Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Report: Plastic Pollution Disproportionately Hitting Marginalized Groups, UN Environment Report Finds

 


The report, entitled, Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution, was produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) together with the grassroots environmental group, Azul. The findings aim to empower communities affected by plastic waste and advocate for their inclusion in local decision making.

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Article: Remembering the Boy Omar Farouq


By Tosin Arebuwa

Many of us would still recall the story of the boy Omar Farouq.  On August 10, 2020, a Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the Kano metropolis, Kano State, northern Nigeria, sentenced a 13-year old boy to 10 years in prison.  He had been accused, tried and found guilty of using disparaging language on “Allah”  during an argument with a friend.

To put this in proper perspective, Nigeria operates two major codes as far as its criminal law is concerned. In southern Nigeria, the criminal code which was derived from the United Kingdom during the colonial time remains operative with minor adjustments. Meanwhile, in the northern part of the country, the operative criminal laws are enshrined in the penal code from Sudan and believed to be in line with Islamic doctrines.

Saturday, 27 March 2021

Videonews: Bola Tinubu Stumbled At An Arewa Event He Chaired

 


News Release: African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA): Free Trade Bloc Can Be A Game Changer For African People And Businesses

(The African Development Bank is actively supporting or looking to support initiatives to boost trade and improve livelihoods for Africans)

Exploring strategies to deepen private sector participation in the implementation African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was the highlight of a panel session during the 2021 WTO Aid-for-Trade Stocktaking meeting.

The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and International Trade Centre (ITC) organized the session held on Wednesday 24 March.

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

News Release: Cybercrime Worries On The Increase In Africa


(A KnowBe4 poll of mobile users across Africa has revealed that awareness of cyber risk is on the increase, but that convenience overrides risk when it comes to WhatsApp data privacy concerns)

Africa’s mobile users are increasingly concerned about the mobile risks and the potential for digital identity theft; however, this is not stopping them from using their favourite messaging platforms and applications.

News Release: "Nigerian Army Is Transforming Into Ethnic Army Or Militia & Must Be Rescued Before It Is Irreversibly Late"-Intersociety


(...Obigbo women raped on grounds of their tribe & religion can force their ethnic group into insurgency or armed resistance)

What is presently called “Nigerian Army”, a major component of the Nigerian Armed Forces, is speedily transforming into an ‘Ethnic Army or Militia’ and unless urgent steps are taken and transformative efforts made, otherwise the Nigerian Army will irreversibly end up as ‘ethnic army belonging to Fulani-Hausa Muslim stock’.  Our consistent mirroring of the present ‘Nigerian Army’ commanded by Lt Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai (as he then was) since 2015 particularly its composition, command structure, operational conducts or activities including sectional soldiering and horrible human rights records such as ethnic profiling, peacetime sectional killings, abductions, torture and sexual offenses including rape and related abuses, etc all glaringly point to the fact that the Army is losing its national identity and followership. From the look of things, too, the Nigerian Army is losing regional acceptance and legitimacy especially among citizens of the Old Eastern, the Mid Western Nigeria and the Old Middle Belt who are mostly of Christian faith.  The loss of regional acceptance and legitimacy by the Army is also gradually creeping into the Southwest, and as a matter of fact, the Army is on ‘borrowed or mechanical legitimacy’

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

News Release: At Least A Quarter Of Users In South Africa, Kenya And Nigeria Are Attacked By Malware Hiding Within Their Devices


(In 2020, 25% of Kaspersky private users in South Africa, 40% in Kenya and 38% in Nigeria were attacked by such threats)

There is a common misconception that the most dangerous threats to encounter on modern users’ digital journeys are likely to appear during Internet surfing. The reality however, based on the most recent analysis of cyberattacks in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria within 2020 by Kaspersky experts demonstrates that users are in fact more likely to face malware related attacks hidden within their devices.

Sunday, 21 March 2021

U-Report: "South-South Governors Are Pursuing Selfish Agenda"–Niger Delta Stakeholders


Report by Ebireri Henry Ovie 

The Niger Delta people are now beginning to witness genuine and practical intervention in their lives and environment as opposed to mere linguistic, lackadaisical and chaotic involvement of past management team, Niger Delta Stakeholders said on Sunday in Uyo.

They also praised the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, for confronting the challenges of the development of the Niger Delta region and bringing a positive difference in the lives of the people of the oil rich region and their environment.

At a meeting to address key issues in the region, the stakeholders praised former federal Minister of Information, Chief Edwin Clark, for holding NDDC Sole Administrator, Mr. Effiong Akwa, in high regard.

Saturday, 20 March 2021

U-Report: Dutch Appellate Court Orders Compensation For Oil Leak Against Shell Nigeria


Report by Bekeme Masade-Olowola

After a 13-year long oil spill case between Nigerian farmers, environmental activists and Shell Nigeria, a Dutch appeal court on 29 January 2021, ruled that the Nigerian branch of the oil giant, Shell, is responsible for damage caused by leaks in the Niger Delta. The court has ordered Shell Nigeria to pay compensation to farmers from Oruma, Goi and Ikot Ada Udo in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, while the subsidiary and its Anglo-Dutch parent company were told to install equipment to prevent future damage.

Friday, 19 March 2021

Special Report: "Regulate Online Political Ads For Greater Political Integrity"-Transparency International

Photo Credit: T.I

Governments must update election laws to ensure online political advertising is legitimate, its financing transparent, and microtargeting is kept to a minimum. And they need to hold platforms accountable. 

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News Release: Facebook Rolls Out Instagram Lite To Sub-Saharan Africa And Other Emerging Markets


(The new version of Instagram Lite for Android is less than 2MB in size, making it fast to install and quick to load)

Today, Facebook has announced the launch of Instagram Lite to Sub-Saharan Africa, a new, lightweight version of the Instagram app for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions.

The new version of Instagram Lite for Android is less than 2MB in size, making it fast to install and quick to load. It also has improved speed, performance, and responsiveness. Instagram Lite not only works similarly to the Instagram app for Android, but it allows the Instagram experience to remain fast and reliable for more people, no matter what device, platform and network they use. 

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

U-Report: Youths Restate Niger Delta Support For Buhari, Akpabio

Buhari And Akpabio 

Report by Ebireri Henry Ovie

Youths in the Niger Delta region on Tuesday endorsed the current drive by the Federal Government to eradicate corruption in the country.

They also said the Federal Government had started well in the Niger Delta region by approving auditors for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC)

‘’It requires time to complete the forensic audit’’ the youths said.

At a meeting of the Niger Delta Youth Forum (NDYF) in Calabar, the youths praised President Muhammadu Buhari for opting to entrust the affairs of the Niger Delta Ministry on Chief Godswill Akpabio.

Saturday, 13 March 2021

News Release: FIFA President Praises African “Team Spirit”

President Gianni Infantino has stressed the importance of “team spirit” to project African football to the top of the world in his address to the 43rd CAF Ordinary and Elective General Assembly that took place today in Rabat.

“We know the values of football, but the most important value is team spirit. This is the team spirit that we have witnessed these days in Africa”.

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Special Report: AHAIC 2021 Closes With Calls For Higher Investment In Primary Health Care, Greater Collaboration Between African States And Urgent Ratification Of Africa Medicines Agency To Achieve UHC


(Biennial conference also sees WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus receive the AHAIC Africa Global Leadership Award for contributions to vaccine equity for poorer nations)

The fourth edition of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference (AHAIC 2021) came to a close today, marked by calls from a diverse group of stakeholders for greater cross-border and multi-sectoral collaboration to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Africa.

The 3-day virtual conference, which began on 8 March 2021 under the theme “Decade for Action: Driving Momentum to Achieve UHC in Africa”, attracted 3,000 participants logging in from 98 countries across the African continent and beyond, including high profile guests and speakers such as H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, among others.

Held against the backdrop of COVID-19 recovery efforts AHAIC 2021 provided a platform for representatives from the health sector, political leadership, development organisations, private sector, academia and civil society to explore the continent’s health challenges, identify opportunities and propose sustainable solutions for, and by, Africa.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

U-Report: Oghara Union To UK; Return All Forfeited Funds, Properties Purchased Legitimately

Ibori 

Report by Tony Eluemunor 

The Oghara Development Union, (ODU) Lagos Branch, has called on the Federal Government to insist that every single penny that has been forfeited by Chief James Onanefe Ibori’s associates in the London trial, should be returned to Nigeria. Ibori is from Oghara town in the Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State.

The union said in a statement signed by Sunday Agbofodoh, General Secretary: “The Oghara Development Union stands squarely with Chief Ibori in maintaining his innocence, and so without conceding that Ibori was guilty as charged, and specifying that the forfeited houses were not bought with illicit funds, we nevertheless call on Nigeria to insist that the full worth of the three buildings seized through a court order, be repatriated to Nigeria.

Sunday, 7 March 2021

Interview: Meghan And Harry Interview

Harry And Meghan. Photo Courtesy: CBS

Courtesy: www.slate.com

This weekend, Meghan Markle and Oprah Winfrey are going to sit down for a little chat, girlfriend to girlfriend, no big deal. Just kidding: very big deal. (Oh, and Prince Harry will be there, too.) With CBS editing its teasers of the interview to look like an HBO limited drama series and Buckingham Palace leaking to the British press like a sieve—and a pandemic still keeping most people at home—hopes are high for some serious dish. To get up to speed, I called Omid Scobie, co-author of last year’s best-selling biography of Markle, Finding Freedom, and the royals editor of Harper’s Bazaar, to run down what you should know, all the strange details that have come out so far, and what the palace has learned from past tell-all disasters (if anything). Our conversation has been condensed and edited for clarity. You can also read more on all the latest royal happenings in Slate’s explainer.

Saturday, 6 March 2021

U-Report: South-South APC Leaders Begin Operation Sweep Rivers 2023, Task Amaechi On Party’s Electoral Victory


Report by Ebireri Henry Ovie

South-South leaders on Saturday described the Supreme Court Judgement affirming Isaac Ogbobula as the authentic caretaker committee chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Rivers State chapter as brilliant and straightforward.

They also accused Rt. Hon Igo Aguma and his sponsors of wanting to pull down the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, at all cost.

Friday, 5 March 2021

News Release: African Export-Import Bank and AfCFTA Call On President Of The Republic Of Ghana H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo On The Pan-African Payments And Settlements System (PAPSS)

Representatives of Ghana and Afreximbank

The President of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Prof. Benedict Oramah and the Secretary-General of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Mr. Wamkele Mene called on His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House in Accra.

As the Champion of the African Union Financial Institutions, the meeting was to brief President Nana Akufo-Addo on progress on the deployment of the Pan-African Payments and Settlements System (PAPSS) which is on track and scheduled to commence piloting in April, and to be fully launched in June 2021. An update on transactions funded by Afreximbank in Ghana was also provided.

Monday, 1 March 2021