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  •  Hajiya Aisha Muhammad Kaduna State Sustainable Development Goals SDG Coordinator has vowed to keep pushing for the state government to release the N100 million donated to people with disabilities PWD on time She made the commitment while speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the closing of an inaugural four day Voluntary Local Review VLR workshop to ensure stakeholder engagement and outcome in the delivery of SGD in Kaduna The VLR is a process through which subnational governments assess and document progress made in achieving global goals It is an analysis of the SDGs at the subnational level for a specific local context The VLR workshop supported by United Nations Development Partners UNDP and UNICEF drew participants and stakeholders from state and federal MDAs paramilitary organizations and others Muhammad said the N100m donations to disabled people by the state government were to improve their well being and livelihood People with disabilities are inclusive they are not discriminated against our good office will continue to push for the N100m to be delivered to them as donated by the state government She said that there were some administrative reasons behind the delay in releasing the fund Muhammad noted that the Kaduna Planning and Budget Commission PBC which is responsible for the release of funds would ensure that the money was released to the Ministry of Finance for disbursement to people with disabilities We want people with disabilities to start implementing their commitment to reduce the number of panhandlers in the state he said He said however the Kaduna state government had empowered many of the disabled with skills and trades There are many plans made for the N100m so we will do everything we can to make sure they get the money and use it for the purpose they said they would use it for he said Muhammad explained that the government s gesture was in line with goal number 10 of the SDGs which was to reduce inequality Earlier in the workshop he said that they would validate input from stakeholders to ensure compliance with the actual data provided to them in the templates questionnaires The coordinator noted that after validation her office would once again invite stakeholders to validate the draft documents and submit them to the executive council UNDP and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs All the processes have to be done before the documents can be finalized he said He mentioned the content of the templates questionnaires to include what stakeholders were doing to domesticate the SDGs in their own way All the stakeholders that we invite are tracking various SDG targets although we already have baseline data SDG reports from 2017 and also an updated one from 2021 We wanted to see what they were currently doing and fill in the gaps so that we can track the level of progress of the SDGs being domesticated across the state he said The coordinator noted that after developing the documents her office would want it to serve as a budget framework for the state where the State Development Plan SDP and Sector Implementation Plan SIP could be taken into consideration Likewise Mr Joshua James member of Civil Societies with a focus on governance said that the expected outcome of the workshop was to ensure the harmony of all stakeholder contributions and to validate them He said doing so would provide a standard template that would allow stakeholders to discuss implementation in Kaduna State The Kaduna state government and various supporting partners are also expected to adequately fund the ODS unit in the PBC to deploy both the hardware and soft components of the SGDs in the state James said Also on the sidelines Mr Abubakar Adam vice president of the National Joint Association of People with Disabilities Kaduna chapter praised the government for adopting the Disability Act However he said there was a provision in the law for a Disability Trust Fund adding that if implemented well it would address the plight of people with disabilities in the state He noted that the trust fund would address skills acquisition empowerment training and many other challenges faced by people with disabilities if properly managed Since the government created the disability trust fund we want them to see it through to launch and full implementation it will take the beggars off the streets of Kaduna Adam said NAN reports that some of the SDGs are zero hunger zero poverty good health and well being quality education clean water and sanitation clean and affordable energy YAYA Credit https www sunnewsonline com well continue pushing for release of n100m donation to pwds by kaduna govt sdgs
    We will continue to push for the Kaduna government to release the N100m donation to people with disabilities. – SDGs – The Sun Nigeria
     Hajiya Aisha Muhammad Kaduna State Sustainable Development Goals SDG Coordinator has vowed to keep pushing for the state government to release the N100 million donated to people with disabilities PWD on time She made the commitment while speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the closing of an inaugural four day Voluntary Local Review VLR workshop to ensure stakeholder engagement and outcome in the delivery of SGD in Kaduna The VLR is a process through which subnational governments assess and document progress made in achieving global goals It is an analysis of the SDGs at the subnational level for a specific local context The VLR workshop supported by United Nations Development Partners UNDP and UNICEF drew participants and stakeholders from state and federal MDAs paramilitary organizations and others Muhammad said the N100m donations to disabled people by the state government were to improve their well being and livelihood People with disabilities are inclusive they are not discriminated against our good office will continue to push for the N100m to be delivered to them as donated by the state government She said that there were some administrative reasons behind the delay in releasing the fund Muhammad noted that the Kaduna Planning and Budget Commission PBC which is responsible for the release of funds would ensure that the money was released to the Ministry of Finance for disbursement to people with disabilities We want people with disabilities to start implementing their commitment to reduce the number of panhandlers in the state he said He said however the Kaduna state government had empowered many of the disabled with skills and trades There are many plans made for the N100m so we will do everything we can to make sure they get the money and use it for the purpose they said they would use it for he said Muhammad explained that the government s gesture was in line with goal number 10 of the SDGs which was to reduce inequality Earlier in the workshop he said that they would validate input from stakeholders to ensure compliance with the actual data provided to them in the templates questionnaires The coordinator noted that after validation her office would once again invite stakeholders to validate the draft documents and submit them to the executive council UNDP and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs All the processes have to be done before the documents can be finalized he said He mentioned the content of the templates questionnaires to include what stakeholders were doing to domesticate the SDGs in their own way All the stakeholders that we invite are tracking various SDG targets although we already have baseline data SDG reports from 2017 and also an updated one from 2021 We wanted to see what they were currently doing and fill in the gaps so that we can track the level of progress of the SDGs being domesticated across the state he said The coordinator noted that after developing the documents her office would want it to serve as a budget framework for the state where the State Development Plan SDP and Sector Implementation Plan SIP could be taken into consideration Likewise Mr Joshua James member of Civil Societies with a focus on governance said that the expected outcome of the workshop was to ensure the harmony of all stakeholder contributions and to validate them He said doing so would provide a standard template that would allow stakeholders to discuss implementation in Kaduna State The Kaduna state government and various supporting partners are also expected to adequately fund the ODS unit in the PBC to deploy both the hardware and soft components of the SGDs in the state James said Also on the sidelines Mr Abubakar Adam vice president of the National Joint Association of People with Disabilities Kaduna chapter praised the government for adopting the Disability Act However he said there was a provision in the law for a Disability Trust Fund adding that if implemented well it would address the plight of people with disabilities in the state He noted that the trust fund would address skills acquisition empowerment training and many other challenges faced by people with disabilities if properly managed Since the government created the disability trust fund we want them to see it through to launch and full implementation it will take the beggars off the streets of Kaduna Adam said NAN reports that some of the SDGs are zero hunger zero poverty good health and well being quality education clean water and sanitation clean and affordable energy YAYA Credit https www sunnewsonline com well continue pushing for release of n100m donation to pwds by kaduna govt sdgs
    We will continue to push for the Kaduna government to release the N100m donation to people with disabilities. – SDGs – The Sun Nigeria
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    We will continue to push for the Kaduna government to release the N100m donation to people with disabilities. – SDGs – The Sun Nigeria

    Hajiya Aisha Muhammad, Kaduna State Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Coordinator, has vowed to keep pushing for the state government to release the N100 million donated to people with disabilities (PWD) on time.

    She made the commitment while speaking to NAN on the sidelines of the closing of an inaugural four-day Voluntary Local Review (VLR) workshop to ensure stakeholder engagement and outcome in the delivery of SGD in Kaduna.

    The VLR is a process through which subnational governments assess and document progress made in achieving global goals.

    It is an analysis of the SDGs at the subnational level for a specific local context.

    The VLR workshop, supported by United Nations Development Partners (UNDP) and UNICEF, drew participants and stakeholders from state and federal MDAs, paramilitary organizations and others.

    Muhammad said the N100m donations to disabled people by the state government were to improve their well-being and livelihood.

    "People with disabilities are inclusive, they are not discriminated against, our good office will continue to push for the N100m to be delivered to them as donated by the state government."

    She said that there were some administrative reasons behind the delay in releasing the fund.

    Muhammad noted that the Kaduna Planning and Budget Commission (PBC), which is responsible for the release of funds, would ensure that the money was released to the Ministry of Finance for disbursement to people with disabilities.

    “We want people with disabilities to start implementing their commitment to reduce the number of panhandlers in the state,” he said.

    He said, however, the Kaduna state government had empowered many of the disabled with skills and trades.

    “There are many plans made for the N100m; so we will do everything we can to make sure they get the money and use it for the purpose they said they would use it for,” he said.

    Muhammad explained that the government's gesture was in line with goal number 10 of the SDGs, which was to reduce inequality.

    Earlier in the workshop, he said that they would validate input from stakeholders to ensure compliance with the actual data provided to them in the templates (questionnaires).

    The coordinator noted that after validation, her office would once again invite stakeholders to validate the draft documents and submit them to the executive council, UNDP and the Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the SDGs.

    “All the processes have to be done before the documents can be finalized,” he said.

    He mentioned the content of the templates (questionnaires) to include what stakeholders were doing to domesticate the SDGs in their own way.

    “All the stakeholders that we invite are tracking various SDG targets, although we already have baseline data, SDG reports from 2017 and also an updated one from 2021.

    “We wanted to see what they were currently doing and fill in the gaps so that we can track the level of progress of the SDGs being domesticated across the state,” he said.

    The coordinator noted that after developing the documents, her office would want it to serve as a budget framework for the state where the State Development Plan (SDP) and Sector Implementation Plan (SIP) could be taken into consideration.

    Likewise, Mr. Joshua James, member of Civil Societies with a focus on governance, said that the expected outcome of the workshop was to ensure the harmony of all stakeholder contributions and to validate them.

    He said doing so would provide a standard template that would allow stakeholders to discuss implementation in Kaduna State.

    “The Kaduna state government and various supporting partners are also expected to adequately fund the ODS unit in the PBC, to deploy both the hardware and soft components of the SGDs in the state,” James said.

    Also on the sidelines, Mr. Abubakar Adam, vice president of the National Joint Association of People with Disabilities, Kaduna chapter, praised the government for adopting the Disability Act.

    However, he said there was a provision in the law for a Disability Trust Fund, adding that if implemented well, it would address the plight of people with disabilities in the state.

    He noted that the trust fund would address skills acquisition, empowerment, training and many other challenges faced by people with disabilities, if properly managed.

    “Since the government created the disability trust fund, we want them to see it through to launch and full implementation; it will take the beggars off the streets of Kaduna,” Adam said.

    NAN reports that some of the SDGs are zero hunger, zero poverty, good health and well-being, quality education, clean water and sanitation, clean and affordable energy. (YAYA)

    Credit: https://www.sunnewsonline.com/well-continue-pushing-for-release-of-n100m-donation-to-pwds-by-kaduna-govt-sdgs/

  •   Committed to developing the country s burgeoning renewables sector by harnessing its vast untapped solar and wind resources and with hydropower already accounting for nearly two thirds of domestic power generation the Angolan government has set a target of ensuring renewable energy https bit ly 3ESBcmT comprises 70 of Angola s energy matrix by 2025 The session opened with a brief presentation by John Humphrey His Majesty s Trade Commissioner for Africa United Kingdom who stated With Angola s vast potential in hydro solar and wind power we see significant opportunities for businesses to support the country s pursuit of human development and energy diversification Angola currently finds itself to be in a strong position in terms of Africa s energy transition Moderated by Malin Anderberg Renewable Energies Officer for the UNDP the Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Roundtable side event held during the Angola Oil amp Gas AOG 2022 Conference and Exhibition https bit ly 3VBN57J in Luanda explored Angola s efforts towards fast tracking its energy transition and the renewable sector s potential to create new sources of employment public private partnerships and progressive industries and featured the participation of Vita Mateso Coordinator for Biofuels Angola s National Agency for Oil Gas and Biofuels ANPG Eden Clayton Country Director for Angola UK Department for International Trade Paulo Guedes Director of Renewable Energy Sonangol and Dr Nuno Gomes Vice President Angolan Renewable Energy Association ASEAR Whenever we are talking about the energy transition of Angola https bit ly 3OL4ust in a generic form perhaps it should be noted that the government could participate more freely in participating and contributing towards the diversification of the country s energy mix stated Vita Mateso Coordinator for Biofuel at the ANPG adding The country should focus both on its fossil fuel and renewable energy potential We can clearly see the efforts being made in order to take advantage of our renewable energy We have the potential in terms of solar and wind and we are seeing feasibility studies being conducted throughout the southern part of the country With the potential to add up to 55 GW of new generation capacity and strengthen its supply network for rural and urban areas The Angolan Government has implemented a series of public private partnerships to enable project financing while opening the market to private sector participation Angola has the potential to be essential towards the global energy transition https bit ly 3Vgm7CK stated Eden Clayton Country Director for the Angola UK Department for International Trade highlighting that We can see that we have renewables competing with other forms of energy in Angola but that energy is also competing with other markets in Angola Therefore we need to secure commercial power agreements that are actually viable Providing an opportunity for increased renewable energy based mini grids for rural consumers a wide range of policies and programs such as the National Program for Rural Electrification of Rural Areas and the 2025 Long Term Strategy have positioned Angola to achieve a rural electrification rate of 60 by 2025 with the country s Ministry of Energy and Water currently in the midst of deploying 30 000 off grid systems with a total capacity of 600 MW How feasible our goal is will depend on financing and politics in terms of how far we want to go in terms of the transition process stated Nuno Gomes Vice President at ASEAR adding We will need more renewable energy than what the oil and gas industry can give us This is a mandatory situation It s not a choice What Angola is doing is we are building a new future for Africa we must do it because this is no longer a transition This is a reality and it is feasibly Meanwhile poised to become a leader in hydrogen development with plans to build a green ammonia factory in the country Angola will become the first supplier of green hydrogen https bit ly 3ub3jc7 to Germany from 2024 The factory which is being constructed in the Port of Barra do Dande in Angola s Bengo Province is expected to produce approximately 280 000 tons of green ammonia for export There are schemes out there that will allow us to use various diverse sources of renewable energy Particularly green hydrogen stated Paul Guedes Renewable Energy Director at Sonangol adding that In terms of the objectives sooner or later we are going to get the whole matrix based on renewable energies by focusing on Angola s strongest assets
    Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 Shines Spotlight on Angola’s Renewables Sector
      Committed to developing the country s burgeoning renewables sector by harnessing its vast untapped solar and wind resources and with hydropower already accounting for nearly two thirds of domestic power generation the Angolan government has set a target of ensuring renewable energy https bit ly 3ESBcmT comprises 70 of Angola s energy matrix by 2025 The session opened with a brief presentation by John Humphrey His Majesty s Trade Commissioner for Africa United Kingdom who stated With Angola s vast potential in hydro solar and wind power we see significant opportunities for businesses to support the country s pursuit of human development and energy diversification Angola currently finds itself to be in a strong position in terms of Africa s energy transition Moderated by Malin Anderberg Renewable Energies Officer for the UNDP the Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Roundtable side event held during the Angola Oil amp Gas AOG 2022 Conference and Exhibition https bit ly 3VBN57J in Luanda explored Angola s efforts towards fast tracking its energy transition and the renewable sector s potential to create new sources of employment public private partnerships and progressive industries and featured the participation of Vita Mateso Coordinator for Biofuels Angola s National Agency for Oil Gas and Biofuels ANPG Eden Clayton Country Director for Angola UK Department for International Trade Paulo Guedes Director of Renewable Energy Sonangol and Dr Nuno Gomes Vice President Angolan Renewable Energy Association ASEAR Whenever we are talking about the energy transition of Angola https bit ly 3OL4ust in a generic form perhaps it should be noted that the government could participate more freely in participating and contributing towards the diversification of the country s energy mix stated Vita Mateso Coordinator for Biofuel at the ANPG adding The country should focus both on its fossil fuel and renewable energy potential We can clearly see the efforts being made in order to take advantage of our renewable energy We have the potential in terms of solar and wind and we are seeing feasibility studies being conducted throughout the southern part of the country With the potential to add up to 55 GW of new generation capacity and strengthen its supply network for rural and urban areas The Angolan Government has implemented a series of public private partnerships to enable project financing while opening the market to private sector participation Angola has the potential to be essential towards the global energy transition https bit ly 3Vgm7CK stated Eden Clayton Country Director for the Angola UK Department for International Trade highlighting that We can see that we have renewables competing with other forms of energy in Angola but that energy is also competing with other markets in Angola Therefore we need to secure commercial power agreements that are actually viable Providing an opportunity for increased renewable energy based mini grids for rural consumers a wide range of policies and programs such as the National Program for Rural Electrification of Rural Areas and the 2025 Long Term Strategy have positioned Angola to achieve a rural electrification rate of 60 by 2025 with the country s Ministry of Energy and Water currently in the midst of deploying 30 000 off grid systems with a total capacity of 600 MW How feasible our goal is will depend on financing and politics in terms of how far we want to go in terms of the transition process stated Nuno Gomes Vice President at ASEAR adding We will need more renewable energy than what the oil and gas industry can give us This is a mandatory situation It s not a choice What Angola is doing is we are building a new future for Africa we must do it because this is no longer a transition This is a reality and it is feasibly Meanwhile poised to become a leader in hydrogen development with plans to build a green ammonia factory in the country Angola will become the first supplier of green hydrogen https bit ly 3ub3jc7 to Germany from 2024 The factory which is being constructed in the Port of Barra do Dande in Angola s Bengo Province is expected to produce approximately 280 000 tons of green ammonia for export There are schemes out there that will allow us to use various diverse sources of renewable energy Particularly green hydrogen stated Paul Guedes Renewable Energy Director at Sonangol adding that In terms of the objectives sooner or later we are going to get the whole matrix based on renewable energies by focusing on Angola s strongest assets
    Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 Shines Spotlight on Angola’s Renewables Sector
    Africa2 months ago

    Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 Shines Spotlight on Angola’s Renewables Sector

    Committed to developing the country’s burgeoning renewables sector by harnessing its vast untapped solar and wind resources, and with hydropower already accounting for nearly two-thirds of domestic power generation, the Angolan government has set a target of ensuring renewable energy (https://bit.ly/3ESBcmT) comprises 70% of Angola’s energy matrix by 2025.

    The session opened with a brief presentation by John Humphrey, His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa, United Kingdom, who stated, “With Angola’s vast potential in hydro, solar, and wind power, we see significant opportunities for businesses to support the country’s pursuit of human development and energy diversification.

    Angola currently finds itself to be in a strong position in terms of Africa’s energy transition.” Moderated by Malin Anderberg, Renewable Energies Officer for the UNDP, the Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Roundtable side-event, held during the Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 Conference and Exhibition (https://bit.ly/3VBN57J) in Luanda explored Angola’s efforts towards fast-tracking its energy transition and the renewable sector’s potential to create new sources of employment, public-private partnerships and progressive industries and featured the participation of Vita Mateso, Coordinator for Biofuels, Angola’s National Agency for Oil, Gas and Biofuels (ANPG); Eden Clayton, Country Director for Angola-UK Department for International Trade; Paulo Guedes, Director of Renewable Energy, Sonangol; and Dr. Nuno Gomes, Vice President, Angolan Renewable Energy Association (ASEAR).

    “Whenever we are talking about the energy transition of Angola (https://bit.ly/3OL4ust) in a generic form, perhaps it should be noted that the government could participate more freely in participating and contributing towards the diversification of the country’s energy mix,” stated Vita Mateso, Coordinator for Biofuel at the ANPG, adding, “The country should focus both on its fossil fuel and renewable energy potential.

    We can clearly see the efforts being made in order to take advantage of our renewable energy.

    We have the potential in terms of solar and wind and we are seeing feasibility studies being conducted throughout the southern part of the country.” With the potential to add up to 55 GW of new generation capacity and strengthen its supply network for rural and urban areas, The Angolan Government has implemented a series of public-private partnerships to enable project financing while opening the market to private sector participation.

    “Angola has the potential to be essential towards the global energy transition (https://bit.ly/3Vgm7CK),” stated Eden Clayton, Country Director for the Angola-UK Department for International Trade, highlighting that, “We can see that we have renewables competing with other forms of energy in Angola, but that energy is also competing with other markets in Angola.

    Therefore, we need to secure commercial power agreements that are actually viable.” Providing an opportunity for increased renewable energy-based mini-grids for rural consumers, a wide range of policies and programs, such as the National Program for Rural Electrification of Rural Areas and the 2025 Long Term Strategy have positioned Angola to achieve a rural electrification rate of 60% by 2025, with the country’s Ministry of Energy and Water currently in the midst of deploying 30,000 off-grid systems with a total capacity of 600 MW.

    “How feasible our goal is will depend on financing and politics in terms of how far we want to go in terms of the transition process,” stated Nuno Gomes, Vice-President at ASEAR, adding, “We will need more renewable energy than what the oil and gas industry can give us.

    This is a mandatory situation.

    It’s not a choice.

    What Angola is doing is we are building a new future for Africa.

    we must do it because this is no longer a transition.

    This is a reality, and it is feasibly.” Meanwhile, poised to become a leader in hydrogen development, with plans to build a green ammonia factory in the country, Angola will become the first supplier of green hydrogen (https://bit.ly/3ub3jc7) to Germany from 2024.

    The factory, which is being constructed in the Port of Barra do Dande in Angola’s Bengo Province, is expected to produce approximately 280,000 tons of green ammonia for export.

    “There are schemes out there that will allow us to use various, diverse sources of renewable energy.

    Particularly green hydrogen,” stated Paul Guedes, Renewable Energy Director at Sonangol, adding that, “In terms of the objectives, sooner or later, we are going to get the whole matrix based on renewable energies by focusing on Angola’s strongest assets.”

  •  UN experts on Tuesday stressed the need for parliaments around the world to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis according to a statement from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA Efforts should focus on the transition to an inclusive climate resilient development model that turns climate challenges into opportunities for all and builds on the lessons learned so far said Mounir Tabet ESCWA Deputy Executive Secretary He made the remarks at a two day forum organized by ESCWA the Inter Parliamentary Union IPU and the United Nations Development Program UNDP Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut to discuss the role of parliaments in addressing the serious threats of climate change in the Arab region In a recorded message IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong said that international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement must be transposed into national law backed by adequate budget allocation and robust oversight of government performance For his part the Director of the UNDP Regional Office Center for Arab States Khaled Abdel Shafi highlighted the vital role of parliaments in monitoring the work of governments through the adoption of legislation that mitigates the effects negative effects of climate change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDG According to the declaration parliaments must ensure that the SDGs and other climate related targets are properly integrated into national policy and legislative processes to achieve sustainable development in all dimensions Xinhua
    Parliaments are urged to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis
     UN experts on Tuesday stressed the need for parliaments around the world to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis according to a statement from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA Efforts should focus on the transition to an inclusive climate resilient development model that turns climate challenges into opportunities for all and builds on the lessons learned so far said Mounir Tabet ESCWA Deputy Executive Secretary He made the remarks at a two day forum organized by ESCWA the Inter Parliamentary Union IPU and the United Nations Development Program UNDP Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut to discuss the role of parliaments in addressing the serious threats of climate change in the Arab region In a recorded message IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong said that international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement must be transposed into national law backed by adequate budget allocation and robust oversight of government performance For his part the Director of the UNDP Regional Office Center for Arab States Khaled Abdel Shafi highlighted the vital role of parliaments in monitoring the work of governments through the adoption of legislation that mitigates the effects negative effects of climate change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals SDG According to the declaration parliaments must ensure that the SDGs and other climate related targets are properly integrated into national policy and legislative processes to achieve sustainable development in all dimensions Xinhua
    Parliaments are urged to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis
    Foreign2 months ago

    Parliaments are urged to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis

    UN experts on Tuesday stressed the need for parliaments around the world to play a greater role in dealing with the climate crisis, according to a statement from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). ).

    "Efforts should focus on the transition to an inclusive climate-resilient development model that turns climate challenges into opportunities for all and builds on the lessons learned so far," said Mounir Tabet, ESCWA Deputy Executive Secretary.

    He made the remarks at a two-day forum organized by ESCWA, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut to discuss the role of parliaments in addressing the serious threats of climate change in the Arab region.

    In a recorded message, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong said that "international commitments such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement must be transposed into national law, backed by adequate budget allocation and robust oversight of government performance.

    For his part, the Director of the UNDP Regional Office Center for Arab States, Khaled Abdel Shafi, highlighted "the vital role of parliaments in monitoring the work of governments through the adoption of legislation that mitigates the effects negative effects of climate change to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)".

    According to the declaration, parliaments must ensure that the SDGs and other climate-related targets are properly integrated into national policy and legislative processes to achieve sustainable development in all dimensions. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   On the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence we recommit to achieving a world where women and girls enjoy their full range of rights reach their full potential and live a life free from violence Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world rooted in gender inequality discrimination and harmful cultural and social norms It is also increasingly recognized as a public health issue that adversely affects the health of women and girls To this end the Women Peace and Security Group of South Sudan welcomes further progress by the Government of South Sudan to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure adequate financing and budget allocation to realize those goals The Women Peace and Security Group notes significant steps made by the Government of South Sudan to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan This includes continuing to prosecute cases in the Gender Based Violence Court established in 2020 and plans to extend its reach to the state level as well as adoption of the Joint Action Plan on CRSV and the establishment of special protection units and one stop centers Long term financial investments will help ensure the sustainability impact and reach of these initiatives In turn by reducing the rates of gender based violence across the country these investments will reduce current and future costs associated with absenteeism loss of income and healthcare costs that arise as a result of gender based violence and that not only affect survivors but also their families communities and networks Across the globe the evidence is clear reducing rates of gender based violence pays dividends for all The Women Peace and Security Working Group stands in solidarity with women and girls in South Sudan who play a critical and active role in peacebuilding and nation building We continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to meaningfully leverage and allocate domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls and to ensure budget allocations are executed and reach their intended recipients This should include the allocation of resources for the dissemination and implementation of the government s CRSV Joint Action Plan delivering support and services to children born of conflict related sexual violence and their families tackling stigmatization of survivors and damaging social norms and budget allocation for implementation of the government s new WPS National Action Plan By leveraging and allocating domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls the Government of South Sudan will help create a more sustainable future for its people and reduce reliance on external financing and as well as vulnerability to external shocks A South Sudan led commitment to financing this issue at home will provide hope to survivors and their families who are in need of affordable accessible and trauma informed support services Everyone has a role to play the private sector civil society and government at all levels Preventing violence against women and girls are pre conditions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women Peace and Security Agenda Gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits everyone and contributes to stronger more peaceful and prosperous societies During these 16 Days of Activism we invite all stakeholders to renew efforts to invest in the prevention of violence against women and girls This is crucial to advance gender equality amplify the voice and accomplishments of inspiring women and girls and champion their needs in South Sudan and around the world Signatories African Union Mission in South Sudan AUMISS British Embassy Juba CARE International Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan Embassy of Canada to South Sudan Embassy of Sweden Office in South Sudan Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Sudan Swiss Cooperation Office in Juba TITI Foundation United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF United Nations Development Programme UNDP United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women UN Women United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS United Nations Population Fund UNFPA United States Agency for International Development South Sudan USAID
    Statement on increasing financing and investment to end violence against women and girls to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Sudan
      On the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence we recommit to achieving a world where women and girls enjoy their full range of rights reach their full potential and live a life free from violence Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world rooted in gender inequality discrimination and harmful cultural and social norms It is also increasingly recognized as a public health issue that adversely affects the health of women and girls To this end the Women Peace and Security Group of South Sudan welcomes further progress by the Government of South Sudan to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure adequate financing and budget allocation to realize those goals The Women Peace and Security Group notes significant steps made by the Government of South Sudan to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan This includes continuing to prosecute cases in the Gender Based Violence Court established in 2020 and plans to extend its reach to the state level as well as adoption of the Joint Action Plan on CRSV and the establishment of special protection units and one stop centers Long term financial investments will help ensure the sustainability impact and reach of these initiatives In turn by reducing the rates of gender based violence across the country these investments will reduce current and future costs associated with absenteeism loss of income and healthcare costs that arise as a result of gender based violence and that not only affect survivors but also their families communities and networks Across the globe the evidence is clear reducing rates of gender based violence pays dividends for all The Women Peace and Security Working Group stands in solidarity with women and girls in South Sudan who play a critical and active role in peacebuilding and nation building We continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to meaningfully leverage and allocate domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls and to ensure budget allocations are executed and reach their intended recipients This should include the allocation of resources for the dissemination and implementation of the government s CRSV Joint Action Plan delivering support and services to children born of conflict related sexual violence and their families tackling stigmatization of survivors and damaging social norms and budget allocation for implementation of the government s new WPS National Action Plan By leveraging and allocating domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls the Government of South Sudan will help create a more sustainable future for its people and reduce reliance on external financing and as well as vulnerability to external shocks A South Sudan led commitment to financing this issue at home will provide hope to survivors and their families who are in need of affordable accessible and trauma informed support services Everyone has a role to play the private sector civil society and government at all levels Preventing violence against women and girls are pre conditions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women Peace and Security Agenda Gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits everyone and contributes to stronger more peaceful and prosperous societies During these 16 Days of Activism we invite all stakeholders to renew efforts to invest in the prevention of violence against women and girls This is crucial to advance gender equality amplify the voice and accomplishments of inspiring women and girls and champion their needs in South Sudan and around the world Signatories African Union Mission in South Sudan AUMISS British Embassy Juba CARE International Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan Embassy of Canada to South Sudan Embassy of Sweden Office in South Sudan Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Sudan Swiss Cooperation Office in Juba TITI Foundation United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF United Nations Development Programme UNDP United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women UN Women United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS United Nations Population Fund UNFPA United States Agency for International Development South Sudan USAID
    Statement on increasing financing and investment to end violence against women and girls to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Sudan
    Africa2 months ago

    Statement on increasing financing and investment to end violence against women and girls to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in South Sudan

    On the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, we recommit to achieving a world where women and girls enjoy their full range of rights, reach their full potential, and live a life free from violence.

    Freedom from violence is a fundamental human right.

    Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations in the world, rooted in gender inequality, discrimination, and harmful cultural and social norms.

    It is also increasingly recognized as a public health issue that adversely affects the health of women and girls.

    To this end, the Women, Peace, and Security Group of South Sudan welcomes further progress by the Government of South Sudan to end all forms of violence against women and girls and to ensure adequate financing and budget allocation to realize those goals.

    The Women, Peace, and Security Group notes significant steps made by the Government of South Sudan to end violence against women and girls in South Sudan.

    This includes continuing to prosecute cases in the Gender-Based Violence Court, established in 2020, and plans to extend its reach to the state level, as well as adoption of the Joint Action Plan on CRSV and the establishment of special protection units and one-stop centers.

    Long-term financial investments will help ensure the sustainability, impact, and reach of these initiatives.

    In turn, by reducing the rates of gender-based violence across the country, these investments will reduce current and future costs associated with absenteeism, loss of income, and healthcare – costs that arise as a result of gender-based violence, and that not only affect survivors, but also their families, communities, and networks.

    Across the globe, the evidence is clear: reducing rates of gender-based violence pays dividends for all. 

    The Women, Peace, and Security Working Group stands in solidarity with women and girls in South Sudan who play a critical and active role in peacebuilding and nation-building.

    We continue to encourage the Government of South Sudan to meaningfully leverage and allocate domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls and to ensure budget allocations are executed and reach their intended recipients.

    This should include the allocation of resources for the dissemination and implementation of the government’s CRSV Joint Action Plan, delivering support and services to children born of conflict-related sexual violence and their families, tackling stigmatization of survivors and damaging social norms, and budget allocation for implementation of the government’s new WPS National Action Plan. By leveraging and allocating domestic resources for the prevention and response to violence against women and girls, the Government of South Sudan will help create a more sustainable future for its people, and reduce reliance on external financing and as well as vulnerability to external shocks.

    A South Sudan-led commitment to financing this issue at home will provide hope to survivors and their families, who are in need of affordable, accessible, and trauma-informed support services.

    Everyone has a role to play: the private sector, civil society, and government, at all levels.

    Preventing violence against women and girls are pre-conditions to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.

    Gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits everyone and contributes to stronger, more peaceful, and prosperous societies.

    During these 16 Days of Activism, we invite all stakeholders to renew efforts to invest in the prevention of violence against women and girls.

    This is crucial to advance gender equality, amplify the voice and accomplishments of inspiring women and girls, and champion their needs in South Sudan and around the world.

    Signatories: African Union Mission in South Sudan (AUMISS) British Embassy Juba CARE International Delegation of the European Union to South Sudan Embassy of Canada to South Sudan Embassy of Sweden Office in South Sudan Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway in South Sudan Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Sudan Swiss Cooperation Office in Juba TITI Foundation United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) United States Agency for International Development South Sudan (USAID)

  •   The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced on Tuesday the appointment of Michelle Muschett of Panama as UN Assistant Secretary General Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Program UNDP and Director of the Regional Office of the UNDP for Latin America and the Caribbean Muschett is a global development and social policy specialist with cross sectoral experience in leadership positions the UN chief s press office said in a statement She currently serves as Senior Public Policy Adviser and Executive Director of Education for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative advising governments and policymakers in Africa Asia and Latin America on their efforts to address multidimensional poverty according to the release During her tenure as vice minister and minister of social development of Panama Muschett led the process of preparing the first national Multidimensional Poverty Index MPI and the creation of the first Child MPI in the Latin American region the statement added In a press release UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner welcomed the new appointment which he said comes as we work together with countries and communities in a variety of vital areas from reducing poverty and inequalities to advancing decisive climate action Ultimately this approach aims to enable the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to make giant strides on their human development pathways while improving the health and well being of our natural world Steiner said Xinhua
    UN chief appoints new UNDP deputy administrator
      The UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced on Tuesday the appointment of Michelle Muschett of Panama as UN Assistant Secretary General Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Program UNDP and Director of the Regional Office of the UNDP for Latin America and the Caribbean Muschett is a global development and social policy specialist with cross sectoral experience in leadership positions the UN chief s press office said in a statement She currently serves as Senior Public Policy Adviser and Executive Director of Education for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative advising governments and policymakers in Africa Asia and Latin America on their efforts to address multidimensional poverty according to the release During her tenure as vice minister and minister of social development of Panama Muschett led the process of preparing the first national Multidimensional Poverty Index MPI and the creation of the first Child MPI in the Latin American region the statement added In a press release UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner welcomed the new appointment which he said comes as we work together with countries and communities in a variety of vital areas from reducing poverty and inequalities to advancing decisive climate action Ultimately this approach aims to enable the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to make giant strides on their human development pathways while improving the health and well being of our natural world Steiner said Xinhua
    UN chief appoints new UNDP deputy administrator
    Foreign2 months ago

    UN chief appoints new UNDP deputy administrator

    - The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, announced on Tuesday the appointment of Michelle Muschett of Panama as UN Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Director of the Regional Office of the UNDP for Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Muschett is a global development and social policy specialist with cross-sectoral experience in leadership positions, the UN chief's press office said in a statement.

    She currently serves as Senior Public Policy Adviser and Executive Director of Education for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, advising governments and policymakers in Africa, Asia and Latin America on their efforts to address multidimensional poverty, according to the release.

    During her tenure as vice minister and minister of social development of Panama, Muschett led the process of preparing the first national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) and the creation of the first Child MPI in the Latin American region, the statement added.

    In a press release, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner welcomed the new appointment, which he said comes "as we work together with countries and communities in a variety of vital areas, from reducing poverty and inequalities to advancing decisive climate action".

    "Ultimately, this approach aims to enable the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to make giant strides on their human development pathways while improving the health and well-being of our natural world," Steiner said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   Forty women from civil society organizations women s groups political parties armed movements and academia came together over two weeks and produced a joint gender responsive constitutional vision in a series of workshops organized by UNITAMS in close collaboration with UNDP The women presented today to the Trilateral Mechanism and representatives of the diplomatic community an outcome document consisting of guiding principles and key clauses to be included in any upcoming constitutional document to ensure women s rights and meaningful participation in Sudan Recognizing the role of women and their meaningful participation in the success of the revolution we affirm our commitment to the principles of gender equality in all aspects of political economic social cultural developmental and environmental spheres the women stated in the preamble of their proposal The constitutional vision is guided by the principles of human rights non discrimination equal citizenship the rule of law and the link between gender equality and democracy The outcome document also proposes a set of clauses to ensure women s equal participation in governance structures legislative bodies law enforcement and the judiciary as well as policy making forums during and after the transition Clauses are also proposed to ensure national laws are consistent with international standards to protect against gender based violence including domestic violence female genital mutilation human trafficking and child marriage Other provisions focus on ensuring women s equal right to land ownership to pass down citizenship and to access justice equitably We don t see many women in the leadership of the political parties armed movements and political groups that we engage every day But what is clear today is that there are women who can play leadership roles across the spectrum said Volker Perthes the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sudan Designating quotas for women s participation is one thing but just as important is ensuring that women s participation is meaningful Diplomats and the Trilateral Mechanism discussed with the women how to support their leadership in claiming their rightful space in any upcoming constitution drafting process and in Sudan s political future
    Women Leaders Present a Gender-Responsive Constitutional Vision to Representatives of the International Community
      Forty women from civil society organizations women s groups political parties armed movements and academia came together over two weeks and produced a joint gender responsive constitutional vision in a series of workshops organized by UNITAMS in close collaboration with UNDP The women presented today to the Trilateral Mechanism and representatives of the diplomatic community an outcome document consisting of guiding principles and key clauses to be included in any upcoming constitutional document to ensure women s rights and meaningful participation in Sudan Recognizing the role of women and their meaningful participation in the success of the revolution we affirm our commitment to the principles of gender equality in all aspects of political economic social cultural developmental and environmental spheres the women stated in the preamble of their proposal The constitutional vision is guided by the principles of human rights non discrimination equal citizenship the rule of law and the link between gender equality and democracy The outcome document also proposes a set of clauses to ensure women s equal participation in governance structures legislative bodies law enforcement and the judiciary as well as policy making forums during and after the transition Clauses are also proposed to ensure national laws are consistent with international standards to protect against gender based violence including domestic violence female genital mutilation human trafficking and child marriage Other provisions focus on ensuring women s equal right to land ownership to pass down citizenship and to access justice equitably We don t see many women in the leadership of the political parties armed movements and political groups that we engage every day But what is clear today is that there are women who can play leadership roles across the spectrum said Volker Perthes the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Sudan Designating quotas for women s participation is one thing but just as important is ensuring that women s participation is meaningful Diplomats and the Trilateral Mechanism discussed with the women how to support their leadership in claiming their rightful space in any upcoming constitution drafting process and in Sudan s political future
    Women Leaders Present a Gender-Responsive Constitutional Vision to Representatives of the International Community
    Africa2 months ago

    Women Leaders Present a Gender-Responsive Constitutional Vision to Representatives of the International Community

    Forty women from civil society organizations, women’s groups, political parties, armed movements, and academia came together over two weeks and produced a joint gender-responsive constitutional vision in a series of workshops organized by UNITAMS in close collaboration with UNDP.

    The women presented today to the Trilateral Mechanism and representatives of the diplomatic community an outcome document consisting of guiding principles and key clauses to be included in any upcoming constitutional document to ensure women’s rights and meaningful participation in Sudan. 

    “Recognizing the role of women and their meaningful participation in the success of the revolution, we affirm our commitment to the principles of gender equality in all aspects of political, economic, social, cultural, developmental and environmental spheres,” the women stated in the preamble of their proposal.

    The constitutional vision is guided by the principles of human rights, non-discrimination, equal citizenship, the rule of law, and the link between gender equality and democracy.

    The outcome document also proposes a set of clauses to ensure women’s equal participation in governance structures, legislative bodies, law enforcement and the judiciary as well as policy-making forums during and after the transition.

    Clauses are also proposed to ensure national laws are consistent with international standards to protect against gender-based violence including domestic violence, female genital mutilation, human trafficking and child marriage.

    Other provisions focus on ensuring women’s equal right to land ownership, to pass down citizenship, and to access justice equitably.

    “We don’t see many women in the leadership of the political parties, armed movements, and political groups that we engage every day.

    But what is clear today is that there are women who can play leadership roles across the spectrum,” said Volker Perthes, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan, “Designating quotas for women’s participation is one thing, but just as important is ensuring that women’s participation is meaningful.” Diplomats and the Trilateral Mechanism discussed with the women how to support their leadership in claiming their rightful space in any upcoming constitution drafting process and in Sudan’s political future.

  •   A United Nations delegation led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya traveled to Sebha Monday to meet with southern government officials tribal notables academics community based organizations women and youth The trip builds on SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily s efforts in his first month in Libya to listen to people from across the country about how the UN can best support a Libyan led solution to the political stalemate The SRSG who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL visited Benghazi and Sirte in October The stability and security of the south is vital for the stability and security of the whole country SRSG Bathily said I was keen to come to Sebha as early as possible because I recognize the south s importance and unique challenges The focal point of the SRSG s programme was a townhall meeting during which he discussed with southerners the path toward elections sustainable stability territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Libya Participants demanded respect for human rights and the release of political detainees and stressed the importance of the transparent management of public resources during the country s reconstruction Ms Georgette Gagnon Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator joined the mission with the heads of the International Organization for Migration IOM the UN Children s Fund UNICEF the UN Development Programme UNDP and the World Food Programme WFP in Libya The DSRSG RC HC and the UN Agency heads met with municipal officials and civil society organizations to discuss how the UN can further support local peacebuilding efforts enhance social cohesion and create sustainable livelihoods in the south especially for women and youth The UN in Libya working with 23 partners including nongovernmental and community based organizations provided humanitarian assistance to 124 000 of the most vulnerable people in the south in 2022 UN Agencies are also working with municipalities and civil society organizations to support education health services food security child protection women s empowerment local governance migration management human rights and reconstruction The UN reinforces its commitment to supporting people in the South DSRSG RC HC Gagnon said We are increasing our work with local authorities and communities to tackle humanitarian human rights and development challenges in the region focused on community stabilization and economic resilience
    United Nations Delegation to Sebha Consults with Southerners on Stabilization, Peacebuilding
      A United Nations delegation led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya traveled to Sebha Monday to meet with southern government officials tribal notables academics community based organizations women and youth The trip builds on SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily s efforts in his first month in Libya to listen to people from across the country about how the UN can best support a Libyan led solution to the political stalemate The SRSG who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya UNSMIL visited Benghazi and Sirte in October The stability and security of the south is vital for the stability and security of the whole country SRSG Bathily said I was keen to come to Sebha as early as possible because I recognize the south s importance and unique challenges The focal point of the SRSG s programme was a townhall meeting during which he discussed with southerners the path toward elections sustainable stability territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Libya Participants demanded respect for human rights and the release of political detainees and stressed the importance of the transparent management of public resources during the country s reconstruction Ms Georgette Gagnon Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator joined the mission with the heads of the International Organization for Migration IOM the UN Children s Fund UNICEF the UN Development Programme UNDP and the World Food Programme WFP in Libya The DSRSG RC HC and the UN Agency heads met with municipal officials and civil society organizations to discuss how the UN can further support local peacebuilding efforts enhance social cohesion and create sustainable livelihoods in the south especially for women and youth The UN in Libya working with 23 partners including nongovernmental and community based organizations provided humanitarian assistance to 124 000 of the most vulnerable people in the south in 2022 UN Agencies are also working with municipalities and civil society organizations to support education health services food security child protection women s empowerment local governance migration management human rights and reconstruction The UN reinforces its commitment to supporting people in the South DSRSG RC HC Gagnon said We are increasing our work with local authorities and communities to tackle humanitarian human rights and development challenges in the region focused on community stabilization and economic resilience
    United Nations Delegation to Sebha Consults with Southerners on Stabilization, Peacebuilding
    Africa2 months ago

    United Nations Delegation to Sebha Consults with Southerners on Stabilization, Peacebuilding

    A United Nations delegation, led by the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Libya, traveled to Sebha Monday to meet with southern government officials, tribal notables, academics, community-based organizations, women and youth.

    The trip builds on SRSG Abdoulaye Bathily’s efforts, in his first month in Libya, to listen to people from across the country about how the UN can best support a Libyan-led solution to the political stalemate.

    The SRSG, who is also the head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), visited Benghazi and Sirte in October.

    “The stability and security of the south is vital for the stability and security of the whole country,” SRSG Bathily said.

    “I was keen to come to Sebha as early as possible because I recognize the south’s importance and unique challenges.” The focal point of the SRSG’s programme was a townhall meeting, during which he discussed with southerners the path toward elections, sustainable stability, territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Libya.

    Participants demanded respect for human rights and the release of political detainees and stressed the importance of the transparent management of public resources during the country’s reconstruction.

    Ms. Georgette Gagnon, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, joined the mission with the heads of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Food Programme (WFP) in Libya.

    The DSRSG/RC/HC and the UN Agency heads met with municipal officials and civil society organizations to discuss how the UN can further support local peacebuilding efforts, enhance social cohesion and create sustainable livelihoods in the south, especially for women and youth.

    The UN in Libya, working with 23 partners including nongovernmental and community-based organizations, provided humanitarian assistance to 124,000 of the most vulnerable people in the south in 2022.

    UN Agencies are also working with municipalities and civil society organizations to support education, health services, food security, child protection, women’s empowerment, local governance, migration management, human rights and reconstruction.

    “The UN reinforces its commitment to supporting people in the South,” DSRSG/RC/HC Gagnon said.

    "We are increasing our work with local authorities and communities to tackle humanitarian, human rights and development challenges in the region focused on community stabilization and economic resilience.”

  •   Launched today at the United Nations Climate Conference COP27 the Africa Minigrids Program AMP is a country led technical assistance program that supports countries to rapidly and cost effectively provide electricity and new development opportunities to some of Africa s poorest communities With funding led by the Global Environment Facility GEF and implemented by UNDP in partnership with national governments RMI founded as Rocky Mountain Institute and the African Development Bank AfDB the AMP s market transformation approach aims to help countries crowd in private investment to scale up and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy minigrids Minigrids are stand alone electricity networks that are typically not connected to the national electricity grid Solar battery minigrids hold great potential to boost electricity access in the AMP s 21 countries powering households key social services such as health centers and schools and businesses driving economic growth UNDP modelling estimates that minigrids will be the lowest cost approach to bring electricity to 265 million people in these countries by the year 2030 US 65 billion in new investments primarily from the private sector would be needed to realize the minigrid opportunity in such countries This is estimated to equate to the construction of 110 000 minigrids bringing electricity to more than 200 000 schools and clinics and more than 900 000 businesses We know that innovative policies technologies and business models to scale up existing solutions are needed to achieve SDG 7 on universal access to affordable and reliable energy business as usual won t do said Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator The AMP is UNDP s most ambitious electricity access program to date Its market transformation approach aims to deliver impact at the pace and scale needed to effectively help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals leaving no one behind Improving access to clean energy in remote areas has so many benefits it directly improves quality of life creates job opportunities particularly for women and also reduces carbon emissions added Carlos Manuel Rodriguez CEO and Chairperson of the GEF This is why the GEF is investing in energy access as part of our mission to invest in the planet I am thrilled to see the Africa Minigrids Program advance and look forward to sharing the lessons from its rollout across our partnership and in all the countries and communities we are supporting in the clean energy transition With a focus on various cost reduction levers AMP aims to support scale up investment by improving the financial viability of minigrids The program will work with countries to put in place the policies and regulations that enable large scale private investment durably creating the conditions for renewable energy minigrids to be deployed at scale Scaling up action to bring new sustainable development opportunities across Africa Access to energy is a precondition to socio economic development Yet half of the people living in sub Saharan Africa 568 million people don t have access to electricity effectively locking some of the world s most vulnerable communities in poverty The AMP aims to bring the development benefits of energy access to a wide array of communities across the continent by focusing on supporting productive uses of energy which supports socio economic development by enhancing the quality of sectors that require energy input such as agriculture healthcare education and small businesses We cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without sustainable energy for all It is urgent to drastically scale up solutions that close the energy access gap We must address this blatant inequality said Ahunna Eziakonwa UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Africa at UNDP The AMP has the potential to be a game changer for millions of people in Africa Green minigrids are not only key to closing Africa s energy access gap they can also provide a critical impetus to socio economic development in rural areas boost climate resilience and displace carbon intensive fuel sources added Dr Daniel Schroth Director Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency African Development Bank We are therefore delighted to join the AMP partnership led by UNDP to deliver the much needed upstream work on minigrids and look forward to bringing the catalytic finance instruments of the African Development Bank and Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa to make these projects happen on the ground Building on a rich community of minigrid stakeholders together with our partners The AMP aims to complement activities supporting minigrid investment in Africa and has therefore identified three key areas of opportunities to focus on national dialogues to identify the best ways to deploy minigrids productive use of energy and digitalization for minigrids The 21 AMP countries represent a diverse set of African countries each with their own energy market specificities and development contexts large and smaller markets Anglophone Francophone and Lusophone countries small island developing states and countries in post crisis contexts The AMP aims to harness the diversity and richness of Africa s minigrids landscape said Jon Creyts CEO of RMI With RMI s Energy Transition Academy and our Africa team s long standing expertise in productive uses of energy we will create a powerful network that will replicate our think do scale approach on minigrids in areas lacking adequate energy access around the world The AMP is a key component of UNDP s pledge to mobilize partners through its Sustainable Energy Hub to enable 500 million additional people to have access to sustainable affordable reliable energy by 2025 AMP s implementation has already started with the launch of the Nigeria and Eswatini national projects in 2022 and will continue until 2027
    New Initiative to Transform Energy Markets, Bringing Electricity and New Development Opportunities, in over 20 African Countries
      Launched today at the United Nations Climate Conference COP27 the Africa Minigrids Program AMP is a country led technical assistance program that supports countries to rapidly and cost effectively provide electricity and new development opportunities to some of Africa s poorest communities With funding led by the Global Environment Facility GEF and implemented by UNDP in partnership with national governments RMI founded as Rocky Mountain Institute and the African Development Bank AfDB the AMP s market transformation approach aims to help countries crowd in private investment to scale up and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy minigrids Minigrids are stand alone electricity networks that are typically not connected to the national electricity grid Solar battery minigrids hold great potential to boost electricity access in the AMP s 21 countries powering households key social services such as health centers and schools and businesses driving economic growth UNDP modelling estimates that minigrids will be the lowest cost approach to bring electricity to 265 million people in these countries by the year 2030 US 65 billion in new investments primarily from the private sector would be needed to realize the minigrid opportunity in such countries This is estimated to equate to the construction of 110 000 minigrids bringing electricity to more than 200 000 schools and clinics and more than 900 000 businesses We know that innovative policies technologies and business models to scale up existing solutions are needed to achieve SDG 7 on universal access to affordable and reliable energy business as usual won t do said Achim Steiner UNDP Administrator The AMP is UNDP s most ambitious electricity access program to date Its market transformation approach aims to deliver impact at the pace and scale needed to effectively help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals leaving no one behind Improving access to clean energy in remote areas has so many benefits it directly improves quality of life creates job opportunities particularly for women and also reduces carbon emissions added Carlos Manuel Rodriguez CEO and Chairperson of the GEF This is why the GEF is investing in energy access as part of our mission to invest in the planet I am thrilled to see the Africa Minigrids Program advance and look forward to sharing the lessons from its rollout across our partnership and in all the countries and communities we are supporting in the clean energy transition With a focus on various cost reduction levers AMP aims to support scale up investment by improving the financial viability of minigrids The program will work with countries to put in place the policies and regulations that enable large scale private investment durably creating the conditions for renewable energy minigrids to be deployed at scale Scaling up action to bring new sustainable development opportunities across Africa Access to energy is a precondition to socio economic development Yet half of the people living in sub Saharan Africa 568 million people don t have access to electricity effectively locking some of the world s most vulnerable communities in poverty The AMP aims to bring the development benefits of energy access to a wide array of communities across the continent by focusing on supporting productive uses of energy which supports socio economic development by enhancing the quality of sectors that require energy input such as agriculture healthcare education and small businesses We cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without sustainable energy for all It is urgent to drastically scale up solutions that close the energy access gap We must address this blatant inequality said Ahunna Eziakonwa UN Assistant Secretary General and Regional Director for Africa at UNDP The AMP has the potential to be a game changer for millions of people in Africa Green minigrids are not only key to closing Africa s energy access gap they can also provide a critical impetus to socio economic development in rural areas boost climate resilience and displace carbon intensive fuel sources added Dr Daniel Schroth Director Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency African Development Bank We are therefore delighted to join the AMP partnership led by UNDP to deliver the much needed upstream work on minigrids and look forward to bringing the catalytic finance instruments of the African Development Bank and Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa to make these projects happen on the ground Building on a rich community of minigrid stakeholders together with our partners The AMP aims to complement activities supporting minigrid investment in Africa and has therefore identified three key areas of opportunities to focus on national dialogues to identify the best ways to deploy minigrids productive use of energy and digitalization for minigrids The 21 AMP countries represent a diverse set of African countries each with their own energy market specificities and development contexts large and smaller markets Anglophone Francophone and Lusophone countries small island developing states and countries in post crisis contexts The AMP aims to harness the diversity and richness of Africa s minigrids landscape said Jon Creyts CEO of RMI With RMI s Energy Transition Academy and our Africa team s long standing expertise in productive uses of energy we will create a powerful network that will replicate our think do scale approach on minigrids in areas lacking adequate energy access around the world The AMP is a key component of UNDP s pledge to mobilize partners through its Sustainable Energy Hub to enable 500 million additional people to have access to sustainable affordable reliable energy by 2025 AMP s implementation has already started with the launch of the Nigeria and Eswatini national projects in 2022 and will continue until 2027
    New Initiative to Transform Energy Markets, Bringing Electricity and New Development Opportunities, in over 20 African Countries
    Africa2 months ago

    New Initiative to Transform Energy Markets, Bringing Electricity and New Development Opportunities, in over 20 African Countries

    Launched today at the United Nations Climate Conference COP27, the Africa Minigrids Program (AMP) is a country-led technical assistance program that supports countries to rapidly and cost-effectively provide electricity and new development opportunities to some of Africa’s poorest communities.

    With funding led by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), and implemented by UNDP in partnership with national governments, RMI (founded as Rocky Mountain Institute) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the AMP’s market transformation approach aims to help countries crowd in private investment to scale up and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy minigrids.

    Minigrids are stand-alone electricity networks that are typically not connected to the national electricity grid.

    Solar-battery minigrids hold great potential to boost electricity access in the AMP’s 21 countries – powering households, key social services such as health centers and schools, and businesses, driving economic growth.

    UNDP modelling estimates that minigrids will be the lowest-cost approach to bring electricity to 265 million people in these countries by the year 2030.

    US$65 billion in new investments, primarily from the private sector, would be needed to realize the minigrid opportunity in such countries.

    This is estimated to equate to the construction of 110,000 minigrids, bringing electricity to more than 200,000 schools and clinics, and more than 900,000 businesses.

    “We know that innovative policies, technologies, and business models to scale up existing solutions are needed to achieve SDG 7 on universal access to affordable and reliable energy – business-as-usual won’t do,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.

    “The AMP is UNDP’s most ambitious electricity access program to date.

    Its market transformation approach aims to deliver impact at the pace and scale needed to effectively help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, leaving no-one behind.” “Improving access to clean energy in remote areas has so many benefits — it directly improves quality of life, creates job opportunities particularly for women, and also reduces carbon emissions,” added Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, CEO and Chairperson of the GEF.

    “This is why the GEF is investing in energy access as part of our mission to invest in the planet.

    I am thrilled to see the Africa Minigrids Program advance and look forward to sharing the lessons from its rollout across our partnership and in all the countries and communities we are supporting in the clean energy transition.” With a focus on various cost-reduction levers, AMP aims to support scale-up investment by improving the financial viability of minigrids.

    The program will work with countries to put in place the policies and regulations that enable large-scale private investment, durably creating the conditions for renewable energy minigrids to be deployed at scale.

    Scaling up action to bring new sustainable development opportunities across Africa  Access to energy is a precondition to socio-economic development.

    Yet half of the people living in sub-Saharan Africa – 568 million people – don’t have access to electricity, effectively locking some of the world’s most vulnerable communities in poverty. 

    The AMP aims to bring the development benefits of energy access to a wide array of communities across the continent by focusing on supporting productive uses of energy, which supports socio-economic development by enhancing the quality of sectors that require energy input such as agriculture, healthcare, education, and small businesses.

    "We cannot achieve the Sustainable Development Goals without sustainable energy for all.

    It is urgent to drastically scale-up solutions that close the energy access gap.

    We must address this blatant inequality,” said Ahunna Eziakonwa, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Africa at UNDP.

    “The AMP has the potential to be a game changer for millions of people in Africa.” "Green minigrids are not only key to closing Africa’s energy access gap, they can also provide a critical impetus to socio-economic development in rural areas, boost climate resilience and displace carbon-intensive fuel sources,” added Dr Daniel Schroth, Director, Department of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, African Development Bank. “We are therefore delighted to join the AMP partnership led by UNDP to deliver the much-needed upstream work on minigrids, and look forward to bringing the catalytic finance instruments of the African Development Bank and Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa to make these projects happen on the ground.” Building on a rich community of minigrid stakeholders together with our partners The AMP aims to complement activities supporting minigrid investment in Africa, and has therefore identified three key areas of opportunities to focus on: national dialogues to identify the best ways to deploy minigrids; productive use of energy, and digitalization for minigrids.

    The 21 AMP countries represent a diverse set of African countries, each with their own energy market specificities and development contexts: large and smaller markets; Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone countries; small island developing states; and countries in post-crisis contexts.

    “The AMP aims to harness the diversity and richness of Africa’s minigrids landscape”, said Jon Creyts, CEO of RMI.

    “With RMI’s Energy Transition Academy, and our Africa team’s long-standing expertise in productive uses of energy, we will create a powerful network that will replicate our think-do-scale approach on minigrids in areas lacking adequate energy access around the world.” The AMP is a key component of UNDP’s pledge to mobilize partners through its Sustainable Energy Hub to enable 500 million additional people to have access to sustainable, affordable, reliable energy by 2025.

    AMP’s implementation has already started with the launch of the Nigeria and Eswatini national projects in 2022 and will continue until 2027.

  •   By ReportersWith the processes leading to the 2023 general elections gathering momentum political stakeholders across the South West have uimously called on the three tiers of government to curb all acts of political violence and thuggery In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan Ado Ekiti Akure Ilorin Osogbo and Abeokuta on Sunday they said violence known to usually greet such exercises in the past must be curtailed for the elections to be free and fair They feared that thuggery and violence might disrupt the general elections if not nipped in the bud early Commenting Mr Ezekiel Ayobami of the National Orientation Agency NOA in Oyo State said that part of the agency s assignments was to ensure sufficient and consistent mobilisation of citizens to act in ways that promote national peace harmony and development According to Ayobami with this mandate it behoves on the agency to play its roles effectively especially now that the political campaigns have officially started Playing this role he said would go a long way in curbing electoral violence during the campaigns election days and post election period Ayobami said that the agency in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and other relevant stakeholders had commenced sensitisation across the 33 local government areas of the state What our sensitisation focusses on are to orientate the people especially youths on the need to avoid being used as thugs We are engaging youths leaders in various communities admonishing parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to refrain from thuggery We also let the public know that voting during elections is the civil responsibility of everyone especially eligible electorate We also orientate leaders of political parties and their candidates on the need to be careful of their actions and those of their followers to involve security agencies during their campaign outings and let their activities be guided regulations he said In her contributions Mrs Alaba Adeniyi Head of Publicity INEC Oyo State said that the commission had engaged critical stakeholders as part of the efforts to have violence free campaigns Apart from regular media programmes where the commission reaches out to the general public on its activities we in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP engage voter education providers comprising members of civil society organisations and other stakeholders Such engagement and others were to counter misinformation disinformation and hate speech fact bare before the voting public Adeniyi said In addition she said the commission in partnership with the Inter Party Advisory Committee IPAC work on respective political parties to reorientate their followers on better ways to campaign without resulting to violence In Ado Ekiti Mr Odunayo Adesola a Political Scientist said that injuries and casualties resulting from political violences should be avoided in the build up to the 2023 elections Adesola cautioned politicians in various political parties to be above board in the interest of the nation recruitment camping and funding of political thugs He warned that stockpiling of arms and ammunition should also be discouraged Commenting Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Grand Imam of Ekiti and Grand Imam for South West States Edo and Delta called on parents to ensure that their wards do not stray into political violence and thuggery According to him parents must be ready to bear the enormous responsibility of instilling discipline in their children and ensuring their moral upbringing Kewulere maintained that majority of the acts of violence perpetuated during political campaigns were carried out to monetary inducement or compensation According to him parents should properly educate their children to know that future of the country is in their hands hence they should avoid doing anything capable of jeopardising the country s existence and survival It is also the responsibility of religious leaders to use their sermons to preach peace unity and tolerance among youths so that they will behave well and eschew political violence and thuggery he said Kewulere enjoined couples to learn to respect their marital vows so as to avoid unnecessary frictions in their marriages having identified majority of violence perpetrators as products of broken homes and lacking parental care However Mrs Bosede Adeleye the Coordinator Society for Positive Change warned politicians to refrain from indulging in any act of violence while carrying out their campaigns Adeleye said it was a common practice among some politicians and candidates of various political parties to allegedly set aside funds for perpetration of violence as part of their campaign plans She then enjoined candidates of parties to adopt issue based campaigns and be tolerant and peaceful in the overall best interest of the nation Violence will not give any positive result but calamities and as the nation is again passing through another difficult period engaging in any act of violence or thuggery will only compound the difficulties already on ground she said Adeleye said her organisation was working on modalities and strategies toward sensitising politicians and youths on the need to play the game according to the laid down rules and regulations Also a Political Scientist Mr Clement Ajayi said that electoral violence had received increased international attention in recent years due to the devastating outbreaks of violence in Nigeria and some African countries each time they held elections Ajayi said the notion of violence free elections in terms of free fair credible and acceptable polls had been eroded and now serving as the benchmark for measuring the legitimacy of elections According to him elections are the key elements of democratic processes which provide for transparent and peaceful change of government and distribution of power Electoral violence he said could however be seen beyond its direct effects such as hindering people from casting their votes and preventing candidates from participating in elections All of these indices are tantamount to having long term effects of causing disillusionment and frustration in the process he said In his views a political analyst Mr Benjamin Abefe said with political campaigns intensifying the nation s security needed to be adequately reinforced of government In a country already characterised with insecurity in form of banditry kidnapping and abduction I think the government needs to be very proactive in giving security agencies the desired backing both morally and ficially he said Abefe also advised security personnel to imbibe professionalism in their conduct especially during the campaigns and the elections proper He cautioned them against hate speech which he identified as capable of heating up the polity A parent and lecturer Mrs Deborah Akuh advised youths and even fathers who are now allegedly found among thugs to shun all negative tendencies including electoral violence of all sorts Akuh enjoined the places of worship and public institutions to sensitise youths to shun violence in politics According to her this accounts for the reason the elderly politicians are unable to see the seriousness in the nation s youths taking up key roles in leadership Youths should begin to see themselves as potential leaders of tomorrow and put themselves in positions of honour so that people can know they are ready to be real leaders of tomorrow Youths should show genuine interest in politics and be conversant with the provisions of the Electoral Acts for them to know the dos and don ts that can either move them up or lead them to the prison quarters They should turn their backs at the inappropriate request evil sponsorship during before and after elections the lecturer said Akuh appealed to politicians to stop using youths for evil vices and groom them positively to become leaders of tomorrow Using youths for evil vices is not helping to improve values in our youths but rather the morals and values of these youths continue to deteriorate in an alarming rate A situation where a fellow youth sees his mate becoming a thug for politicians and he is able to buy cars build houses and have some money to spend lavishly while the one who graduated with good grades from school is unable to secure a good job is a sad tale to tell in Nigeria of today It has also been discovered that using youths as thugs give them free time to consume drugs and for the addicts among them to use illicit substance without fear of being arrested she said In Akure Mr Israel Ayeni the Secretary Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC the umbrella body of registered political parties in Nigeria Ondo State chapter urged the state government to introduce continuous education of the citizens to correct the barbaric act of electoral thuggery Ayeni however suggested that political parties should be held responsible for any violence perpetrated claiming that political thugs were either registered members or employed staff of political parties Political parties involved in thuggery or violence should be automatically suspended from the race after due investigation is carried out security outfits A special security can be established for this purpose The love for the country should come first we are first Nigerians before becoming members of any political party Political party may fold up but we must protect the integrity of our nation and property Where is the almighty NPN today What about AG and AD This is why I say that continuous education is key he said The IPAC secretary who categorically said that acts of thuggery during elections should be criminalised said that no political party must have influence on the panelists or security outfit set up for the purpose Capital offence with capital punishment should be introduced he said Also a Communications expert Mr Ike Ogbonna called on media personnel and journalists to ensure that they do not heat up the polity before during and after the elections Ogbnonna urged journalists to as a matter of necessity adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession In order to avoid trouble and editorial violence journalists should avoid personal ideas and comments in their stories If possible avoid any position that will make you become biased in your reporting Some of us will be offered positions like media assistants and the likes for the campaigns but we must understand that these things only put us at risk of becoming unprofessional Remember the ethics of the profession and adhere to it in fairness and with the fear of God Dignify your profession Do not let anybody jeopardise your career as they will make up later after the elections It is you who will become unsafe he said Meanwhile Mr Charles Adeyemi the Executive Director Nigeria Development Front NDF said that continuous sensitisation of Civil Society Coalitions Faith based organisations and Non State Actors would help to checkmate electoral violence and thuggery Adeyemi said that the training and retraining of stakeholders on the dangers of electoral violence would go a long way in curtailing the menace He said patriotic media reportage of electoral events that discredit thuggery and touting should be done alongside the reorientation of young people who are key players in the electoral activities Adeyemi also called for peace accord meetings in resolving disputes among the stakeholders through negotiations and mediations before during and after elections Also Mr Deji Adejare a political analyst and social commentator said that checkmating electoral violence and thuggery in our political space depend on the politicians Adejare said that politicians unfortunately see politics as a do or die affair or a win at all cost game According to him as long as there are willing tools thugs around politicians will continue to engage them to achieve their selfish interests He said that Nigerian politics had always been synonymous with violence and thuggery due to the fact that politicians believed in using force fear and intimidation to cow their opponents into submission Adejare said the new Electoral Act could do little or nothing to stop desperate politicians from employing their old tactics of intimidating the electorate or opponents in order to disenfranchise them He however urged the electorate to be wise to know politicians with good intentions from the tactics they were employing during their electioneering campaigns According to him security agencies should be informed and engaged during their campaigns He said that most political thugs were well connected to politicians in power thus making it difficult for security agents to prosecute them Adejare therefore advised parents to admonish their children not to allow desperate politicians to make use of them for their selfish gains In Abeokuta a security expert James Adetiba said that electoral violence had for long been a feature of elections in Nigeria due to the winner take all nature of Nigeria s elections and politicians According to Adetiba this evil often arises from clashes among supporters of political parties attacks on existing or aspiring politicians and disruptions at campaign rallies He stressed the need to develop ways of checking electoral violence in order to build a strong democratic and peaceful society one that is based on the rule of law and transparency Also Mr Kamil Abolade the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association NBA Abeokuta branch identified unemployment idleness poverty and the harsh economic situation in the country as impetuses for political violence Abolade called for political education other relevant agencies to convince youths to see their lives as worth more than being used as political thugs These youths have realised that if they follow politicians everywhere especially during campaign period they will be given money Sadly most of them only look at the gain and do not think of the harm he said The NBA chairman also urged parents and guardians to ensure they instil moral values in their wards at an early stage and to also offer them quality education Also NOA should go on educating people on reasons why they should not engage in such activities They should create awareness to let them know the negative effects of violence and thuggery he said Commenting Mr Sunkanmi Oyejide the Youth Leader Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Ogun said that some politicians hired the services of political thugs knowing that they were not popular and could not win elections Some politicians that are not popular will not be comfortable with the conduct of a free and fair election hence they often engaged the services of artisans and unemployed youths to disrupt political process Oyejide said He added that such menace could be curbed through collective responsibility The political parties through the offices of their youths leaders should be educating the young constituency and get them involved constructively and positively in their programmes he said Also Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde the Secretary General Ogun Muslim Council said it was sad to acknowledge that electoral violence had been part of Nigeria s democracy since the First Republic Akintunde explained that the menace had often resulted into human and material loses and had continued to hinder the growth of the nation s democracy To check the menace he called for attitudinal change on the part of the politicians urging them to play for Nigeria s democracy to be deepened There must be patriotism on the part of all stakeholders and the umpire must be unbiased level playing field for all he said Also Mr Kazeem Abiodun a Peace expert told that absence of political parties with defined and quality ideologies was a major cause of electoral violence in the country Abiodun said that there would be no need to hire thugs to disrupt electoral process if such political parties existed The kind of government system that we run in Nigeria allows high level of corruption to thrive because of improper system of accountability hence people are desperate to occupy public positions Also the politicians are taken advantage of high level of poverty in the country as they can easily manipulate poor people and use them to perpetrate their selfish interests at little cost It is necessary for us to redefine our political structure and system promoting that which will be driven than money We play money politics in Nigeria and it is not encouraging There is need to make political offices less attractive It will mean that whoever wants to get to power is going there to serve the people and not to steal We need to have proper checks and balances with effective anti graft agencies that will ensure accountability and prosecute corrupt leaders he said Edited Olagoke Olatoye Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders call for end to political violence, thuggery
      By ReportersWith the processes leading to the 2023 general elections gathering momentum political stakeholders across the South West have uimously called on the three tiers of government to curb all acts of political violence and thuggery In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan Ado Ekiti Akure Ilorin Osogbo and Abeokuta on Sunday they said violence known to usually greet such exercises in the past must be curtailed for the elections to be free and fair They feared that thuggery and violence might disrupt the general elections if not nipped in the bud early Commenting Mr Ezekiel Ayobami of the National Orientation Agency NOA in Oyo State said that part of the agency s assignments was to ensure sufficient and consistent mobilisation of citizens to act in ways that promote national peace harmony and development According to Ayobami with this mandate it behoves on the agency to play its roles effectively especially now that the political campaigns have officially started Playing this role he said would go a long way in curbing electoral violence during the campaigns election days and post election period Ayobami said that the agency in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and other relevant stakeholders had commenced sensitisation across the 33 local government areas of the state What our sensitisation focusses on are to orientate the people especially youths on the need to avoid being used as thugs We are engaging youths leaders in various communities admonishing parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards to refrain from thuggery We also let the public know that voting during elections is the civil responsibility of everyone especially eligible electorate We also orientate leaders of political parties and their candidates on the need to be careful of their actions and those of their followers to involve security agencies during their campaign outings and let their activities be guided regulations he said In her contributions Mrs Alaba Adeniyi Head of Publicity INEC Oyo State said that the commission had engaged critical stakeholders as part of the efforts to have violence free campaigns Apart from regular media programmes where the commission reaches out to the general public on its activities we in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP engage voter education providers comprising members of civil society organisations and other stakeholders Such engagement and others were to counter misinformation disinformation and hate speech fact bare before the voting public Adeniyi said In addition she said the commission in partnership with the Inter Party Advisory Committee IPAC work on respective political parties to reorientate their followers on better ways to campaign without resulting to violence In Ado Ekiti Mr Odunayo Adesola a Political Scientist said that injuries and casualties resulting from political violences should be avoided in the build up to the 2023 elections Adesola cautioned politicians in various political parties to be above board in the interest of the nation recruitment camping and funding of political thugs He warned that stockpiling of arms and ammunition should also be discouraged Commenting Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Grand Imam of Ekiti and Grand Imam for South West States Edo and Delta called on parents to ensure that their wards do not stray into political violence and thuggery According to him parents must be ready to bear the enormous responsibility of instilling discipline in their children and ensuring their moral upbringing Kewulere maintained that majority of the acts of violence perpetuated during political campaigns were carried out to monetary inducement or compensation According to him parents should properly educate their children to know that future of the country is in their hands hence they should avoid doing anything capable of jeopardising the country s existence and survival It is also the responsibility of religious leaders to use their sermons to preach peace unity and tolerance among youths so that they will behave well and eschew political violence and thuggery he said Kewulere enjoined couples to learn to respect their marital vows so as to avoid unnecessary frictions in their marriages having identified majority of violence perpetrators as products of broken homes and lacking parental care However Mrs Bosede Adeleye the Coordinator Society for Positive Change warned politicians to refrain from indulging in any act of violence while carrying out their campaigns Adeleye said it was a common practice among some politicians and candidates of various political parties to allegedly set aside funds for perpetration of violence as part of their campaign plans She then enjoined candidates of parties to adopt issue based campaigns and be tolerant and peaceful in the overall best interest of the nation Violence will not give any positive result but calamities and as the nation is again passing through another difficult period engaging in any act of violence or thuggery will only compound the difficulties already on ground she said Adeleye said her organisation was working on modalities and strategies toward sensitising politicians and youths on the need to play the game according to the laid down rules and regulations Also a Political Scientist Mr Clement Ajayi said that electoral violence had received increased international attention in recent years due to the devastating outbreaks of violence in Nigeria and some African countries each time they held elections Ajayi said the notion of violence free elections in terms of free fair credible and acceptable polls had been eroded and now serving as the benchmark for measuring the legitimacy of elections According to him elections are the key elements of democratic processes which provide for transparent and peaceful change of government and distribution of power Electoral violence he said could however be seen beyond its direct effects such as hindering people from casting their votes and preventing candidates from participating in elections All of these indices are tantamount to having long term effects of causing disillusionment and frustration in the process he said In his views a political analyst Mr Benjamin Abefe said with political campaigns intensifying the nation s security needed to be adequately reinforced of government In a country already characterised with insecurity in form of banditry kidnapping and abduction I think the government needs to be very proactive in giving security agencies the desired backing both morally and ficially he said Abefe also advised security personnel to imbibe professionalism in their conduct especially during the campaigns and the elections proper He cautioned them against hate speech which he identified as capable of heating up the polity A parent and lecturer Mrs Deborah Akuh advised youths and even fathers who are now allegedly found among thugs to shun all negative tendencies including electoral violence of all sorts Akuh enjoined the places of worship and public institutions to sensitise youths to shun violence in politics According to her this accounts for the reason the elderly politicians are unable to see the seriousness in the nation s youths taking up key roles in leadership Youths should begin to see themselves as potential leaders of tomorrow and put themselves in positions of honour so that people can know they are ready to be real leaders of tomorrow Youths should show genuine interest in politics and be conversant with the provisions of the Electoral Acts for them to know the dos and don ts that can either move them up or lead them to the prison quarters They should turn their backs at the inappropriate request evil sponsorship during before and after elections the lecturer said Akuh appealed to politicians to stop using youths for evil vices and groom them positively to become leaders of tomorrow Using youths for evil vices is not helping to improve values in our youths but rather the morals and values of these youths continue to deteriorate in an alarming rate A situation where a fellow youth sees his mate becoming a thug for politicians and he is able to buy cars build houses and have some money to spend lavishly while the one who graduated with good grades from school is unable to secure a good job is a sad tale to tell in Nigeria of today It has also been discovered that using youths as thugs give them free time to consume drugs and for the addicts among them to use illicit substance without fear of being arrested she said In Akure Mr Israel Ayeni the Secretary Inter party Advisory Committee IPAC the umbrella body of registered political parties in Nigeria Ondo State chapter urged the state government to introduce continuous education of the citizens to correct the barbaric act of electoral thuggery Ayeni however suggested that political parties should be held responsible for any violence perpetrated claiming that political thugs were either registered members or employed staff of political parties Political parties involved in thuggery or violence should be automatically suspended from the race after due investigation is carried out security outfits A special security can be established for this purpose The love for the country should come first we are first Nigerians before becoming members of any political party Political party may fold up but we must protect the integrity of our nation and property Where is the almighty NPN today What about AG and AD This is why I say that continuous education is key he said The IPAC secretary who categorically said that acts of thuggery during elections should be criminalised said that no political party must have influence on the panelists or security outfit set up for the purpose Capital offence with capital punishment should be introduced he said Also a Communications expert Mr Ike Ogbonna called on media personnel and journalists to ensure that they do not heat up the polity before during and after the elections Ogbnonna urged journalists to as a matter of necessity adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession In order to avoid trouble and editorial violence journalists should avoid personal ideas and comments in their stories If possible avoid any position that will make you become biased in your reporting Some of us will be offered positions like media assistants and the likes for the campaigns but we must understand that these things only put us at risk of becoming unprofessional Remember the ethics of the profession and adhere to it in fairness and with the fear of God Dignify your profession Do not let anybody jeopardise your career as they will make up later after the elections It is you who will become unsafe he said Meanwhile Mr Charles Adeyemi the Executive Director Nigeria Development Front NDF said that continuous sensitisation of Civil Society Coalitions Faith based organisations and Non State Actors would help to checkmate electoral violence and thuggery Adeyemi said that the training and retraining of stakeholders on the dangers of electoral violence would go a long way in curtailing the menace He said patriotic media reportage of electoral events that discredit thuggery and touting should be done alongside the reorientation of young people who are key players in the electoral activities Adeyemi also called for peace accord meetings in resolving disputes among the stakeholders through negotiations and mediations before during and after elections Also Mr Deji Adejare a political analyst and social commentator said that checkmating electoral violence and thuggery in our political space depend on the politicians Adejare said that politicians unfortunately see politics as a do or die affair or a win at all cost game According to him as long as there are willing tools thugs around politicians will continue to engage them to achieve their selfish interests He said that Nigerian politics had always been synonymous with violence and thuggery due to the fact that politicians believed in using force fear and intimidation to cow their opponents into submission Adejare said the new Electoral Act could do little or nothing to stop desperate politicians from employing their old tactics of intimidating the electorate or opponents in order to disenfranchise them He however urged the electorate to be wise to know politicians with good intentions from the tactics they were employing during their electioneering campaigns According to him security agencies should be informed and engaged during their campaigns He said that most political thugs were well connected to politicians in power thus making it difficult for security agents to prosecute them Adejare therefore advised parents to admonish their children not to allow desperate politicians to make use of them for their selfish gains In Abeokuta a security expert James Adetiba said that electoral violence had for long been a feature of elections in Nigeria due to the winner take all nature of Nigeria s elections and politicians According to Adetiba this evil often arises from clashes among supporters of political parties attacks on existing or aspiring politicians and disruptions at campaign rallies He stressed the need to develop ways of checking electoral violence in order to build a strong democratic and peaceful society one that is based on the rule of law and transparency Also Mr Kamil Abolade the Chairman Nigerian Bar Association NBA Abeokuta branch identified unemployment idleness poverty and the harsh economic situation in the country as impetuses for political violence Abolade called for political education other relevant agencies to convince youths to see their lives as worth more than being used as political thugs These youths have realised that if they follow politicians everywhere especially during campaign period they will be given money Sadly most of them only look at the gain and do not think of the harm he said The NBA chairman also urged parents and guardians to ensure they instil moral values in their wards at an early stage and to also offer them quality education Also NOA should go on educating people on reasons why they should not engage in such activities They should create awareness to let them know the negative effects of violence and thuggery he said Commenting Mr Sunkanmi Oyejide the Youth Leader Peoples Democratic Party PDP in Ogun said that some politicians hired the services of political thugs knowing that they were not popular and could not win elections Some politicians that are not popular will not be comfortable with the conduct of a free and fair election hence they often engaged the services of artisans and unemployed youths to disrupt political process Oyejide said He added that such menace could be curbed through collective responsibility The political parties through the offices of their youths leaders should be educating the young constituency and get them involved constructively and positively in their programmes he said Also Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde the Secretary General Ogun Muslim Council said it was sad to acknowledge that electoral violence had been part of Nigeria s democracy since the First Republic Akintunde explained that the menace had often resulted into human and material loses and had continued to hinder the growth of the nation s democracy To check the menace he called for attitudinal change on the part of the politicians urging them to play for Nigeria s democracy to be deepened There must be patriotism on the part of all stakeholders and the umpire must be unbiased level playing field for all he said Also Mr Kazeem Abiodun a Peace expert told that absence of political parties with defined and quality ideologies was a major cause of electoral violence in the country Abiodun said that there would be no need to hire thugs to disrupt electoral process if such political parties existed The kind of government system that we run in Nigeria allows high level of corruption to thrive because of improper system of accountability hence people are desperate to occupy public positions Also the politicians are taken advantage of high level of poverty in the country as they can easily manipulate poor people and use them to perpetrate their selfish interests at little cost It is necessary for us to redefine our political structure and system promoting that which will be driven than money We play money politics in Nigeria and it is not encouraging There is need to make political offices less attractive It will mean that whoever wants to get to power is going there to serve the people and not to steal We need to have proper checks and balances with effective anti graft agencies that will ensure accountability and prosecute corrupt leaders he said Edited Olagoke Olatoye Source Credit NAN
    Stakeholders call for end to political violence, thuggery
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    Stakeholders call for end to political violence, thuggery

     

    By ReportersWith the processes leading to the 2023 general elections gathering momentum, political stakeholders across the South-West have uimously called on the three tiers of government to curb all acts of political violence and thuggery.

    In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan, Ado-Ekiti, Akure, Ilorin, Osogbo and Abeokuta on Sunday, they said violence, known to usually greet such exercises in the past, must be curtailed for the elections to be free and fair.

    They feared that thuggery and violence might disrupt the general elections, if not nipped in the bud early.

    Commenting, Mr Ezekiel Ayobami of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Oyo State, said that part of the agency’s assignments was to ensure sufficient and consistent mobilisation of citizens to act in ways that promote national peace, harmony and development.

    According to Ayobami, with this mandate, it behoves on the agency to play its roles effectively, especially now that the political campaigns have officially started.

    Playing this role, he said, would go a long way in curbing electoral violence during the campaigns, election days and post-election period.

    Ayobami said that the agency, in collaboration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other relevant stakeholders, had commenced sensitisation across the 33 local government areas of the state.

    “What our sensitisation focusses on are to orientate the people, especially youths, on the need to avoid being used as thugs .

    “We are engaging youths leaders in various communities, admonishing parents and guardians to prevail on their children and wards, to refrain from thuggery.

    “We also let the public know that voting during elections is the civil responsibility of everyone, especially eligible electorate.

    “We also orientate leaders of political parties and their candidates on the need to be careful of their actions and those of their followers; to involve security agencies during their campaign outings and let their activities be guided regulations,” he said.

    In her contributions, Mrs Alaba Adeniyi, Head of Publicity, INEC, Oyo State, said that the commission had engaged critical stakeholders as part of the efforts to have violence-free campaigns.

    “Apart from regular media programmes, where the commission reaches out to the general public on its activities,  we, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), engage voter education providers, comprising members of civil society organisations and other stakeholders.

    “Such engagement and others were to counter misinformation, disinformation and hate speech fact bare before the voting public,” Adeniyi said.

    In addition, she said the commission, in partnership with the Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC), work on respective political parties to reorientate their followers on better ways to campaign without resulting to violence.

    In Ado-Ekiti, Mr Odunayo Adesola, a Political Scientist, said that injuries and casualties resulting from political violences should be avoided in the build up to the 2023 elections.

    Adesola cautioned politicians in various political parties to be above board in the interest of the nation, recruitment, camping and funding of political thugs.

    He warned that stockpiling of arms and ammunition should also be discouraged.

    Commenting, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere, Grand Imam of Ekiti and Grand Imam for South-West States, Edo and Delta, called on parents to ensure that their wards do not stray into political violence and thuggery.

    According to him, parents must be ready to bear the enormous responsibility of instilling discipline in their children and ensuring their moral upbringing.

    Kewulere maintained that majority of the acts of violence perpetuated during political campaigns, were carried out to monetary inducement or compensation.

    According to him, parents should properly educate their children to know that future of the country is in their hands, hence they should avoid doing anything capable of jeopardising the country’s existence and survival.

    “It is also the responsibility of religious leaders to use their sermons to preach peace, unity and tolerance among youths, so that they will behave well and eschew political violence and thuggery,” he said.

    Kewulere enjoined couples to learn to respect their marital vows, so as to avoid unnecessary frictions in their marriages, having identified majority of violence perpetrators as products of broken homes and lacking parental care.

    However, Mrs Bosede Adeleye, the Coordinator, Society for Positive Change, warned politicians to refrain from indulging in any act of violence while carrying out their campaigns.

    Adeleye said it was a common practice among some politicians and candidates of various political parties to allegedly set aside funds for perpetration of violence as part of their campaign plans.

    She then enjoined candidates of parties to adopt issue-based campaigns and be tolerant and peaceful in the overall best interest of the nation.

    “Violence will not give any positive result, but calamities, and as the nation is again passing through another difficult period, engaging in any act of violence or thuggery will only compound the difficulties already on ground,” she said.

    Adeleye said her organisation was working on modalities and strategies toward sensitising politicians and youths on the need to play the game according to the laid down rules and regulations.

    Also, a Political Scientist, Mr Clement Ajayi, said that electoral violence had received increased international attention in recent years due to the devastating outbreaks of violence in Nigeria and some African countries each time they held elections.

    Ajayi said the notion of violence-free elections, in terms of free, fair, credible and acceptable polls, had been eroded, and now serving as the benchmark for measuring the legitimacy of elections.

    According to him, elections are the key elements of democratic processes, which provide for transparent and peaceful change of government and distribution of power.

    Electoral violence, he said, could, however, be seen beyond its direct effects, such as hindering people from casting their votes and preventing candidates from participating in elections.

    “All of these indices are tantamount to having long-term effects of causing disillusionment and frustration in the process,” he said.

    In his views, a political analyst, Mr Benjamin Abefe, said with political campaigns intensifying , the nation’s security needed to be adequately reinforced of government.

    “In a country already characterised with insecurity, in form of banditry, kidnapping and abduction, I think the government needs to be very proactive in giving security agencies the desired backing, both morally and ficially,” he said.

    Abefe also advised security personnel to imbibe professionalism in their conduct, especially during the campaigns and the elections proper.

    He cautioned them against hate speech, which he identified as capable of heating up the polity.

    A parent and lecturer, Mrs Deborah Akuh, advised youths and even fathers, who are now, allegedly, found among thugs, to shun all negative tendencies, including electoral violence of all sorts.

    Akuh enjoined the places of worship and public institutions to sensitise youths to shun violence in politics.

    According  to her, this accounts for the reason the elderly politicians are unable to see the seriousness in the nation’s youths taking up key roles in leadership.

    “Youths should begin to see themselves as potential leaders of tomorrow and put themselves in positions  of honour, so that people can know they are ready to be real leaders of tomorrow.

    “Youths should show genuine interest in politics and be conversant with the provisions of the Electoral Acts for them to know the dos and don’ts that can either move them up or lead them to the prison quarters.

    “They should turn their backs at the inappropriate request evil sponsorship, during, before and after elections,” the lecturer said.

    Akuh appealed to politicians to stop using youths for evil vices and groom them positively to become leaders of tomorrow.

    “Using youths for evil vices is not helping to improve values in our youths, but rather, the morals and values of these youths continue to deteriorate in an alarming rate.

    “A situation where a fellow youth sees his mate becoming a thug for politicians, and he is able to buy cars, build houses and have some money to spend lavishly; while the one, who graduated with good grades from school is unable to secure a good job, is a sad tale to tell in Nigeria of today.

    “It has also been discovered that using youths as thugs give them free time to consume drugs and for the addicts among them to use illicit substance without fear of being arrested ,” she said.

    In Akure, Mr Israel Ayeni, the Secretary, Inter-party Advisory Committee (IPAC), the umbrella body of registered political parties in Nigeria, Ondo State chapter, urged the state government to introduce continuous education of the citizens to correct the barbaric act of electoral thuggery.

    Ayeni, however, suggested that political parties should be held responsible for any violence perpetrated , claiming that political thugs were either registered members or employed staff of political parties.

    “Political parties involved in thuggery or violence should be automatically suspended from the race after due investigation is carried out security outfits. A special security can be established for this purpose.

    “The love for the country should come first; we are first Nigerians before becoming members of any political party.

    “Political party may fold up, but we must protect the integrity of our nation and property. Where is the almighty NPN today? What about AG and AD?

    “This is why I say that continuous education is key,” he said.

    The IPAC secretary, who categorically said that acts of thuggery during elections should be criminalised, said that no political party must have influence on the panelists or security outfit set up for the purpose.

    “Capital offence with capital punishment should be introduced,” he said.

    Also, a Communications expert, Mr Ike Ogbonna, called on media personnel and journalists to ensure that they do not heat up the polity before, during and after the elections.

    Ogbnonna urged journalists to, as a matter of necessity, adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession.

    “In order to avoid trouble and editorial violence, journalists should avoid personal ideas and comments in their stories.

    “If possible, avoid any position that will make you become biased in your reporting.

    “Some of us will be offered positions like media assistants and the likes for the campaigns, but we must understand that these things only put us at risk of becoming unprofessional.

    “Remember the ethics of the profession and adhere to it in fairness and with the fear of God.

    “Dignify your profession . Do not let anybody jeopardise your career; as they will make up later after the elections. It is you who will become unsafe,” he said.

    Meanwhile, Mr Charles Adeyemi, the Executive Director, Nigeria Development Front (NDF), said that continuous sensitisation of Civil Society Coalitions, Faith-based organisations and Non State Actors, would help to checkmate electoral violence and thuggery.

    Adeyemi said that the training and retraining of stakeholders on the dangers of electoral violence would go a long way in curtailing the menace.

    He said patriotic media reportage of electoral events that discredit thuggery and touting should be done alongside the reorientation of young people, who are key players in the electoral activities.

    Adeyemi also called for peace accord meetings in resolving disputes among the stakeholders through negotiations and mediations, before, during and after elections.

    Also, Mr Deji Adejare, a political analyst and social commentator, said that checkmating electoral violence and thuggery in our political space depend on the politicians.

    Adejare said that politicians unfortunately see politics as a do-or-die affair or a win-at-all-cost game.

    According to him, as long as there are willing tools (thugs) around, politicians will continue to engage them to achieve their selfish interests.

    He said that Nigerian politics had always been synonymous with violence and thuggery, due to the fact that politicians believed in using force, fear and intimidation to cow their opponents into submission.

    Adejare said the new Electoral Act could do little or nothing to stop desperate politicians from employing their old tactics of intimidating the electorate or opponents in order to disenfranchise them.

    He, however, urged the electorate to be wise to know politicians with good intentions from the tactics they were employing during their electioneering campaigns.

    According to him, security agencies should be informed and engaged during their campaigns.

    He said that most political thugs were well connected to politicians in power, thus making it difficult for security agents to prosecute them.

    Adejare, therefore, advised parents to admonish their children not to allow desperate politicians to make use of them for their selfish gains.

    In Abeokuta, a security expert, James Adetiba, said that electoral violence had, for long, been a feature of elections in Nigeria due to the winner-take-all nature of Nigeria’s elections and politicians.

    According to Adetiba, this evil often arises from clashes among supporters of political parties, attacks on existing or aspiring politicians and disruptions at campaign rallies.

    He stressed the need to develop ways of checking electoral violence in order to build a strong, democratic and peaceful society; one that is based on the rule of law and transparency.

    Also, Mr Kamil Abolade, the Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Abeokuta branch, identified unemployment, idleness, poverty and the harsh economic situation in the country as impetuses for political violence.

    Abolade called for political education other relevant agencies to convince youths to see their lives as worth more than being used as political thugs.

    “These youths have realised that if they follow politicians everywhere, especially during campaign period, they will be given money. Sadly, most of them only look at the gain and do not think of the harm,“ he said.

    The NBA chairman also urged parents and guardians to ensure they instil moral values in their wards at an early stage and to also offer them quality education.

    “Also, NOA should go on educating people on reasons why they should not engage in such activities. They should create awareness to let them know the negative effects of violence and thuggery,” he said.

    Commenting, Mr Sunkanmi Oyejide, the Youth Leader, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun, said that some politicians hired the services of political thugs, knowing that they were not popular and could not win elections.

    “Some politicians that are not popular will not be comfortable with the conduct of a free and fair election, hence, they often engaged the services of artisans and unemployed youths to disrupt political process,” Oyejide said.

    He added that such menace could be curbed through collective responsibility.

    “The political parties, through the offices of their youths leaders, should be educating the young constituency and get them involved constructively and positively in their programmes,” he said.

    Also, Alhaji Kamaldeen Akintunde, the Secretary-General, Ogun Muslim Council, said it was sad to acknowledge that electoral violence had been part of Nigeria’s democracy since the First Republic.

    Akintunde explained that the menace had often resulted into human and material loses and had continued to hinder the growth of the nation’s democracy.

    To check the menace, he called for attitudinal change on the part of the politicians, urging them to play for Nigeria’s democracy to be deepened.

    “There must be patriotism on the part of all stakeholders and the umpire must be unbiased level playing field for all,” he said.

    Also, Mr Kazeem Abiodun, a Peace expert, told that absence of political parties with defined and quality ideologies was a major cause of electoral violence in the country.

    Abiodun said that there would be no need to hire thugs to disrupt electoral process, if such political parties existed.

    “The kind of government system that we run in Nigeria allows high level of corruption to thrive, because of improper system of accountability, hence, people are desperate to occupy public positions.

    “Also, the politicians are taken advantage of high level of poverty in the country, as they can easily manipulate poor people and use them to perpetrate their selfish interests at little cost.

    “It is necessary for us to redefine our political structure and system, promoting that which will be driven than money.

    “We play money politics in Nigeria and it is not encouraging.

    “There is need to make political offices less attractive. It will mean that whoever wants to get to power is going there to serve the people and not to steal.

    “We need to have proper checks and balances with effective anti-graft agencies that will ensure accountability and prosecute corrupt leaders,” he said. Edited /Olagoke Olatoye

    Source Credit: NAN

  •  The Zamfara State House of Assembly said it would focus on realistic and people oriented budget in 2023 The Speaker Nasiru Magarya said this in a statement in Gusau on Friday by the Director General Press Affairs to the house Nasiru Biyabiki Magarya stated this at a two day meeting on understanding and utilisation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP The meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation in collaboration with the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning The participants at the meeting included 24 members of the house house Committee s secretaries Commissioner fot Budget and Economic Planning Accountant General of the state staff from the state ministries of budget and finance and Board of Internal Revenues Magarya said the meeting was aimed at engaging members of the house and their committees secretaries on basic terms and rudiments of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP He said the assembly would work at ensuring citizens participation and more realistic budget to meet the societal need of socio economic challenges and other emerging issues This shall serve as a guide for deliberations and review of the future annual budgets and other financial regulations for the betterment of the entire society The Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and state Office of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs with the support of UNICEF and UNDP are currently developing a 25 year State Development Plan SDP It is our hope that the team will engage all the relevant stakeholders and give priority to the emerging issues for the document to be people oriented and speak to the realities of time Magarya added He called on the participants to pay serious attention to all deliberations throughout the session Magarya described the challenges associated with internal revenue generation in the state as worrisome The speaker called on all authorities concerned to work out modalities towards addressing them He added that the state legislature would engage all the revenue generating MDAs in the state to address the programme Thehe Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation Shamsudeen Hassan said the event was organised because of the urgent need of the state to have a participatory budget for more inclusive governance Hassan said that the event was in conformity with Abuja Declaration and other international and national considerations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara assembly to focus on realistic budget in 2023—-Speaker
     The Zamfara State House of Assembly said it would focus on realistic and people oriented budget in 2023 The Speaker Nasiru Magarya said this in a statement in Gusau on Friday by the Director General Press Affairs to the house Nasiru Biyabiki Magarya stated this at a two day meeting on understanding and utilisation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP The meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation in collaboration with the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning The participants at the meeting included 24 members of the house house Committee s secretaries Commissioner fot Budget and Economic Planning Accountant General of the state staff from the state ministries of budget and finance and Board of Internal Revenues Magarya said the meeting was aimed at engaging members of the house and their committees secretaries on basic terms and rudiments of Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP He said the assembly would work at ensuring citizens participation and more realistic budget to meet the societal need of socio economic challenges and other emerging issues This shall serve as a guide for deliberations and review of the future annual budgets and other financial regulations for the betterment of the entire society The Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and state Office of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs with the support of UNICEF and UNDP are currently developing a 25 year State Development Plan SDP It is our hope that the team will engage all the relevant stakeholders and give priority to the emerging issues for the document to be people oriented and speak to the realities of time Magarya added He called on the participants to pay serious attention to all deliberations throughout the session Magarya described the challenges associated with internal revenue generation in the state as worrisome The speaker called on all authorities concerned to work out modalities towards addressing them He added that the state legislature would engage all the revenue generating MDAs in the state to address the programme Thehe Chairman House Committee on Finance and Appropriation Shamsudeen Hassan said the event was organised because of the urgent need of the state to have a participatory budget for more inclusive governance Hassan said that the event was in conformity with Abuja Declaration and other international and national considerations NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Zamfara assembly to focus on realistic budget in 2023—-Speaker
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    Zamfara assembly to focus on realistic budget in 2023—-Speaker

    The Zamfara State  House of Assembly said it would focus on realistic and people-oriented budget in 2023. The Speaker, Nasiru Magarya, said this in a statement in Gusau on Friday by the Director General, Press Affairs to the house, Nasiru Biyabiki.

    Magarya stated this at a two-day meeting on understanding and utilisation of Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).

    The meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, in collaboration with the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning.

    The participants at the meeting included 24 members of the house, house Committee’s secretaries, Commissioner fot Budget and Economic Planning, Accountant General of the state, staff from the state ministries of budget and finance and Board of Internal Revenues.

    Magarya said the meeting was aimed at engaging members of the house and their committees’ secretaries on basic terms and rudiments of Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP).

    He said the assembly would work at ensuring citizens’ participation and more realistic budget, to meet the societal need of socio-economic challenges and other emerging issues.

    “This shall serve as a guide for deliberations and review of the future annual budgets and other financial regulations for the betterment of the entire society.

    “The Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and state Office of the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs), with the support of UNICEF and UNDP, are currently developing a 25-year State Development Plan (SDP).  

    “It is our hope that the team will engage all the relevant stakeholders and give priority to the emerging issues for the document to be people-oriented and speak to the realities of time,” Magarya added.

    He called on the participants to pay  serious attention to all deliberations throughout the session.

    Magarya described the challenges associated with internal revenue generation in the state as worrisome.

    The speaker called on all authorities concerned to work out modalities towards addressing them.

    He added that the state legislature would engage all the revenue generating MDAs in the state to address the programme.

    Thehe Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Shamsudeen Hassan, said the event was organised because of the urgent need of the state to have a participatory budget for more inclusive governance.

    Hassan said that the event was in conformity with Abuja Declaration and other international and national considerations.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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