President of Kenya visits GCA Headquarters to mobilize action ahead of Africa Climate Action Summit

Rotterdam, the Netherlands, May 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — His Excellency William S. Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, visited the floating headquarters of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) in Rotterdam today to participate in a Strategic Dialogue on the Africa Climate Action Summit.

The Africa Climate Action Summit is being co-hosted by the Government of Kenya and the African Union Commission on 4th to 6th September 2023, and is co-convened by the African Development Bank and GCA. The visit follows a meeting between Professor Patrick Verkooijen, CEO of GCA and President Ruto in Nairobi in February 2023 where they discussed driving the implementation and financing of climate adaptation through the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP).

GCA, as the only international organisation focused exclusively on climate adaptation, is working closely with the Government of Kenya to mobilize financial commitments for adaptation during the Africa Climate Action Summit. The Strategic Dialogue discussed developing Adaptation Country Investment Compacts and other mechanisms to determine the adaptation investment needs and financing opportunities for each country. The Summit will coalesce partners, including international financial institutions and the private sector, around accelerating adaptation financing and climate action leading into the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit and COP28.

The President, who is the Chair of the African Union’s Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change, was welcomed to the city of Rotterdam and the GCA Headquarters by GCA CEO Professor Verkooijen; the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb; Jan Peter Balkenende, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (2002-2010) and GCA Executive Board Member and Feike Sijbesma, Board of Trustees, World Economic Forum, GCA Co-Chair.

His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and GCA Co-Chair; Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, African Union Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment and Dr. Kevin Kariuki, Vice-President of the African Development Bank joined the Strategic Dialogue virtually to discuss the Africa Climate Action Summit. The discussion highlighted the importance of rich nations coming forward with commitments to honor the pledges made at COP26 in Glasgow to double adaptation financing by 2025 and how the Summit can help deliver the priorities of African governments to advance the “Green Agenda for Africa” including opportunities in green industrialisation.

Speaking during the dialogue, His Excellency William S. Ruto, President of the Republic of Kenya, said: “The world is now edging close and closer towards the brink of a climate disaster whose warning signs so far are the most catastrophic environmental and atmospheric phenomena humankind has ever encountered. The GCA exists to remind us of these fundamental truths, and to mobilise and empower effective responses in ways that are both reassuring and inspiring.”

Professor Patrick Verkooijen highlighted the importance of the Africa Climate Action Summit to mobilize climate finance for adaptation: “African countries are at ground zero of our climate emergency – they are already losing up to 15% of GDP growth due to climate change even though they are responsible for only 3% of global emissions. They must be given the chance to survive and thrive even as they suffer the impacts of a crisis they did not cause. Africa has the solutions but it needs climate finance and investment. I commend President Ruto for his leadership in hosting the Africa Climate Action Summit and look forward to the real and tangible commitments it will deliver.”

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About the Africa Adaptation Acceleration Program (AAAP)
An Africa-owned and Africa-led program, the AAAP, is a joint initiative between the African Development Bank (AfDB) and GCA with the goal of mobilizing $25 billion for adaptation in Africa by 2025 through four pillars: food security, resilient infrastructure, youth entrepreneurship and job creation, and innovative climate adaptation finance. The African Union endorsed AAAP’s two financing mechanisms. The first mechanism is the AAAP Upstream Financing Facility hosted by GCA, which has already influenced over $5.2bn in investment for adaptation in Africa since its inception in 2021. The AfDB administers the second financing mechanism through the climate set aside under the ADF-16 replenishment, which builds on the AfDB’s commitment to finance $12.5 billion of adaptation programs – half of the AAAP investment target.

About the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA)
The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) is an international organization that works as a solutions broker to accelerate action and support for adaptation solutions, from the international to the local, in partnership with the public and private sectors. Founded in 2018, GCA operates from its headquarters in the largest floating office in the world, located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. GCA has a worldwide network of regional offices in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Beijing, China.

About the Africa Climate Action Summit
The Africa Climate Action Summit in Nairobi will be held from September 4th to September 6th. This summit is expected to bring together leaders, experts, and policymakers from across the world to discuss the pressing issue of climate change and its impact on Africa. The Africa Climate Action Summit will focus on a number of key areas, including adaptation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, and climate finance. Participants will share their experiences, best practices, and strategies for addressing climate change, and will work to develop a roadmap for African countries to achieve their climate goals.

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Group hails military’s innovative approach to combating insecurity

The Economic Monitoring Alliance, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has described the recently inaugurated secured communication network for the Armed Forces code-named ‘GIWA 2 Project’ as a boost to Nigeria’s security and economy.

The GIWA 2 Project is designed to provide secure means of communications, real time instant reporting as well as information exchange between the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies.

It is expected to bring about enhanced collaboration between intelligence and entire security community.

The group gave the commendation in a statement by its Chairman, Mr Bola Adegoke, on Sunday in Abuja.

Adegoke said the group joined President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPCL) Limited Communication team to commend the Armed forces of Nigeria under the leadership of Gen. Lucky Irabor for such innovation.

According to him, an improved and secured communication system will enhance ongoing operations of the military and other security agencies, thereby making it safer for economic activities to thrive.

He attributed the strength of the military in advanced countries to secured communication network.

“We commend the GIWA 2 Project as it is one of the several initiatives of the Gen. Irabor led armed forces aimed at deepening collaboration in tackling the security challenges in the country.

“Our study show that the effectiveness seen in the military and security agencies of the advanced countries have secured communication network as one of the factors responsible.

“We salute the CDS and his team for this noble objective which will enhance security for our farmers and give a boost to other economic activities,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Dangote to inaugurate Refinery, petrochemical company May 22

Mr Anthony Chiejina, Group Chief Branding and Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Ltd., says the multi-billion Naira Dangote Refinery and Petrochemical company will be inaugurated in Lagos on May 22.

Chiejina disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.

NAN reports that the facility is expected to produce 650,000 barrels per day with the cost of completion pegged at 19 billion dollars.

The 650,000 barrels per day refinery is expected to boost the Federal Government’s effort to make Nigeria self-sufficient.

The Dangote Refinery complex located in the Lekki Free Zone area of Lagos, covers a land area of approximately 2,635 hectares, which is larger than the entire Victoria Island.

The refinery is the biggest in Africa and also the biggest single-train facility in the world.

A single-train refinery uses an integrated distillation unit or one Crude Distillation Unit (CDU) to refine crude oil into various petroleum products.

This is against the use of multiple distillation units by most big refineries.

NAN gathered that the refinery would be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NUJ trains members on Solutions Journalism

The Niger State council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) has trained its members on Solutions Journalism towards exposing them to new practices in the profession.

Mr Ismail Abdulaziz, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), conducted the training on Saturday in Minna.

NAN reports that members from all the correspondent chapels in the state turned out for the training.

“Solutions journalism is a rigorous research and fact based reporting about solutions taken by both state and non-state actors to social problems affecting the lives of the people.

“It is a satisfying new initiative for journalists because it make the news interesting to readers and subscribers who are tired of hearing and reading about problem based reporting only.

“One important aspect of Solutions Journalism is that it entails looking at the impact/relevance of the solution as well as explaining the limitations/challenges encountered while providing the solutions,” he said.

Abdulaziz, who is the head of Solutions Journalism in NAN, said that in solutions journalism the journalist must have a good working knowledge of the profession.

“This means that there is the need for you to have a look at what your research will centre on. It also allow you to make comparative research on solutions provided to a challenge from another clime that is similar to your local challenge,” he said.

AbdulAziz said that in solutions journalism the reporters need to focus on solutions being provided by individuals, NGOs, CSOs as well as governments at all level just as he can report on how a problem is solved somewhere.

“In the course of practicing Solutions Journalism, a journalist is exposed to the rudiments of making government accountable to the people.”

Abdulaziz said that the journalist must strictly adhere to the ethics of the profession in order to be successful in solutions journalism.

”As a new initiative, Solutions Journalism enable networking among journalists across the globe. It also has four universally accepted pillars that must be met.

“It offers chances of getting mentors, funds as well as availing you the opportunity of getting a story published in different news outlets across the world,” he said.

Mr Usman Chiji, a trainee and Secretary of the council, said that the training has inspired members to embrace the concept of solutions journalism in their reportage.

”Its a new initiative that we are opportune to be a part of. We will continue to avail our members of such trainings in order to improve their skill,” he said.

NAN reports that the training was conducted inform of an interactive session between the trainer and trainees.

NAN also reports that the state council

is made up of 11 existing chapels with over 250 members.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Buhari urges varsities to emphasise entrepreneurial training

President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian universities to continue to emphasize training in entrepreneurship education.

He said that this would engender a class of graduates trained as job creators in the country.

Buhari, represented by Mr Goodluck Opiah, Minister of State for Education, made the call on Saturday in Calabar during the 35th convocation ceremony of the University of Calabar.

He said his administration remains fully focused on meeting legitimate expectations on moulding the future through education.

He lauded the University for the entrepreneurship programme and the partnership the institution has forged with both national and international development partners.

He added that the handshake between the town and the gown was commendable.

“Let me also commend the University for effective collaboration and linkages with other institutions overseas, which would create

opportunities for the students for scholarship and research.

“The successes recorded in terms of online result handling and management, as well as bold attempts at having a smart campus is also commendable.

“My administration remains fully focused on meeting legitimate expectations on moulding the future through education.

“I, therefore, challenge our universities to continue to emphasize training in entrepreneurship so as to enable our graduates to become job creators, instead of perennial job seekers” he said.

“I also challenge you to work with the industries to increase the level of production going on in the country so that we can achieve a diversified economy,” he added.

He said that his administration’s commitment towards the growth of the educationl sector was evident in various intervention agencies, hence funding has been provided in addition to budgetary allocation.

“This is evident in the Tertiary Education Trust Fund and Needs Assessment projects in public universities for improved facilities for meaningful research, teaching and learning.

“I commend the management of UNICAL for the sustained campaign against cultism, which has brought about a tremendously peaceful and congenial atmosphere for healthy academic enterprise through the decades,” he added.

Speaking, Prof. Florence Obi, Vice Chancellor of the institution, said the university was in dire need of funds to raise a perimetre fence around the water front to curb cases of insecurity.

Obi said that since her assumption of office in December 2020, she has made appreciable progress in repositioning the university by introducing reforms and providing facilities.

She said the lecture pavilions, office complexes and two students’ hostels have been successfully completed.

“Within the time, we have also carried out massive renovation of hostels and furnishing of classrooms, while solar street lights have been installed, roads resurfaced, and drainages for flood control constructed.

“We are gradually achieving our smart campus goal through the utilisation of Information and Communication Technology resources,” she said.

The Chancellor of the institution, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, promised to work tirelessly to ensure that the university remains competitive in the global academic community as well as being the best university in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Pro-Chancellor of the institution, retired Gen. Martin Luther-Agwai, said there was no doubt that UNICAL was grossly underfunded.

Luther-Agwai said the underfunding was partly due to dwindling inflow of funds from government sources.

Highpoint of the event was the conferement of the title of Professor Emeritus to Prof. Patrick Ebong, a Professor of Endocrinology of the University.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NGO urges girls to embrace STEM

Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W.TEC), a non-profit organisation, has urged more girls to embrace Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects to bridge the gender gap in the technology space.

Mrs Oreoluwa Lesi, Executive Director of the centre, made the call at an event organised to mark the International Girls in ICT Day at Bishop Howells Memorial Grammar School on Saturday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised in collaboration with Oracle Academy

NAN also reports that over 100 girls across some selected secondary schools attended the event.

Lesi explained that STEM subjects were easy to learn, urging the students to pursue any career in the technology space.

She said that closing the gender gap in the technology space was of critical importance because meant the loss of vast human resources that could contribute to national development.

She said that closing the gender gap in the technology space was of critical importance to avoid loss of vast human resources that could contribute to national development.

“This will entrench gender inequality,” she said.

She said that they designed programmes such as W.TEC Academy, an afterschool technology club, which was engaging and aimed at attracting more girls to pursue science and technology careers.

“The club targets girls between ages 10 and 17 years, who attend public schools in Nigeria.

“Through participation in the year-long technology club, the girls become more confident in writing programmes, developing applications and creating digital content,” she said.

Also speaking, Oluwafunmilayo Awelewa, Territory Executive Manager, Oracle Nigeria, said girls could become unstoppable if they had digital skills.

Awelewa said that as technology skills became more crucial in the workplace, girls and young women in many parts of the world face being marginalised and left behind.

She said that without equal access to technology and the internet, girls and women were not able to equally participate in the ever growing digital society.

Awelewa said that holding back girls and women in this area affects every aspect of their lives, including their ability to speak out and campaign on issues that affect them.

“Technology is among the fastest-growing industries in the world, therefore, it requires more labour supply to thrive. Women make up almost half the workforce population.

“Their exclusion can deprive the technology industry of the crucial human resources it needs to grow,” she said.

Awelewa said that women were as good at technology as men, adding that its not the lack of interest that keeps women from pursuing tech-related occupations, but an unsupportive culture and an undervaluing of their capabilities.

She said learning digital skills was important for African women and girls because it can help them overcome gender disparities and increase their economic opportunities.

Awelewa said that a good starting point to get women in technology was creating a supportive culture in homes, schools, and the workplace.

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is to be understood; now is the time to understand more and be fearless. Never believe you could do less because you are a woman,” she added.

She urged the girls that they could achieve more regardless of their gender, size, current department and life challenges.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

U17 AFCON: do-or-die game between Cameroon and Burkina Faso

The baby Lions have one last chance to determine if they advance to the next round of the U17 Africa Cup of Nations in Algeria or exit the competition.

The defending Champions take on Burkina Faso on Sunday, May 7, at 8:00 pm, a fixture which will determine which side qualifies for the quarter-finals of the ongoing youth tournament.

Serge Mimpo, Cameroon’s coach, assured fans that they will not be disappointed this time. “We have our backs against the wall, and we have to win. We are going to do our best against Burkina Faso and I believe we will not disappoint Cameroonians. I’m certain about that,” the coach was speaking during the pre-match press conference.

His counterpart from Burkina Faso said they are determined to defeat the Lions.

“After Mali’s defeat, we were all frustrated but we are highly motivated for the game against Cameroon. We are here to win all the three points. We are not looking at the fact that the Lions are the title holders, we are here to play for a win,” Coach Brahima Toure said.

Both Cameroon and Burkina Faso lost their first games against Mali, 0-2 and 0-1 respectively. The two sides have no point behind Mali who are already qualified for the quarter-finals with 6 points in three-team Group C.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

More Efforts must be Exerted to Modernize Agricultural Development in Ethiopia: DPM, FM Demeke

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Demeke Mekonnen underlined the need for more efforts to modernize Ethiopia’s agricultural development activities with a view to strengthening the overall economy of the country.

Demeke made the remark at the opening of a panel discussion held on the margins of the Agriculture and Science exhibition inaugurated today at the Science Museum in Addis Ababa under the theme "From the Lab to the Field."

Noting that agriculture is the main economic source of the country and the backbone of other sectors as well, Demeke said the government has given the highest priority to accelerate the sector.

According to him, a lot of encouraging achievements have been registered in the sector due to the efforts being made over the past years.

The agricultural development activities in the lowland areas of the country are a very good testament to which the agriculture sector can be improved as long as the necessary efforts are made, he said.

Hence, he stressed the need to change the old ways of agricultural development activities by mechanizing and transforming the sector through the utilization of necessary technologies.

Demeke further stated that efforts will be made to replicate the encouraging successes being registered in the productivity of wheat on other crops too.

Minister of Agriculture, Girma Amente for his part said the government has been carrying out several efforts to expand agricultural mechanization citing the efforts made to import agricultural equipment free of duty.

The Agriculture and Science exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with Ethio Telecom, aims at promoting the role of technologies in transforming the agricultural sector and improving production and productivity in a sustainable manner.

The exhibition is expected to create awareness among farmers and pastoralists, youth, students, researchers as well as investors on the role of science and technology to improve production and productivity and realize sustainable development.

Agriculture and Science exhibition will be open for public viewing for consecutive weeks starting tomorrow.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency