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  •   The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak According to the report of the Ugandan authorities the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub county Mubende district in central Uganda Only one fatal case has been reported so far a 24 year old man who died on September 19 2022 The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola like symptoms and signs Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio economic activities The main mode of transport is by road air and water via Lake Victoria Some of the formal land crossings include border points like Busia Malaba Lwakhakha Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport J KIA Kisumu International Airport Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport In addition there are numerous informal land and sea border points All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases Ebola virus disease EVD is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person to person transmission Based on previous outbreaks up to 67 of infected cases die Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact as demonstrated in the 2014 2016 outbreak in West Africa It is estimated that the three most affected countries Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone lost more than 4 3 billion dollars In light of this information the government has issued an alert to all counties to Be vigilant and enhance surveillance especially at the border Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports Detection of people at risk population including travellers truck drivers bushmeat handlers and health workers Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases Raise awareness among health workers about Infection Prevention and Control IPC measures case management and specimen management Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention preparedness and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans As the Ministry takes these steps and while we do not want people to panic I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Headache Sore throat Measles like rash Red eyes Bleeding from body openings If you come across such a person notify the nearest health center or administrative officials such as deputy chiefs or immediately call the following hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats including infectious diseases and that citizens continue to receive quality health services
    Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda
      The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak According to the report of the Ugandan authorities the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub county Mubende district in central Uganda Only one fatal case has been reported so far a 24 year old man who died on September 19 2022 The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola like symptoms and signs Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio economic activities The main mode of transport is by road air and water via Lake Victoria Some of the formal land crossings include border points like Busia Malaba Lwakhakha Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport J KIA Kisumu International Airport Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport In addition there are numerous informal land and sea border points All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases Ebola virus disease EVD is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person to person transmission Based on previous outbreaks up to 67 of infected cases die Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact as demonstrated in the 2014 2016 outbreak in West Africa It is estimated that the three most affected countries Guinea Liberia and Sierra Leone lost more than 4 3 billion dollars In light of this information the government has issued an alert to all counties to Be vigilant and enhance surveillance especially at the border Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports Detection of people at risk population including travellers truck drivers bushmeat handlers and health workers Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases Raise awareness among health workers about Infection Prevention and Control IPC measures case management and specimen management Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention preparedness and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans As the Ministry takes these steps and while we do not want people to panic I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks Vomiting Diarrhea Abdominal pain Headache Sore throat Measles like rash Red eyes Bleeding from body openings If you come across such a person notify the nearest health center or administrative officials such as deputy chiefs or immediately call the following hotline numbers 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35 The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats including infectious diseases and that citizens continue to receive quality health services
    Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda
    Africa3 months ago

    Kenya: Press Release on Ebola Outbreak (EVD) Reported in Mubende District – Uganda

    The Ministry of Health has received an alert from the Ugandan Ministry of Health about the Ebola outbreak in the country.

    This alert is in line with the East African Community Health protocols and further promotes good neighborliness.

    I take this opportunity to thank the Government of Uganda very sincerely and assure them of our warmest regards as they move forward to contain the outbreak.

    According to the report of the Ugandan authorities.

    the outbreak was detected in Ngabano village in Madudu sub-county, Mubende district in central Uganda.

    Only one fatal case has been reported so far, a 24-year-old man who died on September 19, 2022.

    The victim had been treated for other symptoms before developing Ebola-like symptoms and signs.

    Health officials in Uganda are currently conducting contact tracing to identify any close contacts of the deceased.

    Six previous suspicious deaths are currently under investigation.

    Uganda has reported Ebola incidents in the past, largely influenced by frequent outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    The two countries share a long common border that is mostly porous.

    It is important to note that there is substantial human trafficking between Uganda and Kenya for trade and other socio-economic activities.

    The main mode of transport is by road, air and water (via Lake Victoria).

    Some of the formal land crossings include border points like; Busia, Malaba, Lwakhakha, Suam and air travel via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (J KIA), Kisumu International Airport, Moi International Airport and Eldoret International Airport.

    In addition, there are numerous informal land and sea border points.

    All of this puts Kenya at high risk of disease importation and therefore members of the public need to be vigilant and report any suspected cases.

    Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a serious and often fatal illness in humans caused by the Ebola virus.

    The virus is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through person-to-person transmission.

    Based on previous outbreaks, up to 67% of infected cases die.

    Ebola can have a serious socioeconomic impact, as demonstrated in the 2014/2016 outbreak in West Africa.

    It is estimated that the three most affected countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) lost more than 4.3 billion dollars.

    In light of this information, the government has issued an alert to all counties to: • Be vigilant and enhance surveillance, especially at the border, • Activate rapid response teams to support the identification of any suspected cases and make prompt reports • Detection of people at risk population including travellers, truck drivers, bushmeat handlers and health workers • Raise awareness in the community to identify suspected cases • Raise awareness among health workers about Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) measures , case management, and specimen management • Mobilize all stakeholders to initiate prevention, preparedness, and response measures and the development of county EYO contingency plans.

    As the Ministry takes these steps, and while we do not want people to panic, I am calling on members of the public to take extra precautions while visiting Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    The general public is also advised to be wary of anyone with an acute onset of feyer and any of the following signs, especially if they have been in contact with people with a history of travel from Uganda and/or the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the previous three weeks; • Vomiting • Diarrhea • Abdominal pain • Headache • Sore throat • Measles-like rash • Red eyes • Bleeding from body openings.

    If you come across such a person, notify the nearest health center or administrative officials, such as deputy chiefs, or immediately call the following hotline numbers: 0729 47 14 14 or 0732 35 35 35.

    The Ministry of Health is committed to limiting threats to public health and will remain vigilant to ensure that Kenyans are well informed and protected against such threats, including infectious diseases, and that citizens continue to receive quality health services.

  •  Chief Aja Agha a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA has cautioned political parties in Ebonyi against acts capable of plunging the state into needless electoral violence in the 2023 poll Agha also the state acting APGA chairman said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abakaliki He added that politicians must learn to play by the rules and eschew actions that could endanger democracy He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure the provision of a level playing field to all political parties and their candidates The electoral body as an independent umpire should maintain neutrality remain unbiased and ensure that no preferential treatment is given to a particular candidate or candidates of any political party The 2023 general election is another litmus test for Prof Mahmood Yakubu and INEC has a greater role to play in preserving and consolidating our country s democracy by ensuring that the 2023 polls are not compromised As the political campaigns are about to begin it s expedient that INEC as the regulator of activities of all the political parties sees to it that party campaigns are issue based and in line with extant electoral laws Above all we must collectively work towards promoting credible transparent and violence free election in the state Agha said On the APGA s chances in the election the acting chairman said that the leadership of APGA has strategised to ensure an all out win for the party in all elective positions from ward to local government zonal and state levels APGA led government will usher in a new dawn in Ebonyi and the leadership of our great party is working to ensure that nothing will stop the party from emerging victorious in 2023 APGA government will pursue people oriented programmes and policies anchored on job creation empowerment and industrialisation he added Agha applauded Chief Edozie Njoku s led National Executive Committee NEC of the party for being above board and for repositioning the party Njoku has demonstrated great leadership prowess as the national chairman which has made our party transit from a regional party to a national party with membership spread cutting across the six geopolitical zones of the country he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: APGA Chieftain cautions against electoral violence in Ebonyi
     Chief Aja Agha a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA has cautioned political parties in Ebonyi against acts capable of plunging the state into needless electoral violence in the 2023 poll Agha also the state acting APGA chairman said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abakaliki He added that politicians must learn to play by the rules and eschew actions that could endanger democracy He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure the provision of a level playing field to all political parties and their candidates The electoral body as an independent umpire should maintain neutrality remain unbiased and ensure that no preferential treatment is given to a particular candidate or candidates of any political party The 2023 general election is another litmus test for Prof Mahmood Yakubu and INEC has a greater role to play in preserving and consolidating our country s democracy by ensuring that the 2023 polls are not compromised As the political campaigns are about to begin it s expedient that INEC as the regulator of activities of all the political parties sees to it that party campaigns are issue based and in line with extant electoral laws Above all we must collectively work towards promoting credible transparent and violence free election in the state Agha said On the APGA s chances in the election the acting chairman said that the leadership of APGA has strategised to ensure an all out win for the party in all elective positions from ward to local government zonal and state levels APGA led government will usher in a new dawn in Ebonyi and the leadership of our great party is working to ensure that nothing will stop the party from emerging victorious in 2023 APGA government will pursue people oriented programmes and policies anchored on job creation empowerment and industrialisation he added Agha applauded Chief Edozie Njoku s led National Executive Committee NEC of the party for being above board and for repositioning the party Njoku has demonstrated great leadership prowess as the national chairman which has made our party transit from a regional party to a national party with membership spread cutting across the six geopolitical zones of the country he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: APGA Chieftain cautions against electoral violence in Ebonyi
    General news3 months ago

    2023: APGA Chieftain cautions against electoral violence in Ebonyi

    Chief Aja Agha, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has cautioned political parties in Ebonyi against acts capable of plunging the state into needless electoral violence in the 2023 poll.

    Agha, also the state acting APGA chairman said this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abakaliki.

    He added that politicians must learn to play by the rules and eschew actions that could endanger democracy.

    He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the provision of a level playing field to all political parties and their candidates.

    “The electoral body as an independent umpire should maintain neutrality, remain unbiased and ensure that no preferential treatment is given to a particular candidate or candidates of any political party.

    “The 2023 general election is another litmus test for Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and INEC has a greater role to play in preserving and consolidating our country’s democracy by ensuring that the 2023 polls are not compromised.

    “As the political campaigns are about to begin, it’s expedient that INEC as the regulator of activities of all the political parties sees to it that party campaigns are issue-based and in line with extant electoral laws.

    “Above all, we must collectively work towards promoting credible, transparent and violence-free election in the state,” Agha said.

    On the APGA’s chances in the election, the acting chairman said that the leadership of APGA has strategised to ensure an all-out win for the party in all elective positions, from ward to local government, zonal and state levels.

    “APGA led-government will usher in a new dawn in Ebonyi and the leadership of our great party is working to ensure that nothing will stop the party from emerging victorious in 2023. “APGA government will pursue people-oriented programmes and policies anchored on job creation; empowerment and industrialisation,” he added.

    Agha applauded Chief Edozie Njoku’s led National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party for being above board and for repositioning the party.

    “Njoku has demonstrated great leadership prowess as the national chairman which has made our party transit from a regional party to a national party with membership spread cutting across the six geopolitical zones of the country,” he said.


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  •  Britain on Wednesday said it would cap the cost of electricity and gas for businesses from October following a similar scheme for consumers helping relieve the pressure of soaring energy costs It said wholesale prices for electricity would be capped at 211 pounds 239 17 dollars per megawatt hour MWh and for gas at 75 pounds per MWh We have stepped in to stop businesses collapsing protect jobs and limit inflation The government will compensate suppliers for the reduction in wholesale gas and electricity unit prices that they are passing onto non domestic customers finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng said The scheme will initially apply from Oct 1 to March 31 2023 for all non domestic energy users including charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals as well as businesses The level of the cap has been set at less than half the wholesale prices anticipated this winter it said NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Britain caps electricity and gas prices for businesses
     Britain on Wednesday said it would cap the cost of electricity and gas for businesses from October following a similar scheme for consumers helping relieve the pressure of soaring energy costs It said wholesale prices for electricity would be capped at 211 pounds 239 17 dollars per megawatt hour MWh and for gas at 75 pounds per MWh We have stepped in to stop businesses collapsing protect jobs and limit inflation The government will compensate suppliers for the reduction in wholesale gas and electricity unit prices that they are passing onto non domestic customers finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng said The scheme will initially apply from Oct 1 to March 31 2023 for all non domestic energy users including charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals as well as businesses The level of the cap has been set at less than half the wholesale prices anticipated this winter it said NAN NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Britain caps electricity and gas prices for businesses
    Foreign3 months ago

    Britain caps electricity and gas prices for businesses

    Britain on Wednesday said it would cap the cost of electricity and gas for businesses from October following a similar scheme for consumers, helping relieve the pressure of soaring energy costs.

    It said wholesale prices for electricity would be capped at 211 pounds (239.17 dollars) per megawatt hour (MWh) and for gas at 75 pounds per MWh. “We have stepped in to stop businesses collapsing, protect jobs, and limit inflation.

    “The government will compensate suppliers for the reduction in wholesale gas and electricity unit prices that they are passing onto non-domestic customers,” finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, said.

    The scheme will initially apply from Oct. 1 to March 31 2023, for all non-domestic energy users, including charities and the public sector such as schools and hospitals as well as businesses.

    “The level of the cap has been set at less than half the wholesale prices anticipated this winter,” it said.

    ( NAN)
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  •   Twenty eight hopefuls have expressed interest in running for Uganda s nine seats in the East African Legislative Assembly EALA On Monday September 19 2022 the nomination documents of 15 candidates all independent applicants were received 13 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Tuesday 20 September 2022 the last day of the two day activity chaired by the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija in the Parliament Conference Room According to records a total of 18 independent candidates submitted their nomination papers while six candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party also expressed interest The Democratic Party the Justice Forum JEEMA the Forum for Democratic Change FDC and the Uganda People s Congress UPC fielded one candidate each to compete for opposition seats The nominees on the second day included all six candidates led by NRM These are Paul Musamali Rose Akol Stephen Odongo James Kakooza Mary Mugyenyi and Denis Namara Candidates backed by various opposition political parties were also nominated on the second day including Gerald Siranda of DP Fred Ebil of UPC and Harold Kaija of FDC According to the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija the nomination papers must be verified by a verification committee after which the names of the successful candidates will be published These will then be invited to an open campaign before the members of the 11th Parliament who make up the electorate on Thursday 29th September 2022 in Parliament According to the EALA roadmap by September Parliament should have officially selected and published Ugandan representatives for the Arusha based Assembly
    Uganda Chapter: 28 Prepare for East African Parliament Campaigns
      Twenty eight hopefuls have expressed interest in running for Uganda s nine seats in the East African Legislative Assembly EALA On Monday September 19 2022 the nomination documents of 15 candidates all independent applicants were received 13 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Tuesday 20 September 2022 the last day of the two day activity chaired by the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija in the Parliament Conference Room According to records a total of 18 independent candidates submitted their nomination papers while six candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party also expressed interest The Democratic Party the Justice Forum JEEMA the Forum for Democratic Change FDC and the Uganda People s Congress UPC fielded one candidate each to compete for opposition seats The nominees on the second day included all six candidates led by NRM These are Paul Musamali Rose Akol Stephen Odongo James Kakooza Mary Mugyenyi and Denis Namara Candidates backed by various opposition political parties were also nominated on the second day including Gerald Siranda of DP Fred Ebil of UPC and Harold Kaija of FDC According to the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija the nomination papers must be verified by a verification committee after which the names of the successful candidates will be published These will then be invited to an open campaign before the members of the 11th Parliament who make up the electorate on Thursday 29th September 2022 in Parliament According to the EALA roadmap by September Parliament should have officially selected and published Ugandan representatives for the Arusha based Assembly
    Uganda Chapter: 28 Prepare for East African Parliament Campaigns
    Africa3 months ago

    Uganda Chapter: 28 Prepare for East African Parliament Campaigns

    Twenty-eight hopefuls have expressed interest in running for Uganda's nine seats in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

    On Monday, September 19, 2022, the nomination documents of 15 candidates, all independent applicants, were received.

    13 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Tuesday 20 September 2022, the last day of the two-day activity chaired by the Secretary of Parliament, Adolf Mwesige Kasaija, in the Parliament Conference Room. According to records, a total of 18 independent candidates submitted their nomination papers, while six candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party also expressed interest.

    The Democratic Party, the Justice Forum (JEEMA), the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) fielded one candidate each to compete for opposition seats.

    The nominees on the second day included all six candidates led by NRM.

    These are Paul Musamali, Rose Akol, Stephen Odongo, James Kakooza, Mary Mugyenyi and Denis Namara.

    Candidates backed by various opposition political parties were also nominated on the second day, including Gerald Siranda of DP, Fred Ebil of UPC and Harold Kaija of FDC.

    According to the Secretary of Parliament, Adolf Mwesige Kasaija, the nomination papers must be verified by a verification committee, after which the names of the successful candidates will be published.

    These will then be invited to an open campaign before the members of the 11th Parliament who make up the electorate on Thursday 29th September 2022 in Parliament.

    According to the EALA roadmap, by September, Parliament should have officially selected and published Ugandan representatives for the Arusha-based Assembly.

  •  The NUPRC says efforts are ongoing to prevent further gas leakage on the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company s NPDC Well 6 in Sangama community Rivers The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC said the incident which was reportedly observed on Sept 3 at about 13 30 hours was reported by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Exploration and Production Limited NNPC E amp P Ltd on Sept 9 Mr Gbenga Komolafe the Commission Chief Executive CCE in a statement on Wednesday said efforts were being made alongside other relevant agencies to deal with the situation According to the NUPRC CCE arrangements are ongoing for repair of the damage Komolafe said that the commission will ensure that the development did not affect the health and social lives of the people of the area or negatively impact the environment NUPRC has been notified of a gas leak incident on the NPDC Well 6 in Sangama community Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers A Joint Investigation Visit JIV was carried out on Sept 11 by a team from NUPRC National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA Rivers State Ministry of Environment as well as Community representatives with the Nigerian Police Force NPF in attendance During the JIV the team observed gas leak from one of the valves on the well head A closer look revealed that the Anode valve on the well head had been tampered with It was adjudged by the regulators to have been caused by third party interference However the community did not agree with the regulators and as a result would not sign the joint investigation report in spite of the technical explanation by the team he said This according to Komolafe prompted the team to reconvene on Sept 15 and after an extensive discussion all stakeholders eventually signed the incident report NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPDC Well: Efforts ongoing to prevent further gas leak — NUPRC
     The NUPRC says efforts are ongoing to prevent further gas leakage on the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company s NPDC Well 6 in Sangama community Rivers The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission NUPRC said the incident which was reportedly observed on Sept 3 at about 13 30 hours was reported by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Exploration and Production Limited NNPC E amp P Ltd on Sept 9 Mr Gbenga Komolafe the Commission Chief Executive CCE in a statement on Wednesday said efforts were being made alongside other relevant agencies to deal with the situation According to the NUPRC CCE arrangements are ongoing for repair of the damage Komolafe said that the commission will ensure that the development did not affect the health and social lives of the people of the area or negatively impact the environment NUPRC has been notified of a gas leak incident on the NPDC Well 6 in Sangama community Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers A Joint Investigation Visit JIV was carried out on Sept 11 by a team from NUPRC National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency NOSDRA Rivers State Ministry of Environment as well as Community representatives with the Nigerian Police Force NPF in attendance During the JIV the team observed gas leak from one of the valves on the well head A closer look revealed that the Anode valve on the well head had been tampered with It was adjudged by the regulators to have been caused by third party interference However the community did not agree with the regulators and as a result would not sign the joint investigation report in spite of the technical explanation by the team he said This according to Komolafe prompted the team to reconvene on Sept 15 and after an extensive discussion all stakeholders eventually signed the incident report NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NPDC Well: Efforts ongoing to prevent further gas leak — NUPRC
    General news3 months ago

    NPDC Well: Efforts ongoing to prevent further gas leak — NUPRC

    The NUPRC says efforts are ongoing to prevent further gas leakage on the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company’s (NPDC) Well 6 in Sangama community, Rivers.

    The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), said the incident which was reportedly observed on Sept. 3, at about 13:30 hours, was reported by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Exploration and Production Limited (NNPC E&P Ltd.) on Sept. 9. Mr Gbenga Komolafe, the Commission Chief Executive (CCE) in a statement on Wednesday, said efforts were being made alongside other relevant agencies to deal with the situation.

    According to the NUPRC CCE, arrangements are ongoing for repair of the damage.

    Komolafe said that the commission will ensure that the development did not affect the health and social lives of the people of the area or negatively impact the environment.

    “NUPRC has been notified of a gas leak incident on the NPDC Well 6, in Sangama community, Bonny Local Government Area of Rivers.

    “A Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) was carried out on Sept. 11, by a team from NUPRC, National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Rivers State Ministry of Environment as well as Community representatives with the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in attendance.

    “During the JIV, the team observed gas leak from one of the valves on the well head.

    “A closer look revealed that the Anode valve on the well head had been tampered with.

    It was adjudged by the regulators to have been caused by third party interference.

    “However, the community did not agree with the regulators and as a result would not sign the joint investigation report in spite of the technical explanation by the team,’’ he said.

    This, according to Komolafe prompted the team to reconvene on Sept.15, and after an extensive discussion, all stakeholders eventually signed the incident report.


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  •  Sen Nora Dadu ut APC Plateau South has felicitated with Sen Oluremi Tinubu APC Lagos Central on the occasion of her 62nd birthday Dadu ut in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Jos described Tinubu as a committed and dedicated politician and mother The lawmaker also described Tinubu as the supporting pillar of the All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Sen Ahmed Tinubu She said that women would play a major role in ensuring victory for the APC presidential candidate come 2023 The first female senator from Plateau further said that Oluremi Tinubu had the capacity to mobilise women to massively support APC Dadu ut commended Tinubu for her impactful and visionary leadership that led to political stability and development of not only her constituency but Nigeria in general She wished Tinubu God s continuous protection and guidance and prayed that the almighty God would grant her more years in good health NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sen. Dadu’ut  congratulates Sen. Remi Tinubu at 62 
     Sen Nora Dadu ut APC Plateau South has felicitated with Sen Oluremi Tinubu APC Lagos Central on the occasion of her 62nd birthday Dadu ut in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Jos described Tinubu as a committed and dedicated politician and mother The lawmaker also described Tinubu as the supporting pillar of the All Progressives Congress APC presidential candidate Sen Ahmed Tinubu She said that women would play a major role in ensuring victory for the APC presidential candidate come 2023 The first female senator from Plateau further said that Oluremi Tinubu had the capacity to mobilise women to massively support APC Dadu ut commended Tinubu for her impactful and visionary leadership that led to political stability and development of not only her constituency but Nigeria in general She wished Tinubu God s continuous protection and guidance and prayed that the almighty God would grant her more years in good health NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sen. Dadu’ut  congratulates Sen. Remi Tinubu at 62 
    General news3 months ago

    Sen. Dadu’ut  congratulates Sen. Remi Tinubu at 62 

    Sen. Nora Dadu’ut (APC-Plateau South) has felicitated with Sen. Oluremi Tinubu (APC -Lagos Central)  on the occasion of her 62nd birthday.

    Dadu’ut in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday, in Jos, described Tinubu as a committed and dedicated politician and mother.

    The lawmaker also described Tinubu as the supporting pillar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Sen. Ahmed Tinubu.

    She said that women would play a major role in ensuring victory for the APC presidential candidate come 2023. The first female senator from Plateau,  further said that Oluremi  Tinubu had the capacity to mobilise women to massively support APC.

    Dadu’ut commended Tinubu for her impactful and visionary leadership that led to political stability and development of not only her constituency but Nigeria in general.

    She wished Tinubu God’s continuous protection and guidance and prayed that the almighty God would grant her more years in good health.


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  •  Stakeholders have urged the media to take active interest in politics and remain ideologically neutral in the discharge of their duties They made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled Nigeria s Aborted Third Republic and The June 12 Debacle Reporters Account The book was written by a group of journalists under the auspices of the National Association of Political Correspondents NAPOC 90s a set of journalists who reported in the 1990s Sen Bola Tinubu the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC commended the group for putting the book together as witnesses to the political turbulence in the 80s and 90s Tinubu represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga his Campaign Organisation s Director of Media and Communications commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Nigeria s Democracy Day Deserving commendation are also members of the press for your heroic role in supporting not only the struggle for the revalidation of June 12 but also the restoration of democracy in our country Let us not treat June 12 election as just another election it truly represented a watershed in our history as it moved us closer to our pan Nigeria dream a nation where a Yoruba born politician could team up with a Kanuri man and still win polls With this book your association hopefully has presented the readers a complete picture of what transpired during the period he said The chairman of the occasion Mr Olusegun Ronsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture said although a lot had been written on June 12 the book was unique because it was authored by veteran political journalists in the 90s Runsewe noted that the book was coming from the background of well informed eye witnesses of the events to the build up to the election circumstances of its annulment and its aftermath He said Indeed the journalist as a chronicler of events provides the raw materials for the historian The book launch provides us an opportunity to reflect on the political circumstances of that time and to use June 12 as a lesson as we grapple with the challenges of the moment and aspire to take our nation to the next level According to Runsewe the take away from the book is to keep hope alive hope of a united one Nigeria that guarantees all citizens equal opportunity to pursue their dreams He said the time to build that Nigeria was now so citizens should set aside their differences and embrace the unbreakable ties that bound them together Dr Emeka Nwosu National Chairman NAPOC said it was a thing of joy for them to come together after almost 30 years to share their thoughts and experiences of the 90s with the public We are happy that the unveiling of this historic book is coinciding with yet another season of political contestation in our polity There is quite a lot for the present crop of political actors to learn from this very insightful work even practising journalists are not left out There are vital lessons they can pick from the book regarding the effective and unbiased coverage of political campaigns and elections based on the shared experiences of the various authors he said Nwosu said that the example which NAPOC had set would inspire and guide current and future media practitioners in the years to come Mr Julius Abure National Chairman Labour Party said it was time to imbibe the qualities of good democracy because democracy in itself was not enough unless it provided good governance and welfare for citizens Abure said that was why the book lunch was timely and urged Nigerians to use the opportunity the 2023 elections is presenting to them to make the right choice of leaders that would put Nigeria back on the right track for growth He urged citizens to vote for politicians wih character and the capability to deliver and make Nigeria grow Sen Ben Obi a former Special Adviser to GoodLuck Jonathan on Inter Party Affairs called on politicians to play politics without bitterness ahead of the 2023 general elections because politics was not a do or die affair Obi urged them to engage in issue based campaign leveraging on what they would do to move the nation forward Malam Mahmood Jega a former Chairman of Daily Trust Editorial Board said the 221 pages of the book talked about the journey of Nigeria s democracy Jega said the book was a compendium of some of the best political reports in the 90s from when the Independent National Electoral Commission was called National Electoral Commission uphill the June 12 political era It is a rich book and with excellent parts written by veteran journalists he said Jega called on Nigerians to read the book and learn lessons especially from June 12 to chart the way forward for the nation s democracy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Be interested in politics, be neutral in reportage- Stakeholders tell media 
     Stakeholders have urged the media to take active interest in politics and remain ideologically neutral in the discharge of their duties They made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled Nigeria s Aborted Third Republic and The June 12 Debacle Reporters Account The book was written by a group of journalists under the auspices of the National Association of Political Correspondents NAPOC 90s a set of journalists who reported in the 1990s Sen Bola Tinubu the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress APC commended the group for putting the book together as witnesses to the political turbulence in the 80s and 90s Tinubu represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga his Campaign Organisation s Director of Media and Communications commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Nigeria s Democracy Day Deserving commendation are also members of the press for your heroic role in supporting not only the struggle for the revalidation of June 12 but also the restoration of democracy in our country Let us not treat June 12 election as just another election it truly represented a watershed in our history as it moved us closer to our pan Nigeria dream a nation where a Yoruba born politician could team up with a Kanuri man and still win polls With this book your association hopefully has presented the readers a complete picture of what transpired during the period he said The chairman of the occasion Mr Olusegun Ronsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture said although a lot had been written on June 12 the book was unique because it was authored by veteran political journalists in the 90s Runsewe noted that the book was coming from the background of well informed eye witnesses of the events to the build up to the election circumstances of its annulment and its aftermath He said Indeed the journalist as a chronicler of events provides the raw materials for the historian The book launch provides us an opportunity to reflect on the political circumstances of that time and to use June 12 as a lesson as we grapple with the challenges of the moment and aspire to take our nation to the next level According to Runsewe the take away from the book is to keep hope alive hope of a united one Nigeria that guarantees all citizens equal opportunity to pursue their dreams He said the time to build that Nigeria was now so citizens should set aside their differences and embrace the unbreakable ties that bound them together Dr Emeka Nwosu National Chairman NAPOC said it was a thing of joy for them to come together after almost 30 years to share their thoughts and experiences of the 90s with the public We are happy that the unveiling of this historic book is coinciding with yet another season of political contestation in our polity There is quite a lot for the present crop of political actors to learn from this very insightful work even practising journalists are not left out There are vital lessons they can pick from the book regarding the effective and unbiased coverage of political campaigns and elections based on the shared experiences of the various authors he said Nwosu said that the example which NAPOC had set would inspire and guide current and future media practitioners in the years to come Mr Julius Abure National Chairman Labour Party said it was time to imbibe the qualities of good democracy because democracy in itself was not enough unless it provided good governance and welfare for citizens Abure said that was why the book lunch was timely and urged Nigerians to use the opportunity the 2023 elections is presenting to them to make the right choice of leaders that would put Nigeria back on the right track for growth He urged citizens to vote for politicians wih character and the capability to deliver and make Nigeria grow Sen Ben Obi a former Special Adviser to GoodLuck Jonathan on Inter Party Affairs called on politicians to play politics without bitterness ahead of the 2023 general elections because politics was not a do or die affair Obi urged them to engage in issue based campaign leveraging on what they would do to move the nation forward Malam Mahmood Jega a former Chairman of Daily Trust Editorial Board said the 221 pages of the book talked about the journey of Nigeria s democracy Jega said the book was a compendium of some of the best political reports in the 90s from when the Independent National Electoral Commission was called National Electoral Commission uphill the June 12 political era It is a rich book and with excellent parts written by veteran journalists he said Jega called on Nigerians to read the book and learn lessons especially from June 12 to chart the way forward for the nation s democracy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: Be interested in politics, be neutral in reportage- Stakeholders tell media 
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    2023: Be interested in politics, be neutral in reportage- Stakeholders tell media 

    Stakeholders have urged the media to take active interest in politics and remain ideologically neutral in the discharge of their duties.

    They made the call on Tuesday in Abuja at the public presentation of a book titled, “Nigeria’s Aborted Third Republic and The June 12 Debacle: Reporters’ Account ”.

    The book was written by a group of journalists under the auspices of the National Association of Political Correspondents (NAPOC 90s) ,a set of journalists who reported in the 1990s.

    Sen. Bola Tinubu , the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), commended the group for putting the book together as witnesses to the ”political turbulence” in the 80s and 90s.

    Tinubu, represented by Mr Bayo Onanuga  ,his Campaign Organisation’s Director of Media and Communications, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for recognising June 12 as Nigeria’s Democracy Day. “Deserving commendation are also members of the press for your heroic role in supporting not only the struggle for the revalidation of June 12,but also the restoration of democracy in our country .

    “Let us not treat June 12 election as just another election ,it truly represented a watershed in our history as it moved us closer to our pan Nigeria dream ,a  nation where a Yoruba-born politician could team up with a Kanuri man and still win polls.

    “With this book, your association ,hopefully has presented the readers a complete picture of what transpired during the period,”he said The chairman of the occasion, Mr Olusegun Ronsewe,Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture ,said although a lot had been written on June 12, the book was unique because it was authored by veteran  political journalists in the 90s.

    Runsewe noted that the book was coming from the background of well-informed eye witnesses of the events to the build-up to the election ,circumstances of its annulment and its aftermath .

    He said, “Indeed ,the journalist as a chronicler of events ,provides the raw materials for the historian.

    “The book launch provides us an opportunity to reflect on the political circumstances of that time and to use June 12 as a lesson as we grapple with the challenges of the moment and aspire to take our nation to the next level.

    ” According to Runsewe, the take away from  the  book is to keep hope alive ,hope of a united one Nigeria that guarantees all citizens equal opportunity to pursue their dreams.

    He said the time to build that Nigeria was now so, citizens should set aside their differences and embrace the unbreakable ties that bound them together.

    Dr Emeka Nwosu, National Chairman, NAPOC said it was a thing of joy for them to come together after almost 30 years to share their thoughts and experiences of the 90s with the public.

    “We are happy that the unveiling of this historic book is coinciding with yet another season of political contestation in our polity.

    “There is quite a lot for the present crop of political actors to learn from this very insightful work, even practising journalists are not left out .

    “There are vital  lessons they can pick from the book regarding the effective and unbiased coverage of political campaigns and elections based on the shared experiences of the various authors,” he said.

    Nwosu said  that the example which NAPOC had set would inspire and guide current and future media practitioners in the years to come.

    Mr Julius Abure, National Chairman, Labour Party, said it was time to imbibe the qualities of  good democracy because democracy in itself was not enough unless it  provided good governance and welfare for citizens.

    Abure said that was why the book lunch was timely and urged Nigerians to use the opportunity the 2023 elections is presenting to them to make the right choice of leaders that would put Nigeria back on the right track for growth .

    He urged citizens to vote for politicians wih character and the capability to deliver and make Nigeria  grow.

    Sen. Ben Obi, a former Special Adviser to GoodLuck Jonathan on Inter-Party Affairs ,called on politicians to play politics without bitterness ahead of the 2023 general elections because politics was not a do or die affair .

    Obi urged them to engage in issue-based campaign  leveraging on what they would do  to move the nation forward .

    Malam Mahmood Jega, a former Chairman of Daily Trust Editorial Board ,said the 221 pages of the book talked about the journey  of Nigeria’s democracy .

    Jega said the book was a compendium of some of the best political reports in the 90s from when the Independent National Electoral Commission  was called National Electoral Commission  uphill the June 12  political era.

    “It is a rich book and with excellent parts written by veteran journalists,” he said.

    Jega called on Nigerians to read the book and learn lessons especially from June 12 to chart the way forward for the nation’s democracy .

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    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement By Gabriel Agbeja News Agency of Nigeria The Single African Air Transport Market SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union AU Agenda 2063 It is an initiative by the AU to create a unified air transport market in Africa The single market is meant to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa to aid the AU s Agenda 2063 of transforming Africa into the global powerhouse It is believed to serve as a manifestation of pan African drive for unity self determination freedom progress and collective prosperity under Pan Africanism and African Renaissance Many aviation experts have observed that SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth job creation prosperity and integration across Africa They say active cooperation between eligible airlines and other Air Transport Service Providers in different Regional Economic Communities RECs will grows the industry Dr Amani Abou Zeid the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy African Union Commission AUC said in a SAATM document on Flying Agenda 2063 that establishing SAATM is an effort toward building the Africa we want Abou Zeid who was in charge of sectors covering Energy Transport Tourism and ICT said the initiative was expected to enhance air connectivity across the continent to reduce the journey and waiting times for most passengers by more than 20 per cent According to her the vision will induce competition in air services resulting in fare reduction and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Africa and job creations in both sectors SAATM is the first flagship project of AU and it was launched and established on the 28th January 2018 during the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia The development is critical to the African Union s integration agenda Particularly it is a crucial logistic infrastructure for the successful operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area AfCTA complemented by the protocol on the free movement of people and goods and the African Passport she said The commissioner said the AUC had the mandate to deliver both projects for the benefit of Africans According to her Africa today accounts for less than four per cent of the global world aviation traffic in spite of being home to no fewer than one billion people She is optimistic that Africa s market share of the sector will increase to more than 10 per cent with a fully operational single African air transport market Some experts contend that over all the project would boost Africa s economy Mr Muhammad Albakri the Regional Vice President Africa and Middle East International African Air Transport Market IATA says African governments will enjoy 1 3 billion incremental Gross Domestic Product GDP on the continent adding that no fewer than 155 000 new jobs would be created According to him passengers will enjoy a 75 per cent increase in direct services fare savings of 25 to 35 per cent while air transport would be available to at least 5 million additional potential travelers He said that under the leadership of African Union and African Civil Aviation Commission AFCAC with commitment of strong associations Africa s time had come to have its chunk of the aviation market Similarly stakeholders at the maiden National Aviation Conference in Nigeria recommended that responsible agencies in aviation industry not satisfied with modalities for the implementation of SAATM project should approach AFCAC for redress In recognition of the fact that in deed there are still challenges facing the implementation of the scheme the authorities say those issues are receiving adequate attention Mr Abderahmane Berthe the Secretary General of African Airline Association AFRAA said the association in collaboration with IATA AU AFCAC and Regional Economic Communities is at the forefront of advocacy on the effective implementation of the SAATM According to him a detailed action plan has been developed that focuses on key pillars to ensure that the aviation industry achieves the milestone for the prosperity of aviation sector in Africa AFRAA urges States that have signed up to go a step further to ensure they create an enabling operating environment for airlines so that they may realise the maximum potential of the SAATM and take advantage of benefits that aviation brings We continue our collaborative efforts towards successful realization of SAATM with aim of achieving far sighted vision of a SAATM that will help spur the development of African aviation he said The dream of a single aviation market in Africa is impossible if all the stakeholders do not see it from the same prism hen Group Capt John Ojikutu a former Commandant of the Muhammed Airport Lagos Nigeria has canvased for effective collaborations among relevant organisations in the aviation sector across the continent Ojikutu also called for unity among member states to actualise objectives of SAATM and AfCTA initiatives These African Economic or Commercial Organisations can work effectively only if there is unity among the member nations he said According to him stakeholders should deepen efforts toward achieving aims of SAATM and AfCTA He frowned at national airlines in the regions going into alliances with airlines outside the African continent Why some people in Nigeria think of partnering with foreign airlines outside Africa but on the same Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement BASA route with us Do those in the administration and management of our government agencies with international relationships really know what to look for Is it benefits for all or for themselves he asked Ojikutu observed that if the African citizens did not know what they were want it will be difficult to expect anything special from SAATM and AfCTA Mr James Odaudu Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation Mr Hadi Sirika said the main goal of the SAATM is to fully implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision YD The YD is a treaty adopted by many African Union members It establishes a framework for the librasation of air transport services between African countries and towards a fair competition among airlines operating in Africa Odaudu is optimistic that Nigeria will maximise benefits of these opportunities with the emergence of its own national carrier The YD provides for the full liberation of intra African exercise of first second third fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and freight air services by eligible airlines Nigeria is a very large market that everyone wants to exploit But then you don t have a national carrier to go into those countries to exploit opportunities the same way they do ours This is an issue that the soon to take off national carrier will address he said Experts say the extent to which these initiatives benefit the African continent is dependent on the political will among its leaders understanding and steadfastness on the side of operators as the compete with one another in the industry NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement
      Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement Growing Africa s aviation market through single air transport arrangement By Gabriel Agbeja News Agency of Nigeria The Single African Air Transport Market SAATM is a flagship project of the African Union AU Agenda 2063 It is an initiative by the AU to create a unified air transport market in Africa The single market is meant to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa to aid the AU s Agenda 2063 of transforming Africa into the global powerhouse It is believed to serve as a manifestation of pan African drive for unity self determination freedom progress and collective prosperity under Pan Africanism and African Renaissance Many aviation experts have observed that SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth job creation prosperity and integration across Africa They say active cooperation between eligible airlines and other Air Transport Service Providers in different Regional Economic Communities RECs will grows the industry Dr Amani Abou Zeid the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy African Union Commission AUC said in a SAATM document on Flying Agenda 2063 that establishing SAATM is an effort toward building the Africa we want Abou Zeid who was in charge of sectors covering Energy Transport Tourism and ICT said the initiative was expected to enhance air connectivity across the continent to reduce the journey and waiting times for most passengers by more than 20 per cent According to her the vision will induce competition in air services resulting in fare reduction and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Africa and job creations in both sectors SAATM is the first flagship project of AU and it was launched and established on the 28th January 2018 during the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa Ethiopia The development is critical to the African Union s integration agenda Particularly it is a crucial logistic infrastructure for the successful operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area AfCTA complemented by the protocol on the free movement of people and goods and the African Passport she said The commissioner said the AUC had the mandate to deliver both projects for the benefit of Africans According to her Africa today accounts for less than four per cent of the global world aviation traffic in spite of being home to no fewer than one billion people She is optimistic that Africa s market share of the sector will increase to more than 10 per cent with a fully operational single African air transport market Some experts contend that over all the project would boost Africa s economy Mr Muhammad Albakri the Regional Vice President Africa and Middle East International African Air Transport Market IATA says African governments will enjoy 1 3 billion incremental Gross Domestic Product GDP on the continent adding that no fewer than 155 000 new jobs would be created According to him passengers will enjoy a 75 per cent increase in direct services fare savings of 25 to 35 per cent while air transport would be available to at least 5 million additional potential travelers He said that under the leadership of African Union and African Civil Aviation Commission AFCAC with commitment of strong associations Africa s time had come to have its chunk of the aviation market Similarly stakeholders at the maiden National Aviation Conference in Nigeria recommended that responsible agencies in aviation industry not satisfied with modalities for the implementation of SAATM project should approach AFCAC for redress In recognition of the fact that in deed there are still challenges facing the implementation of the scheme the authorities say those issues are receiving adequate attention Mr Abderahmane Berthe the Secretary General of African Airline Association AFRAA said the association in collaboration with IATA AU AFCAC and Regional Economic Communities is at the forefront of advocacy on the effective implementation of the SAATM According to him a detailed action plan has been developed that focuses on key pillars to ensure that the aviation industry achieves the milestone for the prosperity of aviation sector in Africa AFRAA urges States that have signed up to go a step further to ensure they create an enabling operating environment for airlines so that they may realise the maximum potential of the SAATM and take advantage of benefits that aviation brings We continue our collaborative efforts towards successful realization of SAATM with aim of achieving far sighted vision of a SAATM that will help spur the development of African aviation he said The dream of a single aviation market in Africa is impossible if all the stakeholders do not see it from the same prism hen Group Capt John Ojikutu a former Commandant of the Muhammed Airport Lagos Nigeria has canvased for effective collaborations among relevant organisations in the aviation sector across the continent Ojikutu also called for unity among member states to actualise objectives of SAATM and AfCTA initiatives These African Economic or Commercial Organisations can work effectively only if there is unity among the member nations he said According to him stakeholders should deepen efforts toward achieving aims of SAATM and AfCTA He frowned at national airlines in the regions going into alliances with airlines outside the African continent Why some people in Nigeria think of partnering with foreign airlines outside Africa but on the same Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement BASA route with us Do those in the administration and management of our government agencies with international relationships really know what to look for Is it benefits for all or for themselves he asked Ojikutu observed that if the African citizens did not know what they were want it will be difficult to expect anything special from SAATM and AfCTA Mr James Odaudu Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation Mr Hadi Sirika said the main goal of the SAATM is to fully implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision YD The YD is a treaty adopted by many African Union members It establishes a framework for the librasation of air transport services between African countries and towards a fair competition among airlines operating in Africa Odaudu is optimistic that Nigeria will maximise benefits of these opportunities with the emergence of its own national carrier The YD provides for the full liberation of intra African exercise of first second third fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and freight air services by eligible airlines Nigeria is a very large market that everyone wants to exploit But then you don t have a national carrier to go into those countries to exploit opportunities the same way they do ours This is an issue that the soon to take off national carrier will address he said Experts say the extent to which these initiatives benefit the African continent is dependent on the political will among its leaders understanding and steadfastness on the side of operators as the compete with one another in the industry NANFeatures If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement
    Features3 months ago

    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement

    Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement Growing Africa’s aviation market through single air transport arrangement By Gabriel Agbeja, News Agency of Nigeria The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is a flagship project of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063.  It is an initiative by the AU to create a unified air transport market in Africa.

    The single market is meant to allow significant freedom of air transport in Africa to aid the AU’s Agenda 2063 of transforming Africa into the global powerhouse.

    It is believed to serve as a manifestation of pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity under Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance.

    Many aviation experts have observed that SAATM will bring about enhanced connectivity across the continent leading to sustainable development of the aviation and tourism industry with immense contribution to economic growth, job creation, prosperity and integration across Africa.

    They say active cooperation between eligible airlines and other Air Transport Service Providers in different Regional Economic Communities (RECs) will grows the industry.

    Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy,  African Union Commission (AUC), said in a SAATM document on Flying Agenda 2063, that establishing  SAATM  is an effort toward “building the Africa we want.

    “ Abou-Zeid, who was in charge of sectors covering Energy, Transport, Tourism and ICT, said the initiative was expected to enhance air connectivity across the continent to reduce the journey and waiting times for most passengers by more than 20 per cent.

    According to her, the vision will induce competition in air services resulting in fare reduction and contribute to the growth of the tourism industry in Africa and job creations in both sectors.

    .

    “SAATM is the first flagship project of AU and it was launched and established on the 28th January 2018, during the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU Assembly held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

    “The development is critical to the African Union’s integration agenda.

    “Particularly, it is a crucial logistic infrastructure for the successful operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA), complemented by the protocol on the free movement of people and goods and the African Passport,“ she said.

    The commissioner said the AUC had the mandate to deliver both projects for the benefit of Africans.

    According to her, Africa today accounts for less than four per cent of the global world aviation traffic in spite of being home to no fewer than one billion people.

    She is optimistic that Africa’s market share of the sector will increase to more than 10 per cent with a fully operational single African air transport market.

    Some experts contend that over all, the project would boost Africa’s economy.

    Mr Muhammad Albakri, the Regional Vice President Africa and Middle East, International African Air Transport Market (IATA), says African governments will enjoy $1.3 billion incremental Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on the continent adding that no fewer than 155,000 new jobs would be created.

    According to him, passengers will enjoy a 75 per cent increase in direct services, fare savings of 25 to 35 per cent while air transport would be available to at least 5 million additional potential travelers.

    .

    He said that under the leadership of African Union and African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) with commitment of strong associations, Africa’s time had come to have its chunk of the aviation market.

    Similarly, stakeholders at the maiden National Aviation Conference in Nigeria recommended that responsible agencies in aviation industry not satisfied with modalities for the implementation of SAATM project should approach AFCAC for redress.

    In recognition of the fact that in deed there are still challenges facing the implementation of the scheme, the authorities say those issues are receiving adequate attention.

    Mr Abderahmane Berthe, the Secretary General of African Airline Association (AFRAA), said the association, in collaboration with IATA, AU, AFCAC and Regional Economic Communities, is at the forefront of advocacy on the effective implementation of the SAATM.

    According to him, a detailed action plan has been developed that focuses on key pillars to ensure that the aviation industry achieves the milestone for the prosperity of aviation sector in Africa.

    “AFRAA urges States that have signed up to go a step further to ensure they create an enabling operating environment for airlines so that they may realise the maximum potential of the SAATM and take advantage of benefits that aviation brings.

    “We continue our collaborative efforts towards successful realization of SAATM with aim of achieving far-sighted vision of a SAATM that will help spur the development of African aviation,” he said.

    The dream of a single aviation market in Africa is impossible if all the stakeholders do not see it from the same prism hen Group Capt. John Ojikutu, a former Commandant of the Muhammed Airport, Lagos, Nigeria has canvased for effective collaborations among relevant organisations in the aviation sector across the continent.

    Ojikutu also called for unity among member states to actualise objectives of SAATM and AfCTA initiatives.

    “These African Economic or Commercial Organisations can work effectively only if there is unity among the member nations, “ he said.

    According to him, stakeholders should deepen efforts toward achieving aims of SAATM and AfCTA.

    He frowned at national airlines in the regions going into alliances with airlines outside the African continent.

    “Why some people in Nigeria think of partnering with foreign airlines outside Africa but on the same Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreement (BASA) route with us?

    “Do those in the administration and management of our government agencies with international relationships really know what to look for?

    Is it benefits for all or for themselves?

    “ he asked.

    Ojikutu observed that if the African citizens did not know what they were want, it will be difficult to expect anything special from SAATM and AfCTA.

    Mr James Odaudu, Special Assistant on Public Affairs to the Minister of Aviation, Mr Hadi Sirika, said the main goal of the SAATM is to fully implement the 1999 Yamoussoukro Decision (YD).

    The YD is a treaty adopted by many African Union members.

    It establishes a framework for the librasation of air transport services between African countries and towards a fair competition among airlines operating in Africa.

    Odaudu is optimistic that Nigeria will maximise benefits of these opportunities with the emergence of its own national carrier.

    “The YD provides for the full liberation of intra-African exercise of first, second, third, fourth and fifth freedom traffic rights for passenger and freight air services by eligible airlines.

    “Nigeria is a very large market that everyone wants to exploit.

    But then you don’t have a national carrier to go into those countries to exploit opportunities the same way they do ours.

    “This is an issue that the soon-to-take-off national carrier will address, “he said.

    Experts say the extent to which these initiatives benefit the African continent is dependent on the political will among its leaders, understanding and steadfastness on the side of operators as the compete with one another in the industry.

    (NANFeatures) **If used please credit the writer and the News Agency of Nigeria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The Ministry of Health has received a certificate of Exemplary Performance from the Secretary of National Cohesion and Values in the Office of the Presidency The award is a recognition to the Ministry for emerging among the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA in the performance of Contract Achievements and for reporting on its contribution to National Values in the course of its provision of services during the 2021 reporting period 2022 The Ministry scored highly on all National Values and Governance Principles as outlined in the 2010 Kenyan Constitution The highlights of the scores were the principle of patriotism in which the Ministry was praised for its excellent services at the Ports of Entry by the Department of Port Health Services The Ministry was also commended for its role in guiding county governments through formulating health policies and standards and building capacity for various cadres of county health employees thus observing the principle of sharing and return the power The Ministry was praised for upholding the principle of human dignity through various programs most notably the Memorandum of Understanding with Johnson and Johnson to increase access to mental health services On the principles of inclusion and equality the ministry was honored for several primary health programs serving Kenyans in underserved areas Speaking at a ceremony where she received the Certificate on behalf of the ministry the Principal Secretary of Health congratulated the various Heads of Directorate and Department present and urged them to continue serving the nation with passion while observing the principles of Cohesion and National Unity
    Kenya: Ministry receives certificate of Exemplary Performance in Upholding National Values
      The Ministry of Health has received a certificate of Exemplary Performance from the Secretary of National Cohesion and Values in the Office of the Presidency The award is a recognition to the Ministry for emerging among the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA in the performance of Contract Achievements and for reporting on its contribution to National Values in the course of its provision of services during the 2021 reporting period 2022 The Ministry scored highly on all National Values and Governance Principles as outlined in the 2010 Kenyan Constitution The highlights of the scores were the principle of patriotism in which the Ministry was praised for its excellent services at the Ports of Entry by the Department of Port Health Services The Ministry was also commended for its role in guiding county governments through formulating health policies and standards and building capacity for various cadres of county health employees thus observing the principle of sharing and return the power The Ministry was praised for upholding the principle of human dignity through various programs most notably the Memorandum of Understanding with Johnson and Johnson to increase access to mental health services On the principles of inclusion and equality the ministry was honored for several primary health programs serving Kenyans in underserved areas Speaking at a ceremony where she received the Certificate on behalf of the ministry the Principal Secretary of Health congratulated the various Heads of Directorate and Department present and urged them to continue serving the nation with passion while observing the principles of Cohesion and National Unity
    Kenya: Ministry receives certificate of Exemplary Performance in Upholding National Values
    Africa3 months ago

    Kenya: Ministry receives certificate of Exemplary Performance in Upholding National Values

    The Ministry of Health has received a certificate of Exemplary Performance from the Secretary of National Cohesion and Values ​​in the Office of the Presidency.

    The award is a recognition to the Ministry for emerging among the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) in the performance of Contract Achievements and for reporting on its contribution to National Values ​​in the course of its provision of services during the 2021 reporting period.

    /2022.

    The Ministry scored highly on all National Values ​​and Governance Principles as outlined in the 2010 Kenyan Constitution.

    The highlights of the scores were the principle of patriotism, in which the Ministry was praised for its excellent services at the Ports of Entry by the Department of Port Health Services.

    The Ministry was also commended for its role in guiding county governments through formulating health policies and standards and building capacity for various cadres of county health employees, thus observing the principle of sharing and return the power.

    The Ministry was praised for upholding the principle of human dignity through various programs, most notably the Memorandum of Understanding with Johnson and Johnson to increase access to mental health services.

    On the principles of inclusion and equality, the ministry was honored for several primary health programs serving Kenyans in underserved areas.

    Speaking at a ceremony where she received the Certificate on behalf of the ministry, the Principal Secretary of Health congratulated the various Heads of Directorate and Department present and urged them to continue serving the nation with passion while observing the principles of Cohesion and National Unity.

  •  Kwara United FC has redeemed its pledge to players after their qualification for the next stage in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition The team defeated AS Douanes of Niger Republic 3 0 in Nigeria and played out a goalless draw in Niamey on Sunday to scale through the competition Before the battle of Niamey the team s management led by the Chairman Kumbi Titiloye had promised the players N2m cash gift if they qualified for the next round of the competition The General Manager of the club Bashir Badawiy in his message to the players at the training session said the pledge had been redeemed while efforts were being intensified to have the bonuses paid While commending the players for the qualification he reminded them of the bigger challenges ahead especially their next opponent RSB Berkane of Morocco Also the Kwara United will play the Moroccans in the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Oct 9 with the return leg fixed for Oct 15 in Morocco Badawiy therefore charged the players to be more committed as the management with the support of the government would keep motivating them to do their best He commended the Governor Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his regular support to the team which enabled it to perform optimally The general manager also commended the Executive Chairman of the State Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji for his support to the team This is Kwara United FC s third appearance in CAF competitions having played in CAF Cup in 19992000 and in 20062007 seasons he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the united team emerged fourth in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season to qualify for the continental engagement NAN also reports that the club has been tipped alongside Remo Stars who were now out for the competition to represent Nigeria in the Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAFCC: Kwara Utd redeem N2m pledge to players, promises bonuses immediately
     Kwara United FC has redeemed its pledge to players after their qualification for the next stage in the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition The team defeated AS Douanes of Niger Republic 3 0 in Nigeria and played out a goalless draw in Niamey on Sunday to scale through the competition Before the battle of Niamey the team s management led by the Chairman Kumbi Titiloye had promised the players N2m cash gift if they qualified for the next round of the competition The General Manager of the club Bashir Badawiy in his message to the players at the training session said the pledge had been redeemed while efforts were being intensified to have the bonuses paid While commending the players for the qualification he reminded them of the bigger challenges ahead especially their next opponent RSB Berkane of Morocco Also the Kwara United will play the Moroccans in the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Oct 9 with the return leg fixed for Oct 15 in Morocco Badawiy therefore charged the players to be more committed as the management with the support of the government would keep motivating them to do their best He commended the Governor Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq for his regular support to the team which enabled it to perform optimally The general manager also commended the Executive Chairman of the State Sports Commission Malam Bola Mogaji for his support to the team This is Kwara United FC s third appearance in CAF competitions having played in CAF Cup in 19992000 and in 20062007 seasons he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the united team emerged fourth in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL season to qualify for the continental engagement NAN also reports that the club has been tipped alongside Remo Stars who were now out for the competition to represent Nigeria in the Confederation Cup NewsSourceCredit NAN
    CAFCC: Kwara Utd redeem N2m pledge to players, promises bonuses immediately
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    CAFCC: Kwara Utd redeem N2m pledge to players, promises bonuses immediately

    Kwara United FC has redeemed its pledge to players after their qualification for the next stage in  the ongoing TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition.  

    The team defeated AS Douanes of Niger Republic 3-0 in Nigeria, and played out a goalless draw in Niamey on Sunday to scale through the competition.  

    Before the battle of Niamey, the team’s management, led by the Chairman, Kumbi Titiloye, had promised the players N2m cash gift if  they qualified for the next round of the competition.  

    The General Manager of the club, Bashir Badawiy, in his message to the players at the training session, said the pledge had been redeemed, while efforts were being intensified to have the bonuses paid.  

    While commending the players for the qualification, he reminded them of the bigger challenges ahead, especially their next opponent, RSB Berkane of Morocco.    

    Also the Kwara United will play the Moroccans in the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Oct. 9, with the return leg fixed for Oct. 15, in Morocco.    

    Badawiy therefore, charged the players to be more committed, as the management, with the support of the government, would keep motivating them to do   their best.    

    He commended the Governor, Malam AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, for his regular  support to the team which enabled it to perform optimally.  

    The general manager also commended the Executive Chairman of the  State Sports Commission, Malam Bola Mogaji, for his support to the team.  

    “This is Kwara United FC’s third appearance in CAF competitions, having played in CAF Cup in 19992000 and in 20062007 seasons” he said.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the united team emerged   fourth in the 20212022 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season to qualify for the continental engagement.  

    NAN also reports that the club has been tipped alongside Remo Stars, who were  now out for the competition to represent Nigeria  in the Confederation Cup.  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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