Warning that corruption undermines achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took the podium of the United Nations General Assembly today to call on all countries to sign up to the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC).“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) underscore the imperative for our collective will towards finding enduring and sustainable solutions to addressing global disparities,” he told the Assembly’s annual General Debate on its opening day, referring to the 2030 Agenda that seeks to eliminate poverty, hunger and a host of social ills within the next 14 years.“Corruption freezes development, thereby undermining the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said, citing his own Government’s efforts to combat the scourge, including the significant recovery of stolen assets which are then channelled towards the development of critical infrastructure and the implementation of social inclusion programmes. Asset restitution is a major plank in the UNCAC, adopted 13 years ago and the only legally binding universal anti-corruption instrument. It now has 179 States Parties out of a UN membership of 193 countries. “Nigeria will continue to advocate for the facilitation of the recovery of illicit financial assets,” Mr. Buhari said, calling on those States that have yet to sign up to UNCAC to do so.He also noted the “giant step” towards addressing climate change taken in the Paris accord last December, noting the adverse effects that climate change has already manifested in the drying up of Lake Chad, threatening the livelihood of some 30 million inhabitants of the Lake Chad Basin, spread across Cameroun, Chad, Niger and Nigeria.“The cost of replenishing the lake has been put at $14 billion under a five year plan which should be accorded global attention,” he said. “Nigeria also supports the African Union initiative on the Great Green Wall to halt desertification.”Turning to security, Mr. Buhari cited the “remarkable progress” Nigeria has made in its resolve to defeat the Boko Haram terrorist group, whose “capacity to launch orchestrated attacks as a formed group has been severely degraded.”He called on those nations that have not yet done so to sign and ratify the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which seeks to stop the proliferation of small arms and light weapons that nurture the spread of terrorism.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGECOM receives Lists of Candidates from parties contesting LGEJanuary 26, 2016In “Politics”Nomination Day activities in Essequibo recorded peacefullySeptember 21, 2018In “latest news”LGE 2018: AFC to contest 38 Local Authority AreasOctober 10, 2018In “latest news” As Nomination Day for Local Government Elections (LGE) gets underway on Friday, officials at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) are currently perusing the Lists of Candidates for the various political parties that are contesting for the Local Authority Areas (LAAs).This publication was informed that at the Toevlugt/Patentia Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) office at Good Intent, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) political party submitted their list, while representatives of the other leading party, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) have done the same.Incumbent Chairman of the Toevlugt Patentia NDC, Saheid Khan who represents the PPP in a brief comment said that he was pleased with this morning’s process at the NDC office in Good Intent.Meanwhile, over in the Tuschen/Uitvlugt NDC, the PPP’s list of candidates to contest the LGE was posted by GECOM after it was examined, with ten candidates vying on behalf of that Party.Tired of failed promises from the politicial parties, frustrated residents from Grove and Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara have formed the People’s Village Movement (PVM) to contest the upcoming LGE. The new group is learning from the mistakes of larger political parties and is aiming to take a hands-on approach to tackle issues affecting the communities. Already the movement has had a community cleaning-up exercise and will soon get into campaign-mode.Throughout Guyana, major political parties and other smaller players will between 10:00h and 14:00h today (Friday) will present their lists of candidates to Returning Officers at offices of GECOM for the Local Authority Areas (LAAs) in which they are contesting.GECOM has disclosed that seven political parties, 21 voluntary groups and 33 individuals are vying for victories in some or all of the LLAs.The Alliance For Change (AFC) and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) are contesting in all municipalities and NDCs, while the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is contesting in eighty LAAs.Only the political parties, voluntary groups and individuals with approved symbols to contest Local Government Elections 2018 will be allowed to submit their lists of candidates, having used the prescribed GECOM forms. These lists will be examined by the Returning Officers to determine whether they were properly submitted in accordance with the relevant laws.If the list is considered defective, the representative/deputy representative will be notified by the Returning Officer.If the party, group or individual is not satisfied with the reasons provided by the Returning Officer, they can file an appeal against refusal of approval no later than the 45th day before Elections Day to a Magistrate of the magisterial district.