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KWSG Seeks Collaboration to end Deforestation

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Kwara State Government has again called for further collaborations from individuals and corporate organization to end deforestation, consequent upon illegal felling of trees in the state.

The Executive Governor of Kwara State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum Mallam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, disclosed this in Ilorin during the commemorate of year 2024 International Day of Forest, held at the newly beautified Flower Garden.

Speaking at the event, the Governor stated that, ‘as the world celebrates this year’s International Day of Forests, the battle against deforestation requires new ideas, collaborations and support of everyone”.

The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Kayode Alabi, affirmed that, innovations and technology have revolutionised forest monitoring, enabling countries to track and report on their forests more effectively and guide against all harmful practices, such as deforestation.

According to him, a total of 13.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide forest emission, reductions or enhancements have been reported to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) through transparent and innovative forest monitoring.

With 10 million hectares of land lost annually, due to deforestation and approximately 70 million hectares affected by fires, there is need for innovations for early warning system, sustainable commodity production, empowering indigenous people through land mapping and climate finance access.” AbdulRazaq further explained.

While emphasising on the importance of healthy forests, the Governor stressed that; “protecting the forests helps to mitigate some of the human health related effects of climate change by acting as carbon sinks that regulate the planet temperature and regulate water flows.

“Not only do over 1.6 billon people depend on forests for food and fuel, forest industries, in fact, provide a wide range of products and services such as lumber, paper, pulp, and bio energy.”

Speaking on efforts at afforestation in the state, Governor AbdulRazaq said the day “serves to celebrate and raise awareness on all types of forests. I am again restating the need for everyone to imbibe the culture of tree planting, nurturing and conservation for a better environment,” he added.

AbdulRazaq explained further that his administration had been able to achieve, among other things, counterpart funding of Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) projects across the State and the rehabilitation and remodelling of Flower Garden which has gained international recognition.

Other achievements of the current administration are the city beautification and greening projects across the Metropolis, the inauguration of Task Force on prohibition of charcoal production in the State, the inauguration of an inter ministerial committee on climate change, among others.

Governor AbdulRazaq then disclosed the commitment of his administration to supporting the innovations that lead to effective implementations of sustainable environmental strategies, for the betterment of our people.

Earlier in his remarks, the Commissioner of Environment, Mallam Shehu Ndanusa Usman had described forests as powerhouse of the ecosystem as their importance extends beyond timbers and fundamental to our collective continued existence as human beings.

According to him; “forests are among the world’s most productive renewable natural resources, providing many paths, to sustainable development.”

In the same vein, the Director of Forestry in the ministry, Mr. Babatunde Idris Mahmoud stated that technology will prove to be a game changer as satellite data and drone imagery among other cutting edge tools, will revolutionize the way to track and monitor deforestation changes, to the forests estates.

He noted that Agro forestry and green buildings are part of innovations in tackling challenges of climate change, in the society.

Also, the State Project Coordinator for ACRESAL, Mr. Shasideen Olatunbosun Aregbe said, by embracing new ideas and approaches, the challenges facing forests, including deforestation, illegal logging, climate change and biodiversity loss can be addressed.

“Through innovation, we can develop more efficient ways to monitor and protect forests, promote sustainable land use practices and engage local communities in conservation efforts,” he affirmed.

The event witnessed a symbolic tree planting by the Deputy Governor and other dignitaries who graced the occasions.

Among top government functionaries in attendance include; members of the state Cabinet, Permanent Secretaries, Principal Officers of the Ministry and Students of St. Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, led by the Principal, Mr Joseph Dada, including others.

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Cryptotimes Africa and 4 Other Crypto-Focused Publications shaping the narrative of cryptocurrency in Africa

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It’s no doubt that Africa has emerged as a hotbed for cryptocurrencyadoption and innovation. With a growing interest in digital assets andblockchain technology, several publications have sprung up to cater tothe information needs of crypto enthusiasts across the continent.Among these, Cryptotimes Africa stands out as a leading source of newsand insights on the African crypto scene. Let’s take a closer look atCryptotimes Africa and five other noteworthy publications that areshaping the narrative of cryptocurrency in Africa.1. Cryptotimes AfricaAs the name suggests, Cryptotimes Africa is dedicated to covering allthings crypto-related on the African continent. From news updates andmarket analysis to interviews with industry experts, this publicationoffers a comprehensive view of the rapidly evolving crypto landscapein Africa. With a focus on promoting blockchain adoption and financialinclusion, Cryptotimes Africa serves as a valuable resource for bothnewcomers and seasoned veterans in the crypto space.2. Bitcoinke.ioBitcoin Africa is another prominent publication that provides in-depthcoverage of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in Africa. With a teamof experienced writers and analysts, Bitcoin Africa deliversinsightful articles, guides, and reviews to help readers navigate thecomplexities of the crypto market. Whether you’re interested intrading strategies, regulatory developments, or technologicalinnovations, Bitcoin Africa has you covered.3. TechnextTechnext is a broad tech publication with a strong focus on Africanstartups, innovation, and trends, coverage includes articles onblockchain technology, cryptocurrencies beyond Bitcoin, and theirapplications in Africa.4. Tech CabalTech Cabal focuses on providing in-depth analysis and reporting on theAfrican tech ecosystem, including funding rounds, investment trends,and interviews with key players. While its primary coverage is notsolely focused on cryptocurrencies, Tech Cabal features insightfularticles on blockchain technology, cryptocurrency adoption in Africa,and the regulatory landscape. Targeting investors, entrepreneurs, andprofessionals working in the African tech sector, Tech Cabalcontributes valuable insights to the broader conversation on cryptoinnovation in Africa.5. NairametricsNairametrics is a financial and business news platform with a focus onthe Nigerian economy and markets. While covering a wide range offinancial topics, Nairametrics includes articles on cryptocurrenciesas an investment asset class, analysis of their impact on the Nigerianfinancial sector, and regulatory updates. Targeting investors,business people, and those interested in the financial sector inNigeria, Nairametrics provides valuable insights into the evolvinglandscape of cryptocurrencies in Africa’s largest economy.In conclusion, Cryptotimes Africa and the aforementioned publicationsare playing a crucial role in shaping the narrative of cryptocurrencyin Africa. By providing reliable news, analysis, and educationalresources, these platforms are empowering individuals and businessesto participate in the digital economy and seize the opportunitiesoffered by blockchain technology. As the crypto revolution continuesto unfold, these publications will undoubtedly remain essential guidesfor enthusiasts and professionals alike.

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Eid-el-Fitr: Speaker Obasa Congratulates Muslims

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  • urges patriotism for national prosperity

As Nigerian Muslims celebrate the Eid-el-Fitr with their counterparts across the world, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, says he joins other faithful in their steadfast belief that Almighty Allah will listen to their supplications and meet their needs at this time.

Dr. Obasa’s prayer came in his congratulatory message to Muslims for having the divine privilege from Allah to partake in the Ramadan.

According to Obasa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, the Eid-el-Fitr is not just a time to eat and be merry, but a day dedicated for thanksgiving to God for the strength and passion He has given the Muslim faithful.

“It is a day to reflect on the blessings and opportunities that have been granted by Allah just as it is a period to engage in acts of charity and love to one another.

“As emphasised in the Holy Book, Muslims are advised to give at this period and beyond. They are urged to share love and be compassionate while having the consciousness of Allah’s mercy upon us all.

“I congratulate Muslim faithful both in Lagos, Nigeria and the world for the successful conclusion of the Ramadan while praying that Allah hearkens to all our supplications throughout the period with the faith that He will continue to bless our state and country,” the Speaker said.

Obasa urged the citizens to mark the festival rededicating their lives to God and doubling their patriotism to the country for national prosperity.

“We all must continue to work hard as we build a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu while upholding the lessons that Ramadan brings.

“As Nigerians, regardless of our religious beliefs, we have a country that we aspire to see. We all have to make the country achieve that greatness by being more patriotic and working with the government.

“In the same vein, it has been an upward progression for Lagos. The result of the effective collaboration among the arms of the government is very obvious.

“At the House of Assembly, our pro-people direction has resulted in legislation, motions and resolutions that have brought happiness to the residents of our state. We promise to continue to build on our successes.

“On behalf of my family, colleagues at the House, the management and staff of the Assembly, I wish our Muslim brothers and sisters a beautiful celebration,” Dr. Obasa said.

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Gov AbdulRazaq commiserates with CJ Adebara over father’s death

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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq sends his profound condolences to the Chief Judge of Kwara State Justice Abiodun Ayodele Adebara and the people of Shao on the death of the CJ’s father, Pa Adebara Adio Durodoye Dogo.

Pa Adebara, 98, commanded the respect of all in Shao and environs for his industry, leadership, and huge contributions to the development of his community as a foremost businessman who founded the popular Abulesowo Amuludun Sand Association, according to the Governor.

Governor AbdulRazaq says the late businessman left salutary legacies in the sand of times, as can be seen in the quality of his children and his impacts on the people.

On behalf of the government and the people of Kwara State, the Governor sends his condolences to the Shao community, the Ajakitipa chieftaincy family, and to the immediate and extended families of the patriarch.

He asks God to repose the soul of Pa Adebara and to give fortitude to the illustrious family he left behind.

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