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Zulum, Ribadu, others join VP Shettima for stepmother’s burial

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Zulum, Ribadu, others join VP Shettima for stepmother’s burial

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, the delegation from the presidency led by the national security adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu and many prominent Nigerians joined Vice President Kashim Shettima for the burial of his stepmother, Hajja Hausa Abba Kormi, on Thursday evening in Maiduguri.

The funeral prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Borno, Laisu Ibrahim Ahmad.

Hajjia Hauwa Kormi died on Thursday after a prolonged illness at the age of 69. She left behind five children, many stepchildren and grandchildren.

The burial was also attended by senators for Borno Central, Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan, Borno North, Barrister Mohammed Tahir Monguno, House of Representatives members, and members of Borno State House Assembly led by the speaker, Abdulkarim Lawan.

Others include the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, MD of North East Development Commission, Mohammed Goni Alkali and Borno State Executive Council members, among other officials.

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Women CEOs form Coalition to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Nigeria

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Women CEOs form Coalition to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Nigeria

By: Michael Mike

Women CEOs and relevant stakeholders have met in Lagos to form a coalition to address the gender disparity in access to economic opportunities in Nigeria and to advance women’s economic empowerment.

The coalition, according to a statement by United Nations Women on Tuesday, has one goal, make life better for women and girls by pushing for improved implementation of economic policies that will enhance women’s access to public and private procurement as well as income generating opportunities.

Nigeria has one of the highest numbers of female entrepreneurs in the world, yet women-owned businesses do not secure procurement contracts, suggesting systematic gender disparities in the procurement systems of both government and private sector organisations.

The statement added that the consensus on the positive correlation between gender equality and the socio-economic environment of a country calls for incentives to ensure equal opportunities for women entrepreneurs and their male counterparts, for instance in the form of preferential treatment for marginalized groups when it comes to procurement of goods and services.

According to the statement, the UN Women is doing this under auspices of the project: Women’s Economic Empowerment through Affirmative Procurement Reform in West and Central Africa, with funding from African Development Bank and Women’s Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WeFi), aimed at improving women’s economic empowerment through enhanced opportunities of women-led businesses to access public procurement and corporate supply chains.

The statement explained that the project was designed as a catalyst to support enabling environment for women to work and be financially independent as well as enhance capacities of government officials to formulate and implement gender responsive policies, noting that gender-responsive policies are crucial to achieving sustainable development, as they enable women and girls to participate fully in and benefit equally from socioeconomic opportunities, address the underlying causes of vulnerability including gender inequality.

The statement said in line with UN Women’s coordination mandate, and as part of project exit strategy, the coalition will work with existing state institutions to push for approval of the state policies, monitor government interventions and promote the economic rights of women entrepreneurs in the state. Also the coalition would be expected to push for the domestication of available legal frameworks that support women’s economic empowerment in the state. The coalition will in turn serve as key connectors to government and businesses and help to create a strong enabling environment for civil society organizations, democracy, and the rights of citizen action and participation.

UN Women Country Representative to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms Beatrice Eyong,, who was represented by Women’s Economic Empowerment Specialist for UN Women,
Chukwuemeka Onyimadu,, stated that, “According to the National Policy on Women’s Economic Empowerment, 30% of all public procurement opportunities should be reserved for women-owned and women-led businesses”. However, this has not been realized due to socio-economic challenges.

Leading women CEOs and representatives of women associations including WISCAR, WIMBIZ, ANWBN, AWE, AWP, WACCIMA, JONAPED and others participated in the strategic meeting, including the Director General of Lagos State Public Procurement Agency, Fatai Onafowote.

Mr. Onafowote reiterated that Lagos State is committed to improving women’s access to pubic procurement.

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NSCDC Dismantles Illegal Local Refineries in Abia

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NSCDC Dismantles Illegal Local Refineries in Abia

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad (CG’s SIS) in strategic surveillance and tactical operations has clamped down on illegal bunkers sabotaging the nation’s economy through their alleged involvement in illegal dealings in Petroleum products in Obiapu forest, Ukwa West, Abia State, the spokesman of NSCDC, Babawale Afolabi has said.

In a statement on Tuesday, Babawale said while responding to the Corps’ Correspondents in an interview the CG SIS Commander, Deputy Commandant Appolos Dandaura had told journalists that the four suspects were notorious Syndicate that specializes in operating and controlling multiple artisanal oil refineries in a thick forest at Ukwa West in Abia State.

He further hinted that the four Suspects were caught in possession of stolen crude oil, locally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and some Instruments used in perpetrating the untoward act.

He noted that the Squad went ahead to dismantle and destroy several illegal connection points connected to oil pipelines where the crude oil was being siphoned.

He disclosed that: “The following suspects were arrested at the crime scene:
Oluchi Ibuh, a female adult of 39 years from Anambra State; Michael Isaac (M) aged 31 years who hails from Edo State, Chioma Osioma also a female aged 32 years from Imo State and Ebere Chike another female of 32 years from Anambra State.

“The exhibits sighted at the crime scene are Galvanized pipes for trucking and pumping stolen crude, Heavy duty Industrial Hoses used for stealing and siphoning crude oil, very large quantities of stolen crude oil stored in fabricated tanks, local cooking pots, Pit Reservoirs, calibrated plastic surface tanks and many cellophane bags used for packaging and conveyance. Amongst are Unquantifiable litres of illegally refined AGO, Metal buckets and Shovels”.

He said the Suspects are assisting us in the Investigation after which they would be charged to a Court of competent jurisdiction.

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Governor Buni, others visit Pakistan for post-insurgency and disaster management experience

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Governor Buni, others visit Pakistan for post-insurgency and disaster management experience

By: Yahaya Wakili

The Yobe State Governor, Hon. Mai Mala Buni CON, along with his Borno and Adamawa state counterparts, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum and Alhaji Umaru Fintiri, respectively, have visited Pakistan for a study of the Pakistani experience in post-insurgency and disaster management.

The study visit was organized by the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project (MCRP), a World Bank project, and coordinated by the North East Development Commission (NEDC) NERSP PMC cell, a World Bank-funded initiative supporting recovery and peacebuilding in the Northeast States of Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe.

In a statement issued and signed by Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, Director-General Press, Media Affairs, to Governor Buni, the tour is aimed at deepening understanding of best practices in crisis management, disaster resilience, urban development, and coordination by drawing on Pakistan’s experiences.

According to the statement, the visit aims to understand best practices and solutions relevant to MCRP AF and NEDC/BAY mandates. Strengthen institutional capacity for planning, recovery, and stabilization.

Other aims of the visit include enhancing the implementation of infrastructure, services, and social cohesion. Improve planning for post-NEDC phases and increase MDAs’ capacity to design and implement sustainable projects.

Governor Buni is accompanied by Yobe State MCRP, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment Generation, the Permanent Secretary Liaison Services, and the Executive Secretary SEMA.

Mamman further said that the team from the three states visited the Punjab Municipal Development Fund Corporation (PMDFC), LGCD, and Punjab Planning and Development Board (PnD Board) in Punjab, a city with a population of over 120 million people.

The team is expected to visit the Punjab Disaster Management Authority, site visit PMDFC Municipal Services Projects, Islamabad Disaster Risk Management Portfolio, Khyber Project for Rural Investment and Institutional Support, meet with the National Disaster Management Authority, and meet UN Agencies, among other engagements in line with the objectives of the visit.

Similarly, His Excellency Governor Mai Mala Buni will have bilateral discussions with heads of donor organizations and the private sector for resource mobilization.

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