The Presidency has officially responded to concerns raised by Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) after Nigeria’s absence at the signing of the ‘Samoa Agreement,’ a partnership between OACPS member countries, the Pacific States, and the European Union. The agreement, intended to be a framework for the next twenty years, covers sustainable development, human rights, and peace.
Civil society groups in Nigeria condemned the agreement, alleging it to be pro-LGBTQ. They argued that succumbing to the European Union’s pressure to sign the pact would lead to the homosexualization and LGBTQization of the nations.
In response, the Presidency, via its official X account, issued a statement on Thursday, confirming Nigeria’s non-participation in the signing ceremony. The statement emphasized that relevant Nigerian stakeholders are scrutinizing the instrument to ensure its provisions align with domestic legislation.
The X post reads: “Important Update: Nigeria has not signed the ‘Samoa Agreement’. Relevant Nigerian stakeholders are studying the instrument to ensure that its provisions do not contravene Nigeria’s domestic legislation.”
Source: Naija News
FG Declares State Of Emergency In Nigeria’s Health Sector
In a significant move, the Federal Government declared a state of emergency in Nigeria’s health sector during the 64th National Council on Health. Dr. Muhammed Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister for Health and Social Welfare, highlighted the urgent need for intervention, citing the deplorable state of the nation’s health facilities.
The declaration, made at the opening ceremony with the theme focused on building resilience and an inclusive healthcare system, aligns with recent calls by the House of Representatives for a state of emergency and increased budgetary allocation in the sector.
Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti state expressed enthusiasm about hosting the council meeting, showcasing the state’s achievements in the health sector over the past few years. The move signifies a commitment to addressing critical issues and revitalizing Nigeria’s healthcare system.