The General Consul (GC) of Nigeria in New York, Mr. Benaoyagha Okoyen, has asked the interested parties to take advantage of the economic power of the diaspora in the search for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Okoye made the call at a one-day conference organized by the African Trade Center, with the theme “Participation of the diaspora in sustainable development in Nigeria” in New York on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event, organized by the House of Nigeria, was held within the framework of the UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs.
The GC said that the huge financial gaps in the implementation of the SDGs required alternative sources of viable financing represented by Nigerians in the diaspora.
Noting that sustainable development “is multidimensional and multifaceted in nature,” Okoyen said that diaspora participation should be prioritized in the process.
In a 2018 report, the international audit firm, PriceWaterCoopers (PwC), said Nigerians in the diaspora sent 25 billion dollars that year, making them the country’s largest export.
The figure, according to PWC, represents 6.1 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 83 percent of the Federal Government’s budget in 2018.
Okoyen urged the government and other interested parties to involve the diaspora in remittances; trade and investment; transfer of knowledge, skills and technology, and formulation and application of policies.
In a message of goodwill, a New York State Senator, Robert Jackson, emphasized the importance of the partnership among stakeholders, which he said was fundamental to achieving the SDGs.
By focusing on Goal 13, which borders on climate action, Jackson said that climate change was real judging by the increase in the incidence of floods, wildfires, hurricanes, droughts and tornadoes around the world.
“It depends on us as legislators and leaders; “Nigeria is one of the leading countries, to make sure that this world is a better place for all of us,” said the legislator.
Also in a message of good will, the President of Manhattan, Ms Gale Brewer, focused on the issues of gender equality and the empowerment of women as catalysts for the achievement of the SDGs.
Brewer called on governments at all levels to eliminate all barriers to full participation of women in the development process.
Mr. Obed Monago, president of the Nigerians in the Diaspora of the Organization of the Americas (NIDOA), said that despite the enormous contributions of Nigerians abroad to national development, they were not recognized until now.
Monago praised the recent creation of the Nigeria Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), which he said would help the government to fully engage with Nigerians abroad for national development.
“The NIDCOM, as planned and if it is well managed, without the ‘Nigeria Factor’ will greatly help to take advantage of the talents of Nigerians in the diaspora.
“The first step of NIDCOM, in my opinion, is to find ways to put all the fragmented organizations of the Diaspora of Nigeria under the umbrella of NIDO.
“Then, you should create a serious synergy with this administration to create that enabling environment that has been so difficult to achieve. “If this can be achieved, the names of the people involved will always be written in Gold,” he said.
In his welcoming address, the Executive Director of the African Trade Center, Mr. Prince Nwaubani, said the event was organized to echo the call for diaspora participation in sustainable development in Africa.
The event included the presentation of awards to Okoyen, Jackson, Brewer and other leaders in recognition of their achievements in public service.
Buhari approves new appointment
President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.
Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel
The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.
The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”
He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.
Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.
He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.
“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”
He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.
“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”
Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”
He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.
We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths
After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.
While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.
The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.
“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.
“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.
“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.
“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.
“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.
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