The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, has said measures are in place to overcome the hardship faced by children who fall, victims of aggression, especially in conflict zones. In a statement by the Director of Press in the ministry, Shehu Maikai, the minister, while observing this year’s International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression yesterday in Abuja, said the Federal Government had embarked on campaigns to mitigate the privation kids face from violence and the raging COVID-19 scourge. She said other approaches include the enforcement of the Child Rights Act and other international and regional treaties to protect the Nigerian child. Some of the pacts, according to her, are “the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989); the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990); the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children and Armed Conflicts (2000) and the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (2000).”
As the world commemorates the United Nations World Environment Day (WED), the Association of Nigerian Women Safety Professionals (ANWOSAP) has urged all stakeholders to preserve the environment, restore degraded ecosystems and co-exist sustainably with nature to make the world a habitable place safe for mankind. In a statement, the body said: “Today, ANWOSAP joins the global community as ambassadors of our mother earth towards taking conscious action to promote awareness within our sphere of influence and to call on other stakeholders to contribute to biodiversity preservation in Nigeria. Again, this year’s theme reminds us all that nature is sending us a message, we urge all stakeholders to heed this urgent call.”he World Environment Day was first celebrated 45 years ago and is currently marked annually by over 100 countries on every June 5. It serves as the United Nations principal campaign vehicle for promoting global awareness on emerging environmental issues and a call to action for the protection of the environment. This year’s theme is ‘Celebrate Biodiversity’.
The public was miffed by the 50 to 100 per cent spike in fares, to which many have threatened to boycott the services. Recall that the BRT operator earlier announced an upward review of transport fares across all routes with effect from yesterday to meet up with current challenges. States with highest bus journey fare intercity were Abuja FCT (N4, 120.00), Adamawa (N2, 650.00) and Borno (N2, 600.00) while States with lowest bus journey fare within city were Enugu (N1000.00), Bauchi/Bayelsa/Zamfara (N1200) and Edo (N1, 220.00). States with highest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Rivers (N254.00), Lagos (N250.00) and Kogi (N231.11) while states with lowest journey fare by motorcycle per drop were Katsina (N70.00), Adamawa (N80.00) and Kebbi (N84.00). This led to a hike in fares that many commuters complained bitterly about as economic activities ground to a halt.
I met Richard Osuolale Abimbola Akinjide (4 November 1931-21 April 2020) in 1973 after his tenure as President of Nigeria Bar Association was over. In 1977, he defeated Alhaji Busari Adelakun alias Eruobodo for the Lagelu/Oluyole/Akinyele Constituency election into the Constituent Assembly. However, it was at the Constituent Assembly of 1976-1978 that my friendship with Akinjide got fully cemented. In my recollection, the best contribution Akinjide ever made in the democratic process was the speech he delivered at the Constituent Assembly on November 16, 1977. I believe that this country, Nigeria is a great country with great people, with a great resource, and with a great future.
As part of efforts to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease, a transport expert, Johnny Enagwolor, has implored motorists and commuters to remain vigilant and take the necessary precautions to avoid community spread of the virus. Enagwolor, who decried the level of commercial drivers’ preparedness to limit the spread, said commuters across Lagos need transport operators that take their wellbeing seriously. The expert, who doubles as the Managing Director and Co-Founder, Plentywaka, wants commuters to take responsibility of their health while going about their daily activities. He spoke at the launch of a staff bus solutions service, which will help minimise employees’ risk of exposure to COVID-19 by providing a safer and more convenient means of travel to and from work. “Now more than ever, commuters across Lagos need transport operators that take their wellbeing seriously and that’s why we’re expanding our service.
In recognition of the huge role the telecommunication sector is playing especially during this coronavirus pandemic, players and other stakeholders in the industry have rallied the Federal Government for support, post-COVID-19. According to the telcos, government’s support has become critical if the industry must sustain the efforts of ensuring that remote and virtual services remain, prices become more affordable and infrastructure becomes more ubiquitous, as the economy shrugs off the pains of the pandemic. Gathered virtually, yesterday, under the auspices of the Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), to discuss: “The Socio-Economic And Political Impact of COVID-19 on Telecom and ICT Sector in Nigeria,” the operators also urged the government to ensure right policy, protection for telecommunications infrastructure, access to funding for players. The Country Manager, Avanti, Jane Egerton-Idehen, made case for faster implementation of the New National Broadband Plan 2020 to 2025. She stressed the need for collaboration, especially between the sector and states governments that will further see to reduction of Right of Ways, as “COVID-19 has further stretched the some of the timing for some aspect of the plan to be realised.”Contributing, the CEO, Nigeria Communications Satellite (NigComSat) Ltd., Abimbola Alale, noted that COVID-19 exposed the ills of the digital divide, “but the ICT sector rose to the occasion and bridged the gaps.”
June 05, 2020 03:00 UTC
By our reckoning, Dr. Adesina has acquitted himself creditably in the management of the continental financial institution and won the confidence of majority of the bank’s shareholders. Adesina has also promoted food security in Africa through agricultural innovations, while demonstrating unparalleled commitment to poverty reduction and electricity generation on the continent. In 2017, he was awarded the World Food Prize and the Gene White Lifetime Achievement Award for Child Nutrition. However, in spite of his sterling and glittering accomplishments as AfDB president, if Dr. Adesina ran afoul of the bank’s code of conduct in the discharge of his duties, the law should take its course and he should be made to face the consequences. He declared that under the Nigerian constitution, only Osun State exists.
June 05, 2020 02:37 UTC
Going through Funminiyi Afuye’s intimidating profile without ever meeting him, one will take the Right Honourable Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly for a combatant considering his deep-rooted antecedents in human rights activism and as a lawyer of close to three decades. One of such is whenever the Honourable representing Ekiti South West Constituency, Chief (Mrs) Yemisi Ayokunle stands up to talk and introduce herself. Such is the filial piety that reigns supreme in the Ekiti Assembly. Like the deputy Speaker, Honourable Emmanuel Oso, a retired permanent secretary is another stabiliser in the Assembly, whose wealth of experience, when it comes to due process, cannot be over-emphasised. Oguntayo is the Special Adviser (Media) to the speaker of Ekiti State House of AssemblyNIGERIAN TRIBUNE
June 05, 2020 02:26 UTC
One of such practitioners from the South-West is Dr. Ajibade; a man that has been described as a silent achiever, go-getter and quintessential lawyer having spent over three decades in the legal circuit. Ajibade is one of the few that stands tall amidst several noisy issues of corruption in the legal circuit with a spotless career record filled with achievements. But over time, I have seen a consistent decline; decline such that lawyers are now treated with utmost disrespect in society. Dr Ajibade is a strong advocate of a united bar based on the belief that to solve the many challenges facing the profession, members must be united. He declared that under the Nigerian constitution, only Osun State exists.
June 05, 2020 01:30 UTC
This represents a 57 per cent national electricity access rate compared with the global average of 90 per cent, says the report launched at the United Nations on Thursday. It indicates an increase in the number of Nigerians with access to electricity by 34.6 million people from 76.1 million in 2010. This, however, is not the case in Nigeria, where the figure rather increased from 82.4 million people without electricity access in 2010 to 85.2 million in 2018. It provides the most comprehensive look available at the world’s progress towards global energy targets on access to electricity, clean cooking, renewable energy and energy efficiency. This included funds from the country’s international development partners under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement on renewable energy projects.
June 05, 2020 00:45 UTC
Gbenga Odogun, LokojaA yet-to-be ascertained number of police personnel and passers-by were feared killed when suspected armed robbers invaded the Isanlu branch of the First Bank of Nigeria Limited in Kogi State on Thursday. A source told our correspondent that the robbers, numbering about seven, came in two vehicles, broke into the bank and shot dead several persons. Our correspondent gathered that about seven security personnel on duty at the bank and some passers-by were killed by the robbers, who were angered by their inability to gain access into the banking hall. The gunmen were also said to have invaded the Divisional Police Headquarters, Isanlu, and killed some policemen on duty. Aya promised to get back to our correspondent with details of the incident as soon as they were available.
June 05, 2020 00:22 UTC
Ladoja was discharged and acquitted of the N4.7bn fraud charges last year February after 11 years of legal battle with the EFCC. It was the same Justice Idris who handled and delivered judgment in Ladoja and Akanbi’s case. Olabisi said the Supreme Court decision nullifying Justice Idris’ decision in Kalu’s case had affected Ladoja’s case. Responding to enquiries by our correspondent on Ladoja’s case, Olabisi said, “You know we filed a notice of appeal before now. It will be by way of motion and once that appeal is taken care of, most likely, Ladoja will be re-arraigned.
June 04, 2020 23:37 UTC
Friday Olokor, AbujaThe Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday reiterated its commitment to protecting its high-tech equipment from possible cyber-attacks when electronic voting takes effect. INEC National Commissioner and chairman of its Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, gave the assurance in an interview with The PUNCH in Abuja. “It is the responsibility of the commission to constantly and continuously protect its systems through backups and migrating to more robust platforms. “The commission will not be bogged down by speculative assumptions of possible cyber-attacks on an aspect of electronic voting systems that has not taken off. Uzzi said INEC would meet with stakeholders, especially the National Assembly on electronic voting to seek legislative support to include it in “our laws.”Copyright PUNCH.
June 04, 2020 23:37 UTC
The President, Major Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (Retd. ), has approved the nomination of a former Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, for the position of director-general of the World Trade Organisation. TheCable reported on Thursday that Buhari withdrew the candidacy of Yonov Agah, Nigeria’s permanent representative to WTO, for the same position. Okonjo-Iweala currently chairs the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, a public-private global health partnership with the goal of increasing access to immunisation in poor countries. She also sits on the board of Twitter and is a former managing director (operations) at the World Bank.
June 04, 2020 23:15 UTC
Angered by the rising cases of rape, the House urged the Federal Government to launch a more effective campaign against it and other violence against women and girls. Agunsoye, while moving the motion, noted several recent nationwide reports of gender-based violence against Nigerian women and girls. He said, “The House is worried about the disturbing, growing spate of violence against women and girls recorded throughout the country. In his submission, Shehu Koko said while the punishment should be life imprisonment like in other climes, the challenge would be how to prove rape cases in court. “If that is achieved, we need to also bring stiff penalties; penalties like capital punishment, castration, amputation (sic) of the manhood.
June 04, 2020 23:15 UTC