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FAO Emphasizes Urgency of Land Restoration in Nigeria for Sustainable Development

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The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations has emphasized the importance of land restoration efforts in achieving sustainable development and food security in Nigeria.

The organisation emphasized that land degradation and desertification are pressing issues that require immediate attention and action

FAO Country Representative in Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr. Koffy Dominique stated this at the opening of Collect Earth Training and Biophysical Data Collections for Africa’s Great Green Wall, ACReSAL and Africa Open DEAL held at the Centre for Dryland Agriculture.

He emphasized that land degradation and desertification are pressing issues that require immediate attention and action.

Dominique emphasized that land degradation and desertification are pressing issues that require immediate attention and action.

Citing statistics and research, he pointed out that land degradation affects not only the environment but also the livelihoods of millions of people, particularly in Africa,’’ Agbesor said.

Koffy Dominique represented by Focal Point for the FAO’s ACReSAL Project, Mr. Precious Agbesor went on to underscore the importance of monitoring and evaluation in ensuring the success of land restoration initiatives.

He stressed that without proper monitoring and evaluation, it is difficult to assess progress, identify areas of improvement, and make necessary adjustments. He encouraged participants to think critically about the importance of data collection, analysis, and reporting in informing decision-making.

Agbesor encouraged participants to make the most of this unique opportunity to participate in the hands-on “Collect Earth Advanced Training and Mapathon for Africa’s Great Green Wall” program. He emphasized that this was a chance to gain valuable skills and knowledge in using digital mapping technology to address land degradation issues. He also highlighted that this was a critical step towards achieving the African Union’s Agenda 2063 goal of revitalizing Africa’s ecosystems.

In a remark, Associate Professor Murtala Badamosi, the Coordinator of the Centre for Dry Land Agriculture at Bayero University of Kano, Nigeria, expressed delight at hosting the ACReSAL Collect Earth training at the Centre.

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Badamosi emphasized the commitment of the Centre to the ACReSAL agenda, highlighting the importance of monitoring and evaluation in ensuring the success of land restoration efforts.

He noted that monitoring and evaluation were critical components of any project, as they allowed for assessing progress, identifying areas for improvement, and making informed decisions.

Badamosi emphasized that land restoration was an urgent issue that required immediate attention. He noted that the degradation of land was having devastating effects on the environment, ecosystems, and human communities.

He urged participants to take their responsibilities seriously and to utilize the technical knowledge and resources provided during the training to make a positive impact in their communities.

The CDA Director also highlighted the importance of collaboration and partnership in achieving land restoration goals.

He acknowledged the role of international organizations like FAO in supporting national efforts towards sustainable land management. He emphasized that partnerships were crucial in sharing knowledge, expertise, and resources to achieve common goals.

On his part, the Kano State ACReSAL Project Coordinator, Dr. Dahir M. Hashim expressed commitment and support to the success of the training, emphasizing the significance of the Collect Earth Advanced Training for the pioneers of monitoring and evaluation processes in their respective states.

Dr. Hashim noted that the training was a crucial step towards ensuring the sustainability of the ACReSAL Land Restoration project.

He noted that the project would not only benefit the environment but also contribute significantly to the economic growth and development of Kano State.

He praised the participants for their dedication and commitment to their work, noting that they would be playing a vital role in implementing the project’s objectives.

The Project Coordinator acknowledged the efforts of the FAO team in organizing the training, emphasizing that the collaboration between ACReSAL and FAO would be crucial in achieving the project’s goals.

ACReSAL National Project Coordinator, Mr Umar Abdulhamid said that this partnership between Nigeria and the FAO would be a valuable asset, hoping that the Federal Government representatives would translate this collaboration into tangible implementation results.

The Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall (GWW) , Dr. Yusuf Maina-Bukar underscored the importance of sustaining the monitoring and evaluation aspect of land restoration projects.

He stressed that effective monitoring would enable accurate tracking of progress, identify areas for improvement, and ensure that project goals were being met and that this was not only essential for achieving tangible results but also for building trust and credibility among stakeholders.

The Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall (GWW) , Dr. Yusuf Maina-Bukar underscored the importance of sustaining the monitoring and evaluation aspect of land restoration projects.

He stressed that effective monitoring would enable accurate tracking of progress, identify areas for improvement, and ensure that project goals were being met and that this was not only essential for achieving tangible results but also for building trust and credibility among stakeholders.

 Reports indicate  that certificates were presented to participants after the week-long training session.

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Reports: Danagundi receives petition on misappropriation by former NPC DG

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The Director General of the National Productivity Centre Dr Baffa Babba Danagundi has received a petition of misappropriation by the former Director General of the centre Dr Nasir Olaitan Raji Mustapha

The content of the petition sighted by this paper centred on the misappropriation of 2.5% administrative charges on the staff of the agency in which the staff were given a token of 100,000 each after a bitter complaint.

The petition alleged that the DG was not alone in this gross misconduct but with the support of the agency’s head of account as well as the Director of procurement.

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The former DG also purchased old vehicles for the agency while approval was given for new ones.

It further alleged the compromising of an audit report which was recently conducted in the agency during his tenure as Director General.

A staff of the agency who pleaded for anonymity confirmed to this paper that the Director General of the centre has received the petition but hasn’t spoken about it.

“Let’s wait for next week to hear from the DG but he has received the petition a day after his assumption to office, it is on his table”. The source said.

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NUJ Inaugurates Oasis Magazine Chapel

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By Daniel Dafe

The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has inaugurated a new chapel in Delta State, Oasis Magazine Chapel.

The brief ceremony took place at the DELSU Staff Club, Site 1, Abraka on Friday.

Speaking during the event, Chairman, Delta NUJ, Comrade Churchill Oyovwe, said: “It is with immense pleasure and a deep sense of responsibility that I stand before you today on this momentous occasion. Today marks a significant milestone in the history of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Delta State Council, as we officially recognize and celebrate the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel by our esteemed national secretariat.”

According to him, “the establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is not just a testament to the growth and dynamism of journalism in Delta State, but also a reflection of our collective commitment to upholding the highest standards of journalistic integrity, professionalism, and ethical reporting,” adding: “It is a beacon of hope and a symbol of our unwavering dedication to the principles of truth, accountability, and the public good.”

He continued: “As we gather here today, we are reminded of the critical role that journalism plays in our society. In an era where information is both a powerful tool and a potential weapon, the responsibility that rests on our shoulders as journalists is immense. We are the watchdogs of democracy, the voice of the voiceless, and the defenders of truth. The establishment of the Oasis Magazine Chapel is a reaffirmation of our pledge to these noble ideals.”

While commending Oasis Magazine Chapel for their perseverance, dedication and hard work that have culminated in this remarkable achievement, he said: “Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and today, we celebrate your success and the bright future that lies ahead.”

Speaking further, Oyowe, said: “In line with our commitment to ensuring a smooth and effective transition, a caretaker committee will be set up to midwife the executive of the chapel. This committee will be tasked with the responsibility of laying a solid foundation for the chapel, ensuring that it operates by the guidelines and principles of the NUJ. I have full confidence in the abilities of the members of this committee to steer the chapel toward a path of excellence and distinction.

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“As we embark on this new journey, I urge all members of the Oasis Magazine Chapel to remain steadfast in their commitment to the core values of our profession. Let us continue to strive for accuracy, fairness, and impartiality in our reporting. Let us be guided by the principles of ethical journalism and remain vigilant in our duty to serve the public interest.”

Furthermore, he appreciated the national secretariat for their unwavering support and for granting the approval of the Oasis Magazine Chapel.

“Together, let us continue to work towards a brighter and more prosperous future for journalism in Delta State and beyond. Let us uphold the legacy of excellence that the NUJ represents and remain committed to the pursuit of truth and justice,” he said.

Meanwhile, in his remarks, Secretary of the union in the state, Comrade Victor Sorokwu, described the event as “a very historic, remarkable milestone not just in NUJ Delta Council but in the life of the new administration.”

In his words, “this will be the first chapel that will be created in the past fifteen years outside Asaba, if not twenty years outside of Asaba.”

He humorously added: “If e dey easy, some of us for don create chapel finish.”
Adding that this is “a bold and courageous disposition of the administration led by Comrade Churchill to undertake this development and expansionist policy of NUJ Delta State Council.”

“We use to be sixteen. Today the council will become eighteen chapels. That is what we have come to do today so for us it is very important, it is a milestone, It is historic and very remarkable.

Speaking on behalf of the caretaker committee, Daniel Umukoro, said with the chapel coming on board, history has been made in the university town and the Delta Central senatorial district, being the first chapel that is an offshoot of a media house in the area.

He said that since the news of the chapel got to town, many graduates of Mass Communication have since indicated interest to work with Oasis Magazine and also be part of the NUJ.

He continued: “This chapel will revolutionise journalism in the area and beyond. We already have the backing of several stakeholders in the area and others will be visited soon to seek their support and backing.

While thanking God for making the project come to reality, he applauded the Vice-Chancellor of Delta State University, DELSU, Abraka, Professor Andy Egwunyenga, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Festus Ahon and the immediate past Chairman of Ethiope East Local Government Area, Hon. (Pharm.) Victor Ofobrukueta for their support while Oasis Magazine sought approval for the new chapel.

“We will not let those looking up to us and those that believe in Oasis Magazine down,” he said.

Speaking further, he said Oasis Magazine has been doing its bit in contributing to the field of journalism and nation building, but added that with this chapel coming to light, another feather has been added to the cap of Oasis Magazine, saying this will motivate the team to do even more and set the pace for others to follow.

“It’s a great day for the media business and the practice of journalism,” he averred.

Also present during the occasion was the Auditor, Delta NUJ, Celestine Afokobah.

Members of the new chapel that graced the event include Daniel Umukoro, Chairman, Caretaker Committee, Felix Okotie, Secretary, Caretaker Committee, Joy Enamuotor, Member, Caretaker Committee, Ambrose Ologide, Vivian Erivwode, Franklin Ogude, Endurance Akpomiemie and Oseji Rufus.

The inaugurations of Oasis Magazine and Fresh Angle chapels bring the total number of chapels in the state to 18.

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PDP Chieftain Lauds Governors’ Forum Decision on Adherence to Electoral Guidelines

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Ali Amin “Little,” has lauded the decision of the party’s governors’ forum to ensure that the constitution and laid-down guidelines on the election of party executives are followed strictly in the forthcoming state, local government, and ward congresses.

The Kano PDP chieftain explained that the governors’ position taken at their just-concluded meeting in Enugu has established the fact that the party is committed to reclaiming Nigeria come the 2027 general election.

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Ali-Amin, a grassroots mobilizer and former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, said staging free, fair, and transparent congresses will also attract more Nigerians to join the party, pointing out that Nigerians have more hope in PDP than in any other political party.

While urging all party members in Kano to join hands in moving PDP forward, the chieftain expressed hope that the party leadership will adhere strictly to the provisions of the party’s congresses and electoral guidelines in the forthcoming congress and election of the Kano executives.

He also reiterated his resolve to continue to work for the PDP at all levels for ultimate victory, noting that Nigerians need to be salvaged from the current hardship through sincere and committed leadership, which the PDP is set to provide.

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