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Makinde commends Army for securing State 



Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday declared that the officers and the men of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Ibadan, have been contributing massively to ensuring the security of lives and properties of residents of the state.

This was as the Governor called on soldiers to look out for and guard the nation’s democracy and stay true to their military calling by being professional and maintaining the nation’s territorial integrity.

The Governor stated these when he received the new General Officer Commanding of the 2 Division Nigerian Army, Major-General Valentine Okoro, at the Courtesy Room of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.

According to him, the officers and men of the Army, especially those of the 2 Division Ibadan, have been contributing to keeping Oyo State safe and secure and their professionalism and dedication to duty have never been in doubt.

“I want to welcome the GOC to our state. Again, I will always appreciate the Nigerian Army but, especially, our officers and men of the 2 Division for your contribution to keeping us safe and secure in Oyo State,” the Governor said.

Governor Makinde, who stated that with the concerted efforts of all security agencies and the cooperation of the officers and men of the Division, his administration has been able to stay on top of many security challenges including kidnapping, banditry and other crimes, said his administration will continue to maintain a cordial relationship with the Army.

He said,“I am glad that you have been able to establish the fact that there is a cordial relationship between the officers and men of the Division, especially those staying in the state and the populace. I want to take this opportunity to thank you and ask that we maintain that relationship.

“Since I became Governor, the professionalism and dedication to duty of the Division has not been in doubt. We have had challenges, carried out joint clearance operations with my team and other security agencies in Oyo State, especially in the Old Oyo National Park area and we have been largely successful.

“When we had issues with kidnapping along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway corridor, I was scared that we were going to have an exact same situation as the one between Abuja and Kaduna on that road. And in the Old National Park, I saw banditry and there are also illegal miners all over the place. But I didn’t want that kind of situation to develop here in Oyo State. With the concerted effort of the officers and men of the 2 Division, we have been able to stay on top of these two challenges.

“I have heard people say to me that anytime they are coming from Lagos, immediately they get to the border of Oyo State, they relax because they think the worst is behind them. And this is due to the efforts and professionalism of the 2 Division.

“We will ensure that we maintain that relationship. Let me also send a message of gratitude to the Chief of Army Staff. We successfully hosted the Army Day Celebration here and the feedback has been positive for us.”

He equally charged the military to continue to guard the nation’s democracy at this trying period in the country, saying, “I won’t end my speech without thanking the Nigerian Army, leadership, officers and men for looking after our democracy. You have to stay true to your calling, which is to be professional and maintain territorial integrity of this country.

“I know it is a challenging period; we have issues that we are currently into as a country. Price of PMS has doubled because of the removal of subsidy.

“So, there is no doubt that we are in a difficult period but democracy must be guarded and I believe the country will also pass through this phase successfully.”

Earlier in his address, Major-General Okoro affirmed that the stable security experienced in the state is as a result of the cordial relationship between the government and the Nigerian Army.

He assured that the Army would not relent in its core mandate and commitment to improving on the security environment in the state by taking firm positions so as to address violence and criminality.

“I have interacted with my commanders on the ground and I have established that a firm, warm and cordial relationship exists among the state, the government and the residents of the state as well as the Nigerian Army.

“I am very happy about this and wish to express my appreciation to His Excellency because of the warm relationship, which to me, is responsible for the stable security environment we are experiencing in Oyo State.

“We want to assure you, the governor and the good people of Oyo State, that the Nigerian Army is committed to improving the security environment in the state.”


FG to deploy 100 electric buses



President Bola Tinubu has said Nigeria is taking a significant step towards a sustainable and eco-friendly future by introducing a pioneering initiative to deploy a fleet of 100 electric buses.

The President spoke at a high-level meeting with stakeholders and investors on the Nigeria Carbon Market and Electric Buses Rollout Programme on Saturday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on the margins of the COP28 climate summit.

President Tinubu explained that the strategic initiative is aimed at significantly reducing Nigeria’s carbon footprint and modernizing the country’s transportation systems as part of a larger effort to position Nigeria and Africa as the pioneering frontier of green manufacturing and industrialization with a focus on natural gas as a transition fuel alongside other renewable energy sources.

To spearhead this transformative plan, the President announced the appointment of the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Mr. Zacch Adedeji, and the Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change (NCCC), Mr. Dahiru Salisu, to co-chair the Nigeria Carbon Market Activation Plan.

”This initiative stands as a testament to our dedication to environmental stewardship as clearly exemplified through our collaboration with the Africa Carbon Market Initiative. Our visionary plan is a strategic guidepost, directing Nigeria towards becoming an investment-friendly destination for carbon market investments.

”We recognize the imperative of fostering an environment that not only attracts investment but also upholds standardized and sustainable industrial practices. As a manifestation of our forward-thinking approach, we are actively looking to implement robust, enabling policies and frameworks that will serve as the catalyst for the burgeoning growth of the carbon market within our national borders.

”In further driving my commitment, I have recently approved an Inter-governmental Committee on Carbon Markets to be chaired by the Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Director-General of the National Council on Climate Change to drive this visionary plan,” the President stated.

The President assured prospective investors that this initiative transcends being a mere pilot project.

”It is a concrete manifestation of our unwavering dedication to a carbon-neutral future. I assure you; this is only the commencement of our ambitious plans, with many more impactful initiatives on the horizon,” he said.

President Tinubu, while acknowledging the pressing need for a comprehensive global collaboration on climate-related challenges, called on global partners to join hands in accelerating collective efforts towards a net-zero future.

”As we unveil our initiatives, I challenge other nations to emulate our strides in mapping out their sustainable futures with a clear understanding that Africa is a beacon of innovative solutions to climate-related challenges.

”In this pursuit, we acknowledge the pressing need for comprehensive global collaboration, and we reiterate our commitment to being an active participant in international efforts.

”Nigeria’s plans for a greener and cleaner economy can serve as an inspirational narrative for nations worldwide. Our comprehensive approach, rooted in visionary leadership and pragmatic action supported by our technical partners, is poised to become a blueprint for countries aspiring to also develop and catalyze their markets for sustainable growth,” the President concluded.

In his remarks, FIRS Chairman, Mr. Zacch Adedeji acknowledged the visionary leadership of President Tinubu as the guiding force behind Nigeria’s commitment to harnessing its vast carbon potential.

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At COP28, Sanwo-Olu seeks funding to address supply of clean water in Lagos



Governor of Lagos Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sought global support for funding in Lagos state to be able to provide clean water.

The Governor speaking at a side meeting with the theme: “Valuing Water: A Lifeline in Climate Transition”, organised by Business and Philanthropy Climate Forum and Sustainable Market Initiative at the ongoing 28th session of Conference of Parties (COP28) at Dubai Exhibition Centre pitched a sustainable funding proposal in order to raise private and philanthropic funding in addressing inadequate water infrastructure and supply shortages in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu disclosed that Lagos, with 22 million population, has a daily demand of 700 million gallons of portable water, but said the State could hardly supply 210 million gallons per day due to shortage of infrastructure. 
The Governor said, although provision of clean water had been generally considered a social service, it was an essential element of economic necessity, given its importance to keeping humans healthy. 
Lagos, he said, is challenged by increasing demand for clean water. Sanwo-Olu said the inadequacy of supply infrastructure could raise disease vulnerability in underserved communities, pointing out that the State, despite being surrounded by abundant water bodies, could only manage to utilise 40 per cent of its installed water facilities.
He said: “Lagos has an investment of about $2.8 billion in water infrastructure, but there is a burden on the huge population, as we need to create an ecosystem where we can have access to basic needs in the 21st century. Given our meagre resources, it is really a challenge but we certainly cannot continue to give excuses. This gap is being felt by underserved communities and the risk to the public is high.”
“We have continued to allocate resources to this sector from our budget, but the intervention is hardly enough to serve the needs of the residents. Four years ago, I gave a commitment of $100 million, but this is like a drop, given the number of investments required to fully explore the potential in the sector. We have huge infrastructure that is not being utilised, making us to operate at less than 40 per cent of the installed capacity.”
“Out of the $1.7 trillion needed globally to address the gap in clean water adequacy, Lagos requires less one per cent of the funds to provide safe water. It is my belief that this conversation would lead to sustainable solution that would meet the needs of millions of people that want water adequacy. Our goal is making committed partners believe in economic viability of their investments.”
Sanwo-Olu listed the country’s energy crisis as another factor slowing down the provision of clean water, stressing that irregular power supply rendered resources allocated to the sector inefficient.
The Governor called for equity in global investment towards accelerating water adequacy, noting that humans, regardless of their gender and geographical location, need equal access to clean water.
With 65 per cent of its population made up of young people of under 30, Sanwo-Olu told the funders that Lagos remained an African asset on which viable investments could be made.

The side meeting, which was moderated by the Secretary General of Insurance Development Forum, Ms. Ekhosuehi Iyahen, had seven other panelists, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of WaterAid, Tim Wainright, Chief Sustainability Officer of PepsiCo, and CEO of Dalmia Cement in India, Mahendra Singh.
Others are Chief Operating Officer of, Vedika Bhandarkar, Managing Partner of AquaForAll, Josien Sluijs, Assistant Director General of Food and Agriculture Organisation at UN, Maximo Torero, and former CEO of Mars, Incorporated, Grant Reid.

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COP28: Gov Eno joins President Tinubu in Dubai



Akwa Ibom State Governor, His Excellency Pastor Umo Eno, is part of the delegation led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR at the ongoing COP28 climate conference in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Delegates from nearly 200 countries, leaders in business and finance, and representatives of civil society are gathering in Dubai from November 30 to December 12 for the COP28 climate conference, aiming to fast-track the transition to a clean-energy future.

COP28 stands for the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), occurring annually.

Also in the President’s entourage are the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Gas), Rt. Hon. Ekperikpe Ekpo, President/Chief Executive of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Group CEO of NNPCL, Mele Kyari and the newly appointed Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mr. Okokon Ekanem Udo, among others.

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