NiMet predicts rainy, cloudy weather conditions for Tuesday

The Nigerian
Meteorological Agency (NiMet) has predicted cloudy
weather conditions over the central states of the
country on Tuesday.
The predictions are contained in the Weather Outlook
issued by NiMet’s Central Forecast Office (CFO) on
Monday in Abuja.
It stated that there were moderate chances of localised
thunderstorms over the high ground areas in the
morning and over the entire region during the
afternoon and evening hours.
It predicted that the coastal areas would experience
localised rains in the morning, with prospect of rain in
the afternoon and evening period.
The agency also predicted that inland areas would
experience cloudy conditions in the morning, with
chances of thunderstorms in the afternoon and
evening hours.
It revealed that Northern states would experience
cloudy conditions during the forecast period. (NAN)

Nigeria@55: NOA urges Nigerians to build more bridges of unity, cohesion

As the nation prepares for
the 55th Independence anniversary, the National
Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to
use the occasion to build more bridges of unity and
cohesion.
The Director-General of the agency, Mr Mike Omeri
made this known in a statement signed by the
Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi and made
available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja
on Monday.
The statement quoted the Omeri as saying that such
cohesion would support government’s programmes for
development and progress.
Omeri urged Nigerians to join in the celebration by
mounting flags in their homes and offices as well as
calling on businesses to promote the event through
special programmes.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for
approving little money as government’s support for
this year’s celebration.
He said that this development would spur many
Nigerians to organise the anniversary as part of their
private engagements.
“Independence is about people’s liberty and freedom.
“Hence, citizens must proudly display their national
symbols including the national flag and anthem in
their individual spaces to show their love for the
country.
“Nigerians should use the period to reflect on the
national significance of Oct. 1.
“ And also the effort of our founding fathers to
achieve self-determination and the inspiration of our
past heroes in building the great nation we have
today,’’ he said.
He further urged Nigerians to take ownership of the
annual national Independence celebration to
demonstrate renewed love for Nigeria. (NAN)

FG pledges to lead anti-corruption war in Africa

(NAN) President Muhammadu
Buhari on Monday pledged the willingness of the
Federal Government to lead African countries in the
fight against corruption.
Buhari made this promise in Abuja at the inauguration
of the maiden edition of Anti-Corruption Academy
Training Programme, organised by the Network of
National Anti-Corruption Institutions in West Africa
(NACIWA).
Represented by Mr Babachir Lawal, the Secretary to the
Government of the Federation (SGF), the president said
the programme was timely considering the need to step
up anti-corruption war.
“This ceremony, which brings together national and
international experts, marks the inauguration of
NACIWA annual anti-corruption skills exchange
programme.
“The programme is in line with the vision of NACIWA,
which seeks to mobilise political support and
necessary resources in order to consolidate anti-
corruption culture within the West African region.
“The Federal Republic of Nigeria is totally committed
to the fight against all forms of corruption,’’ Buhari
said.
According to him, working in collaboration with other
sister agencies across Africa, the EFCC and other anti-
corruption agencies have the task to step up efforts in
the fight against corruption.
“My dear participants, I want you to take away with
you not only the lessons and shared experiences from
this training but the knowledge that Nigeria is able and
willing to lead Africa in the war against corruption.
“I urge you to come up with physical and practical
recommendations that the participating countries can
utilise in addressing our common problems of under-
development and insecurity,” he added.
In his remark, Mr Ibrahim Lamorde, the Chairman of
EFCC, said NACIWA was created by anti-corruption
agencies across West Africa to promote coordination
and cooperation among anti-corruption institutions.
He said that training and knowledge sharing was
central to the strategic plans of the network, adding
that continuous capacity building had been pivotal to
the EFCC success story. (NAN)

LVG: ENGLISH CLUBS CAN PROGRESS IN EUROPE

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes the
four English clubs can all progress from the UEFA
Champions League group stage – although the boss
admits the physicality of the Barclays Premier League
might affect performance in Europe’s premier
competition.
The Reds suffered a disappointing 2-1 loss at PSV
Eindhoven in the opening Group B match earlier this
month and hope to bounce back by defeating
Wolfsburg at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
It was well documented that City also lost their first
pool match to Italian side Juventus at the Etihad
Stadium before Arsenal were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by
Dinamo Zagreb, with Chelsea being the only English
side to triumph on matchday one following their 4-0
home win over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s big game against the
Bundesliga club, Wolfsburg, van Gaal assessed why
the famed competitiveness of the Premier League could
prove to be disadvantageous in Europe and also
explained why squad rotation is perhaps the key to
success.
“The Premier League is a very difficult league,” he said.
“To beat your opponent every week is not easy, it is
always a struggle and a battle. Then you have to play
again mid-week in the Champions League and that is
the difference between all the clubs in Europe. It is not
predictable to say four teams in the Premier League
shall overcome this group stage round, no, it is not
like that. But I have to say that we have the teams to
do it and we have the quality to do it.
“The difficulty is that all these players are in a rat race
and that takes a lot out of the players, which is why
you have to rotate and that is what I am doing now
because I have to protect my players. I am unlucky
because I have only one position that is not doubled
and that is the position from Luke Shaw, but I had a
double because I had Blind and I had Rojo. But now
who is injured? Rojo!
“Rojo has not played so much. He has trained for three
or four weeks very hard, then he played for Argentina
for 70 minutes, 50 minutes against Swansea City and
then 70 minutes in the last match at Southampton. It
was a very good building up but he is injured; that is
unlucky. We can solve the problem with other players
but not a specialist like Shaw. Blind is not the
specialist. Rojo is more of a specialist because he
plays that position for Argentina, which is why he
played the last time there. The left full-back position
demands more of the capacity of a player.
“I say we have to play Sunday-Tuesday, Sunday-
Wednesday, so between the matches we cannot
recover all of the tiredness. Then we have to play
against a European squad who is willing to give
everything against us. They don’t have a rat race in
their competition and that is the difference.”
Wolfsburg arguably lost their best player, Kevin De
Bruyne, when he was sold to Manchester City in the
summer but the German club spent big on his
replacement by signing Julian Draxler from Schalke on
transfer deadline day. Van Gaal knows the player well
and acknowledges his ability.
“He was a very young talent when I was there [in
Germany, managing Bayern], so I know him,” the Reds
boss said. “He has to go on a long road like [Anthony]
Martial, although it could be a little bit shorter because
he has been playing longer on that level. He is a very
good player.”
Like many football fans, van Gaal was also impressed
when Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski
scored five goals in nine minutes during a 5-1 win
over Wolfsburg in midweek.
“Of course I saw, but I see also the first half and
Wolfsburg were very strong. It is unbelievable that it
happens in nine minutes. I have seen it when I was at
Barcelona and we play Valencia and we lost 3-4
having been leading 3-0, but that was in 15 minutes.
A little bit less than the five in nine minutes!”

STATEMENT BY: PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AT SUMMIT MEETING ON CLIMATE CHANGE NEW YORK, 27thSEPTEMBER 2015

Ø Excellencies, Heads of State and Government,
Ø Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ø President of the 70th UNGA,
Ø Distinguished Delegates,
Ø Ladies and Gentlemen,
This Summit provides a unique opportunity for us to
work together to address Climate Change and its
impacts which is an undeniable issue of concern to the
international community. The increase in global
warming is an indication that we face a crisis of global
proportions.
Excellencies,
2. The world is experiencing new and unusual climate
variability due to increased emissions of Greenhouse
Gases. Even though Africa contributes very little to
global warming, the socio-economic consequences of
climate change spare no nation. The burden is just as
overwhelming for developing countries.
3. In Nigeria, we have seen extreme weather variations,
rising sea levels, encroaching desertification, excessive
rainfall, erosion and floods, land degradation – all of
which threaten the ecosystem. These developments
have devastating human costs and are affecting food
security, livelihoods and the very survival of our
people.
4. To address these negative effects, we have
developed a National Policy to guide Nigeria’s
response to Climate Change. Our response is broadly
based on the twin strategy of Mitigation and
Adaptation.
5. As a Party to the Climate Change Convention and its
Protocol, Nigeria is strongly committed to the adoption
of a legally binding universal agreement to mitigate
climate change. We commend the countries that have
announced their Intended Nationally Determined
Contributions (INDC) ahead of the October 2015
deadline. These contributions will go a long way in
reducing greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. The
INDCs will serve as a yardstick for measuring the
commitment of parties to the Framework Convention.
6. In addition we must prioritize the means of
implementing the INDCs, in terms of finance,
technology and capacity building, especially in
supporting developing countries, including those in
Africa. This is fundamental to ensuring that collective
action to combat climate change is indeed,
collaborative and effective in the long run.
Excellencies,
7. As we approach Paris, the Nigerian position which
reflects the African consensus, is that a legally binding
universal instrument will be beneficial to all State
Parties. Nigeria will continue to champion the core
principles and goals of the new Sustainable
Development Agenda and hopes that the next
Conference of Parties will eventually become a global
milestone to combat and cushion the dire impacts of
climate change.
8. The Paris agreement should be rules based,
predictable, robust to adequately address Climate
Change vulnerabilities. It is essential that the Least
Developing Countries and Small Island Developing
States receive the institutional capacity support for
Mitigation, Adaptation, Gender and Climate Change
linkages towards building a sustainable environment.
9. Collective action remains the only viable option to
addressing the challenges of global warming and the
ever growing impact of climate change.
Excellencies,
10. We have no other choice but to protect our
environment for the benefit of the present and future
generations. Collectively, we have to work towards
achieving this all important objective
I thank you.