Aliko Dangote Is UNWTO’s First African Ambassador For Responsible Tourism

Secretary-General, Zurab Pololikashvili of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), has named Aliko Dangote an Ambassador for Responsible Tourism in the framework of the 61st Regional Commission meeting for Africa, celebrated in Abuja, Nigeria.

According to Zurab Pololikashvili:

“With this appointment, Mr. Dangote is added to the list of personalities named by UNWTO as Ambassadors for Responsible Tourism, whom we hope will act as messengers of our legacy and vision across the globe.”

Considered one of the most successful businessmen in Africa, Aliko Dangote founded the Dangote Group 30 years ago and turned his enterprise into the largest business conglomerate in West Africa.

Mr. Dangote also set up the largest Foundation in Africa, the Dangote Foundation, devoted to providing nutrition, health and education to the continent’s most vulnerable people.

Tourism is an activity with enormous economic importance, which favours an approach that links countries. UNWTO is committed to making well-managed tourism a source of sustainable and responsible development, and of growth opportunities for communities and economies.

Morocco & Nigeria Sign 3 Cooperation Agreements [2018]

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and King Mohammed VI of Morocco supervised the signing of three bilateral cooperation agreements in Rabat, Morocco capital city. The cooperation agreements focused on strengthening economic relations on gas resource development, global investments, and agricultural training and management.

One of the agreements is linked to the strategic project of gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and Morocco. The regional gas pipeline will see Nigeria supplying gas to countries in West Africa sub-region, Morocco and Europe.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu:

“The feasibility study of the agreement on the pipeline, which was signed by the Group General Manager, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Farouq Garba, and Mrs. Amina Benkhadra, director-general of the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines, will be concluded by July 2018.

The construction of the pipeline will be phased and based on increasing needs of the countries crossed and Europe for the period of 25 years.

The Nigeria Morocco Gas Pipeline, designed to be 5,660km long, will reduce gas flaring in Nigeria and encourage diversification of energy resources in the country, while cutting down poverty through the creation of more job opportunities.

The NMGP will further encourage utilisation of gas in the sub-region for cooking, and discourage desertification.”

According to Garba Shehu, the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, Mr. Uche Orji; and the Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Management of Phosphate in Morocco, Mr. Mostafa Terrab, also signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of a chemical plant in Nigeria for producing ammonia and its derivatives.

On the third agreement, the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, and his Moroccan counterpart, Mr. Aziz Akhannouch, signed a cooperation agreement on vocational training and technical supervision to enhance skills on better management of agricultural outfits in Nigeria.

Danlami Basharu Is Re-elected Into UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Danlami Basharu, has been re-elected into the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the 2019 to 2021 term, in a contested election.

Danlami Basharu, whose first term expires in December, was elected at the first round with 108 votes alongside Lithuania – 111 votes, Australia – 107, Switzerland-104, South Korea – 99, and Ghana – 92.

However, 16 other countries went into the second round of election during which three representing Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico respectively were elected, while 30 countries initially sponsored candidates but eight withdrew at the last minute.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol is one of the most widely-ratified international human rights treaties, which reaffirms that people with disabilities are entitled to the same treatment as everybody else.

Mr. Danlami Basharu, former President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disability, said:

“Currently, we are working on a programme with National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in order to promote the awareness of the Convention in Nigeria.

And there have been quite a number of changes in the sense that various corporate organisations are realising the need to make their buildings accessible for persons with disabilities such as wheelchairs users and so on.

In that way, such persons can have access to employment and to education, to healthcare facilities and to social services; the National Disability Bill has been passed by the parliament and waiting for President’s assent.

The bill actually has designated the position for a National Commission for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria, which will actually help to alleviate a lot of the challenges that persons with disabilities encounter in Nigeria.”

Tijjani Bande, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, applauded the election, saying:

“We wrote a letter to all the Missions telling them that the Nigerian Government was interested in the candidature of Basharu and this was followed by personal visits by the Mission to explain why this was important to us.

We arranged bilateral meetings with many missions in support of our candidates. We had agreements with several other Missions of mutual support, which we adhere to.

We also had a big event at the mission, to let the candidate interact with the all delegations; it was very well attended and we thank all those who gave a lot of support to our candidate.

Especially, the feel was really a very heavy one, and to be number two out of number 22, even though we started like just five months to the election when some have started three years earlier than we did.

But we also would like to say that when we have agreements, we stick to our agreements. We are not also unmindful of the fact that we do not go for many positions.

We select positions because we believe that other countries also have contributions to make in other committees and we try not to be all over the place.

So we are selective in the committees we go for. We are very grateful to all those who worked very hard.

It is an important position because it is dealing with a class of rights, not general rights but rights of those who are usually ignored and this is the measure of your humanity.

It’s how you connect and ensure the rights of those who, if left on their own, might be easily ignored; for example, you don’t know except through this effort, what challenges the disabled go through.

And to now insist on our understanding their rights and what is also our obligation to make sure they are given their full rights as human beings, this is important.

And that platform (CRPD) is very important and that is why all countries try to send their very best to advance that cause and we are very grateful Nigeria has an excellent candidate and he went through.

He would add the voice of Nigeria to the global efforts to protect and advance the rights of the disabled in whatever facet or area of disability we are talking about.”

Call for Entries: 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition

2018 POSITIVENAIJA ESSAY COMPETITION

The 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition aims to encourage Nigerian patriotism, nation building as well as a platform for excellence!

Title of Essay:

THE LOVE OF A NIGERIAN!

Objective:

Inform the world through your essay, what genuinely makes Nigeria and Nigerians kind, cooperative, tolerant and well-meaning towards one another and humanity today.

Eligibility:

  • Essay submissions are free – at no cost to the participants
  • Open to all nationalities
  • Participants and winners of the 2017 edition can still participate
  • PositiveNaija Team and the Advisory Judges are not eligible

Essay format:

  • Maximum of 1,500 words
  • At the beginning or end of the essay, state only your full names, nationality, email and telephone number(s).
  • Must be submitted in both MS Word & Portable Document format (PDF)

Essay expectations:

  • One (1) essay submission per person
  • Must be original, no plagiarism and not previously published
  • The competition language and the language of entries is English.
  • Truth, logical consistency, facts, narrative structure/organisation, creativity/initiative.

Reward [starting cash prizes]

  • 1st prize: 75,000
  • 2nd prize: 50,000
  • 3rd prize: 25,000

Reward [certificates]:

Top 10

Reward [publication]:

Timelines:

  • Submission dates by participants: 1st June 2018 – 31st July 2018 (SEE ANNEX 4 for status of entries).
  • PositiveNaija review and submit Top 10 best entries to Advisory Judges: August 1 – 10, 2018.
  • Blind review by Advisory Judges who shall [individually] assess, grade and rank the entries: August 11 – 31, 2018.
  • Decision of Top 3 entries by Advisory Judges are published (without ranking) on the Competition Page: 3rd September 2018.

*Decisions by the Judges are final and are not subject to legal appeal

  • Profiles of the Top 3 participants are requested and published: September 4-6, 2018
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking for Positions 4th – 10th with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed (SEE ANNEX 1 below for voting weights): September 8 – 14, 2018
  • The audience will then determine the final ranking and winner (Top 3) with an open and public online vote – multiple votes are allowed (SEE ANNEX 1 below for voting weights): September 17 – 23, 2018
  • PositiveNaija collates: September 24 – 30, 2018
  • Overall winner (and essay)/results are declared/published on 1st October 2018 on PositiveNaija
  • Payments made and certificate issued to winners on 1st October 2018

Sponsorship:

We welcome sponsorships for the 2018 PositiveNaija Essay Competition. Identifying, supporting and partnering with us on this competition is a testament to your personal, institutional or corporate conviction on the greatness, development and potentials of Nigeria/Nigerians.

For transparent and accountability purposes, every sponsorship for this competition received shall be made available on the blog [for privacy, sponsors can choose to use the initials of their names] (SEE ANNEX 3 below). We shall also provide up-to-date progress report to you.

Your support – financial or service-oriented, could therefore be targeted to the following areas (SEE ANNEX 2 below for account details and guidance):

  • Prizes: Top 1 – 10 Essays (Target: 10 million Naira)
  • Media/Publicity (Target: 3 million Naira)
  • Administrative/Logistics (Target: 2 million Naira)
  • General/Overarching – If your support is targeted to the general/overarching running of the competition, we will ensure equity in its distribution to the entire competition process.

We are committed to making the PositiveNaija Annual Essay Competition, the most rewarding educational prize competition in Nigeria by the year 2022.

Submission:

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Deadline: 31 July 2018

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