Breaking: DR. Ndutimi Dudafa is back, Sociologists blissful

DR. Ndutimi Dudafa, lecturer in a department of Sociology And Anthropology, faculty of social sciences, Niger Delta University, WilberForce Island, Amassoma, Bayela State’ who has been kidnapped at his residence by unknown kidnappers at Gbanran Turu, Southern Ijaw Local Government Area, Bayelsa State have been successful released.

The sociology department president, Assor Uche Assorted confirm to Pere Jay West, CEO MainNews that DR. Dudafa, is back yesterday friday 17th August 2018.

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Kofi Annan: The UN’s ‘Rock Star’ Secretary-General is dead

Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80, led the United Nations through the divisive years of the Iraq war and the trauma of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

The first secretary-general from sub-Saharan Africa, Ghanaian-born Annan was credited for raising the UN’s profile during his two-term tenure, from January 1997 to December 2006.

The charismatic, quiet-spoken career diplomat will be remembered as the United Nations’ star secretary-general — and arguably the world body’s most popular leader.

But, as peacekeeping chief, two of the UN’s darkest chapters — the Rwandan genocide and the Bosnian war — happened on his watch.

“I have sought to place human beings at the center of everything we do — from conflict prevention, to development, to human rights,” Annan said in his 2001 speech after accepting the Nobel Peace Prize.

At the time, as the world was reeling from the September 11 attacks, Annan and the organization were jointly given the honor “for their work for a better organized and more peaceful world.”

Promoted from within
Annan — the seventh secretary-general — devoted four decades of his working life to the United Nations and was the first chief to rise from within the organization’s ranks.

After heading up UN human resources and then its budget office, he was appointed peacekeeping chief in 1993, a post he held until he was catapulted to the top UN job four years later.

In recent years, Annan had returned to the diplomatic stage to lead an advisory commission in Myanmar on the crisis in Rakhine state.

He had encouraged the government to grant citizenship to the Muslim Rohingya. More than 700,000 Rohingya were driven out of Rakhine in an army campaign last year.

He also set up a foundation devoted to conflict resolution and joined the Elders group of statesmen, which regularly speaks out on global issues.

UN failures
In his autobiography “Interventions: A Life in War and Peace,” Annan wrote that he envisioned the United Nations as serving “not only states but also peoples” as “the forum where governments are held accountable for their behavior toward their own citizens.”

The UN’s failures to live up to that promise in Rwanda and Bosnia would shape Annan’s tenure as secretary-general, he wrote.

The blue helmets pulled out of Rwanda in 1994 during the bloody chaos and a year later, the world body failed to protect its own “safe area” of Srebrenica when Bosnian Serb forces rounded up and killed thousands of Muslim men and boys.

Those debacles “left me with what would become my greatest challenge as secretary-general: creating a new understanding of the legitimacy, and necessity, of intervention in the face of gross violations of human rights,” Annan wrote.

‘Diplomatic rock star’
While Rwanda and Srebrenica cast a pall over his tenure as peacekeeping chief, Annan transitioned into his new role as UN chief with ease.

He quickly became a familiar face on television, his name made newspaper headlines, and he was a sought-after guest at gala events and New York dinner parties.

He was often described as a “diplomatic rock star.”

Annan owed his appointment to the United States, which had vetoed a second term for Egypt’s Boutros Boutros-Ghali after relations went sour, but he often proved his independence from major powers.

He annoyed the United States when he said the 2003 invasion of Iraq was “illegal” because it was not endorsed by the UN Security Council.

Annan was later accused of corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food scandal, one of the most trying times of his tenure.

Some commentators saw the 2005 investigation of Annan and his son as payback for his invasion comments.

A commission on inquiry cleared Annan of any serious wrongdoing, but found ethical and management lapses linked to his son Kojo’s ties with a Swiss firm that won lucrative contracts under the scheme.

Annan later admitted that the scandal had sorely tested his mettle not only as secretary-general, but as a father.

From Ghana to Geneva
Born in Kumasi, the capital city of Ghana’s Ashanti region, Annan was the son of an executive of a European trading company, the United Africa company, a subsidiary of the Anglo-Dutch multinational Unilever.

In his autobiography, he describes coming of age along with the independence movement in Ghana, and experiencing a “complete change in culture and society.”

He attended a Methodist-founded boarding school at the age of 13 and went to university in Kumasi before receiving a scholarship to study in the United States.

He studied economics at Macalester College in Minnesota and management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He also attended the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

In 1965, Annan married Titi Alakija, a Nigerian woman from a well-to-do family. They had a daughter, Ama, and Kojo, but the couple separated in the late 1970s.

He was married a second time in 1984 to Nane Lagergren, a Swedish lawyer at the United Nations and the niece of Raoul Wallenberg. They have a daughter, Nina.

After ending his second term as UN chief, Annan went on to take high-profile mediation roles in Kenya and in Syria.

He enjoyed some success in ending post-election turmoil in Kenya in 2007, but he resigned from a peace mission for Syria.

Annan complained that divisions among world powers at the Security Council had turned his job as Syria envoy into a “mission impossible.”

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Two dead as three-story building collapses in Abuja

A three-storey building under construction in Jabi District of Abuja yesterday collapsed around 1.30p.m., killing two persons, while three sustained serious injury and were rushed to an undisclosed hospital for treatment.
An eyewitness told The Guardian that some workers were inside working on the fourth floor when the building caved in, but he could not give the figure.The Minister of the Federal capital territory (FCT), Musa Bello, who spoke at the site, also could not ascertain the exact number of casualties, since the evacuation by Julius Berger Plc was still ongoing.

He maintained that hospitals were on standby to receive those rescued from the debris, while investigation would be carried out to know the owners.While sympathising with those who lost their loved ones, the minister called on the security operatives to apprehend the contractor handling the project.

A resident of the area, who identified himself simply as Magnus, told The Guardian that the building had been there for over 15 years, adding that the collapsed structure was one of the oldest in Jabi District.

At press time, there were over 15 workers in the building, six persons were said to have been rescued, with one dead, while members of the Federal Road Safety (FRSC), Nigerian Civil Defence Corps, Police, Fire Service and Federal Emergency Management Agency were on hand, while the area had been condoned off.

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, who later visited the site, expressed satisfaction with the effort and prompt response of emergency, rescue operators and security agencies at the scene.

Osinbajo, who visited the scene at about 6.47p.m., said all hands were on deck to rescue and save the lives of those who may have been trapped in the building.He said that all the agencies concerned were present, including the necessary equipment to rescue the trapped persons, adding: “I am quite satisfied with the level of activities to ensure that this very unfortunate incident is not made worse by loss of lives.“So, the whole process of ensuring that those who may be trapped under this collapsed building, the whole process of ensuring that they are rescued is well under way.”

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Rivers government partner with Davido to groom local talents

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, in handshake with David ‘Davido’ Adeleke during the musician’s visit to Government House in Port Harcourt

Musician, David Adeleke a.k.a Davido has announced his resolve to partner with the Rivers State Government to develop music talents in the state. He lauded Governor Wike for being one of the best performing governors, saying that his visit exposed him to several developmental projects. Davido, who spoke during a visit to Wike at Government House, yesterday, stated that Davido Music Worldwide (DMW) has identified young musicians who will be promoted in the state. He noted that his goal is grow international music stars outside Lagos and empower more youths through music.

He announced that his organisation would organise a major music concert in Port Harcourt in December, where local and international music stars will participate.He appealed to Wike to support the governorship campaign of his uncle, Ademola Adeleke for Osun State Government House. Davido condoled with Wike on the death of the Attorney General of Rivers State, Emmanuel Aguma. Responding, Wike assured Davido that his government would partner with him to groom young musicians in the state and commended Davido for collaborating with Rivers-Born Duncan Mighty.

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