NEPAD organises women leadership conference in governance

New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is partnering with International Sheroes Forum (ISF) to host women leadership conference and engage them in business, leadership roles and governance.

Mr Flossy Tachie-Menson, the Founder of ISF announced this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.

According to him, the two-day event is scheduled from Oct. 24 to Oct. 25 at NAF Conference Centre, Kado Kuchi, FCT.

He said that the conference would host women from all walks of life with a one-on-one conversation with the wife of former Ghanaian president, Mrs Nana Agyeman-Rawlings.

“The interaction is practically meant to create a platform as a driving force for political and social change in the world.

“Its theme “Advancing Women’s Roles in Business Leadership and Governance” would feature some discourse on women’s participation in politics, governance, and business to drive economic growth.

“These sessions will address issues of networking with high profile women leaders who are currently shaping the continent’s future, and exchange on best practices and experiences to empower women in business.”

He said there would be special awards that would be given to recognise amazing personalities who have contributed to the advancement of women’s issues.

Tachie-Menson, said part of the discussions will focus on entrepreneurial session which would be premised on “funding the next generation of women entrepreneurs and increasing access to funding and markets’’.

He noted that “Health and Wellness’’ session will focus on lifestyle balance and finding a connection among the mind, body and spirit to leadership.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the wife of the president of Nigeria, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, Dr Joyce Banda and former President of Malawi, among others, will attend the event.

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Man Utd crash to defeat at Huddersfield

Huddersfield Town’s German defender Christopher Schindler (L) vies with Manchester United’s Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at the John Smith’s stadium in Huddersfield, northern England on October 21, 2017. Lindsey PARNABY / AFP

Manchester United fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday as Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City moved five points clear at the Premier League summit.

Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre scored at the John Smith’s Stadium to give Huddersfield a first win over United since 1952 and condemn Jose Mourinho’s side to their first loss of the campaign.

United, who drew 0-0 at Liverpool last weekend, replied through half-time substitute Marcus Rashford.

City took full advantage by beating Burnley 3-0, with Sergio Aguero equalling Eric Brook’s all-time club scoring record of 177 goals.

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Aruna Quadri crashes out of ITTF World Cup

Nigerian star Quadri Aruna has crashed out of the Liebherr 2017 International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Men’s World Cup in Belgium after losing in the round of 16 to Japan’s Jun Mizutani on Saturday.

Mizutani outclassed Aruna 4-0 (11-6, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7) to advance into the quarter-finals.

Aruna had qualified into round 16 after finishing second in the group stage which was played on Friday.

Africa’s other representative Omar Assar also did not fare any better as he was eliminated by number one seed and world champion Ma Long of China.

Long defeated Assar four sets to one, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-4.

The quarter-finals will be decided today (Saturday).

The tournament comes to a close on Sunday, October 22.

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Adesina set up new African Youth Institute

The President of the African Development Bank and the World Food Prize winner for 2017, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, has pledged to set up a World Food Prize African Youth Institute to support young Agric-entrepreneurs in the continent with his prize money of $250,000.

Speaking at the laureate luncheon yesterday at the Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa, Adesina said “today I am honored to announce that my world food prize and all other things that will be mobilized will be used to support the work of the World Food PrizeAfrican Institute which we will set up.World food prize Africa youth institute will support young Agric- entrepreneurs, young scientists and scholars.”

Akinwunmi Adesina, President, AfDB
Already, the prize money has been matched by a philanthropist, John Harrington of Sheffield Corporation, with $250,000 and the Borlaug foundation with $10,000.

Adesina, who was presented the money as the winner of this year’s World Food Prize laureate in Capitol city of Iowa, USA, said the the fund will be fully dedicated to providing grants, fellowships and financing the youths of Africa in agriculture as a business.

The fellows from the institute, according to him will named Borlaug Adesina fellows, “This will allow us to strategically continue Dr. Borlaug legacy of taking agriculture technologies to farmers and my philosophy of promoting agriculture as a business.”

Adesina noted that the future of agriculture belongs to the youth said “ We are the African Development Bank are putting a lot of money into getting young people into agriculture. Last we spent $800million and we will spend an average of $1.5 billion every year for the next ten years.

The AfDB President said “We will arise and feed Africa.The day is coming very soon when all its children will be well-fed, when millions of small-holder farmers will be able to send their kids to school.

The award was founded by the late Norman Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. Borlaug was called “the Father of the Green Revolution” for his work developing high-yielding strains of wheat that were credited with staving off the starvation of millions of people in Pakistan and India.

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World Polio Day: Rotary urges Etsu Bwari to sensitise his subjects

The Rotary Club of Abuja has urged the Etsu Bwari, Mr Ibrahim Yaro, to always sensitise his subjects about polio immunisation to prevent recurrence of the viral infection in the community.

Mr Ben Omogbene, the President of District 9125 Kubwa-main Rotary Club, gave the advice at the courtesy visit of club members to the Etsu’s palace on Saturday in Bwari, FCT.

The visit was organised in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs such as Maitama, Life Camp, Kubwa gateway, Gwarimpa and Kubwa Federal Housing, all in Abuja.

He said that the aim of their visit was to commemorate this year’s World Polio Day with the theme: “A walk keeping Nigeria on zero’’ being celebrated globally on Oct. 24.

“We are here to sensitise the residents of Bwari on the need to bring polio to zero level; we are celebrating the ultimate quit notice given to polio in Nigeria.

“We also want to put an end to polio infection in the community and the country at large.

“You are the eye of Bwari, we want you to sensitise your subjects on the need to go for vaccination to achieve the goal,’’ Omogbene said.

The Chairman of the organising committee, Mr Festus Agbazue said that the Rotary awareness campaign started since 1985 in the bid to create relevant awareness on danger of the disease.

“Over time, Rotary has always employed sensitisation as a tool to stem fights against polio, it is so good we have been able to sustain it yearly and we will also do it in 2018 until it is eradicated.

“You are the eye of the people of Bwari, we want you to sensitise your subjects and through your support, we will be able to kick polio out of the community.’’

Responding, Yaro decried the practice by some community dwellers who disallowed polio vaccination in their houses to hinder efforts driven toward eradication of polio.

Yaro said: “we all know polio virus infection is a bad disease, we tell our subjects to get immunised, but the only quarter that gives us problem is the Hausa community.

“All we wish for is that they should allow their families to take the vaccines; the campaign is to help us and if the vaccine is free, we should be able to stamp out polio to zero in Bwari.

“I am determined to work with you; we have been trying on our part. Going forward, we will meet with Hausa community leaders and clerics to spread the message,’’ he said.

Newsmen report that the high points of the visit were installation of the Etsu Bwari as Polio Ambassador by Nollywood actor, Bruno Iwuoha and a 26km-Polio-Awareness Walk by the club members.


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1,272 fail Nigerian Law School exam

The Nigerian Law School on Saturday released the summary of the final examination results conducted in August.

Mr Chinedu Ukekwe, Head of Information and Protocol of the Nigerian Law School, said 1,272 candidates failed out of a total of 5, 891 that participated in the examinations.

According to him, 29 students made First Class, 211 Second Class Upper, 1, 046 Second Class Lower.

He said 2, 999 got a Pass, while 334 came out with conditional Pass.

In all, 4, 285 candidates were successful and will be called to the Nigerian Bar.

A further breakdown of the results showed 72.7 per cent passed, while those with conditional Pass represented 5. 7 per cent.

The candidates who failed represented 21.6 per cent.

Ukekwe in the statement revealed that the ‘Call to the Bar’ ceremony for the successful candidates will hold on Nov. 28 and 29 in Abuja.


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No rape in IDP camps – Yobe SEMA

Yobe State Emergency Management Agency on Saturday refuted media reports alleging rape of some of Internally Displaced Persons who are camped in Damaturu.

“The report is misleading, lacking substance and without any iota of truth,” Musa Jidawa, SEMA’s Permanent Secretary said in an interview.

According to him, the agency has provided adequate security at the government-run camp in Pompomari to guard against such cases.

He added that community leaders in other camps located in Kukareta, Kasaisa, Mohammed Gombe farm and YBC Abare have developed a very effective security network to protect the inmates of all abuses including rape.

Jidawa, who is also the chairman security and protection sector of humanitarian agencies in the state, noted that the media report had claimed that 30 rape cases were recorded “yet no local or international humanitarian agency in the state came across any.”

The official cautioned agencies and organizations operating outside the state from accepting unverified reports, saying it was important to cross check with stakeholders operating on ground.

“It is very worrisome for any credible organization to dish out sensitive information without corroborating or verification from organizations who are on ground,” Jidawa said.


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