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President Muhammadu Buhari will make a national broadcast on Tuesday, as part of the celebration of 19 years of unbroken democracy.
Nigeria since 1999 has been observing 29 May as Democracy Day.
According to Femi Adesina, President Buhari’s media adviser, television and radio stations are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria for the broadcast.
May 29, 1999, was the day the military handed over the reins of power to democratically elected representatives at all levels of governance.
The military, in its second coming, had governed Nigeria, between January 1984 and May 1999, allowing some two years of civilian rule at the state level, between 1991 and 1993.
Tomorrow’s celebration also marks the third anniversary of the Buhari administration.

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‘PROViDENCE iS THE WORD: Lord We Thank Thee!’ The 60th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze held on Thursday 13th December 2018 at Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha as captured by Emeka Ozumba
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Pix 1: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and Wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu carrying the Oblate to the Alter at the Holy Mass.
Pix 1b: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and Wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu at the Holy Mass.
Pix 2: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and Wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu receiving the blessing from His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze at the Mass.
Pix 3 & 4: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and his predecessor, His Excellency, Chief Peter Obi exchanging pleasantry after the Mass.

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Team Anambra quest for medals haul continues on Day 6 of the 19th NSF

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There are 35 events billed for today across different sport centres as Day 6 of a very entertaining and highly competitive 19th edition of the National Sports Festival continues. *#TeamAnambra* with a total of 5 medals *(2 Gold, 1 Silver, 2 Bronze)* won so far are set to feature in 10 events this Tuesday at the ongoing festival. The events and venues are:
*BOXING* – GYM HALL, AGUIYI IRONSI CANTONMENT
*CHESS* – CHELSEA HOTEL, CBD, ABUJA
*DEAF TABLE TENNIS* – INDOOR HALL, PACKAGE B
*JUDO* – VELODROME, PACKAGE A
*KICKBOXING* – GYM HALL, AGUIYI IRONSI CANTONMENT
*KUNGFU* – GYM HALL, MAMBILLA BARRACKS
*SCRABBLE* – VIP LOUNGE, PACKAGE A
*TABLE TENNIS* – INDOOR HALL, PACKAGE B
*TAEKWONDO* – VELODROME, PACKAGE A
*VOLLEYBALL (INDOOR)* – OUTDOOR COURT PACKAGE B
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Obiano leads Members of the National Defence College to Innoson.
The team has military personnel from different African countries who are currently on training in Nigeria.
Innoson to introduce low cost cars in February 2019…

 

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Nigeria declares State of Emergency on Water and Sanitation sector

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President Muhammadu Buhari has declared a state of emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Action Plan for Revitalization of the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector, today at the State House, Abuja.

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The President said the declaration has become imperative to reduce the high-prevalence of water-borne diseases which has caused preventable deaths.
He directed government at all levels to redouble efforts and work towards meeting the nation’s water supply and sanitation needs.
The President was speaking while inaugurating the National Action Plan for Revitalisation of Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector at State House Conference Centre on Thursday.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Action Plan for Revitalization of the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector, today at the State House, Abuja.

Disturbing Trend
The President described statistics on open defecation, access to piped water services and sanitation in the country as ”disturbing.’
He warned that henceforth, support to State Governments would be based on their commitment to implement the National WASH Action Plan in their respective States and to end open defecation by 2025.
”Access to piped water services which was 32% in 1990 has declined to 7% in 2015; access to improved sanitation has also decreased from 38% in 1990 to 29% in 2015. Our country now ranks No 2 in the global rating on Open Defecation as about 25% of our population are practicing open defecation.
”WASH services at the rural areas are unsustainable as 46% of all water schemes are non-functional, and the share of our spending on WASH sector has been declining from 0.70% of the GDP in 1990 to about 0.27% in 2015 which is far below the 0.70% at the West African regional level,” President Buhari explained.

The President used the occasion, attended by State Governments and development partners, to reiterate that the provision of potable water supply, adequate sanitation and hygiene are primarily the responsibilities of State and Local Governments.
”However, these are not being given the required attention judging from the high prevalence of water-borne diseases that are being reported in different parts of the country. We cannot and will not continue to allow these preventable occurrences to decimate our population,’’ he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Action Plan for the Revitalization of the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, today at the State House, Abuja.

Endorsement
President Buhari told the gathering that he was aware that Nigeria did not meet the MDG targets for Water Supply and Sanitation that ended in 2015.
”The Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs) targets (6.1 & 6.2) for WASH are even more demanding as they require WASH services to be provided in adequate quantity and quality on premises at affordable prices. This cannot be achieved if we continue with ‘a business as usual’ approach.
”It is on this premise that I fully endorse the decision taken at the meeting of the Federal Executive Council in April this year to declare ‘a State of Emergency on our WASH Sector’. I call on all State Governments to complement this effort by according the sector similar recognition to enable us work together to achieve the SDG targets for WASH by 2030,’’ he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari launched the National Action Plan for the Revitalization of the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector, today at the State House, Abuja.

Priority on Infrastructure
At the Federal level, the President pledged that his administration would continue to place priority on infrastructure development including those of water supply, sanitation and hygiene services towards ensuring a better life for Nigerians.
According to him, this was being demonstrated through faithful implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) – which was the present administration’s blueprint for infrastructure and economic development.
”From the inception of this administration, we have demonstrated serious commitment to the development of the Water Sector by preserving the Ministry of Water Resources and subsequently approving the 15-year roadmap developed for the sector,” he said.
President Buhari added that the the on-going initiatives including the implementation of the Partnership for Expanded Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH) in the Ministry would take the water sector to improved performance and supply, thereby meeting the national aspirations as well as the SDGs.


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Obiano signs N1.4bn MoU for all-year-round yam farming, flour for export

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Gov Willie Obiano has on behalf of the Anambra State government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)with NKO Farms Ltd for the improved yam production and processing in the State.

The brief ceremony which took place at the Governor’s Lodge, Awka this afternoon has a total investment size of N1.4 billion Naira.

According to the details, it is for the establishment of a 100-hectare farm and processing plant at Achalla, Awka North LGA for the production of yam tubers and processed yam flour for export.

Under the MoU, the investor is expected to contribute 75 percent of the equity, which was put at about N1.07 billion while the Anambra State Government is to bring the remaining 25 percent.

It was also agreed that the investor must mobilize to site not less than 90 days after the MoU signing, or the land title will be revoked, and will automatically revert back to the State.

In a brief remark before signing the documents, Gov Obiano said the investment brings to 43, the total number of MoUs signed by his administration totalling about US5.6 dollars, out of which 8 are already working and 14, at different stages of development.

He said with the state’s comparative advantage in yam production, the investment provides a viable export opportunity in line with his administration’s vision to transform the state’s Agric sector.

He urged the investor to immediately hit the ground running towards ensure that the project was achieved on time.

The Chairman of the State’s Investment Promotion and Protection Agency, (ANSIPPA), and Igwe of Umuoji, Dr Cyril Enweze noted that the Agency had worked closely with the State’s Ministry of Agriculture in working out the modalities for the investment, said when completed, the project will help promote food security, create capacity building opportunities for outgrowers and improve the state’s Internally generated revenue(IGR).

The Chairman/CEO of the Investing Company, Mrs Cordelia Udo represented by the Managing Director, Mr Chekwube Okwuonu thanked the government for creating a conducive investment opportunity in the State and said they hope through the partnership, to achieve their vision of being an all-year round yam producer in the State.

The Managing Director of ANSIPPA, Mr Jide Ikeakor assured that the agency was poised to continue to drive the governor’s investment drive and expressed thanks to him for providing leadership that has made their job seamless.

 

 

 

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Nigeria Floods Leave at Least 100 Dead, Emergency Agency Says

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NEMA Director-General Mustapha Maihaja

At least 100 people died in floods in central and southern Nigeria as torrential rains caused the West African country’s two main rivers to overflow, the emergency agency said.

“About 100 lost their lives in 10 states so far, and a national disaster has been declared in four states,” Sani Datti, the spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency, said by phone on Monday from the central city of Lokoja.

The government is concerned that water levels have continued to rise on the Niger and Benue rivers, submerging many houses in the states of Kogi, Niger, Anambra and Delta, Datti said.

Alerts by the hydrological services agency indicated the flooding could reach the scale of the last major such event in 2012, which displaced 2.2 million people and resulted in 363 deaths.


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OPERATION PYTHON DANCE III IS OPENING FRESH WOUNDS – IGBO RENAISSANCE FORUM PRESS RELEASE

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Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka

The IGBO RENAISSANCE FORUM by this communication wish to state clearly that the launch of Operation Python Dance III in the South East is a recipe for unpredictable and mixed actions.
The Federal government of Nigeria is unnecessarily aggravating the people of the South East for reasons best known to them.
As the intimidation and suppression continues, we want the international community to be aware that Nigeria has unfortunately descended into the dark and dangerous abyss of dictatorship and tyranny, and that the earlier there’s concerted efforts from everyone to uproot it now before it grows tap roots, the best for everyone.
This same government that has taken so much pleasure in making the South East a killing field of choice has shown no intention of curbing the Fulani herds terrorists that are overrunning the whole country. Infact, it seems they are on a legal mission, considering the body language of this same government.
The Amnesty International has indicted the Nigeria military for extrajudicial murder of hundreds of Igbos in the last Python Dance II, yet this government has not done anything to investigate the actions of their men.
Each expedition of BLOODLETTING code named OPERATION PYTHON DANCE in the South East has always left a very sorrowful, bloody trail of the blood of Igbo youths.
There is a limit to what a people can stomach.
LET WISDOM AND COMMON SENSE VISIT THE SCHEMERS OF SUCH INHUMAN ENTERPRISE.
We are therefore asking for a step down of this so called military exercises that have been a killing expedition by the Federal government of Nigeria.
The smell of gunpowder and blood is still too fresh in the South East for another round of bloodletting!
We are calling on the South East Governors to live up to their mandate to protect the lives of those who gave them the mandate.
We consider it a big flop for these Governors to fold their arms while such actions are meted out on the South East.
It’s very significant that this is coming at the time when the only thing that gives you all sleepless nights is around the corner (RE-ELECTION).
We the masses would advise ourselves and ensure that ONLY those that are willing to keep the promise of protecting our lives when they get into office shall surely get to the government houses.
We want to promise you that it will not be business as usual. It is either you stand up for us today or we hand over our mandate to ready and willing lovers of the people.
We shall continue consulting with other groups and individuals to see the way forward as we also make clear that these actions are testing our patience and certainly, it will wear out some day.

SIGNED:
Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka (Oyi of Oyi II)
International Coordinator.
Email: – igborenaissanceforum@gmail.com

12.09.2018


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The free movement of people is an AU ambition: what’s standing in its way

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The African integration project took several major steps this year. One of them was the African Union’s adoption of a protocol on the free movement of people. The move has been widely welcomed.
The free movement of Africans between African countries could unquestionably facilitate growth. Allowing freer movement would encourage trade, tourism and investment between African countries. And it would allow students to study in other African countries and Africans with suitable skills to find rewarding jobs.
Opening up borders has been shown to have positive affects in other parts of the world. For example, growth of many Asian countries is significantly attributable to the liberalising of inter-Asian relationships including through an agreement between Southeast Asian countries that promotes freer mobility for workers.
Some African countries have recognised the benefits of ensuring free movement of people. Seychelles, Mauritius and Rwanda have liberalised their visa requirements. One effect is that there’s been a significant rise in inward tourist arrivals from other African countries. And the removal of visa and even passport requirements within regional trading blocs in both East and West Africa are widely believed to have led to increased economic activity.
But there are major obstacles that need to be cleared before the ambition of free movement across the continent can be achieved. The biggest is posed by concerns raised by the continent’s major economies like South Africa and countries in North Africa where unemployment rates are high and there are fears that increased immigration could contribute to increasing domestic tensions.
There are also concerns that if not well managed the free movement could worsen brain drain for poorer countries. Because of these concerns, among others, only 30 countries have signed the protocol. This is much lower than the 44 that have signed the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

The obstacles
The AU recognises the lack of readiness of many domestic and continental arrangements that would allow the immediate full implementation of the protocol. Some countries have population registration and passport systems which lack integrity, some have weak border management, and some have poor security intelligence.
Because of this, implementation has been divided into three phases: right of entry and abolition of visa requirements; right of residence; and right of establishment (which includes investment and setting up a business).
Phases 2 and 3 will not be implemented until the implementation of the first phase has been reviewed.
But many countries, especially the richer ones, are reluctant even to enter phase one without some conditions being met.
The key concerns are around the absence of inter-state cooperation measures on immigration procedures, border management, education systems and mutual recognition of qualifications, common standards for working conditions, and access to or portability of social security benefits.
South Africa, in particular, has issues with a range of the requirements. A memo of the South African Department of Home Affairs identifies 12 preconditions for the implementation of the protocol. Some of them are unrealistically idealistic such as the condition of “peace, security and stability on the continent”.
But about half of the preconditions seem quite reasonable and understandable. They include civil registration systems and bilateral return agreements. Civil registration systems critical; South Africa is one of the few countries on the continent that has a comprehensive ID system.
Home Affairs position is very cautious. It advises against even adopting Phase 1 of the protocol – the right of entry and abolition of visas for fellow Africans – until certain conditions are met. It is imperative, it argues, to improve population registration systems, establish integrated border management systems, enter into bilateral return agreements and strengthen law enforcement at national level across Africa before Phase 1 is supported.
South Africa, they argue, is not alone in adopting this stance. Other countries with similar concerns include many of the North African countries and one or two other richer African countries. Like South Africa, most North African countries have relatively high unemployment rates and fear a backlash from citizens. In situations of unemployment and inequality, disadvantaged citizens can end up blaming ‘foreigners’ for their predicament, resulting in tensions than can lead to xenophobia.
It’s unlikely that the Protocol will make progress unless fears are addressed. So, how can the AU get the laggards on board?

Next steps
One suggestion is that the AU sets up a technical committee to address the issues raised and to come up with proposed solutions.
A stronger African coordination around population registration, leading ultimately to an African ID or an African standard ID would be a neat way to address these technical issues. The technical committee could focus first on the obstacles to implementing Phase 1. Once that hurdle is crossed it could move on to Phase 2, and eventually to Phase 3.
The technical committee must be well-resourced with officials and experts, both to achieve its objectives and to ensure that the richer countries believe the committee will make progress with or without them. They will not want to be left out.

 

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A baptized person who does not proclaim the Gospel is not a good Christian- Pope 

Every baptised Catholic is called to be a missionary and to spread the Gospel of Christ, Pope Francis has said.
In his Sunday Angelus address, the Pope said that “a baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Jesus, is not a good Christian.”
“The missionary disciple has first of all a centre of reference, which is the person of Jesus,” Pope Francis added. This is because announcing the Gospel is “not an initiative of individual believers, groups or even large groups, but it is the Church’s mission inseparably united with her Lord.”
“No Christian proclaims the Gospel ‘on his own,’ but only sent by the Church who received the mandate from Christ himself,” the Pope said.
The Pope was reflecting on the day’s Novus Ordo Gospel reading, in which Jesus sends out his disciples “two by two” to spread his teaching. Pope Francis said Christ’s message to his disciples applied all baptised Christians, not just priests and bishops.
People may reject the Gospel, but this would only be in line with what Christ himself experienced. “Only if we are united with him, dead and risen, can we find the courage of evangelization,” Pope Francis said.

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has postponed until further notice its planned peaceful protest march slated for July 11.
It said it did so due to some circumstances beyond its control.
CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle made the announcement in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji , his Special Assistant, Media and Communication.
However, Ayokunle said the three-day prayer and fasting would hold as scheduled from July 9 to 11, 2018 in all churches and state chapters of CAN.
He disclosed that the church and denominational leaders would come to the National Christian Centre together with the National Executive Committee (NEC), of CAN on the July 11 at 10am to pray to God for the nation.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), recalls that the leadership of CAN had declared July 9 to 11 as National Day of prayers and fasting programme against the killings across the country.
The association also called on all Nigerians, both within and outside the country to take part in the programme.
The association said the decision was hinged on the wilful and persistent killings of fellow citizens in general and Christians in particular, mostly in Plateau and Benue states where mass burial has become the norm.
” CAN is worried, disturbed and disappointed that despite all the clarion calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to re-organise his security team by replacing all the security chiefs, he has consistently not responded to such calls,” the association said.

 

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