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Nigeria, Cameroon Sign MoU to Fight Trans-border Wildlife Trade, Others

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By: Michael Mike

The Nigerian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with neighbouring Cameroon to both collaborate to fight against transborder wildlife trade, and promote ecosystem conservation and management of forestry and wildlife resources.

The agreement was signed in Abuja on Friday by the Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas and Cameroon’s Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Jules Doret Ndongo.

Speaking during the signing of the MoU (Cooperation Framework Agreement on Trans boundary Ecosystem Conservation and Sustainable Management of Forestry and Wildlife Resources), the Nigeria’s Minister said the agreement symbolizes a milestone and provides a platform for the establishment of a joint transboundary management framework.

He explained that the implementation of the agreement aims to supervise and coordinate identified areas of cooperation, ensure special protocols are consistent with identified areas of cooperation, collaborate in the implementation of common transboundary programmes, and develop the institutional and mobilisation of funds for the implementation of common transboundary programmes.

The Minister said: “Apart from the global phenomenon of climate change and environmental challenges, social factors including over-population, poverty, food insecurity have continued to immerse these resources to the brink of extinction. While this is going on, transboundary criminality such as illegal logging, poaching and wildlife trafficking have further aggravated the trend and seem to have vindicated the reverberating but appalling warning revealed in the landmark Inter-Governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), 2019 Global Assessment Report that about one million species are threatened with extinction, and many within decades.

“With our common border spanning over 1,500 km, halting and reversing the unsavoury trend cannot be achieved by the political will and commitment in a country alone but more promising is the adoption of bilateral and multilateral approaches particularly when considering the continuum and migratory nature of these resources against the backdrop of the complexities of their transboundary management and conservation.

“To that extent, the event of today is of great significance as it does not only underscore the commitment of the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present Government to collaborate with Cameroon to manage and conserve our shared natural resources but also demonstrates the importance of bilateral cooperation in tackling global challenges. So, this agreement can be said to be galvanised by this long history and an apt response to international commitments undertaken by the parties.

“It symbolises a milestone and provides a platform for the establishment of a joint transboundary management framework, which will facilitate cooperation and coordination between our countries on matters relating to the conservation and sustainable use of our natural resources. This framework will be instrumental in ensuring the effective conservation and sustainable management of our forests and wildlife resources, which are critical to our ecosystem services, livelihoods, and sustainable development.

“This agreement will further facilitate the development and implementation of joint programmes and projects for the conservation and sustainable management of transboundary ecosystems, and also foster the sharing of experiences, knowledge, and best practices between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon.”

On his part, the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Cameroon, Jules Doret Ndongo assured that Cameroon would do everything possible to implement the agreement.

He said, “The over-exploitation of forestry resources and poaching, especially cross-border poaching, are serious threats to the sustainable management of our natural resources and constitute thus one of the causes of climate change.

“Given its importance, I hereby urge all parties involved in this process to be more committed in the implementation of this instrument.Rest assured that the government of Cameroon will endeavor to do everything possible at a level to implement this agreement” He said.

In his remarks, Head of Environment and Climate Change Division, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Bernard Koffi, represented by ECOWAS advisor, Adewale Adeleke said, “This is one agreement ECOWAS has been looking forward to, we need to cooperate with each other, we need to share experiences and work together both legally and with communities to safe guard the resources of both counties.”

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Tinubu’s achievements in education is tremendous – Sajoh

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By: Yakub Yakub

A former Commissioner of Information and Strategy in Adamawa, Mallam Ahmed Sajoh, says the Ministry of Education has done significantly well within the one year of President Ahmed Tinubu administration.

Sajoh made this known in an interview with the newsmen on the education sector.

Sajoh said that the administration understood the position of education as real catalyst for national development and gave it the desired attention.

Sajoh, who is a member of the Independent Media and Policy Initiative (IMPI), said the commencement of the student loan scheme was a bold step that would ensure access to education for many students from poor families.

“The actulization of the Students Loan scheme is a bold step by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to ensure that every eligible child gets quality higher education in Nigeria no matter the circumstances of their birth.

“It’s launch is not only historic but revolutionary. Children who would have been deprived of access of quality tertiary education will surely be availed such opportunities under the Students Loan scheme,” Sajoh said.

According to him, the appointment of Prof. Tahir Mamman who spent his entire professional life promoting learning and knowledge as Minister of Education was a right choice that’s yielding results in repositioning the sector.

“Working on the matching orders of President Tinubu, Mamman set out to actualize the education roadmap of the Renewed Hope Agenda by setting up a panel to study the situation and come up with a comprehensive blueprint for the repositioning of the Education.

“He didn’t just involve fellow academicians alone, he mixed them with industry players including long term directors in the Ministry who have a lot of institutional memories.

“Prof Tahir Mamman understood that every academic study can be enriched by some validation exercises. He promptly set up a two-step validation process. First he established a small team of experts and asked them to explore the study contents and come up with a working document.”

Sajoh said that the development came up with a holistic education system for Nigeria, adding that the introduction of skills acquisition training for students at the primary and secondary level would make them self reliant.

“Another core component of the new education policy is the introduction of skill-sets, as part of the curricular at both basic and post basic levels..

“One key area this policy is expected to truly make a difference is in the reintroduction of the skills component in the education system at the basic and secondary levels.

“In the area of research and development, the Federal Ministry of Education under the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Administration has sponsored 185 researchers, supported 44 teams of 176 researchers and upgraded 24 centers of excellence.

“The net effect is that about 80 books have been written and published. All of them are tailor made for the Nigerian learning ecosystem, 868 Academic Research journals were procured in addition to over three million assorted books and 376,262 E-Resources,” Sajoh said.

According to him, training and retraining of teaching and non teaching staff by the ministry of education received serious attention within the past one year of Tinubu administration.

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Minister flags off the construction of 250 housing units in Yobe

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Minister flags off the construction of 250 housing units in Yobe.

By: Yahaya Wakili

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Musa Dan Giwa, has flagged off the construction of 250 housing units at Renewed Hope Estate in Yobe State.

Represented by Engr. Abdullahi Jijjani Gwarzo, the minister outlined the composition of the Renewed Hope Estate, which includes 50 units of 1-bedroom semi-detached bungalows, 150 units of 2-bedroom semi-detached bungalows, and 50 units of 3-bedroom semi-detached bungalows.

“Designed with flexibility in mind, these units can be expanded as the financial conditions of the homeowners improve, ensuring long-term suitability and affordability” he said.

The Minister charged the developers, including Katalyst Dynamics and Contracting Co. Ltd., Jikantiti Nigeria Limited, MB Yalwa Contractors Ltd., and 2 Horses Ventures Limited, to adhere strictly to the project specifications, emphasizing the importance of quality and timely completion within three months.

Engr. Gwarzo underscored the economic impact of this housing initiative, noting that each housing unit’s construction can generate an average of 25 direct and indirect jobs, potentially creating over 6,500 jobs through this project.

He expressed gratitude to Governor Mai Mala Buni for the provision of land at no cost, significantly reducing housing unit costs, and demonstrating effective governance.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State appealed to the federal government to look into our request that the Yobe State government acquire the 208 housing units earlier constructed in Damaturu by the federal government with a 50 percent discount.

He expressed gratitude to His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for providing Nigerians with decent accommodation, especially in states like Yobe State.

“This administration constructed 2,350 housing units in the seventeen local government headquarters as well as other towns in the state.

Buni appreciated the minister for the kind consideration of Yobe State in the first phase of the program, adding that it is a clear demonstration of commitment toward the provision of housing to the people.

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Governor Buni Launch Construction of 250 Renewed Hope Housing Units

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By: Mamman Mohammed

Yobe state Governor His Excellency Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, has appealled to the Federal Government to sell the 208 housing units in Damaturu to the state government.

He made the appeal today at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the 250 Renewed Hope Housing Estate of the Federal government.

The governor said the houses should be sold to Yobe state government “at 50 percent discount on the cost of construction to enable us further allocate the houses to the victims of insurgency on owner-occupier basis” he said.

“It may interest the Honourable Minister and of course this gathering to note that the construction of Green Economic City with the aim of integrating residential and commercial areas in a sustainable way to uplift the status of Damaturu as a modern city is in the pipeline”.

“We have as a matter of deliberate policy patronised local contractors, dealers in building materials, and artisans. We also patronised the state-owned Sahel Aluminum Company for the supply of roofing sheets. This is to create employment opportunities, contribute to the local economy, and to fast track the recovery programme.

“I, therefore, wish to appeal to the Honourable Minister to kindly consider our local contractors, Building materials merchants and artisans to locally source for the materials and manpower, to further give our people a sense of belonging and ownership of the Renewed Hope agenda.” Governor Buni said.

The governor congratulated and appealled to the contractors to ensure that they execute quality projects that would stand the test of time so that there is value for money, and to be of benefit to the people.

“I also urge the good people of Yobe state to extend our renowned culture of hospitality and cooperation to the contractors to ensure timely and successful completion of the project” Governor Buni said.

Arc. Ahmed Musa Dangiwa, the Minister of Housing, commended Yobe state government for providing the land, representing 30 percent of the project cost.

Represented by the minister of state, Engr. Abdullahi T. Gwarzo, assured that the project would be executed within the stipulated time frame for the beneficiaries to enjoy the project.

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