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Amidst christmas day sermon controversy, Pope boosts Kukah’s profile with International appointment

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The Head of Vatican city, Holy Father Pope Francis has appointed the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, as a Member of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Human Integral Development.

The appointment was contained in a letter to Bishop Kukah dated 11th December, 2020, and signed by His Eminence, Peter Cardinal Turkson, the Prefect of the Dicastery.

With the appointment, Bishop Kukah will now join other members of the Dicastery drawn from different regions of the world to advise and promote the Pope’s concerns on issues of justice and peace, human rights, torture, human trafficking, care of creation and other issues related to the promotion of human dignity and development.


The appointment which is renewable, is for an initial period of five years.The council will be formally inaugurated on a later date.

The Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development was created on January 1, 2017, when four Dicasteries – the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace, Cor Unum, Pastoral Care of Immigrants and Itinerant People and Health Care of Workers, were all merged by the Holy Father.

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This appointment adds to Bishop Kukah’s string of national and international engagements within the universal Church. He was first appointed a Consultor and later a Member of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Vatican City and served under three Popes.

He is currently, chairman, Dialogue Committees of both the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). He was a member of the official Delegation of the Holy See that met with the Emir of Qatar when that country opened diplomatic relations with the Holy See in 2002.

Besides, in 2016, he was nominated by the vatican to represent Africa on the Advisory Board of the Vienna based, King Abdulazeez International Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue, KAIICID. KAIICID is the fruit of the collaboration between the governments of Saudi Arabia, Austria and the Holy See for the promotion of worldwide Dialogue between world religions. Bishop Kukah comes to the Dicastery on the Promotion of Integral Development with a lot of experience in the areas of human rights, justice and reconciliation.

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***Winners of 2021 Queen Tonto Dike women empowerment give testimonies

By Aminci Audu

Some UN leaders would soon arrive Nigeria with the sole purpose of engaging Christian and Muslim leaders in the country in discussion on the security situation to bring about safety for Nigerians on the roads and in their homes, Ambassador, Steve Midala has said.

Midalah who is the UN International Chairman, Security and Intelligence, African Affairs said the move is aimed at solving Nigeria’s security challenge especially on the roads and in the homes.

He gave the indication at a ceremony where 10 women got N100,000 each, two bags of rice and 20 litres of palm oil following their emergence as winners of the 2021 of Queen Tonto Dike empowerment for poor women program.

Midalah said the UN body will discuss security matters with religious leaders.
According to him: “All the program we have initiated, before the month end, will be executed to give Nigerians a sense of humanity.

‘Not less than 10 of our international leaders will be here in Nigeria  for inter-religous activities, we are meeting with the Sultan and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and then she (Tontoh Dike) is our brand ambassador going forward.

“We shall fight anybody to the supreme Court in defending our name, UN Rescue Services aimed at action plan for the sustainable development goal of eradicating extreme hunger in the land,” Midalah said.

The 10 lucky women were the beneficiary for the year and they are expected to invest the money in thier trade of charcoal, pepper meat, while the two bags of rice and oil provide buffer for the family as the investment in their businesses to grow.

Steve who said the organisation was also out to boost rural housing scheme said the Zamfara state government has offered the UN group a 250 hectares of land to build it’s housing scheme.
He said the housing scheme is targeted at poor rural women whom have been written off by society but will own houses to their name.

This he noted has been complemented by being offered a land area to build 1,000 houses to boost affordable housing scheme for the Nigerian population in the FCT.

Miss Rose a beneficiaries said the money will be used to grow her business, so she can have savings to own a house in the future scheme she is expected to buy and own.

The Actress turned philanthropist, Tonto Dike said she scaled down the beneficiaries to 10 persons from the initial hundred because of the Covid-19 pandemic which has slowed so many things.

The joy of the beneficiaries knew no bounds as they spoke to the NationalUpdate on their ordeal before the succor came their way.

Florence Olayemi from Lugbe, said she used to roast corn, for the upkeep of her two children. 

According to her, she had been widowed for almost three years. 

She said used the proceeds for her children upkeep. 

“I don’t even have house where I can lay my head. I am roasting corn at car wash in an uncompleted building in Lugbe. 

“They came and met me saying that it is a serious issue. They have surprise us. I will use the N1000 to expand my business.”

Another beneficiary Ogechi Amabotu from Imo state, said they met her at the uncompleted building at the Okada Bridge in Lugbe where Ishe was living before the Government demolished the place.

She said, she was into pedicure and manicure, eye lashes and plating of hair.

“I lost my husband December 2017, he died in a motor accident when I was two months pregnant of my second son. 

“Their Father is from Ijebu, the first daughter is Aduke.

 She said she would use part of the N100, 000 to get a room as they have been thrown out of the uncompleted building, saying that with the rain mosquitoes are on the prowl.

What remains she said will be used to take her daughter to school and also to expand her business.
Abigail Anthony, said she sells Peper meat, a single lady, she said she was lucky to have been identified in the church.

She said with the N100, 000, she will get a shop and expand her business. She also prayed God to bless her with husband.

Mary Abiola said her husband died two years ago and that she sells goodstuff at Jahi 1 by police station. 

“I haVE three children. I used to buy foodstuffs on credit but I will buy every thing with cash now, I will not do credit again, I will be able to save my gains. 

She prayed God to bless the foundation

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Swiss Govt says it is committed to aiding Nigeria recorver looted funds through judicial cooperation

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The Swiss Government has reiterated its determination to continue to assist Nigeria in recorvering its looted funds stached away in their banks by some corrupt Nigerian leaders.
Speaking yesterday at the 10th anniversary of Nigeria-Switzerland Migration Partnership at the ministry of foreign Affairs in Abuja, the Federal Councillor, head of the Federal Department of Justice and Police Switzerland Kerin Keler said 
“The irregular funds, of course are given back in judicial procedures to Nigeria just like the Abacha looted funds have been given back.
“We have a system of assisting also the Nigerian judicial system, we do our best in that field, I told you may be that it is possible to improve this judicial cooperation between Switzerland and Nigeria.
She was reacting to a poser over irregular migration ocasioned by bad leadership bequeathed on Nigeria by its corrupt leaders who looted and statched away funds in her country.
On regular migration she said they are bound by their laws.
“As far as regular migration is concerned we are bound by Swiss laws, as you might know we have a free movement of workers just within the European Union, as far as four States are concerned.
She said they also have a window for specialists for which Nigeria is not excluded.
“Of course that
Nigerian specialists on this project system can also come to Switzerland,
But the projects we have are based on reintegration on project. “We also have work for people coming back, which is important that when they come back to Switzerland or have to go back to Nigeria they have a job opportunity and this is what is the focus of the migration partnership. 
“It is not regular migration as this is restricted for all nationals to Switzerland which are not European Union citizens.”
She said the system they have is for talented and also qualified people.
The Seisd minister said her country is happy to mark the 10th year anniversaryof the Migration partnership despite challenges faced by Nigeria and that of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keler said Switzerland has an excellent and longstanding relationship with Nigeria that dates back to Nigeria’s independence in 1960 with the opening of its embassy in Lagos in 1961.
According to her, Nigeria and her country have celebrated 60 years of diplomatic relationship adding that this time around they are also celebrating the 10th year anniversary of the migration partnership

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Lawan urges Saudi Govt to help in bringing back over 10,000 Nigerians languishing in their prisons

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***pushes for increased quota for crude productio

 
The President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has urged the government of Saudi Arabia to assist Nigeria in bringing back over ten thousand citizens held in detention in Saudi Arabia.
 
Lawan made the appeal when the Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Nigeria, Faisal Eebraheem Alghamdi, paid him a visit at the National Assembly, Abuja, Wednesday.
 
The Senate President, while reiterating the role of the National Assembly in ensuring compliance with bilateral and multi-lateral agreements entered into by the Nigerian government, disclosed that ongoing efforts were underway to evacuate citizens held back in Saudi Arabia. 
 
In his words, “This legislative arm of government is always conscious of ensuring that our government plays its role in bilateral and multilateral dispositions that our government has decided to go into.
 
“Saudi Arabia and Nigeria established a very solid relationship for a long time, and the relationship has been growing every year.
 
“I want to assure you that this arm of government will work with you as the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia.
 
He said some of the Nigerian pilgrims in the past had issues in Saudi Arabia, to the wxtent thousands of them are in detention adding that as a country the leadership has taken conscious decisions to ensure that it continues to educate and enlighten its citizens, that when they travel to Saudi Arabia for Ummrah or Hajj, they should perform their religious rites and return to Nigeria.
This he said is to minimize the possibly of people going there and staying back illegally.
“I want to assure you that we will continue to support the National Hajj Commission in educating our pilgrims and, of course, the State Welfare Boards across the country.
 
“Our country is also making a lot of efforts to ensure we evacuate our citizens who are now in Saudi Arabia and who we believe should be back home.”
He used the opportunity to seek the support of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the government to work with Nigeria in this respect to get its citizens back. 
 
“Presently, we have over ten thousand Nigerians who are not registered and who are held in detention. It is our desire to ensure that we get these people out of the country and bring them back home. 
 
“I want to assure you that the relationship between these two great countries – Saudi Arabia and Nigeria – can only go higher and better.”
 
He appealed to Saudi Arabia to use its influence as a major player in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase Nigeria’s crude oil production quota.
 
According to him, doing so would enable Nigeria meet with the country’s infrastructural demands needed to match its growing population. 
 
“As OPEC members, we need the support of Saudi Arabia in so many respects. Even though it is not Saudi Arabia alone that can determine the quota cut for any OPEC country, but Saudi Arabia is the major country in OPEC. Because of your position, you have a lot of influence more than any country. 
 
“Presently, our quota, I think, is about 1.5 million barrels per day. We would request that whenever the opportunity avails itself, we would like to see a higher quota for Nigeria. We have a very huge population – over 200 million – and we have massive challenges in developing our infrastructure. 
 
“At the moment we still earn more than ninety percent of our foreign exchange from the export of crude oil, so we would like to see a situation where we are able to export more of our crude,” he said. 
 
Lawan expressed optimism that the relationship between the Nigeria-Saudi business communities would enhance trade and business relationships to the benefit of both countries.
 
The Saudi Arabia Ambassador to Nigeria, Faisal Eebraheem Alghamdi in his comments earlier, said the purpose of the visit was to build on this existing relationship between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, saying, “we need to develop our relationships and this is the goal when I came here.”
 

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