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World Environment Day: SECHI Advocates For Use Of Save80 Cooking Stoves In Taraba 



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By Sule Yarima

As the impact of climate change is on the increase due to indiscriminately cutting down trees, the Safe Environment and Community Health Initiative (SECHI) has called on the Taraba State Government to embark on Green Governance.

The Chief Executive Officer of SECHI, Comrade Fidelis Nashuka made the call in a statement signed and made available to Journalists in Jalingo.

The theme for this year is “Beat the Plastic Pollution.”

He said the call became imperative considering the negative impact of climate change and the importance of afforestation in the state.

Nashuka urged the State Governor, Dr. Agbu Kefas to review the state’s environmental policy, and formulation of climate change policy, as well as create a work plan to enable the state to access funds made for compensation for the impact of climate change on development.

He noted that one of the measures to be taken to enhance environmental quality and quality of life in na economically viable manner for society is to create awareness of the danger of indiscriminate cutting of trees and advocated for the use of save80 clean cooking stoves.

According to him, studies have shown that Taraba State has lost nearly half of its forest reserve as of today, and more than 75% of its households depend on rainy-season farming as a means of livelihood.

“The key factor of the impact of climate change in Taraba State in addition to industrial is deforestation. Last year many farmers lost their crops due to the early offset of rainfall and this is June, and many of them are yet to plant due to the late onset of the rainfall,” it revealed.

Comrade Fidelis Nashuka also described plastic pollution as one of the major problems facing the urban centers in the state, particularly the state capital, and stressed the need for its urgent arrest to mitigate the danger ahead.

“SECHI calls on members of both the National and state houses of assembly to include climate change action in their constituency development programmes. 

Safe Environment and Community Health Initiative (SECHI) is a Taraba-based NGO with the vision of promoting a model for a sustainable safe environment and community health for general human well-being.

Other areas include social protection, governance, development through mobilization, gathering/dissemination of information as well as collaboration to ensure that communities in the state live in a safe environment with minimal risks of impacts of climate change, environmental deforestation, and pollution. 

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Dangote Boosting Nigeria’s Foreign Earnings-Abuja Chamber




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Through its Made in Nigeria products, the Dangote Group has been identified as one of Nigeria’s biggest earners of Foreign Exchange thereby contributing to the growth and development of the country’s economy.

Speaking at the Special Day of the Dangote Group at the ongoing 18th Abuja International Trade Fair (AITF), Director-General of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Mrs. Victoria Akai, said the Dangote companies have been helping to scale up the volume of foreign exchange through export of his products, like Fertilizer, to other countries.

“This year’s Trade Fair looks at the issue of Made in Nigeria, and we are proud that the Dangote Group is the champion of Made in Nigeria products,” she said.

She commended the Dangote Group for the sponsorship of the 18th Trade Fair, which has as its theme: “Sustainable Finance and Taxation as Drivers of the New Economy.”

Speaking, Dangote Group’s Executive Director, Government and Stakeholders Relations, Mansur Ahmed, an Engineer, said the company is committed to its industrialization project of Africa.

While noting that the Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour, he said the company’s’ President Aliko Dangote is passionate about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Corporate Philanthropy.

Mr. Ahmed commended the Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led government over its reform effort, and numerous steps taken to ginger the economy.

According to Mr. Ahmed the partnership with ACCI offers the company the opportunity to display its numerous innovative products while contributing its quota to the Nigerian economy through Trade Fairs and expos.

This paper can report that the company’s pavilion became a mecca of a sort as participants trouped to catch glimpse of the several innovative products on display.

A statement by the Branding and Corporate Communications Department of the company said a special help desk has been set up at the company’s pavilion to respond to queries while urging participants to leverage the numerous innovative products which include the: Dangote Fertiliser, Dangote Sugar, Dangote Cement, Dangote Salt, and lots more.

The Trade Fair will run between September 28 and October 9, 2023.

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Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Tuggar Strengthening Investment On Climate In New York




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Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar (OON) as part of Nigeria’s participation at the just concluded 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US, hosted the Nigeria State Luncheon on “Financing Nigeria’s Growth Agenda” with public officials and investors geared towards galvanizing investment opportunities for Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

This is contained in a statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the Minister, Alkasim Abdulkadir made available to Journalists on Tuesday.

It said the event which was held at The Madison Main Ballroom, The Lotte New York Palace, on the 21st of September 2023 was coordinated by Nigeria’s Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, His Excellency Wale Edun.

It provided a quality opportunity for the interface between potential investors and Nigerian leaders to share ideas on the investment opportunities in Nigeria as well as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration’s resolve to create an enabling environment to attract foreign direct investments in Nigeria.

The statement said Amb. Tuggar also used the opportunity to woo diaspora Nigerians against the backdrop of President Tinubu’s foreign policy strategy tagged 4-D, mainstreams Diaspora engagement as a key objective alongside Democracy, Development and Demography.

“The luncheon brought together top investors including African Finance Corporation, US Exim Bank, Afrexim Bank, Goldman Sachs, Kuramo Capital, and Keffi Group, among many others.

“Nigeria’s presentation focused on highlighting the investment opportunities in Nigeria, financial incentives designed to drive investment, increased investors’ confidence, and enhanced diplomatic relations.

“There were also presentations from Haim Israel, the Managing Director of Research and Global Strategist, and the Head of the Global Thematic Research Team at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, who showcased Nigeria’s vast investment potential from the perspective of American-basedinstitutional investors.

It said also in attendance were the US Exim Bank represented by UfoEric-Atuanya, the Senior Vice President of Global Business Development, Barbados represented by Mia Amor Mottley, SC, MP, and the UK was represented by Myles Stacey OBE, the Special Adviser to the UK Prime Minister, who all gave rousing speeches in appreciation of the host of the event.

The statement pointed out that the interface is expected to usher in a new vista of economic development for Nigeria and Africa at large.

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NITDA To Engage Stakeholders On Startup Act implementation In Adamawa




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By Muhammad B. Muhammad

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) set to engage relevant stakeholders within the tech ecosystem to discuss among others effective implementation of the Nigeria Startup Act (NSA).

The Nigeria Startup Act project is a joint initiative by Nigeria’s tech startup ecosystem and the Presidency to harness the potential of the digital economy through co-created regulations.

Mr. Olawunmi Oladejo, leader of a team from NITDA revealed this to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri when they paid him a courtesy call on Wednesday to intimate him about their stakeholders engagement in Adamawa.

He said the meeting which will hold tomorrow (Friday) at City Green Hotel in Yola will bring ICT stakeholders to discuss the nation’s startup ecosystem towards the sustainability of a digitally transformed nation.

The leader of the delegation added that NITDA has realised that the people in many states in the country do not have the requisite knowledge on the NSA established in 2022 hence organising such engagements to educate them.

Oladejo added that the engagement will also create a practical framework to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and showcased the efforts put in place by NITDA to ensure the country remains steadfast in digital economy.

At the end of the engagement, he said a technical working group will be set up which will made up of stakeholders involved in ICT and NITDA officials to fastract digital economic transformation across Adamawa.

He commended Governor Umaru Fintiri for his effort so far in supporting the drive for digital transformation in Adamawa, making the state a front runner in that regard, and assured continued partnership of NITDA in the sector.

Responding, Governor Umaru Fintiri thanked NITDA for setting up an ICT hub in Adamawa which will soon come into implementation, saying it will provide an avenue for youths to develop technologies in the state.

He called on the federal agency to extend its efforts in the provision of free internet services in the state, and assured that his administration will continue to partner NITDA to provide job opportunities for youths and ensure sustainable development.


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