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ECOWAS, EU OSPRE, Others Commence Resilience, Human Assessment in Nigeria to Boost Security

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ECOWAS, EU OSPRE, Others Commence Resilience, Human Assessment in Nigeria to Boost Security

By: Michael Mike

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Office for Strategic Preparedness and Resilience (OSPRE) – National Centre for the Coordination of Early Warning and Response Mechanism Centre, Nigeria, have commenced the country resilience and human security assessment programme in Nigeria.

Other partners in the project include the Fund for Peace, the European Union, the German Government, amongst others.

Speaking during a technical workshop in Abuja, the Director-General, OSPRE, Chris Ngwodo, disclosed that the meeting was an inception dialogue, the inaugural workshop for the commencement of the country resilience and human security assessment for Nigeria.

Ngwodo also revealed that it is a study that is being undertaken across West Africa and Nigeria is the first country to undertake it.

He said: “It is aimed at mapping human security, vulnerabilities, and resilience factors within our country.”

He further explained that the objective of the committee was to have an understanding of the complex issues that underline conflicts and instability within Nigeria.

He added that: “We want to mark the resilience factors that can help us become better to combating those issues, issues that engender conflict and strife, and above all, we want to be able to create empirical data that can be used to inform policy interventions by the government.”

He stated that the exercise is sequel to an earlier one, ‘Human Security Vulnerability Assessment carried out in 2018 and the findings have been very useful in helping to establish Early Warning Systems across West Africa and in Nigeria as well.

He said in the course of the exercise, the team will be visiting both hotspots and places that have proven resilience to conflict and strife.

Ngwodo said on the visits that this is: “Because we want to understand the resilience factors as well, not just the vulnerabilities.

“Not just the drivers of conflict, but we want to understand what makes certain places resilient in the face of conflict.”

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VP Shettima To Lay Foundation For NEDC Headquarters In Maiduguri

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VP Shettima To Lay Foundation For NEDC Headquarters In Maiduguri

  • Flags Off Agric Inputs Distribution, New Road Network Wednesday

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Vice President Kashim Shettima will tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19, lay the foundation stone for the permanent headquarters of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.

In furtherance of the commitment of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration to the North East’s sustainable development through holistic security, reconstruction, food production and job creation programmes, the VP will also flag off the distribution of essential agricultural inputs and equipment procured by the NEDC tomorrow.

Senator Shettima is also expected to inspect progress on the first phase of construction on the 27km Jere Bowl Road Network in Mafa/Jere local government area, just as he will also perform the groundbreaking ceremony for the second phase of the project.

State Governors, lawmakers, traditional rulers and dignitaries from across the region are expected to join the VP at the event.

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

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ECOWAS Lightens Gambia Community with Solar Power

By: Michael Mike

A wave of excitement filled the air in Mamud Fana South, Gambia, as residents celebrated a new era of clean and reliable electricity with the commissioning of 77 Solar Home Systems (SHSs).

This life-changing project, implemented by UNIQUE ENERGY, was made possible with the financial support of the ECOWAS Commission through the ECOWAS Special Intervention Fund (ESIF), implemented by ECREEE.

For years, residents of Mamud Fana have struggled with limited access to electricity. This often meant evenings spent in darkness, limited opportunities for education and a struggle to power basic appliances. 

Now, the project lights up Mamud Fana South, bringing solar energy to over 1,000 residents. Each household has been equipped with a solar panel, battery storage, inverter, sockets, and lighting bulbs. This new energy source will allow them to power their homes, use appliances, and potentially develop small businesses.

The installations were commissioned on Saturday, June 15th, 2024, in the presence of Mr. Francis Sempore, ECREEE’s Executive Director, Mr. Emmanuel Correa, Representative of The Gambia’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy and Mr. Njaga Ceesay, Business Development Manager at UNIQUE ENERGY.

The project demonstrates the positive impact that renewable energy solutions can have on rural communities across West Africa.

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

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Chairman Nangere calls for prayers for leaders in the Tikau emirate

By:Yahaya Wakili

The Executive Chairman of Nangere local government area in Yobe state, Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, has called on the people of the local government to use the Eid-el-kabir occasion to pray for His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Yobe state, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON (Chiroman Gujba), Nangere local government, and Tikau emirate council.

Hon. Samaila Musa FCNA, who is also the Walin Tikau Emirate Council, disclosed this in his Sallah message to the people of Nangere local government area at Eid-el-kabir praying ground in Nangere.

The chairman charged the people of the local government to embrace the spirit of love and tolerance and live in peace with one another.

“Nangere local government is known as number one in the state in farming and hard work and has urged the people to pay more attention to farming and rearing as the rainy season commences.

Hon. Samaila Musa also called on the people to abide by the law and order, with a view to building peace and unity among the citizens of the local government, the Tikau emirate council, and Yobe state in general.

“Nangere local government is the most peaceful local government in the state; therefore, he urges the people to intensify prayers to our leaders to be guided aright for increased peace, security, and prosperity of our local government, our emirate, and our state in general.” Wali said.

He warned the people of the local government to avoid encroaching on the cattle roads in order to avoid a clash between the farmers and headers in the area.

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