The Adamawa Government has enjoined registered cooperative societies in the state to get involved in environmental protection and community services, to forestall desert encroachment.
Mr James Ilya, the state Commissioner, Ministry of Entrepreneurship Development, made the call at the celebration of the 2020 International Day for Cooperatives on Saturday in Yola.
Ilya noted that cooperative societies had a vital role to play in promoting community social development and environmental protection services.
“In Adamawa, we have about 145 government recognised and registered cooperative societies.
“The cooperatives’ role in human and nation building cannot be over emphasised, hence the need for them to be involved diligently in tree planting and community services.
“The state government is ever ready to register more viable and successful cooperative societies in the state, for sustainable development goals,” Ilya said.
He urged members of the societies in the state to complement government’s efforts toward fighting climatic change and desertification.
Ilya charged cooperative societies in Adamawa to expand and establish more branches in rural areas, to promote tree planting.
Earlier, Alhaji Uba Abdu, the Director of Cooperatives in the state, said that the United Nations International Day of Cooperatives was celebrated annually on the first Saturday of every July.
According to him, the event is aimed at increasing awareness on cooperatives, highlight the complementary goals and objectives of the UN and International Cooperative movement.
The theme of the 2020 International Cooperatives Day is: “Cooperation for Climate Action” and it was chosen to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 13) on climate action.
“This event will focus on the contribution of cooperatives to combating climate change, one of the most severe challenges facing our planet in the 21st century.
“Climate change has negative and disadvantage effects on groups such as small scale farmers, women and youths.
“The only solution is to collectively come together as cooperatives and partner with government at all levels and international community, to protect our environment,” Abdu said.
Mr Bala Andrew, the President, Adamawa Cooperative Federation, thanked the state government for its efforts to support cooperative societies in the state.
Andrew said that the cooperative societies in Adamawa would expand their activities and reach out to the rural areas for environmental protection and economic growth.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that cooperative societies from the 21 local government areas of the state participated in the 2020 International Day celebration.
Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
Risks of COVID-19 infection through breastfeeding negligible — WHO
Dr Laurence Grummer-Strawn, Head of the organisation’s Food and Nutrition Action in Health Systems unit, stated this on Tuesday, according to the United Nations.
In a report, the UN quoted Grummer-Strawn as making the statement at a news briefing on the 2020 World Breastfeeding Week where he appealed for greater support for the practice.
“WHO has been very clear in its recommendations to say absolute breastfeeding should continue.
He said that the advantages included the fact that breastmilk, including milk which is expressed, provides lifesaving antibodies that protect babies against many childhood illnesses.
“This is only one of the reasons why new mothers should initiate skin-to-skin contact and room-in with their babies quickly.
He explained that the conclusion followed the testing of the breastmilk of many mothers around the world in a variety of studies.
Grummer-Strawn said although a few samples had the virus followup tests showed that the virus was not viable and could not be infective.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)
LCCI to engage VP Osinbajo in virtual presidential policy dialogue
The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) said on Tuesday that it had concluded plans to host virtual Presidential Policy Dialogue, futuring Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the Keynote Speaker.
He said it would also focus on regulatory issues and their effects on the business environment as the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Dr Amina Mohammed, would also make remarks at the session.
“As part of its public sector engagement programmes, the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry initiated the “Presidential Policy Dialogue” to create a platform for the organised private sector and the Federal Government to deliberate on issues pertaining to the state of the economy.
“The 2020 edition of the event is expected to bring together key government officials and major players in the organised private sector spanning various sectors of the economy.
“The dialogue session would also explore collaboration possibilities and synergy between the private sector and the government,” he stated.
Yusuf said the forum would bring together, captains of industry, leaders of the private sector as well as members of the diplomatic corps.
He said that the stakeholders would deliberate on issues bothering on the economy and as they related to the mandate of the present administration in order to take it to the next level.
“The chamber believes that through engagements such as this, the government and the organised private sector can identify and address issues affecting the growth of our economy, with a view to proffering long-lasting solutions to them,” Yusuf said.
Edited by Vivian Ihechu/Ejike Obeta
IOM opens legal facility in Edo for victims of trafficking
The International Office for Migration (IOM) Nigeria has opened a new facility in Edo to provide unhindered access to legal services to victims of trafficking in Nigeria.
The IOM made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
According to the IOM, the legal hub will provide free, prompt, timely and confidential legal aid to victims regardless of sex, age and gender.
The UN Migration agency stated that parallel to the opening of the pilot facility in Edo, it also conducted awareness raising sessions in Delta and Lagos states.
The IOM disclosed that two additional hubs will be established in Delta and Lagos States at the end of the year.
Ms Bertha Nguvulu, IOM Nigeria Counter Trafficking Project Officer said “Currently, prosecution of traffickers in Nigeria is focused primarily on criminal cases.
“The legal hubs will bring together all actors involved in criminal, as well as civil proceedings for victims of sexual and labour exploitation seeking legal redress in the country,” Nguvulu said.
The launch follows consultations with various legal actors in all three states such as the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Consultations were also made with the Ministry of Justice, the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Federation of Women Lawyers, as well as academia.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Gov. Fintiri begins construction of 2 flyovers, township roads in Yola
Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa on Tuesday performed the groundbreaking ceremony to kick-start the construction of two flyovers and township roads in Yola.
Speaking during the event, Fintiri said the projects were part of his campaign promises to the people of the state.
The governor said that the projects valued at N8.8 billion would be implemented vigorously, as part of his administration’s urban renewal policy.
“This event marks a milestone in our commitment towards fulfilling the promises made to Adamawa people during our campaigns.
“ Apart from the aesthetics, the flyover projects will take care of the anticipated population and expansion in the city,” he said.
Fintiri restated his administration’s commitment to the timely delivery of the projects, saying, “ we shall not concede to failure.”
He said that the state government had also begun the construction of roads in Michika and Madagali towns as a way of fulfilling its promises to the people.
“Plans are underway for the provision of roads and health infrastructure in Yola South, Numan, Fufore and other local government areas.”
Also speaking, Alhaji Adamu Atiku, the state Works Commissioner, said the ministry would indulge in vigorous supervision to ensure that the projects were delivered according schedule.
He urged residents of the state to support the government by bearing the inconveniences in traffic flow that the project would cause.
“I urge the public to support the project, we shall definitely endure some form of inconveniences as we implement these projects,” he said.
Mr Elie Abu-Farhat, Managing Director, Messrs Triacta Nigeria Limited, assured that the firm would deliver within the stipulated period.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)