The Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) International has called for the Great Green Wall to be built across several states in northern Nigeria to combat the effects of climate change and desertification.
The Vice President (Africa), GLOBE International, Mr Samuel Onuigbo,made the call at the launch of the GLOBE-UNEP-GEF project on Wednesday on Abuja.
The.project is tagged “GLOBE Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance towards Delivery of the 2030 Agenda.”
The Great Green Wall is Africa’s flagship initiative to combat the effects of climate change and desertification by growing trees across the entire width of Africa.
Onuigbo said there was the need to plant millions of trees and build a Great Green Wall from Adamawa to Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe up to Zamfara.
He said that it would contribute to the reduction or elimination of the menace of insurgency and farmer-herder clashes in parts of Nigeria and West Africa.
“When people have their means of livelihood taken away through drought, desertification, coastal erosion or degradation, crime becomes an option, hence the rise in criminal activities.”
He urged the Federal Government to pay “serious attention”to the Sustainable Development Goals and support policies and laws to protect “our natural capital.”
He said that government should also take seriously the issue of its counterpart funding for the project to achieve its objectives.
Launching the project, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the Executive and Legislature were determined to make coordinated and sustained efforts toward combating the scourge of climate change.
Gbajabiamila said government would develop policy, pass legislation and implement plans and projects intended to protect the environment and achieve sustainable economic growth.
The speaker also said there was urgent need to build technical capacity in the sector and make concerted effort to create public awareness on issues of climate change.
According to him, this is necessary so that Nigerians could be more effective partners in proffering and implementing solutions.
Also speaking, Mr Rafael Jimanéz-Aybar, Chief Operating Officer and Programme Director, GLOBE International Secretariat commended Nigeria for its leadership role in the establishment of GLOBE.
“As early as 2013, Nigeria showed that it is a country that is in a leadership position.
“The establishment of GLOBE Nigeria heralded that and many international commitments of President Muhammadu Buhari have shown the country’s commitment to the protection of the environment and sustainable development,”he said.
Jimanéz-Aybar, however, called for the commitment of the government to pay its counterpart funding to the project.
The GLOBE project is in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) .
Edited by Jane (NAN)-Frances Oraka/Dada Ahmed
Ondo 2020: Adelami is on rescue mission, says Campaign Organisation
The Olayide Adelami Campaign Organisation says its candidate for the governorship race in Ondo State under the All Progressives Congress (APC), is to rescue the state from underdevelopment.
The Spokesman of the campaign organisation, Mr Segun Ogodo, said this in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has slated Oct. 10, for governorship elections in Ondo State.
Ogodo described Olayide Adelami, aspiring for the governorship ticket under the APC, as perfect replacement for Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu towards providing an all inclusive government in the state.
“We will not be distracted even in the face of intimidation.
“Our focus is to rescue our dear sunshine state from the present underdevelopment and personalised government of ‘the father, the wife and the children’ in Ondo state,” he said.
According to him, the campaign organisation has also dismissed a report claiming that Adelami is not a registered member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ogodo was reacting to a claim by the Chairman of the APC in Owo, Mr Sydney Ogunleye, that Adelami was not a member of the party.
According to him, Adelami is a financial and card-carrying member of the ruling APC.
He recalled that Adelami was the former coordinator of the presidential support committee for the Buhari/Osinbajo 2019 project in Ondo state.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
COVID-19: Organisation to guarantee data of 10 million Nigerian youth
The Nigerian Youth Compact on COVID-19 (NYCC), says it guarantees to provide a minimum data of 10 million youth across the 774 local government areas in the country.
The National Chairman of NYCC, Comrade Gambo Haruna, made this known on a live streaming programme, which was monitored on zoom and Facebook by the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on saturday.
The NYCC organised programme was tagged: “One Stop Youth Talk”.
Haruna assured that NYCC would achieve the data through five key areas, which were: Data gathering, Advocacy, Capacity building, Access and Resource in accordance with the United Nations Global Compact on Humanitarian Action and COVID-19.
He emphasised the importance of data in planning and the fight against Coronavirus, more importantly the Post-COVID.
He added that it was more threatening to the youth, without proper planning, to cushion the aftermath of the pandemic.
“It will be a worthless effort if meaningful and accurate data of the youth in the country are not properly documented.
“The youth compact can boast of accurate data of the youth in almost all the local government areas in the country, barely a week after it was unveiled,” he said.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction with the massive inflow of the youth into the NYCC website to upload their data.
He also commended the association’s partners like the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), Common Wealth Association of Youth Workers (CAYWA) Commonwealth Association of African Youth (CAAY), YES Project, Action Aid, Minister of State for Education, FCT Minister of State and several others for their efforts in the project.
Haruna urged the youth to register as members of the project, reminding them that the world was being reset and might not fully recover from the pandemic.
Mrs Millicent Osakwa, the moderator of the One Stop Youth Talk as well the head of publicity, said the youth compact welcomed membership from youth within the ages of 18 years and 40 years.
Osakwa said that the organisation was partnering Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations and Faith Based Organisations in actualising the project.
She noted that the programme would be a weekly exercise that would engage Nigerian youth across the globe.
Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Climate change: AFAN advises members on improved seeds variety
The All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) in Adamawa on Tuesday advised members to cultivate improved variety of seeds that grow within short time, going by the current situation of climate change.
Usman Michika, Chairman of AFAN in the state who gave the advice on behalf of the association during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Yola, said improved varieties produced more yields.
The association said it was doing its best in educating members on how to improve their production and profits at the end of the season.
It called on members to avoid farming on cattle routes and grazing reserves to avert clashes with herdsmen.
It also advised them not to allow their farm produce to overstay in the farms to avoid any clash.
According to the association , farmers are facing challenges of kidnappers and sometimes clashes between members and herders.
It called on governments to set up a committee at the state, local government and community level to check the frequent clashes between farmers and herders.
COVID-19: Organisation launches telemedicine facility to ease pandemic in Nigeria
This was announced in a conference by the management of G-CEIBA, while introducing the novel telehealth solutions to the general public, on Friday in Abuja.
The Managing Director of G-CEIBA, Mr Segun Ebozoje, explained that the e-clinic web application and ICU would allow patients to be examined virtually and for carrying out routine visits while doctors and nurses keep a safe distance away from infection.
“This is especially important during disease outbreaks when patients are to be isolated or quarantined.
“It analyses progress, waveforms and makes virtual visits as if Clinicians are by the bedside.
“It gets actionable insights like consultation notes-speech to text, speech to text – digital Doctor transcription, collaborates between each other with minimum exposure to infection,” he said.
Ebozoje said that the organisation also created special Telehealth Mobile Carts that would allow physicians to remotely manage up to 20 patients at a time without being present by their bed sides.
According to him, telemedicine in general, lowers healthcare costs, drives up efficiency and provides your patients better access to higher quality of care.
“Telemedicine will allow us as a nation to leverage our clinical work force. Telemedicine will enable our physicians to reach out to multiple times the number of patients you normally can handle.
“This will decrease the amount of money being used for Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and drugs especially during the Pandemic and it will save the lives of many Nigerians as the physician can intervene in their patients’ condition timely.
“One physician can give support to up to 125 patients simultaneously. Using G-CEIBA Telehealth technologies you will bring the highest level of care to all Nigerians around the country,” he explained.
He added that a Tele ICU command centre could be set up to get an immediate access to physicians and clinicians located in the central location to patients.
He stated that the certification for deployment and use in the Nigerian healthcare industry was ongoing.
“We have written to a number of hospitals in Abuja and Lagos, a couple of them had shown interest on the eConnect Box before the lockdown
“We are yet to deploy it in Nigeria. However it will interest you to know that this technology is currently being used in New York, Turkey and Dubai.
“Clinical technology innovation such as Tele ICU and eClinic web, mobile application become imperative as a result of the risk associated with frontline health workers in the course of attending to Covid-19 outbreak,” he said.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Gention Global Resources Ltd is a member of the Nigeria Computer Society and also up to date with mandatory documents requirements for tender.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)