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The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Programme on Friday for feeding millions of people from Yemen to North Korea , with the coronavirus pandemic pushing millions more into hunger .
The WFP was “ a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict ” , Nobel committee chairwoman Berit Reiss -Andersen said on unveiling the winner in Oslo .
“ This is a powerful reminder to the world that peace and # ZeroHunger go hand – in-hand ,” the Rome- based organisation said on Twitter .
Founded in 1961 , the UN body helped 97 million people last year , distributing 15 billion rations to people in 88 countries .
Whether delivering food by helicopter or on the back of an elephant or a camel , the WFP prides itself on being “ the leading humanitarian organisation ” in a world where, by its own estimates , some 690 million people — one in 11 — go to bed on an empty stomach .
“ With this year ’s award , the Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to turn the eyes of the world towards the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger, ” Reiss -Andersen said.
“ The link between hunger and armed conflict is a vicious circle: war and conflict can cause food insecurity and hunger , just as hunger and food insecurity can cause latent conflicts to flare up and trigger the use of violence .
“ We will never achieve the goal of zero hunger unless we also put an end to war and armed conflict . ”
WFP executive director David Beasley said the agency was “ deeply humbled ” by winning the prize , adding it had rendered him “ speechless ” .
In Central African Republic — the worst country for food insecurity according to the WFP — agency spokesman Vigno Hounkanli said the prize was a “ recognition for all the work the WFP does in the most difficult crises. ”
“ Our teams go to remote areas sometimes risking their lives … colleagues have left their lives because they want to save others ,” Hounkanli said, adding : “ It ’ s not office work , it ’s on the ground , concretely. ”
– Yemen worries –
Despite making progress over the past three decades, the UN ’ s goal to eradicate hunger by 2030 appears out of reach if current trends continue , according to experts.
Women and children are generally most at risk .
War can be caused by hunger , but hunger is also a consequence of war , with people living in areas of conflict three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries at peace , the WFP says.
“ There ’s no two ways about it — we can ’t end hunger unless we put an end to conflict , ” Beasley said in September.
Yemen , which is living through what the UN has described as the “ largest humanitarian crisis in the world ” , is a stark example .
Both the UN and aid agencies have repeatedly raised the alarm over the disastrous consequences of the conflict , which has claimed tens of thousands of lives , displaced three million and pushed the country to the brink of famine .
Two – thirds of Yemen ’ s 30 million people do not know where their next meal will come from , WFP figures show .
– ‘Biblical proportions ’ –
The outlook for the world has grown bleaker this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has led to earnings losses , made food more expensive and disrupted supply chains .
“ The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to a strong upsurge in the number of victims of hunger in the world ,” the Nobel committee said .
“ In countries such as Yemen , the Democratic Republic of Congo , Nigeria , South Sudan and Burkina Faso , the combination of violent conflict and the pandemic has led to a dramatic rise in the number of people living on the brink of starvation . ”
In April , Beasley raised the alarm , saying : “ We could be facing multiple famines of biblical proportions within a short few months .”
The global recession caused by the virus risks pushing an additional 83 to 132 million people into hunger, the UN said in a report in mid – July .
This is the 12 th time the Peace Prize has gone to the UN , one of its agencies or personalities — more than any other laureate .
Amid rising geopolitical tensions and nationalistic trends including US President Donald Trump ’ s “ America First” policies , Reiss- Andersen stressed “ the need for international solidarity and multilateral cooperation is more conspicuous than ever” .
The award consists of a gold medal , a diploma and a cheque for 10 million Swedish kronor ( 950, 000 euros, $ 1 .1 million ) .

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Protesters Launch Soro Soke Online Radio

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‘Soro Soke’ is a Yoruba statement which means ‘Speak upThe establishment of Soro Soke radio by the #EndSARS protesters is urging everyone to speak up, air their views and grievances against any unjust systemSoro Soke radio which has gone live will also serve as a platform to report missing persons.

Soro Soke radio can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
https://s4.radio.co/s99d55c85b/listen

The protest began to fight the wrongs of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

Nigerians took to social media to commend the establishment of the online radio.

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Akwa Ibom Youths Give FG Seven Days Ultimatum To Take Over Zamfara Gold

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The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.

Akwa Ibom Youths under the auspices of Young Democratic Movement (YDM), and South South Youth Assembly have given the Federal Government seven days ultimatum to take over the gold in Zamfara state currently controlled by the state government.

The youths said at a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday said that the gold in Zamfara belonged to the Federal Government and Governor Bello Matawalle had no right to sell the gold bar to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

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Leader of Young Democratic Movement, Kuseme Idiong and Speaker, South South Youth Assembly, Comrade Victor Thompson stated that proceeds from the sale of Zamfara gold should be shared among all the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT), as is done with the oil proceeds from the Niger Delta.


They noted that the Constitution of Nigeria stipulates that mines and minerals including oil fields, oil mining, geological surveys and natural gas in states are exclusively under the control of the Federal Government, and wondered why the FG has not taken over the gold in Zamfara.

They described the action of Zamfara state governor as an act of lawlessness and impunity, and called on the Executive and Legislative arm of government to rise up against it.

They stated that failure of the FG to take over the mineral resources found in Zamfara state would force them to embark on a nationwide protest and call out youths in the country to join.

The groups further demanded an upward review of the derivation funds paid to Niger Delta states saying oil-producing states were not actually paid the 13 percent.

“That both the Executive and the Legislative arm of the Federal Government should rise against this act of lawlessness and impunity from the perpetrators of the sale of Zamfara Gold.Details of both past and present gold or other mineral sales should be made public and proceeds should be shared among all the states as in the case of Oil derivatives from the Niger Delta region.

“The Federal Executive Council and the National Assembly should revisit the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states as oil-producing states are fed below the 13% derivation.

“Failure to upwardly review the derivative funds formula for oil-rich Niger Delta states, the Federal Government must allow Niger Delta to directly sell her oil just as the recent case of Zamfara gold bar.

“We give the Federal Government up till Saturday, October 24, 2020 to give a robust and satisfactory response to our demands else the Youths of Niger Delta shall on Tuesday, October 26, 2020 embark on a Nationwide protest drawing the attention of the international community to this terrible situation. We must warn that we will not leave the streets until our demands are met,” the group stated.

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Senate confirms Dahir-Umar as DG PenCom amidst protests

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The Senate on Tuesday , confirmed the appointment of Aisha Dahir – Umar , as the substantive Director General of the National Pension Commission Board amidst protests from some senators.
Another nominee who was also confirmed by the Senate was Dr Oyindasola Oluremi Oni, from North Central as Chairman .
Also confirmed were Clement Akintola ( South -West ); Ayim Nyerere ( South – East) and Charles Emukowhale ( South – South ) , as commissioners of the PenCom board .
The Senate , however, rejected the confirmation of Hannatu Musa ( North -West ) because she was unable to present her discharge certificate from the National Youths Service Corps .
Members of the Minority Caucus in the Senate last week sent a petition to the Committee on Establishment and Public Service , seeking the disqualification of Dahir – Umar as the substantive DG of PenCom .
Until her confirmation on Tuesday , Dahir -Umar , from the North -East geopolitical zone , held the position in acting capacity .
The Minority Leader of the Senate , Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who argued against Dahir -Umar confirmation , insisted that since her predecessor did not complete her tenure , the position should be occupied by somebody from the South -East , where Mrs Chinelo Anohu -Amazu , whose five – year tenure was truncated , hailed from .
Ruling on Abaribe’s argument , the President of the Senate , Ahmad Lawan , said the constitutional provisions relied upon by those who are kicking against the DG ’s appointment was not valid because the tenure of Anohu-Amazu ’s board had expired before the appointment of Dahir -Umar
The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd .) , had penultimate week , sent the name of Dahir -Umar to the Senate , seeking the lawmakers ’ confirmation for her to be the substantive DG and others , to the board of the agency .
Details later …

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