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Ten Nigerian Technical Aids Volunteers Receive Meritorious Service Award in Sierra Leone

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Ten Nigerian Technical Aids Volunteers Receive Meritorious Service Award in Sierra Leone


… End of COVID Programme, A Nigerian Lost

By: Michael Mike

Nigerian technical aid volunteers continue to make waves in the Africa where there is high demand for their service as the government of Sierra Leone gave out meritorious service award to the last set of Nigerian volunteers to the West African country.

Just recently Liberian government wanted an extension to the two years service of volunteers to the country.

The volunteers to Sierra Leone who returned back to Nigeria on Tuesday were described by their host government as the best ever volunteers to have served in that West African country.

The 10 volunteers: Mr. Abdullahi Hashimu Ulaira, Mr. Umar Farouq Baba, Mr. Jakada Ayuba Bulus, Mr. Dachollom Emmanuel Chong, Mr. Izuka Iloabuchi Nnaemeka, Mr. Adamu Isyaka Omame, Ms. Bosindo Buluembelemere, Mrs. Uchendu Varsity David, Mr. Madalla Aliyu and Ms. Omorere Deborah Eunice, cut across various profession.

They were posted out under the Technical Aid Corps programme in December 2021 for a two year non-renewable volunteer service. 

Receiving the volunteers on Wednesday, the Director General of Directorate of Technical Aid Corps (DTAC), Hon. Buba Yusuf Yakub described them as worthy ambassadors who made Nigeria proud by their deeds. 

He said: In Sierra Leone you were not there on your own capacity but you were there as Nigeria. Whatever you do in Sierra Leone, you were seen as Nigeria. So the people will judge Nigeria through what you have done. Thank God that you have been judged well to the extent of receiving an award as the best set of volunteers that have ever served in that country and I am proud to say that we are very proud of you and I am sure that President Bola Tinubu who has a “4 D” foreign policy instruments, which I am sure you have covered about two or three of it during your volunteering services will be very proud of you as worthy, patriotic Nigerians that have been sent on assignment and have come back with a trophy. 

“So we are going to celebrate that. I assure you that what you have done will not go in vain. You will be surely rewarded.”

He added, “We are going to celebrate your achievements and you will be rewarded for that.”

Yakub who presented certificates to the volunteers, stressed that Nigeria will continue to deploy volunteers as part of the soft power diplomacy as it has brought about so many benefits to the country.”

One of the volunteers, Ms. Omorere, a nurse, who specialises in mental health and also nurse educator shared her experience, describing it as a pleasant one.

She said: ” It’s been a very pleasant experience. We arrived there, and we were well received. We were given good reception and accommodated properly. And we the volunteers actually did our best We gave our best to the country.
“We did a lot up to the extent they recommended and they even insisted we stay back.”

“So we I want to also use this opportunity to say thank you to the to Mr. President, to the Director General, Technical Aid Corp and to all the resource persons that assisted us during our stay in Sierra Leone, and returned back to the country.”

Meanwhile, one of the Nigerian volunteer who chaired Sierra Leone’s COVID Programme, Dr. Ebenezer Adejayan died during the exercise.

The DTAC DG disclosed this during a reception for the ten returning volunteers m from Sierra Leone following the completion of their assignment.

Yakub said the late Adejayan was so exceptional that the government of Sierra Leone had to engaged him at the height of the COVID outbreak.

The late medical doctor, according to Yakub became a household name in Sierra Leone.

The DG who observed a minute silence for the departed medical doctor, said, “One of our excellent volunteers, who served in Sierra Leone during the COVID. Because of his excellent performance, the government of Sierra Leone appointed him as the Chairman of the COVID programme. He did very well but unfortunately we lost him.”

The DG clarified that he did not die of COVID, explaining that: “He did not die as a result of COVID. He finished his assignment very well during the COVID period.”

He also added: “He was one of the best. He was an excellent ambassador that represented his country well, so may his soul rest in peace.”

The late Adejanya has since been buried in his home town in Ondo State.

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9th EU-Nigeria Business Forum: Business leaders, policy makers to explore new investment opportunities

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By: Michael Mike

Nigerian and European business leaders, policy makers and institutional stakeholders will converge on Abuja on July 2, 2024 to identify and explore investment opportunities along specific value chains during the 9th European Union-Nigeria Business Forum.

The Forum, which is holding in the federal capital for the first time, according to a statement on Sunday is being organised by the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, in close coordination with EU Member States and the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.

Themed “Investing in jobs and a sustainable future”, the event will take place at Abuja’s Continental Hotel.

The EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Samuela Isopi, said the Business Forum, aside from fostering engagement between businesses, policymakers, and stakeholders from Nigeria and the EU, will also facilitates trade, investment, and partnerships through networking, discussions, and policy shaping, to promote economic cooperation between the EU and Nigeria and stimulate sustainable growth for both parties.

She said: @It is important to note that for the first time since its inception, the 2024 edition of the EU-Nigeria Business Forum will be held in Abuja. This will provide an opportunity for the EU, its Member States and the private sector from Europe and Nigeria to engage the new administration on their investment agendas in a transparent and inclusive manner, with a view to fostering confidence and commitment to a stronger and sustainable partnership.”

As part of the EU Global Gateway Strategy, she explained, EU-funded projects will complement private sector investment in areas, which bring about critical social, economic, and environmental sustainability.
In the case of Nigeria, particular attention is paid to the harnessing of local talent, particularly among youth and women, as well as economic, social, and environmental resilience. Against this backdrop, she stated, the 9th EU Nigeria Business Forum will focus on current and prospective investment in the digital, health, and agricultural sectors.

According to Ms Isopi, the Business Forum will discuss options and respective benefits towards establishing a bilateral legal framework between the EU and Nigeria, bringing certainty, stability, and sustainability to bilateral trade and investment relations.

Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, expressed her support, saying: “I commend the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, as well as the EU Member States, for their dedication to promoting economic cooperation and stimulating sustainable growth. Let us seize this opportunity to pave the way for a prosperous future for both Nigeria and the EU.”

The Forum will run in a hybrid format, targeting sectoral associations, business community, and entrepreneurs, and is expected to attract at least 400 in-person participants, excluding those who will join the event virtually. It will also feature panels on a range of issues, including Confidence in the Nigerian Economy – sustainable solutions to attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Digitalisation Leapfrog, Healthy Economies Thrive, and From Agriculture to Agribusiness.

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ActionAid Nigeria Condemns the Abduction and Arrests of Peaceful Protesters on Democracy Day

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ActionAid Nigeria Condemns the Abduction and Arrests of Peaceful Protesters on Democracy Day

By: Michael Mike

ActionAid Nigeria, a local Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) affiliated with ActionAid International, a global federation of social justice groups with a presence in over 70 countries, has condemned the clampdown by security operatives on peaceful demonstrations by some Nigerians on Democracy Day.

A statement on Wednesday by the Country Representative of ActionAid Nigeria, Andrew Mamedu read: “We witnessed a disturbing crackdown on peaceful pro-democracy activists. In Lagos, one of the leaders, Juwon Sanyaolu, was forcefully abducted by suspected Department of State Security (DSS) operatives, and his whereabouts remain unknown.

“In Abuja, students and activists from Activista who went out to advocate for good governance were also arrested in Gwagwalada and are currently placed in detention.

“We condemn this blatant suppression of constitutional and democratic rights, and demand:

  • The immediate release of Juwon Sanyaolu and all arrested activists
  • An end to the repression of peaceful protests and respect for our constitutional rights
  • An investigation into the abduction and arrests, and accountability for those responsible.”

Mamedu said: “President Tinubu’s speech today highlights the importance of democratic values, human rights, and the protection of freedom of expression and assembly. Yet, his government’s actions contradict these principles. We urge the President to practice what he preaches and ensure our rights are respected.

“The Nigerian Community of Activists for Good Governance which ActionAid Nigeria is part of will not be silenced. We will continue to demand justice, equality, and democracy for all Nigerians. The true meaning of this Democracy Day is not just to celebrate the past but to commit to a better future. We will hold the government accountable for their actions and ensure that democracy is not just a historical fact but a living, breathing reality.

“We remember the sacrifices of pro-democracy activists, including our current president, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who fought for our democratic rights, and we will continue to honour their legacy by standing up against oppression. We will not be deterred by intimidation and violence but will persist in our struggle for a better Nigeria.

“We call on all Nigerians to join us in demanding an end to the crackdown on peaceful protests and the immediate release of all arrested Activista members. Together, we can build a Nigeria where democracy is not just a celebration but a way of life.”

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How Zulum demonstrates rare leadership in Borno

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By: Yusuf Adamu

Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, has again demonstrated an unequal leadership prowess in the governance of the state by transmitting power to his deputy, Hon. Usman Kadadur. Such a move by the governor since coming to power in 2019 has put Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on a pedestal of trust and honor. 

The governor has continued to show the world that power is transient, and as such, leaders must learn to appreciate the fact that harmonious working relationships with their subordinates are key to governance. 

This is, to my knowledge, the second time the governor is doing this. On Friday, he wrote to the assembly stating his desire to hand over
power to his deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, in an acting capacity, as he left for Hajj in the Holyland of Saudi Arabia. 

The executive communication to the Borno State House of Assembly (BOHA), which was read by the Speaker, Honourable Abdulkarim Lawan, during an emergency session on Friday, speaks volumes about the kind of relationship the governor has with his deputy. This is a demonstration of trust, which is lacking in some states of the federation, and Borno has remained a point for others to emulate. 

The speaker, Honourable Lawan, said that the letter is in accordance with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, adding that Kadafur will act from June 10th to July 8th, 2024. He further explained that the move is necessary to ensure the continuity of governance and the smooth running of the affairs of the state in the absence of the governor. 

This also demonstrated the cordial working relationship and understanding between the executive and legislative arms in Borno State. This singular act of the governor has once again brought to light the desire of the governor to leave by his constant statement that he remained the servant of the people and will always abide by the Constitution of the Federal Republic in discharging his duties as governor. 

*Yusuf Adamu is the former Adviser to then Borno state governor and current VP, Kashim Shettima

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