World Wildlife Day: Stakeholders advocate for more awareness on marine resources

Awareness Some stakeholders on environment, have advocated for more awareness creation on the importance of Marine Resources and preservation in the country. The stakeholders made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Sunday in Abuja, on the backdrop of the 2019 World Wildlife day. World Wildlife is celebrated on […]




Some stakeholders on environment, have advocated for more awareness creation on the importance of Marine Resources and preservation in the country.

The stakeholders made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Sunday in Abuja, on the backdrop of the 2019 World Wildlife day.

World Wildlife is celebrated on March 3 every year and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Life below Water: For People and Planet’, which aligns with goal 14 of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 14).

Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, the Conservator-General, National Park Service said that World Wildlife Day had become an important global annual event dedicated to wildlife.

According to him, World Wildlife Day raises awareness on the importance of wild animals and plants and how they could be preserved for future generations.
He decried the negative impact of some human activities on wildlife, especially in riverine areas.

“Our waters are highly polluted, especially in the Niger Delta area, through oil spills mainly, and various other forms of pollution nationwide.

“Some people also throw their waste into the rivers and other waterways, while refuse dumped by roadsides are often swept into the rivers by floods.

“These threats have strong impacts on the lives and livelihoods of people who depend on the marine ecosystems, particularly those that dwell in coastal communities, ’’he said.
Goni said that the celebration is the first World Wildlife Day to focus on life below water.

The conservator-general said the celebration was a great opportunity to raise awareness about the diversity of marine life, and the crucial importance of marine species to human development.

He said there was need to ensure that approximately 200,000 identified marine species continued to provide opportunities for future generations.

Also, Prof. Nasiru Idris, Dean, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, said that over three billion people depended on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods.

“The celebration would accord the Nigerian government and all environmental stakeholders the opportunity, to highlight the critical issues and values of marine wildlife to our everyday lives.

“The capacity of life below water to provide these services is severely impacted, as our planet’s oceans and the species that live within it are under an onslaught from various threats.

“So, as we celebrate, we have to check whether our initiatives to conserve and sustainably manage these species have been successful.

“But if not, we should look at how to scale up support for future initiatives, ’’he said.

Idris however said that the unregulated and poorly managed human activities, including unregulated fisheries, pollution and climate change had affected the development of oceans and marine life resources.

According to him, as the 2019 theme focus on life below water, people should know that the sea, the ocean, rivers and lakes, regulate the climate and also produce the oxygen needs of humans.

“We should also note that these water bodies store large amounts of carbon dioxide that is released into the atmosphere.

“Therefore we need to make sure that the ocean and marine life are protected within Nigeria’s waters, ’’he said.

He, however, urged government to create more enlightenment platforms for better education of the public.
He said government should continually air special documentaries on the importance of the World Wildlife Day on national television and radio stations. (NNN)

Edited by Joan Nwagwu/Lydia Beshel


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Facebook Launches “My Digital World” to meet literacy needs in Africa



Facebook says it has  launched  “My Digital World”, a programme designed to equip the youth and general public across Sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria with skills needed to navigate the digital world.

Facebook made the disclosure in a statement on Monday.

It said that “My Digital World” was a consolidation of all Facebook digital literacy programs including Safe Online with Facebook, Ilizwe Lam, and eZibo which would all be offered virtually this year to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said over the years, it had trained thousands of people on digital literacy skills.

It noted that this year it was prepared to train close to 20,000 participants across Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Ethiopia on safe, responsible and beneficial usage of the digital platforms.

Commenting, Phil Oduor, Policy Programs Manager for Economic Impact and Digital Literacy, Facebook said: “We remain committed to equipping young people and the general public across Sub-Saharan Africa with the vital digital skills needed to navigate the digital world, especially during these pandemic.


Oduor said it had never been more important to invest and train communities, the next generation of leaders to better understand and utilise the power of digital tools to take full advantage of what the internet had to offer.


“The training is free and open to youths aged 13 years and above, and will also focus on teachers, parents and guardians.


“The sessions commence from today June 15 with the programme including up to 90-minutes Instructor-led live webinars featuring presentations, demos and virtual discussions.


“Also they will have access to digital marketing campaigns highlighting best practices, tips, quizzes and polls on digital literacy topics, with content delivered through Facebook and Instagram.


“Modules on online safety, privacy, news and media literacy, and digital citizenship citizenship would also be made available.


“Facebook is committed to the well-being of individuals and communities visiting its platforms, “Oduor said.


He said Facebook also invested in this initiative to build awareness on responsible online behaviour, critical thinking and understanding of social issues.


Oduor said Facebook had also instituted policies, tools, resources, partnerships, and programmes to help enable safe, responsible, and beneficial use of its platforms.


Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN) 

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Israel observes World Blood Donor Day




Israeli volunteers donate blood in central Israeli city of Modiin, on June 14, 2020, the World Blood Donor Day. (Photo by Gil Cohen Magen/Xinhua)


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FBN Holdings wins World Finance best corporate governance award



FBN Holdings (FBNH) Plc, has won the 2020 Best Corporate Governance in Nigeria Award put in place by the World Finance.

Mr Urum Kalu Eke, FBNH Group Managing Director, made this known in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

World Finance is renowned for its comprehensive coverage and analysis of the global financial services industry, international business, and the global economy.

Eke said: “FBN Holdings is winning this award for the second consecutive year on the back of its strong corporate governance practices and outstanding leadership in the Nigerian financial services industry.

“Winning the award in quick succession is a demonstration of not only the strength of our corporate governance practices but also its resilience.

“As a holding company, we emphasise the highest standards in corporate governance across all operating entities in our quest to deliver value to our numerous stakeholders.”

World Finance has been celebrating corporate achievements in the areas of corporate governance, innovation, and market leadership in the financial services sector across all the regions of the World in the past 13 years.

FBN Holdings is the non-operating financial holding company of one of the largest banking and financial services organisations in Africa.

It is a diversified financial services group that offers a broad range of products and services, including commercial banking, merchant banking and asset management and insurance to millions of customers.

It oversees business groups that collaborate to deliver innovative financial solutions.

The bank and the non-bank subsidiaries of the holding company operate in Nigeria, as well as through overseas branches, subsidiaries and representative offices across the world.

Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

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Cricket Namibia ramp up T20 World Cup prep amid COVID-19




Ahead of the T20 World Cup, Cricket Namibia has introduced strict social distancing measures for players to keep them in shape without compromising COVID-19 health regulations.

Cricket Namibia’s Chief Executive Johan Muller said the organization is also intensifying its drive to build interest in the sport, after getting an opportunity to play One Day Internationals.

Muller told stakeholders in Windhoek of the organization’s plan to stay active amid COVID-19, as well as popularizing the sport in the southwest African country.

“Obviously there are financial challenges that we are facing and COVID-19 has not made it easy. We are, however, well ahead with our World Cup preparations, and we are also driving a nationwide program to get the sport played in schools,” he said.

Muller said emphasis is being made on making sure that cricket – a largely minority sport in Namibia – is played across all demographics, using the country’s participation as a yardstick to create interest in the sport.

He added that the organization is benchmarking its development plan with neighboring South Africa to ensure they attain the highest standards.

“We have a few umpires recognized by the International Cricket Council but we obviously need to continue training these so we have a new generation of umpires coming to the fore,” he said.


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