Dawn In The Creeks: Promoting A Legacy Of Non-violence In N/Delta

Jeta AmataDespite the difficulties facing the Niger Delta, leaders are challenging the social acceptability of violence and are striving for a future of peace and prosperity. Teachers, journalists, and religious leaders are joining forces to strengthen the social contract by increasing accountability between citizens and government and condemning violence.

NGOs and Nollywood stars are teaming up to give voice to communities shaping a legacy of non-violent civic activism. If amplified, these inspiring stories can drown out the adage that “violence pays,” and set the tone for a new public narrative of peaceful problem solving.

Partnering with a core group of Nigerian activists, businessmen, media entrepreneurs, and thought leaders that comprise the Niger Delta Legacy Board of Directors, the U.S. government is catalysing the launch of a mass media campaign supported by community and government outreach.

In light of this, the U.S. Consul General, Jeffrey Hawkins, Nigerian filmmaker, Member of the Niger Delta Engagement Board of Advisers, Jeta Amata, Bizmark Rewane, Reverend Father Edward Obi, Chairman Niger Delta Engagement Board of Advisers, shed more light on the Dawn In The Creeks project.

U.S. Urges Nigerians To Be Wary of Counterfeit New $100 Notes

The Acting U.S. Consul-General in Lagos, Mrs Dehab Ghebreab, on Thursday urged Nigerians to always examine the newly introduced $100 note in any transaction.

Ghebreab spoke with journalists at the Launch of the new note at the office of the U.S. Consulate-General in Lagos.

She said that such an examination would enable them to differentiate the “new authentic $100 note” from the old notes, as well as counterfeited ones.

The U.S envoy said that it was imperative for Nigerians to be on their guard, especially now that they were making Christmas and New Year transactions.

“As we all know, the U.S Federal Reserve Board in October this year came up with a redesigned $100 note that incorporates new security features.

“As the new note transitions into daily transactions, Nigerian businesses and general public should watch out for its security features.

“The new security features will deter counterfeiters and help businesses and consumers tell whether a note is genuine,’’ she said.

According to her, the new note has a blue 3-D security ribbon with bell images and 100s, as well as a colour-changing bell in an inkwell.

Ghebreab said that the U.S. government was embarking on a “global public education” programme on the newly introduced and redesigned $100 note.

The Acting Consul-General said that the U.S. government had also come up with a system of retrieving the old $100 notes globally.

“Consumers worldwide are advised that it is not necessary to trade in older-design $100 notes for new ones,’’ she said.

Ghebreab urged the public to swiftly report suspected cases of dealings in counterfeited notes to the Nigerian Police.