BREAKFAST NEWS 04-03-2022

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  • PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI COMMENDS UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME FOR CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIONS.
  • EDO GOVERNOR FLAYS UNCONSCIONABLE DENIAL OF WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN NIGERIA’S DEMOCRACY.
  • ON FOREIGN SCENE, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VOWS TO CONTINUE ATTACK ON UKRAINE. DETAILS OF THESE AND MORE IN A MOMENT, PLEASE STAY TUNED.

BUHARI/UNEP

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI SAYS FORMATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMME, UNEP DECADES AGO HAS CREATED AWARENESS OF THE NEED TO MAKE CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION A PRIORITY FOR THE WORLD.

PRESIDENT BUHARI STATED THIS IN A CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE HE WROTE TO THE SPECIAL SESSION TO COMMEMORATE THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE UN BODY, SAYING DESERTIFICATION AND DROUGHT ARE THREATENING LIVES AND LIVELIHOODS WHICH FURTHER UNDERSCORES THE NEED TO BOOST BIODIVERSITY IN ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION.

WHILE OBSERVING THAT GLOBAL THREATS OF DISRUPTED WEATHER PATTERNS, LOW FOOD PRODUCTION AND RISING SEA LEVELS INCREASE THE RISK OF CATASTROPHIC FLOODING, AMONG OTHER CHALLENGES, THE NIGERIAN PRESIDENT APPRECIATED UNEP FOR ITS ROLE IN REDUCING BIODIVERSITY LOSS AND FOR BEING A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT TO SLOW DEFORESTATION AND ACCELERATE AFORESTATION.

PRESIDENT BUHARI WHO IS CURRENTLY IN KENYA HOWEVER CALLED FOR CONCERTED ACTION TO MAKE THE ORGANISATION’S EFFORTS A SUCCESS STORY.

EDO/NASS

EDO STATE GOVERNOR, GODWIN OBASEKI HAS CRITICIZED THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY FOR REJECTING FIVE BILLS SEEKING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND INCLUSION FOR WOMEN IN POLITICS AND OTHER SPHERES OF THE SOCIETY.

IN A STATEMENT RELEASED TO NEWSMEN BY HIS SPECIAL ASSISTANT ON MEDIA, CRUSOE OSAGIE, GOVERNOR OBASEKI DESCRIBED AS MOST REGRETTABLE AND UNSETTLING, THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY IN WHICH 5 BILLS SEEKING AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND INCLUSION FOR WOMEN WERE VEHEMENTLY SHUT DOWN BY MEMBERS.

HE FURTHER EXPRESSED PAIN THAT THE BILLS WHICH PROVIDE A FILLIP FOR ACCOMMODATING WOMEN WHO MAKE UP MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF THE VOTING POPULATION ARE SUBJECTED TO SUCH SORRY FATE.

THE GOVERNOR HOWEVER STATED THAT THE LEGISLATURE IS THE BASTION OF DEMOCRACY AND A CRITICAL PLATFORM FOR FAIR REPRESENTATION AND INCLUSION IN GOVERNMENT, ASKING THE LAWMAKERS TO RECONSIDER THE BILLS.

BAUCHI/GENDER BILL

ALSO,

WOMEN GROUP UNDER THE AEGIS OF THE FEDERATION OF MUSLIM WOMEN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA IN BAUCHI STATE HAS PROTESTED OVER THE REJECTION OF BILLS ON GENDER EQUALITY BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ATTAH SISTERS HELPING HAND FOUNDATION, COMFORT ATTAH, WHILE ADDRESSING NEWSMEN ON BEHALF OF THE GROUP IN THE STATE COMPLAINED THAT THE SENATE DURING THE PLENARY SESSION ON MARCH 1 VOTED AGAINST THE GENDER-RESPONSIVE BILLS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION.

ATTAH WHO EXPLAINED THAT OUT OF THE 68 BILLS BEING CONSIDERED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, THE ONLY FIVE WHICH SOUGHT TO PROMOTE WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN POLITICS, GOVERNANCE AND SOCIETY WERE REJECTED FURTHER LAMENTED THAT THE LAWMAKERS CHOSE TO DENY WOMEN THE OPPORTUNITY OF INCLUSION AND REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE BY VOTING AGAINST THE BILLS.

WHILE URGING LIKE-MINDED CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS, WOMEN-LED ORGANISATIONS AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS ORGANISATIONS TO SUSTAIN ADVOCACY AND INTENSIFY THE DEMAND FOR GENDER EQUALITY BY OCCUPYING THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY UNTIL THE REJECTED BILLS ARE CONSIDERED, SHE HOWEVER CHARGED LAWMAKERS TO REVISIT THE GENDER BILLS.

ZAMFARA/INEC

THE ZAMFARA STATE WING OF THE INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION, INEC HAS POINTED TO INSECURITY AS ITS GREATEST CHALLENGE AHEAD OF THE 2023 GENERAL ELECTIONS IN THE STATE.

STATE INEC RESIDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONER, PROF. SA’IDU AHMED, DURING A STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING AT THE COMMISSION’S HEADQUARTERS IN GUSAU, THE STATE CAPITAL, EXPLAINED THAT THE INSECURITY SITUATION HAS AFFECTED THE EXERCISE IN THE STATE SINCE ITS FIRST PHASE WHICH RESULTED IN THE NON-CONDUCT OF REGISTRATION IN ALMOST 13 LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS.

PROF.  AHMED ADDED THAT THE COMMISSION HAD PLANNED FOR ROTATION OF THE EXERCISE AT ALL THE WARDS IN THE STATE BEFORE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EXERCISE IN JUNE 2021 BUT DUE TO THE SECURITY CHALLENGES IN THE STATE, IT BECAME VERY IMPERATIVE TO SUSPEND THE ROTATION AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA HEADQUARTERS.

THE STATE INEC REC WHO HOWEVER DISCLOSED THAT THE CONTINUOUS VOTERS REGISTRATION EXERCISE IS STILL ONGOING CALLED ON VOTERS TO COME OUT EN MASS AS BOTH THE FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS ARE WORKING TIRELESSLY TO ENSURE A HITCH-FREE EXERCISE.

AREGBESOLA/PASSPORT FACILITY

THE INTERIOR MINISTER, OGBENI RAUF AREGBESOLA HAS UNVEILED THE ENHANCED ELECTRONIC PASSPORT FACILITY OF THE NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE, NIS IN ENUGU STATE.

SPEAKING AT THE EVENT, AREGBESOLA WHO ALSO COMMISSIONED THE PASSPORT PRODUCTION CENTRE OF THE NIS AT THE ENUGU PASSPORT OFFICE DISCLOSED THAT OVER 250,000 PROCESSED PASSPORTS WERE UNCLAIMED BY THEIR OWNERS.

THE MINISTER WHO HOWEVER SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED THAT THE ENHANCED E-PASSPORT WHICH COMES IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES, INCLUDING THE 64-PAGE-10-YEAR VALIDITY PASSPORT AND QUITE CONVENIENT FOR FREQUENT TRAVELLERS NOTED THAT IT HAD BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO THE GOOD PEOPLE OF THE SOUTH EAST.

WHILE DECLARING THAT THE NIS, DESPITE SOME CHALLENGES WITNESSED IN THE PAST ISSUED ABOUT 3 MILLION PASSPORTS TO NIGERIANS BETWEEN 2019 AND NOW, HE THEREFFORE NOTED THAT THE NIS HAD CONTINUED TO ENSURE THAT THE NIGERIAN PASSPORT SATISFIED ALL THE STANDARDS SET OUT BY THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION, ICAO.

ARMY/FAKE RECRUITMENT

THE NIGERIAN ARMY HAS WARNED THE PUBLIC OF A FAKE ONLINE RECRUITMENT PORTAL BEING CIRCULATED ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER ONLINE PLATFORMS FRAUDULENTLY ADVERTISING RECRUITMENT OF CANDIDATES INTO ARMY 83 REGULAR RECRUIT INTAKE.

IN A STATEMENT SIGNED BY ITS DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, BRIG. GEN. ONYEMA NWACHUKWU, THE NIGERIAN ARMY INDICATED THAT THE FAKE RECRUITMENT PORTAL HTTPS://RECRUITMENT.ARMY.MIL.NG/DARRR IS AIMED AT DEFRAUDING NIGERIANS, HENCE, THE GENERAL PUBLIC SHOULD DISCARD IT.

WHILE ANNOUNCING THAT THAT THERE IS NO ONGOING RECRUITMENT, THE NIGERIAN ARMY INSISTED THAT THE INFORMATION IS FALSE AND MISLEADING.

IT THEREFORE ENJOINED THE PUBLIC TO BE WARY OF FAKE ONLINE RECRUITMENT VENDORS WHO ARE DESPERATELY HUNTING FOR VICTIMS, NOTING THAT RECRUITMENT ADVERTISEMENTS PLACED BY THE ARMY ARE USUALLY PUBLISHED IN NATIONAL DAILIES.

ENDSARS/PANEL

THE ENDSARS PANEL INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY THE DEFUNCT SPECIAL ANTI-ROBBERY SQUAD AND OTHER UNITS OF THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE HAS EXPRESSED DISMAY THAT NIGERIA POLICE FAILED TO APPEAR BEFORE THE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATIVE PANEL SITTING IN ABUJA.

SECRETARY OF THE ABUJA PANEL, HILLARY OGBONNA EXPRESSED THE FEELING OF THE PANEL TO NEWSMEN ON THE FAILURE OF POLICE TO BE PRESENT AT THE PANEL SITTING ON MARCH 3, 2022.

OGBONNA WHO NOTED THAT THE PANEL HAD ON DECEMBER 23, 2021 ADJOURNED SITTING AND RESUMED ON MARCH 1, 2022 FURTHER EXPRESSED SURPRISE THAT NONE OF THE POLICE OFFICIALS NEEDED WAS PRESENT AT THE PANEL IN SPITE OF THE EFFORTS BY THE PANEL TO DELIVER ITS ASSIGNED TASKS AT A STIPULATED PERIOD.

ACCORDING TO HIM, IF THIS NON-PUNCTUALITY ATTITUDE OF THE POLICE BECOMES A PATTERN, IT IS CAPABLE OF BRINGING SETBACK TO THE MANDATE OF THE PANEL, ADDING THAT THE PANEL WOULD CONTINUE TO ENGAGE THE POLICE AUTHORITY AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS TO SEEK THEIR COOPERATION TO ENSURE THAT JUSTICE IS DONE TO THE VICTIMS OF POLICE BRUTALITY.

ON FOREIGN SCENE

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS VOWED THAT THE INVASION OF UKRAINE WILL CONTINUE.

WHILE HOLDING TALK WITH FRENCH PRESIDENT, EMMANUEL MACRON ON MARCH 3, PUTIN WAS QUOTED BY ELYSEE PALACE, THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC AS CLAIMING THAT THE RUSSIAN MILITARY OPERATION WAS GOING ACCORDING TO PLAN AND AT THE PACE HE WANTED IT TO.

ACCORDING TO ELYSEE, THE CONVERSATION IS UNFORTUNATELY AN OCCASION TO HEAR THAT PRESIDENT PUTIN WOULD CONTINUE MILITARY INTERVENTIONS AND TO GO ALL THE WAY.

MEANWHILE, MACRON WHO WAS SAID TO HAVE TOLD THE RUSSIAN PRESIDENT THAT HE WAS COMMITTING A SERIOUS MISTAKE AND THAT THE UKRAINIAN GOVERNMENT WAS NOT AS RUSSIA CLAIMED, A NAZI REGIME WARNED THAT RUSSIA WOULD END UP AS A VERY ISOLATED AND WEAK COUNTRY UNDER SANCTIONS, ADDING THAT HIS POINT OF VIEW DID NOT REFLECT THE REALITY BUT HE WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON CIVILIANS, INCLUDING FROM BOMBINGS AROUND KYIV, CAPITAL OF UKRAINE.