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The Zambian President, Edgar Lungi, collapsed on Sunday, during the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture ceremony.

A statement by the Principal Private Secretary to the President, Simon Miti, on Sunday, as published by Lusakatimes, confirmed the incident, whilst stating that the president recovered immediately.

The statement read, “The President of the Republic of Zambia, Dr Edgar Chagwa Lungu, this afternoon experienced sudden dizziness whilst officiating at the 45th Defence Force Day Commemoration and Investiture Ceremony.

“His Excellency recovered immediately and walked to the official car and returned to his residence at State House.

“The President wishes to assure the general public and all concerned citizens and the international community that he is well and has continued to discharge his duties as Head of State, Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Defence Force.”


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Osun sensitises herdsmen on anti-open grazing law

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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

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Participants at the TWG inauguration.event comprising of representatives of MDAs and CSOs in a group picture. Abuja, Tuesday, 21st September 2021
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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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NSCDC dismisses viral video on ‘bandit personnel’

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has dismissed a viral video purporting that a member of the corps confessed to being a bandit.

The suspected bandit, Mr Abdullah Saidu, in the viral video called himself personnel of the Corps.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, in Abuja.

Newsmen report that Saidu was arrested in connection to a group of armed bandits terrorising some parts of Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi.

The spokesperson said that the NSCDC has set up a team to investigate the available records to confirm the authenticity of Saidu’s claims that he was the corps personnel.

“The general public shall be adequately briefed on subsequent findings.“Based on the aforementioned, the purported video where the alleged suspect openly confessed to the crime did not in any way give credence to or affirm his membership to the Corps.

“Experience has shown that criminals are fond of impersonating security operatives in order to divert attention, subvert investigation or get away with the crime,” he said.

Odumosu further noted that the NSCDC was saddled with the responsibility of protecting lives and property amongst others.

“The Corps will not in any way condone any saboteur of national security or sponsorship of criminals.”He reiterated the Corps’ zeal to discharge its statutory mandates without compromise but with humility and integrity.

He said the NSCDC will continue to synergise with sister agencies to combat crimes in the country.

Source: (NAN)


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