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  •  Thousands of Students attending UN Relief and Works Agency UNRWA Schools rallied on Wednesday in their Refugee Camps in the West Bank against U S aid cut to the Agency The students protested in their school uniform and raised slogans demanding the sustainability of UNRWA services including education and health to the Palestinian refugees following the sharp decline in its funding The UNRWA said earlier that its deficit has been reduced from 217 million U S dollars to 186 million dollars after it accepted new donations UNRWA donors are scheduled to hold a meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to take part in the meeting Jamal al Khudari chairman of the committee to defy the Israeli siege said in a press statement that in case the UN meetings end with no concrete steps to save the UNRWA the next phase will be harder for the Palestinians Al Khudary stressed that more than one million of Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip are fully dependent on UNRWA aid and stopping it means a death sentence to them The U S declared of cutting off funding to the UNRWA earlier in September For nearly five years the UNRWA has been dealing with an increased financial problem due to increased demand for its services resulting from the growth in the number of registered Palestinian refugees and the deepening poverty and vulnerability UNRWA is the oldest and largest relief organisation It was established by the UNGA in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA Edited by Abigael Joshua Felix Ajide NAN
    Thousands of Palestinian Refugees protest against U.S. aid cut to UNRWA
     Thousands of Students attending UN Relief and Works Agency UNRWA Schools rallied on Wednesday in their Refugee Camps in the West Bank against U S aid cut to the Agency The students protested in their school uniform and raised slogans demanding the sustainability of UNRWA services including education and health to the Palestinian refugees following the sharp decline in its funding The UNRWA said earlier that its deficit has been reduced from 217 million U S dollars to 186 million dollars after it accepted new donations UNRWA donors are scheduled to hold a meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to take part in the meeting Jamal al Khudari chairman of the committee to defy the Israeli siege said in a press statement that in case the UN meetings end with no concrete steps to save the UNRWA the next phase will be harder for the Palestinians Al Khudary stressed that more than one million of Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip are fully dependent on UNRWA aid and stopping it means a death sentence to them The U S declared of cutting off funding to the UNRWA earlier in September For nearly five years the UNRWA has been dealing with an increased financial problem due to increased demand for its services resulting from the growth in the number of registered Palestinian refugees and the deepening poverty and vulnerability UNRWA is the oldest and largest relief organisation It was established by the UNGA in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA Edited by Abigael Joshua Felix Ajide NAN
    Thousands of Palestinian Refugees protest against U.S. aid cut to UNRWA
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    Thousands of Palestinian Refugees protest against U.S. aid cut to UNRWA

    Thousands of Students attending UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Schools rallied on Wednesday in their Refugee Camps in the West Bank against U.S. aid cut to the Agency.

     

    The students protested in their school uniform and raised slogans demanding the sustainability of UNRWA services, including education and health to the Palestinian refugees following the sharp decline in its funding.

     

    The UNRWA said earlier that its deficit has been reduced from 217 million U.S. dollars to 186 million dollars after it accepted new donations.

     

    UNRWA donors are scheduled to hold a meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in New York.

     

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to take part in the meeting.

     

    Jamal al-Khudari, chairman of the committee to defy the Israeli siege, said in a press statement that “in case the UN meetings end with no concrete steps to save the UNRWA, the next phase will be harder for the Palestinians’’.

     

    Al-Khudary stressed that more than one million of Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip are fully dependent on UNRWA aid, and stopping it “means a death sentence to them’’.

     

    The U.S. declared of cutting off funding to the UNRWA earlier in September.

     

    For nearly five years, the UNRWA has been dealing with an increased financial problem due to increased demand for its services resulting from the growth in the number of registered Palestinian refugees and the deepening poverty and vulnerability.

     

    UNRWA is the oldest and largest relief organisation.

     

    It was established by the UNGA in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA.

    Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

  •  Thousands of Students attending UN Relief and Works Agency UNRWA Schools rallied on Wednesday in their Refugee Camps in the West Bank against U S aid cut to the Agency The students protested in their school uniform and raised slogans demanding the sustainability of UNRWA services including education and health to the Palestinian refugees following the sharp decline in its funding The UNRWA said earlier that its deficit has been reduced from 217 million U S dollars to 186 million dollars after it accepted new donations UNRWA donors are scheduled to hold a meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to take part in the meeting Jamal al Khudari chairman of the committee to defy the Israeli siege said in a press statement that in case the UN meetings end with no concrete steps to save the UNRWA the next phase will be harder for the Palestinians Al Khudary stressed that more than one million of Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip are fully dependent on UNRWA aid and stopping it means a death sentence to them The U S declared of cutting off funding to the UNRWA earlier in September For nearly five years the UNRWA has been dealing with an increased financial problem due to increased demand for its services resulting from the growth in the number of registered Palestinian refugees and the deepening poverty and vulnerability UNRWA is the oldest and largest relief organisation It was established by the UNGA in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA Edited by Abigael Joshua Felix Ajide NAN
    Thousands of Palestinian Refugees protest against U.S. aid cut to UNRWA
     Thousands of Students attending UN Relief and Works Agency UNRWA Schools rallied on Wednesday in their Refugee Camps in the West Bank against U S aid cut to the Agency The students protested in their school uniform and raised slogans demanding the sustainability of UNRWA services including education and health to the Palestinian refugees following the sharp decline in its funding The UNRWA said earlier that its deficit has been reduced from 217 million U S dollars to 186 million dollars after it accepted new donations UNRWA donors are scheduled to hold a meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly UNGA meetings in New York UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to take part in the meeting Jamal al Khudari chairman of the committee to defy the Israeli siege said in a press statement that in case the UN meetings end with no concrete steps to save the UNRWA the next phase will be harder for the Palestinians Al Khudary stressed that more than one million of Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip are fully dependent on UNRWA aid and stopping it means a death sentence to them The U S declared of cutting off funding to the UNRWA earlier in September For nearly five years the UNRWA has been dealing with an increased financial problem due to increased demand for its services resulting from the growth in the number of registered Palestinian refugees and the deepening poverty and vulnerability UNRWA is the oldest and largest relief organisation It was established by the UNGA in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA Edited by Abigael Joshua Felix Ajide NAN
    Thousands of Palestinian Refugees protest against U.S. aid cut to UNRWA
    Foreign4 years ago

    Thousands of Palestinian Refugees protest against U.S. aid cut to UNRWA

    Thousands of Students attending UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Schools rallied on Wednesday in their Refugee Camps in the West Bank against U.S. aid cut to the Agency.

     

    The students protested in their school uniform and raised slogans demanding the sustainability of UNRWA services, including education and health to the Palestinian refugees following the sharp decline in its funding.

     

    The UNRWA said earlier that its deficit has been reduced from 217 million U.S. dollars to 186 million dollars after it accepted new donations.

     

    UNRWA donors are scheduled to hold a meeting at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meetings in New York.

     

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to take part in the meeting.

     

    Jamal al-Khudari, chairman of the committee to defy the Israeli siege, said in a press statement that “in case the UN meetings end with no concrete steps to save the UNRWA, the next phase will be harder for the Palestinians’’.

     

    Al-Khudary stressed that more than one million of Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip are fully dependent on UNRWA aid, and stopping it “means a death sentence to them’’.

     

    The U.S. declared of cutting off funding to the UNRWA earlier in September.

     

    For nearly five years, the UNRWA has been dealing with an increased financial problem due to increased demand for its services resulting from the growth in the number of registered Palestinian refugees and the deepening poverty and vulnerability.

     

    UNRWA is the oldest and largest relief organisation.

     

    It was established by the UNGA in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5.4 million Palestine refugees registered with UNRWA.

    Edited by: Abigael Joshua/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in New York restated Federal Government s commitment toward eradicating tuberculosis in the country The President gave the assurance when he addressed High Level meeting on the theme United Against Tuberculosis Global Action Against Global Threat on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly UNGA Mr Femi Adesina the President s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday noted that the President expressed delight that UNGA was taking place when the pain of the disease and its dire consequences on health and socio economic development of many developing countries was on the rise While welcoming the adoption of what he termed the all important Political Declaration on United to End Tuberculosis An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic Buhari said that this was the first global forum with dedicated focus on worldwide tuberculosis pandemic He acknowledged that TB had become a global challenge that required consistent and an all inclusive global strategy based on research and discovery of new drugs According to the Nigerian President such efforts must also include mobilisation of funds and global partnership of relevant stakeholders working together to frontally address the scourge He noted that the task before world leaders is to initiate global response toward eradicating the disease especially in developing countries where counter measures are sometimes beyond the capacity of such nations He emphasised the need to develop new strategies that would connect national responses with international finance and technical partnership to stop the ravaging disease He said Nigeria welcomes the adoption of this Political Declaration especially its relevant provisions which commit to provide diagnosis and treatment to 40 million people including 3 5 million children between 2018 and 2022 The Declaration should also serve as template for preventing TB for those most at risk through rapid scale up of access to testing the infection especially for the high burdened countries The President expressed confidence that other commitments made in the document including those on development of new vaccines drugs and community based health services would further guarantee success in collective fight against the disease Nigeria s national TB eradication strategy he noted had long been structured to provide tailored quality services in terms of diagnosis treatment and prevention He added that since assuming office in May 2015 we consistently increased budget appropriation for the health sector He further stressed that the budgetary hike was with a view to ensuring that we promote the well being of our people through access to quality health care services We are investing in research and development in various public and specialised institutions The President revealed that the National Action Plan on TB Eradication 2015 2020 which was being pursued with renewed vigour was structured on five priorities These are Detection of TB in adults and children improving treatment in specific geographic areas that are under performing integrating TB and HIV services building capacity for diagnosing and treating drug resistant TB and creating strong and sustainable systems to support these achievements He disclosed that private sector engagement for TB was also being pursued as a robust Public Private Mix PPM Buhari said that the national strategic plan was geared toward meeting the overall aims of providing Nigerians with universal access to high quality patient centred prevention as well as diagnosis and treatment services for Tuberculosis and drug resistance TB by 2020 According to him the Federal Government is exploring the possibility of establishing a financial institution dedicated to providing financial lifelines for free comprehensive and quality medical treatments He said this was aimed at mitigating the financial burden on victims and to also ensure that we continue to save lives and create favourable conditions for economic and social development Buhari pledged Nigeria s resolve to address institutional and societal challenges through the enhancement of strong multi sectoral mechanisms He also called on the global community to demonstrate renewed commitment to the Political Declaration on the eradication of TB Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Buhari restates FG’s commitment to eradicate TB, calls for global support
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in New York restated Federal Government s commitment toward eradicating tuberculosis in the country The President gave the assurance when he addressed High Level meeting on the theme United Against Tuberculosis Global Action Against Global Threat on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly UNGA Mr Femi Adesina the President s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday noted that the President expressed delight that UNGA was taking place when the pain of the disease and its dire consequences on health and socio economic development of many developing countries was on the rise While welcoming the adoption of what he termed the all important Political Declaration on United to End Tuberculosis An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic Buhari said that this was the first global forum with dedicated focus on worldwide tuberculosis pandemic He acknowledged that TB had become a global challenge that required consistent and an all inclusive global strategy based on research and discovery of new drugs According to the Nigerian President such efforts must also include mobilisation of funds and global partnership of relevant stakeholders working together to frontally address the scourge He noted that the task before world leaders is to initiate global response toward eradicating the disease especially in developing countries where counter measures are sometimes beyond the capacity of such nations He emphasised the need to develop new strategies that would connect national responses with international finance and technical partnership to stop the ravaging disease He said Nigeria welcomes the adoption of this Political Declaration especially its relevant provisions which commit to provide diagnosis and treatment to 40 million people including 3 5 million children between 2018 and 2022 The Declaration should also serve as template for preventing TB for those most at risk through rapid scale up of access to testing the infection especially for the high burdened countries The President expressed confidence that other commitments made in the document including those on development of new vaccines drugs and community based health services would further guarantee success in collective fight against the disease Nigeria s national TB eradication strategy he noted had long been structured to provide tailored quality services in terms of diagnosis treatment and prevention He added that since assuming office in May 2015 we consistently increased budget appropriation for the health sector He further stressed that the budgetary hike was with a view to ensuring that we promote the well being of our people through access to quality health care services We are investing in research and development in various public and specialised institutions The President revealed that the National Action Plan on TB Eradication 2015 2020 which was being pursued with renewed vigour was structured on five priorities These are Detection of TB in adults and children improving treatment in specific geographic areas that are under performing integrating TB and HIV services building capacity for diagnosing and treating drug resistant TB and creating strong and sustainable systems to support these achievements He disclosed that private sector engagement for TB was also being pursued as a robust Public Private Mix PPM Buhari said that the national strategic plan was geared toward meeting the overall aims of providing Nigerians with universal access to high quality patient centred prevention as well as diagnosis and treatment services for Tuberculosis and drug resistance TB by 2020 According to him the Federal Government is exploring the possibility of establishing a financial institution dedicated to providing financial lifelines for free comprehensive and quality medical treatments He said this was aimed at mitigating the financial burden on victims and to also ensure that we continue to save lives and create favourable conditions for economic and social development Buhari pledged Nigeria s resolve to address institutional and societal challenges through the enhancement of strong multi sectoral mechanisms He also called on the global community to demonstrate renewed commitment to the Political Declaration on the eradication of TB Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Buhari restates FG’s commitment to eradicate TB, calls for global support
    Foreign4 years ago

    Buhari restates FG’s commitment to eradicate TB, calls for global support

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in New York restated Federal Government’s commitment toward eradicating tuberculosis in the country.

    The President gave the assurance when he addressed High Level meeting on the theme United Against Tuberculosis: Global Action Against Global Threat” on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

    Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, noted that the President expressed delight that UNGA was taking place when the pain of the disease and its dire consequences on health and socio-economic development of many developing countries was on the rise.

    While welcoming the adoption of what he termed “the all-important Political Declaration on: “United to End Tuberculosis: An Urgent Global Response to a Global Epidemic”, Buhari said that this was the first global forum with dedicated focus on worldwide tuberculosis pandemic.

    He acknowledged that TB had become a global challenge that required consistent and an all-inclusive global strategy based on research and discovery of new drugs.

    According to the Nigerian President, such efforts must also include mobilisation of funds and global partnership of relevant stakeholders working together to frontally address the scourge.

    He noted that the task before world leaders “is to initiate global response toward eradicating the disease, especially in developing countries where counter-measures are sometimes beyond the capacity of such nations.’’

    He emphasised the need to develop new strategies that would connect national responses with international finance and technical partnership to stop the ravaging disease.

    He said: “Nigeria welcomes the adoption of this Political Declaration, especially its relevant provisions which commit to provide diagnosis and treatment to 40 million people, including 3.5 million children between 2018 and 2022.

    “The Declaration should also serve as template for preventing TB for those most-at-risk, through rapid scale up of access to testing the infection, especially for the high-burdened countries.’’

    The President expressed confidence that other commitments made in the document, including those on development of new vaccines, drugs and community-based health services, would further guarantee success in collective fight against the disease.

    Nigeria’s national TB eradication strategy, he noted, had long been structured to provide tailored quality services in terms of diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

    He added that “since assuming office in May 2015, we consistently increased budget appropriation for the health sector.’’

    He further stressed that the budgetary hike was with “a view to ensuring that we promote the well-being of our people through access to quality health care services.

    “We are investing in research and development in various public and specialised institutions.’’

    The President revealed that the National Action Plan on TB Eradication 2015-2020which was being pursued with renewed vigour, was structured on five priorities.

    These are: “Detection of TB in adults and children; improving treatment in specific geographic areas that are under-performing; integrating TB and HIV services; building capacity for diagnosing and treating drug resistant TB; and creating strong and sustainable systems to support these achievements.’’

    He disclosed that private sector engagement for TB was also being pursued as a robust Public-Private Mix (PPM).

    Buhari said that the national strategic plan was geared toward meeting the overall aims of providing Nigerians with universal access to “high quality, patient-centred prevention, as well as diagnosis and treatment services for Tuberculosis, and drug-resistance TB by 2020.’’

    According to him, the Federal Government is exploring the possibility of establishing a financial institution dedicated to providing financial lifelines for free, comprehensive and quality medical treatments.

    He said this was aimed at mitigating the “financial burden on victims and to also ensure that we continue to save lives and create favourable conditions for economic and social development.’’

    Buhari pledged Nigeria’s resolve to address “institutional and societal challenges through the enhancement of strong multi-sectoral mechanisms.’’

    He also called on the global community to demonstrate renewed commitment to the Political Declaration on the eradication of TB.

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

     

     

     

     

  •   Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria has pushed for the take off of African Standby Force STF to be deployed in times of crisis in various parts of the continent Onyeama said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency after the African Union AU Security Council meeting at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York USA The minister said that Nigeria also stressed the need for AU to find African solutions to African problems rather than depending on external interventions Nigeria he said urged the organisation to have the African Security Fund to have the capacity to intervene in the conflict on the continent instead of relying on external partners According to him the meeting is a review of security situation of the continent and what needs to be done noting that one of the challenges of the AU is funding Nigeria acknowledged a lot of what has been done because the aspiration of the African countries in the agenda for 2063 is silencing the gun by the year 2020 So African leaders have committed themselves that by 2020 all the crisis should end and also that there should be African solution to African problem I talk about steps to take to achieve the goal of African solution to African problem one of the points that I made was the importance of having African standby force in place said the minister According to him this will be a force that will be rapid deployment force to go to wherever part of the continent that there are security issues He noted that at the moment AU was a bit too dependent on the outside partners for security on the continent and had to wake up in funding its operation We talked about our support also for the African Security Fund set up and for member states to contribute to that fund for countries in the AU to have the capacity to intervene in the conflicts and not just wait for the external support As we are seeing now the UN is not willing to intervene in a number of the conflicts on the continent And we now see that other non African countries that are supporting us are now reducing the funding so we have to find our own solution and we offer some form of advice he said He noted that the UN was only supportive at present in some of the areas of conflicts on the continent but not the one that involves terrorism The UN Secretary General is supportive of the idea of greater direct UN support of funding but is not having at the moment So the Africa Union has to devise innovative strategies in raising the funding to addressing some of the security challenges on the continent especially ones that are terrorism related So this is basically members of Security Council of the AU coming together to review what the organisation has been doing and what more to be done we work about greater cooperation he said Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN Photo caption Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama with South African Delegation advisors Mr Ntshing Ndumiso and Mr Charles Nqakula at the AU Security Council meeting UNGA 73rd in New York
    Nigeria advocates African Standby Force, Security Fund
      Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria has pushed for the take off of African Standby Force STF to be deployed in times of crisis in various parts of the continent Onyeama said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency after the African Union AU Security Council meeting at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York USA The minister said that Nigeria also stressed the need for AU to find African solutions to African problems rather than depending on external interventions Nigeria he said urged the organisation to have the African Security Fund to have the capacity to intervene in the conflict on the continent instead of relying on external partners According to him the meeting is a review of security situation of the continent and what needs to be done noting that one of the challenges of the AU is funding Nigeria acknowledged a lot of what has been done because the aspiration of the African countries in the agenda for 2063 is silencing the gun by the year 2020 So African leaders have committed themselves that by 2020 all the crisis should end and also that there should be African solution to African problem I talk about steps to take to achieve the goal of African solution to African problem one of the points that I made was the importance of having African standby force in place said the minister According to him this will be a force that will be rapid deployment force to go to wherever part of the continent that there are security issues He noted that at the moment AU was a bit too dependent on the outside partners for security on the continent and had to wake up in funding its operation We talked about our support also for the African Security Fund set up and for member states to contribute to that fund for countries in the AU to have the capacity to intervene in the conflicts and not just wait for the external support As we are seeing now the UN is not willing to intervene in a number of the conflicts on the continent And we now see that other non African countries that are supporting us are now reducing the funding so we have to find our own solution and we offer some form of advice he said He noted that the UN was only supportive at present in some of the areas of conflicts on the continent but not the one that involves terrorism The UN Secretary General is supportive of the idea of greater direct UN support of funding but is not having at the moment So the Africa Union has to devise innovative strategies in raising the funding to addressing some of the security challenges on the continent especially ones that are terrorism related So this is basically members of Security Council of the AU coming together to review what the organisation has been doing and what more to be done we work about greater cooperation he said Edited by Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN Photo caption Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Geoffrey Onyeama with South African Delegation advisors Mr Ntshing Ndumiso and Mr Charles Nqakula at the AU Security Council meeting UNGA 73rd in New York
    Nigeria advocates African Standby Force, Security Fund
    Foreign4 years ago

    Nigeria advocates African Standby Force, Security Fund

    Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama says Nigeria has pushed for the take-off of African Standby Force (STF) to be deployed in times of crisis in various parts of the continent.

    Onyeama said this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency after the African Union (AU) Security Council meeting at the ongoing United Nations General Assembly in New York, USA.

    The minister said that Nigeria also stressed the need for AU to find African solutions to African problems rather than depending on external interventions.

    Nigeria, he said, urged the organisation to have the African Security Fund to have the capacity to intervene in the conflict on the continent instead of relying on external partners.

    According to him, the meeting is a review of security situation of the continent and what needs to be done, noting that one of the challenges of the AU is funding.

    “Nigeria acknowledged a lot of what has been done because the aspiration of the African countries in the agenda for 2063 is silencing the gun by the year 2020.

    “So African leaders have committed themselves that by 2020 all the crisis should end and also that there should be African solution to African problem.

    “I talk about steps to take to achieve the goal of African solution to African problem; one of the points that I made was the importance of having African standby force in place,’’ said the minister.

    According to him, this will be a force that will be rapid deployment force to go to wherever part of the continent that there are security issues.

    He noted that at the moment AU was a bit too dependent on the outside partners for security on the continent and had to wake up in funding its operation.

    “We talked about our support also for the African Security Fund set up and for member states to contribute to that fund for countries in the AU to have the capacity to intervene in the conflicts and not just wait for the external support.

    “As we are seeing now the UN is not willing to intervene in a number of the conflicts on the continent.

    “And, we now see that other non-African countries that are supporting us are now reducing the funding so we have to find our own solution and we offer some form of advice,” he said.

    He noted that the UN was only supportive at present in some of the areas of conflicts on the continent but not the one that involves terrorism.

    “The UN Secretary General is supportive of the idea of greater direct UN support of funding but is not having at the moment.

    “So the Africa Union has to devise innovative strategies in raising the funding to addressing some of the security challenges on the continent especially ones that are terrorism related.

    “So this is basically members of Security Council of the AU coming together to review what the organisation has been doing and what more to be done; we work about greater cooperation,” he said.

    Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    (NAN)

    Photo caption: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama with South African Delegation advisors, Mr Ntshing Ndumiso and Mr Charles Nqakula at the AU Security Council meeting/UNGA 73rd in New York.

  •  Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said that security will top Nigeria s agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly UNGA scheduled to hold from Sept 18 to Oct 1 in New York Onyeama said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA adding that Nigeria would also canvass for the president of the 74th UNGA in 2019 The theme for the 73rd UNGA is Making the United Nations Relevant to All People Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful Equitable and Sustainable Societies He said that the issue of corruption would also take centre stage as President Muhammadu Buhari would Nigeria s delegation to the conference According to him Buhari who is the African Union Champion of anti corruption for the year 2018 will organise a meeting of African Heads of State on the issue of winning the fight against corruption The minister said that other issues expected to be discussed included eradication of extreme poverty maintenance of international peace and security human rights issues humanitarian activities tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability He said UNGA being the biggest global meeting of heads of States presented a real and important opportunity for Nigeria to engage with other countries of the world to further the nation s interest Onyeama said that in all Nigeria s engagements during the 73rd UNGA the nation would push for making the UN body relevant Nigeria and for it to respond to the nation s priorities and needs He said that Buhari s address during the General Assembly would offer him the opportunity to assert Nigeria s position on the global stage and put forward the nation s ideas and vision The minister further said that Nigeria would push for the presidency of the 74th United Nations General Assembly to enable a Nigerian to occupy the position He said that Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Amb Tijjani Bande was being proposed for the President of the UNGA next year So part of what we will be doing in New York is that we will be canvassing for his appointment next year as the President of the United Nations General Assembly Onyeama said Onyeama recalled that the last Nigerian who held the position was the late Maj Gen Joseph Garba from 1989 to 1990 He also said that Nigeria would also join other African countries to push for reforms in the global organisation whereby Nigeria could become a permanent member of the UN Security Council Edited by Nkechi Okoronkwo NAN
    73rd UNGA: Nigeria to focus on Security, UN reform
     Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said that security will top Nigeria s agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly UNGA scheduled to hold from Sept 18 to Oct 1 in New York Onyeama said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA adding that Nigeria would also canvass for the president of the 74th UNGA in 2019 The theme for the 73rd UNGA is Making the United Nations Relevant to All People Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful Equitable and Sustainable Societies He said that the issue of corruption would also take centre stage as President Muhammadu Buhari would Nigeria s delegation to the conference According to him Buhari who is the African Union Champion of anti corruption for the year 2018 will organise a meeting of African Heads of State on the issue of winning the fight against corruption The minister said that other issues expected to be discussed included eradication of extreme poverty maintenance of international peace and security human rights issues humanitarian activities tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability He said UNGA being the biggest global meeting of heads of States presented a real and important opportunity for Nigeria to engage with other countries of the world to further the nation s interest Onyeama said that in all Nigeria s engagements during the 73rd UNGA the nation would push for making the UN body relevant Nigeria and for it to respond to the nation s priorities and needs He said that Buhari s address during the General Assembly would offer him the opportunity to assert Nigeria s position on the global stage and put forward the nation s ideas and vision The minister further said that Nigeria would push for the presidency of the 74th United Nations General Assembly to enable a Nigerian to occupy the position He said that Nigeria s Permanent Representative to the UN Amb Tijjani Bande was being proposed for the President of the UNGA next year So part of what we will be doing in New York is that we will be canvassing for his appointment next year as the President of the United Nations General Assembly Onyeama said Onyeama recalled that the last Nigerian who held the position was the late Maj Gen Joseph Garba from 1989 to 1990 He also said that Nigeria would also join other African countries to push for reforms in the global organisation whereby Nigeria could become a permanent member of the UN Security Council Edited by Nkechi Okoronkwo NAN
    73rd UNGA: Nigeria to focus on Security, UN reform
    Foreign4 years ago

    73rd UNGA: Nigeria to focus on Security, UN reform

    Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said that security will top Nigeria’s agenda at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to hold from Sept.18 to Oct. 1 in New York.

    Onyeama said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA, adding that Nigeria would also canvass for the president of the 74th UNGA in 2019.

    The theme for the 73rd UNGA is ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies”.

    He said that the issue of corruption would also take centre stage as President Muhammadu Buhari would Nigeria’s delegation to the conference.

    According to him, Buhari, who is the African Union Champion of anti-corruption for the year 2018, will organise a meeting of African Heads of State on the issue of winning the fight against corruption.

    The minister said that other issues expected to be discussed included eradication of extreme poverty, maintenance of international peace and security, human rights issues, humanitarian activities, tackling climate change and promoting environmental sustainability

    He said UNGA, being the biggest global meeting of heads of States, presented a real and important opportunity for Nigeria to engage with other countries of the world to further the nation’s interest.

    Onyeama said that in all Nigeria’s engagements during the 73rd UNGA, the nation would push for making the UN body relevant Nigeria and for it to respond to the nation’s priorities and needs.

    He said that Buhari’s address during the General Assembly would offer him the opportunity to assert Nigeria’s position on the global stage and put forward the nation’s ideas and vision.

    The minister further said that Nigeria would push for the presidency of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, to enable a Nigerian to occupy the position.

    He said that Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Tijjani Bande, was being proposed for the President of the UNGA next year.

    “So, part of what we will be doing in New York is that we will be canvassing for his appointment next year as the President of the United Nations General Assembly,” Onyeama said.

    Onyeama recalled that the last Nigerian who held the position was the late Maj.-Gen. Joseph Garba from 1989 to 1990.

    He also said that Nigeria would also join other African countries to push for reforms in the global organisation, whereby Nigeria could become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

    Edited by: Nkechi Okoronkwo
    (NAN)

  •  The Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama says President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigeria s delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly UNGA in New York which begins Sept 18 The 73rd UNGA will begin Sept 18 at the UN Headquarters New York while the General Debate will hold from Sept 25 to Oct 1 Onyeama who disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA said Mr President would use the opportunity to assert Nigeria s position on global issues It an opportunity for him to assert Nigeria s position globally and to put forward our ideas and our vision going forward as a global community The President will address the 73rd Session of the High Level General Debate of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept 25 He will deliver Nigeria s National Statement on the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high level events he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that President Buhari has been placed as the number 20 on the list of the speakers out of the 193 world leaders that would address the Assembly He would deliver the address to the Assembly on the first day between 8 00 p m and 9 00 p m between 1 00 a m and 2 00 a m local time Onyeama said the theme for this year s UNGA is Making the United Nations relevant to all People Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable development According to him as usual Mr president will be leading Nigeria delegation with the numbers of Ministers and heads of agencies and permanent secretary to the event Of course this is the global meeting of heads of state in the world It is extremely important and it is a rare opportunity for Nigeria as a country to engage with the other countries of the world he said Onyeama said the 73rd UNGA will avail Nigeria and other member states of the UN the opportunity to engage interface and share best practices toward reaching common understanding and consensus on key issues of global significance According to him Mr President will hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary General some African and other world leaders as well as few strategic partners during this period Nigeria s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well planned synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session under the guidance of Mr President It will be weighed against the back drop of externalisation of Nigeria s foreign policy objectives through effective engagement he said Edited by Shittu Obassa Felix Ajide NAN
    President Buhari to lead Nigeria delegation to 73rd UN General Assembly – Minister
     The Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama says President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigeria s delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly UNGA in New York which begins Sept 18 The 73rd UNGA will begin Sept 18 at the UN Headquarters New York while the General Debate will hold from Sept 25 to Oct 1 Onyeama who disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA said Mr President would use the opportunity to assert Nigeria s position on global issues It an opportunity for him to assert Nigeria s position globally and to put forward our ideas and our vision going forward as a global community The President will address the 73rd Session of the High Level General Debate of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept 25 He will deliver Nigeria s National Statement on the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high level events he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that President Buhari has been placed as the number 20 on the list of the speakers out of the 193 world leaders that would address the Assembly He would deliver the address to the Assembly on the first day between 8 00 p m and 9 00 p m between 1 00 a m and 2 00 a m local time Onyeama said the theme for this year s UNGA is Making the United Nations relevant to all People Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful equitable and sustainable development According to him as usual Mr president will be leading Nigeria delegation with the numbers of Ministers and heads of agencies and permanent secretary to the event Of course this is the global meeting of heads of state in the world It is extremely important and it is a rare opportunity for Nigeria as a country to engage with the other countries of the world he said Onyeama said the 73rd UNGA will avail Nigeria and other member states of the UN the opportunity to engage interface and share best practices toward reaching common understanding and consensus on key issues of global significance According to him Mr President will hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary General some African and other world leaders as well as few strategic partners during this period Nigeria s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well planned synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session under the guidance of Mr President It will be weighed against the back drop of externalisation of Nigeria s foreign policy objectives through effective engagement he said Edited by Shittu Obassa Felix Ajide NAN
    President Buhari to lead Nigeria delegation to 73rd UN General Assembly – Minister
    Foreign4 years ago

    President Buhari to lead Nigeria delegation to 73rd UN General Assembly – Minister

    The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, says President Muhammadu Buhari, will lead Nigeria’s  delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, which begins Sept. 18.

    The 73rd UNGA will begin Sept. 18 at the UN Headquarters, New York, while the General Debate will hold from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.

    Onyeama, who disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja at a news conference on the 73rd UNGA, said Mr President would use the opportunity to assert Nigeria’s position on  global issues.

    “It an opportunity for him to assert Nigeria’s  position globally and to put forward our ideas and our vision going forward as a global community.

    “The President will address the 73rd Session of the High-Level General Debate of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 25.

    “He will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement on the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high-level events,” he said.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that President Buhari has been placed as the number 20 on the list of the speakers out of the 193 world leaders that would address the Assembly.

    He would deliver the address to the Assembly on the first day between 8.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. (between 1.00 a.m. and 2.00 a.m. local time).

    Onyeama said the theme for this year’s UNGA is:“Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable development “.

    According to him, as usual Mr president will be leading Nigeria delegation with the numbers of Ministers and heads of agencies and permanent secretary to the event.

    “Of course, this is the global meeting of heads of state in the world.

    “It is extremely important and it is a rare opportunity for Nigeria as a country to engage with the other countries of the world,” he said.

    Onyeama said the 73rd UNGA will avail Nigeria and other member states of the UN the opportunity to engage, interface and share best practices toward reaching common understanding and consensus on key issues of global significance.

    According to him, Mr President will hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General, some African and other world leaders, as well as few strategic partners during this period.

    “Nigeria’s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well-planned, synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session, under the guidance of Mr President.

    “It will be weighed against the back drop of externalisation of Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives through effective engagement,” he said. 

    Edited by: Shittu Obassa/Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

  •  Arrangement UN Aug 7 2018 The UN Correspondents Association UNCA has expressed shock plans to house up to 3 000 visiting journalists in a bunker two floors below ground during this year s annual gathering of world leaders for the General Assembly The new location is far removed from the main news events during the week and further restricts already limited movement said UNCA which represents journalists working at UN headquarters in New York in a statement The new location is four flights of stairs or 45 steps down and the only access is two narrow staircases There is restricted access to one elevator for people with disabilities Not only is it far from the action imagine those who have to carry heavy media equipment up and down all those stairs reminded Melissa Kent a UNCA member on Twitter In 2017 the visiting journalists were housed in a large conference room within the building complex The packed agenda of the week long General Debate VIP session is already a nightmare for journalists covering the events During th 2017 General Debate 421 meetings were held plus 356 side events and 1 528 bilateral meetings This year 156 heads of state and government are expected to speak at the General Assembly according to a provisional list released in July Many of them like in the past will speak to each other Is the UN trying to squeeze the media out of UNGA73 Do UN member states want the press to cover their visiting leaders asked UNCA using the hashtag for this year s General Assembly SH
    Group expresses shock at UN media arrangements for General Assembly session
     Arrangement UN Aug 7 2018 The UN Correspondents Association UNCA has expressed shock plans to house up to 3 000 visiting journalists in a bunker two floors below ground during this year s annual gathering of world leaders for the General Assembly The new location is far removed from the main news events during the week and further restricts already limited movement said UNCA which represents journalists working at UN headquarters in New York in a statement The new location is four flights of stairs or 45 steps down and the only access is two narrow staircases There is restricted access to one elevator for people with disabilities Not only is it far from the action imagine those who have to carry heavy media equipment up and down all those stairs reminded Melissa Kent a UNCA member on Twitter In 2017 the visiting journalists were housed in a large conference room within the building complex The packed agenda of the week long General Debate VIP session is already a nightmare for journalists covering the events During th 2017 General Debate 421 meetings were held plus 356 side events and 1 528 bilateral meetings This year 156 heads of state and government are expected to speak at the General Assembly according to a provisional list released in July Many of them like in the past will speak to each other Is the UN trying to squeeze the media out of UNGA73 Do UN member states want the press to cover their visiting leaders asked UNCA using the hashtag for this year s General Assembly SH
    Group expresses shock at UN media arrangements for General Assembly session
    Foreign4 years ago

    Group expresses shock at UN media arrangements for General Assembly session

    Arrangement

    UN, Aug. 7, 2018 The UN Correspondents Association (UNCA) has expressed shock

    plans to house up to 3,000 visiting journalists in a bunker two floors below ground during

    this year’s annual gathering of world leaders for the General Assembly.

    “The new location is far-removed from the main news events during the week and further restricts

    already limited movement,” said UNCA, which represents journalists working at UN headquarters

    in New York, in a statement.

    The new location is four flights of stairs (or 45 steps) down, and the only access is two narrow staircases.

    There is restricted access to one elevator for people with disabilities.

    “Not only is it far from the action, imagine those who have to carry heavy media equipment up and

    down all those stairs,” reminded Melissa Kent, a UNCA member, on Twitter.

    In 2017, the visiting journalists were housed in a large conference room within the building complex.

    The packed agenda of the week-long General Debate VIP session is already a nightmare for journalists

    covering the events.

    During th 2017 General Debate, 421 meetings were held plus 356 side events and 1,528 bilateral meetings.

    This year, 156 heads of state and government are expected to speak at the General Assembly, according

    to a provisional list released in July.

    Many of them, like in the past, will speak to each other.

    “Is the UN trying to squeeze the media out of #UNGA73? Do UN member states want the press to cover their

    visiting leaders?” asked UNCA, using the hashtag for this year’s General Assembly.

    SH

  •  Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has assured the international community that the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been greatly curtailed Onyeama told the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in New York that threats from the Boko Haram insurgents were however not yet over He noted the cases of suicide attacks on soft targets and the abduction of civilians but said the sect was no longer on the offensive He also urged the international community to realise that the fight against Boko Haram was not a conventional warfare This is a fight that sometimes you don t even know who you re fighting So you have to be careful because someone you think is a friend can turn out to be an enemy According to him the capability of the sect had been weakened through the decisive leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari and the military The Boko Haram crushing was used in a context Before the President Muhammadu Buhari s administration came into power Boko Haram captured territories Boko Haram was an existential threat But today they are no longer holding any territory they now only engage in soft targets he said According to him the Federal Government will continue to cooperate with the international community to share strategy to overcome the security challenge We will use the General Assembly to continue to strategise against Boko Haram I am happy to announce that the present U S administration has made weapons available to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram Onyeama said He regretted that the U S Government refused to sell weapons to Nigeria at some point but that the position had since changed with administration of President Donald Trump I think the problem to certain extent was really not too much with the executive of the U S Government but the legislature the Congress There were a number of Congressmen that were holding out against it President Donald Trump came in and he gave our President the assurance that he will get these weapons to Nigeria So obviously he s been able to convince those Congressmen who were opposed to it he said He regretted the huge humanitarian challenges caused by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast According to him Nigeria will organise a side event during the 72nd of the UN General Assembly to draw international attention to the gravity of the humanitarian challenge in northeast Onyeama commended UN partners and the donor countries for their contributions towards addressing the humanitarian challenge The minister said At the Oslo Conference on Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin many countries made pledges and the pledges are being redeemed But several factors responsible for the crisis in the region must also be addressed Looking at the root causes of Boko Haram climate change played a key role The shrinking of Lake Chad played a role The Lake has shrunk by about 90 per cent So we are appealing to the international community to recharge the Lake Chad Onyeama said the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 would also give priority to attracting support for the internally displaced persons as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding as well as mitigating the effects of Climate Change Edited by Felix Ajide NAN
    Boko Haram degraded, FG assures global community
     Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has assured the international community that the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been greatly curtailed Onyeama told the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in New York that threats from the Boko Haram insurgents were however not yet over He noted the cases of suicide attacks on soft targets and the abduction of civilians but said the sect was no longer on the offensive He also urged the international community to realise that the fight against Boko Haram was not a conventional warfare This is a fight that sometimes you don t even know who you re fighting So you have to be careful because someone you think is a friend can turn out to be an enemy According to him the capability of the sect had been weakened through the decisive leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari and the military The Boko Haram crushing was used in a context Before the President Muhammadu Buhari s administration came into power Boko Haram captured territories Boko Haram was an existential threat But today they are no longer holding any territory they now only engage in soft targets he said According to him the Federal Government will continue to cooperate with the international community to share strategy to overcome the security challenge We will use the General Assembly to continue to strategise against Boko Haram I am happy to announce that the present U S administration has made weapons available to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram Onyeama said He regretted that the U S Government refused to sell weapons to Nigeria at some point but that the position had since changed with administration of President Donald Trump I think the problem to certain extent was really not too much with the executive of the U S Government but the legislature the Congress There were a number of Congressmen that were holding out against it President Donald Trump came in and he gave our President the assurance that he will get these weapons to Nigeria So obviously he s been able to convince those Congressmen who were opposed to it he said He regretted the huge humanitarian challenges caused by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast According to him Nigeria will organise a side event during the 72nd of the UN General Assembly to draw international attention to the gravity of the humanitarian challenge in northeast Onyeama commended UN partners and the donor countries for their contributions towards addressing the humanitarian challenge The minister said At the Oslo Conference on Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin many countries made pledges and the pledges are being redeemed But several factors responsible for the crisis in the region must also be addressed Looking at the root causes of Boko Haram climate change played a key role The shrinking of Lake Chad played a role The Lake has shrunk by about 90 per cent So we are appealing to the international community to recharge the Lake Chad Onyeama said the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 would also give priority to attracting support for the internally displaced persons as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding as well as mitigating the effects of Climate Change Edited by Felix Ajide NAN
    Boko Haram degraded, FG assures global community
    Foreign5 years ago

    Boko Haram degraded, FG assures global community

    Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama has assured the international community that the destructive activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group has been greatly curtailed.

    Onyeama told the Correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency in New York that threats from the Boko Haram insurgents were, however, not yet over.

    He noted the cases of suicide attacks on soft targets and the abduction of civilians but said the sect was no longer on the offensive.

    He also urged the international community to realise that the fight against Boko Haram was not a conventional warfare.

    “This is a fight that sometimes you don’t even know who you’re fighting. So you have to be careful because someone you think is a friend can turn out to be an enemy.”

    According to him, the capability of the sect had been weakened through the decisive leadership provided by President Muhammadu Buhari and the military.

    “The Boko Haram crushing was used in a context. Before the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration came into power, Boko Haram captured territories.

    “Boko Haram was an existential threat. But today, they are no longer holding any territory; they now only engage in soft targets,” he said.

    According to him, the Federal Government will continue to cooperate with the international community to share strategy to overcome the security challenge.

    “We will use the General Assembly to continue to strategise against Boko Haram.

    “I am happy to announce that the present U.S. administration has made weapons available to Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram,” Onyeama said.

    He regretted that the U.S. Government refused to sell weapons to Nigeria at some point but that the position had since changed with administration of President Donald Trump.

    “I think the problem to certain extent was really not too much with the executive of the U.S. Government but the legislature, the Congress.

    “There were a number of Congressmen that were holding out against it. President Donald Trump came in and he gave our President the assurance that he will get these weapons to Nigeria.

    “So obviously he’s been able to convince those Congressmen who were opposed to it,” he said.

    He regretted the huge humanitarian challenges caused by the activities of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast.

    According to him, Nigeria will organise a side-event during the 72nd of the UN General Assembly to draw international attention to the gravity of the humanitarian challenge in northeast.

    Onyeama commended UN, partners and the donor countries for their contributions towards addressing the humanitarian challenge.

    The minister said: “At the Oslo Conference on Nigeria and Lake Chad Basin, many countries made pledges and the pledges are being redeemed.

    “But several factors responsible for the crisis in the region must also be addressed. Looking at the root causes of Boko Haram, climate change played a key role.

    “The shrinking of Lake Chad played a role. The Lake has shrunk by about 90 per cent. So we are appealing to the international community to recharge the Lake Chad.”

    Onyeama said the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 would also give priority to attracting support for the internally displaced persons as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding as well as mitigating the effects of Climate Change.

    Edited by: Felix Ajide
    (NAN)

     

  •  Mr Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra IPOB Onyeama at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening said the threat from the self agitation group would be handled IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it the minister said According to him IPOB is different from the Boko Harm terrorists which main aim was to capture territory and to kill innocent people The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of We are a country of young people the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities So Mr president is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be which is on development then you begin to address a lot of issues He said unlike IPOB Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS The foreign affairs minister said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari was that the Constitution of the country should be respected He cautioned that the country s democracy was still growing and needed to mature and become stronger to handle some of the democratic challenges The important thing we should be focusing on is nation building using the existing democratic structures the minister said According to him the Buhari s administration of has an agenda for the country and does not want to be distracted from achieving that agenda I think that Mr President came and had an agenda for the country and you really just don t want to be distracted from that agenda The economy was in a terrible state when this government came in we went into recession for the first time in decades and we re just coming out of that recession We want to keep on that path and we believe that a lot of these issues and challenges in the country have their bases in the economics If we can provide a good living standard and quality of life for our people all these issues Biafra agitation will fall by the way side That is why we must not be distracted from transforming the economy of our country What I m saying is that we want to focus on the economy We believe if we can get the economy right a lot of the young people who feel that Nigeria as presently constituted is not addressing their problems is not giving them the hope will change their perspective He said government would continue to respect free speech human right and the Rule of Law Onyeama said that the Nigerian military respect the rule of engagement in carrying out its duties He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law He explained that Nigeria was on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such was doing everything necessary to promote human rights According to him the country is also committed to addressing all issues relating to human rights violations in any forms
    Nigeria doesn’t need international help over IPOB – Onyeama
     Mr Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra IPOB Onyeama at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening said the threat from the self agitation group would be handled IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it the minister said According to him IPOB is different from the Boko Harm terrorists which main aim was to capture territory and to kill innocent people The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of We are a country of young people the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities So Mr president is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be which is on development then you begin to address a lot of issues He said unlike IPOB Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS The foreign affairs minister said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari was that the Constitution of the country should be respected He cautioned that the country s democracy was still growing and needed to mature and become stronger to handle some of the democratic challenges The important thing we should be focusing on is nation building using the existing democratic structures the minister said According to him the Buhari s administration of has an agenda for the country and does not want to be distracted from achieving that agenda I think that Mr President came and had an agenda for the country and you really just don t want to be distracted from that agenda The economy was in a terrible state when this government came in we went into recession for the first time in decades and we re just coming out of that recession We want to keep on that path and we believe that a lot of these issues and challenges in the country have their bases in the economics If we can provide a good living standard and quality of life for our people all these issues Biafra agitation will fall by the way side That is why we must not be distracted from transforming the economy of our country What I m saying is that we want to focus on the economy We believe if we can get the economy right a lot of the young people who feel that Nigeria as presently constituted is not addressing their problems is not giving them the hope will change their perspective He said government would continue to respect free speech human right and the Rule of Law Onyeama said that the Nigerian military respect the rule of engagement in carrying out its duties He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law He explained that Nigeria was on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such was doing everything necessary to promote human rights According to him the country is also committed to addressing all issues relating to human rights violations in any forms
    Nigeria doesn’t need international help over IPOB – Onyeama
    Foreign5 years ago

    Nigeria doesn’t need international help over IPOB – Onyeama

    Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

    Onyeama, at a news conference  at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening, said the threat from the self-agitation group would be handled.

    “IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it,” the minister said.

    According to him, IPOB is different from the Boko Harm terrorists which main aim was to capture territory and to kill innocent people.

    “The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy, peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy.

    “If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people, we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of.

    “We are a country of young people; the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless.

    “They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue.

    “A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities.

    “So Mr president is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance.

    “Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be, which is on development, then you begin to address a lot of issues.”

    He said unlike IPOB, Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international, pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

    The foreign affairs minister said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari was that the Constitution of the country should be respected.

    He cautioned that the country’s democracy was still growing and needed to mature and become stronger to handle some of the democratic challenges.

    “The important thing we should be focusing on is nation-building using the existing democratic structures,” the minister said.

    According to him, the Buhari’s administration of has an agenda for the country and does not want to be distracted from achieving that agenda.

    “I think that Mr President came and had an agenda for the country and you really just don’t want to be distracted from that agenda.

    “The economy was in a terrible state when this government came in, we went into recession for the first time in decades and we’re just coming out of that recession.

    “We want to keep on that path and we believe that a lot of these issues and challenges in the country have their bases in the economics.

    “If we can provide a good living standard and quality of life for our people, all these issues (Biafra agitation) will fall by the way side.

    “That is why we must not be distracted from transforming the economy of our country. What I’m saying is that we want to focus on the economy.

    “We believe if we can get the economy right, a lot of the young people who feel that Nigeria as presently constituted is not addressing their problems, is not giving them the hope, will change their perspective.”

    He said government would continue to respect free speech, human right and the Rule of Law.

    Onyeama said that the Nigerian military respect the ‘rule of engagement’ in carrying out its duties.

    He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law.

    He explained that Nigeria was on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such was doing everything necessary to promote human rights.

    According to him, the country is also committed to addressing all issues relating to  human rights violations in any forms. 

     

  •  Mr Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra IPOB Onyeama at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening said the threat from the self agitation group would be handled IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it the minister said According to him IPOB is different from the Boko Harm terrorists which main aim was to capture territory and to kill innocent people The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of We are a country of young people the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities So Mr president is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be which is on development then you begin to address a lot of issues He said unlike IPOB Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS The foreign affairs minister said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari was that the Constitution of the country should be respected He cautioned that the country s democracy was still growing and needed to mature and become stronger to handle some of the democratic challenges The important thing we should be focusing on is nation building using the existing democratic structures the minister said According to him the Buhari s administration of has an agenda for the country and does not want to be distracted from achieving that agenda I think that Mr President came and had an agenda for the country and you really just don t want to be distracted from that agenda The economy was in a terrible state when this government came in we went into recession for the first time in decades and we re just coming out of that recession We want to keep on that path and we believe that a lot of these issues and challenges in the country have their bases in the economics If we can provide a good living standard and quality of life for our people all these issues Biafra agitation will fall by the way side That is why we must not be distracted from transforming the economy of our country What I m saying is that we want to focus on the economy We believe if we can get the economy right a lot of the young people who feel that Nigeria as presently constituted is not addressing their problems is not giving them the hope will change their perspective He said government would continue to respect free speech human right and the Rule of Law Onyeama said that the Nigerian military respect the rule of engagement in carrying out its duties He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law He explained that Nigeria was on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such was doing everything necessary to promote human rights According to him the country is also committed to addressing all issues relating to human rights violations in any forms
    Nigeria doesn’t need international help over IPOB – Onyeama
     Mr Geoffrey Onyeama Nigeria s Minister of Foreign Affairs says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra IPOB Onyeama at a news conference at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening said the threat from the self agitation group would be handled IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it the minister said According to him IPOB is different from the Boko Harm terrorists which main aim was to capture territory and to kill innocent people The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of We are a country of young people the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities So Mr president is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be which is on development then you begin to address a lot of issues He said unlike IPOB Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ISIS The foreign affairs minister said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari was that the Constitution of the country should be respected He cautioned that the country s democracy was still growing and needed to mature and become stronger to handle some of the democratic challenges The important thing we should be focusing on is nation building using the existing democratic structures the minister said According to him the Buhari s administration of has an agenda for the country and does not want to be distracted from achieving that agenda I think that Mr President came and had an agenda for the country and you really just don t want to be distracted from that agenda The economy was in a terrible state when this government came in we went into recession for the first time in decades and we re just coming out of that recession We want to keep on that path and we believe that a lot of these issues and challenges in the country have their bases in the economics If we can provide a good living standard and quality of life for our people all these issues Biafra agitation will fall by the way side That is why we must not be distracted from transforming the economy of our country What I m saying is that we want to focus on the economy We believe if we can get the economy right a lot of the young people who feel that Nigeria as presently constituted is not addressing their problems is not giving them the hope will change their perspective He said government would continue to respect free speech human right and the Rule of Law Onyeama said that the Nigerian military respect the rule of engagement in carrying out its duties He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law He explained that Nigeria was on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such was doing everything necessary to promote human rights According to him the country is also committed to addressing all issues relating to human rights violations in any forms
    Nigeria doesn’t need international help over IPOB – Onyeama
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    Nigeria doesn’t need international help over IPOB – Onyeama

    Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, says the country does not require any international help to curtail any threats posed by the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

    Onyeama, at a news conference  at the UN headquarters in New York on Friday evening, said the threat from the self-agitation group would be handled.

    “IPOB is as of now an internal threat and Nigeria does not need international assistance to resolve it,” the minister said.

    According to him, IPOB is different from the Boko Harm terrorists which main aim was to capture territory and to kill innocent people.

    “The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy, peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy.

    “If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people, we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of.

    “We are a country of young people; the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless.

    “They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue.

    “A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities.

    “So Mr president is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance.

    “Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be, which is on development, then you begin to address a lot of issues.”

    He said unlike IPOB, Boko Haram was not an internal threat but international, pointing out its allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

    The foreign affairs minister said the position of President Muhammadu Buhari was that the Constitution of the country should be respected.

    He cautioned that the country’s democracy was still growing and needed to mature and become stronger to handle some of the democratic challenges.

    “The important thing we should be focusing on is nation-building using the existing democratic structures,” the minister said.

    According to him, the Buhari’s administration of has an agenda for the country and does not want to be distracted from achieving that agenda.

    “I think that Mr President came and had an agenda for the country and you really just don’t want to be distracted from that agenda.

    “The economy was in a terrible state when this government came in, we went into recession for the first time in decades and we’re just coming out of that recession.

    “We want to keep on that path and we believe that a lot of these issues and challenges in the country have their bases in the economics.

    “If we can provide a good living standard and quality of life for our people, all these issues (Biafra agitation) will fall by the way side.

    “That is why we must not be distracted from transforming the economy of our country. What I’m saying is that we want to focus on the economy.

    “We believe if we can get the economy right, a lot of the young people who feel that Nigeria as presently constituted is not addressing their problems, is not giving them the hope, will change their perspective.”

    He said government would continue to respect free speech, human right and the Rule of Law.

    Onyeama said that the Nigerian military respect the ‘rule of engagement’ in carrying out its duties.

    He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law.

    He explained that Nigeria was on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such was doing everything necessary to promote human rights.

    According to him, the country is also committed to addressing all issues relating to  human rights violations in any forms. 

     

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