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Oilwatch Frowns At Appointment Oil Chief As COP28 President, Wants His Removal

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By Joseph Ebi Kanjo

A civil society organisation – Oilwatch International, has demanded for the cancellation of the appointment of head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in United Arab Emirate, Sultan Al Jaber, as the president of the forthcoming Conference of Parties (COP28) billed to hold in United Arab Emirates.

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Oilwatch added that having the head of an oil company as the president of any COP is a form of climate denial at a time when the world should make every effort to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

A statement by Oilwatch, a copy of which was made available to INFO DAILY by Kome Odhomor Media/Communication Officer, HOMEF, said the appointment of the oil chief who also serves as Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology for UAE as the COP president clearly shows the forthcoming COP28 is highly compromised.

This appointment is a clear indication of climate change denial,” the statement added.

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It continued: “The appointment of Sultan Al Jaber who serves as the minister of industry and advanced technology for UAE and also as the chief of the Abu Dhabi National oil Company (Adnoc), which is the world’s twelfth-largest oil company by production, is certain to lock in false and risky solutions in the UNFCCC process. The COP is meant to tackle global warming, not compound it.”

Reacting to the appointment, Nnimmo Bassey, member, Oilwatch International steering committee stated that “the last two COPs crawled with delegates from the fossil fuels sector and they have been responsible for blocking real climate action or derailing negotiations.

“Their heavy presence has led to the COP being unable to call for a fossil fuels phase out — even though it is the sensible thing to do. Now UAE spits in the face of flooded, drowning and other climate impacted nations by appointing the chief among polluters to preside over COP28. We call on the UAE to rescind this appointment.

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“It is the time to kick polluters out of the COP, not a time to make them the chief directors of proceedings.

“If they maintain this appointment,
the COP would have earned its title as a Conference of Polluters,” Bassey added in the statement.

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On her part, the coordinator of Oilwatch Africa, Salome Nduta stated: “The appointment of Abu Dhabi chief or that of anybody who has interest in oil will definitely gag genuine discussions on the protection of the environment.

“It is a deliberate attempt to reverse minimal gains made so far, oil companies who are the main polluters and violates of rights
should not be made to be the judge in a matter against it. Entrusting
one of their own is a blatant violation of rights and conflict of
interest”.

Also, in his reaction, Kentebe Ebiraidor, the coordinator of Oilwatch International stated: “It is amusing to have the chair of a multinational company play host for COP28. This has shown that the discussions would be centred on profit over people, and it is a clear indication that COP28 has been billed to fail before it begins.

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“This is also a clear indication that the communities and the environment will suffer because the decisions that would come out its discussion which will in no way be meaningful nor in favour of the people. Oilwatch International asks that UAE retrace its decision by changing the president of the COP”.

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Edo Election Tribunal Receives 13 Petitions

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The Edo Election Petitions Tribunal says it has received 13 petitions from aggrieved parties and candidates in the just-concluded National Assembly and State Assembly elections.

The Tribunal Secretary, Mr Muazu Sanusi, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Benin.

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Sanusi said that the petitions were filed within the 21-day period allowed by law.

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He said that the petitions were filed by the Peoples Democratic Party, All Progressives Congress and Labour Party as well as their candidates.

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He said,  “As at today, the tribunal has received a total of 13 petitions.

“Out of the 13 petitions, three are on senatorial election, 10 were received with regard to House of Representatives election.

“One petition is, however, emanating from the conduct of the state House of Assembly election, and the results were announced on March 21, 2023.”

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The secretary said that the petitions were expected to be filed on or before 21 days after declaration of results.

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Sanusi said that the time within which to file petitions as regards the House of Representatives and Senatorial polls had lapsed.

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The secretary said, however, that the tribunal was still expecting petitions from aggrieved candidates and parties in the Edo House of Assembly election.

Sanusi could not say exactly when the tribunal would begin sitting.

According to him, it will start sitting when processes have been exchanged among the petitioners and the respondents.

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[BREAKING] Alleged Incitement: Keyamo Petitions DSS, Demands Peter Obi’s Arrest

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Minister of State, Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo SAN has petitioned the State Security Services SSS, demanding the arrest and prosecution for “incitement and treasonable felony”, the Labour Party LP Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates, Messrs Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed respectively for comments he described as incendiary and capable of causing rebellion.

In the petition addressed to the Director General State Services DGSS and dated March 23, the minister who is the Chief Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council PCC said in a post-election period such as this, there is a need to soothe frayed nerves, lower the temperature and begin the healing process.

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“The President-Elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu issued a statement to this effect a few days ago. However, it appears the President and Vice-Presidential Candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed are not prepared to toe this conciliatory path for the sake of peace and national cohesion, whilst exercising their rights to pursue duly laid down constitutional means of addressing their grievances”, he stated.

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Keyamo noted that since the declaration of the Presidential election results, the duo have been hopping from one media house to the other making incendiary comments and claims about the declaration of the President-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

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According to him, “These comments and claims are made, not just within the boundaries of exercising their rights to freedom of speech and the freedom to air their grievances publicly, but they have since crossed the line to call for the outright truncation of democracy by insisting on the adoption of other processes outside the contemplation of our Constitution.

“In some cases, their privies have even called for the establishment of an Interim Government.

“The latest of such are the comments made by Datti Baba-Ahmed on behalf of himself and Mr. Peter Obi on Channels TV on Wednesday, March 22, 2023, wherein he threatened that if the President-Elect is sworn in on May 29th, 2023, it would ‘signal the end of democracy’. Posing as an accuser, a judge and a jury all by himself, he unilaterally declared the duly elected President-elect as ‘unconstitutional’ and, in a subliminal manner, threatened mayhem if the President-Elect is sworn in on May 29th, 2023.

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“I also have it on good authority that Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed have camped some youths in a popular hotel in Abuja with the sole aim of instructing them to push out inciting messages everyday on social media in order to cause panic and fear within the federation and to incite people to riot and social unrest.

“It is noteworthy that Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed have submitted Elections Petitions to the courts for adjudication, but their conducts and utterances amount to a subversion of the processes they have instituted in court and a subversion of our Constitution and the laid-down processes for addressing disputes and grievances. These conduct and utterances are a build-up to something more sinister and it is important you rein them in now!

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“In the circumstance, I submit this petition in my personal capacity as a patriotic Nigerian to invite/arrest, interrogate and after investigation, if necessary, charge both individuals to court for their conduct which amounts to incitement and treasonable felony”.

 

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FG Moves To Boost Knowledge Of Child Rights Reporting For Journalists

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The Federal Government of Nigeria has presented a new curriculum on Child Rights Reporting for Polytechnics in Nigeria for effective dissemination of information by the media.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed at a two-day media training organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF said the instructional guide was developed to fill the knowledge gap on children’s rights for journalists and communications schools.

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Mohammed said the new curriculum ”will facilitate the movement of all journalists from the present level of Child Rights awareness to a certain degree of knowledge bringing about the needed paradigm shift in reporting issues as it affects children.”

He said knowledge of the curriculum and its factual reporting will expose children to their rights to survival, development, protection and participation.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Field Office, UNICEF in Enugu, Juliet Chiluwe said communicating children’s rights remains a challenge considering the broad range of abuses against children as a result of ignorance of what constitutes the rights of children.

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She said the media reserves a critical role in communicating and ensuring the wider spread of information on issues of the Child Rights Act.

”I am proud to say that the media remains UNICEF’s very close ally in ensuring the wider spread of information on issues of children’s rights.

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”Let me also use this opportunity to congratulate the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, Anambra State for taking the first step to mainstream child rights curriculum, by electing the CRRC as a general studies course, making it compulsory for in-school mass communicators.

”This great opportunity will help broaden the scope of knowledge and exposure of the communication students and practitioners of Mass Communication by way of infusion of the Child Rights concerns, which are also topical concerns for human development.”

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