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NGOs Train Stakeholders on Conflict Resolution over Farmers /Herders clashes

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NGOs Train Stakeholders on Conflict Resolution over Farmers /Herders clashes

By John Akubo

For effective interventions in Farmers, Herders conflicts, two Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Technoserve and Synergos Nigeria have organized a two-day training for stakeholders from Kaduna, Benue and Kogi States on Conflict Management and Resolution.

The training workshop under the auspices of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) ended on Sunday in Keffi, Nasarawa State.

The participants were trained on application of 10 modules of conflict resolution.
They expressed delight that they were now better equipped to handle conflicts of interests between the two warring sides. Participants were drawn from the Ministries of Agriculture, Fadama and other key departments, Parastatals, security agencies and the media from the three states.

A consultant with Technoserve
Dr Joseph Shopade, , called on government and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector to address the Farmers/Herdsmen clashes hostilities  through  removal of the layers of issues that engender the conflicts.

The conflict resolution expert said the Onion Model approach was the best option as it enabled resolution of the issues that resulted in the crisis which were mostly threat to livelihood of the parties.

Also speaking, Dr Stephen Faleti, a research fellow at the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, said escalation dynamics were ignored at the onset of conflicts.

Faleti said there must have been early warning signals which were ignored or not adequately addressed.

Prof. Ayo Hammed, a Counseling and Personnel Psychologist said there was need for proper understanding of the background of the conflicts and involvement of various primary and secondary (shadow) parties.

He said every conflict provided opportunities for positive development urged the participants to deploy the techniques and strategies learnt to resolve or address conflict situations.

Mr Obosi Philip, Technoserve Project Coordinator for the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) said the workshop was informed by the  prevailing clashes in Benue and parts of Kogi and Kaduna States.

“We deem it fit to have this workshop to re-orientate decision makers in key agricultural sectors as well as security officers on how to mediate and bring about peaceful resolution.

“It also enables the participants to mediate in conflict situations in rural areas  because it is affecting the overall agricultural production and key value chains in those states”, Phillip said.

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

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Professor Yakubu gets senate’s confirmation as INEC chairman for another 5 years

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed the nomination of Prof Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.
Yakubu was first appointed as INEC chair on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari.
He was reappointed after his first tenure  came to an end in October this year.
His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC, chaired by Senator Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Senator Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said the nominee possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC top job and therefore recommended his confirmation.
Opposition PDPsenators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed Yakubu’s nomination, saying that he’s unbiased and apolitical.
Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.
He’s moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support, said Senator Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).
Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

Prof Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the electoral act to ensure seamless 2023 election.
According to him, the ammended electoral framework was germane to the conduct of 2023 general elections.
“We would like to see a situation where the electoral ammendment is expeditiously considered and passed and I am confident that this is going to be done.”
He said elections cannot be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalized before 2023 elections would be conducted.

“I want to appeal to the Senate to please expedite work on the Electoral Act so that we can conduct elections in an atmosphere of certainty,” he said.
He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, the had extensive interaction where they submitted 78 areas of electoral ammendments adding that he also forwarded additional 13 areas of ammendment to the two committees.
“The earlier that is done the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully without uncertainty unless the electoral legal framework id finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election.
“We have to develop the regulations and guidelines for the election for us to produce manuals for the training of adhoc staff, So it is critical.”
When asked what INEC would do differently he said

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

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FG priortises exited N-POWER benefitiaries for CBN empowerment

The Federal Governmemt has offered previledge opportunity for the exited N-POWER benefitiaries as it has createda Portal that will enable  them to apply for Central Bank of Nigeria Empowerment Options.

The Portal has been launched by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Bashir Nura Alkali the Honourable Minister Sadiya Umar Farouq urged and encouraged interested Exited Beneficiaries of N- Power to log on to the portal and provide the required additional information for possible placements into the various CBN intervention options.

According to the statement, the platform which was developed in collaboration with the CBN will enable Exited N-Power Beneficiaries to log in and apply for the various economic, empowerment and entrepreneurship options provided by the CBN.

The Minister also emphasized that the NEXIT PORTAL will determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs.

“The NEXIT portal is to determine the suitability of the beneficiaries for the CBN affiliated programs and is dependent on meeting the criteria and conditions set by the CBN for the said programs”.

The Minister expressed her deep appreciation to the CBN Governor Mr Godwin Emefiele CON for his support adding that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs remained committed to the vision of Mr President to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.
Minister Umar Farouq pledged the Ministry’s willingness to collaborate with relevant agencies of government and other stakeholders towards the realization of that vision and congratulated the exited beneficiaries while wishing them well in their future endeavours.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria is very proud of the milestones you have achieved during your period of service to the nation. As we prepare to exit into prospective endeavors, we are confident that you will be able to channel all you have learnt over the years into successful ventures that will improve the economy of the country and create further opportunities for you and other citizens.
“Chasing a dream requires effort, passion and hard work which you are now halfway through. I congratulate you and wish you a very successful future”.

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Senate confirms Irukera vice Chairman/CEO of FCCPC

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Senate confirms Irukera vice Chairman/CEO of FCCPC

The Senate Thursday confirmed the nomination of Barrister
Babatunde Irukera as Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Competition Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC} for another five years.

This followed the adoption of the report of the Committee on Trade and Investment.

Others whose appointment were confirmed are; Barrister Emeka Nwampa as the Chairman of the Board,  Wakili Ahmed as Executive Commissioner and Yinka Akpata as Executive Commissioner.

The rest are; Ben Nwoye as non Executive Commissioner, Theophilus Oyenibi and Ayang Eyam as non Executive commissioners.

It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had requested for the appointment of  Babatunde Irukera as the vice chairman and chief executive officer FCCPC.

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