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World Earth Day: HOMEF Wants The Earth More Protected

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As the World Earth Day is celebrated globally, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, has called for more frantic efforts in the protection of the Earth for the benefit of all beings.

HOMEF also called on all critical stakeholders to channel their resources and attention to ensuring that the planet is made habitable for all.

INFO DAILY reports that Earth Day encourages people to engage in protecting the environment and to bring awareness to the environmental issues our planet faces and to promote solutions for a sustainable future.

The Director, HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, who made the call in a statement issued by the organisation’s Media/Communication Lead, Kome Odhomor, as part of activities to mark this year’s Earth Day,
used the occasion to honour achievements of environmental movement and raised awareness for more to be done for the benefit of future generations.

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The theme of this year’s World Earth Day was ‘Invest in our Planet’.

The Director said the theme of the Day was a call for action requiring responsible use of Nature’s gifts with a clear understanding of the interdependence of species.

According to him, it’s an investment that should go beyond finance, adding that it requires a recognition that “human activities such as pollution, deforestation and over consumption have had dire consequences on the quality of our lives.”

Bassey added: “Calling for investment in our planet should not be the investment in more extraction of fossil fuels, mining of coal, or for continuous gas flaring.

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“The investment should be one that conserves our environment. It is time to reflect on what can be done to make the planet more habitable not only for humans but for other beings.

“It is important to mention that the investment we are speaking about should not be about mere financial investment because the Earth is not a stock exchange. It is time to reflect on our relationship with Mother Earth and with each other. Our investment should be towards playing our role of trusteeship as children of the Earth”.

HOMEF’s Project Lead on Fossil Politics, Stephen Oduware, stated that “the investment would be useless if we commodify nature and exchange it for money. We have watched communities suffer from pollution, and grossly damaged environments, and today we call on world leaders to sit up and ensure that the earth does not burn in their quest for negative economic investments that ignores ecological realities.”

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Also, Magdalene Idiang, an environmental feminist said, “World leaders and financial institutions who seems to be betting on promoting Net Zero, Carbon Offset, and other false climate capitalist solutions that do not support the of the planet should divest their investment and invest in real climate solutions that would stop ecocide and protect the rights of mother earth”.

Cadmus Atake-Enade, project lead Community and Culture, stressed that “there is an urgent need for us to re-invest on the planet through harnessing local knowledge rooted on our rich cultures and wisdom to bring solutions to climate change as well as encourage agroecological practices and moral values to make the planet more habitable.”

 

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Foundation Advocates Empowerment Of Women, Youth In Nigeria

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A non-governmental organisation known as Royal Ambassadors Family Enlightenment Foundation (RAFEF) has advocated for effective empowerment of women and youth in Nigeria.

Mr Jonathan Okwudiri, the Director General of the foundation made the call in Bauchi on Saturday during the official inauguration ceremony of the Northeast Region Executive Working Committee of the foundation.

Okwudiri said this was necessary because women and youth are the backbone of any nation who, if economically empowered, would have a great impact on both the security and economic aspect of the nation.

“It is quite unfortunate and very alarming that the women and youth are mostly neglected in the workspace of Nigeria today.

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“From our statistics, it is proven that Women and Youth of our nation are being used and dumped, and mostly not carried along for the positive impact on our Society and Governmental maximisation.

“This has made most of the women and youth lose their focus, talents, skills, potential and end up on the streets and become touts and hooligans and in the process lose their lives without fulfillment of their primary assignment on earth,” he said.

He affirmed that the foundation has come to serve humanity as a sign of hope, new beginning, transforming wealth, power, importance, faimess, impartiality, and transmitting wisdom and authority to Women and Youth in the Society.

The D:-G explained that this is because the foundation is a movement empowered with a mandate from God as a sign of covenant between Him and the citizens of Nigeria to bring an end to hardship, poverty and unemployment among the women and youth.

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“The principal activity of this nobel organisation is to create business opportunities, job employment through digital trainings in ICT, entrepreneur and assisting government institutions, private and corporate organisations to reduce unemployment in Nigeria.

“This would be done by ensuring that unemployed youths and women are gainfully employed in the society, hence duly registered and incorporated in Nigeria with Corporate Affairs Commission,” he said.

Earlier, Hafsat Bappa, the Foundation’s Director General, Media and Publicity, said that the organisation was determined to make positive impact on women and youth because they constituted a significant portion of the workforce, contributing to economic growth and development.

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She said investing in youth and women’s education, skills development and entrepreneurship fosters economic empowerment and ensures a prosperous future for the society.

“The youths and women are not just beneficiaries of societal progress but active agents driving it forward.

“Recognizing and nurturing their potential is essential for creating a vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable society. Let us empower the youths and women today to secure a brighter tomorrow for all as our anthem signifies,” she said.

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Junior Pope: Delta Billionaire Clergy Gifts Late Sound Engineer’s Family N10m, Nigerians React

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Renowned philanthropist and General Overseer of Christ Mercy Land church, Warri, Delta State, Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin, has generously donated N10 million to the family of late Engr. Precious Ofurum, a sound engineer who lost his life in a boat mishap alongside Nollywood star, Junior Pope.

Fufeyin’s act of kindness has drawn widespread praise from Nigerians, commending him for his compassion and generosity as a true embodiment of humanity.

Recall that the Akwa Ibom state governor Pastor Umo Eno had on 13th April visited late Nollywood make-up Artist, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick’s family to console them over the demise of the 24-year-old girl.

Eno promised to assist her two undergraduate sisters in school. He equally approved the remodeling of the deceased family house in Eket.

Eno during the condolence visit offered automatic employment to the deceased elder sister in the state civil service and directed that their home be renovated.

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However, the tragic boat accident claimed the lives of Engr. Precious Ofurum, Ms Abigail Edith Frederick and Junior Pope, leaving the nation in mourning for the loss of these talented individuals.

Reacting on X, @Doris_Nkiruka tweeted “Prophet Jeremiah is a shining example of sympathy and compassion. I’m truly inspired by this gesture. May the soul of Engr. Precious rest in peace.”

@EmekaJohnson__ wrote, “Prophet Jeremiah Fufeyin has gained another fan in me. This is true Christianity—showing love and support to those in need. I admire his good work. Instead of criticizing, let’s each do our part. God bless PapaJ!”

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Ondo Poll: Commissioner Punches Journalist, NUJ Calls For His Indefinite Suspension

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Ondo State Commissioner for Youths and Sports Development, Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, has physically assaulted a senior reporter with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN), Mr Tayo Ikujuni, during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship primary on Saturday.

The ugly incident occured at about 11.45 am at Eji-Oba High school, Oba-Ile, the venue of Ward 9 election in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State.

Yusuf-Ogunleye reportedly punched the reporter, collected his cell phone and threw it away.

He ordered his political thugs to seize all the electronic gadgets belonging to the reporter.

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Eyewitness account said that trouble started at about 11.45 when the reporter inquire about when the election materials arrived since they have started counting.

The commissioner shouted that “who are you. You’re a useless journalist. You’re a stupid journalist. Go away from here.”

According to Vanguard, timely intervention of some party chieftains and security personnel prevented political thugs from further attack of the reporter.

Contacted, the commissioner, Ogunleye, said that the reporter failed to produce his identity cards when he was asked.

In a swift response, the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State council, described the attack and physical assault on the senior journalist by the commissioner as “barbaric and unacceptable.”

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A statement by the state chairman of the union, Prince Leke Adegbite said the action of the Commissioner was uncivilized, and called on Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to immediately suspend Mr Saka Ogunleye and launch investigation into the incident.

“Ondo NUJ observes with sadness that Mr Ogunleye’s attitude to media professionals was unbecoming of a public office holder.

“We call on Mr Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa to place Mr Saka Ogunleye on indefinite suspension for his physical assault on a Senior journalist like Tayo Ikujunni while performing his constitutional roles of monitoring the APC primaries.

“We call on the Commissioner to place damaged handset of the journalist and tender unreserved apology to the victim and the media industry.

“We equally direct Media Houses and professionals to halt the coverage and activities of the Commissioner until our demands are met.”

 

 

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