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Sourabh Chandrakar Vehemently Denies Accusation in the Mahadev App Scam

Sourabh Chandrakar urges media outlets to rectify the prevailing narrative and is offering complete cooperation to ensure justice is served

DELHI, India, Oct. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mr. Sourabh Chandrakar, who has recently faced grave accusations related to the Mahadev Application, strongly asserts that he has no involvement whatsoever in the alleged financial fraud scheme. He deeply regrets being wrongly implicated and depicted as the orchestrator behind this operation.

He firmly states that these allegations lack any foundation and are an effort to smear the good standing of an upstanding citizen. He emphasizes that enjoying a comfortable lifestyle should not be misconstrued as evidence of his engagement in unlawful activities.

The individuals urge all media outlets to consider these facts, rectify the prevailing narrative, and direct resources toward the actual wrongdoers. He is committed to offering his complete cooperation to the authorities to ensure justice is served and the truth prevails untarnished. He urges a fair and unbiased investigation into the matter, emphasizing his commitment to cooperating fully to bring the actual perpetrators to justice.

About Sourabh Chandrakar

In India, Saurabh Chandrakar’s business “Juice Factory” has 25 branches all over Bhilai, Chhattisgarh.

He hails from a humble background and has been running various FMCG, construction, sub-contracting and development-related businesses in the Middle East along with various partners and brands.

His entrepreneurial stint in the Middle East is ‘Empire One Global Real Estate’ wherein he enjoys the position of Co-Managing Director. Both Mr. Uppal and Mr. Chandrakar have been creating value beyond real estate for their clients based out of the Middle East and globally.

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Deriv Embarks on a Purpose-Driven CSR Journey

The fintech company amplifies its commitment to social and environmental causes.

Stepping forward: Deriv’s pioneering CSR initiative with Ellie

Deriv team members gather at an elephant sanctuary in Malaysia, championing CSR by sponsoring a prosthetic limb for Malaysia’s youngest elephant amputee.

CYBERJAYA, Malaysia, Oct. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deriv, a leading online trading company with a global presence spanning 20 offices, is strengthening its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Through its CSR programme ‘Deriv Life’, the company is dedicated to making a real difference in society and the environment, driven by its collective sense of purpose.

In its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Deriv recently sponsored a prosthetic limb for Malaysia’s youngest elephant amputee. Seema Hallon, Chief Human Resources Officer at Deriv, emphasised, “Our approach to CSR goes beyond financial contributions. It’s woven into who we are as an organisation. We envision Deriv Life as a platform for championing causes that resonate with our values and the personal beliefs of every member of the Deriv family. It’s about collective action, making a real difference.”

Over the past year, Deriv has embarked on various impactful initiatives, including sponsoring a team in the 4L Trophy rally, which raised funds and provided essential school supplies to underprivileged children in Morocco. These initiatives reflect Deriv’s unwavering commitment to CSR as an integral part of its identity and purpose.

In collaboration with a Malaysian prosthetics firm, Deriv engineered a state-of-the-art artificial leg for Ellie, a 7-year-old elephant who lost her front leg at the age of one. Crafted with precision from durable carbon fibre and featuring a robust ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) base, this innovative prosthetic not only supports Ellie’s considerable weight but also significantly enhances her natural gait. Designer Yarham Hadeng remarked, “Deriv’s sponsorship made this vital upgrade possible, and we’re proud to be part of Ellie’s remarkable journey to recovery.”

Deriv’s dedicated workforce is actively engaged in expanding CSR efforts across the company’s global offices, with a specific focus on addressing local needs and fostering positive social and environmental impacts. The company recognises that effective CSR is an ongoing and evolving journey, mirroring Deriv’s own path of innovation and growth. In the words of Jean-Yves Sireau, Deriv CEO, “CSR at Deriv represents a long-term commitment to social responsibility and global betterment. Our aim is to drive sustainable change as we progress forward, guided by our shared purpose.”

To learn more, visit Deriv Life and the company website.

About Deriv

For over two decades, Deriv has been committed to making online trading accessible to anyone, anywhere. The company offers an expansive range of trade types and boasts over 200 assets across markets like forex, stocks, and cryptocurrencies on its intuitive trading platforms. With a workforce of more than 1,300 people globally, Deriv has cultivated an environment that focuses on employee well-being, celebrates achievements, and encourages professional growth.

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A Deriv embarca numa jornada de Responsabilidade Social Empresarial (RSE)

A empresa de fintech reforça o seu compromisso com causas sociais e ambientais.

Um passo em frente: A iniciativa pioneira de RSE da Deriv com a Ellie

Membros da equipa da Deriv reuniram-se num santuário de elefantes na Malásia, para promover a RSE através do patrocínio de uma prótese para a mais jovem elefanta amputada da Malásia.

CYBERJAYA, Malásia, Oct. 12, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A Deriv, uma empresa líder de negociação online com presença global em 20 escritórios, está a fortalecer o seu compromisso com a Responsabilidade Social Empresarial (RSE). Através do seu programa de RSE “Deriv Life”, a empresa dedica-se a fazer a diferença na sociedade e no ambiente, impulsionada pelo seu sentido coletivo de propósito.

No seu compromisso com a Responsabilidade Social Empresarial (RSE), a Deriv patrocinou recentemente uma prótese para a mais jovem elefanta amputada da Malásia. Seema Hallon, Chefe de Recursos Humanos da Deriv, salientou: “A nossa abordagem à RSE vai para além das contribuições financeiras. Está enraizado no que somos enquanto organização. Idealizamos a Deriv Life como uma plataforma para defender causas que refletem os nossos valores e as crenças pessoais de cada membro da família Deriv. Consiste numa ação colectiva, que faz uma verdadeira diferença”.

Ao longo do último ano, a Deriv embarcou em várias iniciativas impactantes, incluindo o patrocínio de uma equipa no rali 4L Trophy, que angariou fundos e ofereceu material escolar para crianças desfavorecidas em Marrocos. Estas iniciativas refletem o compromisso firme da Deriv com a RSE como parte integrante da sua identidade e propósito.

Em colaboração com uma empresa de próteses da Malásia, a Deriv projetou uma perna artificial de última geração para a Ellie, uma elefanta de 7 anos que perdeu a pata da frente com apenas um ano de idade. Moldada com precisão a partir de fibra de carbono resistente e com uma base robusta de acetato de etileno vinilo (EVA), esta prótese inovadora não só suporta o peso considerável da Ellie, como também melhora significativamente o seu andar natural. O designer Yarham Hadeng referiu: “O patrocínio da Deriv tornou possível esta otimização vital e estamos orgulhosos por fazer parte do incrível percurso de recuperação da Ellie.”

A equipa responsável da Deriv está ativamente empenhada em alargar os esforços de RSE nos escritórios globais da empresa, com especial foco na resposta às necessidades locais e ambientais. A empresa reconhece que uma RSE eficaz é uma jornada contínua em evolução, refletindo o próprio percurso de inovação e crescimento da Deriv. Segundo Jean-Yves Sireau, CEO da Deriv, “A RSE na Deriv representa um compromisso a longo prazo com a responsabilidade social e a melhoria global. O nosso objetivo é promover uma mudança sustentável à medida que avançamos, guiados pelo nosso objetivo comum.”

Para saber mais, visite a Deriv Life e o site da empresa.

Sobre a Deriv

Há mais de duas décadas, a Deriv tem o compromisso de tornar a negociação online acessível a qualquer pessoa, em qualquer lugar. A empresa dispõe de uma vasta gama de tipos de negociação e apresenta mais de 200 ativos em mercados como forex, ações e criptomoedas nas suas plataformas de negociação intuitivas. Com mais de 1300 funcionários em todo o mundo, a Deriv tem cultivado um ambiente que se concentra no bem-estar dos funcionários, celebra as conquistas e incentiva o crescimento profissional.

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Deriv s’engage dans une démarche de RSE axée sur les objectifs

L’entreprise fintech renforce son engagement en faveur des causes sociales et environnementales.

Deriv fait le premier pas en matière d’initiative de RSE avec Ellie

Le personnel de Deriv se réunit dans un sanctuaire d’éléphants en Malaisie pour promouvoir la RSE en parrainant un membre artificiel pour le plus jeune éléphant amputé de Malaisie.

CYBERJAYA, Malaisie, 12 oct. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deriv, l’entreprise de trading en ligne de premier plan représentée dans 20 bureaux dans le monde, renforce son engagement en matière de responsabilité sociale des entreprises (RSE). À travers son programme RSE « Deriv Life », l’entreprise est déterminée à faire une réelle différence dans la société et sur l’environnement, animée par son sens collectif de l’objectif.

Dans le cadre de son engagement en faveur de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises (RSE), Deriv a récemment parrainé une prothèse pour le plus jeune éléphant amputé de Malaisie. Seema Hallon, directrice des ressources humaines chez Deriv, a souligné : « Notre approche de la RSE va au-delà des contributions financières. Elle fait partie intégrante de notre organisation. Nous envisageons Deriv Life comme une plateforme pour défendre des causes qui cadrent avec nos valeurs et les convictions personnelles de chaque membre de la famille Deriv. Il est question d’agir collectivement, de faire réellement la différence. »

Au cours de l’année écoulée, Deriv a lancé diverses initiatives à fort impact, notamment en parrainant une équipe participant au rallye 4L Trophy, ce qui a permis de collecter des fonds et d’offrir des fournitures scolaires de première nécessité aux enfants défavorisés du Maroc. Ces initiatives reflètent l’engagement inébranlable de Deriv en faveur de la RSE, qui fait partie intégrante de son identité et de sa raison d’être.

En collaboration avec une entreprise malaisienne de fabrication de prothèses, Deriv a conçu une patte artificielle ultramoderne pour Ellie, une éléphante de 7 ans qui a perdu sa patte à l’âge d’un an. Fabriquée avec précision en fibre de carbone durable et dotée d’une base robuste en éthylène-acétate de vinyle (EVA), cette prothèse innovante supporte non seulement le poids considérable d’Ellie, mais améliore aussi sa démarche naturelle de manière significative. Yarham Hadeng, le concepteur de cette prothèse, a déclaré : « Le parrainage de Deriv a rendu possible cette amélioration vitale, et nous sommes fiers de participer au remarquable processus de guérison d’Ellie. »

Le personnel dévoué de Deriv est activement engagé dans l’expansion des efforts de RSE dans les bureaux de l’entreprise dans le monde, en mettant particulièrement l’accent sur la satisfaction des besoins locaux et la promotion d’impacts sociaux et environnementaux positifs. L’entreprise reconnaît qu’une RSE efficace est un processus continu et évolutif, à l’image de la trajectoire d’innovation et de croissance de Deriv. Selon Jean-Yves Sireau, PDG de Deriv, « la RSE chez Deriv représente un engagement à long terme en faveur de la responsabilité sociale et de l’amélioration des conditions de vie dans le monde. Notre objectif est de favoriser un changement durable à mesure que nous progressons, guidés par notre objectif commun. »

Pour en savoir plus, visitez Deriv Life et le site Web de l’entreprise.

À propos de Deriv

Depuis plus de deux décennies, Deriv s’engage à rendre le trading en ligne accessible à tous, n’importe où. L’entreprise offre une large gamme de types de transactions et propose plus de 200 actifs sur des marchés tels que le Forex, les actions et les cryptomonnaies sur ses plateformes de trading intuitives. Avec un effectif de plus de 1 300 personnes réparties dans le monde, Deriv a cultivé un environnement axé qui met l’accent sur le bien-être des employés, célèbre les réussites et encourage le développement professionnel.

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aleksandra@deriv.com

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Deriv s’engage dans une démarche de RSE axée sur les objectifs

L’entreprise fintech renforce son engagement en faveur des causes sociales et environnementales.

Deriv fait le premier pas en matière d’initiative de RSE avec Ellie

Le personnel de Deriv se réunit dans un sanctuaire d’éléphants en Malaisie pour promouvoir la RSE en parrainant un membre artificiel pour le plus jeune éléphant amputé de Malaisie.

CYBERJAYA, Malaisie, 12 oct. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deriv, l’entreprise de trading en ligne de premier plan représentée dans 20 bureaux dans le monde, renforce son engagement en matière de responsabilité sociale des entreprises (RSE). À travers son programme RSE « Deriv Life », l’entreprise est déterminée à faire une réelle différence dans la société et sur l’environnement, animée par son sens collectif de l’objectif.

Dans le cadre de son engagement en faveur de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises (RSE), Deriv a récemment parrainé une prothèse pour le plus jeune éléphant amputé de Malaisie. Seema Hallon, directrice des ressources humaines chez Deriv, a souligné : « Notre approche de la RSE va au-delà des contributions financières. Elle fait partie intégrante de notre organisation. Nous envisageons Deriv Life comme une plateforme pour défendre des causes qui cadrent avec nos valeurs et les convictions personnelles de chaque membre de la famille Deriv. Il est question d’agir collectivement, de faire réellement la différence. »

Au cours de l’année écoulée, Deriv a lancé diverses initiatives à fort impact, notamment en parrainant une équipe participant au rallye 4L Trophy, ce qui a permis de collecter des fonds et d’offrir des fournitures scolaires de première nécessité aux enfants défavorisés du Maroc. Ces initiatives reflètent l’engagement inébranlable de Deriv en faveur de la RSE, qui fait partie intégrante de son identité et de sa raison d’être.

En collaboration avec une entreprise malaisienne de fabrication de prothèses, Deriv a conçu une patte artificielle ultramoderne pour Ellie, une éléphante de 7 ans qui a perdu sa patte à l’âge d’un an. Fabriquée avec précision en fibre de carbone durable et dotée d’une base robuste en éthylène-acétate de vinyle (EVA), cette prothèse innovante supporte non seulement le poids considérable d’Ellie, mais améliore aussi sa démarche naturelle de manière significative. Yarham Hadeng, le concepteur de cette prothèse, a déclaré : « Le parrainage de Deriv a rendu possible cette amélioration vitale, et nous sommes fiers de participer au remarquable processus de guérison d’Ellie. »

Le personnel dévoué de Deriv est activement engagé dans l’expansion des efforts de RSE dans les bureaux de l’entreprise dans le monde, en mettant particulièrement l’accent sur la satisfaction des besoins locaux et la promotion d’impacts sociaux et environnementaux positifs. L’entreprise reconnaît qu’une RSE efficace est un processus continu et évolutif, à l’image de la trajectoire d’innovation et de croissance de Deriv. Selon Jean-Yves Sireau, PDG de Deriv, « la RSE chez Deriv représente un engagement à long terme en faveur de la responsabilité sociale et de l’amélioration des conditions de vie dans le monde. Notre objectif est de favoriser un changement durable à mesure que nous progressons, guidés par notre objectif commun. »

Pour en savoir plus, visitez Deriv Life et le site Web de l’entreprise.

À propos de Deriv

Depuis plus de deux décennies, Deriv s’engage à rendre le trading en ligne accessible à tous, n’importe où. L’entreprise offre une large gamme de types de transactions et propose plus de 200 actifs sur des marchés tels que le Forex, les actions et les cryptomonnaies sur ses plateformes de trading intuitives. Avec un effectif de plus de 1 300 personnes réparties dans le monde, Deriv a cultivé un environnement axé qui met l’accent sur le bien-être des employés, célèbre les réussites et encourage le développement professionnel.

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aleksandra@deriv.com

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Nigeria presents ratified Convention on cross border cooperation to AU

Nigeria has deposited its instrument of ratification for the African Union (AU) Convention on cross-border cooperation.

Mr Adamu Adaji, Director-General, National Boundary Commission made this known in a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Information Unit, Mrs Efe Ovuakporie in Abuja on Thursday.

Adaji said that the instrument was deposited at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, adding that Nigeria had earlier signed the convention on Jan. 29, 2017.

“With this deposition, Nigeria has become the 9th country to have ratified and deposited the Niamey Convention at the African Union Commission Headquarters.

“Aside Nigeria, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and Togo have already deposited their instruments of ratification at the AU Headquarters.

He explained that the convention, otherwise known as the Niamey Convention, has a strong commitment by member states towards the promotion of cross-border cooperation for sustainable development of the African continent.

According to him, the convention is aimed at ushering in a regime of peaceful resolution of border disputes between member states.

“It also intended to promote peace and stability through the prevention of conflicts, the integration of the continent and the deepening of unity amongst member states.

“It equally provides an opportunity to share intelligence amongst member states.”

The DG recalled that Nigeria played a pivotal role in the conceptualisation of the African Union Border Programme.

He added that the country was equally strategic to the process that produced the convention during the conference of African ministers in charge of borders on May 29, 2012, in Niamey, Niger Republic.

He argued that the convention would no doubt pave the way for cross-border cooperations at the local, sub-regional and regional levels.

He added that it would equally ensure effective and integrated border management to promote growth, socio-economic and political integration of the continent.

Adaji urged all other member states that were yet to ratify and deposit the convention to expedite actions and deposit theirs.

He said that the convention was expected to come into force as soon as 15 more countries make their deposition.

The director general said that the Head of the Nigerian Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ambassador Aminu Nasiru has lauded the commitment of Nigeria in promoting cross-border cooperation.

He added that the Ambassador also commended Nigeria for strengthening peaceful co-existence and good neighbourliness across territorial borders.

The DG, who led the delegation, said he was received by Amba. Bankole Adeoye, Commissioner, Political Affairs, Peace, and Security of the African Union Commission.

He said that Adeoye equally commended the Nigerian government for its continued leadership position and determination in the promotion of peace and security in the African continent.

He added that the Ambassador agreed that Nigeria’s deposition would serve as a motivation to fast track other countries to take the necessary steps and deposit theirs,” he said.

NAN reports that the convention, also called the Niamey Convention, promotes positive relations between neighbouring States.

When it comes to peace and security, borders are a priority.

The African Union Border Programme aims for structural prevention of conflicts.

Nigeria signed the convention in 2017 as part of the side line events at the ongoing 28th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

The Niamey Convention, which was adopted in 2014, is to promote Cross Border Corporation at local, sub-regional and regional levels with the aim of ensuring peaceful resolution of border disputes.

It is also to ensure efficient and effective border management.(NAN)

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Foundation tasks parents on training of male children

The Executive Director, Administration of Every Life Matters Foundation, Mr Benjamin Obasi, has urged parents to invest time in training their male children to become responsible adults.

He made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, in commemoration of the International Day of Girl-child.

Obasi said that the society had invested so much energy and time on training and educating the girl-child and neglecting the male child to become nuisance.

According to him, there will not be a girl-child abuse if the male child is properly educated on how to treat the opposite gender.

He added that proper education of the male child was key to achieving zero rape and abuse case in the society.

Obasi stressed the need for proper education of the male child, adding that the same energy channeled by parents to educate the girl-child should be replicated in the upbringing of the male child.

“You know parents keep telling the girl-child you have to be careful and do not allow any man to touch you in a certain manner, but failed to tell the male child that is not proper to touch a lady in a certain way.

“We will continue to face the girl-child abuse if we do not train the male child properly.

“I therefore call on all to invest in proper training of the male child in order to have a better society because if a male child is well trained abuse and rape cases will be minimised,” he said.

Obasi, however, enjoined the girl-child to always speak out when molested, adding that it is a right way to get justice.

According to him, telling the truth will always be the way out in confronting issues such as rape and abuse of cases.

He, however, called on the government to address issues of inequalities, adding that more participation of women in politics will help to better the living standard of the girl-child.

Obasi also called for respect of enactment of the 2003 girl-child right, noting that Nigeria still engages in child marriage which is against the Child’s Right Act.

“Marrying these girls out at a very young age affects them mentally and psychologically, which also makes them loose their confidence and deny them the opportunity to become better in the society.

“It is commonly said that a girl-child will become like her mother someday, so it is imperative for mothers to be good role models to their girl-child,” he said.

Obasi further called on stakeholders to embark on more sensitisation to educate the boy child to become better persons in the future.

He said educating the male would reduce the case of girl-child abuse by 50 per cent. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

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Only 4% Nigerians practice handwashing at critical times – FG

The Federal Government on Thursday pledged to improve the culture of handwashing, as only four per cent of Nigerians practice it at critical times.

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, said this at a news conference to commemorate the 2023 Global Handwashing Day with the theme, ‘Clean Hands are within our Reach’ in Abuja.

Utsev said imbibing the culture of handwashing at critical times would curtail the spread of preventable diseases, promote human health and strengthen communities.

According to him, handwashing is a ‘first-line of defence’ in preventing outbreaks and reducing the toll of pandemics, as can be attested from the last experience with the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Quoting the 2021 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene National Outcome Routine Mapping (WASHNORM) Report, Utsev said national access to basic hygiene services stood at an abysmal 17 per cent.

The minister, represented by Engr. John Ochigbo, Director, River Basin Operations and Inspectorate, noted that there is 99 per cent knowledge of handwashing practices, while only 8 per cent practiced it.

“It may also interest you to know that a high knowledge of handwashing practices estimated at 99 per cent was reported, in practice, only 8 per cent of the population can demonstrate proper handwashing with water and soap under running water.

“In addition, only 4 per cent are likely to practice proper handwashing with water and soap in critical times such as after defecation, touching animals or sick persons, playing and before cooking, eating, handling food, or feeding others.

“These low indices indicate the need to review our strategies in order to strengthen our interventions for greater effectiveness and for sustainable results”.

According to him, in oder to reverse these trends, the ministry has commenced the implementation of the Hand Hygiene for All Roadmap, which gives a strategic direction to achieve hand hygiene for all.

“This will help the country chart a course towards ensuring available and affordable products and services that will help entrench a culture of handwashing with soap for all, especially for the less privileged population.

While appreciating the efforts of the development partners and other stakeholders, the minister called for renewed commitment, to build good hygiene culture for Nigerians.

Earlier, Mrs Elizabeth Ugoh, Director, Water Quality Control and Sanitation in the ministry, said the day was an opportunity to promote and encourage handwashing as a cost-effective way to prevent diseases and preventable deaths.

She said it was the desire of the ministry to see a community of healthy people who would contribute to economic development, saying effective handwashing at critical times would make it possible.

“Handwashing with soap and water is an easy, cost-effective, and affordable way to prevent disease and save lives.

“When handwashing with soap is practised after using the toilet or before eating, it can dramatically reduce the risk of diarrhea and pneumonia, which can cause serious illness and death.

“When people are healthy, they will be productive and contribute to the economy of the country, that’s why we are advocating making this a culture”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the day, celebrated annually on October 15, is aimed at increasing awareness and understanding the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way for disease prevention.

Highlights of the day were sensitisation rally, distribution of handbills to create awareness about the importance of handwashing and why it should be prioritised. (NAN)

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Sexual harassment: Education minister warns lecturers, vows to deal with perpetrators

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, has warned members of the academia and the university community over sexual harassments on campuses, stressing that the ministry would deal decisively with perpetrators of such acts.

Mamman gave the warning in Abuja on Thursday when he received the report of the committee on alleged sexual harassment by the Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Calabar, Prof. Cyril Ndifo.

He said that sexual harassment was a serious criminal offence that must be dealt with decisively, when and whenever it occured.

He added that the ministry would do everything humanly possible to stem the ugly tide in institutions of higher learning.

He noted that the offence of sexual harassment was cancerous and must be eliminated at all cost, adding that all hands must be on deck to tackle the menace in the education system.

He also maintained that the administration of President Bola Tinubu would protect the vulnerable groups within the country’s education system.

The minister said he would evoke the long arm of the law to ensure that perpetrators were adequately punished, saying that no one would be allowed to take advantage of the vulnerable groups.

“Sexual offenses units will be established in the ministry and all institutions of higher learning to deal with the menace,” he said.

Earlier in the presentation of her report, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Calabar, Prof. Florence Obi, said the university had followed all due processes in handling the matter, including the suspension of the suspect, appropriate queries and setting up of a disciplinary committee to hear all parties.

According to her, in order to ensure a very high degree of transparency, the Public Complaint Commission (PCC) and the Nigeria Bar Association(NBA) are brought on board the committee as observers.

Others, she said, were the Federation of Female Lawyers, ICPC, the Chief Judge of the Student’s Union, High Court as well as seven Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). (NAN)

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NIMC’s self-service app safe from data breach – Developer

Barnksforte Technology Ltd, an indigenous technology company has reassured Nigerians of the formidable security features embedded in the self-service application launched by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

The Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Dayo Bankole, gave the assurances in a statement in Abuja on Thursday to lay to rest “needless concerns” raised in some quarters regarding the safety of the recently-launched App.

He allayed fears about the application, saying that necessary security measures had been put in place to ensure that the integrity of the application was thorough, with no gaps for security breach or compromise.

According to him, the self-service mobile application, which is a giant stride in digitalisation of biometric enrollment, was developed by NIMC in partnership with Barnksforte Technologies Ltd.

Bankole said that it was unfortunate that some persons for selfish reasons would discredit such a laudable innovation that had the capacity to change the narrative across Africa and the world at large.

He further said that the narrative that Nigeria’s database would be compromised by foreigners using the the self-service application was not only mischievous, but an attempt to undermine NIMC’s capability.

“Nigerians should be assured that their biometrics are safe, and the choice of the current NIMC director-general, an expert with proven years of experience is not a mistake.

“I am disappointed by masterminds of the wrong reports about the effort of government to place Nigeria on the world stage in terms of technological advancement.

“Rather than carry out due diligence on the features of the application before going public, they are quick to put out reports to dissuade Nigerians from keying into the present government’s Renewed Hope Agenda in that regard,” the chief executive said.

He said if those behind the negative reports had made enquiries, they would have realised that the application process was only part of the whole package.

He added that there was a formidable backend technology to verify every information provided by an applicant.

Bankole said that the NIMC was collaborating with the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) and other local technical partners on one of the basic requirements for enrollment for NIN for Nigerians in Diaspora.

He stressed that the diasporans are required to provide the international passport number to be able to apply.

“The application is the front-end identity solution and all data is sent directly to the NIMC database which is also well-secured.”

On the enrollment process, the technology expert said that the process was seamless once downloaded from Google Play Store or IOS.

Other steps, according to Bankole, are authentication, adding that “for those with the NIN, it is the key to accessing the self-service enrollment.

“Those without NIN are accommodated through secure emails, adjusting the process accordingly.” (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Climate change: Stakeholders urge Africa to tackle debt issues

Some stakeholders have emphasised on the need for Africa to tackle debt issues to enable the continent to fix its increasing climate issues.

They spoke in an opinion piece “If You Want Our Countries to Address Climate Change, First Pause Our Debts” featured in The New York Times.

The stakeholders included Kenya’s President William Ruto, African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Akinwumi Adesina, Moussa Mahamat, Chairman African Union Commission, and Patrick Verkooijen, Chief Executive Officer, The Rotterdam-based Global Center on Adaptation.

They said: “Of the 52 low- and middle – income countries that have defaulted on their debts or have come close to it in the last three years, 23 are in Africa.

“The continent’s debt burden is skyrocketing as a result of factors beyond its control.

“The aftershocks of the pandemic, rising fuel and food

prices, higher interest rates and climate catastrophes that weaken our economies and sap our ability to repay creditors.

“ As a result of rising interest rates, Africa’s debt repayments will surge to 62 billion dollars this year, up 35 per cent from 2022.”

According to the stakeholders, Africa is now paying more in debt servicing than the estimated 50 billion dollars a year the Global Center on Adaptation says it needs to invest in climate resilience.

They said rather than addressing climate crises, Africa was borrowing at a cost up to eight times higher than the rich world to rebuild after climate catastrophes.

The stakeholders said this was why Africa urgently needs a pause in debt repayments, so that it could prepare for a world of ever greater climate extremes.

They expressed the hope that the on-going Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the World Bank in Marrakesh, Morocco would help address some challenges faced by the continent.

“ In fairness, the World Bank and the IMF now recognise that climate change is a threat to economic and financial stability, and they are changing their lending policies in response.

“But much more needs to be done and we are running out of time to do so,” they said.

According to them, this week’s meeting in Marrakesh is an opportunity to start transforming proposals into actions.

They said: “Africa called for a 10-year moratorium on interest payments on foreign debt to give the world’s most vulnerable countries the space to invest.

“In climate resilience and other pressing needs, such as health and education. And we need a more imaginative use for debt relief.

“We need a speedier process that will quickly provide effective relief for the 52 countries that have defaulted or are at risk of it.

“We are not pretending this will be easy, creditors must all agree, and there are thousands of them.”

The stakeholders reiterated Africa’s commitment to adapt to the consequences of climate change that are not of its making.

“But it cannot adapt alone. The financing gap is enormous and so are the continent’s needs.

“Africa wants to work with the rest of the world to achieve solutions. With its young population, vast renewable energy and mineral resources and large tracts of uncultivated arable land.

“The continent is more important to future global prosperity than ever before.

“Making global finance responsive to Africa’s climate needs is one of the ways to ensure that Africa succeeds, bringing benefits to the whole world,” they said.

The stakeholders quoted António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, as calling on the IMF to use the international reserve asset to support Africa’s course.

“IMF should rechanneled 100 billion dollars a year in special drawing rights, an international reserve asset, to pay for investments in sustainable development and climate action on the continent,” they said.(NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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FG committed to fight against drug abuse, says NOA

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) said on Thursday in Abuja that the Federal Government was committed to the fight against drug abuse in the country.

The Director-General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said this at an anti-drug abuse sensitiation programme organised at Federal Government Boys College, Abuja.

The event was organised by a Non-Governmental Organisation, Don’t Shame the Name Advocacy Foundation (DSTNAF), in conjunction with NOA and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

Abari, who was represented by Robinson Okechi, Chief Programme Officer, NOA, said the event was necessary as young persons were vulnerable to drug abuse.

He commended DSTNAF for providing the platform to discourse one of the burning issues of national discourse.

According to him, drug abuse and trafficking are of great concern to the federal government.

He said that the event with the them: “Eliminating the scourge of Illicit drug use and Trafficking among the Youths “ was apt and commended the organisers for their catch-them-young efforts.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NOA boss pledged the support of the agency to the NGO in its efforts to save young people from drug abuse.

Asst. Superintendent Narcotics, Oluwafemi Daniel, who represented NDLEA at the event said substance abuse affects behaviour of victims and advised the students to abstain indulging in it.

Amb. Joseph Ayalogu, former Ambassador of Nigeria to Switzerland and former Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva said a lot of countries have strict laws against drug use and trafficking.

He advised the students to conduct themselves responsibly and studying well.

“There is very serious concern globally about drug. It gives a bad name to a country, so sensitisation is the key,” he said.

The Principal of the School, Mr ZachariaMagaji who was represented by the Vice-Principal, Students Affairs (Senior School), Julius Faleye, commended the NGO for choosing the school for the programme.

He said it was necessary that teenagers gain insight into the impact of drug abuse in their lives and society at large.

The President and Founder of the NGO, Adaku Dike, said she was motivated to undertake the programme by the high level of crime caused by drugs in the society.

She said she started the sensitisation in primary schools because even primary school children were not left out on the issue of drug abuse.

According to her, drug abuse could be linked to most of the vices in the society such as kidnapping, killings, trafficking and expressed optimism that the programme would impact positively on the students.

The Mayor, Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Ugochukwu Ohuonu said the group was using entertainment enlighten students on the effects of drug abuse.

Two students of the school, Masters Donald Oboh (SS2A) and Abdullahi Shuaibu (SS2B), said the programme exposed them to the dangers of drug abuse.

They promised to sensitise other students on the need to stay away from drugs.

NAN reports that the highlight of the programme was a drama presentation on the dangers of illicit drug and presentation of stickers on dangers of illicit drugs to the school. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria