The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has called for the teaching of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in
universities “to help generate respect and understanding during armed conflict.”
Sybil Sagay, Legal Adviser of ICRC, Abuja, made the call during the 9th International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition in
collaboration with Baze University, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Sagay said universities play crucial roles in ensuring that IHL and other relevant laws were taught to future leaders, arm carriers, magistrates
and lawyers, as well as humanitarian professionals.
She explained that today’s armed conflicts and other violence took heavy toll on civilians, detainees, the wounded, medical staff and essential infrastructure.
She, however, said that “IHL establishes limits on what is permitted in such situations as it further helps to generate respect for the body of law and
enhance people’s understanding of armed conflict.
“For promotion of IHL, future decision makers should have an in-depth knowledge of IHL, not just theory but practical to enable them to propagate
the law among students of the profession and communities.
“Academics also make essential contributions to the legal and humanitarian debate, helping to shape laws and policies that comply with IHL.”
The study of IHL would also help governments to tackle humanitarian and security issues, in line with existing legal framework and
humanitarian policies and raise awareness among Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) through media and public conferences.
The legal adviser said that the National and International Moot Court competition started nine years ago, organised and sponsored by the ICRC
to promote IHL in Nigeria.
Sagay said that this year, three participants from 10 universities, including Bayero University Kano, Baze University, Abuja, University of Maiduguri,
University of Benin, Rivers State University, would take part in the competition.
She added that the winner of the competition would be sponsored to Arusha in Tanzania for the regional completion, and a complete IHL library with
over 100 books would be given to the university.
She added that ICRC had so far trained and sponsored 53 students and 48 lecturers from Nigeria on advanced courses in IHL at Harvard, Geneva and Arusha, Tanzania.
Sechie Philip, an indigene of Akwa Ibom from University of Benin, said he represented Nigeria in 2015 at Arusha and emerged the National Champion
in the IHL completion.
Philip acknowledged the importance of the competition, which he said played a major role in his carrier as an international humanitarian lawyer.
He said that the competition helped to redefine his knowledge and skills on IHL, and urged universities to lead the research in new topics on
humanitarian issues, propose new ideas and solutions to address them. (NAN)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
Red Cross collaborates with FG on management of Coronavirus related dead
The ICRC, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Aliyu Dawobe in Abuja, said the three days training, which started on Monday would end on Wednesday.
“It takes place at the FMoH Headquarters in Abuja from July 20 to 23,’’ it said.
“Moreover, it can affect the grieving families, struggling to come to terms with their loss.
“Planning is key to be able to handle the dead in a safe manner and with full respect of cultural and religious practices.”
“ICRC supports the Nigerian Red Cross Society to curb the spread of the virus, while continuing to provide vital assistance to communities affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence.
“Among other activities, the ICRC is sharing with the authority is forensic expertise and experience, which it accumulated having worked in disaster-management and conflict zones,’’ it added.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
FG moves to actualize N43.24bn Ibadan Inland Dry Port
Talks between Federal Government and China Railway Construction Corporation Limited (CRCC) on the construction of the N43.24 billion Ibadan Inland Dry Port is nearing completion.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC) said in a statement on Saturday in Lagos that the 80,000 TEU capacity dry port would be built on the basis of Public Private Partnership.
Mrs Rakiya Zubairu, NSC Head of Public Relations, said in the statement that CRCC was the preferred bidder for the facility aimed at addressing congestion and gridlocks in Apapa ports.
Zubairu noted that the NSC would be the guarantor to the concession of the project.
She added that the facility would be designated as port of destination where cargo would be consolidated for import and export, especially in the South-Western part of Nigeria.
“Among other uses, the dry port will provide a competitive cargo sorting centre, bulk breaking as well as cargo-tracking and truck management services.
“The Lagos-Kano standard gauge railway currently under construction is aligned to the proposed dry port, making it easy to convey cargo from the seaports in Lagos and to all destinations along the route.
“The negotiations emphasised the utilisation of local content at each stage of development and operation of the facility,” she said.
According to Zubairu, an updated Full Business Case Compliance report’’ will be produced at the end of the ongoing negotiations.
Afterwards, a draft agreement would be presented to the Federal Ministry of Justice and sent to the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission, (ICRC) for vetting, after which the Minister of Transportation would present the agreement to the Federal Executive Council.
She said that the concessionaire would then be taken to the site for sod-turning and immediate commencement of construction with a completion timeline of 12 months.
“The negotiation was moderated by the Federal Ministry of Transportation led by the acting Permanent Secretary and the Director, Maritime Services, Auwalu Suleiman.
“The Director-General of ICRC, Mr Chidi Izuwa. Amb. Jummai Katagum, who represented the Federal Ministry of Finance was also part of the 4-day negotiation.
“Also present, was Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, Secretary to Government of Oyo State and the preferred bidder CRCC was led by Deputy Managing Director, Jacques Liao,” Zubairu added.
She said that NSC Executive Secretary, Hassan Bello, expressed satisfaction with the proceedings as all parties expressed firm commitment to the actualisation of the project.
According to the NSC Spokesperson, facilitation of the meeting was enabled by the transaction advisors, Aminu Dikko and Mohammed Kumalia, adding that the negotiations would be concluded soon.
Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
No fewer than 45 people killed in ethnic clashes in South Sudan
No fewer than 45 people were killed during an ethnic clashes in the volatile nation of South Sudan, an official said on Tuesday.
At least 18 others were wounded when heavily armed men from the Atok Buk ethnic group attacked several villages of the Apuk Parek ethnic group in Tonj North County in northern Warrap State.
The county’s acting commissioner, Andrew Deng, told dpa.
According to Deng, several villages were burned to the ground in the attack, while thousands of residents had fled the area.
Local authorities believe the raid was a revenge attack for a similar incident several weeks earlier.
Ethnic clashes have occurred for centuries between ethnic groups in the East African nation.
Frequent attacks include cattle raiding and sometimes the abduction of children to be used as domestic slaves.
Earlier in June, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned that armed violence causing death, injury and displacement was on the rise in various regions of South Sudan.
“Our surgical teams are working overtime, with national and international travel restrictions (due to the Covid-19 pandemic) making it difficult to bring in reinforcements,’’ the ICRC said in statement.
Edited By: Halima Sheji/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)
Actualisation of PPPs in aviation sector will contribute 5% to nation’s GDP-ICRC
The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), says actualisation of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) in the aviation sector will help it contribute at least five per cent to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
ICRC Director-General, Mr Chidi Izuwah, said this while presenting Outline Business Case (OBC) Certificates with respect to four international airports to the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika.
In a statement issued by ICRC in Abuja, Izuwah said airports in Nigeria had huge potential but were currently operating at a sub-optimal level due to factors needed to be improved under the PPP programme.
“Countries like Turkey derives significant revenues from its aviation sector annually.
“Nigeria should be able to do the same. I want to assure Nigerians that there will be no job losses arising from PPPs in the aviation sector,” he said.
He said that in keeping with the nation’s aviation sector roadmap, key commercial airports in the country were to be developed along with surrounding communities into efficient, profitable commercial hubs through PPPs.
This, he said was with a view to creating jobs and developing local industries.
The four international airports are: Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos (MMIA), Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja (NAIA), Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano (MAKIA) and Port Harcourt International Airport (PHIA).
He added that the commission issued the ministry an OBC compliance certificate for the four international airports based on the commission’s review and findings.
“The OBC report for the concession of the Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Kano airport terminals under PPP arrangement was transmitted to the commission on June 1, for certification.
“In line with ICRC PPP pre-contract regulatory role, the commission has reviewed the OBCs.
“We have deduced that OBC substantially satisfies requirement of ICRC (Establishment Etc.) Act, 2005 and National Policy on Public-Private Partnership (N4P),” he said.
Responding, Sirika said the move would help Nigeria to improve air transport value chain growth by developing and profitably managing customer- centric airport facilities.
He added that aviation assets would remain owned by Nigerians.
According to him, airline passenger numbers increased from eight million to 18 million in the last five years.
Sirika, while quoting the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said that the aviation sector was the fastest growing sector in the Nigerian economy at the moment.
The minister added that Abuja and Port Harcourt airports had new terminal buildings commissioned and operational, adding that Lagos and Kano had terminal constructions that were due to be commissioned in 2020.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that ICRC was established to regulate PPP activities in Nigeria, and to address physical infrastructure deficit which hampers economic development.
Edited By: Saidu Adamu/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)