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TWG hands over Tripartite Agreement for voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees to humanitarian minister

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The Technical Working Group (TWG) on the repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Cameroon has presented a Draft Tripartite Agreement for the voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees in Niger Republic and Chad to the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Special Adviser on Media to the minister
Nneka Ikem Anibeze in a statement said the draft, after its ratification will kickstart preparations for the repatriation of refugees from the Republic of Niger and Chad.

Receiving the draft on Thursday at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre Abuja, the statement quoted the Minister to have said that a total of three Hundred and Twenty-Two Thousand (322,000) Nigerian refugees were currently living in neighbouring countries.

Explaining further Out of the figures,she said Niger currently hosts One Hundred and Eighty-Six Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty-Seven (186,957) refugees, the Republic of Cameroon has One Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Four Hundred and Nine Thousand (118,409) refugees while Sixteen Thousand, Six Hundred and Thirty-Four Thousand (16,634) refugees are in the Republic of Chad.

“With the large number of refugees in Niger, Chad and Cameroon, the Federal Government of Nigeria has officially initiated talks with the Governments of Chad and Niger to sign tripartite agreements similar to the one we have with the Republic of Cameroon. I am happy to inform you that we already have a draft copy of the Tripartite Agreement for Voluntary Repatriation of Nigerian Refugees in Niger and Chad Republics”.

The Minister who was hitherto the Chairperson of the TWG officially handed over the position to the new Honourable Federal Commissioner Iman Suleiman-Ibrahim.

In her address, Mrs Ibrahim thanked the minister for the confidence reposed in her and sought the cooperation of all partners in efforts to bring back the refugees in safety and dignity.

“Part of the governance infrastructure for carrying out this exercises includes the Borno State Government and some selected Federal Government MDAs as well as the UNHCR, our invaluable Technical Partner, all of who have crucial roles to play. It goes without saying that we need to work in synergy to ensure a successful voluntary repatriation in line with the Presidential directive”.

The HFC also urged members of the TWG to contribute meaningfully to discussions on updates to carry out their assignment.

The TWG is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the safe return of Nigerian Refugees and comprises of representatives of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, the National Commission  for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, (NCFRMI) the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, North East Development Commission, (UNHCR) Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of Security Services, National Security Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian Police Force, Ministry of Health and the BAY states (Borno, Adamawa and Yobe).

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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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