If tomorrow never comes

I toil, heap and plough yesterday and today in anticipation for tomorrow; surely tomorrow will be a better day to rest. I travel miles and miles today without a slight second to examine the impact of my travels. Examinations and evaluations are best done tomorrow.

I fail to till the soil today waiting for tomorrow. I fail to plant on the tilled soil today relying on tomorrow. I often think ‘the sun was scorching yesterday and the clouds are gathered today, tomorrow may have better weather.

The business ideas I thought of yesterday, I have left unattended. Why overlabour myself today when I still have tomorrow. The relationships I intend to build, I leave it till tomorrow. The application letter I intend to send will have to wait till tomorrow. Tomorrow is always a better day to make the right connections.

Truth remains that a lot of persons leave things unattended today with the hope that there is always a tomorrow to make things right while forgetting that the success of tomorrow is birthed on the pains and sacrifices of yesterday and today.

Why suspend a journey till tomorrow when you can make it today? Why procrastinate the implementation of an idea when something can be done to begin the process today? Why wait till tomorrow to make an investment that can be done today? Why wait till tomorrow to call a relative or friend whom you have always wanted to call when you can do it today? Why wait till tomorrow to study hard for that examination when you can do it today? Why wait till tomorrow to prepare for that interview when you can do it today? Why wait till tomorrow to launch your project when you can do it today? Why wait till tomorrow to fulfil your promise when you can do it today? Why wait till tomorrow to make that donation or lend a helping hand to the needy when nothing is hindering you from doing so today?

What if the much anticipated tomorrow never comes, will your deeds of today still count? Will you have regrets that you could have done better today? Will you be remembered for the things you did right today? Will your work be enough to speak for you?

You never know of all you’ve got is today, so do the much you can today if tomorrow never comes.

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How to prepare a sustainability plan for you project

Sustainability refers to the continuation of a project’s goals, principles, and efforts to achieve desired outcomes. What this really means is not merely finding the resources to continue performing the project activities beyond the grant period, it is that the positive effects achieved by the project remain in among beneficiaries. Thus, the project should have empowered the beneficiaries, their communities and the systems that affect them to function optimally to holistically meet the development needs.

The project team must produce a suitable written sustainability plan which will provide a road map to guide the team and partners who will work in the project. Including a well-written sustainability plan can also strengthen the prospective funders’ and partners’ buy-in and understanding of the efforts needed to keep the project operating and improving. A sustainability plan can help identify what resources are necessary to sustain the project, encourage the development of partnerships and support collaboration, and help define progress and the necessary action steps needed to ensure long-term success after the grant ends. Engaging in sustainability planning gives you an opportunity to map out how you can maintain valuable projects and innovations in a changing environment.

There are 6 Key Steps in the Sustainability Planning Process. They are as follows:

  1. Clarify the project goal.

    Every planning pertaining to the project must begin with the goal. The need to ensure that project goals are met need no overemphasis.

 

  1. Determine what to sustain.

    The main things to sustain are the outcomes of the project, not activities or funding. The focus at this point should be results-based. So the impacts, outcomes, outputs of the project must be identified. The factors that ensure their sustenance must be identified. For instance, if a project aims to increase knowledge of tuberculosis among students in community X through sensitization workshops. What has to be sustained is knowledge.

 

  1. Build collaboration.

    Partnerships and linkages with similar organizations is a great approach to sustainability. When the project life cycle is complete, partners will still be on the ground. Continuing with our earlier example; potential partners in this project could be the school authorities or the schools’ management board or even the ministry of education. Once identified, they can be approached and persuaded to buy-in to the project.

 

  1. Choose your desired sustainability strategies and methods.

    Strategies for sustainability will vary from project to project. In our case, we could decide to develop sensitization manuals which will be available in the libraries for students to read or mainstream tuberculosis awareness in an already existing subject area or modify the teaching curriculum. It is obvious that the more powerful your partners the better the chances of creating stronger strategies and methods.

 

  1. Develop action steps for sustainability.

    Develop a step by step action plan on how to achieve the identified strategies. The plan has to be as realistic as possible. This plan is what is included in the proposal.

 

  1. Document and communicate your sustainability successes.

    In the course of project execution, it is important to record and document every success and challenges too. These should be shared with funders and partners alongside other reports.

MY RAPE STORY: A DAY TO FORGET

Blood! Blood! Was all I could mutter as I sat there trying to clean myself up even though I felt dirty inside. After keeping myself all through school, this was what I got rewarded with; RAPE! The scene kept flashing and I couldn’t hold back tears from dropping like a raging sea. All I wanted was for someone to tell me “it’s all but a dream” sadly it wasn’t. I didn’t dress in a suggestive way neither did I stay out late. How did I become a victim, I asked myself.  How do I tell Ade that I’m no longer a virgin? How do I deal with the stigmatization if people get to find out? I should probably just take my life. Or do I start doing Runs? These were the thoughts running through my head.

Oct 1st 2016, a day I can’t seem to forget. As usual, Nigeria marked its independence that day and it was a public holiday. Being a Youth Corps Member at that time, I didn’t have to go to my place of primary assignment to teach. The day started off well and kept reminding myself of the evening service I had in the church that day. I didn’t plan on missing it for anything in the world. We value the prayers we make on the first day of the month in this part of the world. I got to church that evening and I saw myself praying like never before that I didn’t even know far spent the time was. I checked my watch, it was 7 PM and it was threatening to rain. I decided to rush home before the rain started. It was just a 10 minutes walking distance from the church to my house and since I wasn’t seeing any vehicle or bike to take me home, I decided to do the walk.

Halfway home, the sky grew darker and it began drizzling. I started jogging so as to get home before the heavy downpour and in less than a minute I was intercepted by two guys who jumped off a bike. They approached me and one asked “why are you running? “Don’t you know cultists are fighting and you might be mistaken for one? In all my innocence, I responded: “thank you, I was only trying to get home before the rain gets worse”. Before I could take a step away, the other pulled me and asked for my phone. The shock that enveloped me can’t be described as I reached for my phone in my bag and gave to him. The bike guy who was still there waiting for the guys started his bike as they left. Standing there trying to catch my breath and figure out what just happened, the bike stopped again. To my surprise, they were headed to where I was. The thoughts of either running or standing still were battling in my mind and the other won. I stood there transfixed and they got to me again.

While all these were happening, the street was dead silent, no single soul passed and the heavy downpour I was trying to beat, caught up with me. So, they led me into a bush close to my street and I could feel all the emotions you can possibly think of running through me at once. They held my arms firmly and while one of them pulled me, the other supported with a little push from behind when I was hesitant. “What more do you want from me?” My heart teared up. I didn’t know what they wanted but I just hoped I’ll make it out alive, a part of me survived and a part died there. We got well into the bush and they stopped, I immediately started pleading with them not to kill me and that I was just a Corps Member with no money. My pleadings fell on deaf ears as one started rubbing my face and asked me to take off my dress. At that point, it became even more tensed, my heart was pounding against my rib cage and even in the rain I felt my sweat gushing out. Is this where it all ends? After years of waiting for the perfect person and time to be deflowered, I get defiled by touts in a bush. I wouldn’t let that happen. I told him I couldn’t as I was a virgin and it won’t be good to have my first experience like this. In disbelief, he asked me to swear and I did countless times without hesitation, hoping this was my prayer answered. Just then a car passed and I screamed for help but I rather got a heavy slap on my face in return. I obviously couldn’t be heard, no thanks to the heavy downpour.

After several slaps, with me struggling and fighting; they finally had their way. I have been raped and in a bush. The one that actually raped me got up like the spell covering his eyes just fell off. Himself and his accomplice took to their heels. In fear, I took to my heel also. I finally got to my apartment with the blood and filth I could wash away, and with tears and thoughts that I’ll always live with. The rest they say is history. It was the longest night I have ever experienced.

Rape is one thing no person should experience. But the truth is that it is highly prevalent in our society and the world at large. Much noise has and is being made about it but the effect is minimal. Rape, a despicable act of sexual penetration carried out without the consent of the victim who could either be a male or a female. It doesn’t matter if the victim was raped by force or under duress, rape is rape. This act has led some of its victims to their untimely death, while others experience psychological trauma. We should all lend our voices against rape. Proactive steps to ensuring that this menace is curbed should be taken. Enough of the stigmatization, victims should be able to speak up without fear of being stigmatized, and well taken care of and the rapist should face the wrath of the law.

Our Cars

Have you ever asked yourself what good government is all about?

According to Thomas Jefferson, “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the only legitimate object of good government.” Good government does not in any way imply that the government of a country should throw money in the streets in a bid make the citizens happy.

In my country, the citizens are not happy, our cars are roadworthy but unfortunately, our roads are not car worthy and the government is doing absolutely nothing about it. To mention but a few, Enugu – Onitsha Expressway, Enugu – Port Harcourt Expressway, Nsukka – Makurdi Expressway. The above-mentioned roads are not car worthy and the unworthiness of the road is alarming.

Talk about the roads in the rural parts of the country! These ones are a no go area as the people in the rural area are living in darkness. It’s like the government doesn’t know that people exist in rural areas. They forget that the rural roads are directly related to their sources of livelihood.

The primary function of the government is to see to the need of its people and they have failed as most of the roads are death traps.

Why have the government failed to make the people under their car happy?

THE PROSPECTS OF UPHOLDING THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN IN NIGERIA

Early on a Monday morning, around 4 AM, I was awake and preparing to travel for a conference in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. I was very excited as this was my first time going to the capital city so I left home a bit too early. I got to the motor park at Ogbete market, Enugu state by 5 AM only to find out that they had not opened for the day, so I had to wait. While waiting in front of the motor park, I observed some children who were sleeping outside, on top of tables in market stalls. There were two boys and three girls there. It occurred to me that they were homeless and the only place they could lay their head to sleep was in the market, exposed to whatever dangers that may come with the night. So I asked myself- are these children less human than I am? Do they not have rights protected by the law? What could be done to mitigate such situations in our society?

Well, the sight of children hawking on the streets have become a normal thing in Nigeria, I guess I must have taken special notice of these ones because the market was not busy with its endless buzz at this time of the morning. Recently in the news on the radio, I heard of a child in Onitsha who had been beaten to a coma by her mistress. Who knows what this child must have been going through and for how long, before this particular incident? Yet we claim to have laws in Nigeria that protect the rights of children? Maybe these laws are meant for only the privileged children after all-or maybe not. Let us examine the legal framework of child rights in Nigeria.

THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN UNDER NIGERIAN LAW

Human rights are simply inherent entitlements and freedoms which every human being is- or should be duly accorded, merely by virtue of being human and nothing more. Rights are naturally inherent, but they would mean nothing if not recognized and protected by the law. In Nigeria, it is evident that even though rights are recognized and protected by the law, they still mean nothing until adequate measures are established and maintained for the proper enforcement of these rights.

The principal law that provides for human rights in Nigeria which applies to all citizens is the 1999 Constitution which makes provisions for Fundamental Human Rights under Chapter 4. However, the Childs Rights Act was enacted by the National Assembly in 2003. It is not only the first comprehensive legislation on the rights of children but also very ambitious legislation as far as the rights of Nigerian children is concerned.

This Childs Rights Act makes extensive provisions concerning freedoms and entitlements which accrue to every Nigerian below 18 years. Some of the provisions of this Act are as follows:

  • The interests of a child shall be of paramount consideration if every action was taken by any natural or juristic person which affects the welfare or well being of the child, and every person or entity which is charged with the care and custody of children shall give due protection and care necessary for the wellbeing of the child and in conformity with accepted and established standards and authorities.

  • The Act also incorporates the provisions of chapter 4 of the Constitution to apply in relation to children and interpreted in line with the language and purpose of the Act and also provided for certain specific rights such as the Right to be respected, accorded dignity and stay free from torture, abuse, slavery or servitude in the custody of a parent, guardian or other authority. Other rights include the Right to be free from torture, slavery or all forms of abuse, Right to live a healthy life and duties of government and parents to make provisions in that regard, Right to parental care and protection, Rights to education, to free primary education, and the duties of government and parents to provide such education, and other rights and responsibilities too.

  • The Act goes further to prohibit certain practices which are harmful and infringe the rights of the child. Thus, a person below 18 years shall not be capable of entering into a valid marriage or of being betrothed and any person who is involved in such marriage is committing an offence which is punishable with a fine or imprisonment, or both. Also, a child shall not be given skin marks or tattoos and shall not be exposed to the use or trafficking of narcotic or psychotropic hard drugs, no person shall involve a child or use a child in the performance of criminal activities and no person shall abduct or remove a child from the lawful custody of his parents or guardians. Anybody who indulges in these acts shall be liable to various punishments as stipulated under the act.

  • The subjection of children to exploitative labour is prohibited and every act which amounts to forced or unlawful labor or which amounts to child trafficking such as selling, hiring, or otherwise dealing with children for the purpose of begging, hawking, prostitution, slavery, pornography, drug trafficking or any other illegal activity which prevents the child from enjoy his dignity, being cared for and getting a good education. All these are punishable under the Act.

  • No person shall have sexual intercourse with a child and it is immaterial whether the child gave consent or whether the offender believed the child to be above 18 years. A child shall not be subjected to any form of sexual exploitation or any other form of exploitation.

  • A child shall not be recruited into any branch of the armed forces or be directly involved in any military activities and it is an offence to make a harmful publication which is against the interest of the child.

  • The Act makes various other relevant provisions which relate to the interests of a child in various circumstances and grants government the necessary powers to enable them to enforce and protect the Rights written therein. It is advised that you should acquiesce yourself with a copy of this Act and read through.

Having examined these laws, the question arises as to its relevance in society because they are not being properly enforced. Res ipsa loquitur, the average Nigerian on the streets will tell you how much child abuse is witnessed every day as a normal activity, or you can take a stroll into a Nigerian market and see for yourself. The reasons for this inefficiency in the enforcement of child rights are due to the many limitations which abound and militate against adequate compliance with the Childs Rights Act. Some of these limitations are:

  • Ignorance and illiteracy is a major hindrance to the enforceability of the provisions of the Act. Many Nigerian parents have not the minutest knowledge of the existence of such law, not to talk of knowing the proper measures to take in order to prevent abuse of their children by guardians. Ignorant or illiterate parents also contribute to the abuse of their children due to lack of adequate discipline on their own part to enable them to know the effects of such abuse on the children.

  • Poverty is another problem that leads to child abuse. Many parents end up involving child trafficking when they are too poor to take care of their children. They send off the children as maids or servants to people in the city, sometimes in exchange for a regular payment or some ‘gratification’. These children often end up being abused, maltreated, subjected to hard labour, denied quality education or even tortured badly. Poverty can also make parents to subject their children to labour such as hawking when they are supposed to be in school.

  • Absence of government agencies charged with the specific responsibility of enforcing the rights of children. Although there are agencies that function to enforce and promote human rights such as the National Human Rights Commission and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, these agencies are not equipped and properly funded to handle matters involving the rights of children.

  • The practice of establishing orphanages and shelters for homeless children has not developed in Nigeria. Although we have motherless babies’ homes, they are mostly not equipped with child care facilities and infrastructure; therefore they are only capable of taking care of babies, not growing children.

The limitations mentioned above are only but a few hindrances to the protection and proper enforcement of the rights of children in Nigeria. The purpose of this work would not be complete if suggestions are not provided on how we can protect the rights of children in our society.

RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ENFORCEMENT OF CHILD RIGHTS

  • Public enlightenment and educational campaigns is a major positive step towards this objective. Government agencies and NGOs could sponsor and engage in campaigns around rural areas, schools and media house, providing relevant information as to the negative effects of child abuse and various options and methods available to avoid such.

  • Parents who are poor and unable to take adequate care of their children should be aided with child support funds. The government could make provisions for these funds in form of loans or grants and when these are made available, effort must be made to ensure that news of such reaches to the most rural areas and less developed parts of the cities. Such will help to mitigate cases of child labour and child trafficking.

  • A government agency should be established with one sole responsibility of preventing child abuse, detecting and tackling any infringement to the rights of the child. Such an agency should be adequately supported with facilities and finance that will enable them to handle the numerous cases of child abuse in the country.

  • The provision of free and quality education, at least up to the secondary school level should be made by the government. This will be a great panacea to mitigate child labour and abuse.

  • Vocational training and skill acquisition facilities should also be established by the government for children. So that people who are unable to afford a university education can learn some useful skills that will help them develop themselves and contribute positively to the development of society.

  • Family planning should be encouraged among parents and newlywed couples. Religious organizations and health practitioners have an important role to play in this regard. These organizations should educate couples on the need to give birth to children whom they can take care of according to their financial buoyancy and capability. The use of contraceptives should be encouraged in this regard so that couples will not give birth to children they did not plan for.

  • The government through established agencies should get actively involved in prosecuting and punishing people who engage in various kinds of child abuse. Thus parents and guardians who infringe the rights of their children should be prosecuted according to the law and punishments such as the imposition of fine and payment of compensation to the child should be meted out to offenders.

  • Children who are the wards of abusive or incompetent parents or guardians should be separated from them and put in the custody of established state facilities that are adequately equipped for taking care of children.

  • Correctional and rehabilitation facilities for juvenile offenders should be established and maintained by the state. Also, children’s homes and orphanages should be established, maintained and properly equipped by the state.

  • Lawyers, activists and concerned citizens also have very important roles to play. They should sponsor and institute legal actions to compel the government to enforce the provisions of the Childs Rights Act, such as free and quality education and the construction of orphanages, correctional facilities and skill acquisition centres.

  • The police and other law enforcement agencies should not be allowed to detain persons below 18 years in prisons or police cells.

CONCLUSION

It is pertinent at this stage, to highlight the importance of enforcing the rights of children. This cannot be overemphasized because the fate of today’s children determines the state of tomorrow’s society.

Children who are neglected or abused today would have the wrong image of life and are most likely to grow up and become criminals who would torment society without mercies. However, when children are given the proper attention at the tender age when they are still malleable, they would likely grow up to become assets and resource persons in the society.

It is, therefore, very important that the rights of children are upheld and protected in order to secure the future of our society with peace.

Atlas Corps: Inviting Global NGO Leaders for Fellowship in U.S

Deadline: 15 August 2019

Atlas Corps is currently inviting mid-career professionals from around the world to apply for Fellowships in the United States.

Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to social change in 12-18 month, professional fellowships at organizations to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global leaders. Fellows serve at Host Organizations working on issues that complement their expertise. This prestigious fellowship includes a living stipend to cover basic expenses (food, local transportation, and shared housing), an international flight, and health insurance.

All applicants must be aged 22-35 and must have 2-10 years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/social sector, a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, English proficiency, commitment to return to applicants home country after the fellowship.

Benefits

Fellows – but not their dependents – receive:

  • Program-related international travel
  • Program-related domestic travel Basic health insurance that covers new injuries and illnesses
  • Monthly stipend for basic living expenses (shared housing, food, local transportation, and a phone plan)
  • Documentation (DS-2019) that enables the Fellow to obtain a J-1 visa.
  • Placement at a Host Organization
  • Participation in the Atlas Corps Global Leadership Lab (leadership development training series)

Eligibility Criteria

Two or more years of relevant experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • English proficiency (oral, writing, reading).
  • Age 35 or younger.
  • Commitment to return to applicants home country after the 12-18 month Fellowship.
  • Commitment to living on a basic stipend that only covers food, shared housing, and local transportation.

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U.N. CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR BEST MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND U.N. AGENCIES(For Journalists)

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The United Nations invites journalists anywhere in the World to submit entries to the 2019 U.N. CORRESPONDENTS ASSOCIATION AWARDS FOR BEST MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE UNITED NATIONS AND U.N. AGENCIES. WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT A GALA EVENT WITH U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL H.E. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH 2019, AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET, NEW YORK.

Deadline – September 15th, 2019

 

The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize, sponsored by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004.

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for coverage of Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of sustainable and equitable management of natural resources and the implementation of innovative and ethical solutions in three main categories: climate change, biodiversity, and water.

 

Important Information For Applicants:

  • Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2018 and August 2019.
  • The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists. Special attention will be given to the originality of daily coverage and breaking news from U.N. Headquarters. Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.
  • Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian) however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process.
  • Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.
  • Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.
  • Electronic entries are mandatory
  • All entries must be received by September 15th, 2019

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#freenairamarley – Why Cyber Crime trends in Nigeria

Nigeria loses 127 billion Naira to cybercrime yearly, which is 0.8 per cent of the country’s GDP. Cybercrime has become a bane in the economy and society at large. There are a host of cybercrimes being perpetrated by Nigerians but the most popular is the 419/Internet fraud which is commonly known as Yahoo Yahoo in our Nigerian parlance. It has been on the increase lately.

Some youth have without denial taken it as their full-time job and have crafted reasons to make it justifiable. How sad! Can there ever be any justifiable reason for indulging in Yahoo Yahoo? Recently, this was a trending topic on social media and to my surprise, a number of young people gave reasons why it is justifiable; from lack of employment to poverty, bad economy, peer pressure and as a means of survival. These attempts to justify crime shows that it is no longer a big deal and as a people, we have accepted it as part of the very fabric of our society.

The reason people indulge in Yahoo Yahoo;

Greed! Jonathan Gash said Fraud is the daughter of greed. Young people trying to outdo each other, amassing luxuries and liabilities all in the name of showing off and keeping up with appearances. Thus, the get rich quick syndrome has eaten deep into the minds of most youth that they find legitimate ways of making money uninteresting. They have refused to go through the growth process and want to arrive even before they start leaping. Despite the efforts of the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to curb this menace, it keeps growing and we have the anonymity nature of the internet to thank.

These actions, to whose detriment?

Every Nigerian! Around the world, Nigerians are seen as suspects, investors don’t feel safe with us, to mention a few. Moreover, these negative effects have caused colossal reputational damage to Nigeria as a country. Sincere citizens will have to work twice as hard to prove that they are different. Currently, Nigeria at the moment ranks 144 out of 180 on Transparency International corruption perception index. How long are we going to continue to destroy a nation that is standing on one leg?

At the moment, Naira Marley, a Nigerian artist is being prosecuted by the EFCC for internet fraud after he openly showed support for yahoo yahoo. He asked Nigerians to pray for them rather than condemn them. And to think that some youth are out on the streets with placards protesting for his release with the Free Naira Marley hashtag is disheartening. If he is found guilty by the law, he should face the music. Making a case for fraud only shows that some Nigerians have a problem. We complain about politicians, kidnapping, armed robbery and we want to overlook that of yahoo yahoo? All crimes must be punished.

Frederick William Robertson said, there are three things in the world that deserve no mercy; hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny. A changed mindset and attitude are all we need. No circumstance is an excuse for Crime. #SayNoToCrime!!

Nominations Open for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award

Deadline: 30 June 2019

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The Suqia is the UAE’s water Aid Agency and they are accepting nominations for its Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Water Award. This award supports research and development of new and innovative technologies that produce, desalinate and purify water, using solar energy. It supports the global position of the UAE in developing solutions for challenges that are faced by poverty– and disaster-stricken communities worldwide.

The Award encourages leading corporations, research centres, institutions and innovators from across the world to compete in finding sustainable and innovative solar-energy solutions to the problem of water scarcity.

Award Categories & Eligibility Criteria

The Award has three (3) main categories that target pioneering organisations, research centres, individuals, educational institutions, and innovators from all around the world to motivate participants to come up with innovative, solar-powered solutions with the aim of producing clean drinking water:

  1. Innovative Projects Award: The project must clearly demonstrate the use of solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World HealthOrganisation (WHO) guidelines, along with innovation in production capacity, technical limitations, disinfection systems, operation or maintenance requirements, while also improving efficiency and cost effectiveness.
    • Small Projects Award: In addition to the category description, the project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) of USD 3 million or below.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the company/organisation directly.
      • Prize Value: $240,000
        • 1st Place: $120,000
        • 2nd Place: $72,000
        • 3rd Place: $48,000
    • Large Projects Award: In addition to the category description, the project must have a capital expenditure (CAPEX) over USD 3 million.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the company/organisation directly.
      • Prize Value: $300,000
        • 1st Place: $150,000
        • 2nd Place: $90,000
        • 3rd Place: $60,000

 

Eligibility

  1. Intended Applicants:Governmental, semi-governmental, private and non-governmental organisations.

Additional Requirements:

  • The organisation should be a legal entity, with a registered trade license and bank account. Please also attach a copy of the company/organisation trade license or equivalent when submitting applicants application.
  • The project should be scalable, and eligible for impact investment.
  1. Innovative Individual Award: The individual applying to this category should present an innovative technological solution aimed at addressing water scarcity, exclusively using solar energy to produce safe drinking water in line with World Health Organisation (WHO).
    • Distinguished Research Award: In addition to the category description, the applicant shall have attained outstanding achievements of lasting significance for sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources, with at least 10 years of contribution to the water industry or academia research, with a focus on solar powered water innovation.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the individual applicant.
      • Prize Value: $40,000
    • Youth Award: In addition to the category description, the applicant must be between the ages of 15 and 35, and have conducted solar powered water projects of proven environmental, scientific, social or technological significance, and relevancy to water issue(s) locally or globally.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the individual applicant.
      • Prize Value: $20,000
    • Eligible
      • Intended applicants: Individual applicants
  2. Innovative Research and Development Award: The project must be developed and executed in-house with the aim of extracting safe drinking water from natural sources in line with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines purifying the product water from possible anthropologic and natural pollutants, while relying exclusively on solar energy. It has two type of Awards:
    • National Institutions Award: In addition to the category description, the application must be submitted by the project team and endorsed by the research / educational / corporate / non-profit institutions within the UAE that is sponsoring the project.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the sponsoring institution/entity directly.
      • Prize Value: $ 200,000
        • 1st Place: $100,000
        • 2nd Place: $60,000
        • 3rd Place: $40,000
    • International Institutions Award: In addition to the category description, the application must be submitted by the project team and endorsed by the research / educational/ corporate / non-profit institutions outside the UAE that is sponsoring the project.
      • Prize Money and Distribution: Prize money will be awarded to the sponsoring institution/entity directly.
      • Prize Value: $200,000
        • 1st Place: $100,000
        • 2nd Place: $60,000
        • 3rd Place: $40,000
    • Eligible
      • Intended Applicants: Individuals or teams from non-profit, educational and academic institutions and research centres that are independent or annexed to governmental or semi-governmental organisations.
      • Additional Requirements:
        • The project or innovation should be in testing stage, with measurable results from prototyping or pilot testing for at least 3 months.
        • Please attach a Letter(s) of recommendation from the organization(s) endorsing the project when submitting applicants application

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