Super Falcons Beat Bayana-Bayana To Reach AWCON Final

Super Falcons Beat Bayana-Bayana To Reach AWCON FinalThe Super Falcons of Nigeria have defeated the Bayana Bayana of South Africa 1-0 to qualify for the final of the 2016 African Women Cup of Nations.

Desire Oparanozie got the lone goal for Nigeria in the 53rd minute after a barren first half.

Oparanozie saw her thunderous freekick deflected off the wall into the net to give Nigeria the breakthrough.

Hosts, Cameroon already made it to the final after beating Ghana 1-0 earlier in the day and will now meet Nigeria in the final.

It was the fourth semi-final meeting between both teams in the history of the AWCON with the Nigerian ladies now having a 4-0 head-to-head record against the South Africans.

Women Affairs Minister Calls For Enforcement Of Child’s Right Act In Nasarawa

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa Minister Of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has called for the enforcement of the child’s right act and domestication of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Act) in Nasarawa state.

She made the call when she visited Governor Tanko Al Makura, at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, the state capital.

Alhassan who was on an advocacy visit, called on the governor to enforce the child’s right act which has been domesticated in the state since 2005, noting that the law is already being implemented in 20 states of federation.

“I call on you to please through your different agencies, be serious on the implementation of the child’s right act. People do things and get away with it. We have to protect our children” she said.

She also appealed to the governor to act fast in domesticating the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Act), which was passed by the National Assembly last year as well as urging them to initiate a women development centre in the state.

She however praised the women empowerment initiative by the federal government, which had Nasarawa among the eight pilot states to benefit from it.

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa“I am here again to bring the good news of one programme that Nigerian women have never had, it is the provision of micro loans to women” she noted.

The governor then assured Alhassan meaning of complaint of swift response to the complaints.

In his words, “your coming has given us more boost, I assure you that one of the souvenirs we will give you in Nasarawa state will come only a few months after when we get this bill enacted by the state House of Assembly”.

Furthermore, he promised to compliment the efforts of the federal government in improving the welfare of women and children in his domain.

“Starting from January next year, it will be in our budget to consider empowerment programme for women and children” he said.

Mr Al makura stressed that the focus of his administration would be on improving the welfare of women and children especially those at the nooks and crannies.

Obiano Suspends Unlicensed Mining In State

Obiano Meets Industrialists, Seeks Solution To RecessionThe Anambra State Government has suspended all unlicensed miners of solid minerals in the State.

Governor Willie Obiano issued the directive when he received a delegation from the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Abuja at the governor’s Lodge, Amawbia.

The team which is for the Southeast Geo-political zone is on a Nationwide Monitoring of Revenue and Mining Activities in states of the Federation.

Their mission also includes sensitizing state governments on the dangers of not diversifying the economy as well as to liaise with the government’s to streamline activities in the Mining Industry.

Governor Obiano noted that his administration is committed to tightening up loose ends in the revenue process to ensure that monies accruable to government come in, also directed all licensed miners to work with the State’s Ministry of Science and Technology to ensure proper monitoring of their activities.

He called on the Federal Government to overhaul the process of issuing licenses to Miners and to actively involve the state government in the new arrangement, insisting that while his government remained committed to exploring the abundant solid minerals in the State for the benefit of her people, “we must know who is giving the license, we must know where the license is going to work and with immediate effect, I want all those mining activities suspended.”

Governor Obiano demanded streamlining of activities in the subsector to ensure that such mining activities do not contribute further to the erosion challenges the state already has.

He also urged the Federal Government to show more commitment towards research and geo-physical studies aimed at identifying solid minerals in the country and expressed confidence that the exercise will help throw the spotlight on the rich gas deposit in the state and the potential it holds for power generation.

Earlier, the Leader of the Delegation, Dr. Casimir Anyanwu, explained that the exercise became imperative because of the dwindling fortunes of the country’s mono-product, hydrocarbon, and the need for state governments to look in the direction of solid minerals as a viable option for sustaining the country’s economy, adding that over forty viable mineral resources have been identified to exist across the 774 Local Government Areas of the country.

Dr. Anyanwu who regretted that there is little or no cooperation between government’s regulatory agencies at various levels and other players in the Mining Subsector, harped on the need for synergy for a significant increase in the revenue accrual for all stakeholders.

Intimating the governor on his observations in the meeting with the visiting delegation, the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Chinedu Emeka, identified a major challenge facing the mining subsector in the State as the manner in which the Federal Ministry of Mines and Industry has authorized the independent miners to operate independent of the state government and expressed the hope that the visit will help bring the state fully into the picture, ensure that communities whose lands are destroyed during mining are properly remediated and government gets its accruable revenue.