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APWEN inaugurates Oguche Joan second chairperson



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The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN) a non-profit, non – governmental educational service organisation and a division of Nigeria Society of Engineers has inaugurated Mrs Oguche Joan as her second chairperson.

The event which was held at the NIWA conference hall in Lokoja featured the investiture, inauguration and award presentation to deserving women who are making positive impact in the society at large.

There were also presentation of gifts to winners of the 2021 APWEN inter school quiz competition, lecture and entertainment from the Nigerian art and culture.

Engineer Joan in her response said the responsibility attached to the new office is enormous however she said with God on her side much will be achieved.
She further expressed her belief in “Team Work Spirit” as no one is a custodian of knowledge, adding that she alone cannot move the association to enviable heights.

Oguche called on all the women engineers to shun their differences, bitterness, and come together as one to create an indelible mark on the soil of Kogi State.

“Let us not relent in seeing to the realisation of the vision and mission of the association on the girl child advocacy”.

She solicited for support from awardees, women in other professions, friends and families, in achieving the set goals of “catching them young”.
She indicated further that the world is gradually moving in to technology saying their girls, daughters must be at the fore front.
“We are working towards achieving a total girl child who is morally stable, confident with high integrity, offering engineering and practicing engineering to affect the nation positively.

She promised to take the advocacy of girl child education to the three senatorial districts of the state inorder to ensure that more girls enrol for engineering programs.

Mrs Oguche noted that the girls Interschool Science Quiz Competition has come to stay in kogi state.
According to her, henceforth the yearly program will be packed full to encourage girls in different classes to aspire to excel in engineering courses
She promised to visit schools on carreer mentoring to encourage both students and their parents.

Present at the Occasion was the Ohimege of Kotorn Karfe, who appreciated everyone present and also expressed joy at the efforts of the women in making Kogi state and Nigeria a better place to live in.
He expressed the optimism for better results in activities with the involvement of women.

In a lecture delivered at the event by Dr. Mrs Animokun Elizabeth titled women in technology as catalyst for national development, she described women as fundermental human reservoir of every society and culture’ hence the slogan no women no nation’.
The Investiture ceremony was carried out by Engr. Margret Ojo the immediate past Chairman of APWEN Kogi chapter who briefly gave an insight into the birth of the APWEN alongside the aim which was to encourage the girl child.
She said their golden motto is to Encourage, Enhance and Excel.
Sge administered the oath of office to Engr. Oguche Joan.

In her speech Joan Oguche thanked everyone who took out time to grace the event and promised to make APWEN and the engineering profession as a whole proud.
She innaugurated other new executives members who will be working with her.

Awardees at the event included Mrs Ejura Mercy Onoja the wife of the Deputy Governor of Kogi state, Hajiya Aisha Ali Ibrahim, Hadiza Kashim Ali, Bar. Ladi Ahmed Jatto, Mrs. Precious Onyemari and Mrs Funke Eseyin.

Schools recieved award for their performance at the APWEN 2021 event include Bishop Delise, Government Science Secondary school, Government Secondary School Adankolo won the overall best performance at the event.

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African Peace Brand lists Obasanjo, Jonathan, Adesina among 33 peace ambassadors awardees




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The African Peace Brand at an elaborate event in Abuja slated for November 11, 2021 will hold this year edition of its Awards ceremony.

For this event, 33 eminent personalities, among which are 21Nigerians have been nominated for different categories of awards.

Among those listed in the Special Award category include the President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa- Akufo ,Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank, two former Presidents of Nigerian, Chief. Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (rtd), Her Excellency, the First Lady of Namibia Madame Monica Geingos, the Vice President of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor, Hon Justice Stella Anukam, Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples Right, Prof. Abubakar Musa Kundri and Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzu (rtd).

The Theme of the Award coming up on 11th November, 2021 at the Sheraton Hotels,Abuja is “Achieving Peace and Accelerated Recovery of Africa’s Economy Post Covid-19”

The African Peace Awards 2021 is put together by African Peace Brand, comprising African Peace Magazine, African Peace Television and African Peace Radio, in conjunction with her strategic partners; Centre for Peace and Conflict Management in Africa, Rethink Africa Foundation and African Right Watch.

This year’s event is in celebration of the unique AfCTA milestones, while driving attention to the task ahead and how AfCTA can be the key to unity and peace in the continent.

The African Peace Brand on Tuesday 21st September organised a pre – Award talk in which prominent guest speakers dwell on the Theme:”Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable Peace in Africa”.

Guest Speakers are; Hon Justice Stella Anukam, Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples Right, the First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Gringos and the Vice President, The Republic of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor.

The virtual conference coincided with the Year 2021 International Peace Day.

Hon Justice Anukam who spoke on the topic”Economic Development and Peace post Covid: Human Rights Violations
as a Hindrance to Economic Recovery and Delayed Peace in Africa” said the issue of peace is persisting and ever dominant issue affecting mankind today.

She said the violation of human rights plays a major role in hindering economic recovery and has caused delayed peace in Africa as a continent.

Hon. Justice Anukam said the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa with the mandate to complement and reinforce the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

It is the judicial arm of the African Union and one of the three regional human rights courts together with the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human rights.

Hon Justice Stella Anukam said ” there are various types of rights that can be violated and they include civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights. Civil and political rights are regarded as the first generation rights.

“They include the right to life, safety, equality before the law, fair trial and the right to vote. On the other hand, economic, social and cultural rights include the right to work, the right to education and the right to physical and mental health.

“Having noted all of these, the logical deduction is that there can be no peace or economic growth in any society where these rights are constantly violated. The states bear the primary responsibility of protecting and encouraging human rights”.

In his presentation, Daphne Gabriel, African Peace Magazine UK, Co- Chair at the webinar said the African Peace Magazine is a very good product and a clear brand appeal which should always be a few steps ahead of its purpose.

He said “all forms of abuse must be documented and it’s necessary evidence of it’s occurrences”.

Speaking about the award, the Editor – in – Chief of African Magazine, Noah Ajare Esq said the event is designed to host business, political and diplomatic leaders. It is set to have in attendance, policy makers and think – tanks on Africa and Africa related issue.

African Peace Award has consistently honoured and rewarded great African Peace makers including political leaders, young peace living persons, captain of industries across the continent.

Highlights of the coming African Peace Magazine Award, he said, include;high level panels and keynote presentations; Interactive sessions, African CEOs Roundtable and unrivaled networking opportunities.

“The African Peace Magazine Award 2021, seeks to honour persons, institutions, organisations, governments and others whose notions, and efforts have in one way or other improved or contributed to peace keeping and conflict management in Africa as well as improving the lives of Africans.

“African Peace Brand has noted peace promotion and conflict management in any society alleviates uncertainty and risks which in turn promotes economic growth in any given community. It contributes to the economic growth of the community by increasing the productivity in capital and labour as well as good governance.

“The African Peace Brand introduces its awards in the hopes of promoting peace globally and specifically in Africa with the hope of effecting change in Africa first and then globally'”.

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Badaru appoints Farouk Dutse as DG MDI




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From Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Governor Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa state has approved the appointment of Umar Farouk Dutse as the new Director General Manpower Development Institute, (MDI) Dutse.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Secretary to the Government of Jigawa State, Alhaji Adamu Abdulkadir Fanini which was made available to newsmen in Dutse the state capital

Farouk Dutse, served as a member of the Governing Council of the Institute from 2015 to 2019.

The statement said “while congratulating the new Director General for well deserved appointment, we wish him success in the discharge of his official duties”.

The statement further disclosed that the appointment is with immediate effect.

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Brazilian Business School appoints Ezekwesili as board member




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Former Vice President, World Bank, Africa Region, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, has been elected as member of Fundação Dom Cabral Board of Trustees, to help FDC consolidate its objectives.

Ezekwesili, an economics policy expert, joined the FDC board as the newest member.

The founder and Global Chief Executive Officer of Stefanini, Marco Stefanini, as well as Founder/Board Chairman of MRV Engenharia, Rubens Menin, were also welcomed into the FDC board, according to a statement on Sunday by the top Brazilian school.

These three new councillors are expected to contribute to the fulfilment of the institution’s mission of developing society through education, the statement added.

“Fundação Dom Cabral is honoured to announce the election of Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili as a member of its BoT, its highest decision-making body.

“The FDC is a Brazilian business school, whose mission is to contribute to the development of society through the training and development of executives, entrepreneurs and public managers,” Ezekwesili’s Spokesperson, Mr Ozioma Ubabukoh, stated.

According to the Financial Times’ ranking, FDC is the ninth best business school in the world, he notes.

In the social area, FDC offers training to low-income entrepreneurs, social organisations and their managers, young people in vulnerable situations, while granting scholarships to underprivileged university students, through the FDC – Centro Social Cardeal Dom Serafim, Ubabukoh added.

The co-founder and President of the FDC Board Committee, ProfEmerson de Almeida, said, “Dr Oby’s election to the BoT will offer her a distinguished international and humanistic vision.”

The Dean of FDC, Antonio Batista, added, “Ezekwesili will contribute with important viewpoints and help FDC consolidate its objectives.”

On the African continent and in addition to cooperating with the University of Cape Town in South Africa, FDC is developing PAEX in Mozambique

“PAEX is an educational solution that creates a network to support the professionalisation of companies, transferring knowledge and promoting greater competitiveness and sustainable growth,” Ubabukoh added.

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