Why I Want N3.5m Monthly Child Support From Femi Fani-Kayode — Ex-Wife

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode’s estranged wife, Precious Chikwendu, has accused him of beating her up at several occasions including when she was pregnant. Chikwendu, who’s demanding full custody of their four sons, made the allegations in an affidavit she deposed in support of an originating motion brought pursuant to Section 69 of the Child’s Rights Act, 2003. “From the early days of our relationship, the respondent (Fani-Kayode), has always maintained a lifestyle of utter disregard to my feelings. This was evident in the way and manner the respondent assaulted me while pregnant with our first son. The respondent (Fani-Kayode) kicked me severally on my stomach over a petty argument that ensued. It was my friend, Vanessa, who was around at the material time that intervened at the nick of time to save me. I had to leave the respondent’s (Fani-Kayode’s) house a few days after this incident. The respondent (Fani-Kayode) repeated the same act when I was pregnant with tripl

Ghana, 6 Others To Do Palm Oil Business Without Causing Deforestation

Ghana, together with six other African countries, has agreed in a declaration signed on Wednesday to protect their tropical forests from being cut down to make way for palm oil crops.

The other countries are the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, the Democratic....

Republic of Congo, Liberia, the Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone.

Palm oil, one of the world’s most widely used vegetable oils, is a fast-growing business and a major cause of tropical deforestation worldwide.

The seven countries that signed the declaration in Marrakesh, where international climate talks are taking place, want to expand into the $50 billion global palm oil market.
The countries are home to about 13 per cent of the world’s remaining tropical forest, particularly in the Congo Basin region, and represent more than 70 per cent of Africa’s tropical forests.

“It’s really exciting and important that these countries which are about to expand into the market have learned from the path that (Malaysia and Indonesia) took,” Dominic Waughray, head of public-private partnerships at the World Economic Forum, said in a telephone interview.

Indonesia and Malaysia export about 85 per cent of the world’s palm oil. Malaysia has already cleared much of its forests to grow the crop, and Indonesia is in the process of doing so, Mr. Waughray told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The World Economic Forum hosts the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a partnership of governments, companies and non-governmental organisations, which produced the Marrakesh Declaration.

About half of global tropical deforestation is driven by beef, soy, palm, and paper and pulp. But palm oil is probably the biggest driver of the four commodities, Mr. Waughray said.

It is used in a host of everyday goods, from soap to breakfast cereals, as well as for frying and fuel.

Pressure from buyers

Some of the pressure on governments to protect forests comes from major buyers such as Kellogg’s, Unilever, and Procter & Gamble, which aim to strip deforestation from their palm oil supply chains by 2020, Mr. Waughray said.

Paul Polman, chief executive officer of Unilever – a major palm oil buyer – welcomed the signing of the declaration, saying “Palm oil, if produced sustainably, can play a key role in poverty alleviation by helping farmers thrive economically while adopting sustainable agricultural and business practices.”

Under the declaration, governments have also promised to protect the human rights and livelihoods of indigenous people and smallholder farmers, and help them access the booming market.

“Deforestation has often been linked to human rights violations,” Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, co-chair of the International Indigenous People’s Forum on Climate Change, said in a statement, and added that, “People are losing access to the land they have always lived on and farmed. I hope this declaration will be an example to the rest of the region and encourage other tropical forest African countries to follow in the commitment.”

The declaration “is not just about environmental sustainability, it’s also transparency in that supply chain (including) respecting and managing the rights of indigenous peoples groups,” Mr. Waughray said.

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