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WFP: Nigeria, 22 Others, Risk Falling Into Famine



WFP: Nigeria, 22 Others, At Risk Of Falling Into Famine

The World Food Programme (WFP) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) say in the next four months, conflict, COVID-19 and the climate crisis are likely to increase hunger in 23 countries.

Ms. Eri Kaneko, the Associate Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, António Guterres said this while briefing correspondents at the UN headquarters on Friday in New York, on a new report released by the two UN agencies.

Kaneko said Ethiopia and Madagascar were the world’s newest “highest alert” hunger hotspots, according to the report.

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“The highest alert list also includes South Sudan, Yemen, and northern Nigeria. In some areas of these countries, significant numbers of people are at risk of falling into famine.

“The report flags other countries where life-threatening hunger is on the rise. They include Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Honduras, Sudan, and Syria,’’ she said.

According to her, WFP and FAO say humanitarian action is urgently needed to prevent hunger, famine, and death in all 23 hotspots.

In a statement, the UN agencies warned that efforts to fight a global surge in acute food insecurity were being stymied in several countries by fighting and blockades that cut off life-saving aid to families on the brink of famine.

“Bureaucratic obstacles, as well as a lack of funding, also hamper the two UN agencies’ efforts to provide emergency food assistance and enable farmers to plant at scale and at the right time.

“This is of grave concern as conflict, the economic repercussions of COVID-19, and the climate crisis are expected to drive higher levels of acute food insecurity in 23 hunger hotspots over the next four months.,’’ it stated.

FAO and WFP have already warned that 41 million people were at risk of falling into famine unless they received immediate food and livelihood assistance.

“2020 saw 155 million people facing acute food insecurity at Crisis or worse levels in 55 countries, and according to the Global Report on Food Crises, an increase of more than 20 million from 2019 – and the trend is only expected to worsen this year.

“The vast majority of those on the verge are farmers. Alongside food assistance, we must do all we can to help them resume food production themselves so that families and communities can move back towards self-sufficiency and not just depend on aid to survive,” said FAO Director-General QU Dongyu.

“That’s difficult without access, and without adequate funding – and so far, support to agriculture as key means of preventing widespread famine remains largely overlooked by donors, unfortunately.

“Without such support to agriculture, humanitarian needs will keep skyrocketing, that’s inevitable.

“Families that rely on humanitarian assistance to survive are hanging by a thread. When we cannot reach them that thread is cut, and the consequences are nothing short of catastrophic,” warned David Beasley, WFP Executive Director.

The report highlights that conflict, climate extremes, and economic shocks – often related to the economic fallout of COVID-19 – will likely remain primary drivers of acute food insecurity for the August-November 2021 period.

It said transboundary threats was an aggravating factor in some regions, in particular, desert locust infestations in the Horn of Africa and African migratory locust in Southern Africa require continued monitoring and vigilance.

It said humanitarian access constraints were another severe aggravating factor that hampers efforts to curb food crises and prevent starvation, death, and a total collapse of livelihoods, increasing the risk of famine.

“Countries currently facing most significant obstacles preventing aid from reaching those who need it most include Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Central African Republic, Mali, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

“The road to Zero Hunger isn’t paved with conflict, checkpoints, and red tape.

“Humanitarian access isn’t some abstract concept – it means authorities approving paperwork in time so that food can be moved swiftly.

“It means checkpoints allow trucks to pass and reach their destination, it means humanitarian responders are not targeted, so they are able to carry out their life- and livelihood-saving work,” Beasley said.

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2021 EFCC Essay Competition: Bawa Present Awards To Winners



2021 EFCC Essay Competition: Bawa Present Awards To Winners

The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa has presented awards to three winners of the 2021 EFCC Essay Competition.

The awardees were presented with their accolades at the EFCC’s headquarters in Abuja, as Bawa charges them to be good Ambassadors, as disclosed on the commission’s social media page.

“The Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja presented awards to the three winners of the 2021 EFCC Essay competition titled: “How to Fight Economic and Financial Crimes to Make Nigeria Great.” EFCC wrote.

The winners of the competition in order, are;

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  1. Ehizogie Iyeomoan, an undergraduate student of Law at the Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma, Edo State.
  2. Omtoso Abiola Sodiq, an Engineering student of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State
  3. Zeenat Magaji an undergraduate of Cyber Security at the Federal University of Technology Minna, Niger State.

“We encourage you not only to serve as role models but change agents by shunning all acts of corruption and economic crimes. Bawa said.

“It is no use lamenting that things are not right with our country. We are inviting you to invite others to lend a hand in helping us build a society.”

The EFCC Boss promised to institutionalize the essay competition as an annual event to enable other Nigerians to lend their voices to the anti-graft fight.

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Peter Obi: Nigeria Must Stop Borrowing For Consumption



Peter Obi: Nigeria Must Stop Borrowing For Consumption

The Labour Party Presidential Candidate has requested that Nigeria avoids borrowing for the sole purpose of consumption.

Revealing this in a tweet, the former Anambra Governor disclosed that investment should be the only right reason the country should borrow.

“As a matter of urgency, Nigeria must stop borrowing for consumption, but only borrow to invest in regenerative development projects and other productive ventures. Obi wrote.

“It’s ironic that States that received fiscal bailouts did not invest them properly; did not repay the loans and are still borrowing beyond their revenue earnings.

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“Also, it has become imperative to restrict Federal borrowings to the statutory 5% of the previous year’s revenue.”

In 1999, Olusegun Obasanjo’s government met $28 billion as foreign debt, it left $2.11 billion in 2007 after successfully securing a write-off by the London and Paris clubs of foreign creditors.

The Yar’adua government added $1.39 billion to what they met, and the Jonathan government incurred an additional $3.8 billion, taking the country’s total foreign debt to $7.3 billion when that administration came to an end in 2015.

Nigeria’s external loan reached $28.57 billion by December 2020, meaning an extra $21.27 billion had been accumulated under the Buhari administration — three times the combined amount by past governments since 1999.

For domestic debt, considered relatively less harmful to the value of Naira than foreign debt, the figure rose from N795 billion in 1999 when the Obasanjo government came to power, to N8.8 trillion in 2015 when the Buhari administration assumed office. By December 2020, Nigeria’s domestic debt stood at N16.02 trillion, twice as much as the combined amount taken by the past three governments.

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Motorbikes, Iphones, Others Recovered As EFCC Rounds Up 29 Suspected Fraudsters (See Names)



Motorbikes, Iphones, Others Recovered As EFCC Rounds Up 29 Suspected Fraudsters (See Names)

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested 29 suspected internet fraudsters, as Iphones, motorbikes, and Laptops, amongst others were recovered.

The law enforcement agency, lists the names of the apprehended, disclosing that they will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.

“Operatives of the Ibadan Zonal Command of the EFCC, on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, arrested twenty-nine (29) internet fraud suspects in a sting operation at the Omi-Adio area of Ibadan, Oyo State. EFCC stated.

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The suspects are;

  • Abdullahi Kehinde Tawab
  • Ayomide Alase Abiodun
  • Hassan Larla Olamilekan
  • Makinde Adebowale Saheed
  • Tofunmi Oyebade Segun
  • Rotimi Gbadamosi Ayomide
  • Igbamidun Joshua Olamiposi
  • Gbadamosi Samson Tobiloba
  • Qodir Ayoola Babalola
  • Frank Obi Ogechukwu
  • Olawale Abowaba Joshua
  • Dauda Kareem Oladayo
  • Hammed Dauda Akanji
  • Yusuf Akorede Abiodun
  • Haruna Adedoyin Kayode.
  • Yusuf Lawale Raji
  • Adejare Ayuba Olamide
  • Owolabi Gbadamosi Moses
  • Victor Salami Gbenga
  • Abdullahi Teslim Taiwo
  • Oluwaseun Abowaba Samuel
  • Alase Ayodele Philip
  • Oduola Kunmi Ireola
  • Ajayi Olumide Olamilekan
  • Opeyemi Samuel Enitan
  • Yusuf Ayobami Qudus
  • Atanda Jamiu Olamide
  • Ibrahim Bashit Alade
  • Ilori Peter Oladapo

“Items recovered from them include mobile phones, laptops, two motorbikes, one i-watch, video games, and jewelry. They will be charged to court as soon as the investigations are concluded.”

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