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The Nigerian Union in South Africa (NUSA) has called on the Federal Government back home to intervene in Friday’s killing of another Nigerian in South Africa, a development which has become rampant in the country

Penpushing reports that, the appeal was contained in an interview with the Publicity Secretary of the union in South Africa, Habib Salihu, from Pretoria, South Africa, adding that the latest victim, James Ekeh, 36, an indigene of Imo, was killed at Mabopane Station near Pretoria by unknown assailants.

“Since Ebuka (another victim) was killed in Rustenburg more than two months ago without any arrest or prosecution, no fewer than six Nigerians have been brutally murdered. These killings came without any meaningful intervention to bring the perpetrators to book irrespective of their nationality,’’ he said.

The United Nations (UN) has assured young people around the world of its support for a brighter future for them, adding that there was need do more to enable young people to shape the decisions affecting their lives, as well as empowering the world’s young people.

The Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated this at the first Obafemi Awolowo University Model United Nations (IFEMUN) conference held 21-23 June 2018 and organised by the University in collaboration with the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC).

Guterres represented by Dr Oluseyi Soremekun, the National Information Officer of UN Information Centre (UNIC) Lagos, said it was imperative that the youths potentials are the world’s potentials, adding that,’ “As you stand up for our shared values, the United Nations stands with you."

The conference which attracted over 250 delegates from Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa, was a three-day of networking and diplomacy in practice as students assumed roles of Ambassadors of UN Member States, and simulated the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

The UN scribe further added that it is estimated that more than 400,000 students worldwide participate every year in Model United Nations ( MUN) at all educational levels from primary school to university, stressing that, “We must do more to enable young people to shape the decisions affecting their lives. Empowering the world’s young people is also an imperative. Your potential is the world’s potential.”

He also   called for less hatred, more dialogue and deeper international cooperation, stating that. “multilateralism is more important than ever”, adding that “Model United Nations (MUN) simulations are popular exercises for those interested in learning more about the UN

He explained that UNIC Lagos got aggressively involved in Model UN following the launch of UN4MUN by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI), New York, to teach MUN teams how to bring their simulations more in line with the way the UN actually works.

The United Nations (UN) Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has disclosed that no fewer than 17 million Africans left the continent in 2017 in search of greener pastures,

Penpushing reports that the disclosure was contained in a new report by the UN ,which also pointed out that 5.5 million people moved to Africa from other continents while some 19 million international migrants moved within Africa.

“Overall, some 19 million international migrants moved within Africa, and 17 million Africans left the continent during last year. The continent was also the destination for about 5.5 million people from outside,” the report found.

The report added that, the large-scale migration of people within Africa tended to boost growth and lifted the continent’s whole economy, urging the world to dispel misconceptions and “harmful narratives” targeting migration.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD report also said cross-border movement offered “a chance for a better life, with the social and economic benefits extending to both source and destination countries, as well as future generations”.

The Secretary-General of (UNCTAD), Mukhisa Kituyi, said at the launching the report: “Our analysis shows this to be true for millions of African migrants and their families”, adding that public perception, “particularly as it relates to international African migration, is rife with misconceptions that have become part of a divisive, misleading and harmful narrative.”

The United Nations (UN) has awarded a medal to a Nigerian peacekeeper, Olufunmilayo Amodu, serving with the UN Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for her outstanding service. The medal is an acknowledgement of the contribution of Nigeria to UN Peacekeeping Operations to ensure global peace and security.

Penpushing reports that, Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said the decoration was part of activities to honour the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers around the world to mark the 2018 International Day of UN Peacekeepers.

Guterres also awarded a medal to appreciate the outstanding service of Mohammad Khan from Bangladesh, a Military staff Officer based at MINUSMA Force headquarters, just as reports also have it that the UN will honour three fallen Nigerian peacekeepers at the event on June 1, at the UN headquarters in New York.

They are Lt. Col Ali Suleiman, who served with the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Warrant Officer Remmy Amakwe, who was deployed with the African Union–United Nations Mission in Darfur; and Kolawole Shogaolu, who served in a civilian capacity in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali.

Amodu while speaking after receiving the award said: “The medal is very important. It symbolises what it is to be a peacekeeper at MINUSMA. Receiving it from the Secretary-General is a very unique privilege.”

“The terrorists are not relenting in what they are doing. And obviously, we are not backing out in what we have come to do. The UN is all about peace. And when there is peace, there is development. When there is peace, there is promotion of technology. When there is peace, every other thing works the way it should work’, she added.

“And for any person who would want to join MINUSMA, you should have at the back of your mind that when you are coming, it is to support the peace process.”

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres is scheduled to mark the International Day with United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali, a visit aimed to express solidarity with colleagues facing high casualties and enormous volatility.

This was made known in a press statement made available to Penpushing , which also added that three fallen Nigerian Peacekeepers would be among those to be honoured at United Nations(UN) Headquarters ceremony

Penpushing further reports that, on Tuesday, May 29, the United Nations will commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, with a record having it that as at today, more than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop- and-police-contributing countries serve under the blue flag, alongside more than 15,000 international and national civilian staff and nearly 1,600 United Nations Volunteers.

The statement added that, this year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UN Peacekeeping, the flagship enterprise of the Organization described by the Secretary-General as “a proven investment in global peace, security and prosperity.”

“We express our gratitude to the more than one million men and women who have served under the UN flag, saving countless lives. We honour the more than 3,700 blue helmets who have paid the ultimate price over the past seven decades. And we pay tribute to the 14 peacekeeping missions working around the clock to protect people and advance the cause of peace,” Guterres said.

“As we recognize a legacy of service and sacrifice around the world, I am also committed to taking Action for Peacekeeping — action to make our operations more effective and safer in today’s challenging environments”, he said

Penpushing further reports that, upon his return from Mali, the Secretary-General will preside over the observance of the International Day of Peacekeepers at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Friday, 1 June.

He will lay a wreath to honour those who lost their lives while in the service of peace and will also officiate at a ceremony to posthumously present the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal to the 129 military, police and civilian personnel who lost their lives in peacekeeping operations during 2017.

The statement disclosed that, among the fallen peacekeepers to be honoured are three from Nigeria: Lt. Col. Ali Suleiman who served with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO); Warrant Officer Remmy Amakwe who was deployed with the African Union – United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID); and Mr. Kolawole Shogaolu who served in a civilian capacity in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).

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