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Nigeria abolishes Geneva Convention

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… Okays €500m loan for 1.2m new jobs

… Signs order to end open defecation by 2025

THE federal government has abolished the operation of Geneva Convention in Nigeria legal process. The development which government said would strengthen the judiciary will give the nation’s armed forces more verve in treating prisoners of war (POW).

  The article of international law which had been domesticated by Nigeria was repealed yesterday by a weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at Council Chambers of Presidential Villa, Abuja.

  Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents, stating that the abolition was part of government’s efforts to speed up the process for easy access to justice.

According to Malami, the policy would ensure “speedy determination of justice and quality of justice as well as  easy access to justice,” adding that FEC also approved “a memo seeking to re-enact Geneva Convention into a tool that will accord greater access to justice by prisoners of war.”

  This, he explained, arises from the fact that Nigeria lags behind the rest of the world in terms of according certain rights and privileges to prisoners of war.

  Similarly, federal government will source over Euro500 million loan from external creditors for Bank of Industry to be devoted to new skill acquisition and job creation templates.

  Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, disclosed this approval while briefing journalists, adding that FEC approved a memo to this effect as part of government’s commitments to supporting industrialisation and agriculture.

  “The credit guarantee is for up to five years and the federal government is the guarantor of the loan,” he said.

 Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, just signed Executive Order 009 to end open defecation in the country by 2025 to reiterate Nigeria’s commitment to being open defecation-free.

  “That the National Open Defecation-Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect. There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called ‘Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.’

The Secretariat is authorised on behalf of the President to implement this order by ensuring that all public places, including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

  All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat,” the order reads.

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