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NBTI backs FG’s accelerated development initiatives

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The overseeing Director-General, National Board for Technology Incubation (NBTI), Mr Akinwumi Shomefun said its activities were tailored towards achieving the Federal Government’s accelerated development initiatives.

News reports that Shomefun said this at the launch of NBTI ‘s service charter on Tuesday in Abuja.

 

He said the mandate of NBTI was to commercialise technology and technical innovation/invention using technology Incubation as a tool, in order to enhance the attainment of technological and industrial competitiveness.

 

“One of the mandates that supports FG’s social economic development initiative is the NBTI’s technology Incubation programme.

 

“The programme underscores the desire of the government to bring about accelerated development through the promotion of research and development, skill acquisition and small- scale entrepreneurial development,” Shomefun said.

 

The D-G said the charter contained the agency’s and customer’s expectation and obligations and encourages which must be observed in transparency and accountability.

 

“ The launch of the service charter is a clear testimony that NBTI is determined more than before to render quality, efficient and prompt service to its customers.

 

“It means that NBTI will be customer-focused, providing services that are useful and relevant for our existing and potential customers,” he said.

 

Shomefun promised to continue its culture, structure and operation geared towards knowing and satisfying customers’ needs and expectations.

 

NBTI’s Head of Service Compact (SERVICOM), Mr. Adolphus Ugwu said the purpose of launching the service charter was to ensure all NBTI management and staff internalized their roles/responsibilities in service delivery.

 

“ This is to ensure all members of management and staffers of the board get acquainted with their respective roles/responsibilities towards actualizing the agency’s service delivery initiative.

 

“ I want us to note that we have entered into a commitment or treaty to deliver quality and efficient service to the public and other Stakeholders as enshrined in the SERVICOM Nigeria,” he said.

 

Ugwu promised to ensure compliance evaluation in all departments in the Headquarter, Zones and Centers, in line with the set standard.

 

On her part, the National Coordinator/CEO of SERVICOM Nigeria, Mrs Nnena Akajemeli, said that the programme was important for a service providing agency such as NBTI.

 

She added that public service was a major point of contact of people and the government.

 

“ SERVICOM focuses on improving the quality of services in all ministries, departments and agencies,” Akajemeli said.

She added that the quality of governance was determined by the quality of services citizens enjoy.

 

“ The citizens expect quality service from government establishments hence the need for a service charter.

“ A tool that communicates the expectations of the citizens is the service charter,” Akajemeli said.

 

News also reports that the programme was organised by Daho Global Resources in partnership with NBTI.

 

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Abduction of Channels TV reporter: I-CSPJ calls for efforts towards release

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The International Press Centre, IPC, Centre for Safety and Protection of Journalists, I-CSPJ, has called for a concerted effort towards the immediate release of Channels TV reporter, Joshua Rogers.

DAILY POST gathered that Rogers was whisked away to an unknown destination by gunmen around 9p.m on Thursday, April 11, 2024, close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port-Harcourt.

The I-CSPJ in a statement signed by Melody Akinjiyan, Press Freedom Officer, IPC revealed that, “Joshua Rogers was driving his official Channels Television branded car when the hoodlums accosted him, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

“Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

“Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for his release, the report revealed.”

Also, the statement added that IPC Executive Director, Lanre Arogundade lamented that the spate of insecurity in the country should be of serious concern to all.

Arogundade also added that, “it is very disturbing that journalists and media practitioners have also become easy targets.”

I-CSPJ enjoined the Rivers State Government and relevant security agencies to do all they can to ensure that Joshua Rogers is set free without being harmed in any way.

I-CSPJ also appealed to other national, regional and international media freedom groups, freedom of expression organisations and human rights bodies to join in the clamour for his release and safety.

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Impeachment: Court to hear Shaibu’s suit against assembly, others April 19

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A Federal High Court in Abuj la  has fixed April 19 for hearing of a suit filed by the impeached Deputy Governor of Edo, Philip Shaibu, against the state house of assembly and others.

The matter, which was before Justice Inyang Ekwo, was on Friday fixed for hearing after a team of lawyers, including Alex Ejesieme, SAN, showed up to seek a date for the case.

The suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/405/24, was not listed on the cause list, the lawyers, who said they were for the defence, came to the court.

Shortly before the judge rose, one of the lawyers told Justice Ekwo that the matter was scheduled to hold on Thursday but due to the public holiday, the court did not sit.

“So in obedience to court, we came today,” he said.

But Justice Ekwo, who held that he could not preside over a matter that was not in the file, directed them to liaise with the court registrar for the next adjourned date.

The matter was consequently fixed for April 19 for hearing.

The suit dated March 26 but filed March 27, Shaibu sued the Inspector-General (I-G) of Police; State Security Service (SSS) as 1st and 2nd respondents.

He also joined Hon. Justice S.A. Omonua (rtd.), the Chairman representing himself and members of the Panel of Seven Appointed by the 4th Defendant; the Chief Judge of Edo; and Prof. Theresa Akpoghome as 3rd to 5th respondents.

Shaibu, in the suit filed by O.A. Gbadamosi, SAN, also listed Mr President Aigbokhian; Mr Oghogho Ayodele Oviasu and the Edo State House of Assembly as 6th to 8th respondents respectively

In the originating motion on notice, a declaration that the threat and failure of the 3rd to 8th respondents to give him a fair hearing in the impeachment proceedings commenced by the 8th respondent is illegal, unconstitutional, and a gross violation of his fundamental right to fair hearing, pursuant to Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

He sought a declaration that the failure of the 8th respondent (assembly) to serve the purported impeachment notice on him personally and on each member of the House of Assembly, in line with Section 188(2) of the 1999 Constitution is a violation of his right to fair hearing.

He also sought a declaration that the inclusion of the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th respondents as chairman and members of the seven-member Investigation panel to investigate allegations contained in a purported impeachment notice to the applicant is tainted by a reasonable likelihood of bias and will result in a violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to fair hearing, guaranteed by virtue of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.”

He sought an order directing the respondents not to take any further steps in violating his fundamental right to fair hearing, guaranteed by virtue of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution.

He also sought an order directing the 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th respondents to recuse themselves from sitting as Chairman and members of the 7-Man Investigating Panel appointed by the 3rd respondent, on account of the likelihood of bias on their part against him, among other reliefs.

Giving seven grounds of argument, Shaibu averred that before now, he had never been confronted with any of such notice or allegations of misconduct or abuse of office or any allegations at all, whether as deputy governor or acting governor.

He said he had not been served with any letter/notice as required by Section 188(2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended and no privilege had been accorded him by the assembly to provide answers to any purported allegations to warrant a process targeted at his removal from office as deputy governor.

“The 3rd respondent via a letter dated 25th March, 2024 was appointed by the 4th respondent as the chairman of a panel of seven persons to investigate the allegations contained in a purported impeachment notice, which is yet to be personally served on the applicant.

“The 3rd respondent is a retired judicial officer and community leader from Esan North East Local Government Area of Edo Central Senatorial District, where there is strong clamour against the gubernatorial ambition of the applicant.

“The 3rd respondent appears to have been given the hatchet job of recommending the removal from office of the applicant, in order to weaken his political ambition of becoming governor of Edo State.

“The 4th respondent being a protégé of the 3rd respondent, appointed him as chairman of the Investigating Panel, when other persons he offered the same appointment rejected it, because it was a politically motivated job,” he said, among other grounds.

Shaibu was, on Monday, impeached by the state’s house of assembly after the seven-man panel found him guilty of perjury and leaking of the government’s secrets.

The retired Justice Omonuwa-led panel, which had its inaugural sitting on April 3 in Benin, ended its sitting on April 5 with Shaibu or his counsel failing to show up.

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AfDB strengthens partnership with CSOs

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) says it is solidifying its partnership with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in West Africa.

The AfDB, in a statement issued on its website, said this was deliberated during the bank’s fruitful mission to Ghana.

The statement said the mission focused on advancing an agreement signed between the bank and the West Africa Civil Society Institute in December 2023 on an action plan for 2024.

The statement said the mission outlined collaboration in CSOs capacity building, resource mobilisation, knowledge management, and advocacy.

“Immediate initiatives highlighted in the plan include CSOs involvement in finalising the Bank’s Civil Society Engagement (CSE) capacity building programme and integrating it into bank operations.

“Recognising the imperative of early and comprehensive CSOs engagement, the mission emphasised improved integration of diverse perspectives into the bank’s country strategy papers and country dialogue.

“Collaboration with Afrobarometer shall include a joint initiative with the International Budget Partnership to strengthen CSOs capacity in the budget space.

“Discussions also covered data and analysis on the bank’s High 5s, focusing on citizens experiences, poverty alleviation, access to food, and migration,’’ it said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Afrobarometer is a pan-African, independent, non-partisan research network that measures public attitudes on economic, political, and social matters in Africa

According to the bank, Afrobarometer will lead conversations on governance within the CSE Community of Practice (CoP), thereby, generating knowledge to inform the bank’s programming on economic and financial governance.

The statement said collaboration on major events like the AfDB’s Annual Meetings and the 2024 United Nations Climate Change Conference was envisioned.

It said this would be possible by leveraging Afrobarometer’s expertise to enrich discussions and align them with Africa’s priorities.

It said: “a meeting with the West African Network for Peace building (WANEP) during the mission culminated in finalising a joint Transition Support Facility III proposal.

“The proposal is titled ‘Sahel Peace building, Reconciliation, Inclusive Development and Empowerment.

“Exploratory talks also covered potential joint initiatives on conflict prevention, mitigation, and resilience building in the West African Region, particularly in the Sahel.

“A feasibility study on civil society engagement in peace building is also under consideration,’’ it said.

According to the statement, WANEP will lead discussions on fragility and resilience within the CoP.

The statement said it would offer insights that could inform the implementation of the bank’s 2022-2026 Strategy for Addressing Fragility and Building Resilience through such interactions.

It reiterated AfDB’s continued commitment towards collaborating with civil society to advance inclusive and sustainable development across Africa.

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