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CLEEN Foundation launches project to reduce farmer-herder clashes, sectarian violence in Nigeria

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The CLEEN Foundation is set to launch an Early Warning and Early Response (EWER) Project in Nigeria with focus in sixteen (16) communities in four states of the Federation- Kaduna, Plateau, Zamfara and Taraba. The CLEEN Foundation in June 2021 was awarded the grant technically known as the Village Monitoring System project.

CLEEN is collaborating with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Toronto by the United States Department of State. The purpose of the National Project Launch is to formally present and launch the project to the project stakeholders at the federal/national level. The launch will also detail the project goals, objectives, activities and expected outcomes. The goal of the VMS-EWER is to contribute to the reduction of civilian attacks in sixteen communities in Kaduna, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara states.

The project is designed to contribute to the mitigation and to bring to an end the frequent conflicts, disappearances and mass violence that is persistent in Northern Nigeria. These incidences are being driven by the effects of climate change; ethnic, religious and cultural tensions; weak response by security agencies.

Collectively, in a bid to protect themselves, communities have resorted to self-help; self-protection and a progress involvement of women through the empowerment of community members, including women, to serve as peace-builders. These will be trained in early detection and early response to conflicts.

The specific objectives of the project are to:

Strengthen understanding of regional conflicts and mitigation opportunities through stakeholder assessment and community engagement;

Strengthen and expand linkages in sixteen (16) communities between early warning alerts of incidents and on-the-ground responders through communications and networking activities and to;

Build the capacity of thirty-two (32) early responders to respond to conflict incidents and mitigate violence in sixteen (16) Northern Nigerian communities over a two-year period.

Consequently, the project is designed to respond to the need for improved civilian protection from the incessant attacks on various communities in the target states in Nigeria. This will be through the proactive deployment of new technology to aid early warning and capacitate the community members to utilize the early warning alerts and carry out early response to forestall the attack on the communities. The expected outcomes from the national launch include:

Stakeholders buy-in for the project

Commitment for cooperation and collaboration secured from USAID, ECOWARN Directorate of ECOWAS Commission, CAN, FORWAN, Religious & Traditional Leaders, CBOs and other stakeholders;

An informed project learning process by stakeholders;
Guidance and ideas are harvested for better project implementation and results.

The EWER project is supported by the United States Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in partnership with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). It seeks to end the cycle of violent conflict in Northern Nigeria through the empowerment of community members, including women trained to serve as peacebuilders in early detection and early response to conflict, and through fostering their full participation as citizens in a more equitable economy and more tolerant religious and cultural landscape. It will be implemented over a two year period.

CLEEN Foundation is a non-governmental organization established in January 1998 with the mission of promoting public safety, security, and accessible justice through the strategies of empirical research, legislative advocacy, demonstration programmes and publications, in partnership with government, civil society and the private sector.

CLEEN Foundation has Observer Status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, New York. CLEEN is a recipient of several national awards since its establishment in 1998.

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Mrs Ruth Olofin
Acting Executive Director
CLEEN Foundation
November 9, 2021

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Official appeals for integration of para-soccer in national competitions

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The president of the Para-Soccer Federation of Nigeria (PFN), Misbahu Didi, has urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to include para soccer in national competitions.

Mr Didi made the call on Friday at the closing ceremony of the maiden edition of the International Disabled Day Para-Soccer Championship which was held at the Old Parade Ground, Area 10, Abuja.

“My appeal to the ministry is to help us return para soccer to the National Sports Festival (NSF) and also include it in the NYG.

“We have football in the festival we also want to have para soccer to feature in the NSF and NYG.

“We also need sponsorships which have been the key to the success of every sporting organisation. Without support or sponsorship, it will be difficult for us to organise any events as a federation.

“I am also calling on the ministry to continue to support the Para-soccer Federation with subvention so we can continue to engage our athletes for better performance in the future,” he said.

He noted that the championship was organised to mark and celebrate the International Day of Persons Living with Disabilities.

“I thank the National Commission for supporting us and also encouraging us to organise this event.

“We are going to organise many national competitions next year in partnership with the National Commission for Person with Disabilities,” he stated.

He sought government’s intervention in other areas especially in the education of the athletes after sports.

He also urged the commission to assist the athletes to get support from corporate bodies, national and international groups.

“The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons Living with Disabilities has promised to give us 100 health insurance covers for the athletes,” he disclosed.

The Para-soccer Federation of Nigeria, in collaboration with the commission, organised the first edition of the championship.

Tagged “ABUJA 2021,” the celebration aimed to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities.

It also sought to increase awareness of the gains to be derived from the integration of people with disabilities in every aspect of society’s political, social, economic and cultural life.

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NMA backs mandatory vaccination of Nigerians

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The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), South-West caucus, has expressed support for the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The mandate requires that all workers in the federal civil service be inoculated.

Bolaji Salako, scribe of the NMA caucus, stated that the current available COVID-19 vaccines were safe, effective and would ensure the protection and wellbeing of all those inoculated.

Mr Salako said that herd immunity could be reached when enough people have been vaccinated against the virus.

He said that vaccination made it possible for people to protect not only themselves but also their loved ones.

Mr Salako also expressed worry over the disregard for COVID-19 safety measures in public places.

“Preventive measures which include washing of hands and use of face masks have been abandoned by many people and this can contribute to the spread of the new Omicron variant,” he lamented.

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ECA proposes $7.1trillion ‘New Deal’ for Africa

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A ‘New Deal’ worth $7.1 trillion is the only pathway to reviving Africa’s economy that has taken a downward spiral since the outbreak of COVID-19, says the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

ECA Executive Secretary Antonio Pedro made this disclosure at the ongoing African Economic Conference (AEC) to chart a new path for Africa’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery.

He likened the proposed deal to a similar deal by the U.S. between 1933 and 1939 during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt.

He pointed out that the American deal then was worth $41.7 billion, an amount which he said now equalled $653 billion.

Mr Pedro said that the new deal for Africa would form part of the external funds required by Africa to, among other things, address the rising risk of African debt defaults amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

“On the external front, Africa needs a new deal to recover from the ravages of the pandemic. Roosevelt’s New Deal cost $41.7 billion at the time it was instituted.

“Given Africa’s current population of 1.37 billion, a New Deal would have to deliver $7.1 trillion in financing to equate the U.S. New Deal on a per capita basis.

“The resources required to finance a New Deal are enormous and cannot be funded exclusively through public resources. Private funding will be critical.

“Yet we are all aware the cost of private financing is high. At the same time, private direct capital investments are motivated more by economic rates of return than by social welfare considerations.

“Blending public financing with private resources can redirect more private investments and financing to social and other orphaned sectors through risk-sharing and risk mitigation,” he said.

He said that the ECA had partnered to launch the Liquidity and Sustainability Facility (LSF) at the margins of COP26 to lower the cost of portfolio investments in emerging markets and crowd in a new class of investors into the continent.

He said that the LSF seeks to use on-lent SDRs to leverage private financing by making it possible for holders of African sovereign bonds to access short term financing using such instruments as collateral. 

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