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Insecurity: CAR Prime Minister, cabinet quit




Prime Minister of the Central African Republic, Firmin Ngrebada, has announced his resignation from office.

He disclosed this in a statement on Thursday.

“I have just handed over to His Excellency the President of the Republic His Excellency Pr Faustin Archange Touadera my resignation and that of the government,” he stated on Thursday.

While the reason for his resignation is still unclear, a United Nations report confirms that the country is suffering from serious humanitarian crisis leading to loss of lives.

According to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission In the Central African Republic (MINUSCA),” during the period from 1st to 7 June 2021, the minusca documented 23 incidents of abuse and violations of human human rights and international humanitarian law affecting at least 90 victims.”

The country experienced a civil conflict in 2013 and many places within it are under the control of rebels.

France 24 reports that Ngrebada’s resignation will be confirmed or rejected by the president Touadera .



UNILAG, three other universities secure £1.9 million research grant.





Two other universities in Africa and one in the United Kingdom, have been awarded a research grant worth 1.9 million pounds by the United Kingdom Research Institute (UKRI).

The grant, which is for a three-year research project (2021-2023) and funded by the UKRI, under the UKRI-GCRF ARUA Research Excellence Programme, is also for Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Others are Makerere University Uganda and the University of Sheffield, UK, as collaborating institutions.

The universities are expected to support in building research capacities at some other young participating African universities such as Hawassa in Ethiopia, Gulu in Uganda, as well as the University of Jos.

The Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, disclosed this in his address at a virtual/physical National Inception Workshop of the Migration, Urbanisation and Conflict in Africa (MUCA) Research Project on Thursday in Lagos.

The workshop, with the theme: Migration, Urbanisation and Conflict in Africa; Toward Peaceful Urban Futures (MUCA), was hosted by UNILAG’s Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development.

The VC, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and Academics, Prof. Oluwole Familoni, said that the ARUA Centre of Excellence for Urbanisation and Habitable Cities had a mandate to scale up applied urban research and practice in Africa.

He said that it was also to work toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to him, the research grant is one of six awarded under the UKRI-GCRF African Universities Research Alliance (ARUA) Research Excellence programme.

He said that it was also one of the several research projects targeted at UNILAG, in fostering stronger research and development partnerships for the actualisation of the SDGs.

The don noted that the research project would focus on unravelling the complexities surrounding migration and urbanisation in Africa, the attendant conflicts and finally chart the pathway to peaceful urban futures.

”This workshop, in kicking off the research, seeks to co-create the sustainable pathway to peace in our cities with stakeholders such as ourselves, private practitioners, policymakers, international development agencies and others.

”The future of African cities cannot be determined outside science-policy engagement.

“Effective development strategies cannot be developed without the contributions of knowledge institutions.

”Providing the evidence base for targeted policies and actions in peacekeeping, peacemaking and peacebuilding in Nigerian cities is a game-changer.

”The University of Lagos and all other partner universities in this MUCA project bring that expertise as subject specialists and bridge builders for a more sustainable future.

”Let me reiterate here that this project fits neatly within the internationalisation mandate of this university.

”Our faculty members are once again showing our strength and expertise in research and our capacity to collaborate effectively with other universities internationally, to jointly undertake ground-breaking multidisciplinary research aimed at improving our societies,” he stated.

The keynote speaker, Prof. Isaac Albert, pioneer Dean, Faculty of Multidisciplinary Studies, University of Ibadan, said there was an urgent need for universities across the continent to collaborate and step up efforts, in finding lasting solutions to all societal challenges.

According to him, city managers are already overwhelmed by these challenges that come with migration and conflicts especially.

”City managers are trained to manage problems but researchers have a better understanding on how to tackle most of these problems.

”When city managers, scholars, policymakers and industry collaborate, they end up establishing structures that would produce more sustainable management of the urban challenges,” he stated.

The professor of African History, Peace and Conflict Studies added that universities must remain production relevant as well as link up with industries in their quest to research and proffer solutions.

Prof. Timothy Nubi, Director, Centre for Housing and Sustainable Development in UNILAG, expressed joy over the research grant, noting that the development was a challenge to do more.

He noted that the centre would continue to engage in active collaboration, research and practice with the Federal and State Government agencies, NGOs and other critical stakeholders.

”We are indeed very happy to be part of this.

“The grant is essentially to look into issues of migration, urbanisation and conflict in Africa.

”It is huge, most of our institutions in Africa have not up till now, recognised the importance of research and the connection into development.

“When we look around, you will discover that one of the challenges facing us today is that of urban migration.

”This is especially, for economic reason, as well as migration as a result of conflict (displacement) and this is in the highest volume.

”The joy in the grant is that we are working not only as a university but in collaboration with practitioners, communities, state government and we believe that if we co-produce solution, we are not going to market it to them because it is a joint effort,” he said.

Prof. Taibat Lawanson, co-director of the centre, said the project would cover Nigerian cities such as Lagos, Lokoja and Jos.

According to Lawanson who is also a co-investigator and Project Lead, Nigeria, it also covers some cities in Ethiopia and Uganda, essentially to look at drivers of conflicts, particularly those caused by migration, driven by mega urbanisation, as in the case of Lagos.

”We shall also look at the ones driven by industrialisation, as in the case of Hawassa in Ethiopia, and Lokoja, Obajana, in Nigeria, and that driven by perennial conflict as it is in the case of Jos, also in Nigeria”. he said.

Source: (NAN)

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Osun sensitises herdsmen on anti-open grazing law




Osun Gov. Gboyega Oyetola

Osun State government on Wednesday in Osogbo began the sensitisation of herdsmen on the recently-passed anti-open grazing law.

Newsmen report that the sensitisation, which had heads of herders groups in the state in attendance, was organised by the State’s Civic Centre.

Newsmen also report that the House of Assembly passed the Bill entitled: “Bill to Regulate Animal Grazing and Establishment of Cattle Ranches and other Related Matters’’ on Aug. 12.

Gov. Gboyega Oyetola, thereafter, signed the bill into law on Sept. 15.

Speaking at the sensitisation, Special Adviser to Gov. Oyetola on Civic Engagement, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the programme was put in place to sensitise herdsmen on the content of the law.

Oyintiloye said the programme was to let the herdsmen understand that the law was not meant to witch-hunt or segregate them in the state.

“There is need for us to sensitise and enlighten them on the content of the law so that they will not run afoul of it and also to tell them that the law is not to witch-hunt them in form of segregation.

“The programme is also to educate them to operate within the ambit of the law and not to claim ignorance of it,’’ he said.

Oyintiloye, who appreciated the herdsmen on the peaceful coexistence with their host communities, appealed to them to try as much as possible to operate within the law.

He said Gov. Oyetola would continue to provide enabling environment for them to operate and transact their businesses.

In her marks, Mrs Abiodun Ige, Special Adviser to the governor on Security, said farmers and herdsmen should continue to live peacefully in the state.

Ige said that the law would take its course on anyone that ran afoul of it.

“What concerns security in this matter is that anybody that runs afoul of the law, the law will take its course.

“If farmers and herdsmen have been working together peacefully without a problem, we will still advise they work together without any problem.

“But we do not want any breakdown of law and order. If there is anything like that, the law will take its course.

“We have advised that if there is any issue, they should report promptly to security agencies,’’ she said.

The Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Security, Mr Dayo Adewole, said that the law was not to fight herdsmen but to sustain the peaceful coexistence between them and farmers.

In his remarks, Mr Mudashiru Toogun, Chairman, Committee on Peaceful Coexistence between herders and farmers, also urged herdsmen to continue to coexist with the host communities peacefully.

Toogun said that with the law in place, anyone caught practising open grazing would face the law.

In his remarks, the Seriki Fulani in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde, said herders believed that the law would be of benefit to them.

Babatunde said that herders would educate one another on the law, adding that they would also continue to live peacefully with their host communities.

He appreciated the governor for providing a peaceful environment for herdsmen to operate in the state.

Source: (NAN)

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NIPSS, dRPC, Finance ministry to monitor women’s economic empowerment intervention programmes




Participants at the TWG inauguration.event comprising of representatives of MDAs and CSOs in a group picture. Abuja, Tuesday, 21st September 2021

The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS) in collaboration with the Development Research and Project Center(dRPC) and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning(FMFBNP) on Tuesday inaugurated a Technical Working Group (TWG) to monitor budgetary implementations of Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) programmes .

The TWG which is conceived to monitor and evaluate the formulation and implementation of WEE programmes, is in recognition of the key importance of women’s economic empowerment to the economic development of the nation and this includes the ability of women to participate equally in existing markets; having access to and control over productive resources, access to decent work, control over their time and lives; and having increased voice as well as meaningful participation in economic decision-making at all levels from the household to international institutions.

In an event which held at the Bolton White Hotels, Abuja, had in attendance officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies(NIPSS), dPRC, MDAs

The TWG led by Dr Zakari Lawal (mni), is part of initiatives by the Bill and Melinda Gates’ Partnership for Advancing Women’s Economic Development, PAWED, and it aims at entrenching accountability in the implementation of women’s economic advancement programmes and the monitoring group is comprised of 10 MDAs from across Nigeria.

The group is to provide support in the areas of development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks and to track and rate women’s empowerment projects/policies/ interventions at both the national and sub national levels. The group is to also support the advocacy for and dissemination of the WEE Monitoring and Evaluation Framework; support NIPSS, FMFBNP and dRPC WEE outreach and it will function under the guidance and oversight of the NIPSS, FMFBNP and dRPC.

In his address, the DG NIPSS, represented at the event by Dr Nasrideen Usman, said that the TWG is constituted to foster the accountability components of the NIPSS strategies and added that there’s need for clarity especially in terms of the roles of stakeholders and, that it should be well articulated and clearly stated so that, every stakeholders like the NIPSS, dRPC TWG and the CBN would know what is expected of them and also guide in the implementation of the initiative.

He also said the TWG is expected to make recommendations to the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), the development Research and Projects Center (dRPC) and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) on the development of advocacy strategies for the affective implementation of WEE policies.

He further added that the monitoring group would also support NIPSS, FMFBNP & dRPC WEE outreach and engagement activities; submit reports of its activities to NIPSS, FMFBNP & dRPC WEE at regular intervals and carry out other ad hoc duties as requested by NIPSS, FMFBNP & the dRPC.

Dr Nasrideen remarked that women constitutes over 44.82% of the labour force and that empowering this segment of our population is not only key to achieving economic independence, but also, critical in sustaining the nation’s overall economic development’ therefore, the nation stands to gain when women are economically and adequately empowered as it will help in addressing some of its economic challenges .

He concluded by imploring the 20 committee members drawn from the CBN, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance, budget and National planning and other MDAs, to work hard in order to ensure transparency

In his goodwill message, Dr Zakari Lawal (mni) Director, Monitoring and Evaluation, Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, stressed the need for strengthening the monitoring and evaluation mechanisms and gave assurance of the federal government’s readiness to set up mechanisms that will promote transparency in the allocations and implementation of WEE policy programmes in the country.

The TWG will be training participants in techniques and skills for tracking budget allocations and implementation on Wednesday and Thursday at the Bolton White Hotel in Abuja.

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