The Kwara Government has assured the University of Ilorin (Unilorin) community that the construction of the flyover bridge along the university road would be completed before the end of the year.
Mr Rafiu Ajakaiye, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, gave the assurance on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen at the institution.
Ajakaiye, who explained that the bridge would ensure free flow of traffic and stimulate economic activities, also assured residents of surrounding communities that the government had their best interest at heart.
He described the bridge as the gateway to the university, adding that the bridge is already at 55 per cent completion stage.
“All things being equal, it would be completed and put to use by or before December 2022,” he said.
The spokesman explained that the construction of the flyover bridge was embarked upon as a way of restoring the hitherto neglected Ilorin Master Plan and opening up that axis of the state capital for more orderly development.
According to him, the Ilorin metropolis and particularly Tanke suburb, would continue to attract more population as time goes on.
He added that the completion of the flyover bridge would also ensure that transportation to and from the university main campus and the surrounding communities would be free.
He noted that this too would be of benefit to the residents of adjourning communities.
Ajakaiye described Unilorin as a pace setter and an important partner in progress with the Kwara Government since its establishment about five decades ago.
While acknowledging the contributions of the institution to the development of the state, he noted that the university was a heritage that was well cherished by the government and people of Kwara.
He recalled that the state government had patronised products and services emanating from the university in so many instances in the past and would continue to do so for mutual benefits.
He assured the university management that the government was prepared to support the institution in every way possible with a view to assisting it in achieving its corporate objectives.
Ajakaiye explained that the state government was also doing everything possible to ensure that the state’s school system was technology-compliant to generate competent products that would be able to raise their heads anywhere in the world.
He disclosed that all the schools in four of the 16 local government areas of the state are now inter-connected via technology introduced through the KwaraLEARN programme to ensure accountability in service delivery, which would enhance teaching and learning.
Parliament Speaker Anita Among has advised the public to refrain from organizing demonstrations against the issues before the House as lawmakers work day and night to resolve them.
Among, who was chairing the plenary session on Tuesday 06 September 2022, told members of parliament that she had received reports of a demonstration in parliament over coffee seedlings.
In August 2022, coffee growers petitioned Parliament to order the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to allow coffee nursery growers to supply seedlings to growers and for payments to be made later.
The petitioners, however, say that this has not been implemented and yet the planting season is near, which has led to the demonstrations.
Speaker Among warned Members of Parliament not to advise their constituents to demonstrate against Parliament processes and said that while demonstrations produce nothing, Parliament will resolve the matter through debate.
“The issue of coffee plants is going to be handled.
It was discussed in this House.
I don't think it's right for us to advise our voters to come march at the door because marching is not going to solve a problem,” she advised.
AUDIO: Speaker Anita among the reactions to the speaker's communication, the deputy of the municipality of Busia, Hon. Geoffrey Macho asked the ministries, departments and agencies to do his job, so that the Ugandans do not demonstrate.
“As for the demonstrations on the coffee plants, the ministries must help the Parliament to do its job.
Our people demonstrate because the ministries are not communicating to them,” he said.
The Speaker informed the parliamentarians that the Chamber will receive a report on the coffee seedlings on Wednesday, September 07, 2022.
In her communication, she also requested the committees that have not completed their work to do so, since the work of the Parliament it is measured by the number of bills passed and other business concluded before it.
Hong Kong recorded its first case of monkeypox in a 30-year-old man who had travelled into the city and showed symptoms during hotel quarantine, health officials said Tuesday.
The patient arrived in the city on Monday and was taken to the hospital after he reported feeling unwell, according to health official Edwin Tsui. Visitors to Hong Kong must undergo three days of hotel quarantine as part of a zero-Covid strategy, which quashes outbreaks with travel curbs and lockdowns.
The monkeypox patient had no contact with the community and was classified as an imported case, Tsui said, adding the risk of Hong Kongers getting infected was “very low”.
No close contacts have been identified in the city.
The patient spent most of last month in the United States, before staying in Canada for a week and then making his way to the Philippines and finally Hong Kong, officials said.
He showed symptoms such as skin rashes, swollen lymph nodes and a sore throat in the week leading up to his hospitalisation, according to health officials.
Hong Kong will raise its alert level for monkeypox and notify the World Health Organization and mainland China, officials said.
Some stakeholders have continued to react to the pulling out of some state universities from the ongoing indefinite strike by ASUU, saying they pulled out due to threats from their employers.
They made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Tuesday.
It would be recalled that some state universities such as the Kaduna State University, (KASU), Ekiti State University (EKSU) and the Nasarawa State University, Keffi have pulled out of the ongoing indefinite strike actions by ASUU.
While other state universities refused to join the nationwide strike, they include Osun, Rivers, Delta, Borno, Anambra, Kwara, Akwa Ibom states and the three universities owned by Lagos State.
Dr Oluremi Oni, a lecturer in the University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) said that the pulling out by state universities from the strike would not in any way affect the structure of the union.
Oni, who blamed ASUU for bringing state universities into the issues affecting federal universities, said their pulling out was actually proper.
According to her, no matter how many state universities that pulled out of the struggle, this will not affect our collective desire to protect the country’s educational system.
“Government has shown that they don’t like ASUU; when a similar thing happened last year, ASUU gave the government the presentation and they picked the one they could honour and threw it back at ASUU and ASUU was okay with them at that time.
“So it was because of government’s inability to implement the agreement last year that made ASUU to go back to strike.
“Government did not implement what it promised us and now they are expanding the problem and the public does not even know what the problem is and everybody is blaming ASUU,” she said.
Oni expressed concern over the action of government’s intention to extend the meeting with the union till June 2023, saying that this showed lack of commitment to education.
On the ‘no work, no pay’ stands by the government on ASUU, she blamed the government on this approach, saying that the union took the decision on behalf of the generality of Nigerian children to have quality education not minding the fact that their children were also affected.
“The government has forgotten that ASUU members also have children in these universities and so members are also losing.
’’ The Secretary, Workers and Youths Solidarity Network (WYSN), Mr Damilola Owot called on the leadership of ASUU to re-emphasise the benefits of the strike to state workers with a view to giving them reasons to maintain the tempo and not to relax.
According to him, ASUU should pay special attention to specific needs of the state universities too and incorporate them into their future demands.
“We extend our solidarity to the members of the ASUU who are currently on strike.
“The decision of some state universities to pull out of ASUU could largely be linked to threats from their respective employers – state governments.
“The demands are clear and vivid; honour agreements, pay salary arrears and adopt UTAS.
“We believe that both the State and Federal workers stand to benefit from the concessions,” he said.
Meanwhile, the National Coordinator, Congress of University Academics (CONUA), Dr Niyi Sunmonu insisted that the liberalisation of academic unions was the only way out to end incessant strikes in universities.
Sunmonu said the liberalisation would engender cross-fertilisation of ideas, nurture healthy competition and protect the interests of all stakeholders hence there would be no need for strike.
“Freedom of association is enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“And as long as that provision still exists in the constitution, Nigerian citizens are freeborn and they can operate under it to freely associate.
“We hope that the freedom of association will continue to help the advancement of learning in our universities,” he said.
Also, the former National President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Mr Sunday Asefon had previously called on state-owned universities to opt out of the action.
Asefon said that ASUU had lost the support of Nigerian students given the unpatriotic disposition displayed by them in extending their strike indefinitely.
Asefon said students would no longer support the union’s call for intervention, while accusing the body of being self-serving.
“We have taken the time to review the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike after the ongoing six-month strike.
“We consider the decision as not only unpatriotic, unnecessary but wicked and definitely not in the interest of our nation or the tertiary education system in Nigeria.
“We call on state governments to forthwith liaise with Vice-Chancellors of state institutions to announce the resumption of academic activities and grant the vice-chancellors authority to enforce the resumption.
“State universities should never have joined the strike in the first place,” he said.
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), in collaboration with Nigeria Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has organised a one-day workshop for Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (SMEs) to facilitate development of e-commerce.
The Director, Policy and Strategy (NEPC), Alhaji Shehu-Dalhatu in an address, said the training was aimed at improving their capacity at competitive international export business.
The workshop, held on Tuesday in Kano, had its theme as “utilising digital marketing as a tool to facilitate export market access”.
He said the workshop would assist exporters to leverage on online marketing as tools to enhance visibility in global market for business upscaling and increase sales.
According to him, “marketing is a tool to facilitate export market access, as the second phase of strategic collaboration between NEPC and NITDA, to assist exporters leverage on online marketing tools.
“The council’s vision is to collect the resolutions to address fundamental challenges in export business.
“We shall continue to sustain efforts in enhancing competitiveness of Nigeria exportable brands in the internal market through partnership and collaboration with relevant agencies and international development partners.
He said this would ensure Nigeria’s exporters were adequately and sufficiently prepared for any market.
“This workshop is borne out of the need to equip our exporters with digital skills admist the current global realities driven by technology and Information Technology (IT) solutions.
“The COVID-19 experience and ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine had gradually changed the world economic order.
“The use of digital marketing has become order of the day in promoting trade and breaking barriers,” he said.
Shehu-Dalhatu further explained that this would avail participants the opportunity of in-depth hands and practical knowledge of how to create official e-mail address and develop websites.
He added that it would assist in tackling frequent export challenges such as market identification, language barriers and payment acceptability.
In the same vein, the Regional Coordinator, Northwest Office, Mr Salami Akinshola, said the objective of the workshop was to acquaint MSME exporters with genetic market access criteria.
He said this would enlighten and develop exporters’ skills and other stakeholders, to keep them abreast of latest development in international business.
One of the participants, Usman Musa from Innovative System Limited who produced and packaged honey locally, said the workshop would help him to grow fast.
Papers were presented during the workshop, with the first presentation by a Planning and Monitoring Official of the NEPC, Aliu Sadiq on Digital Marketing while second paper was delivered by an official of NITDA, Mr Oguntade Adeseye, also on Digital Marketing.
Uber (www.uber.com) today announced the launch of multiple new products and features that will be available this month in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
The launch, which took place simultaneously in multiple locations across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), also showcased audio recording, the latest addition to its suite of security features.
Speaking at the event, Uber SSA General Manager Kagiso Khaole said the brand is excited to expand to eight more cities during September in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana.
“As we prepare to commemorate our 10th anniversary next year, we are excited to move to more cities to enable people to go anywhere and get anything.
Our commitment to raising the bar on safety remains relentless and we continue to work hard to grow the more than 3 million earning opportunities we've created so far."
Eight new cities and Uber will now be operational in Owerri and Akure in Nigeria; Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru and Naivasha in Kenya; and Tamale and Sunyani in Ghana.
These expansions are a testament to Uber's commitment to the region and signal more opportunities for more drivers to earn, while passengers have convenient and reliable ride options at the touch of a button.
In these expansions, Uber brings a diverse mix of products that can better meet the needs of city residents.
Cheaper options for riders To help lower costs for riders and increase demand for drivers, Uber is launching UberX Share in Ghana and Nigeria, and Uber ChapChap Share in Kenya.
Uber's rideshare offer allows riders to save up to 30% off the ride fare when paired with a rider heading in the same direction, and when a match isn't possible, they can still save 5% off your trip.
“The introduction of UberX Share allows us to proudly demonstrate the power of our platform, understanding the ability to match riders' destinations while providing convenience and affordability.
We are a global company that builds locally; and in Ghana, we take advantage of the local culture of carpooling when on the go, which makes this product ideal for the market,” says Khaole.
Getting around town with a full crew has never been easier, with the launch of UberXL in Nairobi, Kenya.
This option provides seating for up to six people, which is excellent for business travel and airports where additional luggage space may be required.
In South Africa, riders can now book their group ride 30 days in advance with UberXL Reserve and Uber Van Reserve.
Uber Comfort, which is currently available in South Africa and Ivory Coast, will now be available in Ghana.
This bespoke offering is designed for cyclists looking to upgrade their daily commute with added comfort.
Uber Comfort drivers are known to provide excellent service, while displaying kindness, courtesy, and professionalism.
Uber Connect, one of the app's most popular products available in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Ghana; It will soon be available in two additional cities in Nigeria.
Uber Connect is an on-demand delivery solution that allows users to quickly send and receive packages.
The feature comes integrated with a PIN verification that gives users the peace of mind that their package is being delivered to the right person.
Taking a Pro-Security Stand “Security is at the core of how we do business, and we're proud to announce three new security features to help improve the user experience,” says Khaole.
Audio recording pilot in South Africa: Uber will now allow riders and drivers to use the app to record and share audio of their ride as evidence in the event of a safety incident, something drivers have been asking for based on your feedback of the round table sessions.
This new optional audio recording feature, which is being tested in Pretoria and Johannesburg, has been successful in regions of the US and Latin America where Uber has a presence.
In-App Emergency Service in Nigeria: Uber is working with Sety in Nigeria to provide on-demand safety and medical response for passengers and drivers during a ride.
This collaboration will also provide access to a private security response unit closer to your location, using a connected device.
SSA Security Check – This feature encourages riders to complete their security profile by activating and using available features such as Trusted Contacts, PIN Verification, and RideCheck.
It is available in all countries within the SSA where Uber operates.
Delivery Innovations At launch, Uber Eats reinforced its aspiration to build an app of the future by creating a virtual mall experience that goes beyond food.
“Other categories we have ventured into include convenience stores, pharmacy outlets, spirits and retail, and this shows us that the possibilities are endless,” says Cikida Gcali-Mabusela, director of new verticals for Uber Eats. Sub-Saharan Africa.
Uber Eats continues to push boundaries by embracing the growing trend of dark stores, which provides non-traditional merchants with opportunities to access uncharted markets that they would not have easily accessed.
Uber Eats currently operates in South Africa and Kenya.
Kui Mbugua, General Manager of Uber Eats Kenya, says: “With a 67% annual growth in Eats subscriptions, we are honored and encouraged by the expansion we have seen in the South African and Kenyan markets.
“The future of logistics and technology in emerging markets looks promising.
Our overall vision remains to build locally using global expertise and become a one stop shop for delivery needs.
Uber Eats is not only creating unique revenue opportunities, but our operations are also having a positive effect on restaurants, merchants and delivery people.
Going forward, we are committed to leading the category by investing in products and access, while harnessing the power of the platform,” Kui concludes.
Washington DC-based Nexford University, in collaboration with Tunde Onakoya Chess in Slums Africa, has awarded Nigeria’s Jamiu Ninilowo, winner of its novelty game, with 100 per cent scholarship.According to a statement signed by Olamidun Majekodunmi, Country Director of Nexford University, on Tuesday, the university also gave Ninilowo a laptop and an internet modem.Majekodunmi said that Ninilowo, who had distinctions in West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, had been desiring to be a student of the university.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nexford University on Monday held a chess competition at the Community Space, Lekki, Lagos.The competition featured students of the university and champions of Chess in Slums“This event marks the start of the Nexford University graduation week.“The online university that upholds flexible and affordable learning believes in identifying unique offerings to help our learners and graduates stand out from the crowd.“Today signals the launch of Nexford’s graduation week, and we have found a clear alignment between Chess in Slums and Nexford University.“We are producing next-generation leaders and providing unique opportunities for life-changing upliftment,” Majekodunmi said.He quoted Ninilowo as saying, “I am very excited because winning the scholarship will help me to achieve my dreams.”Peter Abidogun, Director of Chess Education from Chess in Slums Africa, described chess as a game about survival, strategy and how to deal with life, according to Majekodunmi.“This is a lovely experience involving players from the slums, not the usual type of experience we get“We normally get to teach kids from the comfort of their homes, expensive schools, but when you are teaching kids from the slums, the streets, it is a different ball game because the game is very practical,” he quoted Abidogun as saying.He also quoted Sally Okogho, the university’s Regional Communication Manager, as saying, “Your location shouldn’t limit you.With your laptop, you are connected to the world.“Nexford University offers a global experience and skills that enable you hop to global opportunities.”NAN also reports that Nexford University creates flexible learning by allowing students to learn where they want and when they want.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
An efficient Port of Cape Town with sufficient capacity and investment in key infrastructure has the potential to contribute an additional R6 billion in exports, approximately 20,000 direct and indirect jobs, over R1.6 billion in additional taxes by 2026 and a Additional 0.7% contribution to Western Cape Gross Domestic Product.
This information is the result of a high-growth scenario contained in a research report, which was presented to stakeholders from across the port logistics value chain at a workshop organized by the Department of Economic Development and Tourism this morning.
The purpose of the workshop was to understand the impact of the Port of Cape Town, present various models and scenarios, and ultimately build consensus on how to increase efficiency to harness the full potential of the entire port ecosystem.
To achieve this high-growth scenario, the Western Cape Government is committed to working together with all levels of government and the private sector to unlock the full potential of Ports.
It remains a top strategic priority and collaboration will be essential.
We also believe that it will be key to allow the participation of the private sector in the Port of Cape Town, as is currently the case with the Port of Durban and Ngqura.
I commend Transnet Port Terminal for the recent improvements we have seen, specifically in the waiting time to dock of one day or less for the last 5 consecutive weeks, for the average total turnaround time for vessels arriving below the target time.
for the last 4 weeks, and especially for breaking the highest weekly volume of TEUs moved in early August with approximately 19,500.
I would like to thank all stakeholders who joined the workshop today, and look forward to participating in the rich content produced.
on the research.
reports as we work together to rapidly grow the economy and create jobs in the Western Cape and South Africa.
Armenia on Tuesday accused Azerbaijan of killing one of its soldiers in a fresh border shootout between the arch-foe Caucasus countries locked in a decades-long territorial dispute.
There have been frequent reports of shootouts along their shared border since the end of the 2020 war between Yerevan and Baku over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region.
“On Monday evening, an Armenian serviceman was fatally wounded as a result of enemy fire at the eastern section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani border,” Armenia’s defence ministry said Tuesday in a statement.
Azerbaijan’s defence ministry, accused Armenian troops of initiating a border shootout in the evening, saying “Armenia’s military-political leadership is responsible for the latest escalation.
” In early August, tensions flared as Azerbaijan said it had lost a soldier and the Karabakh army said two of its troops had been killed and more than a dozen injured.
The neighbours fought two wars — in the 1990s and in 2020 — over the contested Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan’s Armenian-populated enclave.
Six weeks of fighting in autumn 2020 claimed more than 6,500 lives and ended with a Russian-brokered ceasefire.
Under the deal, Armenia ceded swathes of territory it had controlled for decades and Moscow deployed some 2,000 Russian peacekeepers to oversee the fragile truce.
During EU-mediated talks in Brussels in May and April, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan agreed to “advance discussions” on a future peace treaty.
Following its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, an increasingly isolated Moscow lost its status as the primary mediator in the conflict.
The European Union has since led the Armenia-Azerbaijan normalisation process, which involves peace talks, border delimitation and the reopening of transport links.
Ethnic Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh broke away from Azerbaijan when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
The ensuing conflict claimed around 30,000 lives.
The Kwara Government has organised a five-day intensive training for newly engaged midwives and nurses under the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF).
Speaking on the sidelines of the training on Tuesday in Ilorin, Dr Nusirat Elelu, the Executive Secretary of the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, expressed satisfaction with the engagement and training of the newly recruited health personnel.
She reiterated the commitment of the government to improve quality healthcare delivery in the state.
Elelu observed that pregnant mothers needed to be attended to by skilled birth attendants that would go a long way to reduce maternal mortality, especially in communities with challenges of inadequate health personnel.
“It will not be fair to have people resident in hinterland denied access to quality healthcare services while those residing in the state capital and other towns are enjoying quality healthcare services,” she said.
Elelu observed that the agency did not have enough skilled attendants as mandated under the BHCPF which was a special programme by the Federal Government.
She said that one per cent of consolidated revenue was set aside for the states, so that it could be used to improve quality of health services at primary healthcare centres.
According to her, of the criteria for the accreditation of PHC centres, is the need to have experienced midwives in these facilities where they will undergo training.
“And be deployed to their various communities to render minor community-based health services.
” She explained that the state had 193 wards and so far 158 wards have been accredited, while the remaining 35 were being built for accreditation under the BHCPF.
Elelu added that the state government recently recruited 28 midwives with additional 17 nurses under the BHCPF and that some local government areas with challenges have been identified.
She listed some of these LGAs to include Kaiama, Irepodun, Baruten and Oke-Ero, where the healthcare providers would serve.
Elelu advised the trainees to keep data that would capture children born by skilled birth attendants, imbibe good practices and be diligent in serving their communities.