The Management of the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday felicitated with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, over his new appointment as Chief of Staff to the President (CoS).
In a congratulatory message addressed to Prof. Gambari, the acting Managing Director of NAN, Alhaji Biola Lawal, said Gambari’s appointment was a clear testimony of the President’s confidence in the scholar and seasoned diplomat.
He said: ”The appointment is indeed a testimony to the confidence the President has in you, especially at a critical time like this when the whole world, including our country, is being troubled by a pandemic.
”Your assumption of office is, therefore, a call to assist the President lift the country to higher level with matured counseling and recommendations borne out of your wealth of experience as a successful Administrator, Diplomat and Humanitarian Service Provider.”
Lawal assured that NAN, Nigeria’s most credible media outfit and largest news content provider, would continue to support and promote all government programmes meant to uplift the quality of life of all citizens across the country.
”We assure you of our continuous commitment to assist your high office and the Presidency in general through professional projection of the efforts to make Nigeria a better place for all.
”We congratulate you and pray that almighty Allah will assist you to achieve a resounding success as Chief of Staff,” he added.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had on Wednesday formally presented Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, to members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as the new Chief of Staff to the President.
NAN reports that the new Chief of Staff, an Ilorìn prince, has since resumed work.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response
The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.
The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Owerri.
Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.
He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.
The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.
Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.
He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.
He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Eid-el-Kabir: Police record zero crime in Niger
The Police Command in Niger on Monday said it recorded no crimes during and immediately after the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Adamu Usman, told News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Minna that the celebrations also went on peacefully across the state.
“We had hitch-free Sallah celebrations across the state and no arrests were made during and after the festivities.
“The entire exercise was conducted without threat to lives and property across the 25 local government areas,” Usman said.
He commended residents of the state for cooperating with security personnel deployed to provide security in the state.
He called on the residents to support the efforts of the command by providing useful information that would assist it in preventing crime and apprehending criminal elements.
Edited By: Bayo Sekoni and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)
NDDC warns Nigerians against scammers offering fake jobs
The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has warned the public against activities of fraudsters offering non-existent jobs to unsuspecting seekers.
Mr Charles Odili, NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, said in a statement in Port Harcourt on Monday that the scammers demanded money from unsuspecting Nigerians to obtain jobs.
“NDDC is once again compelled to alert members of the public of activities offering placements in non-existent empowerment programmes purportedly being run by the commission.
“We have received several inquiries from potential victims, who were deceived into believing that NDDC was currently running different training and skills acquisition programmes.
“The hapless job-seekers are being asked by scammers to pay some enrollment fees into fake accounts,” he said.
Odili said that the scammers told their victims that they were representatives of officials of the commission.
According to him, the fraudsters also informed the public that they were authorised by NDDC management to collate list of contractors with jobs as well as negotiate payments.
“Members of the public should note that these dubious individuals, who impersonate NDDC officials, are exploiting the social media to carry out their nefarious activities.
“We advise those who have genuine business with NDDC to always cross-check their information at the commission’s official website and other social media handles.
“We warn those claiming to represent the commission or its Chief Executive Officer in non-existent programmes to desist forthwith or they will be arrested and prosecuted,” he warned.
Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)
Revised NDC will impact Nigeria’s climate, economic development, says Environmentalist
An Environmental Expert, Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, says the revision of the nation’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) has the potential to impact Nigeria and Africa’s climate change policy and economic development.
Okereke, Director, Centre for Climate Change and Development (CCCD) at Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ebonyi State, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Monday.
He stated that the ongoing revision of NDC would produce a robust document that could help to drive sustainable green economic development for the country.
According to him, there are several environmental experts that consider Nigeria’s original NDC quite ambitious.
“Some might say that Nigeria ought to demonstrate leadership by increasing its ambition.
“Others might say that the priority for the country for now should be on rebooting its economic growth.
“A critical question to ask is to what extent Nigeria has actually implemented the NDC that it pledged in 2015?
“And what are the environmental, social and economic benefits that have accrued to the country as a result.
“It is important to ensure that Nigeria is not simply making commitments it has no intention of achieving simply to please the developed countries that are financially supporting the NDC revision process,” he said.
Okereke stated that some experts asserted that the preparation of the original NDC, which started in late June 2015, was rushed to meet the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) deadlines.
“One implication was that some of the data and analyses on which the NDC was based relied on grey literature and are judged very suspect.
“For example, in the absence of a national emission registry, the emissions from most of the key sectors (energy, transport and forestry) on which the NDC was based were best guess projections,” he said.
The professor added that the previous NDC preparation process had limited public engagement, thus hindered the country from receiving inputs from critical stakeholders like business moguls, parliamentarians and sub-national actors.
“Till date, many of these stakeholders have remained largely unaware of or had limited involvement in the implementation of the NDC.
“Moreover, with limited public awareness of, and engagement with the development of the original NDC, there was not much from the civil society in the way of monitoring the implementation (or lack) of the NDC following its ratification in 2017,” he said.
Okereke said that in the original NDC, Nigeria committed itself to make 20 per cent “unconditional emission reduction” of its Greenhouse Gas emission by 2030 compared to the 2010 levels.
Okereke noted that Nigeria further committed that it would increase her emission reduction to 45 per cent by 2030 if help was received from the international development partners.
He stated that Nigeria’s NDC was built on the appealing philosophy of pursuing socioeconomic development while reducing carbon pollution.
Okereke added that NDCs are voluntary documents that governments agreed that parties to the UNFCCC would submit to show what each government had committed to do in order to tackle climate change.
He, however, said that though the submission and commitment are voluntary, once a country submitted their NDC, they were expected to keep the commitment or pledge made.
Okereke noted that Nigeria started the process of revising her NDC in March 2020 and would be due to conclude the exercise in November.
Edited By: Sam Oditah/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)