Since joining the humanitarian response in North-East Nigeria in mid-March, Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator (DHC) Yassine Gaba has visited various towns in Borno State to hear first-hand from the conflict-affected populations and meet those working directly on the ground.
On 12 April, Mr. Gaba witnessed first-hand the living conditions in Bama, Bama LGA, against the background of returns and relocations to the town. The mission was carried out jointly with representatives of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), the INGO Forum, and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“While we commend the Government’s efforts and achievements to rehabilitate the General Hospital, several schools and homes across the town, much remains to be done to ensure that returns can be carried out following international standards of dignity, safety and voluntariness,” said Mr. Gaba.
The United Nations(UN) has appointed Bola Adesola the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Nigeria, and Paul Polman, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, Netherlands as Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
The confirmation of the appointments were contained in a press statement sent to Penpushing from New York, which added that, as Chair of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with them along with United Nations Global Compact Executive Director, Lise Kingo,
‘The Secretary-General is pleased to confirm that Bola Adesola of Nigeria, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Standard Chartered Nigeria, and Paul Polman of the Netherlands, Chief Executive Officer of Unilever, will serve as the two Vice-Chairs of the Board of the United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative’, the statement reads.
Ms. Adesola and Mr. Polman succeed out-going United Nations Global Compact Board Vice-Chair, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Former Chairman of Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies and of Anglo American plc’.
The statement further added that, the Secretary-General extends his great appreciation to Sir Mark for serving in the position for the past ten years and shepherding the United Nations Global Compact into a new era.
Another reported judicial killing of a Nigerian identified as 30 year old ThankGod Okoro from Ogbaku in the Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State has occurred in South Africa, as the Nigerian community in the country was thrown into mourning,
Penpushing report that the killing of Okoro, is the latest in what has been described as recurring pre-meditated murders of young Nigerians in South Africa, just as records showed that no fewer than 117 Nigerians have been killed in South Africa since February 2016.
However, unofficial estimates put the number of Nigerians residing in South Africa at about 800,000, majority of whom are young people.
The Publicity Secretary of the Nigeria Union in South Africa, Habib Miller, who is based in Pretoria, confirmed the killing of Okoro on Friday, stating that he was allegedly shot in the head by a South African police officer.
A co-founder of Apple, a telecommunication firm, Steve Wozniak has closed his Facebook account making him as one of the latest tech leaders who started to distance themselves from the world’s largest social media firm following its scandal involving alleged misuse of user data.
Penpushing gathered that, he (Wozniak) made this known on Tuesday, explaining that he was taken aback by the extent of Facebook’s data collection when he changed and deleted some of his information before deactivating his account.
“I was surprised to see how many categories for ads and how many advertisers I had to get rid of, one at atime. I did not feel that this is what people want done to them,” he said in an email.
Wozniak added “Users provide every detail of their life to Facebook and … Facebook makes a lot of advertising money off this. The profits are all based on the user’s info, but the users get none of the profits back,”
A former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, has been sentenced to 24 years in prison on Friday after being found guilty of abuse of power and coercion.
Penpushing report that the conviction which was broadcast live, also fined Ms Geun-hye 18 billion Korean for her corrupt practices estimated to the tune of about 17 million in U.S. dollars.
The convicted ex-president was first arrested in March 2017 and had refused to attend trial since October, citing health crisis, and in same vein was not in court on Friday for the verdict. She maintained innocence and accused authorities of victimising her for political reasons.