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Ogun State Urges Residents In Flood-Prone Communities To Relocate

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Ogun state government has issued flood alert asking residents of 24 flood-prone communities and wetland areas to relocate. The government says the relocation is temporary as part of moves to avert flood disaster. The state`s  ministry of environment has sent an alert to residents in those high risk areas in Abeokuta, Sagamu, Ota, Ijebu-Ode, and others to relocate ahead of impending flash floods that will affect many areas in Ogun State. It says flash floods are expected during the month of july, especially between the 8th and 15th.

The ministry informed members of the public, in a statement on Tuesday on the weather outlook in the coming months as regards the rainy season after the devastating impact of the previous flood disaster in the state.

The Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA)’s metrological report has predicted that Ogun State will experience flooding this year.

Authorities say, temporary relocation would forestall loss of lives and damage to properties that could result from the impending flooding.

The special adviser to governor Dapo Abiodun on environment, Ola Oresanya, said this on Tuesday during an inter-ministerial briefing held at the Olusegun Osoba press centre in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

According to him, there is need for the people to make personal preparation apart from the government’s efforts in order to avert the flood disaster that has been predicted to take place in the state between July and September 2021.

Oresanya explained that the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency in its metrological report predicted that the state will experience serious flooding this year.

“This is targeted towards intimating members of the public on the weather outlook in the coming months as regards the rainy season that is upon us and its implication for the environment,” he said.

“As we approach the climax of the rainy season this year, the Nigerian Hydrological Service Agency (NIHSA) metrological report predicted that Ogun State will experience flooding this year. And knowing the devastating impact of the previous flood disaster in the state, residents of the state are advised to prepare for flash floods during the month of July, especially between 8thand 15th July 2021.

“Also a high-intensity rainfall is being expected in September 2021 that will result into a fluvial flood (river flood) because the soil would have been saturated by then and likely release of water from Oyan Dam will compound the rise in water level.

“In view of the above, residents of flood-prone and wetland areas across the state are hereby advised to temporarily make provision for a safe environment to avoid the severe impact of this natural event.

“Farmers around the wetlands and river banks are also strongly advised to complete their harvesting before the above stated time to avert loss of their livestock and crops to flooding.”

Speaking on efforts made by the government to avert flooding in the state, Oresanya explained the government has embarked on clearing of some drainage channels across the state.

He also disclosed that the ministry of environment has set up a state flood emergency management unit to intervene in an emergency.

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Rwanda Leads Way In Gender Equality

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Rwandan government has been hailed for leading way in gender parity.

A latest report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union dubbed ‘women in parliament’ (IPU) says Rwanda remains the world’s leading country with the most number of women in government positions. The analysis shows Rwanda was the only African country in this year’s top ten leading countries with women in politics.

Besides the 61% of the country’s parliamentary seats being occupied by women, the report also ranked Rwanda as the sixth country with women holding 50 %or more ministerial positions.

The report’s authors have said, women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the sustainable development goals by 2030, citing that achieving gender parity in political life is far off, with the current data.

Besides Rwanda, there are only two parliaments where women account for above 50% of the seats. They include Cuba and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), occupying the second and third spots respectively.

For the first time, however, the global average of women in parliament reached a record-high 25.5%, an increase of 0.6% from the previous edition.

“Progress is being made, but parliaments must be more open to women. They should be gender-sensitive and transform their functioning and structures to facilitate work-life balance for women and men,” the IPU secretary-general, Martin Chungong, said.

The report said, at the current pace, it will take another 50years before gender parity is achieved in parliaments worldwide.

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Ethiopia Says UN Role In Nile Dam Row ‘Unhelpful’

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Ethiopia Says UN Role In Nile Dam Row 'Unhelpful'

Ethiopia says United Nations role in Nile Dam row is unhelpful. The huge dam known as the Grand Ethiopia Renaissance Dam (GERD) has been a point of contention for a decade between Addis Ababa and downstream nations Egypt and Sudan. Ethiopia says the project is essential to its development and has started filling it. But the other two countries fear it could restrict their citizens’ water access.

Ethiopia has described as “unhelpful” the intervention of the U.N. in the long-running dispute over the Nile River mega-dam.

The county’s foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that it was “regrettable to witness that the progress of negotiations has been dragged and politicized”. Ethiopia said on Tuesday that the African Union-led process was important in addressing the concerns of the three concerns and that it was committed to seeing the process to a successful conclusion.

The statement added “Ethiopia has made its position clear time and time again that this is unproductive and bringing the subject matter to the United Nations security council was and is unhelpful and far from the mandate of the council.

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EU To Train Mozambique Military Forces

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EU To Train Mozambique Military Forces

The European Union (EU) has approved a military training mission in Mozambique to support armed forces there to protect the civilian population. Nearly a million persons have fled their homes amid jihadist violence there.

The EU mission says it aims to train and support Mozambique military in restoring security to northern Cabo Delgado which has been plagued by extreme violence amid jihadist attacks since 2017.

The mission, initially set to last for two years, will also involve “military training in operational preparation, specialized training in counter-terrorism, and training and education in the protection of civilians.

Over the last three years, more than twenty-eight hundred persons have died in the violence which has forced about 900,000 others from their homes.

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