Nigerian News from Leadership News Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:49:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jonathan Leads Physical Training Exercise In Abuja Tomorrow, Saturday Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:49:07 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan will tomorrow, Saturday, March 7, lead government officials, including sportsmen and women on an out-door physical training exercise in Abuja.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati noted in a statement he issued on Friday that the training exercise is aimed at promoting sports and fitness in Nigeria.

According to him, the training exercise, which will start at 7.00 am, will include a long walk from the presidential villa by President Jonathan accompanied by top government officials, presidential aides, political associates, leading sports personalities and enthusiasts.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP urther noted: “The programme, which will also include jogging, physical stretches and light aerobics, will culminate in a solidarity rally for President Jonathan at the Eagle Square organised by the Nigerian sports community.

“Sports personalities expected to participate in the physical training exercise and solidarity rally include Mary Onyali, Austin Eguavoen, Kanu Nwankwo, Joseph Yobo and Chika Chukwumerije, amongst others.

“The event will be broadcast live on the Network Service of the Nigerian Television Authority

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Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls Essential To Sustainable Development- Ki-Moon Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:47:17 +0000

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are essential to sustainable future.

Ban said this on Friday while declaring open the General Assembly high-level debate on ”Advancing Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls for A Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda” in New York.

He said Member States could not successfully eradicate poverty and other sustainable development challenges if they constrained the potential of half of the world’s population, which were women.

”I believe that with 20 years of experience of the Beijing agenda, and with substantive action from now on, we can reach the goal of gender equality within the time frame of the post-2015 agenda.

”We should look forward to significant further progress by 2020, and gender equality by 2030.

”Let our rallying cry be 50-50 by 2030!

”There has never been a more important moment to commit to this great objective,” he said.

The UN Chief said he had firm belief that the time for women’s empowerment has arrived, and that we can see the end of the journey begun two decades ago in Beijing.

The Beijing Platform for Action, he said, remained an ambitious but realistic agenda for empowering girls and women, and realising their human rights.

Globally and regionally, he added, policies and strategies acknowledged the importance of the Beijing Platform for Action for achieving development, peace and security.

Ki-Moon said the Security Council had adopted landmark resolution 1325, and regularly renewed focus on the role of women in building and maintaining peace.

He said many countries had adopted policies to advance gender equality.

”Women’s participation in political life is increasing.

”Many countries have enacted laws to remove discrimination and address violence against women and girls.

”Maternal mortality has fallen by nearly half from 1990 levels.

”The gender gap in primary education has closed, more girls are in school, and more women are in the labour force.

”There is no denying these welcome and necessary advances. But the gains have been too slow and too uneven.

”We must do far more to accelerate progress everywhere,” he said.

Ban said he is the proud son of a mother who is 95 years old and who is still going strong.

”She gave birth even without the assistance of a midwife, a woman who was not allowed to vote when she came of age.

”Now I am a grandfather myself. My daughters, and their daughters, have been spared the hardships my mother faced.

” The struggle goes on for millions of women and girls around the world,” he said.

The Secretary-General said there were still relatively few women in power and in decision-making positions.

In all countries, he said, gender stereotypes, exclusion and discrimination continued to perpetuate inequality.

”This year, we have a unique opportunity to end these wrongs, and deliver on the promises of Beijing.

”We have an agenda; we can find the resources; we can monitor progress; we can hold ourselves accountable for results,” he said.

Ki-Moon said there were still five countries where not a single woman was represented in the parliament.

He also said that there were eight countries in the world where not a single woman was in the cabinet.

”I am not going to name the countries but I am strongly urging the leaders of those countries to do more to empower women,” he said.

The Secretary-General said rape continued as a vile weapon of war and we saw too many examples of violent extremists suppressing and abusing women and girls.

Early and forced marriages, he said, continued to violate the rights of girls, trapping them in ignorance and ill-health and exposing them to violence. (NAN)

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Minister Felicitates With Women Over Contributions To National Development Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:38:27 +0000 The Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, on Friday lauded the efforts of women over their contribution to social cohesion and national development.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja as part of activities marking this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD), Maina said it was a time for women around the globe to come together to celebrate each other.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IWD celebrated globally on March 8, will highlight the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action as an agenda for realising women’s right.
The theme of this year’s event “Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it and Make it happen”, is to take analysis of the accomplishments of the Declaration since inception in 1995.
The minister noted that remarkable change had been achieved in ensuring that the Declaration was fulfilled in the Nigerian context.
“Nigeria has made progress in achieving results in increased basic education, reducing the proportion of underweight children, eradicating extreme hunger and reducing maternal mortality rates.
“Developing an action plan for implementation of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, Security and establishing the National Guidelines and Referral Standards for addressing Gender Based Violence in the country,” she said.
Maina also stated that despite the milestones recorded, several interventions were still needed to achieve the targets of gender equality, women empowerment, reducing infant mortality and environmental sustainability.
“The country has been unable to meet up with all the MDG targets 15 years after making appreciable strides in implementing the areas of concern.
“There have been poor funding of gender and women empowerment initiatives, non legislation of 35 per cent gender affirmative action, poor lack of sectoral synergy to implement the National Gender Policy, among others,” Maina said.
Towards achieving peaceful elections, she said that the ministry had embarked on the sensitisation of female voters and training of women candidates in the North West and North East Geo-political zones.
She said this they did by also establishing programmes to sensitise illiterate women and first time female voters round the country.
The minister added that the role of women towards nation building cannot be neglected, adding that women were better managers.
“The role of women in nation building has received recognition with intensified efforts by World Organisations and Political leaders advocating for more women participation in leadership.
“This is in direct response to experiential evidence that demonstrates that women can influence peace, reconciliation and other components of nation building,” said Maina.
However, she condemned the incessant violence meted on women both in the society and the world at large, adding that gender inequality impact negatively on individual productivity.
“Increasing incidents of rape of infants, minors and older women, the rape of women and girls in Internally Displaced Person’s camps is creating a real cause for concern,” she said.
She said that the ministry in collaboration with other partners has developed the National Guidelines to provide criteria and create standards for intervention in such cases.
The minister urged women to exercise their right through casting their votes rightly and ensure that their children were not involved in any form of election violence.
She also advised women not to merchandise their Permanent Voters Card, adding that it was their right.
The minister pledged support to UN women Executive Director’s call on all countries to step up their actions for gender equality. (NAN)

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Kogi PDP Begins Door-to-door Campaigns For Jonathan’s Re-election Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:37:40 +0000 The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi, on Friday commenced door-to-door campaign in the 21 local government areas of the state for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.

To ensure the success of the exercise, the party had constituted contact and mobilisation committees to coordinate the campaigns in all the council areas.

Mr Hassan Salawu, the state Chairman of the party, who made the announcement on Friday in Lokoja, urged PDP members to work for the success of the president and other candidates of the party.

He urged them to put aside acrimony and animosity, adding that they should ensure that the interest of the party prevail over their personal interest.

In his remark, Gov. Idris Wada urged the people of the state to vote for the PDP and its candidates, saying the state had immensely benefited from Jonathan’s administration.

Wada, who is the state coordinator, PDP Presidential campaign committee, appealed to the people to support the party and its candidates to enable them enjoy the dividends of democracy.

A former governor of the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris, pledged that the party would ensure victory for Jonathan and all other candidates in the elections.

Chief Sola Akanmode the state Deputy coordinator of the campaign committee, said that N50 million had been released to the contact and mobilization committees to `smoothen’ their operations.

He said the money was contributed by members of the party from the 239 wards in the state.

Akanmode said that N15,000 each had been earmarked for the 2,458 polling units in the state as part of strategies to ensure victory for the party. (NAN)

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NFF Confirms Super Eagles Friendly With Bafana Bafana In Nelspruit Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:35:27 +0000 The Nigeria Football Federation on Friday announced that the Senior National Team, Super Eagles, would play a friendly game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on March 29.

The match comes a little over four months after a 2-2 draw in Uyo between the two teams which kept Nigeria out of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Equatorial Guinea.

The South African team, however, endured a tough AFCON tournament, failing to qualify from the group stage although they did well during the qualifying series en-route to the AFCON 2015.

NFF in a statement said the friendly match between the two countries would take place at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit.

It said that the venue had hosted Nigeria’s first two matches at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, recording two 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso and Zambia.

“Both teams will use the platform to prepare for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series,’’ NFF said.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Henry Nwosu, Nigeria’s ex-international, described the proposed friendly match as “a good development’’, adding that Bafana Bafana are no push over in football.

He said that, Bafana Bafana had proved their capabilities prior to the 2015 edition of the Africa Football Cup in Equatorial Guinea.

“It is a great development, Bafana Bafana will give Super Eagles a good match because they are a good side with quality players.

“However, the question is under who Super Eagles will be playing in South Africa and which players will be paraded on that day.

“The NFF needs to put its house in order as regards the Eagles coach and also state the players that will be filing out on that day. (NAN)

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FRSC Warns Officers Against Truancy Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:35:15 +0000 The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Akwa Ibom Command has warned unit heads under the command against truancy and unwholesome behaviour in the course of their duties.

The state sector commander, Mr Ramalan Yerima gave the warning on Friday at meeting with unit commanders at Eket local government area.

“We should do our job with joy because we are trying to save other peoples life; we should rededicate ourselves to make sure that the objectives of the commission are achieved,’’ he said.

Yerima called on officers and marshals to rededicate themselves to duty in order to achieve the objectives of the commission.

He said that the essence of the meeting was to get feedback on the activities of the commission from the unit commanders and report same to headquarters appropriately.

He stressed the importance of discipline among offices, saying discipline was the bedrock of any para-military setup.

“Wherever there is no discipline, you will find out that the organisation will collapse, the marshals and junior officers should be ready to take instructions and ready to obey orders to the Corps.

“The senior officers should know the kind of responsibility to give to the junior officers because if you give them wrong orders, they will go and do the wrong thing on the road,’’ Yerima noted.

Yerima cautioned officers and marshals to be punctual at their duty posts and to be self-discipline at all times.

He explained that discipline was core value which the commission cherished most, saying that any defaulters would be denied promotion.

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Alcohol intake enhances Cancer risks Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:32:05 +0000 Dr Okezie Emenike, an Abuja based Medical practitioner, has warned that excessive intake of alcohol could lead to cancer related diseases and several health disorders.
Emenike made this known on Friday in Abuja during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He warned that alcohol was not only harmful to an individual, but could create bad relationships among people and the society in general.
Emenike said that alcohol consumption could lead to several health hazards such as liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
“Prolonged use of alcohol can cause inflammation of the pancreas and stomach which increases the risk of cancer.
“Heavy drinking can increase the risk of high blood pressure, chronic kidney disease as well as colon cancer.
“Alcohol can damage parts of the brain, affect behaviour and the ability to learn and remember.
“It also weakens heart muscles, which can affect the lungs, liver and could also cause heart failure,’’ he said.
He said that people who drink a lot of alcohol were prone to lung infections, and were more likely to suffer collapsed lungs and pneumonia.
Emenike explained that excessive intake of alcohol could lead to high deposit of fat in some organs of the body thereby resulting to alcoholic hepatitis.
“It can damage the development of the unborn baby in pregnant woman and interferes with the ability of the body to absorb calcium and as a result the bones become weak and thin (osteoporosis).
“Alcohol dehydrates your body and your skin and also widens blood vessels, causing the skin to look red or blotchy,’’ he said.
The physician said that the intake alcohol could also lead to infertility in couples. (NAN)

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Gov. Shetima Lauds Military Recapture Of Areas From Insurgents Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:27:54 +0000 Gov. Kashim Shetima of Borno has commended the gallantry of the Nigerian military in recapturing some of the areas that were taken over by Boko Haram.
Shetima made the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Friday.
He said that government would give the military all the moral and logistic support to accomplish the set goals.
“We commend them for the gallantry they have displayed in recovering some of the lost territories. We can only give them all the moral and logistic support for them to accomplish their goals.
“They have families, blood in their veins and are risking their lives for us to have sound sleep.
“I think they deserve to be commended not to be condemned, they need our support’’, he said.
According to the governor, Borno is the largest state in the federation in terms of land mass and the insurgents had a territory of more than 69,000 square kilometres.
“It’s the issue of hit and run; by and large, the military plus their counterpart from Niger, Chad and Cameroon, recorded a tremendous success’’, he said.
The governor said the insurgents had been driven out of Northern Borno and had also been squeezed into a tiny corridor towards the Sambisa forest.
He attributed the development to the precarious situation in parts of Southern Borno such as Gwoza, Chibok, Damboa, Hawul as well as Kaga in Northern Borno.
“It is a huge and vast land, huge territory largely semi-arid, these are sons and daughters of the soil who know the terrain very well.
“They can easily manipulate, it is easier to destroy than to build, it is easier to kill than to nurture a child.
“They get out of their way to foment mischief; Borno is gradually regaining her rightful place as a home of peace’’, he said.
According to Shetima, Maiduguri is relatively more peaceful than Lagos for now, and most of the displaced people in the state might likely cast their votes in the state capital. (NAN)

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AGF Denies Funding Anti-election Suit Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:26:30 +0000 The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke has dismissed report suggesting that he was secretly funding ant-election suits through cronies in the courts as a false allegation designed to harass and intimidate him.

The online report published this week had alleged that Adoke had received and was solely managing the disbursement of a war chest of N2 billion provided by President Goodluck Jonathan.

The said money, according to the report, is to be used by the AGF to recruit a retinue of groups to file lawsuits aimed at further postponement of the elections, their termination, or the disqualification of MuhammaduBuhari, the main opposition candidate.

But in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant, PT Akper (SAN), the AGF denied receiving N2 Billion to facilitate the filling of lawsuits to postpone, terminate the elections or disqualify any candidate.

He challenged any Lawyer “who has been so retained to speak up in the interest of our democracy and present his or her letter of instructions to that effect.

“Aware of his place in history and the experiences of his predecessors in office, Mr Adoke has refrained from partisanship and has not allowed it to becloud his sense of judgment”, Akper stated.

He said it was this strength of character that prompted the Justice Minister to disassociate himself from an Affidavit that was supposedly deposed to on his behalf, by a Staff of the Federal Ministry of Justice without his authority and knowledge of its contents.

He recalled that the AGF on becoming aware of the Affidavit in question, took responsibility for the actions of his staff and directed the affidavit to be withdrawn.

Akper added that he is fully aware that the AGF has directed the withdrawal of the Affidavit in question and appropriate challenge of the competence of the suit.

He said, “In addition, the staff concerned has been queried. It is instructive to note that the Office the Attorney General is a position of public trust.

“Nigerians should therefore avail themselves of the open door policy of the Ministry to verify information instead of fabricating tales that are capable of misleading the public and occasioning undue anxiety in the polity”.

Describing the said report as false, Akper said, “I wish to categorically state from my vantage position that theseallegations are not only false butare designed to harass, distract and intimidate the Attorney General from discharging his duties.

“Let Nigerians be assured that the Attorney General of the Federation remains committed to the conduct of free, fair and credible elections and within the time frame clearly stipulated in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and the Electoral Act, as amended.

“Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, is very conscious of the ethical and professional demands of his high office and his constitutional responsibility as ‘Guardian’ of the Constitution and has demonstrated this time and again in the discharge of his duties.

“He is one Public Officer that has the moral conviction and courage to speak the truth at all times in the defence of national interestno matter whose ox is gored.”

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U.S. Restates Commitment To Boosting Nigeria’ Food Production Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:25:09 +0000 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Friday renewed the U.S. government’s commitment to supporting Nigeria in boosting her food production for export.
USAID’s Mission Director Michael Harvey said this in a statement by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria at the end of a four-day national workshop on food security.
The statement said the workshop, which was jointly organised by the agency, Federal Ministry of Health and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, was meant to boost Nigeria’s food production capacity.
The director said in the statement that the workshop was part of the U.S. government’s long term effort to support the National Food Safety Management Committee.
It said the committee was put in place to promote a strong food safety regime to boost Nigeria’s export market as well as the agriculture sector.
“We are pleased to have USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture work together with Nigerian counterparts to hold this workshop.
“This training follows the inauguration of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Food Safety and the National Food Safety Management Committee by the government of Nigeria in January 2015.
“The training workshop involved a series of case studies on topics such as quality management systems, risk analysis, food safety modernisation act, and monitoring and evaluation procedures,’’ it said.
The statement said that since 2013, the U.S. Government had been working with stakeholders in Nigeria’s food industry in reviewing the country’s national food policy.
“These efforts have laid the foundation for the recently inaugurated committees that are charged with ensuring that food safety systems in Nigeria are on par with international best practices.
“Interventions supported by the U.S. Government will improve food safety, thereby helping Nigerians to avoid food-borne and food-related illnesses,’’ it said.
The statement said that the workshop was attended by participants from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria. (NAN)

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