UNITED NATIONS PRESS CONFERENCE (25TH JUNE, 2020) WITH UN SEC. GEN. (HIS EXCELLENCY ANTONIO GUTERRES).

UN SEC GEN emphasized that “we need shared progress, we need Solidarity and Unity to move forward.

Diplomacy needs presence and patience. Nothing replaces Personal Diplomacy with Human Contact, yes there is Virtual Platform in this era, but face to face meeting is essential.

We live in tough times and we can only face such Challenges with #Solidarity.

Independently, we need to come together to defeat the pandemic in a more economic and Inclusive Society.

To avoid future #Conflict , we should invest more in making #Relationships work in the present.

We have not yet look at #Governance mechanism and #IntetnationalCooperation and effective #MultilateralPartnership.

“Dialogue is the only way out of the present situation”.

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Press statement For Immediate Release

Source: Nigerian Ministry of Mining

June 22, 2020

The Arrest Of Foreign Illegal Miners: A Call For Stronger Regulation Of The Solid Mineral Sector

The Federation of Nigerian Mining Host Communities, Miners Association of Nigeria and the Civil Society Coalition on Nigeria’s Mining   Sector, are pleased to note and commend the political will of the Honourable Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, in sanitizing the mining industry in Nigeria. This willingness was particularly demonstrated when in the month of May 2020, 3 separate sets of arrests were made of illegal aliens (particularly Chinese and Ghanaian miners) who have been mining without due authorization in Nigeria. We also note and applaud the improved cooperation between the Ministry and security forces across the country.

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PRESS RELEASE

Public support for international cooperation surges amid global upheaval

Data from 186 countries indicates overwhelming public support for international cooperation – with a significant increase since COVID-19 began spreading around the world. Collected through hundreds of conversations and an online survey, the data is part of the United Nations’ 75th anniversary initiative (UN75). Launched in January 2020, UN75 is the largest exercise mounted by the Organization to gather public opinion and crowdsource solutions to global challenges.

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15th June 2020

PRESS RELEASE

NIGERIAN CITIZENS LAUNCH CAMPAIGN TO MAKE OUR HOSPITALS WORK

A group of Nigerian citizens has organised themselves to lead a community-based campaign to improve the functionality of hospitals and primary health care centres across the country. Consequently, they have launched the “MakeOurHospitalWork Campaign”. 

The #MakeOurHospitalWork Campaign has decried the fact that several billions of naira invested in Nigerian health sector over the years have unfortunately not translated to a significant improvement in the quality healthcare delivery at the various Primary Health Centers and hospitals across the country.

In a statement issued in Abuja and signed by the 354 campaigners from the 36 states across the country, they traced the unfortunate situation to corruption, minimal involvement of the people in the governance of health care and a lack of ownership by benefiting communities. They urged citizens to organize themselves, adopt health facilities in their communities, identify their needs, mobilize local resources and ensure active participation in order to be able to provide those health needs.

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WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATION 2020 (ON ZOOM)

WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020 (ZOOM SESSION HELD ONLINE FROM PORT HARCOURT), HOSTED BY SMITH NWOKOCHA, A UN VOLUNTEER, A MEMBER OF UNEP MCGY, ADMINISTRATOR OF FRIDAY-FOR-FUTURE, NIGERIA AND A VOLUNTEER OF 350.ORG.

In his opening remark, Smith Nwokocha, emphasized, that it is time to nurture nature instead of damaging and destroying nature. Just like the theme of this year “Celebrating BIODIVERSITY”, focusing on “Time For Nature”. The pandemic has taught us that we cannot operate in isolation, but to come together and accelerate the progress of any issues or task. We know it is possible. We need to invest in what is to come, not what is here.

The Executive Director (Inger Andersen) of UN Environment Programme (UNEP); in her speech at WED 2020. She said; “As we mark a most unusual #WorldEnvironmentDay, it is time to remember that when we protect the planet, we protect ourselves. It is time #ForNature, because, this will help us: (a) Lower risk of future pandemics. (b) Slow Climate Change. (C) #BuildBackBetter and healthier than before.

Student of Our Lady of Fatima College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, introduced a device that could filter air, a solution device to curb the Black SOOT in Rivers State. Such a Novell idea.

FIRST SPEAKER: ADITYA SIVA DAS (INDIAN).

Why should the youth advocate climate change and mark world Environmental Day?

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CELEBRATING WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2020

Jene (Radio Anchor) and Smith (Guest)

Health & Lifestyles with Jene Utomi on 99.1FM, the Voice of Experience, @ 11am every Thursday on Radio Rivers.

With Mr Smith Nwokocha, a UN volunteer, a UNEP Major volunteer for children and youths, an ambassador for Eco network and an SDG advocate.

On World Environment Day, 5th of June every year. And how we can keep our environment safe for our young girls citing the recent rape and murder of Vera Uwa Omosuve in a church in Edo state.

Theme of the World Environment Day is: “Celebrate biodiversity-focusing on time for nature”. The theme focuses on how we can nurture nature, rather than destroy nature.

Biodiversity is a word coined from 2 words- biological and diversity- which simply means the variety of all living things on earth- plants, humans, animals, microorganisms etc. And their communities and habitats on planet earth. For Example: humans- earth
Fish- water etc
Biodiversity boosts productivity of the ecosystem as a large number of plants species means a greater variety of crops for man to produce as foods.

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A CALL FOR THE DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY ON SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE (SGBV) IN NIGERIA!

03/06/2020
Dear all,

We have launched a campaign to push for systemic change on Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria. Among other demands, we are calling for the declaration of a *State of Emergency on SGBV* in Nigeria.

TechHerNG working with Girl Child Africa, Connected Development, Enough is Enough Nigeria, Stand To End Rape, SilverChipFox, Yiaga Africa, Dorothy Njemanze Foundation, and Education as a Vaccine has come up with a social media and physical campaign to not only register our outrage but also force systemic action against SGBV in Nigeria. We’re using the hashtag *#StateofEmergencyGBV.*

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VOICE OF THE VULNERABLES VISITS DE MARILLAC CENTRE (HOME OF STREET CHILDREN)IN DIOBU PORT HARCOURT

ON THE 29TH MAY, 2020, AT EXACTLY 11:00AM.

ITEMS DONATED TO THE CENTRE ARE AS FOLLOWS:

GARRI (3 BAGS -5 KG)

RICE (2 BAGS -5KG)

BEANS (3 BAGS – 5KG)

GINO TOMATO MIX (1 CARTON)

CWAY WATER (1 PACK)

75 CL GROUNDNUT OIL (3 BOTTLES)

WHOLE WHEAT MEAL (2PACKS)

1 CARTON OF INDOMIE.

We were welcomed by the Street Children and then a welcome address by the Representative of Our Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent The paul, an initiative in the Catholic Church family. We got an instruction: “NO VIDEOS”, but pictures are allowed, because of the sensitivity of putting out the faces or images of the Street Children. The Centre is headed by Reverend Sr. Josephine. And we had about seven (7) Care takers during the sensitization and over forty-seven (47) in attendance.

Rev.Sr. Josephine, Head, De Marillac Centre (Home Of Street Children) at the midlde , excited by the visit of Voice Of The Vulnerables

OPENING REMARK: AMB. SMITH NWOKOCHA: Thanked the Children for welcoming the Team of the Voice of The Vulnerables. In his words, we are here to identify with the vulnerable and we see you all as family. The essence of our presence is not only to support you with palliatives in form of Food items, but to also sensitize you on the dreaded trending global virus (coronavirus/COVID-19). This global pandemic has killed over millions of people have died out of being affected by the virus. So, we came with Experts, a Medical Doctor (Dr. Grace), with other knowledgeable Volunteers to share some insights on COVID-19, that will you all stay safe. The good news is that, you are secured here, since you are not moving outside. Continue reading VOICE OF THE VULNERABLES VISITS DE MARILLAC CENTRE (HOME OF STREET CHILDREN)IN DIOBU PORT HARCOURT

PRESS STATEMENT: THE COMMEMORATION OF THE NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING AND REMEMBRANCE!

The Joint Action Civil Society Coalition calls on all Nigerians to join in the commemoration of the third National Day of Mourning on May 28, 2020. 

Our call comes as the country continues to experience an exponentially rise in violence, perpetrated by organized criminal groups with a monumental loss of lives, livelihoods, and property. For the most part, the destruction associated with this spiraling crisis of violence and mass killings has been grossly under-reported. Even with the suppression of information on these killings, it is quite clear that the toll of killings has risen dramatically in recent times. Between 2018 and now, we have recorded the deaths of at least seven thousand nine hundred and four (7,904) Nigerians to violent killings across the country; with the first quarter of 2020 alone making up about one thousand four hundred and sixteen (1,416) of these deaths. From Akwa-Ibom to Zamfara, Nigerians wake up daily to fresh news of mass atrocities which are barely acknowledged by the government and a vast majority of fellow citizens.  This is an anomaly that must end.

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PORT HARCOURT TO THE WORLD…PRESS RELEASE!

New appointment of the Rosario Gaton Foundation for the RT Hon. Graham Elendu Ambassador and Coordinator of the branch in Port Harcourt River State Nigeria, African Continent of the Rosario Gaton Foundation. Successes in your new role for the work we are doing to reduce extreme poverty and for the population to have better protection. In this way, we cooperate with the United Nations SDGs and the National Development Strategy END of the Dominican State and with the National Council. for Nutritional Food Sovereignty and Security (CONASSAN) and with PARLACEN with its Zero Hunger program.