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  •  Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al Burhan the President of the Transitional Government of Sudan has called for more multilateral action to find sustainable solutions to global challenges Al Burhan who made the call while addressing the world leaders at 77th session of UN General Assembly on Thursday in New York said such action would help to reduce global crises He said it would reduce terrible repercussions for people worldwide particularly in countries affected by conflict and in the least developed countries On the recent political developments in Sudan he reiterated his commitment to peaceful transition to establish real democracy that includes fair free and transparent elections at the end of the transition period in order to establish a civilian regime that represents all Sudanese people The Sudanese President went on to share that starting in July his country s military was asked to withdraw from negotiations meant to solve the ongoing political crisis after last year s coup allowing revolutionary political forces to form a civilian government This would be a government which would be independent and implement the rest of the remaining requests in the transition period He restated Sudan s commitment to cooperate with UNITAMS in line with the UN Charter and its mandate set forth by the Security Council and in line with the list of requests presented by Sudan to the UN to promote the transition He added that cooperation will continue with UNISFA President Al Burhan stated In order to promote national understanding we have provided all the necessary support to the AU IGAD UNITAMS Trilateral Mechanism this mechanism has done a lot of work but has yet to achieve what was required of it This has made debates on national consensus more complicated He highlighted how signing the Juba Peace Agreement lessened conflict in Darfur and provided some stability and security to the region In Darfur rate of voluntary return of the displaced people has also increased The Sudanese leader appealed to the international community for help and assistance in entitlements under the Juba Peace Agreement President Al Burhan stressed how Sudan is striving to improve security development and peace in the Africa region with South Sudan Somalia Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC and Chad among other countries He added that Sudan was the coordinator alongside the African Union to reach a peace agreement in the Central African Republic Sudan is also working with stakeholders to maintain security in Libya We are fighting against organised crimes too Sudan is sparing no efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals because we are convinced of the importance of the outcome document and sustainable development agenda for 2030 In this regard the Sudanese official pointed to the adoption of the strategic document for poverty reduction for the period of 2021 to 2023 by the transitional government On external debt Al Burhan said that the external debt is a stumbling block for his country and limits its efforts to continue achieving economic and social development This also hinders the implementation of the sustainable development goals He added that Sudan had qualified to benefit from the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries HIPC initiative appealing to the international community and brotherly and friendly countries to fulfill their commitments they made in the Paris and Berlin meetings noting that Sudan has completed all the legislation required to benefit from debt relief Regarding the four million refugees in Sudan Al Burhan called for greater international support to address the situation of refugees and local communities hosting them He concluded by highlighting another priority of Sudan the need to control the spread of small arms and light weapons NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Sudan calls for more multilateral action to address global challenges
     Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Al Burhan the President of the Transitional Government of Sudan has called for more multilateral action to find sustainable solutions to global challenges Al Burhan who made the call while addressing the world leaders at 77th session of UN General Assembly on Thursday in New York said such action would help to reduce global crises He said it would reduce terrible repercussions for people worldwide particularly in countries affected by conflict and in the least developed countries On the recent political developments in Sudan he reiterated his commitment to peaceful transition to establish real democracy that includes fair free and transparent elections at the end of the transition period in order to establish a civilian regime that represents all Sudanese people The Sudanese President went on to share that starting in July his country s military was asked to withdraw from negotiations meant to solve the ongoing political crisis after last year s coup allowing revolutionary political forces to form a civilian government This would be a government which would be independent and implement the rest of the remaining requests in the transition period He restated Sudan s commitment to cooperate with UNITAMS in line with the UN Charter and its mandate set forth by the Security Council and in line with the list of requests presented by Sudan to the UN to promote the transition He added that cooperation will continue with UNISFA President Al Burhan stated In order to promote national understanding we have provided all the necessary support to the AU IGAD UNITAMS Trilateral Mechanism this mechanism has done a lot of work but has yet to achieve what was required of it This has made debates on national consensus more complicated He highlighted how signing the Juba Peace Agreement lessened conflict in Darfur and provided some stability and security to the region In Darfur rate of voluntary return of the displaced people has also increased The Sudanese leader appealed to the international community for help and assistance in entitlements under the Juba Peace Agreement President Al Burhan stressed how Sudan is striving to improve security development and peace in the Africa region with South Sudan Somalia Democratic Republic of the Congo DRC and Chad among other countries He added that Sudan was the coordinator alongside the African Union to reach a peace agreement in the Central African Republic Sudan is also working with stakeholders to maintain security in Libya We are fighting against organised crimes too Sudan is sparing no efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals because we are convinced of the importance of the outcome document and sustainable development agenda for 2030 In this regard the Sudanese official pointed to the adoption of the strategic document for poverty reduction for the period of 2021 to 2023 by the transitional government On external debt Al Burhan said that the external debt is a stumbling block for his country and limits its efforts to continue achieving economic and social development This also hinders the implementation of the sustainable development goals He added that Sudan had qualified to benefit from the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries HIPC initiative appealing to the international community and brotherly and friendly countries to fulfill their commitments they made in the Paris and Berlin meetings noting that Sudan has completed all the legislation required to benefit from debt relief Regarding the four million refugees in Sudan Al Burhan called for greater international support to address the situation of refugees and local communities hosting them He concluded by highlighting another priority of Sudan the need to control the spread of small arms and light weapons NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Sudan calls for more multilateral action to address global challenges
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    UNGA77: Sudan calls for more multilateral action to address global challenges

    Abdel-Fattah Abdelrahman Al-Burhan, the President of the Transitional Government of Sudan, has called for more multilateral action to find sustainable solutions to global challenges.

    Al-Burhan, who made the call while addressing the world leaders at 77th session of UN General Assembly on Thursday in New York said such action would help to reduce global crises.

    He said it would reduce terrible repercussions for people worldwide, particularly in countries affected by conflict and in the least developed countries.

    On the recent political developments in Sudan, he reiterated his commitment to peaceful transition to establish real democracy that includes fair, free and transparent elections at the end of the transition period, in order to establish a civilian regime that represents all Sudanese people.

    The Sudanese President went on to share that starting in July, his country’s military was asked to withdraw from negotiations meant to solve the ongoing political crisis after last year’s coup, allowing revolutionary political forces to form a civilian government.

    This would be a government which would be independent and implement the rest of the remaining requests in the transition period.

    He restated Sudan’s commitment to cooperate with UNITAMS in line with the UN Charter and its mandate set forth by the Security Council and in line with the list of requests presented by Sudan to the UN to promote the transition.

    He added that cooperation will continue with UNISFA.

    President Al-Burhan stated: “In order to promote national understanding we have provided all the necessary support to the AU-IGAD-UNITAMS Trilateral Mechanism, this mechanism has done a lot of work, but has yet to achieve what was required of it.

    “This has made debates on national consensus more complicated.

    ” He highlighted how signing the Juba Peace Agreement lessened conflict in Darfur and provided some stability and security to the region.

    In Darfur, rate of voluntary return of the displaced people has also increased.

    The Sudanese leader appealed to the international community for help and assistance in entitlements under the Juba Peace Agreement.

    President Al-Burhan stressed how Sudan is striving to improve security, development and peace in the Africa region, with South Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Chad among other countries.

    He added that Sudan was the coordinator alongside the African Union to reach a peace agreement in the Central African Republic.

    Sudan is also working with stakeholders to maintain security in Libya.

    “We are fighting against organised crimes too.

    “Sudan is sparing no efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals because we are convinced of the importance of the outcome document and sustainable development agenda for 2030.” In this regard, the Sudanese official pointed to the adoption of the “strategic document for poverty reduction for the period of 2021 to 2023” by the transitional government.

    On external debt, Al-Burhan said that the external debt “is a stumbling block” for his country and limits its efforts to continue achieving economic and social development.

    This also hinders the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

    He added that Sudan had qualified to benefit from the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative, appealing to “the international community and brotherly and friendly countries to fulfill their commitments they made in the Paris and Berlin meetings, noting that Sudan has completed all the legislation required to benefit from debt relief.

    ” Regarding the four million refugees in Sudan, Al-Burhan called for greater international support to address the situation of refugees and local communities hosting them.

    He concluded by highlighting another priority of Sudan: the need to control the spread of small arms and light weapons.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Atiku Abubakar the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the 2023 elections on Thursday inaugurated a 10 lane 9 5 Kilometres road built by Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom Abubakar who inaugurated the project in Uyo as part of activities to mark the 35th anniversary of the State s creation said he would ensure that the country was unified Abubakar represented by Ahmadu Fintiri the Governor of Adamawa State said that PDP would continue to support the party to ensure victory in the forthcoming 2023 general elections We will continue to ensure that we win the 2023 elections so that we can recapture our beloved country and place it where it rightfully belongs in the comity of nations We will ensure that the entire country is unified from North to South for its betterment so that together we can enjoy Abubakar said He maintained that Akwa Ibom alongside other South South states was the home of PDP Abubakar called for relentless support for the PDP to enable the restoration of peace through the return of PDP to the saddle saying that the crises in Nigeria were artificial He added that there were capable hands in the PDP ready to help redeem the country and asked for prayers for the party Abubakar lauded Gov Emmanuel for his foresight and vision in executing laudable projects Through Gov Emmanuel Akwa Ibom has become a hub for aviation a hub for infrastructure a hub for healthcare delivery Above all what has endeared me to him is that he is making Akwa Ibom a hub for agriculture in Nigeria not to talk of the industrialisation that he is doing Abubakar said He said the projects of the governor were very exceptional and capable of attracting investors to the state In his remarks Emmanuel said the project came with 5 4 Kilometres underground drainage tunnel and three roundabouts of which two had rainbow water fountains He hinted that the road was divided into two had the portion from Oron road to Nwaniba road named after former Governor Idongesit Nkanga He noted that the stretch from Oron road to Aka road was named after former Governor of old Cross River late Clement Isong The governor appreciated all for the solidarity and said it was a sign that PDP was getting stronger In his goodwill message former Senate President Bukola Saraki said he was proud to share in the history Saraki stated that Gov Emmanuel s performance in office suggested that Nigerians needed PDP to have the country restored Aminu Tambuwal the Governor of Sokoto State said he had been part of history in Akwa Ibom on several occasions and was proud to be part of the historic unveiling of the 9 5km road Earlier Prof Eno Ibanga the Commissioner for Works commended the governor for the wisdom in executing the project to the admiration of all who had previously expressed doubts NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku inaugurates 10-lane 9.5km road in Akwa Ibom
     Atiku Abubakar the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party PDP in the 2023 elections on Thursday inaugurated a 10 lane 9 5 Kilometres road built by Gov Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom Abubakar who inaugurated the project in Uyo as part of activities to mark the 35th anniversary of the State s creation said he would ensure that the country was unified Abubakar represented by Ahmadu Fintiri the Governor of Adamawa State said that PDP would continue to support the party to ensure victory in the forthcoming 2023 general elections We will continue to ensure that we win the 2023 elections so that we can recapture our beloved country and place it where it rightfully belongs in the comity of nations We will ensure that the entire country is unified from North to South for its betterment so that together we can enjoy Abubakar said He maintained that Akwa Ibom alongside other South South states was the home of PDP Abubakar called for relentless support for the PDP to enable the restoration of peace through the return of PDP to the saddle saying that the crises in Nigeria were artificial He added that there were capable hands in the PDP ready to help redeem the country and asked for prayers for the party Abubakar lauded Gov Emmanuel for his foresight and vision in executing laudable projects Through Gov Emmanuel Akwa Ibom has become a hub for aviation a hub for infrastructure a hub for healthcare delivery Above all what has endeared me to him is that he is making Akwa Ibom a hub for agriculture in Nigeria not to talk of the industrialisation that he is doing Abubakar said He said the projects of the governor were very exceptional and capable of attracting investors to the state In his remarks Emmanuel said the project came with 5 4 Kilometres underground drainage tunnel and three roundabouts of which two had rainbow water fountains He hinted that the road was divided into two had the portion from Oron road to Nwaniba road named after former Governor Idongesit Nkanga He noted that the stretch from Oron road to Aka road was named after former Governor of old Cross River late Clement Isong The governor appreciated all for the solidarity and said it was a sign that PDP was getting stronger In his goodwill message former Senate President Bukola Saraki said he was proud to share in the history Saraki stated that Gov Emmanuel s performance in office suggested that Nigerians needed PDP to have the country restored Aminu Tambuwal the Governor of Sokoto State said he had been part of history in Akwa Ibom on several occasions and was proud to be part of the historic unveiling of the 9 5km road Earlier Prof Eno Ibanga the Commissioner for Works commended the governor for the wisdom in executing the project to the admiration of all who had previously expressed doubts NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku inaugurates 10-lane 9.5km road in Akwa Ibom
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    Atiku inaugurates 10-lane 9.5km road in Akwa Ibom

    Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections, on Thursday inaugurated a 10-lane 9.5 Kilometres road built by Gov. Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom.Abubakar who inaugurated the project in Uyo, as part of activities to mark the 35th anniversary of the State’s creation, said he would ensure that the country was unified.

    Abubakar, represented by Ahmadu Fintiri, the Governor of Adamawa State, said that PDP would continue to support the party to ensure victory in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

    “We will continue to ensure that we win the 2023 elections so that we can recapture our beloved country and place it where it rightfully belongs in the comity of nations.

    “We will ensure that the entire country is unified, from North to South for its betterment so that together, we can enjoy,” Abubakar said.

    He maintained that Akwa Ibom, alongside other South South states, was the home of PDP.

    Abubakar called for relentless support for the PDP to enable the restoration of peace through the return of PDP to the saddle, saying that the crises in Nigeria were artificial.

    He added that there were capable hands in the PDP ready to help redeem the country and asked for prayers for the party.

    Abubakar lauded Gov. Emmanuel for his foresight and vision in executing laudable projects.

    “Through Gov. Emmanuel, Akwa Ibom has become a hub for aviation, a hub for infrastructure, a hub for healthcare delivery.

    “Above all what has endeared me to him is that he is making Akwa Ibom a hub for agriculture in Nigeria, not to talk of the industrialisation that he is doing,” Abubakar said.

    He said the projects of the governor were very exceptional and capable of attracting investors to the state.

    In his remarks, Emmanuel said the project came with 5.4 Kilometres underground drainage tunnel and three roundabouts of which two had rainbow water fountains.

    He hinted that the road was divided into two, had the portion from Oron road to Nwaniba road named after former Governor, Idongesit Nkanga.

    He noted that the stretch from Oron road to Aka road was named after former Governor of old Cross River, late Clement Isong.

    The governor appreciated all for the solidarity and said it was a sign that PDP was getting stronger.

    In his goodwill message, former Senate President, Bukola Saraki said he was proud to share in the history.

    Saraki stated that Gov. Emmanuel’s performance in office suggested that Nigerians needed PDP to have the country restored.

    Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of Sokoto State, said he had been part of history in Akwa Ibom on several occasions and was proud to be part of the historic unveiling of the 9.5km road.

    Earlier, Prof. Eno Ibanga, the Commissioner for Works, commended the governor for the wisdom in executing the project to the admiration of all who had previously expressed doubts.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman in a statement said Buhari atated this at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported over 1 69 billion worth of goods to the US adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Nigeria s capability is not just limited to the oil and gas industry but variety of other sectors that hold notable potentials We are the largest economy in Africa and have over 200 million strong consumer market that is home to a range of attractive opportunities in sectors such as agriculture healthcare light manufacturing infrastructure development and technology The beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces he said According to Buhari Nigeria is open to deepening collaboration with BCIU and pledged this administration s continued commitment to maintain an enabling business environment that is friendly to foreign investors Going into partnerships with trusted local and foreign partners who have well established networks and understand the dynamics of the country is one way to guarantee success in Nigeria Today s event provides a platform for businesses under the BCIU umbrella to make connections with credible Nigerian partners I trust that this event will help build partnerships that will translate into increased trade and investment flows between Nigeria and the United States he said Apprising the business executives on the current Administration s economic policy Buhari said since 2015 the focus had been on economic diversification And successfully the economy is on a path of sustainable and inclusive growth through an open rules based and market oriented way of doing business The president emphasised that his major objectives for the forum was to garner support from the BCIU for two of Nigeria s most high impact developmental ambitions Driving strategic and financial investment into Nigeria s real sector transformation and rightly positioning Nigeria as a major international supply chain partner to leading global economies like the United States According to the president global supply chains are currently facing a challenging time as U S shippers have been under strain caused by reduced inputs from China and the growing backlog of European imports caused by the Russia Ukraine crisis He added that the world had not fully recovered from the economic challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and this had taught everyone the importance of having viable alternatives when traditional supply chains are unable to serve our needs He said The current global challenges are expected to continue into 2023 and beyond but Nigeria is ready to fill a greater amount of global demand We are leveraging on our skilled labour force strategic location as well as production and manufacturing potential to move forward as a key trading partner to the United States I have always held the strong conviction that there is no crisis without an accompanying opportunity and solution Increased collaboration with Nigeria and other developing markets is needed to mitigate against both current and potential future supply chain challenges He expressed confidence that the situation in the world today presented an opportunity for real sector investment in Nigeria The president noted that since signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Nigeria had strengthened its position as a gateway to an integrated continental market consisting of 1 3 billion consumers with an aggregate GDP of 3 4 trillion Further he stated that the administration had focused strongly on developing Nigeria s manufacturing sector and given the country s enormous natural resources However according to him technological partnership is needed to transform this natural endowment into high value goods To drive forward our manufacturing and production capacity we have developed 17 operational Special Economic Zones with four more currently under construction Fourteen of these are general economic zones which support export processing large scale manufacturing warehousing logistic services tourism food processing and packaging as well as technology development The remaining three are dedicated to oil amp gas related activities We have furthermore commenced the development of three automotive Industrial Parks that encourage the local assembly of vehicles for the Pan African market Buhari also used the occasion to list fiscal investment incentives formulated to encourage increased private capital inflows into Nigeria They include Three to five years of tax holidays for enterprises in what we deem pioneer industries Tax free operations and no restrictions on expatriate quotas in our Free Trade Zones capital allowances for agriculture manufacturing and engineering and a VAT regime of 5 percent among others The president of the Republic of The Gambia Adama Barrow was a Special Guest at the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria records over  President Muhammadu Buhari has described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman in a statement said Buhari atated this at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported over 1 69 billion worth of goods to the US adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Nigeria s capability is not just limited to the oil and gas industry but variety of other sectors that hold notable potentials We are the largest economy in Africa and have over 200 million strong consumer market that is home to a range of attractive opportunities in sectors such as agriculture healthcare light manufacturing infrastructure development and technology The beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces he said According to Buhari Nigeria is open to deepening collaboration with BCIU and pledged this administration s continued commitment to maintain an enabling business environment that is friendly to foreign investors Going into partnerships with trusted local and foreign partners who have well established networks and understand the dynamics of the country is one way to guarantee success in Nigeria Today s event provides a platform for businesses under the BCIU umbrella to make connections with credible Nigerian partners I trust that this event will help build partnerships that will translate into increased trade and investment flows between Nigeria and the United States he said Apprising the business executives on the current Administration s economic policy Buhari said since 2015 the focus had been on economic diversification And successfully the economy is on a path of sustainable and inclusive growth through an open rules based and market oriented way of doing business The president emphasised that his major objectives for the forum was to garner support from the BCIU for two of Nigeria s most high impact developmental ambitions Driving strategic and financial investment into Nigeria s real sector transformation and rightly positioning Nigeria as a major international supply chain partner to leading global economies like the United States According to the president global supply chains are currently facing a challenging time as U S shippers have been under strain caused by reduced inputs from China and the growing backlog of European imports caused by the Russia Ukraine crisis He added that the world had not fully recovered from the economic challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and this had taught everyone the importance of having viable alternatives when traditional supply chains are unable to serve our needs He said The current global challenges are expected to continue into 2023 and beyond but Nigeria is ready to fill a greater amount of global demand We are leveraging on our skilled labour force strategic location as well as production and manufacturing potential to move forward as a key trading partner to the United States I have always held the strong conviction that there is no crisis without an accompanying opportunity and solution Increased collaboration with Nigeria and other developing markets is needed to mitigate against both current and potential future supply chain challenges He expressed confidence that the situation in the world today presented an opportunity for real sector investment in Nigeria The president noted that since signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Nigeria had strengthened its position as a gateway to an integrated continental market consisting of 1 3 billion consumers with an aggregate GDP of 3 4 trillion Further he stated that the administration had focused strongly on developing Nigeria s manufacturing sector and given the country s enormous natural resources However according to him technological partnership is needed to transform this natural endowment into high value goods To drive forward our manufacturing and production capacity we have developed 17 operational Special Economic Zones with four more currently under construction Fourteen of these are general economic zones which support export processing large scale manufacturing warehousing logistic services tourism food processing and packaging as well as technology development The remaining three are dedicated to oil amp gas related activities We have furthermore commenced the development of three automotive Industrial Parks that encourage the local assembly of vehicles for the Pan African market Buhari also used the occasion to list fiscal investment incentives formulated to encourage increased private capital inflows into Nigeria They include Three to five years of tax holidays for enterprises in what we deem pioneer industries Tax free operations and no restrictions on expatriate quotas in our Free Trade Zones capital allowances for agriculture manufacturing and engineering and a VAT regime of 5 percent among others The president of the Republic of The Gambia Adama Barrow was a Special Guest at the event NewsSourceCredit NAN .69bn exports to US in 2020 as Buhari seeks increase in trade
     President Muhammadu Buhari has described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman in a statement said Buhari atated this at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported over 1 69 billion worth of goods to the US adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Nigeria s capability is not just limited to the oil and gas industry but variety of other sectors that hold notable potentials We are the largest economy in Africa and have over 200 million strong consumer market that is home to a range of attractive opportunities in sectors such as agriculture healthcare light manufacturing infrastructure development and technology The beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces he said According to Buhari Nigeria is open to deepening collaboration with BCIU and pledged this administration s continued commitment to maintain an enabling business environment that is friendly to foreign investors Going into partnerships with trusted local and foreign partners who have well established networks and understand the dynamics of the country is one way to guarantee success in Nigeria Today s event provides a platform for businesses under the BCIU umbrella to make connections with credible Nigerian partners I trust that this event will help build partnerships that will translate into increased trade and investment flows between Nigeria and the United States he said Apprising the business executives on the current Administration s economic policy Buhari said since 2015 the focus had been on economic diversification And successfully the economy is on a path of sustainable and inclusive growth through an open rules based and market oriented way of doing business The president emphasised that his major objectives for the forum was to garner support from the BCIU for two of Nigeria s most high impact developmental ambitions Driving strategic and financial investment into Nigeria s real sector transformation and rightly positioning Nigeria as a major international supply chain partner to leading global economies like the United States According to the president global supply chains are currently facing a challenging time as U S shippers have been under strain caused by reduced inputs from China and the growing backlog of European imports caused by the Russia Ukraine crisis He added that the world had not fully recovered from the economic challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and this had taught everyone the importance of having viable alternatives when traditional supply chains are unable to serve our needs He said The current global challenges are expected to continue into 2023 and beyond but Nigeria is ready to fill a greater amount of global demand We are leveraging on our skilled labour force strategic location as well as production and manufacturing potential to move forward as a key trading partner to the United States I have always held the strong conviction that there is no crisis without an accompanying opportunity and solution Increased collaboration with Nigeria and other developing markets is needed to mitigate against both current and potential future supply chain challenges He expressed confidence that the situation in the world today presented an opportunity for real sector investment in Nigeria The president noted that since signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Nigeria had strengthened its position as a gateway to an integrated continental market consisting of 1 3 billion consumers with an aggregate GDP of 3 4 trillion Further he stated that the administration had focused strongly on developing Nigeria s manufacturing sector and given the country s enormous natural resources However according to him technological partnership is needed to transform this natural endowment into high value goods To drive forward our manufacturing and production capacity we have developed 17 operational Special Economic Zones with four more currently under construction Fourteen of these are general economic zones which support export processing large scale manufacturing warehousing logistic services tourism food processing and packaging as well as technology development The remaining three are dedicated to oil amp gas related activities We have furthermore commenced the development of three automotive Industrial Parks that encourage the local assembly of vehicles for the Pan African market Buhari also used the occasion to list fiscal investment incentives formulated to encourage increased private capital inflows into Nigeria They include Three to five years of tax holidays for enterprises in what we deem pioneer industries Tax free operations and no restrictions on expatriate quotas in our Free Trade Zones capital allowances for agriculture manufacturing and engineering and a VAT regime of 5 percent among others The president of the Republic of The Gambia Adama Barrow was a Special Guest at the event NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria records over  President Muhammadu Buhari has described the United States as Nigeria s main trading partner and one of our most important diplomatic partners This he said underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade Mr Femi Adesina the President s spokesman in a statement said Buhari atated this at a meeting with the Business Council for International Understanding BCIU at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020 Nigeria exported over 1 69 billion worth of goods to the US adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products Nigeria s capability is not just limited to the oil and gas industry but variety of other sectors that hold notable potentials We are the largest economy in Africa and have over 200 million strong consumer market that is home to a range of attractive opportunities in sectors such as agriculture healthcare light manufacturing infrastructure development and technology The beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today as are some of Nigeria s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces he said According to Buhari Nigeria is open to deepening collaboration with BCIU and pledged this administration s continued commitment to maintain an enabling business environment that is friendly to foreign investors Going into partnerships with trusted local and foreign partners who have well established networks and understand the dynamics of the country is one way to guarantee success in Nigeria Today s event provides a platform for businesses under the BCIU umbrella to make connections with credible Nigerian partners I trust that this event will help build partnerships that will translate into increased trade and investment flows between Nigeria and the United States he said Apprising the business executives on the current Administration s economic policy Buhari said since 2015 the focus had been on economic diversification And successfully the economy is on a path of sustainable and inclusive growth through an open rules based and market oriented way of doing business The president emphasised that his major objectives for the forum was to garner support from the BCIU for two of Nigeria s most high impact developmental ambitions Driving strategic and financial investment into Nigeria s real sector transformation and rightly positioning Nigeria as a major international supply chain partner to leading global economies like the United States According to the president global supply chains are currently facing a challenging time as U S shippers have been under strain caused by reduced inputs from China and the growing backlog of European imports caused by the Russia Ukraine crisis He added that the world had not fully recovered from the economic challenges caused by the COVID 19 pandemic and this had taught everyone the importance of having viable alternatives when traditional supply chains are unable to serve our needs He said The current global challenges are expected to continue into 2023 and beyond but Nigeria is ready to fill a greater amount of global demand We are leveraging on our skilled labour force strategic location as well as production and manufacturing potential to move forward as a key trading partner to the United States I have always held the strong conviction that there is no crisis without an accompanying opportunity and solution Increased collaboration with Nigeria and other developing markets is needed to mitigate against both current and potential future supply chain challenges He expressed confidence that the situation in the world today presented an opportunity for real sector investment in Nigeria The president noted that since signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement Nigeria had strengthened its position as a gateway to an integrated continental market consisting of 1 3 billion consumers with an aggregate GDP of 3 4 trillion Further he stated that the administration had focused strongly on developing Nigeria s manufacturing sector and given the country s enormous natural resources However according to him technological partnership is needed to transform this natural endowment into high value goods To drive forward our manufacturing and production capacity we have developed 17 operational Special Economic Zones with four more currently under construction Fourteen of these are general economic zones which support export processing large scale manufacturing warehousing logistic services tourism food processing and packaging as well as technology development The remaining three are dedicated to oil amp gas related activities We have furthermore commenced the development of three automotive Industrial Parks that encourage the local assembly of vehicles for the Pan African market Buhari also used the occasion to list fiscal investment incentives formulated to encourage increased private capital inflows into Nigeria They include Three to five years of tax holidays for enterprises in what we deem pioneer industries Tax free operations and no restrictions on expatriate quotas in our Free Trade Zones capital allowances for agriculture manufacturing and engineering and a VAT regime of 5 percent among others The president of the Republic of The Gambia Adama Barrow was a Special Guest at the event NewsSourceCredit NAN .69bn exports to US in 2020 as Buhari seeks increase in trade
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    Nigeria records over $1.69bn exports to US in 2020 as Buhari seeks increase in trade

    President Muhammadu Buhari has described the United States as Nigeria’s main trading partner and one of ‘‘our most important diplomatic partners.

    ’’ This, he said, underscored the need for concerted efforts to increase the volume of bilateral trade.

    Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman in a statement, said Buhari atated this at a meeting  with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) at the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum, The meeting was held on the margins of the 77th UN General Assembly in New York, on Thursday.

    The Nigerian leader told the gathering that in 2020, Nigeria exported over $1.69 billion worth of goods to the US, adding that these exports were primarily made up of crude oil and other petroleum products.

    ”Nigeria’s capability is not just limited to the oil and gas industry, but variety of other sectors that hold notable potentials.

    ”We are the largest economy in Africa and have over 200 million-strong consumer market that is home to a range of attractive opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, healthcare, light manufacturing, infrastructure development and technology.

    ”The beauty of this forum is that the Ministers responsible for all of these sectors are here today, as are some of Nigeria’s premier business leaders who are already excelling in these spaces, ” he said.

    According to Buhari, Nigeria is open to deepening collaboration with BCIU, and pledged this administration’s continued commitment to maintain an enabling business environment that is friendly to foreign investors.

    ”Going into partnerships with trusted local and foreign partners who have well-established networks and understand the dynamics of the country is one way to guarantee success in Nigeria.

    ”Today’s event provides a platform for businesses under the BCIU umbrella to make connections with credible Nigerian partners.

    ”I trust that this event will help build partnerships that will translate into increased trade and investment flows between Nigeria and the United States,” he said.

    Apprising the business executives on the current  Administration’s economic policy, Buhari said since 2015, the focus had been on economic diversification.

    ”And successfully, ”the economy is on a path of sustainable and inclusive growth through an open, rules-based and market-oriented way of doing business.

    ” The president emphasised that his major objectives for the forum was to garner support from the BCIU for two of Nigeria’s most high-impact developmental ambitions: ”Driving strategic and financial investment into Nigeria’s real-sector transformation, and rightly positioning Nigeria as a major international supply-chain partner to leading global economies like the United States.

    ” According to the president, global supply chains are currently facing a challenging time as U.

    S. shippers have been under strain caused by reduced inputs from China and the growing backlog of European imports caused by the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

    He added that the world had not fully recovered from the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and this had taught everyone the importance of having viable alternatives when ”traditional supply chains are unable to serve our needs.

    ” He said: ”The current global challenges are expected to continue into 2023 and beyond, but Nigeria is ready to fill a greater amount of global demand.

    ”We are leveraging on our skilled labour-force, strategic location, as well as production and manufacturing potential to move forward as a key trading partner to the United States.

    ”I have always held the strong conviction that there is no crisis without an accompanying opportunity and solution.

    ”Increased collaboration with Nigeria and other developing markets is needed to mitigate against both current and potential future supply-chain challenges.

    ” He expressed confidence that the situation in the world today presented an opportunity for real sector investment in Nigeria.

    The president noted that since signing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, Nigeria had strengthened its position as a gateway to an integrated continental market, consisting of 1.3 billion consumers with an aggregate GDP of $3.4 trillion.

    Further, he stated that the administration had focused strongly on developing Nigeria’s manufacturing sector, and given the country’s enormous natural resources.

    However, according to him,  technological partnership is needed to transform this natural endowment into high value goods.

    ”To drive forward our manufacturing and production capacity, we have developed 17 operational Special Economic Zones with four more currently under construction.

    ”Fourteen of these are general economic zones which support export processing, large-scale manufacturing, warehousing, logistic services, tourism, food processing and packaging as well as  technology development; ”The remaining three are dedicated to oil & gas related activities.

    ”We have furthermore commenced the development of three automotive Industrial Parks that encourage the local assembly of vehicles for the Pan-African market.

    ” Buhari also used the occasion to list fiscal investment incentives formulated to encourage increased private capital inflows into Nigeria.

    They include: ”Three to five years of tax holidays for enterprises in what we deem pioneer industries; ”Tax-free operations and no restrictions on expatriate quotas in our Free Trade Zones; capital allowances for agriculture, manufacturing and engineering; and a VAT regime of 5 percent; among others.

    ” The president of the Republic of The Gambia, Adama Barrow was a Special Guest at the event. 


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  •  The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
     The First Lady of Nigeria Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision making at all levels The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission AFLPM on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly Mrs Buhari the President of AFLPM led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies The First Lady of Cote d Ivoire Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder Ms Nadage Afoutou In her remarks Afoutou representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel The representative said that her organisation United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear Our theory of change is that educated girls trained and financial independent women have information and power This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience she said She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women s political participation In her remarks Ms Stefania Gianini Assistant Director General for Education Education sector at UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women s inclusion in peace making in Africa It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single unified coalition Be assured of UNESCO s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture as it s about what we are It s about what we are Education as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership she said According to her UNESCO culture of peace and non violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030 particularly SDG 16 on peace justice and strong institutions and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063 in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security SDS NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security WPS and subsequently nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations humanitarian planning peacekeeping operations post conflict peace building and governance The Youth Peace and Security YPS agenda set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs experiences and aspirations of young women and men NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation
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    UNGA77: Aisha Buhari launches call to action to promote women participation

    The First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari and other top women in Africa on Thursday lunched a call to action to promote equal participation of women of all ages in peace building and decision-making at all levels.

    The correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports that the women launched the action at an event in New York on “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.

    The High Level event was organised by the African First Ladies Peace Mission (AFLPM) on the margins of the ongoing 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    Mrs Buhari, the President of AFLPM, led other top women to call for action on women participation in peace building and it was signed by First Lady of Burundi, Mrs Angeline Ndayishimiye on behalf of the African First Ladies.

    The First Lady of Cote d’Ivoire, Mrs Dominique Quattara also witnessed the signing of the declaration after it was read by Young Women Peace Builder, Ms Nadage Afoutou.

    In her remarks, Afoutou, representative of Young Women Involved in Peace and Security from the Sahel spoke about the crises and challenges young women face in the Sahel.

    The representative said that her organisation, United Network of Young Peacebuilder rely on four pillars of the UNSC Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security to build sustainable peace.

    “We prioritise three axes to protect girls and young women from freedom of want and freedom of fear.

    Our theory of change is that educated girls, trained and financial independent women have information and power.

    “This power will reduce structural and personal vulnerabilities while increasing their resilience,’’ she said.

    She said axe one was on capacity building to create pathway to economic empowerment; the second axe is female leadership programme and bootcamps and the last axe is focused on women’s political participation.

    In her remarks, Ms Stefania Gianini, Assistant Director-General for Education (Education sector) at UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said the responsibility lied within the stakeholders to act.

    Gianini said it was the responsibility of the responsibility of the top women to mobilize others to join forces on the enhancement of women’s inclusion in peace-making in Africa.

    “It is my hope and belief that all active structures on the ground come together to form a single, unified coalition.

    “Be assured of UNESCO’s willingness to revitalise these networks as we endeavour to complement our efforts through culture, as it’s about what we are.

    “It’s about what we are, Education, as we are actually what we learn and Women leadership, as women care and the world increasingly needs a new kind of caring leadership,’’ she said According to her, UNESCO culture of peace and non-violence efforts continue to contribute to Agenda 2030, particularly SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions, and the Aspirations of the African Union Agenda 2063, in line with the G5 Sahel Strategy for Development and Security (SDS).

    NAN reports that event coincided with the 22 years anniversary since the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), and subsequently, nine other resolutions to advance the WPS framework.

    Resolution 1325 established the first international legal and political framework recognizing the disproportionate impact of armed conflicts on women as well as the pivotal role of women in peace building.

    It acknowledged the importance of the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in peace negotiations, humanitarian planning, peacekeeping operations, post conflict peace building and governance.

    The Youth, Peace and Security (YPS) agenda, set forth in resolution 2250 adopted by the Security Council in 2015 Subsequently, YPS resolutions has helped to strengthen and expand the global normative frameworks for sustainable, comprehensive and inclusive peace by integrating an age lens and highlighting the specific needs, experiences and aspirations of young women and men.


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  •  The Vice Chancellor VC Salem University Prof Alewo Johnson Akubo has called on the Federal Government to allow private universities to benefit from TETfund for the attainment of desired educational development in the country The Vice Chancellor who made the call on Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja described the call as very germaine and necessary to turn around the nation s education system Johnson Akubo said it s bewailing why private universities are not part of the TETfund funding as the public universities considering the important roles we are playing in education system No doubt TETfund are ordinarily proceeds from what should be seen as a commonwealth since we are all producing graduates that will serve the entity of the nation I think it s high time that such discrimination should stop This is because nobody will tell any graduate not to work in a particular office because is coming from a private university Therefore I am calling on government to see to it that private universities become as much beneficiaries of TETfund as public universities because we are all working towards the same purpose In fact if you asked me of the Universities that should benefit from TETfund I will tell you it s the private universities in terms of ranking This is because funding private universities is like extracting water from flint rocks I have a privilege to head a private university and I understand the dynamics of finances he said The VC noted that public universities had budgetary allocations TETfund other grants and all sorts of subventions yet the private universities which don t have anything at all are denied access to TETfund According to him there is no reason the private universities should not be integrated into the scheme of things for the TETfund as soon as possible He said my clarion call to the Federal Government is to see to it that private universities as one of the brightest hope of the nation s university education benefit from TETfund as soon as possible The VC explained that Salem University is that one institution where you bring to it your wards or children and in four years we return them to you finished products in every ramification and devoid of strike On ASUU strike the VC called on both government and union leadership to try in the interest of parents and the loitering students to see how they could shift grounds and come to some level of compromise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Allow private varsities to benefit from TETFund – VC urges FG
     The Vice Chancellor VC Salem University Prof Alewo Johnson Akubo has called on the Federal Government to allow private universities to benefit from TETfund for the attainment of desired educational development in the country The Vice Chancellor who made the call on Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja described the call as very germaine and necessary to turn around the nation s education system Johnson Akubo said it s bewailing why private universities are not part of the TETfund funding as the public universities considering the important roles we are playing in education system No doubt TETfund are ordinarily proceeds from what should be seen as a commonwealth since we are all producing graduates that will serve the entity of the nation I think it s high time that such discrimination should stop This is because nobody will tell any graduate not to work in a particular office because is coming from a private university Therefore I am calling on government to see to it that private universities become as much beneficiaries of TETfund as public universities because we are all working towards the same purpose In fact if you asked me of the Universities that should benefit from TETfund I will tell you it s the private universities in terms of ranking This is because funding private universities is like extracting water from flint rocks I have a privilege to head a private university and I understand the dynamics of finances he said The VC noted that public universities had budgetary allocations TETfund other grants and all sorts of subventions yet the private universities which don t have anything at all are denied access to TETfund According to him there is no reason the private universities should not be integrated into the scheme of things for the TETfund as soon as possible He said my clarion call to the Federal Government is to see to it that private universities as one of the brightest hope of the nation s university education benefit from TETfund as soon as possible The VC explained that Salem University is that one institution where you bring to it your wards or children and in four years we return them to you finished products in every ramification and devoid of strike On ASUU strike the VC called on both government and union leadership to try in the interest of parents and the loitering students to see how they could shift grounds and come to some level of compromise NewsSourceCredit NAN
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    Allow private varsities to benefit from TETFund – VC urges FG

    The Vice Chancellor (VC), Salem University, Prof Alewo Johnson-Akubo, has called on the Federal Government to allow private universities to benefit from TETfund for the attainment of desired educational development in the country.

    The Vice Chancellor, who made the call on Thursday in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja, described the call as “very germaine and necessary” to turn around the nation’s education system.

    Johnson-Akubo said: “it’s bewailing why private universities are not part of the TETfund funding as the public universities, considering the important roles we are playing in education system.

    ” “No doubt, TETfund are ordinarily proceeds from what should be seen as a commonwealth, since we are all producing graduates that will serve the entity of the nation.

    “I think it’s high time that such discrimination should stop.

    This is because nobody will tell any graduate not to work in a particular office because is coming from a private university.

    “Therefore, I am calling on government to see to it that private universities become as much beneficiaries of TETfund as public universities because we are all working towards the same purpose.

    “In fact, if you asked me of the Universities that should benefit from TETfund, I will tell you it’s the private universities in terms of ranking.

    “This is because funding private universities is like extracting water from flint rocks.

    I have a privilege to head a private university and I understand the dynamics of finances, ” he said.

    The VC noted that public universities had budgetary allocations, TETfund, other grants and all sorts of subventions yet, the private universities, which don’t have anything at all, are denied access to TETfund.

    According to him, there is no reason the private universities should not be integrated into the scheme of things for the TETfund as soon as possible.

    He said, “my clarion call to the Federal Government is to see to it that private universities, as one of the brightest hope of the nation’s university education, benefit from TETfund as soon as possible”.

    The VC explained that Salem University “is that one institution where you bring to it your wards or children and in four years we return them to you finished products in every ramification and devoid of strike”.

    On ASUU strike, the VC called on both government and union leadership to try, in the interest of parents and the loitering students, to see how they could shift grounds and come to some level of compromise.


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  •  Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says governors of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP were discussing coming up with solutions to the crisis rocking the party as soon as possible After hosting the party s Board of Trustees BoT Tambuwal added that they engaged with the BoT with the belief that they would come up with solutions to the problem facing the party We have engaged with them and I believe that what they are likely to come up with will be a solution to the problem we have Be rest assured that as governors of the party we are also talking to ourselves on the way forward Very soon the governors forum will meet and we will come up with what we feel should be the solution and the way forward for the party We are all interested in working together for an objective and that objective is for the party and Nigerians of good will he said Tambuwal said the PDP governors were working to take over power in 2023 We must work together to solve our internal problems forge ahead and prosecute the electoral battle and by the grace of God we will have victory he said He commended BoT Chairman members and for its initiative as the conscience of the party Whenever there are issues of this nature the Board of Trustee steps in it is part of their functions in the party constitutionally speaking Tambuwal said Speaking earlier the Chairman of BoT Sen Adulphus Wabara said that Nigerians would see a more united PDP before the commencement of campaign He said that the BoT was going round to find lasting solution to the problem dividing the party Wabara said that the BoT members were going to meet the party s National Chairman Sen Iyorcha Ayu the Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Ifeanyi Okowa on the way forward Our aim is to get into the Aso Villa for PDP to get into the Aso Villa in 2023 we need every body to come on board We are still moving around in six days time the campaign will be inaugurated We hope and pray that before then Nigerians will see a more united PDP We are doing this not for us not for the chairman of the governors forum or anybody we are doing this for Nigerians Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to deliver them from what we are experiencing with the ruling party as we speak He said that the BoT members had met with some governors of the party but yet to meet Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State We have also met with some of the governors We started from my state Okezie Ikpeazu we moved to Enugu to meet Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi from there we met Seyi Makinde of Oyo we met with Jerry Gana we are really digging around to find solutions We are looking for solutions for all of us to come together and win the election in flying colours he said In response to the decision of Wike and his camp to pull out of the Atiku campaign council Wabara said that they would speak with Wike after addressing the nation on Friday After Wike s address tomorrow we will speak with him Wike is a member of the Board of Trustees We have made attempt to meet with him but I believe he has been very busy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PDP governors working to resolve party crisis- Tambuwal
     Gov Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says governors of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP were discussing coming up with solutions to the crisis rocking the party as soon as possible After hosting the party s Board of Trustees BoT Tambuwal added that they engaged with the BoT with the belief that they would come up with solutions to the problem facing the party We have engaged with them and I believe that what they are likely to come up with will be a solution to the problem we have Be rest assured that as governors of the party we are also talking to ourselves on the way forward Very soon the governors forum will meet and we will come up with what we feel should be the solution and the way forward for the party We are all interested in working together for an objective and that objective is for the party and Nigerians of good will he said Tambuwal said the PDP governors were working to take over power in 2023 We must work together to solve our internal problems forge ahead and prosecute the electoral battle and by the grace of God we will have victory he said He commended BoT Chairman members and for its initiative as the conscience of the party Whenever there are issues of this nature the Board of Trustee steps in it is part of their functions in the party constitutionally speaking Tambuwal said Speaking earlier the Chairman of BoT Sen Adulphus Wabara said that Nigerians would see a more united PDP before the commencement of campaign He said that the BoT was going round to find lasting solution to the problem dividing the party Wabara said that the BoT members were going to meet the party s National Chairman Sen Iyorcha Ayu the Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar and his running mate Ifeanyi Okowa on the way forward Our aim is to get into the Aso Villa for PDP to get into the Aso Villa in 2023 we need every body to come on board We are still moving around in six days time the campaign will be inaugurated We hope and pray that before then Nigerians will see a more united PDP We are doing this not for us not for the chairman of the governors forum or anybody we are doing this for Nigerians Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to deliver them from what we are experiencing with the ruling party as we speak He said that the BoT members had met with some governors of the party but yet to meet Gov Nyesom Wike of Rivers State We have also met with some of the governors We started from my state Okezie Ikpeazu we moved to Enugu to meet Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi from there we met Seyi Makinde of Oyo we met with Jerry Gana we are really digging around to find solutions We are looking for solutions for all of us to come together and win the election in flying colours he said In response to the decision of Wike and his camp to pull out of the Atiku campaign council Wabara said that they would speak with Wike after addressing the nation on Friday After Wike s address tomorrow we will speak with him Wike is a member of the Board of Trustees We have made attempt to meet with him but I believe he has been very busy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    PDP governors working to resolve party crisis- Tambuwal
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    PDP governors working to resolve party crisis- Tambuwal

    Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State says governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were discussing coming up with solutions to the crisis rocking the party as soon as possible.

    After hosting the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Tambuwal added that they engaged with the BoT, with the belief that they would come up with solutions to the problem facing the party.

    “We have engaged with them and I believe that what they are likely to come up with will be a solution to the problem we have.

    “Be rest assured that as governors of the party , we are also talking to ourselves on the way forward.

    “Very soon the governors forum will meet and we will come up with what we feel should be the solution and the way forward for the party.

    “We are all interested in working together for an objective and that objective is for the party and Nigerians of good will,“ he said.

    Tambuwal said the PDP governors were working to take over power in 2023. “We must work together to solve our internal problems, forge ahead and prosecute the electoral battle and by the grace of God we will have victory,” he said.

    He commended BoT Chairman, members and for its initiative as the conscience of the party .

    “Whenever there are issues of this nature, the Board of Trustee steps in, it is part of their functions in the party, constitutionally speaking,” Tambuwal said.

    Speaking earlier, the Chairman of BoT, Sen. Adulphus Wabara, said that Nigerians would see a more united PDP before the commencement of campaign.

    He said that the BoT was going round to find lasting solution to the problem dividing the party.

    Wabara said that the BoT members were going to meet the party’s National Chairman, Sen. Iyorcha Ayu; the Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa on the way forward.

    “Our aim is to get into the Aso Villa, for PDP to get into the Aso Villa in 2023, we need every body to come on board.

    “We are still moving around, in six days time the campaign will be inaugurated.

    We hope and pray that before then Nigerians will see a more united PDP.

    “We are doing this not for us, not for the chairman of the governors forum or anybody, we are doing this for Nigerians.

    “Nigerians are looking up to the PDP to deliver them from what we are experiencing with the ruling party as we speak.

    He said that the BoT members had met with some governors of the party, but yet to meet Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State .

    “We have also met with some of the governors.

    We started from my state, Okezie Ikpeazu, we moved to Enugu to meet Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, from there we met Seyi Makinde of Oyo, we met with Jerry Gana, we are really digging around to find solutions.

    “We are looking for solutions for all of us to come together and win the election in flying colours,” he said.

    In response to the decision of Wike and his camp to pull out of the Atiku campaign council, Wabara said that they would speak with Wike after addressing the nation on Friday.

    “After Wike’s address, tomorrow we will speak with him.

    Wike is a member of the Board of Trustees.

    We have made attempt to meet with him, but I believe he has been very busy,” he said.


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  •  Plateau Governor Simon Lalong has eulogised his deputy Prof Sonni Tyoden for mentoring youths in academics and politics through his achievements and integrity Lalong commended his Tyoden in a statement to congratulate him on his 72nd birthday The statement was issued by his Spokesperson Dr Makut Macham on Thursday in Jos Tyoden is an accomplished academician politician administrator and person of integrity honour and reliability he said He said that many of the youths Tyoden mentored while teaching in the university had successfully taken roles in the academia politics business public and private service among others He commended his loyalty demonstrated through his commitment to the actualization of his administration s vision projects and programmes The governor acknowledged the contributions of the celebrator in profering solutions and wise counsel towards addressing critical issues his administration had confronted in the last seven years He prayed for good health wisdom and protection for the erudite scholar administrator while wishing him the best in his future endeavours www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lalong eulogises his deputy Prof Tyoden for youths mentorship in academics, politics
     Plateau Governor Simon Lalong has eulogised his deputy Prof Sonni Tyoden for mentoring youths in academics and politics through his achievements and integrity Lalong commended his Tyoden in a statement to congratulate him on his 72nd birthday The statement was issued by his Spokesperson Dr Makut Macham on Thursday in Jos Tyoden is an accomplished academician politician administrator and person of integrity honour and reliability he said He said that many of the youths Tyoden mentored while teaching in the university had successfully taken roles in the academia politics business public and private service among others He commended his loyalty demonstrated through his commitment to the actualization of his administration s vision projects and programmes The governor acknowledged the contributions of the celebrator in profering solutions and wise counsel towards addressing critical issues his administration had confronted in the last seven years He prayed for good health wisdom and protection for the erudite scholar administrator while wishing him the best in his future endeavours www ng NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lalong eulogises his deputy Prof Tyoden for youths mentorship in academics, politics
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    Lalong eulogises his deputy Prof Tyoden for youths mentorship in academics, politics

    Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong , has eulogised his deputy , Prof Sonni Tyoden for mentoring youths in academics and politics through his achievements and integrity.

    Lalong commended his Tyoden in a statement to congratulate him on his 72nd birthday.

    The statement was issued by his Spokesperson , Dr Makut Macham on Thursday in Jos. “Tyoden is an accomplished academician, politician, administrator and person of integrity, honour and reliability,” he said .

    He said that many of the youths Tyoden mentored while teaching in the university had successfully taken roles in the academia, politics, business, public and private service, among others.

    He commended his loyalty demonstrated through his commitment to the actualization of his administration’s vision, projects and programmes.

    The governor acknowledged the contributions of the celebrator in profering solutions and wise counsel towards addressing critical issues, his administration had confronted in the last seven years.

    He prayed for good health, wisdom and protection for the erudite scholar, administrator , while wishing him the best in his future endeavours.

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  •  The North East Development Commission NEDC has begun a two day training of 300 rural women on using energy efficient stoves in the region The Managing Director of the Commission Mohammed Alkali said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Thursday in Maiduguri He said that 50 women were been selected to participate in the exercise in Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe Taraba and Yobe Alkali said the exercise was being conducted simultaneously as part of effort to enlighten the public on dangers associated with felling of trees as well as encourage use of energy efficient stoves to mitigate effects of climate change According to him the North East region exemplifies typical extreme case of the country s version of climate change reveling in ecological imbalance accompanied by devastating consequences He said the region has been grappling with an unprecedented number of climate induced migrations occasioned by the multifaceted effects of climate change The NEDC boss listed the effects to include desertification drought flood and shrinkage of the Lake Chad basin which put the region in a dire strait We are seeing the effects of climate change that has exacerbated different conflicts in the North East from the insurgency to communal conflicts over the years The drying up of the Lake Chad the southward expansion of the Sahara Desert floods being experienced across many states menace of the clashes necessitated by the diminishing availability of forests and grazing lands are all obvious problems associated with climate change in the region he said Also speaking Hajiya Falmata Mustapha a Director in the Lake Chad Research Institute said the women would be sensitised on effects of climate change and how use of energy efficient stoves She said the participants would be provided with fuel efficient stoves at the end io the exercise adding that it was designed with 43 per cent thermal efficiency The Director urged Borno government and other stakeholders to work towards enhancing access to energy efficient stove to control environmental pollution and deforestation One of the beneficiaries Talatu Dibal lauded the gesture adding that it had exposed them to understanding dangers associated and how to mitigate its impact on the environment www ng RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Commission trains 300 women on using energy-efficient stoves in N/East
     The North East Development Commission NEDC has begun a two day training of 300 rural women on using energy efficient stoves in the region The Managing Director of the Commission Mohammed Alkali said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Thursday in Maiduguri He said that 50 women were been selected to participate in the exercise in Adamawa Bauchi Borno Gombe Taraba and Yobe Alkali said the exercise was being conducted simultaneously as part of effort to enlighten the public on dangers associated with felling of trees as well as encourage use of energy efficient stoves to mitigate effects of climate change According to him the North East region exemplifies typical extreme case of the country s version of climate change reveling in ecological imbalance accompanied by devastating consequences He said the region has been grappling with an unprecedented number of climate induced migrations occasioned by the multifaceted effects of climate change The NEDC boss listed the effects to include desertification drought flood and shrinkage of the Lake Chad basin which put the region in a dire strait We are seeing the effects of climate change that has exacerbated different conflicts in the North East from the insurgency to communal conflicts over the years The drying up of the Lake Chad the southward expansion of the Sahara Desert floods being experienced across many states menace of the clashes necessitated by the diminishing availability of forests and grazing lands are all obvious problems associated with climate change in the region he said Also speaking Hajiya Falmata Mustapha a Director in the Lake Chad Research Institute said the women would be sensitised on effects of climate change and how use of energy efficient stoves She said the participants would be provided with fuel efficient stoves at the end io the exercise adding that it was designed with 43 per cent thermal efficiency The Director urged Borno government and other stakeholders to work towards enhancing access to energy efficient stove to control environmental pollution and deforestation One of the beneficiaries Talatu Dibal lauded the gesture adding that it had exposed them to understanding dangers associated and how to mitigate its impact on the environment www ng RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Commission trains 300 women on using energy-efficient stoves in N/East
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    Commission trains 300 women on using energy-efficient stoves in N/East

    The North-East Development Commission (NEDC) has begun a two-day training of 300 rural women on using energy-efficient stoves in the region.

    The Managing Director of the Commission, Mohammed Alkali said this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Thursday in Maiduguri.

    He said that 50 women were been selected to participate in the exercise in Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe. Alkali said the exercise was being conducted simultaneously as part of effort to enlighten the public on dangers associated with felling of trees as well as encourage use of energy-efficient stoves to mitigate effects of climate  change.

    According to him, the North-East region exemplifies typical extreme case of the country’s version of climate change, reveling in ecological imbalance accompanied by devastating consequences.

    He said the region has been grappling with an unprecedented number of “climate induced migrations” occasioned by the multifaceted effects of climate change.

    The NEDC boss listed the  effects to include desertification, drought, flood and shrinkage of the Lake Chad basin – which put the region in a dire strait.

    “We are seeing the effects of climate change that has exacerbated different conflicts in the North-East from the insurgency to communal conflicts over the years.

    “The drying up of the Lake Chad, the southward expansion of the Sahara Desert, floods being experienced across many states, menace of the clashes necessitated by the diminishing availability of forests and grazing lands, are all obvious problems associated with climate change in the region,” he said.

    Also speaking,  Hajiya Falmata Mustapha, a Director in the Lake Chad Research Institute, said the women would be sensitised on effects of climate change and how use of energy-efficient stoves.

    She said the participants would be provided with fuel-efficient stoves at the end io the exercise, adding that it was designed with 43 per cent thermal efficiency.

    The Director urged Borno government and other stakeholders to work towards enhancing access to energy-efficient stove to control environmental pollution and deforestation.

    One of the beneficiaries, Talatu Dibal lauded the gesture, adding that it had exposed them to understanding dangers associated and how to mitigate its impact on the environment. 

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