African women, Nasarawa varsity partners to tackle women’s problems

Africa Women Conference (AWF) and the management of the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) have pledged to deepen their ties to tackle problems unique to African women.

They made the pledge during a courtesy call paid by the AWC delegation led by Dr Jummai Ahmadu, to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sa’adatu Liman, in Keffi, Keffi Local Government Area of the state.

Ahmadu said the visit was to congratulate the vice-chancellor on her recent appointment, which she described as well deserved.

She also said the visit was to deepen ties with the university on future collaborations aimed at tackling problems unique to African women especially in the rural areas.

Ahmadu said that previous collaborations had been successful, especially the establishment of the African Women Conference Leadership Development Centre for Women and Young People at the university under the Centre for Gender Studies.

‘This initiative, supported by the former vice-chancellor, had already seen the graduation of its first set of students.

‘I acknowledge the unwavering support from the university and emphasise the importance of women education and empowerment,’ she said.

Ahmadu revealed that the conference was established in March 2018, to address problems unique to African women that ‘western solutions’ could not adequately resolve due to cultural differences.

She emphasized the significance of the collaboration between the conference and the university, adding that it’s uniqueness in the country.

Ahmadu affirmed AWC’s commitment to supporting the university and expressed hope that Liman would continue the work started by her predecessor, Prof. Suleiman Bala-Mohammed.

In her remarks, Liman thanked the AWC team for the visit and felicitations over her appointment.

She recalled being part of the delegation that first received the AWC as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and emphasised the importance of Africans coming together to solve their problems.

Liman shared her experience at the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in Washington wh
ere she presented a paper highlighting the efficacy of many international policies in Nigeria.

She further stressed the need for African solutions to African problems.

Liman expressed her support for the AWC’s initiatives and acknowledged the progress made since its inception, restating the university’s resolve to deepen ties with the AWC to achieve more goals.

She encouraged further collaborations with key stakeholders, including First Ladies, to ensure that the policies proposed by AWC were embedded in national policies.

The vice-chancellor also emphasized the importance of conducting good research to address community problems and ensure the effectiveness of the conference’s initiatives.

Liman also assured the AWC team of the university’s continued support for their programmes and expressed her willingness to support the expansion of their initiatives.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FCT NSCDC arrests 243 suspected criminals in 6 months

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command, has arrested 243 suspected criminals from January to June.

FCT NSCDC Commandant, Dr Olusola Odumosu, said this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

Odumosu said that from the 243 arrests, 123 suspects had cases that will be judged by a court of law.

He said that 159 persons were arrested for their involvement in illegal mining activities, adding that the mines and steel department have so far recorded 39 cases.

According to him 34 suspects were also arrested for vandalising public infrastructure in the territory and have been assigned case files.

‘Most of the vandalism suspects were arrested at Gwagwalada, Lugbe, Wuye and the Abuja Municipal Area council (AMAC) areas of the FCT.

‘The Agro-Rangers unit on the other hand made two arrests at which both persons have cases with one pending in court.

‘One of the arrests was from a communal clash between farmers and herders a
t Dafara Community in Kuje area council.

‘Men of the department went to the community and successfully mediated between the parties concerned,’ the Commandant said.

Odumosu added that the Command’s Intelligence and Investigation Department arrested 48 suspects and they all have cases ranging from cyber fraud, domestic violence, child abuse and some other civil cases.

He, however, said that 11 criminal cases from the intelligence and investigation unit had been charged to court for prosecution.

‘For some of the arrests made, investigation is still ongoing after which they will be charged to court,’ he said.

Odumosu added that the licenses of 100 Private Guard Companies (PGCs) were renewed within the first and second quarters under review.

He said that the Command also trained 575 private guards, 10 companies and sealed one PGC for non-renewal of operational licence.

He attributed the achievement of the command to the zeal and commitment of the workforce and the support of the FCT Administration.

The Co
mmand helmsman warned criminals, especially vandals of public infrastructure in the territory, to seek legitimate means of livelihood or relocate to other climes or face the consequences..

‘I want to assure residents that the NSCDC FCT command is fully committed to the safety of lives and protection of critical infrastructure for the rest of the year and even beyond.

‘My eagle eyes officers and men are everywhere and Abuja will no longer be a safe haven for vandals and criminals to operate or attack public infrastructure,’ he said.

The commandant advised the public to partner with the Corps and other security agencies through credible and timely information in order to reduce criminal activities in the territory.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Tinubu canvasses ECOWAS standby force for security, stability

President Bola Tinubu has called on Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS to work towards the establishment of a regional standby force for the security and economic advancement of the community.

He made the call during the opening of the 65th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government on Sunday, in Abuja.

Tinubu, who is the Chairman of the regional bloc, also highlighted the expediency of a standby force in the face of growing security threats.

‘The Regional Action Plan against Terrorism has enhanced cooperation on training, intelligence sharing, and humanitarian interventions.

‘In addition to this, the Ministers of Finance and Defence met recently in Abuja to raise funds for activating the ECOWAS Standby Force to boost counter-terrorism efforts.

‘Member countries are also displaying their commitment to combating insecurity by individually increasing their defence budgets in order to acquire necessary equipment and ensure preparedness,’ the President said.

He urged memb
er states to commit more to providing the needed resources for securing the region.

‘Let me underscore that a peaceful and secure society is essential for achieving our potential.

‘As we move to operationalise the ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) in combating terrorism, I must emphasise that the success of this plan requires not only strong political will but also substantial financial resources.

‘We must, therefore, ensure that we meet the expectations and recommendations set forth by our Ministers of Defence and Finance, in order to counter insecurity and stabilize our region,’ the President added.

Tinubu advised ECOWAS leaders to leverage the capabilities of Nigeria’s National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which has been widely acknowledged as one of the best on the continent.

The President said his government had decided to make the NCTC a regional centre to enable all ECOWAS member states to benefit from capacity building and other related opportunities it offers.

He also advised the management of ECO
WAS to re-align and reposition its priorities by reducing overheads and setting up in-country steering committees.

‘Difficult economic conditions and inconsistent payment of financial commitments to ECOWAS have contributed to the current plight.

‘To ensure ECOWAS has adequate resources for its programmes and activities, I urge all member states to ensure full compliance with the Protocol on the Community Levy.

‘Nigeria, under my leadership, is committed to leading by example in remitting its collected levies to the organisation,’ he said.

He added that the ECOWAS management must also reduce its overhead expenditures and focus on programmes and activities that directly impact the lives of citizens of the region.

‘I am aware of the progress report on the implementation of the ECOWAS Institutional Reforms.

‘I, therefore, call on the President of the ECOWAS Commission to resume and expedite the conclusion of the second phase of the Institutional Reforms, aimed at reducing the organization’s operational cost
s,’ Tinubu said.

He also welcomed a new member of the Authority, Senegalese President, Bassirou Diomaye Faye.

‘Allow me to further extend warm congratulations to the Government and people of the Republic of Senegal for their steadfastness in the consolidation of democratic governance.

‘Their recently concluded presidential election has been widely adjudged as free, fair, transparent, and credible.

‘This achievement is a testament to our region’s commitment to the principles of democracy, good governance, and rule of law,’ the President stated.

Tinubu said the 65th session would review the concerns in the region, adding: ‘We are aware of the enormous challenges, including terrorist activities and violent extremism threatening to spread from the Sahel region towards the coastal states.

‘The political landscape still remains fragile in some member states, especially those that witnessed unconstitutional changes of government.’

While calling for unity within the community, the President emphasised that to
elevate the people from poverty to prosperity, ECOWAS must develop innovative approaches to unleash the region’s vast economic potential.

‘We must continue to identify and develop partnerships that promote investment in key sectors and promote regional trade.

‘Furthermore, we must invest in our infrastructure and cultivate a conducive business environment to empower our communities to stimulate growth and build resilience against external shocks.

‘Together, we can pave the way for a prosperous future for all of West Africa,’ the President said.

He also called for support in re-electing Ambassador Bankole Adeoye as AU Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace, and Security in February 2025.

In his remarks, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray, thanked President Tinubu for his purposeful leadership, affirming that ECOWAS should not be defined by conflicts, elections, and coup d’├ętats, but by development.

Touray said the exiting of ECOWAS by Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger would affect citi
zens of the countries, and other ECOWAS countries, following the need for visas, and the review of all trade and development agreements, including ongoing ECOWAS projects in those countries.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Nigeria will continue to share human capital with ACP countries- NTAC

Dr Yusuf Yakub, the Director-General, Nigerian Technical Aid Corps (NTAC), says Nigeria will continue to share its abundant human capital with Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific countries (ACP).

Yakub said this on Saturday in Abuja at a reception and debriefing exercise of 14 returning Technical Aid Corps (TAC) Volunteers from Uganda and the Gambian.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 13 TAC volunteers had on Friday returned from Uganda while one returned from Gambia after their two years voluntary service to their host countries.

The D-G lauded the TAC volunteers for their service to humanity, Africa and Nigeria by returning home without a stain and bagged accolades for a job well done, hence the reason for its continuation.

According to him, the volunteering programme will continue because it is a key component of the Nigerian foreign policy.

‘It is only a few countries in the world that have the capacity and the political will to carry on with programmes of this nature, and these few countri
es are mostly the developed countries.

‘These inlude the United Kingdom’s UKAID, America’s USAID, China’s CHINAID and in Nigeria, we have NTAC.

‘I think we are the only country in Africa that sends TAC volunteers to ACP countries for the past 37 years, which shows that our country is a great nation.

‘We also have all the manpower as I always say, we will continue in the African spirit to share what we have with our fellow ACP countries.

‘We have our fellow blacks in these countries and we will continue to share with them the abundant human resources that God has given to us,” he said.

NAN reports that the NTAC programme was conceived as an instrument of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs soft power diplomacy to bridge the educational and professional gaps in the ACP countries.

The directorate is saddled with the responsibility of management and general administration of the foreign policy scheme which involves the conduct of recruitment.

Also orientation and deployment exercise for volunteers, sharing Ni
geria’s know-how and its expertise with the ACP countries.

Some volunteers while speaking with NAN recalled their experiences and applauded the Federal Government for the opportunity and experienced gained.

They also solicited for Nigerian government to liaise with the host community to beef up security for the TAC volunteers by ensuring their safety in their host community.

Dr Chinwe Igiri, a Software Engineer, said due to their brilliance, the universities they served asked for their retainment but they had to follow due protocol and report back home first.

‘Also, we have won a lot of grants and we have some projects ongoing. As a TAC volunteer, it was an avenue to express what is in me that needs to be tapped.

‘The university I served gave me the opportunity which I made a lot of impact, I started a programme that was approved by the National Council of Higher Education,” she said.

Mr Terseer Ako, a Civil Engineer with specialisation in Transportation and Highway Engineering, said that the experienc
e was wonderful and they used the opportunity to promote the country’s image.

‘We had lots of commendations and experiences that I thought the school management didn’t observe but I was surprised when they organised a farewell party and the Vice Chancellor mentioned our achievements.

‘Finally, when I read the appreciation letter they wrote to us individually, I wasn’t expecting the details of our stay from it, so all in all, it was a wonderful experience and we are grateful to Federal Government,’ Ako said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria