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Workers’ Day: Collaboration With FG Will Boost Economy, Development, AUDA-NEPAD Urges Workers

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As the nation joins the rest of the world to celebrate ‘Workers Day’ Nigerian Workers should further join hands with the Federal Government and other relevant bodies to reposition the economy on the path of greatness, socio-economic development, says Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development/ African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) Nigeria.

Akobundu made the call in her message to Management and staff of the Agency for the 2021 edition of `Workers Day’, a global celebration of human labour in both Public and Private sectors through a In a statement signed by the Media Assistant to NC/CEO,  AUDA-NEPAD/APRM  Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu on Saturday.

According to her, workers in Nigeria are hard working with readiness to contribute immensely to Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to eradicate poverty and fast-track development.

Let our labour be geared towards improving the society while earning our daily living.

“FG’s Social Investment Programmes (SIP) and Development Programmes targeted at key sectors of the economy require synergy with workers and other key sectors to be successful.

“In line with Federal Government’s commitment in lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty, we have launched an initiative that is capable of promoting prosperity of small and micro scale farmers in the country.

“The `AUDA-NEPAD Initiative to Strengthen Smallholder Farmers Capabilities amid COVID-19 Pandemic’ seeks to help farmers at the grassroots in acquiring relevant skills and supports for better productivity and prosperity.

“The initiative will also ensure that other grassroots players along agricultural value chains are skilled in their activities like crop processing, packaging and marketing to standard level.

“The Agency is supporting Mr. President’s vision in the areas of food security and job creation, which is naturally in tune with African Union Agenda-2063 ‘Africa We Want’,” she said.

Akobundu said all Nigerians should join hands with the Federal Government to deepen peace, unity and prosperity in the country.

Akobundu called on the public to cooperate with the Agency by providing adequate information so that it could further play its role as `Early Warning Tool for Conflict Prevention in the country’.

APRM in its mandate under NEPAD launched ‘Early Warning Programme’ in 2018 to identify and report issues capable of leading to violence in the society.

It would be recalled the Agency conducted various workshops, Roadshows and Seminars with relevant stakeholders on `Silencing the Gun’, `Counter-Terrorism’, `End to Electoral Violence’, among others.

The Agency had also been coordinating the Second Peer Review of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for voluntary assessment of the nation’s achievement’s and challenges, looking at APRM thematic areas namely: Democracy and Political Governance; Socio-Economic Development; Corporate Governance and Management; and Economic and Governance Management.

AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria had been carrying out Sectoral Consultation to Ministries,  Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other Public and Private bodies to gather verifiable data on how each sector had fared in the years under review.

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Xi Jinping visits relocated Nanyang locals for China’s mega water diversion project

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday paid a visit to relocated residents for the country’s mega water diversion project on the second day of his trip in Nanyang, central China’s Henan Province.

His visit this time marks his sixth inspection around the country this year, following southern areas of Guangxi and Fujian, southwest province of Guizhou, northern province of Hebei and capital Beijing.

To quench the thirsty north

The South-to-North Water Diversion Project – the world’s largest operation of such – was designed to optimize the allocation of water sources of the country and quench the thirsty north. Essentially, that would require taking water from China’s longest river, the Yangtze, through its eastern, middle and western routes to feed the north.

According to official data released in February, over 40 billion cubic meters of water were transferred through its middle and eastern routes since going into operation.

During his Thursday inspection, Xi visited the houses of those relocated local residents and learned about their livelihoods.

He also learned about the construction, management and operation of the middle route of the project and the ecological protection of water.

The middle route of the project – the most prominent of the three routes of the project – starts from the Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China and runs across Henan and Hebei provinces before reaching Beijing and Tianjin.

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