Africa Media Development Foundation (AMDF) has on Thursday, in Kaduna, held a Capacity Building session for Officers of the Nigeria Police, Kaduna State Command, on Gender Based Violence (GBV), and the existence of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Law in Kaduna State.
This was disclosed in a statement made available by its Programme Officer, Joy Gadani.
According to the statement, Bar. Amina Audi, Chairperson, Observatory Steering Committee (OBSTEC) on VAPP Law in Kaduna State, during the meeting, emphasized the need for officers of the Nigeria Police to become familiar with provisions of the Law.
Bar. Audi said, “it is the responsibility of the government to ensure awareness on the law, however, AMDF has taken it upon itself to sensitize and promote the full implementation of the VAPP law in the state.
“AMDF made the right decision to sensitize one of the arms of the custodians of the law,” she said.
In an address of welcome, Iliya Kure, Executive Director of AMDF, said the aim of the meeting was to interact and sensitize personnel of the Nigeria Police Force, as key stakeholders in the fight against GBV, “we are working on a project that deals with Gender Based Violence, we scanned to know who the major players are in this issue, then form relationship and partnership, so we can work with them. We found out you are critical, since we understand this issue, I believe we will now work in a better way”, he said.
The Project Manager, Benjamin Maigari said the capacity building was organized in order to form a partnership with the NPF and ensure synergy in the implementation of the GBV project, “Prevention of Gender Based Violence in 12 Kaduna Communities”.
“This is one of the series of activities we have planned out to ensure that all stakeholders involved are engaged towards the prevention of GBV,” he said.
In her remark, DSP Maryam Zakari, Interim Officer in-charge (OC), Gender Unit Kaduna State Police Command, commended ADMF for organizing the workshop, saying it was timely, and committed to partnering with the organization towards achieving the common goal.
AMDF is a non-governmental and non-political organization with a mission to strengthen media, promote democracy and improve livelihood.
A former Aviation Minister and chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has cleared the air on the recent invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying he is not above the law neither does joining the Ruling APC gives him immunity over arrest or detention.
It was earlier reported how EFCC invited the former minister and how he honoured the invitation at the Lagos office of the anti-graft agency before he was granted bail on self-recognition.
Reacting to the invitation and some stories in a section of the media, Chief Fani-Kayode noted via his social media handle that joining the APC doesn’t give him immunity and that APC doesn’t shield those found culpable of any offence.
Fani-Kayode who took the time to take a swipe at his critics accuses them of hate and peddling fake news.
He wrote, “I pity those that said I was arrested. They are filled with hate and live on fake news. Since when did an invitation and a friendly chat become an arrest? And even if I had been arrested, SO WHAT? I am not above the law and neither does joining APC give me immunity. My God is MIGHTY!” Earlier, Fani-Kayode had hinted what transpired at the anti-graft’s office in Lagos where he had a “Friendly chat for over four hours and was released on bail.
“Just arrived at the George Hotel for dinner. I was never arrested by the EFCC. I was invited and I flew down to Lagos to see them. I arrived in their office at 2.00 pm and left at 8.30pm. I was granted bail on self-recognition. They were very polite and professional. Thanks be to God.” Fani-Kayode wrote.
EFCC has confirmed, through its spokesperson that it had Fani-Kayode at its Lagos office but has since declined further comments on the matter.
The Borno State Government is establishing Rural-Urban Grazing Areas (RUGAs) for herders displaced by Boko Haram insurgency in the state.
The Projects Coordinator to Governor Babagana Zulum, Mallam Tijjani Mohammed; disclosed at the weekend, while briefing the Sudanese Economic Team leader to Borno, Dr Osman El-Fal at the Mafa RUGA centre on Dikwa road.
Recalled that, Sudan Delegation with agricultural experts since last Friday were in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital to partner on areas of agricultural products such as Gum Arabic, Wheat, Date Palm farming and animal production, as peace gradually returns with massive relocation and resettlement of millions of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their liberated communities.
This is even as the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in Khartoum, Sudan has donated $500,000 grant to the State Government for livestock artificial insemination across the 27 local government areas of the state.
The visit to Borno by the Sudan delegation was sequel to Governor Zulum’s visit to Sudan in early September this year, where he led some state delegation to the headquarters of Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA) in Khartoum, following which, the partnership was potentially reached for the bank and Borno to partner on exporting wheat and gum arabic produced by farmers in Borno.
Briefing both delegations from Sudan, led by Dr El-Fal, and that of Borno State Government led by the former Minister of State for Agriculture, Bukar Tijjani, the Projects Coordinator, Mallam Mohammed said, the RUGA centres are to be sited in three senatorial districts at Mafa, Gubio and Rumirgo in Askira/Uba Local Government Area.
The establishment of the grazing areas, he noted, is supported by the Federal Government intervention of N4 billion in the state’s 25-year development plan.
“This project is built on 250 hectres of land, comprising various infrastructural facilities, including 1.5-km perimeter fencing,” he said.
According to him, the Mafa RUGA centre included 100 housing units to resettle the displaced herders in the Central Senatorial District.
Other facilities at the centre, are a community primary school and veterinary clinic for the livestock.
Besides, he added that modern ways of farming will be integrated with the building of hay silage-making bunkers for the production of pasture and fodders.
In ensuring all year-round pastures, he said that an irrigated pasture, including feed bins, are to be established for the livestock.
To upgrade RUGA’s standards, he disclosed that other facilities for fattening shades for bulls and rams are also to be constructed.
“Three earth dams are to be sited for the watering of livestock and production of vegetables,” he said; stating that youths and women are to be empowered in the production of fish, poultry and tailoring.
He added that apart from these, the state government is to introduce improved breeds of cattle with insemination to produce 30 litres of milk a day from each cow.
“This is compared to the local breeds of cattle that produce a maximum of only two litres of milk per cow,” he said.
Continuing, he said: “About 100 animals be given to the herders for cross breeding with the local cattle,” noting that because of the harsh weather conditions in the state, 75 Sokoto Guladi breed of cattle had been selected to withstand the hot weather.
Speaking on the value chain of RUGA, the adviser, said with the setup of security outpost and milk collection centres, people from Maiduguri collect and sell milk to the public.
While under the second phase of the project, local herders in the district will be trained on the production hygienic milk before selling.
He added that households of herders will also be trained on the production of pasture for their livestock; as seeds of irrigated pasture have been acquired for distribution.
According to him, male herders will be producing pasture, while the females are trained on how to handle milking machines.
Responding, Dr. El-Fal; said that even though he is not a livestock specialist, he really admired the way the RUGA project is structured.
“This includes the integrated aspect of the project, including the process of the value chain,” stating that it’s a brilliant idea, as the project has targeted the livelihoods of people in the area.
He noted that this is despite the security issues that hampered their living conditions in the state.
He reiterated that the way the project is designed perfectly fits into the strategy on livestock production in Sudan.
“Your RUGA projects have addressed the integrated aspects of their designs and sustenance,” he said.
In a related development, both delegations were at Borno State College of Agriculture, where they paid a visit to Maiduguri Farm Centre, Agricultural Mechanization Centre, Nursery and Poultry Production Units to see areas of intervention for the massive and modern system of agricultural practices for sustainable economic development.
They were received by various Officers in charge of each unit and briefed about the modus operandi and the challenges faced, especially during the peak of the Boko Haram crisis.
The two teams also visited Kwari village and other Gum Arabic Plantation sites in Magumeri local government area with a view to enhancing the production of Gum Arabic for export business within short and long term plans.
After the field visits, there is going to be a stakeholders meeting slated for Monday (14th November 2021), where issues relating to agricultural production and challenges would be discussed to chat a way forward.
The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Emmanuel Osodeke, has revealed how the union, during its last negotiations, rejected Federal Government’s plan to increase school fees of all university students to N1m.
He said government’s plan was to open an education bank and give each student a loan of N1m annually at five per cent interest rate to sponsor themselves in school and then pay back when they graduate and start working.
Osodeke stated this while answering questions from participants at a one-day ‘state of the nation summit’ organised for ASUU members by the Bauchi zone of the union.
He said, “At the last negotiation, the first thing they told us was that we should negotiate for our allowances and salaries but we said no, let’s discuss funding first. When we know how much you’re going to pay, then we can negotiate salary. Reluctantly, they went on.
“Then, they raised another issue which was why we delayed for four years, that students must pay N1m as school fees every year; the government said 70 per cent will be paid to the university while the student keeps 30 per cent.
“We asked them where and how the students would source the money and they told us not to worry. They said they would open an education bank and the students would go there and take the N1m every year.
“And by the time you are graduating, you would have been owing N5m or N6m. If it takes you 20 years to get a job, that five per cent interest on that loan would be building.
“We said we will never allow that, and that was why we went on strike and we delayed in calling off the strike.
“If we had accepted that students pay N1m as school fees, they would have increased our pay easily and who would the public and the students blame? It is ASUU.”
Osodeke said that if they had accepted the offer, people would have accused them of fighting for their personal interests and not the collective good of Nigerians.Pu
Nigeria’s central bank digital currency (CBDC), the eNaira, has gone live after an official launching by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
The launch took place at the State House in Abuja. An earlier plan to unveil the digital currency on October 1 was shelved.
Nigeria is one of only a few countries in the world to develop an official digital currency.
The eNaira was developed by fintech company Bitt, which is also behind the creation of CBDC in some East Caribbean countries.
At the launch Monday, the Central Bank of Nigeria governor, Godwin Emefiele, said 500 million eNaira ($1.21 million) has already been minted.
The CBDC’s digital currency app and its merchant wallet are now live and available for download.
The two apps, eNaira speed wallet and eNaira merchant wallet, are now available on Google playstore and Apple store.
A notice on the enaira website gives details into how the currency and the wallet will work.
“Get Ready With Your Accurate BVN Data For Your Hitch-Free Enrolment,” it says.
“To sign-up on the eNaira speed wallet, you would be required to input the following details exactly as captured during your BVN enrollment.
“First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, State of Origin, and Email.
“Your Banks are waiting to assist you in validating and updating your BVN details to ensure seamless enrolment to the eNaira Platform,” it says.
The central bank has also published the regulatory guidelines of the currency on its website.
“The guideline seeks to provide simplicity in the operation of eNaira, encourage general acceptability and use, promote low cost of transactions, drive financial inclusion while minimizing inherent risks of disintermediation of any negative impact on the financial system,” it says.
The Rivers State Government has warned that any distributor found engaging in acts capable of compromising the quality of drinking water being served to the public would be punished.
The state Commissioner for Water Resources and Rural Development, Dr Tamunosisi Gogo-Jaja, made the warning while speaking at the 2021 Global Hand Washing Day and the launching of a campaign against exposure of bottled and sachet water to sunlight in Port Harcourt.
Gogo-Jaja specifically warned against exposure of sachet and bottled water to sunlight, saying it may cause cancer, leukaemia and it is capable of damaging other body tissues.
He urged distributors to ensure that their trucks were always covered to protect the water from sunlight.
“Some of us may not understand that when you expose water that is contained in sachet and bottle or plastic bottle, the heat may be injurious. What is used in the production of sachet and plastic water is called polymas,” he stated, adding that from polymas there are component chemicals that make up the sachet and the plastic bottle.
The commissioner said, “Water does not expire but the container does expire. So when you expose that plastic or sachet to sunlight, its speeds up the expiration of that content. So, when you drink contaminated water it contributes to stunted growth, dull brains and other defects. The Rivers State Government insists that any drinking water served in this state must be of quality and we have our standards.”
Gogo-Jaja stressed the need for regular washing of hands especially because the COVID-19 pandemic was still in existence.
“This is to emphasise the importance of handwashing. If you ask, as Africans, handwashing has been our tradition. To wash off germs from our hands, we need to use soap and water. And it has been established that washing our hands with soap and water protects us; to a reasonable extent about 40 per cent against diseases.
He continued, “All of us would also know that during the pandemic that washing of hands with water and soap contributed a lot in the fight against COVID-19.
“We have fought against COVID-19. The world is moving forward. This year’s theme, ‘Our future is in our hands’, is to remind us that to move forward, we must imbibe and inculcate in our children the attitude of washing our hands with soap and water.”
Zamfara State House of Assembly has on Monday suspended two of its members for their alleged involvement in aiding and abetting banditry in the state.
According to a press release signed by the Director General Press Affairs of the House, Malan Mustafa Jafaru Kaura, the suspended members are Honourable Yusuf Muhammad Anka representing Anka consultancy and Honourable Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura representing Bakura constituency.
The statement said, “They have been suspended from the state House of Assembly for three months pending the conclusion of investigations on the allegation leveled against them.
“They are to appear before the House Committee on ethics and privileges in conjuction with security agencies that are assigned by law to investigate them.
“These are part of the resolutions reached just now in the night on Monday at the House plenary presided over by the Speaker, Hon Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya under matters of urgent public importance”.”
During the debate, a member representing Maru North constituency, Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma drew the attention of his colleagues that there was a burning issue in the House of serious allegations leveled against the two members.
Kanoma, therefore, said that “the House should not fold its arms and allow this gross official misconduct by the two members.”
Hon Kanoma further alleged that during the kidnap saga of the father of the Speaker, late Alhaji Mu’azu Abubakar Magarya, Yusuf Muhammad Anka and Ibrahim T Tukur Bakura were said to have been jubilating over the issue .
He also alleged that the two members were allegedly brain behind the killing of late Hon Muhammad G. Ahmed, a former member representing Shinkafi constituency in the state House of Assembly through connivance with the bandits by telephone conversation that led to his killing.
While calling on the security agencies to fully track all their telephone lines and listened to all their conversations, Hon Kanoma also called on his colleagues to as a matter of urgency suspend them from all House activities for an initial period of three months pending the conclusion of investigations on the two erring House members .
Also contributing, a member representing Birnin Magaji constituency, Hon Nura Dahiru Sabon birnin Dan Ali concurred with his colleague and strongly back Hon Kanoma on the issue saying that his efforts of mediating and negotiating with notorious bandit Bello Turji on so many occasions to secure the release of late Alhaji Mu’azu Magarya should not go in veinm pointing out that detractors of peace in the state should face the full wrath of the law.
In his ruling on the matter, Speaker Nasiru Mu’azu Magarya graciously approved the request of the House by outright suspension of the two members for the initial period of three months .
Speaker Magarya also directed chairman House Committee on ethics and privileges, Hon Kabiru Hashimu Dansadau to fully investigate these members and report its findings back to the plenary in the next three months.
While expressing dismay over their alleged involvement in banditry activities, the Speaker also stripped them of their chairmanship of the House standing committees by assigning Hon Yusuf Alhassan Kanoma to oversee works and transport committee chaired by Yusuf Muhammad Anka.
He also directed Hon Nasiru Atiku Gora to take charge of humanitarian and social development committee formally headed by Ibrahim T. Tukur Bakura.
The Federal Government says it has began the pilot implementation of new retirement age for teachers.
President muhammadu Buhari had earlier approved 65 years or 40 years of service for teacher’s retirement age.
Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, while marking the 2021 World Teachers Day.
The 2021 edition of the celebration has the theme: “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari at the 2020 World Teachers Day Celebration approved incentives for teachers.
Buhari said that the ministry had also commenced education officers’ guidelines to ensure seamless implementation.
He said that this had been negotiated and an outstanding salaries of affected teachers would soon be paid before December.
“The 2020 World Teachers Day in Nigeria was phenomenal as all that is needed to invigorate and revitalise the teaching profession was packaged and the minister of education was mandated to implement it accordingly.
“I am not going to recount the entire components for implementation; however, the Federal Ministry of Education has commenced the pilot implementation of the increase in retirement age to 65 or 40 years of service for teachers.
“I know that for teachers to effectively be at the heart of education recovery, there is need for continuous re-tooling.
“Teachers and all those connected with teaching and learning will henceforth undergo annual training on modern techniques of teaching and learning.
“This will include digital literacy trainings in pedagogy, Information and Communication Technology and others, he said.
He said that education parastatals and other non-governmental organisations would partner with the government to achieve this feat.
He, therefore, promised collaboration with the defence ministry to ensure the protection of children in schools across the country.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the pronouncement of Buhari at the 2020 celebration was a huge milestone to guide the repositioning and revitalisation of the profession.
Adamu, represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Mr Sonny Echono said that in an effort fast track the implementation, the ministry constituted a national implementation committee, which submitted resolutions for implementation.
“The ministry will liaise with the 36 states ministry of education, including the FCT Education Board, to identify respective course of study required by each state and the award of N150, 000 is proposed for undergraduates and N100,000 only to NCE students
“Beneficiaries must attend public institutions only and sign a bond to serve their state for five years on graduation.
“The fund will be sourced from UBEC, TETFund and managed by the Federal Scholarship Board and sponsorship to at least one refresher training per annum,” he said.
Adamu called on Nigerian teachers to continue to support the government to shape the future of the education sector and the country at large.
The event witnessed the presentation of President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award to outstanding teachers and schools across the country.
The awards are classified into different categories such as the 2021 best teachers in public, private schools, best public and private schools and best school administration.
Among the awardees are Mrs Bridget Nwabueze, as best teacher in public schools, Mr Samuel Ogunleye as the best teacher in private school and the best public schools is Bolade Junior Grammer School, Oshodi .
Also, the best private school in the country goes to Greater Tomorrow International College, Arigidi, Ondo State, while the best school administrator is Mr Nuhu Musa from the Federal Capital Territory.
The event also witnessed parade from teachers in the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, with FCT teachers winning the award.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has led the Shehu of Borno, represented by the Waziri of Borno, and top government officials to a special juma’at prayers where Muslim faithfuls offered prayers for full return of peace in the state and other parts of the country.
Borno State had on Friday held a special Juma’at service at the Maiduguri Central Mosque, to commemorate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Day Anniversary.
The Chief Imam of Borno, Imam Laisu Ibrahim Ahmed, led the Juma’at prayers amidst high turn out of worshippers.
Addressing the worshippers, Zulum said; “I believe that we are better together, because our strength lies in our diversity. Yes, we have a lot of challenges but we should know that Nigeria’s pride and greatness all lies in our diversity. Therefore, I call on all Nigerians to shun violence, set aside sentiments and nepotism so that Nigeria shall thrive”.
“Despite the challenges we are facing, Nigeria still remains strong. We shall continue to grow stronger, we shall continue to promote peace and unity”, Zulum said.
The Governor also expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his support and commitment towards restoring peace and normalcy in the northeast.
He equally commended the tireless efforts and commitments exhibited by the military, other security operatives, CJTF and other volunteers in the fight against terrorism.
Zulum reiterated that government will do everything humanly possible to continually support security establishments and volunteers towards surpassing gains being recorded in Borno’s peace building efforts.