|AUDA-NEPAD and Ecobank Group announce the pillars of the AUDA-NEPAD “100,000 MSMEs by 2021” programme for Africa’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprises|
|The AUDA-NEPAD programme will pool African resources, capabilities, financing, market access and technology, to help achieve a continental response to MSMEs|
|LOME, Togo, June 11, 2020/ — AUDA-NEPAD (the African Union Development Agency) (https://www.NEPAD.org/) and Ecobank Group (http://www.Ecobank.com/) are committing resources to Africa’s Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The second virtual workshop facilitated by McKinsey on June 11, 2020 provided an opportunity to reaffirm the importance of sustaining market access and strengthening capabilities for MSMEs. During this session, high level representatives from the African Union Commission, regional development banks, development financial institutions, international organisations and commercial banks from the continent, agreed to put in place the AUDA-NEPAD “100,000 MSMEs by 2021” programme.
MSMEs require our collective resources to secure and create new jobs on the African continent. As such, the AUDA-NEPAD MSME programme will have five pillars: (1) AUDA MSME Academy, (2) MSME Financing Support Programme, (3) MSME Marketplace, (4) MSME Micro-health insurance Scheme and (5) MSME digital platform. These five pillars are designed to ensure that MSMEs across the continent are supported to become more resilient, improve their market access and take advantage of technology to tap into the African market of 1.3 billion consumers and leverage the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.
AUDA-NEPAD Chief Executive Officer Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki commended the contribution of all the Financial Institutions, Development Partners and other Stakeholders who participated in designing the “100,000 MSMEs by 2021” programme. He emphasized the need for all actors to work together and support the private sector in Africa, in order to protect employment and to create the 440 million jobs the continent will need by 2030.
Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO reiterated Ecobank’s commitment to the initiative and specifically confirmed its support in building the digital platform, developing content for the MSME Academy and participating in lending to African MSMEs.
Governments have committed to support MSMEs at the national level. The AUDA-NEPAD programme will pool African resources, capabilities, financing, market access and technology, to help achieve a continental response to MSMEs.
|Pulse launches a dedicated Mobile Gaming Channel in Partnership with Good World Games|
|Pulse Games powered by GameTrove rolls out across Pulse web platforms in Africa|
|LAGOS, Nigeria, June 11, 2020/ — Africa’s leading innovative media company Pulse (https://Pulse.Africa/) and Good World Games today announced the introduction of Pulse Games channels across all its African digital media platforms (Pulse Nigeria, Pulse Ghana and Pulse Live Kenya). The channels will feature hundreds of premium hypercasual games along with new engaging media content.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring even more entertainment to our audience with this new addition to our content categories,” Yetunde Oyeleke, Director of Marketing, Pulse Africa expressed, “With the Pulse Games category, we’re offering an even richer digital experience to our users and this is strongly in line with our mission to engage Africa’s young audience and to lead in digital media innovation in Africa.”
The brand new Pulse Games channel (Pulse Nigeria Games (https://bit.ly/2BUBTPT), Pulse Ghana Games (https://bit.ly/37pxRee), Pulse Kenya Games (https://bit.ly/2Yo6Fbr)) is a highly optimized gaming platform offering the best, instantly accessible HTML5 games from a variety of genres, including Arcade, Puzzle, Strategy, Action and Adventure. This lightweight platform is optimized to perform efficiently even where connectivity and device capabilities are limited.
“We are excited to power Pulse Games for Africa’s leading innovative media group,” said Gregory Sukornyk, CEO & Co-founder of Good World Games, creator and owner of GameTrove, “The growing demand for mobile, hypercasual gaming has been rising dramatically across Africa as it has the rest of the world. We believe Pulse’s fast-growing audience will embrace the curated selection of gaming content our platform offers.”
Derrick Horner, Chief Strategy Officer & Co-founder, added: “With improvements in web design and mobile and desktop browser functionality, leading media publishers have a major opportunity to embrace Html5 gaming experiences to grow and engage their online audiences. We expect to see explosive growth at the intersection of online media and casual games across Africa, which could ignite more activity among everyone from mobile operators to handset manufacturers.”
“NASS, stop strangling the Niger Delta!”~~UNDEDSS
The Niger Delta cannot breathe because of the National Assembly’s stranglehold it, angrily avers the civil society coalition for the region, UNDEDSS, the United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy.
In a media briefing following an emergency Webinar Meeting of UNDEDSS anchored in the creeks of the Niger Delta yesterday, UNDEDSS accused the National Assembly of undue interference in the region, with especial self-serving emphasis on the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC.
“Let us remind the NASS that UNDEDSS is not an internet one-man body,” stated Mr. Tony I. Uranta, UNDEDSS Secretary General, “and that our capacity for action should not be tested!”
“NASS Leadership must stop hoodwinking Nigerians with their revision of history. For example, *the Niger Delta Ministry was given supervisory powers over the NDDC in 2016, following talks between UNDEDSS and the FGN (where the Presidency was ably represented by a team led by the late Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Mallam Abba Kyari and the former DG DSS, Mallam Lawal Daura; whilst Pastor Usani Uguru Usani was Minister of the Niger Delta. It was under Usani that the Presidency wrote to place the NDDC under the Ministry,*” the UNDEDSS statement revealed.
“To lie that the current Minister of the Niger Delta in any way made the President to put the NDDC under supervision by the Ministry is as shown above a lie from the pit of hell, that attempts to paint Mr. President as being short of memory. All the new Chief of Staff, erudite Professor Ibrahim Gambari needs to do is check the records, and consult with Messrs Malami, Usani and Daura who are still very alive”, continued the UNDEDSS statement.
Mr. Uranta, UNDEDSS Scribe, disclosed that the National Assembly has, for years, had knees on the throat and chest of the Niger Delta thus choking the region whilst enabling some members of both chambers to corruptly enrich themselves and impoverish the region for years. *NASS legislators routinely padded the NDDC budget and compelled NDDC management to give juicy contracts to them, even with all parties knowing that the contracts will never be executed, although the putative contractors will be paid 100% for work not upto 15% completed*.”
“Even the Presidency’s decision to deliver palliatives to the region has attracted the hyenas in the NASS. *They’ve demanded to ‘share in’ even this compassionate program of Mr. President, or kill it, thus denying our people the much-needed palliatives to survive this Covid19 season!*”
The UNDEDSS statement queried that “NASS leadership and members are very much afraid of what will be revealed by the Forensic Audit being carried out on the explicit orders of President Buhari, else why are they hellbent on scuttling the already-begun audit?”
“They got Ms. Joi Nunieh sacked,” continued Uranta, “but have found the new DG, Professor Pondei equally resistant to their overtures intended to keep siphoning billions of Naira monthly on spurious consultancies and non-existent infrastructure contracts!”
If this hostile interference is allowed to impede Buhari’s singular act of decisiveness concerning the Niger Delta, in the face of non-delivery of remediation in the region (not even in Ogoni lands as promised by President Buhari), non-relocation of the Shipbuilding Dry Dock originally slated for the region (which is still lying idle in Lagos waters!), etc., *the FGN must hold NASS Leadership to blame should there be unrest in the creeks*. Of course, UNDEDSS is not saying any one individual or management team is angelic. What we are against is this attempt by people we know to be corruptly impoverishing the Niger Delta to derail the very welcome forensic audit and Covid19 palliatives ordered by President Buhari himself. NASS, we cannot breathe, remove the stranglehold on the Niger Delta or else…”, concluded the UNDEDSS Secretary General.
*Tony I. Uranta*
Secretary General, UNDEDSS.
Niger Delta Creeks.
Wednesday June 11th, 2020.
To commemorate this year’s National Democracy Day celebration, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat will on June 12 hold a Democracy Day webinar for youths in Lagos.
The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka will be joining the Lagos State helmsman and his deputy at the event which will hold via Zoom at 12 pm.
The Special Adviser to the President on Political matters, Babafemi Ojudu; former Commissioner for Information and Strategy in the state, Chief Dele Alake; publisher of Ovation international magazine, Bashorun Dele Momodu, and daughter of Chief MKO Abiola, Dr Hafsat Abiola-Costello and Cherie Blair, wife of former UK Prime Minister will be among the personalities lined up to mentor the youths and explain how they contributed immensely to the democratic system the country enjoys today.
At the event themed: June 12: Learning from the Past, Shaping the Future, Tinubu, Sanwo-Olu and others including Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, Ms Yemi Adamolekun, and Mr Seun Onigbinde, will recount the events leading to the cancellation of the June 12, 1993 election, their efforts in the fight against the draconian military rule and what the country needs to do to ensure the contributions made by several Nigerians for the enthronement of democracy in the country, are not in vain.
They will also explain why June 12 was deservedly declared a public holiday by the Federal Government in honour of late Chief Moshood Abiola, who won the June 12, 1993 election that was annulled by the Ibrahim Babangida-led military government.
Governor Sanwo-Olu will explain to the youths how his administration has ensured that none of the citizens’ rights have been trampled upon in the last one year, the work done daily to ensure residents of Lagos get the dividends of democracy they agitated for while marching on the streets to demand for the return of civilian government over 20 years ago.
Sanwo-Olu and his deputy will at the event inform the youths how they had been preparing themselves for leadership before assuming office last year.
The participants at the virtual event will be given the opportunity to make their contributions and ask the speakers questions.
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
JUNE 11, 2020
Keir Starmer announces race equality strategy on anniversary of the election of Labour’s first black MPs
Keir Starmer has warned that Covid-19 and worldwide events show that “racism, discrimination and injustice are all still rife in our society.”
In a video message today on the anniversary of the election to Parliament of the first black Labour MPs, Keir Starmer announced a set of new measures to improve diversity within the Labour Party and tackle anti-black racism, including:
In a video message on the anniversary of the first black Labour MPs elected to Parliament, Keir Starmer said:
Today marks the day Bernie Grant, Diane Abbott and Paul Boateng were first elected to Parliament. It was a historic moment and we must recognise the achievement of these great pioneers.
In 33 years progress has been made. But this year the anniversary comes as worldwide events have exposed the fact that racism discrimination and social injustice are all rife in our society.
The reality of anti-Black racism, the impact of covid-19 particularly on Black and Asian communities, and society’s inbuilt racial inequalities have shown that we’ve still got a long way to go.
When I became leader of our party I said my first job was to rebuild trust and confidence in the Labour Party. I want black members to be able to put their trust in me.
Now more than ever it’s incumbent upon political leaders to face up to and address the injustices that still exist in our society. Now is the time for action.
He also said:
As Labour Leader I will work with both Angela Rayner and Marsha De Cordova to tackle anti-black racism.
We will build on Labour’s Bernie Grant Leadership programme to increase representation across all our elected representatives.
We will introduce an immediate audit into the diversity of our staff including the representation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic staff. It will be followed by an action plan and targets.
We will establish a training module that works at all levels of our Party on racism and unconscious bias.
And we will tackle any anti-black racism within our Party. Following allegations from a leaked report we have set up an Independent Investigation chaired by Martin Forde QC.
And we will take action based on its findings.
These are initial steps and over the coming months we will continue to develop meaningful and substantial change. I am under no illusion about the scale of the challenge.
We need overall systematic change within society and our party. As Leader I am dedicated to doing whatever it takes.
The Senate Committee on Judiciary , Human Rights and Legal Matters has advised president designate of the Court of Appeal , Justice Monica Dongban Mensem , to stand up against injustice in the Judiciary , if eventually confirmed as by the Senate as substantive President of the Court of Appeal .
The Chairman of the Committee , Senator Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele ( APC Ekiti Central) gave the advise during screening hearing for the Acting President of Court of Appeal as a nominee for the substantive President of the Court.
The Ekiti Central Senator said the enthusiasm with which Nigerians greeted her nomination , respect the Senate had for it by suspending its rule for expeditious screening , should be in vain if eventually confirmed .
” You must demonstrate the required courageous leadership the Judiciary deserve by standing up in fair and fearless manner by the Nigerian people when it comes to justice .
” Your Lordship must ensure that Justice is not only delivered but in timely manner because justice delayed , is justice denied .
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary stated that the insignificant votes given the Judiciary requires urgent and upward reviews .
He lamented further by stating that the welfare situation of the judicial officers , is nothing to write home about .
According to him, the last time salaries and emoluments of judicial officers were reviewed , was in 2008 , the benefits of which have been completely eroded by inflationary trends .
” It should not be business as usual , the very reason the Senate and by extension,the National Assembly , is revisiting the budget of the Judiciary which is less than 1% of the N10.509trillion 2020 budget size for the country “.
” This sector might go into extinction if the needful is not urgently done , because in years to come , Nigerians may no longer be interested in going into the sector ” , he warned .
Earlier virtually all the Senators who attended the screening session from the Deputy President of the Senate to other members of the committee , described the nominee as square peg , nominated for fixing into a square hole .
The nominee in her introductory remarks , said she had spent 40 years in the Judiciary from 1980 when she was called to bar and served in the Ministry of Justice and subsequently appointed as Registrar of the Court and made Magistrate few years after which culminated in her appointment as Judge of High Court in Plateau State in 1996 .
She added that she became judge of FCT High Court thereafter till 2003 when she was transferred her service to FCT Judiciary as Judge of FCT High Court till 2003 when invited to serve as a Justice of the Court of Appeal .
” I’ve lived the substantial part of my life in the Judiciary and I have tremendous passion for its positive transformation , one of which is my intention of making the Court of Apoeal ICT compliant when confirmed as substantive President .
” I also have a lot of compassion for fellow human being and a solution provider and not trouble maker “, she said .
Justice Mensem vowed that if eventually confirmed as substantive President of the Court of Appeal, part of the innovation she would bring to bear , is making the court Information Communication Technology ( ICT) , compliant.
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