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00:37

UNICEF, EU to train 50 education officers in North East



United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and European Union (EU) are set to train 50 education officers in the North East region.

According to UNICEF, capacity building is to improve the quality of data and evidence-based information available to formulate impactful policies in the education sector.




UNICEF’s Chief of Maiduguri Field Office, Phuong Nguyen, stated, yesterday, in Maiduguri: “We’re excited to support governments in the North East to gain timely and credible data to support evidence-based planning in the education sector.”



RELATEDLY, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Integrated Health Program (IHP), has advocated a health insurance scheme for the vulnerable residents of Bauchi State.



During a media engagement organised by the Bauchi State Health Contributory Management Agency (BASHCMA), yesterday, the State IHP Director, Dr. Alhassan Siaka, argued that much had not been done to the vulnerable groups of Bauchi.



He urged the government at all levels to shoulder the health insurance for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) objective.


MEANWHILE, ActionAid Nigeria, in collaboration with Small Scale Women Farmers Organisation in Nigeria (SWOFON) and Budget Committee Group in Kogi State, has called on governments at all levels to ensure real and timely release of budgetary allocation to the agriculture sector.



At a press briefing in Lokoja, yesterday, the Kogi Coordinator of SWOFON, Safiya Yahaya, and Chairperson of Budget Committee Group in Kogi, Matthias Okpanachi, said the call became necessary to boost food security across the country.



The non-governmental organisations, while dwelling on their appraisal of the approved budget for 2022 in Kogi, demanded critical review of the existing policies and framework on agriculture that would attract good anchor for budget formulation and implementation. Theguardianng 

06:03

EU opens scholarship portal - Youths key to Nigeria’s development




The European Union has called for applications for next year’s Erasmus+ scholarship programme in line with its commitment to expanding opportunities for quality higher education for young Nigerians even as it stated that youths remain the key to Nigeria’s development.


The EU said it is building partnerships between young Africans and their European counterparts because young people will remain critical in addressing current global challenges, including the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals and making the world a better place.


At the National Youth Conference organised by the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports in Abuja, the EU Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, said youths are not only the future, but also constitute the largest generation of young people in history.


Urpilainen said she had mandated EU Delegations across Africa to establish a Youth Sounding Board to ensure youths are mainstreamed into their decision-making processes to reflect diversity and inclusivity.


“In Nigeria, seven youths out of ten are under 30 years old. Whether it’s politics, economy, or the EU-Nigeria partnership, we need youth participation. That is why this Nigerian National Youth Conference is so important. Youth is a top priority in the EU’s partnership with Africa,” she observed.


Also speaking during a presentation, Precious Uchechi Eze, a National Youth Service Corps member and a member of the recently inaugurated European Union Youth Sounding Board in Nigeria, said the NYSC is proposing to set up a Trust Fund for corps members that will serve as a support system for the corps members facing various challenges during their service period.


Meanwhile, the EU has called for applications for next year’s Erasmus+ scholarship programme


The Erasmus+ is the EU’s flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport, offering beneficiaries scholarships to study in some of the most prestigious universities within and outside Europe. It also enables youths, students, staff and higher education institutes to attend or work with European Higher Education Institutions.


The programme equips young Nigerians with the education, skills and competences they need to thrive in a globalised economy, hence, contributing to nation-building.

This year, 134 Nigerians were awarded a prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree scholarship. This is not only a steep increase compared to previous years, but also makes Nigeria the top country of Africa with most selected students. Worldwide, Nigeria is up there together with Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mexico and Pakistan as top six countries with most awardees.


The EU urges Nigerians and Nigerian Higher Education Institutes to take advantage of the provided opportunities for investment in knowledge, skills and competences. Punchng

12:28

EU appoints 25 Nigerian youths into decision-making board




THE European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS on Monday inaugurated a 25-member Youth Sounding Board, a body of young Nigerians, who will help in shaping and implementing EU programmes and strategies in the country for more inclusiveness.


The union said the inauguration was part of its commitment to incorporating young Nigerians in its decision-making process.


Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Charge d’Affaires at the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Alexandre Gomes, said the members of the EU-YSB will have an unpaid mandate of two years, noting that the board serves as a bridge between young Nigerians and the EU Delegation.


He stated, “The Youth Sounding Board will allow young people to have an influence on the policy and programmes of the EU in Nigeria, thereby contributing to making EU action more participatory, relevant and effective for the large young population in Nigeria.”


According to Gomes, the board members were selected based on their knowledge and experience in one or more of the areas that are of key interest to the EU, including gender equality, youth inclusion, climate change, and culture, out of hundreds of applications from across the country.


The diplomat observed that the 25 youths had a proven track record of playing outstanding roles in their communities, both online and online or offline, and had set up and participated in creative and innovative initiatives to empower youth at the grassroots level.


“The EU, therefore, believes that the future of Nigeria will largely depend on the ability to provide young Nigerians with opportunities for employment, education, health and access to decision-making processes,” Gomes stated.


Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Youths Development and Sports, Sunday Dare, described the board as a window of opportunity for the youths, stressing the need for agenda for action.


The minister claimed that the Federal Government is fighting poverty with various empowerment initiatives, noting that about 6,000 Nigerians have benefitted from the Nigerian Youths Investment Fund since its establishment last year.


Dare stated, “Exactly one month from today, we are going to have the first national youth conference; 370 Nigerian youths under one roof, meeting for four days on five thematic areas. They will set an agenda for action and present it to the Federal Government. We believe that would be a major event for our youths.”


Speaking on behalf of other board members, Ismail Bello said he was excited to be amongst the first set of beneficiaries of the initiative even as he urged the EU to sustain it p as a way of creating opportunities for young people and youth organisations to express their views, connect and exchange ideas. Punch

21:08

EU, UN deliver $22m essential medical supplies to Nigeria


The European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) have delivered essential medical supplies to the Federal Government to help the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

The shipments, along with others coming soon, were procured through the One UN COVID-19 Basket Fund with a significant contribution from the EU and valued at more than $22 million.


The consignments include 545 oxygen concentrators, more than 100,000 test kits, infrared digital no-touch thermometers, numerous personal protective equipment (PPE), laboratory supplies and emergency health kits that will boost the government’s COVID-19 response and care for those affected by the virus.

The supplies were handed over to the government through the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the NPHCDA and were officially presented to the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at an event attended by high-level delegates from the EU, Ministry of Health and the UN.


The UN’s Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon, said: “The arrival of the medical supplies will be a boost to the government’s efforts to provide an efficient and effective healthcare response for those affected by the virus. These vital supplies co-funded by the EU will help us to both protect healthcare workers and ensure people are tested and treated as quickly as possible to save lives.”


Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Mr. Boss Mustapha said: “We must all work together to contain the pandemic in Nigeria – it is only through close joint efforts that we can keep Nigerians healthy and ensure good care for those affected. We will beat this virus in Nigeria – and the support we are receiving from partners such as the EU, UN and others bring us even closer to this ultimate goal.” Thenationonlineng
10:40

Solar: EU to spend over N4billion on energy generation in Adamawa hospitals

European Union (EU) will spend 10 million Euros (Over N4 billion) in providing solar energy to some health facilities in Adamawa, the EU Head of Cooperation, Mr. Kurt Cornelis, has said.

The EU official made this known during the launch of the project in Yola on Friday.
He said “we are here today because of the partnership between Adamawa State Government, DFID and the EU to launch a project that will help to provide access to sustainable energy to power hospitals that are off the grid in the state.


“The project — Solar Nigeria — is not new; it has proven to be successful in its first and second phases in Lagos State and in Kaduna State, which were fully funded by DFID.
“The EU is scaling this project now by committing 30 Million Euros to support Kano, Kaduna and Adamawa states and additional 7.5 million Euros in Borno.
“In Adamawa, we are investing 10 million Euros out of the overall project budget to provide sustainable energy to eight health facilities across the state using solar PV. This includes five General Hospitals, one tertiary health institution and two primary healthcare centres.”


The State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, lauded EU for the interventions which he said would bring relief to communities ravaged by insurgency in northern part of the state.


Fintiri, whose speech was read by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, assured government support for the success of the project and urged for extension of such support to communities ravaged by farmers/herders conflicts in southern zone of the state.


Fintiri said that the state also needed assistance in the area of education and to the 4,000 refugees expected to be evacuated from Cameroon to Adamawa soon.


The Adamawa Permanent Secretary, Energy Department, Mr. Mennas Ngangurah, said the health facilities were located in Gulak, Michika, Mubi, Maiha, Garkida and Gaanda towns.
The Permanent Secretary, Adamawa Ministry Health, Mr. Kennedy Bartimaus, who spoke on the impact of the project in health sector particularly in rural area, called for its extension to more health facilities in the state. (NAN)
15:08

News: EU commend Nigerians, civil society organisations for transparency in election process

The European Union Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria


EU commend Nigerians, civil society organisations for transparency in election process
The European Union Elections Observation Mission (EU EOM) to Nigeria have expressed satisfaction over the role the civil society organisations played in the successful conduct of Saturdays presidential election and have also commended Nigerians for their efforts in enhancing the transparency and accountability of the electoral process.
Ms Maria Arena, the mission’s Chief Observer, made the commendation at the presentation of the mission’s preliminary report on Monday in Abuja.
Arena said that in spite of the fact that Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) operated in a difficult environment, there was significant improvement since 2015.
“The civil society organisations played a vital role in enhancing transparency and accountability of the electoral process.
“Going forward, there is a great need for more transparency and communication during the whole process, with political parties, civil society organisations, the media and most importantly citizens playing significant roles.
“The elections were marked by operational shortcomings resulting in delays, but positively, there were a number of improvements since 2015,’’ she said.
Arena said that the elections were competitive, while the candidates campaigned freely and voters’ turnout was impressive in spite of the last minute postponement of the elections.
“The last-minute postponement of the elections and the delayed to start voting on Feb. 23 placed an unfriendly burden on voters.
“However, campaigns were free throughout the campaign process and voters seemed to overcome logistic burdens from the postponement,” the observer said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on the Election Day, 91 EU observers witnessed the opening, voting and closing processes in 261 polling units.
Also, they witnessed the collation of results in 94 centres across 31 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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