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NIWA decry flooded Calabar office

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The National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has bemoan the inability of its staff to access their office in Calabar, Cross Rivers State as a result of flooding caused by the State Government.
The authority therefore called on the Cross River State Government to as a matter of urgency construct drainage to enable NIWA staff in the state have access to their area office in Calabar.
This was contained in a statement issued by the General Manager in charge of Corporate Affair of the Authority , Mr Tayo Fadile which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday.
Fadile said NIWA area office in Calabar had been flooded with water and mud due to water diversion work by the Cross River state government to execute a project at Diamond Hill Hope Wadal, Opposite the Governor’s office in the state capital.

According to him, the NIWA Calabar Area Office Manager , Engr. Rufus O. Ogbonlato has reported that the excavation/removal of the top soil that blocked the existing drainage started around may, 2016 hindering the staff of the Authority to have access to their offices.
“The Area Manager said the impact of the water and the mud inflow to the area office has led to NIWA staff and clients finding it difficult to drive to the area office as sand has taken over the jetty, security post and the fence have been damaged .
” The waterfront that was 7.8 metres deep is now reduced to 2.5 to 3.5 metres which is dangerous for maritime activities and about one million naira was spent last year to evacuate the sand” the General Manager said.
Fadile who pointed out that Engr. Ogbonlato had written several letters to the governor of the state , noted that even the contractor, Daiik Engineering that handle the job did not carry out environmental impact assessment , saying the act is contrary to the environmental impact assessment Decree No. 86 of 1992. According to him “Supposing the company carried out the assessment, they would not have done that job during the raining season due to the topography of the area . “Our area office in Calabar that was badly affected wrote letters to the governor of Cross River state in May 26th , 2016; July 22nd , 2016; February 13th , 2007 and March 19th , 2017 but to no avail” The management of NIWA therefore appeal to the governor of the state to take a proactive measure to enable the Authority perform its statutory functions . END

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Solidaridad West Africa to support Nigeria, Ghana in oil palm production – Stakeholders

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By Friday Idachaba

Solidaridad West Africa says it is making progress in enabling governments in Nigeria and Ghana to support and work with farmers toward a more sustainable climate-smart oil palm production.

Stakeholders stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the end of a two-day Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) Wrap-up Workshop organised by Solidaridad West Africa – Nigeria on Saturday in Uyo.

The workshop was organised under the National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) in West Africa being run by Solidaridad and IDH and funded by the Government of Netherlands.

The programme which aims to build capacity of smallholders, Organisations and local institutions to improve performance among others, is placing smallholder farmers at the centre of interventions as change agents in the oil palm sector.

The CSO stakeholders and participants at the end of the workshop expressed satisfaction that the project being executed in Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States was making steady progress.

They expressed optimism that lessons learnt at the workshop would positively impact their various approaches to executing the Solidaridad intervention in ensuring sustainable oil palm production.

According to Dr Sam Ogallah, the Solidaridad Technical Team Lead, the CSOs from the four states have given good account of themselves in their presentation on the journey so far.

“I think they have made impressive presentations. I am happy to see the level of impact that solidaridad is making in the four states through the activities of the CSOs that we are engaging in the various States.

“It is also impactful to note how the livelihood of oil palm farmers are being transformed in all the states we are working. That shows clearly that indeed, Solidaridad is making and creating that ‘Change That Really Matters’ which is our slogan.

“On the way forward, I think the reward for good work is more work. We will continue to engage with the CSOs and continue to consolidate on our gains, so far,” he said.

Mr Kene Onukwube, Project Manager of NISCOPS said it was expected that the CSOs would become more vibrant to take up issues of social and or legislative advocacy at the end of the workshop.

Onukwube said they would also be able to help communities on how to process the challenges of social inclusion with policy makers and the Legislature and as well, engage with private sector actors in the states for fundraising opportunities.

One of the participants, Mr James Odiba, Managing Partner of Intellect Associates A&J Ltd., said that the Wrap-up Workshop exposed the CSOs to what they needed to know in the NISCOPS project and enabled deeper understanding of the goals of the programme.

Odiba said the workshop also helped to inform participants how Solidaridad West Africa-Nigeria should be known and reported, adding that the workshop was worth the effort as its potentials to build stronger commitment in the participants to support NISCOPS project.

Also speaking with NAN, Ms Halima Sadiq of Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) lauded Solidaridad for encouraging small holder farmers participation and involvement in sustainable oil palm production in communities.

Sadid particularly commended the resource mobilisation and proposal writing aspects of the workshop, adding that state actors and the private sector had a huge role to play investing in the oil palm sector. (NAN)

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Humanitarian minister leads in return of 134 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon

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The minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouk has led the successful return of 134 Nigerian refugees from Cameroon.

This was coming as a follow up to President Muhammadu Buhari’s instructions that all Nigerian refugees in Cameroon be returned home safely to a life of dignity and pride with immediate effec.

The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), had earlier met with the officials of the Cameroonian government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Maroua, Cameroon, over the weekend.

The Honourable Federal Commissioner, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed (Lado) led Nigerian officials in the meeting with the officials of the Cameroonian government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Maroua, Cameroon, over the weekend.

The meeting, is a follow-up to meetings in 2017 initiated by the then commissioner and now minister of humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouk

The humanitarian minister who has also shown tremendous concern and care towards the return of the refugee, also stressed that necessary arrangements have been made for the refugees’ socioeconomic reinsertion into Nigeria.

Speaking at the meeting, the commissioner, who was represented by the commission’s director of refugee and migration, Tai Hassan Ejibunu added that the importance of the meeting of the Technical Working Groups (TWGs) of both countries, on the Voluntary Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon and the suppport of the humanitarian ministry cannot be overemphasized.

Senator Lado, who is also the chairman, Technical Working Group (TWG) of Nigeria on the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees, said the TWGs’ meeting is a forerunner to the Tripartite Commission (TC) meeting scheduled to hold this week”.

“”The meeting this week would provide the latitude and platform for officials of both counties to have in-depth discussions on the protocols and strategies to follow in repatriating the several thousands of Nigerian Refugees that are stationed in Minawao Camp in the Republic of Cameroon”, he explained

“Therefore, I would urge officials of both countries to be opened in their discussions, while putting into consideration, the interests of the refugees, following international best practices and the guidance of our technical partner, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Offices, both in Nigeria and Cameroon”, Lado further stressed.

“At this juncture, let me take this opportunity, to thank the UNHCR Country Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Chansa Kapaya, and her dedicated staff for their invaluable contribution, assistance and collaboration in all spheres, to ensure that discussions were held always, on how best to tackle the repatriation of these Persons of Concerns (PoCs) to Nigeria”, he added.

“The Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, is a governor that has demonstrated uncommon passion in ensuring that the citizens of his State in Cameroon are repatriated home in safety and given a new lease of life”.

“Zulum’s reintegration plans for the PoCs, if well executed, and with support of the relevant stakeholders and partners will assuage the losses and fears being entertained by the refugees upon their return home back in Borno State”.

He then thanked the government and people of Cameroon, who have shown love and hospitality to the Nigerian refugees.

“The Government and the country have exemplified the true African spirit, character and culture of good neighborliness, in being fellow African brother’s keeper. The country’s acceptance to host the Joint TWG is a further attestation of the spirit of umbuntu ‘You Live, So I Live’ which is engrained in the psyche and the blood streams of Africans”, he concluded.

The return of the refugees he said will also be in line with the Commission’s on going resettlement cities project, which will shelter thousands of displaced persons in a two-bedroom housing units across some states, consisting of primary health care and education centres, security outposts, worship houses, skill acquisition centres, markets and adjoining farmlands for use by the occupants.

According to him, the commission’s Project Reliance is another programme aimed at providing a stable means of livelihoood for the returnee refugees, empowering them by way of giving them start-up capitals and empowerment tools in more than 50 different vocations and businesses of their choices.

Other stakeholders in the humanitarian space on the exercise are; the representatives of the governors of Borno and Adamawa states, representatives of the ministers of humanitarian affairs, foreign affairs, health, finance, interior and budget and national planning.

Others are; the representatives of the NSA NIA, DSS, Police IG, Chief of Defence Staff, Civil Defence, Immigration, NAPTIP, NEDC and NEMA

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7 #EndSARS protesters to be kicked out of Egypt says Dabiri-Erewa

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Seven Nigerians who took active part in the #EndSARS protest in Egypt have been scheduled to be deported, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has said.

She made the disclosure in a series of tweets on Monday from her verified twitter handle.
Eight Nigerians were earlier arrested in Cairo, Egypt for protesting against police brutality, extra-judicial killings, and bad governance in that country.
After their arrest, appeals were made to NIDCOM to intervene and secure the release of the Nigerians.
Dabiri on Mondsy said seven of the detained Nigerians are to be deported for “lack of resident permits”.
According to her, the Federal Government is pleading for leniency on behalf of the seven Nigerians scheduled for deportation.
She tweeted, “Update on the eight Nigerians detained in Cairo for protesting without a permit – Seven of them are to be deported to Nigeria for lack of resident permits. The only one that has a Residency will get final clearance from the Minister of Interior after signing an undertaking not go against the laws of Egypt.
“The Nigerian mission in Egypt is still appealing for leniency on behalf of the seven slated for deportation.”

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