Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and a professor of International Economic Law, in the United Kingdom, Prof. Melaku Desta, are expected at a two-day physical and virtual capacity building programme for Nigerian negotiators, beginning today.
Osinbajo would deliver the opening address at the event, while Desta would present a paper on “Understanding Trade Agreements”.
Spokesperson, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), Mrs Azuka Ogugua, organisers of the event, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja, on yesterday.
She said that the capacity building programme was jointly organised by the ICPC, in conjunction with the Inter-Agency Committee on stopping Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Nigeria.
Participants would be senior and middle-level negotiators drawn from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government, who are involved in negotiating trade agreements with foreign nations and companies.
The ICPC Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, explained that the capacity building was aimed at equipping Nigerian negotiators with improved terms of engagement and how to mitigate IFFs.
“The idea of the training is to sensitise negotiators on the type of clauses to look out for to protect the laws of the country and prevent Nigeria from losing revenue through IFFs.
“The capacity building will help our negotiators prepare for the risks associated with negotiating trade, investment, tax, natural resource, and environmental agreements for the country,” he said.
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The Federal Government has expressed its resolve to collaborate with state governments to deliver dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
The Minister of State, Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation, Alhaji Bello Goronyo, made this known during a courtesy visit to Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa in Yola on Friday.
He said Adamawa is highly blessed with human and natural resources, as he visited dams and other irrigation sites in the state.
“I want to assure you that the federal ministry of water resources and sanitation is open for collaboration with your state and other states in the federation.
“The 8-point agenda of President Bola Tinubu, particularly on food security, is very important because with hunger we cannot achieve peace and security in Nigeria.
“So we believe much needed to be done, river basins are veritable tool in attaining food security and we have a lot of arable land”, Goronyo said.
According to him, if fully utilised it will solve a lot of problems especially creation of employment opportunities, among others.
Responding, Fintiri pledged to collaborate with the ministry to maximise the benefits of the ministry’s mandate.
He said the State Government is in discussion with investors and other makers on how to take advantage of the available water in the state for public private partnership.
Fintiri also appreciated thebFederal Government on addressing open definition in the country.
“On the health aspect we will be collaborating to ensure that we put our resources, because whatever we do in the health sector if we do not take care of the open defecation is like we do nothing.
“And we will not be free from all the diseases because most of the airborne diseases are surrounded around the open defecation”, he said.
FEMA Reopens Five Barricaded Roads
The Federal Capital Territory Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reopened the barricaded slip road interchange and four other roads in the FCT, Abuja, to ease the flow of traffic.
The roads are Galadimawa interchange, Dogon Gada, Dogon Ruwa, Apo-Dutse, and Gada Biyu.
The TIde’s source reports that the roads were barricaded during the rainy season as a mitigating measure against flooding and to prevent loss of lives and properties.
Director, Forecasting, Response and Mitigation (FEMA) told journalists after the exercise in Abuja on Saturday, that opening of the roads would ease the flow of traffic in the affected areas of the city.
Wenegieme said the roads were barricaded on May 11, because of the recurrent flooding of the roads during the rainy season.
“The onset of the rain in Abuja is usually in the month of May hence the need to barricade the roads. You are all aware of what has been happening around this slip road every year.
“To the glory of God, no life was lost in this area from 2020 to 2022 because we made a tradition to block the road during the rainy season.
“It has become part of our mitigating measures to save lives and properties in the FCT by making sure that this slip road and other vulnerable roads are barricaded.
“This is to stop vehicular movement, pedestrians and those using motorcycles from using this road during the rainy seasons.
“Now we decided to open them to ease traffic since the rainy season is over”, she said.
She commended stakeholders and residents for their understanding and support throughout the raining season, adding that the removal of the temporary barricades would reduce traffic gridlock in the affected areas.
The director also announced the commencement of 2023 dry season sensitisation campaign against incessant fire outbreaks in the FCT.
She pointed out that the season was characterised by fire outbreaks, stressing the need for residents to be cautious while handling cooking gas, petroleum products, electrical appliances, and other inflatable items.
She urged residents to switch off all electrical appliances, keep a fire extinguisher at homes and shopping malls and advised against keeping petroleum and other flammable substances at homes and shops.
Wenegieme also warned residents against bush burning and operating businesses under high tension electric cables.
She appealed for the full cooperation of residents during rescue efforts in the FCT.
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