pandemic subsides In addition we look forward to the sharing of ideas and exchange programs between the Nigerian press and the Bangladeshi press Nwosu said Speaking earlier Raham commended Nigerian journalists for their professionalism and tenacity in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities He explained the similarities between Nigeria and his country stressing that the collaboration will benefit both countries Raham said there were programs that Nigerian journalists would benefit from in Bangladesh adding that if it hadn t been for the COVID 19 pandemic he would have loved them to visit his country He said Bangladesh would celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence in July and extended an invitation to the AFN The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that NPC management staff were present NAA NAN
    Press Council to partner Bangladesh on capacity building
      By Collins Yakubu Hammer The Nigerian Press Council NPC expresses its readiness to partner with the People s Republic of Bangladesh through exchange and capacity building programs to improve professionalism in the media sectors of both country AFN Executive Secretary Francis Nwosu said this when Bangladesh s High Commissioner to Nigeria Masudur Raham visited the council on Tuesday in Abuja Nwosu said Nigeria and Bangladesh have things in common such as the issue of circularism He added that the council was doing its best to strengthen and consolidate the unity of the different groups in the country through appropriate regulations However we are ready to participate in an exchange program with the Press Council in your country to build the capacity of staff to improve effective regulation that would benefit Nigeria and Bangladesh We want to see how to explore opportunities for collaboration and capacity building of our board staff and journalists in Nigeria We look forward to this opportunity when the COVID 19 pandemic subsides In addition we look forward to the sharing of ideas and exchange programs between the Nigerian press and the Bangladeshi press Nwosu said Speaking earlier Raham commended Nigerian journalists for their professionalism and tenacity in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities He explained the similarities between Nigeria and his country stressing that the collaboration will benefit both countries Raham said there were programs that Nigerian journalists would benefit from in Bangladesh adding that if it hadn t been for the COVID 19 pandemic he would have loved them to visit his country He said Bangladesh would celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence in July and extended an invitation to the AFN The Nigerian News Agency NAN reports that NPC management staff were present NAA NAN
    Press Council to partner Bangladesh on capacity building
    General news1 year ago

    Press Council to partner Bangladesh on capacity building

    By Collins Yakubu-Hammer

    The Nigerian Press Council (NPC) expresses its readiness to partner with the People's Republic of Bangladesh, through exchange and capacity building programs, to improve professionalism in the media sectors of both country.

    AFN Executive Secretary Francis Nwosu said this when Bangladesh's High Commissioner to Nigeria Masudur Raham visited the council on Tuesday in Abuja.

    Nwosu said Nigeria and Bangladesh have things in common, such as the issue of circularism.

    He added that the council was doing its best to strengthen and consolidate the unity of the different groups in the country, through appropriate regulations.

    “However, we are ready to participate in an exchange program with the Press Council in your country, to build the capacity of staff to improve effective regulation that would benefit Nigeria and Bangladesh.

    “We want to see how to explore opportunities for collaboration and capacity building of our board staff and journalists in Nigeria. We look forward to this opportunity when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

    “In addition, we look forward to the sharing of ideas and exchange programs between the Nigerian press and the Bangladeshi press,” Nwosu said.

    Speaking earlier, Raham commended Nigerian journalists for their professionalism and tenacity in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities.

    He explained the similarities between Nigeria and his country, stressing that the collaboration will benefit both countries.

    Raham said there were programs that Nigerian journalists would benefit from in Bangladesh, adding that if it hadn't been for the COVID-19 pandemic, he would have loved them to visit his country.

    He said Bangladesh would celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence in July and extended an invitation to the AFN.

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that NPC management staff were present. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •   By Gabriel Agbeja The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet forecast cloudiness and sunshine from Wednesday to Friday NiMet weather data released Tuesday in Abuja predicted partly cloudy to sunny skies over the northern region with the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state on Wednesday morning According to NiMet there is a risk of thunderstorms over parts of Bauchi Kano Jigawa Zamfara Borno Adamawa Yobe and Kaduna states during the afternoon and evening The north central region is expected to be under cloudy skies with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Benue during the morning hours Later in the day there is a risk of isolated thunderstorms in parts of the Plateau Benue Kwara Kogi Niger and FCT Southern inland cities are expected to be under cloudy skies in the morning There are risks of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Edo State Osun Oyo and Imo during the afternoon and evening he said NiMet also forecast cloudy skies over southern coastal towns with the prospect of rain showers over parts of Bayelsa Rivers and Akwa Ibom state in the morning The agency considered the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Rivers Cross River Delta Lagos and Akwa Ibom State during the afternoon and evening Partly cloudy to sunny skies are also expected over the northern region with the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state on Thursday morning He was anticipating thunderstorms prospects over parts of Yobe Gombe Adamawa Bauchi Kano and Kaduna state later in the day Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are expected over the north central region with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Benue and Kogi in the morning There are risks of isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Plateau Kwara Nasarawa Niger and FCT during the afternoon and evening Cloudy skies are forecast over inland and southern coastal towns with the risk of rain showers over parts of Bayelsa during the morning hours he said Isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Rivers Akwa Ibom and Cross River State later today Partly cloudy to sunny skies are expected over the northern region on Friday with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Gombe and Taraba state in the morning Thunderstorm risk is expected in parts of Adamawa Zamfara Kano Bauchi Yobe Jigawa Kaduna and Taraba state during the afternoon and evening Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are forecast over the north central region with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Kogi and Benue State during the morning hours Isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Kwara Kogi Plateau and Federal Capital Territory FCT later today Southern inland and coastal cities according to NiMET are expected to be in a cloudy atmosphere during the morning hours The agency predicted the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Ondo State Enugu Osun Ogun Delta Cross River Rivers and Akwa Ibom later during the day NAA NAN
    NiMet predicts 3 days cloudiness, sunshine from Wednesday
      By Gabriel Agbeja The Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet forecast cloudiness and sunshine from Wednesday to Friday NiMet weather data released Tuesday in Abuja predicted partly cloudy to sunny skies over the northern region with the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state on Wednesday morning According to NiMet there is a risk of thunderstorms over parts of Bauchi Kano Jigawa Zamfara Borno Adamawa Yobe and Kaduna states during the afternoon and evening The north central region is expected to be under cloudy skies with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Benue during the morning hours Later in the day there is a risk of isolated thunderstorms in parts of the Plateau Benue Kwara Kogi Niger and FCT Southern inland cities are expected to be under cloudy skies in the morning There are risks of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Edo State Osun Oyo and Imo during the afternoon and evening he said NiMet also forecast cloudy skies over southern coastal towns with the prospect of rain showers over parts of Bayelsa Rivers and Akwa Ibom state in the morning The agency considered the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Rivers Cross River Delta Lagos and Akwa Ibom State during the afternoon and evening Partly cloudy to sunny skies are also expected over the northern region with the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state on Thursday morning He was anticipating thunderstorms prospects over parts of Yobe Gombe Adamawa Bauchi Kano and Kaduna state later in the day Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are expected over the north central region with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Benue and Kogi in the morning There are risks of isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Plateau Kwara Nasarawa Niger and FCT during the afternoon and evening Cloudy skies are forecast over inland and southern coastal towns with the risk of rain showers over parts of Bayelsa during the morning hours he said Isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Rivers Akwa Ibom and Cross River State later today Partly cloudy to sunny skies are expected over the northern region on Friday with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Gombe and Taraba state in the morning Thunderstorm risk is expected in parts of Adamawa Zamfara Kano Bauchi Yobe Jigawa Kaduna and Taraba state during the afternoon and evening Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are forecast over the north central region with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Kogi and Benue State during the morning hours Isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Kwara Kogi Plateau and Federal Capital Territory FCT later today Southern inland and coastal cities according to NiMET are expected to be in a cloudy atmosphere during the morning hours The agency predicted the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Ondo State Enugu Osun Ogun Delta Cross River Rivers and Akwa Ibom later during the day NAA NAN
    NiMet predicts 3 days cloudiness, sunshine from Wednesday
    Environment1 year ago

    NiMet predicts 3 days cloudiness, sunshine from Wednesday

    By Gabriel Agbeja

    The Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet) forecast cloudiness and sunshine from Wednesday to Friday.

    NiMet weather data released Tuesday in Abuja predicted partly cloudy to sunny skies over the northern region with the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state on Wednesday morning.

    According to NiMet, there is a risk of thunderstorms over parts of Bauchi, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Kaduna states during the afternoon and evening.

    "The north-central region is expected to be under cloudy skies with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Benue during the morning hours.

    “Later in the day, there is a risk of isolated thunderstorms in parts of the Plateau, Benue, Kwara, Kogi, Niger and FCT. Southern inland cities are expected to be under cloudy skies in the morning.

    "There are risks of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Edo State, Osun, Oyo and Imo during the afternoon and evening," he said.

    NiMet also forecast cloudy skies over southern coastal towns with the prospect of rain showers over parts of Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom state in the morning.

    The agency considered the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Lagos and Akwa Ibom State during the afternoon and evening.

    Partly cloudy to sunny skies are also expected over the northern region with the risk of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Taraba state on Thursday morning.

    He was anticipating thunderstorms prospects over parts of Yobe, Gombe, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kano and Kaduna state later in the day.

    "Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are expected over the north-central region with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Benue and Kogi in the morning.

    “There are risks of isolated thunderstorms over parts of the Plateau, Kwara, Nasarawa, Niger and FCT during the afternoon and evening.

    "Cloudy skies are forecast over inland and southern coastal towns with the risk of rain showers over parts of Bayelsa during the morning hours," he said.

    Isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Cross River State later today.

    Partly cloudy to sunny skies are expected over the northern region on Friday with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Gombe and Taraba state in the morning.

    Thunderstorm risk is expected in parts of Adamawa, Zamfara, Kano, Bauchi, Yobe, Jigawa, Kaduna and Taraba state during the afternoon and evening .

    Cloudy skies with intervals of sunshine are forecast over the north-central region with the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Kogi and Benue State during the morning hours.

    Isolated thunderstorms are expected over parts of Kwara, Kogi, Plateau and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) later today.

    Southern inland and coastal cities, according to NiMET, are expected to be in a cloudy atmosphere during the morning hours.

    The agency predicted the prospect of isolated thunderstorms over parts of Ondo State, Enugu, Osun, Ogun, Delta, Cross River, Rivers and Akwa Ibom later. during the day. (NAA)

    (NAN)

  •   By Emmanuella Anokam The federal government says it will continue to promote the ingenuity and industry of Indigenous entrepreneurs for economic growth Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo Minister of Industry Trade and Investment said on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of the Nigeria made products and cultural exhibition The exhibition is organized by the Interdepartmental Committee on Nigeria 60 in collaboration with Business Visa and Trainings Co Ltd to mark Nigeria s 60th anniversary The Nigerian News Agency NAN recalls that the nation turned 60 on October 1 2020 Given the importance of age in our journey to citizenship President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the celebration to be a one year event that ends in September Adebayo said therefore an inter ministerial Nigeria 60 celebration property subcommittee described activities to promote local content and rich cultural heritage among others He said the exhibition was intended to draw attention to the attributes that Nigeria is endowed with that should be harnessed for the common good of all The Minister noted that the products on display were 100 percent made in Nigeria by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs exemplifying the ingenuity and industry of indigenous entrepreneurs You are aware of the determination of the current administration to strengthen the resilience of the national economy and to diversify the entire source of income so that we can become less dependent on a single commodity oil The slogan cultivate what we eat and eat what we grow of President Muhammadu Buhari sums up this national will It is with a view to strengthening our economic base that deliberate efforts have been made by this administration to encourage the growth of MSMEs So it s no surprise that in celebrating 60 years of our nationality the fruits of our people s labor to create products and services deserve to be celebrated and encouraged Exhibiting products made in Nigeria will therefore further reveal the enormous potential that abounds in our quest for self reliance and self reliance he said He noted that the tourism sector still remains largely untapped therefore the celebration would present our rich cultural heritage to the world for Nigeria to become a premier destination for tourism The following activities have been developed to mark the celebration exhibition of products made in Nigeria live performance of cultural troupes from the six geopolitical zones of the country essay competition photo gallery from the trip so far exhibition of Nigerian cuisines and special Nigeria 60 Awards to notable Nigerians The Nigeria News Agency NAN reports that various indigenous MSMEs on organic products natural sweeteners food and spices textile manufacturing among others showcased their products Speaking to NAN Mr Jamil Shehu CEO of Al time Organic Products tea spices and dried fruits expressed the hope of high patronage and being identified by investors through the exhibition Shehu however denounced some challenges his business faces such as multiple taxation and the inability to meet demands due to the lack of mass production necessitated by the lack of capital Another exhibitor Ms Nweke Ruth of Multiple Health Tips Ltd producers of herbal teas 100 sourced from local farmers with added value also called for a more supportive environment and certification to boost patronage NOPE NAN
    FG reiterates support for local entrepreneurs
      By Emmanuella Anokam The federal government says it will continue to promote the ingenuity and industry of Indigenous entrepreneurs for economic growth Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo Minister of Industry Trade and Investment said on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of the Nigeria made products and cultural exhibition The exhibition is organized by the Interdepartmental Committee on Nigeria 60 in collaboration with Business Visa and Trainings Co Ltd to mark Nigeria s 60th anniversary The Nigerian News Agency NAN recalls that the nation turned 60 on October 1 2020 Given the importance of age in our journey to citizenship President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the celebration to be a one year event that ends in September Adebayo said therefore an inter ministerial Nigeria 60 celebration property subcommittee described activities to promote local content and rich cultural heritage among others He said the exhibition was intended to draw attention to the attributes that Nigeria is endowed with that should be harnessed for the common good of all The Minister noted that the products on display were 100 percent made in Nigeria by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs exemplifying the ingenuity and industry of indigenous entrepreneurs You are aware of the determination of the current administration to strengthen the resilience of the national economy and to diversify the entire source of income so that we can become less dependent on a single commodity oil The slogan cultivate what we eat and eat what we grow of President Muhammadu Buhari sums up this national will It is with a view to strengthening our economic base that deliberate efforts have been made by this administration to encourage the growth of MSMEs So it s no surprise that in celebrating 60 years of our nationality the fruits of our people s labor to create products and services deserve to be celebrated and encouraged Exhibiting products made in Nigeria will therefore further reveal the enormous potential that abounds in our quest for self reliance and self reliance he said He noted that the tourism sector still remains largely untapped therefore the celebration would present our rich cultural heritage to the world for Nigeria to become a premier destination for tourism The following activities have been developed to mark the celebration exhibition of products made in Nigeria live performance of cultural troupes from the six geopolitical zones of the country essay competition photo gallery from the trip so far exhibition of Nigerian cuisines and special Nigeria 60 Awards to notable Nigerians The Nigeria News Agency NAN reports that various indigenous MSMEs on organic products natural sweeteners food and spices textile manufacturing among others showcased their products Speaking to NAN Mr Jamil Shehu CEO of Al time Organic Products tea spices and dried fruits expressed the hope of high patronage and being identified by investors through the exhibition Shehu however denounced some challenges his business faces such as multiple taxation and the inability to meet demands due to the lack of mass production necessitated by the lack of capital Another exhibitor Ms Nweke Ruth of Multiple Health Tips Ltd producers of herbal teas 100 sourced from local farmers with added value also called for a more supportive environment and certification to boost patronage NOPE NAN
    FG reiterates support for local entrepreneurs
    Economy1 year ago

    FG reiterates support for local entrepreneurs

    By Emmanuella Anokam
    The federal government says it will continue to promote the ingenuity and industry of Indigenous entrepreneurs for economic growth.

    Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, said on Tuesday in Abuja during the opening of the Nigeria-made products and cultural exhibition.

    The exhibition is organized by the Interdepartmental Committee on Nigeria @ 60, in collaboration with Business Visa and Trainings Co. Ltd to mark Nigeria's 60th anniversary.

    The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) recalls that the nation turned 60 on October 1, 2020.

    Given the importance of age in our journey to citizenship, President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the celebration to be a one-year event that ends in September.

    Adebayo said therefore, an inter-ministerial Nigeria @ 60 celebration property subcommittee described activities to promote local content and rich cultural heritage, among others.

    He said the exhibition was intended to draw attention to the attributes that Nigeria is endowed with that should be harnessed for the common good of all.

    The Minister noted that the products on display were 100 percent made in Nigeria by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) exemplifying the ingenuity and industry of indigenous entrepreneurs.

    “You are aware of the determination of the current administration to strengthen the resilience of the national economy and to diversify the entire source of income so that we can become less dependent on a single commodity, oil.

    "The slogan 'cultivate what we eat and eat what we grow' of President Muhammadu Buhari sums up this national will.

    “It is with a view to strengthening our economic base that deliberate efforts have been made by this administration to encourage the growth of MSMEs.

    “So it's no surprise that in celebrating 60 years of our nationality, the fruits of our people's labor to create products and services deserve to be celebrated and encouraged.

    “Exhibiting products made in Nigeria will therefore further reveal the enormous potential that abounds in our quest for self-reliance and self-reliance,” he said.

    He noted that the tourism sector still remains largely untapped; therefore, the celebration would present our rich cultural heritage to the world for Nigeria to become a premier destination for tourism.

    The following activities have been developed to mark the celebration: exhibition of products made in Nigeria, live performance of cultural troupes from the six geopolitical zones of the country, essay competition, photo gallery from the trip so far, exhibition of Nigerian cuisines and special Nigeria @ 60 Awards to notable Nigerians.

    The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that various indigenous MSMEs on organic products, natural sweeteners, food and spices, textile manufacturing, among others, showcased their products.

    Speaking to NAN, Mr. Jamil Shehu, CEO of Al'time Organic Products (tea, spices and dried fruits) expressed the hope of high patronage and being identified by investors through the exhibition. .

    Shehu, however, denounced some challenges his business faces, such as multiple taxation and the inability to meet demands due to the lack of mass production necessitated by the lack of capital.

    Another exhibitor, Ms Nweke Ruth of Multiple Health Tips Ltd., producers of herbal teas, 100% sourced from local farmers with added value, also called for a more supportive environment and certification to boost patronage. (NOPE)

    (NAN)

  •   By Joan Nwagwu The ILO elected Nigeria as an ordinary member of its Governing Body The ILO has 187 member states 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands Mr Charles Akpan deputy director of press and public relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment said this in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja Akpan said the election took place on June 14 during the ongoing 109th virtual session of the ILO conference in Geneva He said Nigeria was elected to the organization s supreme governing body alongside other African countries Cameroon Eswatini commonly known as Swaziland Morocco Rwanda and Uganda during a hotly contested election Nigeria will serve until 2024 Akpan said He added that Nigeria had also been deputy or titular from June 2017 from where she was elected Chair of the ILO Governing Body in 2019 According to Akpan this is the 11th time that Nigeria has been elected for quality representation of the African region at the ILO In this new position Nigeria will be able to chair various sessions and committees of the Board of Directors oversee the adoption of decisions generally by consensus as well as changes to the minutes and records of proceedings Others are the adoption of reports of various committees including reports of regional meetings and other sectoral meetings of the ILO The country will also meet with ILO Director General Guy Ryder before each session of the Governing Body to discuss issues related to the region and propose the way forward This ensures an accelerated flow of technical assistance and support from the ILO including training and capacity building opportunities appointment to global forums technical meetings and ILO supervisory bodies did he declare Akpan recalled that as an MP Nigeria was appointed chair of the entire government group of the ILO and held this post from June 2019 to 2020 He added that during the difficult containment of COVID 19 Nigeria was able to coordinate the affairs of the government group under the chairmanship of the Minister of Labor and Employment Senator Chris Ngige He said the minister has successfully passed the baton to the new co chairs Panama and Chile Nigeria has through its leadership and parliamentary experience successfully represented the African region by lobbying and passing amendments to the regional ILO rules for meetings The adoption of the amendments removed the ambiguity on the composition of the participants from the Member States in the regional meetings This is a rare achievement that was not envisioned in the next century as the colonial influence over some African member states allowed the colonial masters to intervene especially in the regional meetings of Africa Akpan said NAA NAN
    ILO elects Nigeria as regular member of Governing Board
      By Joan Nwagwu The ILO elected Nigeria as an ordinary member of its Governing Body The ILO has 187 member states 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands Mr Charles Akpan deputy director of press and public relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment said this in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja Akpan said the election took place on June 14 during the ongoing 109th virtual session of the ILO conference in Geneva He said Nigeria was elected to the organization s supreme governing body alongside other African countries Cameroon Eswatini commonly known as Swaziland Morocco Rwanda and Uganda during a hotly contested election Nigeria will serve until 2024 Akpan said He added that Nigeria had also been deputy or titular from June 2017 from where she was elected Chair of the ILO Governing Body in 2019 According to Akpan this is the 11th time that Nigeria has been elected for quality representation of the African region at the ILO In this new position Nigeria will be able to chair various sessions and committees of the Board of Directors oversee the adoption of decisions generally by consensus as well as changes to the minutes and records of proceedings Others are the adoption of reports of various committees including reports of regional meetings and other sectoral meetings of the ILO The country will also meet with ILO Director General Guy Ryder before each session of the Governing Body to discuss issues related to the region and propose the way forward This ensures an accelerated flow of technical assistance and support from the ILO including training and capacity building opportunities appointment to global forums technical meetings and ILO supervisory bodies did he declare Akpan recalled that as an MP Nigeria was appointed chair of the entire government group of the ILO and held this post from June 2019 to 2020 He added that during the difficult containment of COVID 19 Nigeria was able to coordinate the affairs of the government group under the chairmanship of the Minister of Labor and Employment Senator Chris Ngige He said the minister has successfully passed the baton to the new co chairs Panama and Chile Nigeria has through its leadership and parliamentary experience successfully represented the African region by lobbying and passing amendments to the regional ILO rules for meetings The adoption of the amendments removed the ambiguity on the composition of the participants from the Member States in the regional meetings This is a rare achievement that was not envisioned in the next century as the colonial influence over some African member states allowed the colonial masters to intervene especially in the regional meetings of Africa Akpan said NAA NAN
    ILO elects Nigeria as regular member of Governing Board
    General news1 year ago

    ILO elects Nigeria as regular member of Governing Board

    By Joan Nwagwu

    The ILO elected Nigeria as an ordinary member of its Governing Body.

    The ILO has 187 member states: 186 of the 193 UN member states plus the Cook Islands.

    Mr. Charles Akpan, deputy director of press and public relations at the Ministry of Labor and Employment, said this in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja.

    Akpan said the election took place on June 14, during the ongoing 109th virtual session of the ILO conference in Geneva.

    He said Nigeria was elected to the organization's supreme governing body alongside other African countries - Cameroon, Eswatini (commonly known as Swaziland), Morocco, Rwanda and Uganda, during 'a hotly contested election.

    “Nigeria will serve until 2024,” Akpan said.

    He added that Nigeria had also been deputy or titular from June 2017, from where she was elected Chair of the ILO Governing Body in 2019.

    According to Akpan, this is the 11th time that Nigeria has been elected for quality representation of the African region at the ILO.

    "In this new position, Nigeria will be able to chair various sessions and committees of the Board of Directors, oversee the adoption of decisions generally by consensus, as well as changes to the minutes and records of proceedings,"

    “Others are the adoption of reports of various committees, including reports of regional meetings and other sectoral meetings of the ILO.

    “The country will also meet with ILO Director-General Guy Ryder before each session of the Governing Body to discuss issues related to the region and propose the way forward.

    "This ensures an accelerated flow of technical assistance and support from the ILO, including training and capacity building opportunities, appointment to global forums, technical meetings and ILO supervisory bodies." , did he declare.

    Akpan recalled that as an MP, Nigeria was appointed chair of the entire government group of the ILO and held this post from June 2019 to 2020.

    He added that during the difficult containment of COVID-19, Nigeria was able to coordinate the affairs of the government group under the chairmanship of the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

    He said the minister has successfully passed the baton to the new co-chairs, Panama and Chile.

    “Nigeria has, through its leadership and parliamentary experience, successfully represented the African region by lobbying and passing amendments to the regional ILO rules for meetings.

    “The adoption of the amendments removed the ambiguity on the composition of the participants from the Member States in the regional meetings.

    “This is a rare achievement that was not envisioned in the next century, as the colonial influence over some African member states allowed the colonial masters to intervene, especially in the regional meetings of Africa. Akpan said. (NAA)

    (NAN)