Corruption: FG Develops National Policy On Prosecution

national policy, corruptionAs part of efforts to stem the tide of corruption through speedy trial of suspects, the federal government has developed a national policy on prosecution.

The Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, announced the new policy at a meeting of attorney generals in Abuja where they converged from the 36 states of the federation to discuss how to improve the justice sector.

Mr Malami said that the adoption and implementation of the policy by state authorities will fast-track the prosecution of corruption and criminal cases.

The Minister appealed to states to accept the federal government’s vision of tackling corruption by establishing special anti-corruption units.

He advocated the restoration of public confidence in the justice sector through the speedy prosecution of cases.

The Country Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Cristina Albertin, also outlined the role of prosecutors in the fight against corruption.

At a separate meeting on the London summit on Anti-Corruption, the Minister of Justice pledged government’s commitment to accountability and transparency as a means of stemming corruption.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, confirmed government’s resolve to run an open government just as the Deputy British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, advised political leaders to lead by example.

Experts Urge FG To Convert Waste To Wealth And Job Creation

Waste, EnvironmentEnvironment experts have urged the Federal Government to convert Nigeria’s industrial, municipal and domestic waste to wealth for the country and jobs for the citizens.

The experts, who are specialised in waste and asset management say Nigeria has thousands of tonnes of waste from its large population which can be recycled or converted to energy for power generation.

Speaking at the forum on Wednesday on Assets and Waste Management in Abuja, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, noted that at least 90,000 Britons earn a living managing waste.

He asked Nigeria to tap into this opportunity which environmentalists said was a great option in economy diversification.

The experts, however, noted that before Nigeria’s waste can be converted to wealth, public enlightenment is necessary before legislation and enforcement will follow.

They also expressed the need for the government to buy into the programme for it to be possible.

In their remarks, the Ogun State Commissioner for Environment, Bolaji Oyeleye, and a consultant, Chidi Umeano, also proposed waste management as a good source of income for Nigeria, considering the increasing population.

Channels Television’s Omelogo Nnadi, reports that Nigeria’s population has been estimated to hit 250 million by 2050, adding that this increase in population also means a huge increase in waste generated, both domestic and industrial.

Onu Advocates Local Technology For Digital Broadcast Switchover

Ogbonnaya OnuThe Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu has advocated the production of local technology for the digital switch over in Nigeria’s broadcast industry.

Speaking at a meeting with the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, the Minister expressed hope that the switch over would help Nigeria’s technology capacity.

The British Deputy High Commissioner was at the meeting with Inview Technology, the UK-based firm appointed by the National Broadcasting Commission to enable digital switch-over from analogue.

The Minister advocated a local technology to aid the switch over process and explained that such a capacity would generate employment and help build Nigeria’s technology capacity.

He also announced that the Federal Government was planning to launch the nation’s first Science and Technology Museum to boost youth interest in the sector

The UK-based firm, on its part, promised to deliver in the next couple of weeks.

Nations Asked To End Sexual Violence In Conflict

child brideWorld nations have been asked to take decisive action to end sexual violence during armed conflict.

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Simon Shercliff, during an event to show support for an international campaign to end sexual violence in conflict, said countries and governments must act to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

Agreeing with the envoy, a member of Nigeria’s House of Representative, Honourable Betty Apiafi, said the House would work to come up with the necessary legislation to tackle the problem in Nigeria.

There have been reports of sexual violence against women in Nigeria’s north-east where members of a terrorist group, Boko Haram have carried out series of attacks.

In an attack on a village, Chibok, in Borno State, in April 2014, over 200 girls were abducted from their school dormitory by the group, a situation that triggered international campaign and protests, with a ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ demand.

The Nigerian government told the parents of the abducted girls few months ago that the location of the girls had been identified, promising that they would be rescued.