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Secretary General’s Message On World Habitat Day

On the 6th of October 2014 the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon delieved his message on World Habit Day as follows: Over the past decade, efforts under the Millennium Development Goals have cut the prefforts under the Millennium Development Goals have cut the proportion of people living in slums by more than half. Yet, over the same period, rapid urbanization, especially in the developing world, has seen overall slum populations rise. In some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, as many as 70 per cent of urban dwellers live in slums and informal settlements.

Slums are often located on the least desirable and appropriate land, such as flood plains and steep hillsides, and are inherently vulnerable to the increasingly severe weather events that climate change is causing. Many of the people who inhabit slums were pushed to migrate by the lack of opportunities in rural areas or their countries of origin. They regularly lack basic services such as water, sanitation, electricity and street lighting. Crime is often endemic, with women and girls particularly at risk. Unemployment, under-employment and the cost of transport to distant places of work add further hardship.

To achieve sustainable development and a life of dignity for all, we must address these issues. This year, World Habitat Day is devoted to giving a voice to slum dwellers. Often, people in the slums live in near-anonymity — no address, no census and no idea when their living conditions will improve. By learning from their experiences, city planners and policy makers can enhance the well-being of a significant portion of the human family. Let us hear from people who live in slums what has worked and what has not – and what we need to do.

On this World Habitat Day, I encourage governments, businesses, academic institutions and non-governmental organizations to give slum dwellers a voice – and to listen to what they have to say. We have the technology and the know-how to build economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cities based on local solutions. Ensuring that our towns and cities expand in a well-planned and managed way is not only necessary to meeting the housing needs of our growing urban population, it is also vital for combatting climate change, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable development. Let us focus on a new urban agenda that leaves no-one behind.

October 22, 2014 | 5:03 PM Comments  {num} comments



DGAi Children & Youth Resource Center opens in Abia State, Nigeria.

With focus on children & youth development in Nigeria, the center will empower the youth with resources for their knowledge, skills and sports development. Located in Ikwuano, 22 kilometre from Umuahia, it will offer the best services and free training. It will provide a platform for amplifying youth voices for change and transformation. Follow us on Twitter: @thedgai / Email: thedgai@gmail.com

Development Generation Africa International (DGAi) is helping youth to fuel the future we want!

October 22, 2014 | 4:57 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Brazilian Star appointed UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

UNAIDS leverages the power of football ahead of FIFA 2014 World Cup
Geneva and in the lead-up to the FIFA World Cup in Brazil starting in June, UNAIDS has teamed up with Brazilian football champion and vice-captain of the national Brazilian football team David Luiz, appointing him as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. David Luiz, who is playing in the Premier League club Chelsea FC in England, will support UNAIDS by promoting the organization’s key advocacy and outreach initiatives. He will help mobilize football fans around the world, particularly young people, with important messages calling for an end to discrimination, advocating for HIV prevention and access to HIV treatment for people living with HIV.

“I am convinced that David with his heart and compassion will make a big difference reaching out to millions of young people,” said UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé. “In football, players come together to produce results. In the same way we must unite and as a team get to zero new HIV infections. During the World Cup, everyone’s eyes will be on Brazil and David will be an inspiration both on and off the pitch.”
“It is a massive honour to be a global ambassador for UNAIDS and I want to use this position to spread the word about how to overcome AIDS around the world,” said David Luiz. ”People will be looking to my country Brazil to see great football at the World Cup and this is a great opportunity for UNAIDS and I to speak out—and I want to help make UNAIDS the winning team.”

David Luiz is featured in Protect the Goal which is a UNAIDS campaign using the popularity and convening power of sport to raise awareness of HIV and drive young people to commit to HIV prevention. In addition, David Luiz is promoting UNAIDS’ #zerodiscrimination campaign, which calls on people to celebrate everyone’s right to live a full life with dignity – no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love.

Of the total estimated 35.3 million people living with HIV around the world, an estimated 5.4 million are young people aged 10-24. Many are unaware of their status. There are some 900 000 adolescents (10-14) living with HIV. In addition, an estimated 780 000 of the total 2.3 million new HIV infections worldwide are among adolescents and young people aged 15–24 with 97% of the new infections occurring in low and middle-income countries.

April 27, 2014 | 9:25 AM Comments  {num} comments

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World Immunization Week

World Immunization Week, which takes place in the last week of April every year, is an opportunity to remind families and communities how effective vaccines can be, and to encourage people to take action to ensure that more children, and increasingly people in other age groups, are immunized against deadly and debilitating diseases.

Today, immunization averts 2-3 million deaths each year from diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, pneumonia, polio, rotavirus diarrhoea, rubella and tetanus.

One important driver of this progress has been the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), which celebrates its 40th anniversary in May 2014. The EPI has been established in all countries. At the global level, EPI brings together partners to work towards ensuring that everyone has the chance to be fully immunized. Priority is given to some 40 nations where routine immunization coverage is lowest, and to the districts within those countries where children are least protected. When EPI was established, just 5 per cent of the world’s children were receiving basic immunizations. Now this figure stands at more than 80 per cent.

Yet, 40 years on, the job is still not done. More than 22 million of the world’s children (about one-fifth of infants) are still not being immunized with basic vaccines.

This year, with the slogan “Immunization for a healthy future. Know, Check, Protect”, the World Health Organization and its partners around the globe are encouraging people to learn more about which vaccines are needed to prevent deadly illnesses, to check to see if their family’s immunizations are up- to-date, and to seek out vaccination services so that all family members are protected.

One way in which we are working with partners to help this happen is by encouraging use of new mobile and Internet technologies. A number of countries are now delivering information about vaccination directly to people’s mobile phones and social media accounts.

Getting reliable information to those who need it is key to increasing access, and to helping countries implement the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) ― endorsed by the World Health Assembly in May 2012. The Action Plan aims to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.

For more information visit: www.who.int/world-immunization-week

For more information please contact:
Mr Tarik Jasarevic, WHO Communications Officer
Office: +41 22 791 5099, Mobile: +41 79367 6214 , Email: jasarevict@who.int

April 26, 2014 | 2:38 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Abia Easter Cantata 2014
About this event: Abia 2014 Cantata


We can only speak about what we know and what I know is that the first Abia Easter Carnival captioned: "Cantata 2014" was a success. The event was a groundswell and participants had fun. I was there live and was very happy - I did participated!

April 24, 2014 | 7:53 AM Comments  {num} comments

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Engr. Chinedum Orji
Related to country: Nigeria


Engr. Chinedum Orji aka Ikuku Oma Abia 1 is a youth. He is the Abia lion that rouses from his shadowy lair and roars its challenge through the clamorous state; its billows blots all discords and all jars!

He is a man of the people who is for the common good. Those who have known me over the past few years know of my friendship with and deep admiration for Engr. Chinedum Orji (Ikuku), I will begin by laying in all my cards at the table. If he decides to run for an elective post in Nigeria today, I will do all I can to assist him.

I have no inside knowledge that he intend to run for any post, merely a hope. Engr. Orji is socially and morally responsible and a man with passion for development. He is as the saying goes, "The Real Deal!"

Ikuku Oma Abia - ahaghi ifesa m!

March 29, 2014 | 7:49 AM Comments  {num} comments



Youth

I am a youth. Young people are "creative, energetic, innovative and full of ideas and enthusiasm", they call us to a new, renewed and expansive hope, for they represent new directions for humanity and open us up to the future, lest we cling to a nostalgia for structures and customs and traitions of the older generations, which are no longer-life giving in today's world.

We have to ensure that our voices are heard always and our dreams and ambitions are protected for our future depends on this!

March 12, 2014 | 5:54 PM Comments  {num} comments

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What is CSR?

But we have provided a community with various amenities such as a school, a borehole, a transformer, etc and we have fulfilled your CSR. Well done Sir. Well done Company. You have done noble. Could CSR be made more and more sustainable? What is needed and what is lacking. We need to go back to the drawing board and see more for the communities!

March 7, 2014 | 6:21 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Judge Not!

Aren't we born to burn?
Sunny days ahead, chilly days behind
Tragedic roads of life, we gait - enrolled
Pain is a messgae enveloped at birth

I have gained my fathers' trusts
The community stalled my progress with weights
Steedily and painfully, I am reborn
Only once have I the chance of change (reborn)

Relocation is ample in my temple
And we salute historical facts with cymbals
The sounded spirit of our overbearing hate
Steading and walking towards the road - upliftment
Handle my case differently
And confirm my heady nature!

We are speaking love and hate in beauty
We are burning with elementary deities of pleasure
Born to burn and ready to dance
Everyone's invited to celebrate, to dancing

It is our cooliest avenue to catch them - life
The districts of our closets, bumming and hatching
Experience in life is my hope for charity
For change, for life
I sorted girls who promoted my agenda
Fractured into commitment of no destination

My heads shifted and reasoned
Freedom freed himself from freedom
Hate caught love in the web of inequality
Kind messages were heard and believed
Because I wasn't born to burn!
Neither to judge...

March 7, 2014 | 5:24 PM Comments  {num} comments



Boko Haram and the Nigerian Terror Experience

Houses reduced to rubble and smells of burning flesh reported in Bama. The dreaded Boko Haram Islamist sect attacked the northeast Nigerian village of Bama this week, killing at least 98 people from the last official count. Armed insurgents stormed the town Wednesday morning, firing on a school, shooting or burning to death dozens of people. The palace of a traditional ruler of one of West Africa's oldest Islamic kingdoms was thoroughly trashed.

A journalist reported that a District Head of Goniri Ward, Alhaji Baa Shehu Terab was among those killed by the insurgents. Over 500 buildings, which included the palace of monarch of the town, Shehu of Bama, Alhaji Kyari Ibn El-Kanemi, along with the house of the local government chairman, residential houses, shops, schools and markets were destroyed by fire. Other buildings included the local government secretariat, public offices and several buildings occupied by security forces, among others.

Reporters described the village as a wasteland of burnt buildings that still smelt faintly of charred flesh. Surviving women and children gathered what few possessions they had left and carried them off on their heads to find shelter elsewhere. "We recovered 98 bodies that have already been buried since the attack," Akura Satomi, a pro-government militant leader said.

At least 200 people this week have been killed in two separate attacks. Boko Haram, fighting for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, poses the main threat to Africa's top oil producer. Islamists killed 106 people in the village of Igze on Sunday. The Borno state governor said that the rebels were better armed and motivated than government forces, a charge the military denied. The United States has since condemned the attacks as "senseless."

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan ordered extra troops into northeast Nigeria to crush Boko Haram last May, which wants to create a breakaway Islamic state in the largely Muslim north. The offensive has thus far failed to crush the rebellion. The government's co-opting of poorly armed civilian militia has also spurred massive Boko Haram reprisals against civilians.

The local monarch, the Shehu of Bama lamented the violence. "It is as if government is not taking this problem seriously. To be frank, the morale of people here about government is nil." The Shehu says the crisis has the potential of breaking the country, lamented that it was unfortunate the way the federal government was handling it as if it was Borno problem, insisting that the people of the area were robbed because of their disposition of leaving everything to God.

He asked that "can the federal government treat the people of other areas, especially in the south like this without their wrath, it is sad that daily people get killed and no one is doing something big to stop this."

March 7, 2014 | 2:32 AM Comments  {num} comments



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