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  •  NBCC well positioned to attract trade investments President
    NBCC well-positioned to attract trade, investments – President
     NBCC well positioned to attract trade investments President
    NBCC well-positioned to attract trade, investments – President
    Economy2 weeks ago

    NBCC well-positioned to attract trade, investments – President

    Ms Bisi Adeyemi, the President, Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC), says the chamber is well-positioned to attract trade and investments opportunities across different sectors of the Nigerian economy.

    Adeyemi gave the assurance at the NBCC 43rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday in Lagos.

    It was also the commemoration of her first year as president of the chamber.

    She said the assurance was in line with her administration’s eight-point agenda with the theme: “Consolidation and Sustainable Growth,” to drive the chamber to sustainability.

    “The chamber in its bid to attract trade and investments has scheduled inward and outward-bound trade missions to and fro the United Kingdom for 2023. “The chamber has recorded several achievements in the past 12 months since my assumption of office as president.

    “Some of the achievements include improved value proposition to members, strengthened its headquarters for improved service delivery, refocused sectoral groups for maximum impacts and improved its advocacy role as the voice of business,” she said.

    Adeyemi added that the chamber had integrated more British businesses into its membership, sustained focus on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), and diversified funding sources.

    “On the top burner for us is ensuring that the aspirations of members in joining the chamber are met and surpassed.

    “We have taken significant steps to improve value proposition and engagement, targeted advocacy, more networking opportunities, and bespoke benefits designed to meet the needs of members to impact business performance,” she said.

    Adebisi said that the chamber had over time continued to be dynamic and innovative in its accelerated adoption of technology to drive its operations.

    She noted that the economy was still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Adebisi said the NBCC would continue to identify the needs and challenges of the MSMEs, proffer solutions, and execute programmes to enhance their growth.

    Mr Sola Oyetayo, Honorary Treasurer, NBCC, said the chamber’s assets grew from N430.9 million in 2020 to N644.27 million for the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2021. This, he said, translated to a 49. 51 per cent increase.

    He said that most of the chamber’s strategic initiatives that begun in 2020, were being implemented in 2022. “We remain hopeful that the initiatives would yield positive results for years to come,” he said.


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  •  TUC leadership tussle Court to rule in application by 2 unions to be joined Aug 24
    TUC leadership tussle: Court to rule in application by 2 unions to be joined Aug. 24
     TUC leadership tussle Court to rule in application by 2 unions to be joined Aug 24
    TUC leadership tussle: Court to rule in application by 2 unions to be joined Aug. 24
    General news2 weeks ago

    TUC leadership tussle: Court to rule in application by 2 unions to be joined Aug. 24

    The National Industrial Court, Lagos Division has fixed Aug. 24 to deliver ruling in applications filed by two unions seeking to be joined in a suit filed against the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) by some of its affiliate unions.

    The presiding Judge, Justice Rabi Gwandu, fixed the date on Thursday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the TUC members have been having leadership tussle since May, 2022 over the position of the union’s president and other major positions in the union.

    One of the unions, the Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and other Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) and nine other affiliate unions from the TUC are seeking redress over the leadership crisis.

    At the hearing, Mr Johnson Esezoobo, Counsel to the second defendant, Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), filed an application seeking for the defendant to join in the suit.

    Also, Mr Babatunde Adewusi, Counsel to one of the affiliate unions, a claimant, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), filed an application seeking for the claimant to join the suit.

    Speaking to NAN, after the court sitting, Counsel to all claimants, including ASSBIFI and nine other affiliate unions, Mr Timothy Adewale, said: ‘’We oppose the application for PENGASSAN; we have no objection to ASCSN to join as a claimant.

    ‘’This is because the union can see the integrity of the just cause of the claimants.

    ‘’ Earlier, Adewale told NAN that he had brought to the attention of the court what he described as, the flagrant disobedience of the defendant (TUC) to an order given by the NIC, Lagos division on July 8. NAN reports that the Judge, Gwandu had stopped TUC from holding its 12th triennial delegates’ conference pending the hearing and determination of the substantive suit before the court.

    Gwandu also granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendant (TUC), its officials or agents from conducting election into the position of president and other national offices of the congress pending the hearing and determination of the substantive matter.

    Adewale said: ’’In the discharge of our duty to the honourable court, we brought the attention of the court, the acts of the defendants in disobeying the order of the court.

    ‘’The court gave the order that there should not be a conference or any election; they disobeyed it: they went ahead; they had their election- a flagrant disobedience to the court order.

    ‘’ Meanwhile, Counsel to the defendant, TUC, Mr Sola Iji, declined speaking with NAN, saying ‘’ I do not have the brief of my clients to talk to the press.

    ’’ In their views, two affiliate unions of TUC said the reason for the suit filed in court was to seek justice.

    One of the (claimant) affiliate union member, Mr Francis Akinjole, Deputy General Secretary, Air Transport Services Senior Staff Association of Nigeria  said there was no need for the parties to be in court over leadership tussle.

    Akinjole said: ‘’What the court has demonstrated today is suggestive of the need not to even come to court.

    ‘’The defendants are showing the world that we do not need to be in court- and we are all unions.

    ‘’ However, a member of the affiliate union, PENGASSAN and defendant seeking to join the suit, its Lagos Zonal Chairman, Mr Eyam Abeng, said the union had full confidence in the judiciary.

    ‘’At the end of the day, the desire and the mandate that was given by my principal by the 12th Delegate Conference of TUC will be sustained and will be upheld.

    ‘’What is before us are facts and because the leadership of TUC in line with our constitution is always decided on the floor of the TUC National Delegate Conference, Abeng said.


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  •  Military Pensions Board pays minimum wage arrears
    Military Pensions Board pays minimum wage arrears
     Military Pensions Board pays minimum wage arrears
    Military Pensions Board pays minimum wage arrears
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Military Pensions Board pays minimum wage arrears

    Military Pensions Board (MPB), on Thursday, said it had paid the third tranche of 25 per cent of the 24 months arrears of the National Minimum Wage increment to eligible retirees.

    The Chairman of the board, Rear Adm. Saburi Lawal, in a statement issued in Abuja, said that the payment was made on Thursday.

    Lawal said the third installment was  paid to eligible military retirees who were active on the board’s data base.

    He added that it was also in fulfillment of the agreement reached between the board and the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMoFBNP) for quarterly release of the appropriated sum within the year.

    The chairman said that all next -of -kins (NOKs) of deceased military pensioners, who were entitled to the same arrears had also been fully paid.

    He advised all concerned military pensioners to contact their banks for their entitlements.

    “On behalf of our esteemed military pensioners, the board wishes to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for his immense support to the board and military retirees.

    “Also, the board extends its appreciation to the Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen Bashir Magashi, the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor as well as the Service Chiefs for their constant support towards achieving its constitutional mandates.

    “The board would also like to thank our esteemed military retirees for their patience, understanding and continued support,” he said.

    Lawal pledged to ensure the payment of the fourth and final tranche of the arrears before the end of the year.


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  •  Workshop of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO strengthens the food safety net in Africa
    Workshop of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) strengthens the food safety net in Africa
     Workshop of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO strengthens the food safety net in Africa
    Workshop of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) strengthens the food safety net in Africa
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Workshop of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) strengthens the food safety net in Africa

    Supporting initiatives to improve food safety across the continent was the focus of an African workshop on food safety jointly organized by the IAEA, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA).

    More than 280 experts and researchers from food safety regulators, food testing laboratories, food manufacturers, and governmental and non-governmental organizations from 43 countries shared experiences on vital topics such as food fraud prevention, radionuclide control, use of radio receptor assays and stable isotope techniques for residues of veterinary drugs and pesticides, as well as mycotoxins, toxic metals and biotoxins.

    Participants also addressed responding to foodborne illness and disease outbreaks, setting maximum residue limits, and implementing effective food monitoring and surveillance programs.

    “This workshop showed the commitment of the African continent to not only increase food and trade safety nationally and in the region, but also to support the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals, including good health and well-being, industry, innovation and infrastructure, as well as ending poverty and hunger,” said Shaukat Abdulrazak, Director of the IAEA's Division of Technical Cooperation for Africa.

    “African Union leadership and various stakeholders across the continent discussed cross-cutting food security issues and had a common voice on strategies to support the African Continental Free Trade Area, address food trade rejections and ensure consumer protection and food safety.

    During the five-day event held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from June 27 to July 1, 2022, participants discussed the benefits of ISO accreditation for food safety and international trade; ways to collect scientifically reliable data on levels of food hazards, such as mycotoxins, drug and pesticide residues, persistent pollutants, toxic metals and microplastics; and how to develop laboratory tests and reference material adapted to the region, which could allow countries to provide better analytical services.

    "We need to develop institutional excellence, which would lead to more ISO accreditation for laboratory services," said Ndwakhulu Mukhufhi, executive director of NMISA.

    “This can be achieved by sharing relevant reference material and conducting training programs.

    Institutions like NMISA are here to support”.

    Participants agreed that there was a need throughout the region to raise awareness of food safety among the general public.

    They also agreed that capacities and mechanisms to set food safety standards, including maximum residue limits, should be strengthened, and that it was important to adopt a One Health approach to food safety in Africa.

    “Establishing and promoting networks is a top priority,” said Liang Qu, Director of the Joint FAO/IAEA Center for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

    “Networks and events of this type offer Member States a platform to share knowledge and experiences on food safety.

    Leveraging the strengths of nuclear science, the Joint Center will continue to serve as a mechanism to transfer relevant technology, addressing current and emerging food safety and trade issues.” The workshop coincided with the launch of the Food Security Strategy for Africa (2022-2036) by the African Union Development Agency, which aims to improve public health, food and nutrition security, sustainable livelihoods and economic growth.

    The African Union had already established a roadmap to strengthen the capacities of its member countries in the area of ​​food security in its Sanitary and Phytosanitary Policy Framework for Africa launched in 2019.

    “The incorporation of the policy framework and strategy in regional economic communities and member states' long-term strategies and frameworks is critical for sustainable financing and implementation,” added Godfrey Bahiigwa, Director of the African Union Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

  •  Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers
    Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers
     Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers
    Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers
    General news2 weeks ago

    Delta Youths task Okowa on healthcare for rural dwellers

    The Delta Youth Parliament has passed a resolution urging Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa to strengthen the state healthcare services to ensure that rural dwellers, especially those living in coastal areas have unfettered access.

    The resolution was sequel to a motionby Mr Paul Ohwofataro, member representing Patani Constituency during plenary on Thursday in Asaba, The governor had on Sept. 8, 2020 inaugurated the first assembly of the state Youth Parliament, with a call on it to use the platform to create awareness, build confidence and leadership capacity in youths.

    Moving the motion, Ohwofataro urged the governor to direct the state Ministry of Health to employ and deploy more health workers to all the rural areas of the state, especially the coastal communities.

    He said that deploying more health workers would go a long way in reducing the rate of deaths in the rural communities.

    Ohwofataro recalled how some ‘minor ailments’ had resulted in the death of many residents in most of the rural communities, particularly the riverine dwellers.

    He said that except an urgent step was taken to address the trend, the situation might escalate.

    Seconding the motion, Mr Chukwubueze Obi-Ojinka, member representing Ndokwa West constituency, stressed the need for the state government to address the health needs of residents of the area.

    Obi-Ojinka, while underscoring the importance of health in any given society, regretted that some residents in the rural communities in the state were allegedly denied access to good health.

    “In some health facilities in some rural areas, there may be a medical doctor, but fewer health , while some other areas do not have doctors at all.

    ”The situation is indeed worrisome.

    “We call on the state governor to direct the state ministry of health to engage in massive recruitment of health workers and ensure that our primary health care centres are equipped with the requisite health care facilities,” he said.

    The motion was unanimously adopted by the youth parliament when put to a voice vote by the Speaker, Dr George Ohwoekvwo.

    Also at Thursday’s plenary, the parliament passed a resolution calling on Okowa to direct the state Ministry of Basic and Primary Education to employ and deploy more teachers to schools in coastal areas.

    The resolution followed a motion by the member representing Ndokwa East Constituency, Mr. Princewill Ogbolu.

    Moving the motion, Ogbolu said that recruiting and deploying of teachers to the areas would help to address the increasing educational gap in the area.

    He said that insufficient teachers in most schools in the rural communities was a major challenge in the area.

    Ogbolu said that some schools in his community have few pupils because parents were withdrawing their children and wards to the city where there were enough teachers.

    The member, representing Bomadi constituency, Miss Besta Ekede, seconded the motion.

    She appealed to the parliament to support the motion, saying that most of the schools in the rural communities do not have teachers for core subjects.

    The motion was also unanimously adopted by the parliament when put to a voice vote by the speaker.


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  •  EFCC boss advises corps members on corruption
    EFCC boss advises corps members on corruption
     EFCC boss advises corps members on corruption
    EFCC boss advises corps members on corruption
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    EFCC boss advises corps members on corruption

    Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman of the EFCC on Thursday called on the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, to take ownership of the war against economic and financial crimes, to save the nation.  

    Bawa who was represented by Ayodele Babatunde, the Head of Public Affairs Department, Ilorin Zonal Office, delivered the address to the Batch ‘B’ Stream II corps members at the NYSC Orientation Camp, Yikpata, Edu Local Government Area of Kwara.  

    He said that only public ownership of the anti-graft war could drive the requisite commitment to tackle corruption.  

    The EFCC boss enjoined the corps members to impact their places of primary assignments positively through zero tolerance for corruption.  

    “As young Nigerians, the EFCC expects you to align yourselves with the anti- corruption war by being change agents, good campaigners against corruption and by publicly owning the crusade.

    “It is only public ownership of the war against corruption that will deepen your commitments to the anti- graft war.  

    “Your integrity and transparency will endear you to other Nigerians.

    You must reject corruption in words and deeds,” he said.  

    He tasked corps members on whistle- blowing, stressing that they must not cover up any suspicious cases of corruption in their immediate environments.  

    He also urged Nigerian youths to embrace hard work and shun all forms of criminal tendencies.  

    “Every good Nigerian must be a whistle- blower.

    I charge you to always expose compromises and corrupt tendencies in your immediate environments.

    “When you see something, you must say something and the EFCC will surely do something.  

    “The fact that the rate of unemployment is high should not be an excuse to resort to crimes.

    Acts of criminality might deliver wealth in the short term, but ultimately there will be misery and gnashing of teeth.

    ”   Bawa expressed gratitude to the leadership of the NYSC for the support the commission had enjoyed from the corps members over the years while also seeking to strengthen the existing collaboration between the NYSC and the EFCC on anti-corruption and economic and financial crimes.


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  •  FG secures 134m dollar loan from AfDB to boost wheat production
    FG secures 134m dollar loan from AfDB to boost wheat production
     FG secures 134m dollar loan from AfDB to boost wheat production
    FG secures 134m dollar loan from AfDB to boost wheat production
    General news2 weeks ago

    FG secures 134m dollar loan from AfDB to boost wheat production

    The Federal Government has obtained a 134-million-dollar loan from the Africa Development Bank to boost wheat production.

    Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Muhammad Mahmoud, said this in Abuja, while briefing State House correspondents on the implementation of the presidential mandate given to the ministry.

    He explained that the aim was to save the country from acute scarcity of wheat, whose demand and price had gone high because of the Russia-Ukraine war.

    The minister noted that with 250,000 farmers cultivating 250,000 hectares in the 2022 dry season, the initiative would raise wheat production to 750,000 metric tonnes.

    The wheat, he said, would be cultivated in Jigawa, Kebbi, Kano, Bauchi, Katsina, Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, Gombe, Plateau, Borno, and Yobe, Adamawa, and Taraba states.

    The minister said the Federal Government had deployed 5,000 agro rangers drawn from the Nigeria Civil Defence Corps to protect farmers facing security challenges.

    He said about 3.6 million indirect jobs had been created from the 2.4 billion dollars’ worth of externally-funded projects being implemented by the Buhari administration.

    He said 538 million dollars was approved for special agricultural processing zones to support inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in Nigeria.

    According to him, another project worth 575 million dollars is being implemented to improve rural access and agricultural marketing in participating states.

    He added that government was also strengthening the financing institutional base for effective development, maintenance and management of rural roads network.

    He gave the participating states as Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Kano, Katsina, Kogi, Kwara, Kebbi, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto.

    He said government was implementing the Value Chain Development Programme Additional Financing (VCDP) 2020-2024. This is to enhance incomes and food security of poor rural households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of rice and cassava.

    Mahmoud said the project is currently being implemented in nine states including Niger, Benue, Ogun, Ebonyi, Taraba and Anambra, Nasarawa, Kogi and Enugu “to scale up the achievement recorded in the original VCDP states’’.

    He said Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes Project, a  700-million-dollars project, is being implemented by three ministries; Environment, Agriculture, and Water Resources.

    The 19 states in the northern part of the country and the FCT are the beneficiaries.

    “The project’s objective is to mitigate and build the resilience of Nigerian farmers to climate change.

    “The project duration is six years – 2022 to 2028. “More than one million degraded land will be restored within the six years project cycle,’’ the minister said.

    Mahmoud said government’s foresight in introducing measures to ward off the effects of COVID-19 and the Russia-Ukraine conflict had paid off.

    He stressed that in spite of the challenges, which had slowed down global economy, Nigeria is significantly not experiencing food crisis.


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  •  Inaugural East African Community EAC Steering Committee on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Earth develops a roadmap
    Inaugural East African Community (EAC) Steering Committee on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Earth develops a roadmap
     Inaugural East African Community EAC Steering Committee on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Earth develops a roadmap
    Inaugural East African Community (EAC) Steering Committee on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Earth develops a roadmap
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Inaugural East African Community (EAC) Steering Committee on the Implementation of the AU Declaration on Earth develops a roadmap

    The East African Community (EAC) Regional Steering Committee (RSC) on the implementation of the AU Declaration on Land developed a roadmap to implement the land agenda at its first meeting on 3 August.

    This meeting was a key recommendation of the Regional Technical Committee.

    Meeting of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Working Group (TWG) on July 26-28, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where the RSC was established.

    The RSC aims to provide guidance to the EAC Secretariat as it coordinates the implementation of the AU agenda by the EAC Partner States, namely the governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda , South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

    The inaugural meeting, represented by senior officials from the respective EAC Ministries, Affiliated Land Ministries and the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, with technical support from the African Land Policy Center (ALPC), developed a route with key actions that will be implemented during the next year.

    In her opening remarks, the Chair of the EAC Regional TWG and the RSC, Ms. Carine Hakizimana (Burundi), highlighted the critical role of the RSC in enhancing cooperation and coordination of the AU land agenda in the region.

    .

    Hakizimana appreciated ALPC's long-standing relationship and support to the EAC Secretariat, culminating in the establishment of the RSC and the roadmap to update the AU Declaration on Land Related Issues and Challenges.

    ALPC Coordinator, Ms. Joan Kagwanja, applauded the EAC secretariat and partner states for the inauguration of the RSC and emphasized the importance of an empowered RSC as key to enhancing land reforms to accelerate regional integration in the states.

    EAC partners.

    ALPC has worked closely with EAC since 2015, developing a joint project to enhance the capacity of EAC, along with other Regional Economic Communities (RECs), given its critical role in the implementation of the AU Earth Agenda.

    Since then, the EAC Council of Environment Ministers has adopted key directives.

    The establishment of the RSC is a key milestone and Kagwanja expressed ALPC's commitment to support the RSC in the implementation of its roadmap, beginning with the convening of a regional platform for partner States to share experiences, lessons and best practices.

    action in the roadmap, the RSC finalized the plans for the Regional Forum established for August 17 and 18, in compliance with the AU Declaration that calls on the RECs to “convene periodic regional platforms to facilitate the exchange of experiences , lessons and dissemination of best practices in Formulation, implementation and monitoring of lnd policies based on the experiences of the Member States”.

    The RSC emphasized that implementing the AU's land agenda is critical to achieving EAC's Vision 2050.

    In addition to the organization of the Forum, the RSC will provide guidance on the establishment of similar forums at the national level by Partner States and the preparation of progress reports.

    done in the formulation and implementation of land policies according to the AU Delcaraion on Land. RSC members will act as national focal points in this regard.

  •  Biovaccine Nigeria partners Indonesian firm on vaccine production
    Biovaccine Nigeria partners Indonesian firm on vaccine production
     Biovaccine Nigeria partners Indonesian firm on vaccine production
    Biovaccine Nigeria partners Indonesian firm on vaccine production
    General news2 weeks ago

    Biovaccine Nigeria partners Indonesian firm on vaccine production

    The Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd. is partnering Biofarma Indonesia Pharmaceutical Manufacturing for production of vaccines in the country.

    The Chairman, Biovaccines Nigeria Ltd., Dr Oyewale Tomori, made this known during a courtesy visit of the Indonesian Ambassador, Dr Usra Harahap and his team to the company on Thursday in Lagos.

    Tomori, also a virologist, said the meeting was a continuation of the arrangements and agreement with Biofarma to set up vaccine production plant in Nigeria.

    According to him, the arrangement started in 2019 when Biovaccine went for a conference in Indonesia and visited the country’s vaccines production setup – Biofarma pharmaceuticals.

    “Few years ago in 2019, we actually visited the Indonesian Biofarma vaccines production set up (well established), and that’s where we began the introduction and opportunity for us to have a collaboration between the two companies – Biovaccines and Biofarma.

    “Currently, Biofarma produces a lot of vaccines, which are accr
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  •  Gen Irabor advocates collaboration against terrorism in W Africa
    Gen. Irabor advocates collaboration against terrorism in W/Africa
     Gen Irabor advocates collaboration against terrorism in W Africa
    Gen. Irabor advocates collaboration against terrorism in W/Africa
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    Gen. Irabor advocates collaboration against terrorism in W/Africa

    Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Lucky Irabor, says there is need for stronger collaboration between West African armed forces to deal with insecurity in the sub-region.

    Irabor stated this when hosted the Burkinabe Chief of Defence Staff, Senior Col. David Kadre at the Defence Headquarters on Thursday in Abuja.

    He congratulated the Burkinabe defence chief, an alumnus of the National Defence College (NDC), Nigeria for his appointment and assured to share experiences on how the two countries had been tackling insecurity.

    Irabor said that Nigeria was proud to have an alumnus of NDC becoming the defence chief of Burkina Faso, reiterating his commitment to sharing ideas with the visitor.

    “No doubt the West African sub-region is experiencing the menace of terrorism and insurgency and we understand that to address this scourge, there has to be collaboration of all countries within the sub-region.

    “That is why I am delighted to receive you and to also let you know that we shall share our experiences.

    “We will indeed take action that will ensure that we redress all issues together and ensure that we stamp out every form of terrorism within our sub-region,’’ he said.

    Earlier, Kadre said he was in Nigeria to attend the graduation of the Course 30 of NDC Nigeria and used the opportunity to visit Irabor to tap from his wealth of experience.

    Kadre said he also visited to seek advice on his new appointment and to also present the security situation in the West African sub-region.

    He reiterated the need for deeper collaboration between Nigerian and Burkinabe armed forces to address the challenges of terrorism and insurgency.

    “I came also regarding terrorism and insurgency in our countries so as to seek your advice and experience since Nigeria is engaged in fighting this scourge,” he said.


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