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UNESC Lobbies Nigeria On Peace, Development



UNESC Lobbies Nigeria On Peace, Development
L-R: Newly appointed United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC) Special Adviser on Community Peace and Development, Prof. Olumuyiwa Babalola and Femi Adesina, Media & Publicity Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari

The newly appointed United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNESC) Special Adviser on Community Peace and Development, Prof. Olumuyiwa Babalola has lobbied the Federal Government of Nigeria on community peace and development initiatives.

According to Babalola, who paid a courtesy visit to Femi Adesina, Media & Publicity Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa and the Chairman Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Sen. Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi Gobir, his mission focuses on impacting the lives of communities, designing policy recommendations in areas of conflict mitigation, rehabilitation and reintegration of those associated with violent extremism as well as facilitating and supporting peaceful elections, and sharing strategies on peace and stability in Nigeria.

The UNESC special adviser further said that his office would also bring together government officials, academics, diplomats, civil society representatives and journalists to explore ways in which stable and sustainable security and peace could be achieved in all the six (6) geo-political zones in Nigeria and also commit to the mission and vision of the UNESC in order to achieve the objectives of the organisation.

Adesina thanked Babalola for his initiatives to improve the working relationship with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Also, Babalola paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama in his office, Abuja.

UNESC Lobbies Nigeria On Peace, Development

The Ambassador of Peace said that the office of the UNESC Special Adviser on Community Peace and Development for Africa had initiated the engagement of committee initiatives as part of the measures adopted to end insecurity.

Babalola also drew the attention of the minister to grassroot affairs which include community peace and development initiatives to jointly stabilize the peace and security situations for socioeconomic and well-being being of citizens.

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He said further that a national committee had been constituted across the six (6) geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Each member of this committee has been carefully chosen in expectation of the immense value they have in charting the strategic direction of the national programme and prosperity of the committee.

The terms of reference for the National Steering Committee include ensuring engagement and effective uptake of the committee initiatives across the country, refining and focussing on the vision of the initiative, reviewing and approving all work, implementation plans and undertaking any other tasks that will enhance the effective delivering of the initiative.

The minister spoke about cooperation and involvement in all ramifications to actualise the set objectives.

He thanked Babalola for the visit and assured him of support.

His visit was part of his national programme and prosperity of the committee.


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BREAKING: PDP Suspends Anyim, Fayose



Anyim and Fayose

Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).

The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).

The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.

“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.


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BREAKING: Ekweremadu, Wife Found Guilty Of Organ-trafficking In UK



Ekweremadu and his wife

A United Kingdom court has found former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, 60, his wife Beatrice, 56, and Dr Obinna Obeta, 50,  guilty of an organ-trafficking plot, which saw them bring a 21-year-old man to the UK

They were convicted of conspiring to exploit the man from Lagos for his kidney, reports the BBC.

Prosecutors told the Old Bailey the organ was to be removed and given to the couple’s daughter, Sonia, aged 25.

She was cleared of the same charge.

The victim, a street trader from Lagos, was brought to the UK last year to provide a kidney in an £80,000 private transplant at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

They were later arrested at the airport while trying to leave the UK.

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NLC Orders Workers To Shut CBN Offices Nationwide Over Naira Scarcity



NLC Suspends Plan To Protest Against Fuel Subsidy Removal

Worried about the continued scarcity of naira, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has officially declared a nationwide . The national president of the union, Joe Ajaero, gave the directive during a media briefing in Abuja.

Ajaero also directed that affiliate unions constituting the NLC should be on standby for picketing exercises across all branches of the Central Bank of Nigeria nationwide.

The NLC earlier issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Federal Government to end the petrol and cash scarcity being experienced in the country.

Ajaero told journalists on Wednesday that the industrial action became the last resort of the NLC following the expiration of the ultimatum.

He said the decision to picket the CBN branches became necessary as the federal government and the CBN had failed to show any commitment to addressing the situation.

Ajaero lamented that despite the Supreme Court order that the old N200, N500 and N1000 notes remain legal tender until December 31, 2023, the situation kept getting worse.

He said workers could not access cash to pay fares to work.

He also criticised the pricing irregularities in the petroleum sector.

“Last week, we gave an ultimatum for the review of the cash crunch bedevilling the country, but we have discovered to our dismay that as at this moment not much effort has been made to ameliorate the situation. Government is still foot-dragging on these issues we raised,” Ajaero said.

“Based on this, we met again this morning to review our position and resolved that by Wednesday next week all CBN branches will be picketed. Workers are directed to stay at home too because people cannot eat, workers can no longer go to the office, we have been pushed to the wall.

“We have decided to take our destiny in our hands, we have mobilised our workers on this exercise.”

The NLC has no fewer than 43 affiliate unions which include, but not limited to, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, and the National Union of Road Transport Workers.

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