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Morocco wins Salvador’s support on Sahara issue

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Salvador withdrew its recognition of the Algerian-backed Polisario separatist entity putting another nail in the coffin of the separatists in Latin America while voicing support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the Sahara.
'Salvador withdrew its recognition of the Algerian-backed Polisario separatist entity putting another nail in the coffin of the separatists in Latin America while voicing support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the Sahara.El Salvador has decided, as of today (Saturday, June 15) to no longer recognize the separatist entity “RASD”, announced the new Salvadoran President, Nayib Bukele, who affirmed his country’s support for the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco   “From this day, El Salvador breaks diplomatic relations with the Polisario Front and no longer recognizes the RASD,” announced the new President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, on his tweeter account.President Nayib Bukele’s announcement was confirmed by a joint statement signed by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita and his Salvadoran counterpart, Alexandra Hill Tinoco.   “The government of Salvador informs the kingdom of Morocco that it has decided to withdraw its recognition of SADR (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, ndlr) and to sever all ties with this entity,” said the Salvadorian government in a joint statement co-signed by visiting Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita and his Salvadorian counterpart Alexandra Hill Tinoco. “This decision will be communicated to the UN and to regional bodies,” the statement adds.Salvador also underscored support for Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and welcomed the Kingdom’s autonomy initiative as the sole basis to reach a solution to the regional dispute.Earlier this month, on the new President’s inauguration, Salvador’s foreign ministry announced that it will review its stance on the Sahara issue as part of an upgrade of its foreign policy with a new democratic leadership at the helm of the country.That’s done!The Polisario front, which by the past used ideological rhetoric to delude South American leaders, is now on the demise in Latin America where only failing states and authoritarian regime such as Maduro’s Venezuela and Cuba are still attached to defending separatism.The Polisario has been dealt severe blows in South America recently after Paraguay joined the rank of democratic countries that back Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over the Sahara.A series of similar stands were expressed by other Latin American states, including Surinam, Uruguay and Peru which came to terms with viewing the Polisario as a totalitarian organization fed by an ideological anachronism peculiar to the Cold War era.Over the last two years, some 46 countries have withdrawn their recognition of the SADR entity out of 80 that previously recognized it in a Cold War context.Furthermore, as a relic of the cold war, the Polisario remains obedient and dependent financially and diplomatically on its paymaster, Algeria, which uses it to achieve regional hegemony to the detriment of regional stability.As an Algerian invention, the Polisario has benefited from Algiers oil mantra to buy support notably in Africa where the separatist entity was admitted as a member of the Organization of African Unity in 1984 leading to Morocco’s withdrawal.But Morocco’s triumphal return to the African Union was preceded with a motion submitted by 28 states asking the AU to freeze the Polisario’s membership.Support for Morocco’s territorial integrity is a course that is set to continue as more countries in the African Union see the Polisario’s membership as an aberration in contradiction with international law because the Polisario is not a state and lacks state attributes.These include two-thirds of AU countries including African heavy-weights such as Nigeria and Ethiopia.Meanwhile, Morocco is expanding its influence in the continent through active engagement along a solidarity based African policy yielding projects that address Africa’s pressing issues of economic and human development. . The post Morocco wins Salvador’s support on Sahara issue appeared first on The North Africa Post .'

Edo 7th Assembly: On Obaseki’s delay in proclamation for inauguration

Law and Order City Voice Newspaper

By Osademe Lucyiano Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is the only Governor in Nigeria that is yet to make proclamation for the inauguration of the State Assembly to commence legislative business as the constitution demands. The Governor, who
'By Osademe Lucyiano Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is the only Governor in Nigeria that is yet to make proclamation for the inauguration of the State Assembly to commence legislative business as the constitution demands. The Governor, who praised himself for breaking the records of his predecessors by scoring 24/24 in the state legislative arm during the just concluded election held on March 8th, 2019 is now withholding the proclamation for inauguration. As no government exists in a vacuum, Obaseki’s abdication in this case has cast deep thought on the minds of the people as to why the Governor is withholding the proclamation for the inauguration of the 7th Assembly. According to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, section 104 of the constitution stated thus: “A House of Assembly shall sit for a period of not less than one hundred and eighty-one days in a year”, and section 105 (1) also stated, “A House of Assembly shall stand dissolved at the expiration of a period of four years commencing from the date of the first sitting of the House”, and subsection (3), states “Subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the person elected as the Governor of a State shall have power to issue a proclamation for the holding of the first session of the House of Assembly of the State concerned immediately after his being sworn in, or for its dissolution as provided in this section”. On account of the above constitutional proviso, on what grounds is the Governor withholding the proclamation or is he now scared of the danger of his success on scoring 24/24 in the state legislative arm? It’s therefore a clarion call to the Governor to do the needful as enshrined in the constitution in order to have a safe landing come 2020. Lucyiano writes from Benin City. Email: lucyianoo@gmail.com'

Army to court-martial 14 officers, soldiers for murder and kidnapping

Public Protection City Voice Newspaper

By Desmond Ejibas The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping and desertion, among other criminal offences. Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt,
'By Desmond Ejibas The Nigerian Army said on Saturday it has begun proceedings to court martial 14 officers and soldiers accused of murder, kidnapping and desertion, among other criminal offences. Inaugurating the court proceedings in Port Harcourt, General Officer Commanding (GOC) Army 6 Division, Port Harcourt, Maj.-Gen. Jamil Sarham, said the suspects were officers and soldiers of the division. Sarham said the General Court Martial was convened in compliance to Section 131 of the Armed Forces Act guiding professional conduct of the nation’s military. “The offences for which the accused persons are being tried range from murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, desertion. “Others are offences in relation to public and service property, disobedience to standing orders and conducts to the prejudice to service discipline. “All the offences are punishable under the Armed Forces Act CAP A20 Law of the Federation of Nigeria 2004,” he said. The GOC said the army has zero tolerance to indiscipline, adding that it would never shield any personnel, no matter how highly placed from the law. He said the armed forces holds personnel in high esteem, and as such, would not put personnel on trial unless the matter was thoroughly investigated. According to him, the trial was not only aimed at prosecuting the suspects but to discourage others from indulging in criminality. “To this end, each accused person was thoroughly investigated to ensure that an innocent person is not wrongly tried and punished. “The headquarters 6 division has painstakingly selected credible officers with in-depth knowledge and outstanding experience of military law and duties as members of the court martial to ensure fair hearing and justice.” Sarham urged the seven-man court martial panel led by its President, Brig.-Gen. Bassey Etuk, to ensure that the accused persons are given fair trail. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused personnel are made up of three officers and 11 soldiers, including a major, two captains, two staff sergeants and one sergeant, among other ranks.'

Insecurity: Osun governor meets Buratai

Military City Voice Newspaper

By Victor Adeoti Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has urged the Chief of Army Staff , Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, to speed up action on the joint security team to combat rising security challenge in the state. A statement issued in Osogbo by Mr Adeniyi
'By Victor Adeoti Gov. Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has urged the Chief of Army Staff , Lt.- Gen. Tukur Buratai, to speed up action on the joint security team to combat rising security challenge in the state. A statement issued in Osogbo by Mr Adeniyi Adeshina, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said Oyetola made the plea when he met with Buratai in Abuja. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Osun government had announced that a joint security team of policemen, soldiers and operatives in other security agencies would be set up to patrol the highways and dark spots. According to Adeshina, the governor told the Chief of Army Staff that his visit was a follow up to the letter of request sent to him to support the security efforts in the state. He also said that the governor commended Buratai for the efforts of the military whose engineers were constructing a bridge across River Osun to connect Ede with Kuta and other communities in the state. Oyetola, according to the statement, said the South West governors have also resolved to organise a security summit . He said the summit was to prepare a joint plan to combat the rising crime in the geopolitical zone, especially on the Ibadan-Akure road where bandits had launched attacks on travellers. The statement quoted Buratai as assuring the governor that he would make all the efforts to support the security efforts in Osun. He reiterated that the army had always supported the police in ensuring internal security.'

Nigerian Labour, diplomats rally in support of Venezuela in Abuja

Community City Voice Newspaper

By Isaac Aregbesola Some members of diplomatic community in Nigeria, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other activists have rallied support to end the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. They made the call during the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign tagged:
'By Isaac Aregbesola Some members of diplomatic community in Nigeria, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and other activists have rallied support to end the U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. They made the call during the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign tagged: “U.S. Hands off Venezuela” and the visit of the Vice President of Venezuela Aristibulo Almeida to NLC in Abuja. The Cuba Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Carlos Sosa said that there was need to rally support for Venezuela because the country’s agitation against the U.S. was a fight for all including African countries. Sosa, who spoke on behalf of other ambassadors at the event said that Venezuela would rather die instead of being on their knees and that the country would want to protect its dignity. The countries represented at the event include Cuba, Mexico, Syria, Sierra Leone, Palestine, Iraq, Indonesia, Iran,Vietnam. Nambia, Lebanon, among others He called on African leaders not let down Venezuela or leave the battle for it alone because it is a battle for all. “The Venezuela deserves the support, Venezuela has done a lot for Africa and Africa has to support Venezuela at this time to fight against sanction impose on Venezuela. “Cuba will always support Venezuela in its fight against imposition of sanctions against Venezuela. “The presence of the Vice President inspired the solidarity of people of Latin America and Caribbean in support of Venezuela. “We are in solidarity with the people and government of Venezuela to end the continuous blockage of Venezuela by the U.S. ,” he said. The Vice President, Nigerian Labour Congress, Alhaji Najeem Yasin pledged the support of the union in the struggle of Venezuela against the U.S. Yasin, who is also the President of National Union of Road Transport Workers called on workers across the globe to offer support to Venezuela. “We support in the struggle with the Venezuelan people, it is historical, Therefore workers across the globe must offer support to Venezuela, we need our political support for the global solidarity,” he said He said that the Union was aware of the foreign aggression led by the U. S. and attempts to impose anti people leadership on the country. “The Nigerian labour movement aligns itself with other labour movements and allies across the world to support you and the Venezuelan people in your struggles against external aggression and interference. “It is historical that we support the working people and leadership of Venezuela because your political system is people oriented and supports the desires and aspirations of workers all over the world. “Therefore, workers across the globe must offer support to Venezuelans, even if limited to moral and political support as a token of our global solidarity,” he said. The Campaign Coordinator Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in Nigeria, Mr Oladimeji Macaulay said that the group condemned the long time U. S. sanctions on Venezuela. Macaulay said that the sanction on Venezuela economic activities focusing on financial and oil aspect and establishing a de facto blockage against the Venezuelan economy was illegal. He said that the sanction has led to a fall in Venezuela’s domestic economic activities and international trade also led to lack of food and medicine for the people of Venezuela. Macaulay called on the world activists and pro-labour organisations to support the campaign to end the U.S. sanction on Venezuela. The Venezuela Vice President, Aristibulo Almeida, who commended the NLC and diplomatic corps members for their supports, was optimistic that his country would win the battle against the U.S. Almeida described the coercive measures, systematic and conscious strategy of the U.S. against Venezuela as a massive violation of human rights of the Venezuelan people.'

Penpushing unveils planning committee for third anniversary lecture

Business City Voice Newspaper

The Penpushing Media is set for its third anniversary lecture with the unveiling of a planning committee to work out modalities for yet another befitting programme scheduled to hold on July 19, 2019. The Chairman Editorial Board of the organisation,
'The Penpushing Media is set for its third anniversary lecture with the unveiling of a planning committee to work out modalities for yet another befitting programme scheduled to hold on July 19, 2019. The Chairman Editorial Board of the organisation, Funke Fadugba made this known in an interview with journalists, explaining that the committee has been assigned the responsibility of making the event more memorable than the previous two outings. The Chairman unveiled identities of of the Planning Committee to include; Sina Adefolahan who is the Chairman; Tope Kayode-Adedeji (Secretary), Siji Oyesile (member), Bola Solate (member), Olabisi Kayode-Adedeji (member), Yomi Fash-Lanso (member) and Roland Dansu (member). Fadugba expressed optimism that there would be improvements in the third edition of the anniversary, stating that the committee will make public details of programme of event in the next few days. It is recalled that, the maiden edition had the theme, ’Social Media: Building Parameters for Trust to Achieve Political and National Growth’, and the Guest Lecturer was Prof Oye Ibidapo-Obe( former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos), while the second edition had the theme,’The Media and Quest for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’ ’with the Country Director, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC),Nigeria, Mr Ronald Kayanja as the Guest Lecturer The Editorial Board Chairman enjoined the committee members to work round the clock and show commitment and dedication for the success of the event, which has become an annual programme and well acknowledged across the globe.'

Terres Hes Homme applauds Yaba LCDA for planned domestication of Child Rights law

Community City Voice Newspaper

By Bankole Shakirudeen Adeshina CHILD Rights advocacy group, Terre Des Homme Foundation, has lauded Yaba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State for leading other LCDAs in the push to domesticate the state’s legal and regulatory frameworks for
'By Bankole Shakirudeen Adeshina CHILD Rights advocacy group, Terre Des Homme Foundation, has lauded Yaba Local Council Development Area of Lagos State for leading other LCDAs in the push to domesticate the state’s legal and regulatory frameworks for the protection of the fundamental human rights of children. Child Rights Law is one of the four proposed bills currently pending enactment before the LCDA’s legislative arms. Others are Street Naming Regulation Bill, Bill for the establishment of Yaba LCDA Environmental Defender Corps and other related purposes, and the Bill for the Control of Expressway and use of Pedestrian Bridges within Yaba environs. The Bill on Child Protection Bills seeks maximum protection againt abuse of any child, irrespective of parental background, migratory status and or ethnic or religious affiliation. The protection covers hard labour, infliction of bodily injuries iregardless of any reasons, sexual, mental, psychological abuses, sleep deprivation, illiteracy among others A public hearing to further consult stakeholders, entertain more ideas, fine-tune gray areas and harmonise the final content of the bills, haven passed through second reading before the floor of the local council legislative house, was held at the main auditorium of the council on Wednesday. The Council Legislative Leader, Solomon Gbinigie, who presided over the hearing, together with the Chairman of the LCDA, represented by the Council Manager, Dr. (Mrs.) Kemi Adefowokan, the reception at the hearing, attended by over 110 parents, community leaders and youths, mostly Community Development Association Chairmen, parents and politicians, “was very receptive. “And this is quite impressive. Hence, the next line of action is to articulate all the additions together, especially the new input on the need for the formation of Implementation Task Force to monitor compliance on the proper upbringing of our children. “By the implication of this bill, if passed into law, it would hence require the LCDA to make annual budgetary allocation for the exercise of monitoring and protecting the children, for the sake of all of us. “For instance, in the past, there used to be monitoring team that rove around the LCDA to monitor the wellbeing of the children. When you see some of the children, you will know clearly that they lack parental support and care. And we have a whole lot of irresponsible parents as these spread across the state. “So, part of the intention of the bill, if passed to law, is to see proactive solution, through sensitization on birth control vis-à-vis the economic capability of each parent,” he explained. Justifying the essence of the bill and why it should be passed into law, one of the lawmakers in the LCDA, Olujobi Tajudeen Kayode, said “it is imperative to create a conductive environment for our children so that they can grow properly and become great pride to us all as parents, community, country and race. “There is no doubt, education educating the children is the best way of investing in the future. And education is one of the fundamental human rights of every child. And that is why Yaba LCDA has continued to give priority attention on the education and wellbeing of our children. “There are standard schools of international reputations existing within our locality –University of Lagos, Yaba College of Technology (currently being considered for transforming into a State University of Technology). “As parents, teachers and guardians, we must understanding that grooming a child has gone beyond the crude and primitive ways of beating. We need to accord our children with respect as well. “I am saying this as an experienced teacher who taught for 12 years. And while teaching, I have realized that on the child upbringing, it is also whatever you garbage in on the children is what they garbage out to you. “ If we take cognizance of these observations, takes care of our children, protect them against abuse and dangers, groom and nurture them into achieving their dreams, we will see how fast they will soar like healthy and vibrant eagles,” he admonished. The Council Manager, who represented the LCDA boss, Kayode Omiyale, said the public hearing on the Child Right Laws and effective management of the environment among others, was a manifestation to commitment of the council boss to keying into the Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu’s strategic development agenda for the people of the state. Adefowokan said “the birth of the bill and its smooth passage up to the public hearing, the final stage of the consideration process before enactment into law, was a direct response to the governor’s directive. According to her “the implementation of this directive is a testimony to the commitment of the chairman of the LCDA to getting things improved. “Let me tell you, Yaba LCDA takes the lead in the league of clean LGA/LCDAs in the state. We don’t want this feat to be tarnished, hence the legislative approach to preserving it. “The LCDA is also encouraging parents to consider birth control method in their God-given freedom for procreation. If you know that you don’t have the means to take care of more than two children, don’t give birth to more than two. So that they can be properly nurtured and guided to become better persons in the future,” she added. On its part, Mr. Olakunle Peters, Communications Officer for Terre Des Hommes, applauded the LCDA for the efforts, describing it as “the first Local Government council in the whole of Nigeria that has taken a bold step in addressing the challenges facing our children. And we are very grateful for that.” According to Peters, Terre Des Hommes interest primarily revolved around the Child Rights Protection Bill, which seeks to promote the welfare, protection and development of all children, irrespective of their migratory status. “ And in a build up to the public hearing, , Terre Des Hommes Foundation and its partners, Enda Youth Action and the Association of Working Children and Youth (AWCY), under the scope of the project for the Protection of Migrant Children along along Abidjan-Lagos Corridor, known as CORAL Project, in collaboration with Street Child Care and Welfare Initiatives, supported the drafting of the bye-law alongside members of the legislative arm of the LCDA. “Through the Child Right Protection Bill, it is believed that Yaba LCDA will be taking a giant step in child protection. Hence, the Child Rights Protection Bill is guided by the principle of non-discriminatory, best interest of the child, the right to survival and development, and the views of the child,” he explained.'

Why Tony Elumelu and Dr. Awele Elumelu Are Africa’s Power Couple

News African Eye Report

Lagos, Nigeria, June 14, 2019//-A few days ago, the internet went abuzz when CNN International shared a video of billionaire philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu and his wife, Dr. Awele Elumelu and referred to both as “Africa’s Power Couple” in
'Tony Elumelu and Dr. Awele Elumelu being interviewed by Eleni Giokos, CNN Business Africa Correspondent Lagos, Nigeria, June 14, 2019//-A few days ago, the internet went abuzz when  CNN International shared a video  of billionaire philanthropist, Tony O. Elumelu and his wife, Dr. Awele Elumelu and referred to both as “Africa’s Power Couple” in recognition of their work empowering African entrepreneurs. “Tony Elumelu, Founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, and his wife, Awele Vivian Elumelu, explain how they’re aiming to create a million jobs in a decade by focusing on funding for startups and entrepreneurs” – the caption read. There are a few things you should know about the Elumelus. Here are 3 reasons why Tony and Dr. Awele Elumelu are Africa’s Power Couple and bonus goals they have set out to achieve: Tony and Dr. Awele Elumelu are passionate about empowering African entrepreneurs.  In 2010, the Elumelu Family committed $100 million to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs in 10 years through the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme. Half-way through the year, they have gone beyond their annual commitment of 1,000 entrepreneurs yearly. The current number of beneficiaries stands at 7,520 across all 54 African countries.  Mr Tony Elumelu surrounded by 2017 TEF entrepreneurs Click HERE for more. They plan to create 1 million jobs in Africa The goal of the Elumelus is to empower these entrepreneurs to create 1million jobs and contribute $10billion in revenue to the African economy by the end of their 10-year Entrepreneurship Programme.  This commitment is in line with the philosophy of Africapitalism coined by Tony Elumelu; the ambitious theory that the African private sector has the potential of transforming the African continent.  Check  HERE  for stories of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs.   They are Africapitalists at heart and in deed An entrepreneur himself, Tony Elumelu began from humble beginnings and rose quickly to become the Chairman of Africa’s global bank, United Bank for Africa, Chairman of the family-owned investment company, Heirs Holdings, and Chairman of Nigerian conglomerate, Transcorp Plc.   Besides her role as Trustee of the Foundation, Dr. Awele Elumelu, a mother of seven, has been a role model for career women across Africa. She is the Chairperson of Avon Healthcare and GAVI Ambassador for Immunisation in Africa.     BONUS:  This July, the Tony Elumelu Foundation will host the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs on the continent. Over 5,000 participants are expected. To learn about the Elumelus and meet the entrepreneurs they have empowered,  click HERE  to register for the forum. African Eye Report'

OPEC Production Falls To 5-Year Low As Demand Forecasts Sour

Business African Eye Report

June 14, 2019//-OPEC brought its oil production down to 29.876 million barrels per day in May according to the latest edition of OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) released on Thursday—a five-year low for the oil cartel as it struggles to
'OPEC June 14, 2019//-OPEC brought its oil production down to 29.876 million barrels per day in May according to the latest edition of OPEC’s Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) released on Thursday—a five-year low for the oil cartel as it struggles to control member production to keep oil prices out of the doldrums. That production route represents a  decrease  of 236,000 barrels per day month on month as Iran’s production falters under the weight of tenacious sanctions levied by the United States. Iran’s May oil production fell to 2.370 million barrels per day, a decrease of 227,000 barrels per day from April. Nigeria and Saudi Arabia, too, both produced fewer barrels in May, with Nigeria’s production falling to 1.733 million barrels—a decrease of 92,000 barrels per day. Saudi Arabia’s oil production fell to 9.690 million barrels per day, a decline of 76,000 barrels per day. Both Angola and  Iraq  increased their May production, with Angola adding 74,000 barrels per day to reach 1.471 million barrels per day, while Iraq increased oil production by 94,000 barrels per day, to 4.724 million bpd. This month’s MOMR offers a reduction in 2019 world oil demand, with OPEC projecting it would increase by 1.14 million barrels per day—a reduction of 0.07 million barrels per day last month’s report. Total global oil consumption is expected to average 99.86 million barrels per day in 2019, according to the report. “Throughout the first half of this year, ongoing global trade tensions have escalated, threatening to spill over, and geo-political risks remained in many key regions,” OPEC said in its report. “This has resulted in a slowdown in global economic activities, and weaker growth in global oil demand, both compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, non-OPEC supply continues to increase at a high pace, while the voluntary production adjustments as per the Declaration of Cooperation (DoC) have again risen to record-high conformity levels.” By Julianne Geiger for Oilprice.com'

Bayero University To Confer Honorary Doctorate Degree On Tony Elumelu

School and Education African Eye Report

Lagos, Nigeria, June 13, 2019//-Tony O. Elumelu, CON, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman UBA Group and Heirs Holdings will be conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree by one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, Bayero University, Kano. The
'Tony O. Elumelu, CON, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman UBA Group and Heirs Holdings Lagos, Nigeria, June 13, 2019//-Tony O. Elumelu, CON, Founder, Tony Elumelu Foundation and Chairman UBA Group and Heirs Holdings will be conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree by one of Nigeria’s foremost universities, Bayero University, Kano. The conferment, which is in recognition of his contribution to human development in Nigeria, will take place at the institution’s 35 th  Convocation ceremony on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Tony Elumelu has been Africa’s most prominent champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. Through the Tony Elumelu Foundation—the leading philanthropy empowering African entrepreneurs—his family committed $100million to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs in 10 years in the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme. Just half-way through the mark, the Foundation has empowered 7,520 African entrepreneurs with a non-refundable seed capital of $5,000, training, mentoring and networking opportunities. The goal is to empower these entrepreneurs to create 1million jobs and generate wealth for the African continent through. In Northern Nigeria, the Tony Elumelu Foundation has empowered 806 entrepreneurs since inception till date. Entrepreneurs such as Aklahyel Goni is one of its beneficiaries. Goni founded El-Magnifico, an aquaculture company in Adamawa State that is reducing the cost of farmers who have been hit by insurgency. With the seed capital from the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Goni launched an affordable yet premium fish feed for farmers and trains other young entrepreneurs on fish farming every year. Speaking on the conferment, the Vice Chancellor, Bayero University, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, FNMS, said: “The honour is in recognition of your innumerable and worthy contribution to the country as an economist, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Your philanthropic activities through the Tony Elumelu Foundation have reached every nook and corner of our nation and have impacted positively on many lives. Your efforts in the area of entrepreneurship are making an immense contribution to the economy”. Earlier in 2017, the Sultan of Sokoto commended Elumelu on his intervention through his Foundation and entrepreneurship advocacy , in creating jobs and helping to keep idle youths off the streets thereby fostering security in the region. The commendation was made following a courtesy visit paid to the Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, where Elumelu gave a speech to university students and civic leaders. Tony Elumelu continues to champion entrepreneurship on the continent.  CNN recently referred to the story of the Elumelu and his wife as “A power couple whose dedication to philanthropy is helping a new generation of big ideas” . The Elumelus continue their advocacy at this year’s  Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum —the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs—where over 5,000 participants including startup entrepreneurs, private sector leaders, and Presidents will gather at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja to discuss entrepreneurship in Africa. African Eye Report'