The ECOWAS mission to the Republic of Niger, from 25 to 30 September 2022, on migrants stuck in Niger en route to North Africa and Europe has concluded its deliberations.
Consequently, the mission issued a series of recommendations to member states, technical and financial partners, as well as the ECOWAS Commission.
The mission delegation included Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, as Head of Mission, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the most affected Member States (Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal , Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin), the ECOWAS Director of Humanitarian and Social Affairs, Dr. Sintiki Tarfa-Ugbe, experts from the ECOWAS Commission departments in charge Human Development and Social Affairs, as well as Free Circulation.
While the Mission deplored the increasingly frequent mass deportations of ECOWAS citizens from the Maghreb, particularly from Algeria to the territory of Niger, the Mission underlined its commitment to uphold respect for migrants in accordance with international law through dialogue and in an environment of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
The representatives of the Member States present together with the ECOWAS experts issued a recommendation to the authorities of the respective Member States to promote a legal environment conducive to the good governance of migration and strive to give a human face to the management of migration.
migration between the ECOWAS countries and the Maghreb.
They issued a further recommendation inviting and urging ECOWAS to join member states through its platform, Migration Dialogue for West Africa (MIDWA), for concerted migration management with the Maghreb.
A subsequent recommendation to development partners involved in migration issues called for support for initiatives aimed at putting a human face on migration, strengthening national and transnational collaboration between technical departments, and collaboration with respective governments on actions humanitarian measures to facilitate the return and reintegration of migrants.
For the Maghreb countries and all other regions, the mission recommended discouraging the forced return of people in need of protection.
Finally, the mission participants praised the efforts of the Government of Niger, humanitarian and development partners, international organizations and Civil Society to receive deportees from the Maghreb.
At the end of the Niamey mission, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr, on Friday, September 20, 2022, met with the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management of Niger, Mr. Laouan Magagi, the Minister of the Interior, Mr. Adamou Souley, the Minister for Women's Affairs and Child Protection.
, Mrs. Allahoury Aminata Zourkaleini, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Prof. Ag Arya Moussa.
The secretary general of APPO, the African Organization of Petroleum Producers, has spoken in favor of OPEC's recent decision to cut production by around 2%, on the sidelines of the African Oil Week (www.Africa -OilWeek.com) in Cape Town. “It's a well-taken decision,” APPO Secretary General Dr. Omar Farouk Ibrahim said on the sidelines of the African Oil Week being held here.
"I think it's the right thing to do to save the industry and also to ensure that there is stability for today and tomorrow."
The decision by OPEC, which includes major oil producers Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as African countries and APPO members Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Congo and Libya, caused the price of Brent crude to rise by 1 .5% to more than $93 per year.
“Each country has a responsibility to protect the interests of its citizens and if, by reducing production, they consider it to be in their best interests, so be it.
When developed countries make decisions, they don't sit back and think [about] How will it affect developing countries?
The interest of its citizens is paramount.” The OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Producing Countries) decision was made after the 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC ministerial meeting on October 5.
In a statement, the organization said it "would reduce total production by 2 mb/d, starting in November 2022.
It said the adjustment was being made "in light of the uncertainty surrounding the global economy and the outlook for the oil market, and the need to improve the long-term orientation for the oil market”.
The move comes against the backdrop of a global economic downturn, the war in Ukraine and the recent G7 cap on the price of Russian oil exports, as part of a new sanctions package against Moscow.
Dr. Ibrahim's comments reflect a growing assertion among African oil producers that the region has a right to chart its own energy course.
Africa Oil Week, held here this week, has seen the continent speak with one voice on the defining energy challenge of our time: that Africa will determine how best to balance its own development with sustainability.
Keynote speakers, government representatives, analysts, industry leaders and panelists have said that the difficulties of energy poverty are as dangerous as the risks of climate change.
In this context, Africa is better equipped to determine how it can meet its climate commitments while providing its people with access to the energy needed to provide a better future for its people.
“We all need to remember that more than half of the population on our continent does not have access to modern energy, specifically electricity,” said Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy at the African Union Commission.
, official partners of the African Oil Week. "Africa's low levels of access to modern energy mean that Africa will have to use all forms of its abundant energy resources to meet its energy needs."
Abou-Zaid said the AU was guided by the Africa 2063 Agenda, a development plan that calls for universal access to affordable and reliable energy for both production and domestic use in Africa.
The AU recently adopted the African Common Position on Energy Access and Just Transition, which outlines Africa's development pathways to accelerate universal energy access and transition without compromising its development imperatives.
Rashid Ali Abdallah, executive director of the AU Africa Energy Commission (AFREC) said Africa's energy transition was about the continent moving from "no energy to energy, to fill the energy access gap" .
"Decarbonization or the goal of reaching zero emissions by 2050 is not appropriate for the African context," he said.
“Perhaps it is suitable for other regions of the world.
For that reason, as Africa, we must promote development and exploration in the oil and gas market.” The AU estimates that more than 600 million (https://bit.ly/3SL9VIY) Africans live without electricity, while 900 million lack access to clean cooking facilities.
The African Common Position encourages striking a balance between ensuring access to electricity for socio-economic growth and the smooth transition to an energy system based on renewable energy sources.
Paul Sinclair, Vice President for Energy and Director of Government Relations, Africa Oil Week and Green Energy Africa said: “We are delighted to have partnered with the AU this week to ensure we boost regional oil and gas markets in an Afrocentric energy transition.
The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to announce the return of the National Oil Company (NOC) Summit at Africa's premier event for the oil and gas sector, the African Energy Week (AEW) (https://AECWeek.com/), which will take place from October 18 to 21, 2022, in Cape Town. Following a successful edition of the NOC Summit at AEW 2021, this year's edition, under the theme "Exploring and Investing in Africa's Energy Future While Driving an Enabling Environment", will continue the discussion on the role NOCs play to boost investment in, as well as exploration and production of, Africa's hydrocarbon sector.
With oil production declining due to continued production declines from legacy projects in major African producing countries such as Nigeria, Libya, Algeria, Angola and Egypt, NOCs have an important role to play in leading and accelerating exploration activities to boost production.
In Nigeria, for example, Africa's largest crude oil producer, where production is projected to decline from 2023 and no major liquids projects are expected to be approved or commissioned in 2022, the National Oil Corporation Nigerian Petroleum (NNPC) has an important task.
play on increased exploration and gradual increase in production.
With the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Act in 2021, the Nigerian government completely overhauled the NNPC, restructured the company and consequently redefined the role of the organization in the petroleum sector.
Since then, the NNPC has been operating on a commercial basis, driving exploration and production in a more market-oriented manner.
Furthermore, as the exit of large international companies such as TotalEnergies, Shell, Eni and ExxonMobil are expected to affect production in Africa, NOCs must ensure that production remains optimal despite divestment.
The NOC Summit aims to address these challenges, featuring discussions and presentations on how NOCs can increase oil and gas production across the continent.
In addition, investments within Africa's upstream segment continue to fall due to global climate politics and as such, a compelling need has emerged for African NOCs to reform business operations to attract investment.
Therefore, the NOC Summit at AEW 2022 will bring together African energy stakeholders, government representatives and private sector institutions to discuss best practices that will increase the flow of investments to boost energy production.
“African NOCs have an important role to play in driving investment and development across the energy value chain in Africa, and the NOC Summit provides an opportunity to discuss this role while addressing the challenges and opportunities facing the industry today.
Building on the success seen at last year's summit, the AEW 2022 NOC summit will build an Africa-focused narrative on oil, gas and exploration,” said Tomas C.
Gerbasio, director of strategy and business development at the African Energy Chamber.
In addition, Africa's NOCs have a critical role to play in driving the growth of the continent's gas economy, increasing collaboration with major financial institutions and stimulating development across the value chain.
Algeria's Sonatrach and Egypt's EGAS have been at the forefront in this regard, recently signing agreements with Italy's Eni for further cooperation to intensify local gas production to meet domestic demand, as well as to increase exports to Europe.
Despite having 125.3 billion barrels of crude oil reserves, one of the largest in the world, Africa exports most of its resources while importing refined products due to lack of investment and refining capacity.
As a result, more than 600 million people in Africa live in energy poverty and the continent continues to struggle with high energy prices and shortages.
Angola, for example, Africa's third-largest oil producer with 8.2 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, relies heavily on energy imports and spends more than $1.7 billion on imports to meet domestic demand.
Accordingly, the NOC Summit will address the role African NOCs play in this sector, emphasizing how state organizations in Africa can increase investments from both the public and private sectors to accelerate downstream development.
Some 172 international matches were played in September; Brazil increases its leadership at the top of the FIFA (www.FIFA.com)/Coca-Cola World Ranking; Last international break before Qatar 2022.
A total of 53 UEFA Nations League matches and 119 friendlies were played in the last international break before the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, which kicks off on 20 November.
As well as giving one last dress rehearsal to the 32 qualifiers for the next global finals, the matches also had an impact on the latest FIFA/Cola-Cola World Ranking.
Brazil (1st, -) will begin their bid to win a sixth world title as leader of the Ranking.
By beating Ghana and Tunisia in their two friendlies last week, the Seleçao widened the gap between them and their closest rivals, Belgium (2nd, -), who lost to the Netherlands (8th, -) in the Nations League.
Argentina (3rd, -) completes the podium.
Right behind are current world champions France (4th, -), followed by England (5th, -).
The only change in the top 10 was that Italy (6th, plus 1) overtook Spain (7th, minus 1), which dropped one place.
There is more movement further down the Ranking.
Croatia (12th, plus 3) moved up three places, while IR Iran (20th, plus 2) moved into the top 20, closely followed by Serbia (21st, plus 4), who gained four places.
The biggest movers were the teams that failed to qualify for Qatar 2022, namely Scotland (40th, plus 5) and Azerbaijan (123rd, plus 5), both five places higher.
Also deserving of honorable mentions are Algeria (37, plus 4), Georgia (78, plus 4), Mauritania (103, plus 4) and Suriname (139, plus 4), all of which moved up four places.
Click here (https://FIFA.fans/3Em4ADp) to see the full standings.
The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on 22 December 2022.
Leader Brazil (unchanged) Moves into top 10 None Moves out of top 10 None Games played in total 172 Most games played Ghana (5) Most movement by points Azerbaijan (plus 19.55)Most movement by places Azerbaijan, Scotland (plus 5)Most drop by points North Macedonia (minus 16.69)Most drop by places Norway (minus 6)Newly qualified teams NoneTeams that are no longer qualified NoneTeams inactive that are no longer classified None
Kwara United Football Club has rounded up its preparations for the First Leg, First Round match of the 20222023 TotalEnergies CAF Confederation Cup competition against Renaissance Sportive de Berkane of Morocco, billed for Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos, on Oct. 9. After eliminating AS Douanes of Niger Republic in the Preliminary Rounds of the competition, the team has played series of friendly matches to tune up for the game on Sunday.
Aware that the RS Berkane challenge is more crucial, the technical crew stepped up its trainings, especially on the backdrop of their resolve to qualify for the Group stage of the second-tier inter-club competition in Africa.
The team left Ilorin for Lagos on Wednesday in continuation of its preparations, as the coaches expressed optimism that they will achieve the set goal of scalling the RS Berkane hurdle.
Nickname ‘The Oranges Boys’, RS Berkane was founded 84 years ago, in 1938 to be exact, and it is a professional football club based in Berkane, Morocco, that competes in Botola, the top flight of Moroccan football.
They are the current holders of the CAF Confederation Cup title and Champion of Champions.
After the first leg at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos on Sunday, Kwara United will visit Berkane, Morocco, for the second leg on Sunday Oct. 15, with the 10,000 capacity Stade Municipal de Berkane, Morocco hosting the match.
The winner over the two legs qualifies for the Group stage.
Just like the match against AS Douanes, Kwara United need to win and win well on Sunday, to reduce the presuure on the team in the return leg in Berkane.
This is Kwara United’s third participation in CAF organised inter-club competition, after the 19992000 and 20062007 seasons.
CAFCC SECOND ROUND FIXTURES Al Akhder (Libya) v Azam FC (Tanzania) Hilal AlSahil (Sudan) v Pyramids FC (Egypt) AS Kigali (Rwanda) v Al Nasr (Libya) ASCK (Togo) v USM Alger (Algeria) Elgeco Plus (Madagascar) v M.
Gallants (South Africa) AS FAR (Morocco) v Anglogold Ashanti GBS (Guinea) Fasil Kenema (Ethiopia) v CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) Ferroviaro da Beira (Mozambique) v Diables Noirs (Congo) Kallon FC (Sierra Leone) v Future FC (Egypt) Kipanga (Zanzibar) v Club Africain (Tunisia) Kwara United (Nigeria) v RS Berkane (Morocco) Royal AM (South Africa) v Zesco United (Zambia) Sporting Gagnoa (Côte d’Ivoire) v JS Saoura (Algeria) St Eloi Lupopo (DR Congo) v GD Sagrada Esperança (Angola) St Michel (Seychelles) v DC Motema Pembe (DR Congo) AS Real Bamako (Mali) v Accra Hearts of Oak (Ghana).
The second preliminary round of the CAF Confederation Cup is scheduled for Oct. 7, 8 and 9 (for the first leg), and Oct. 14, 15 and 16 (for the Second leg).
The Human Rights Council this morning concluded its general debate on agenda item nine on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action.
In the general debate, many speakers welcomed the work of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
They said the comprehensive action-oriented Durban Declaration and Program of Action remain an essential tool to combat racism and racial discrimination, and are as relevant today as they were in 2001 when they were adopted by consensus at the World Conference against Racism in Durban.
Some speakers highlighted the importance of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action for the elimination of racism and racial discrimination and reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the Declaration.
The implementation and comprehensive follow-up of the Durban Declaration must continue to be a priority for all States.
Many speakers said that systemic racism and other forms of racial discrimination continued to deprive millions of people of their dignity, equality and fundamental human rights.
Minorities and ethnic groups, namely people of African, Asian and Muslim descent, have long been discriminated against and marginalized, their rights have been violated and their security is under constant threat of violence.
Racism, ethnic profiling and the glorification of past crimes seriously undermined efforts to promote international peace and security.
Some speakers expressed concern about the persistence of structural racism, particularly in developed countries, and their subsequent attempts to evade their historical debt to people who were victims of slavery.
Several speakers strongly condemned racial injustices and racially motivated violence perpetrated against people of African descent, saying that the reports presented under the agenda item painted a bleak picture; it was clear that the world was not doing enough to end racism and racial discrimination.
Some speakers highlighted cases of Islamophobia and strongly condemned any action that prevents Muslims from practicing their faith.
Aligning the actions of terrorist groups with religions such as Islam is an act of racial discrimination.
Some speakers said that in autocratic systems, racist hate speech and dehumanization of ethnic or religious groups were often elevated to the level of state ideology, with the aim of replacing any internal discourse with propaganda about the designated enemy.
Only through collective efforts can racism and racial discrimination be eliminated.
Diversity was a strength and not a threat to society.
Some speakers highlighted that, although more than two years had passed since African-American George Floyd died as a result of police violence, discriminatory law enforcement against ethnic minorities and related violence and deaths continued to emerge in some countries.
Police racism and violence were issues of chronic, systemic and structural racism and social inequality in certain countries, with the legacy of slavery and colonialism in their history.
Some speakers said it was unfortunate that in some of the countries that proclaimed themselves leaders in human rights, people were more likely to be extrajudicially detained or killed by law enforcement because of the color of their skin.
Although digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, presented increasing opportunities, their misuse also posed risks to fundamental rights and democracy, some speakers said.
They expressed deep concern about the rise of online hate speech and harassment, which was often driven by algorithms programmed to record engagement, generate more views, and stimulate users to post hateful content.
Despite the opportunities digital platforms offered for public engagement and participation, speakers were concerned that the misuse of those platforms could amplify hate speech and contribute to national, ethnic, racial, or religious polarization.
It was essential to protect and promote the right to freedom of opinion and expression in the digital age.
There was a need to work on the use of technology as a means to contribute to the fight against racism and racial discrimination.
Some speakers called on relevant countries to address the serious problems of racism and racial discrimination in their countries, and comprehensively review and review discriminatory policies, review judicial and law enforcement bodies, and thoroughly investigate cases of violence to hold criminals accountable and compensate victims.
States must adopt a victim-oriented approach to the problems of racism and related intolerance to accelerate action for racial equality and address disparities and inequalities in human development.
The Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights should attach greater importance to the problems of racial discrimination and violence by law enforcement agencies and take the necessary measures.
Several speakers urged the international community to redouble its efforts to resolve international challenges and address problems related to any form of racism.
They said that the Council had a role to play in leading the discussion on the issue, with a broad commitment and participation of States.
Some speakers discussed ways in which their countries were deepening national programs focused on eliminating racism and racial discrimination, with civil society often playing a critical role in this process.
They described the specific legislation and mechanisms that had been established to prevent, address, eradicate and punish racial discrimination.
One speaker reported on specific programs that exist to deal with hate crimes in certain States, including a free program that assists victims of anti-Muslim hate through counseling, advocacy and legal signaling services.
Speakers said that many States had been represented at the General Assembly in September, where they commemorated the thirtieth anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities.
Speaking in the general debate were China on behalf of a group of countries, Armenia on behalf of a group of countries, Cuba, Venezuela, China, Namibia, India, Armenia, Malaysia, the United States, Nepal, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Pakistan, Benin , Bolivia, Ukraine, Malawi, Qatar, Mauritania, Sudan, Germany, Israel, Ecuador, Iraq, Morocco, Bahrain, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Afghanistan, South Africa, Nigeria, Peru, Syria, Belarus, Algeria, Suriname, Türkiye, Tunisia, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Georgia.
The following non-governmental organizations spoke: International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists, International Movement of Youth and Students for the United Nations, Al Baraem Association for Charity Work, Social Organization "Association of Women with University Education", Elizka Relief Foundation, Institute for NGO Research, International Federation for the Protection of the Rights of Ethnic, Religious, Linguistic and Other Minorities, International Service for Human Rights, International Human Rights Association of American Minorities, International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Coordination Board of Jewish Organizations, Afrique Esperance, World Jewish Congress, China Foundation for the Development of Human Rights, Al-Haq Law in the Service of Man, Chinese NGO Network for International Exchanges, Interfaith International, Rencontre Af ricaine pour la defense des droits de l'homme, B'nai B'rith, Fitilla, Guinea Humanitaire and Center Europeen pour le droit, les Justice et les droits de l'homme.
Also speaking were the China Association for International Understanding, the Chinese Society for Human Rights Studies, the Youth Parliament for the SDGs, International-Lawyers.Org, the Center for Gender Justice and Women's Empowerment, the International Humanist Union and Ethics, the Meezaan Center for Human Rights, Human Rights Information and Training Center, Human Is Right, Association Ma'onah for Human Rights and Immigration, Peace Track Initiative, Sikh Human Rights Group, International Commission of Jurists, Conselho Indigenista Missionário , Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Conectas Direitos Humanas, Association Bharathi Center Culturel Franco-Tamoul, Association pour les Victimes Du Monde, Organization for the Defense of Victims of Violence, Integrated Youth Empowerment - Joint Initiative Group, Platform for the Integration of Youth and Volunteering, Association pour la défense des droits de l'homme et des rev endications démocratiques/culturelles du peuple Azerbaidjanais-Iran, Mother of Hope Cameroon Common Initiativ e Group, Africa Culture Internationale, Institut International pour les Droits et le Développement, Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health, Iraqi Development Organization and LePont. Speaking with the right of reply, Azerbaijan and Armenia.
General discussion on agenda item nine on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance: follow-up and implementation of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, began at the previous meeting and a summary can be found here.
The webcast of the Human Rights Council meetings can be found here.
All meeting summaries can be found here.
Documents and reports related to the fifty-first regular session of the Human Rights Council can be found here.
The Human Rights Council will resume its work at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon when it will hear the High Commissioner's oral presentation on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, followed by an interactive dialogue.
The Council will then hear a presentation of the High Commissioner's report on the situation of human rights in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by an enhanced interactive dialogue.
If time permits, the Council will hear an oral update from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in South Sudan, including the challenges facing the post-conflict transition, followed by an interactive discussion.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claims Erling Haaland is beyond comparison and even better than the statistics suggest.
Haaland has made a stunning start at the English champions, scoring 17 goals in just 11 appearances since his summer move from Borussia Dortmund.
The Norwegian’s hat-trick against Manchester United on Sunday was remarkably his third in successive home English Premier League (EPL) games.
The 22-year-old is averaging a goal every 54 minutes, has had 42 shots and has also laid on three assists, two of which came in the 6-3 derby demolition of Manchester United.
On Wednesday he will hope to add further to his record of 26 career UEFA Champions League goals from 21 matches as Manchester City host FC Copenhagen.
Guardiola said on Tuesday: “At his age no one can compete with him.
“The numbers speak for themselves and inside, in the locker room, and on the pitch we see things that are not in the stats that make us feel happy to have him here.
” Haaland was not the only Manchester City player to shine on Sunday with midfielder Phil Foden, also 22, claiming a hat-trick.
In spite of the high standards being set, Guardiola believes there is more to come from both of them.
The Spaniard said: “Phil is an exceptional player.
He grew up a lot and is already many years with us.
“He’s reliable in terms of his physical condition and he’s so intense and clever in everything.
He is able to play every three days.
“But both know they can do better and hopefully they can do it.
” One player yet to sparkle this term is Riyad Mahrez, who was one of the stars of last season’s title win and their run to the UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
The Algeria international has started just four times and has not scored.
Guardiola said: “I know perfectly Riyad, how important (he is).
“We need him to come back to his best —- his best in terms of personality, ability, quality, his love for this game and how he enjoys playing.
“Step by step he will come back.
Now he’s not playing much, but he has to come back in better physical condition and then the rest will come along.
“As a player I cannot teach him anything, he’s too good.
” Manchester City already have a three-point lead in Group G after winning their opening two matches against Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund.
They will now hope to take a firm stride to the last 16 in their back-to-back matches against the Danish champions.
Guardiola wants to put the elation of the weekend aside to focus on the next task.
He said: “You have to pay attention.
A mistake and now you don’t have time to recover.
We know how important our home games are.
“I spent last night and this morning watching FC Copenhagen.
They are really good, well organised and you have to be careful.
“You have to come back to reality and put our effort in to win an important game.
If we are able to make nine points from three games we’d be so close to the next stage.
” Right-back Kyle Walker looks set to miss out after being forced off against Manchester United while midfielder Rodri’s calf problem will be assessed.
“We will train this (Tuesday) afternoon and we will know exactly,” Guardiola said.
As Nigeria mark 62nd Independence Anniversary, some Nigerians have expressed joy over the infrastructure development in the country since independence.
A cross section of the respondents who spoke in Bauchi and Dutse, described the Federal Government’s commitment towards roads, housing, power and rail infrastructure development as commendable.
Mr Sabo Mohammed, a political analyst in Bauchi State, said the country witnessed massive progress in infrastructure development under President Mohammadu Buhari’s administration.
He lauded the president for ensuring continuity of infrastructure development projects initiated by his predecessors.
He said the projects were designed to provide modern air, sea, rail and road transportation networks for ease of doing businesses, reduce poverty, creat jobs and enhance wealth creation.
Mohammed said that power and housing project initiatives would also address energy crisis, enhance stable power supply and provide decent houses to tackle housing deficit in the country.
According to him, the Buhari administration has executed about 5,000 kilometers of roads through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund and SUKUK Bond.The gesture, he said, would encourage investment, revamp industries and improved public service delivery to fast track sustainable social and economic development in the country.
He listed some of the projects to include the 2nd Niger Bridge; Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Expressway, Gombe -Yola Road, Kano – Maiduguri Expressway and Kirfi – Gombe Road.Mohammed said that some of the projects had been completed and inaugurated while others were at various stages of completion.
On rail sector, Mohammed listed the Kaduna – Abuja, Lagos – Kano, Warri – Itakpe, Lagos -Portharcourt standard gauge lines as well as Kano – Maradi Rail line in Niger Republic.
In the energy sector, he said, the Federal Government initiated viable projects such as NLNG Train 7, Ajaokuta – Kaduna – Kano (AKK) pipeline project.
The AKK project on completion would saw an incremental 4,000MW of generating assets to the power sector, he said.
Mohammed said the Zungeru and Kashimbila Hydro Power Plants were designed to complement systemic reforms and investments in the distribution and transmission segments of the electricity value chain.
The analyst said, the country under the stewardship of Muhammadu Buhari also achieved giant leap in energy infrastructure development with signing of agreements on expanding gas supply to other African member states.
On July 28, 2022, Nigeria signed a Memerandum of Understanding (MoU) with Algeria and Nigerien Governments for the implementation of the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline (TSGP) project.
TSGP; also known as NIGAL pipeline and Trans-African gas pipeline is a planned natural gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria.
The gigantic project is seen as an opportunity to diversify the European Union’s gas supplies.
“Not to forget the infrastructure development in tertiary institutions across the country funded by Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),” he said.
Mohammed said the projects were visible and incontrovertible assets in proof of what Nigeria’s resources were invested in.
He, however, urged the Federal Government to complete all ongoing projects before the expiration of the tenure of President Buhari in 2023.Also, Maryam Ibrahim and Babangida Muhammad, residents of Dutse in Jigawa, lauded the Nigerian government over its commitment to the infrastructure development in the country.
Muhammad noted tat the feat achieved in road infrastructure enhance transportation services as well as ease movement of goods and services across the country.
He advocated for practical measures to ensure rehabilitation and maintainance of the structures, and urged Nigerians to protect national assets in their respective communities.
Guinea has been stripped of the rights to host the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced on Saturday.
This development means a fresh bidding for the tournament’s hosting rights is set to be reopened on Saturday.
The rights withdrawal followed a meeting on Friday in Conakry between Guinea’s interim president, Col. Mamady Doumbouya, and CAF President Patrice Motsepe.
The meeting had discussed the withdrawal after the west African country, among the poorest of the continent, said it was not ready to host the 24-nation tournament.
Guinea’s inability was due to its infrastructure and facilities not being ready to host a world-class AFCON competition.
Motsepe was accompanied during his meeting with the Guinean leader by CAF General Secretary, Véron Mosengo-Omba.The development is expected to ginger Guinea into working towards bidding with other competing nations for the 2024 African Nations Championship (CHAN).
The 2022 edition of CHAN is being hosted by Algeria in 2023.The CAF Executive Committee will be meeting on Saturday in Algiers, Algeria and will take a decision to re-open the bidding process for the 2025 AFCON.
The 2023 AFCON is already scheduled to hold in Côte d’Ivoire.
In response to the situation of thousands of migrants stranded in Niger, the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deployed a high-level humanitarian mission in Niamey.
The mission is led by Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, and is expected to draw up an appropriate recovery and reintegration plan for the migrants.
The team, made up of ECOWAS experts and representatives of the most affected member states (Guinea, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Niger, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Gambia, Sierra Leone and Benin), has been in Niamey since on September 26, 2022, with the support of the International Office for Migration (IOM).
The mission's activities began on Tuesday, September 27, with a visit to the Agadez migrant center, followed by a meeting in Agadez Governorate with the authorities in charge of the vast region of northern Niger along the borders with Algeria, Chad, Libya and Mali, which is facing a massive flow of migrants expelled from Algeria and Libya to a lesser extent.
During the visit to the IOM-led center in Agadez, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr accompanied by HE N'dri Guillaume Gnamien, ECOWAS Resident Representative in Niger, held talks with Niger's Minister of Health, Mr. Illiassou Mainassara and the Governor of Agadez.
Region, Mr. Magagi Maman Dada, who also came to learn about the conditions of stay of migrants served by the United Nations agency specializing in migration issues.
The mission's program also includes a two-day roundtable, to take place on 28-29 September 2022, between ECOWAS, representatives of the most affected Member States, IOM and the Nigerien authorities to share points of view and discuss sustainable and effective strategies to ensure adequate care for migrants in Niger, as well as their return and reintegration in their country of origin.
In her opening speech, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr expressed concern about the number of women and young children among the migrants and the number of people who lost their lives during their attempt to migrate or during their expulsion from Algeria or Libya.
She praised the efforts of IOM, which is working with the Nigerien authorities to receive the migrants and repatriate them to their respective countries.
“The ECOWAS Commission stands ready to support member states in addressing the challenges related to the irregular migration of citizens from the region,” concluded Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Niger's Minister for Humanitarian Action and Disaster Management, Mr. Magagi Laouan, welcomed the efforts of ECOWAS and its technical and financial partners, in particular IOM, for their support in management of the migration crisis in the West African region.
as well as its support to Niger in the care of migrants.
It should be noted that Commissioner Fatou Sow Sarr and HE N'dri Guillaume Gnamien attended the opening of the round table on the financing of Niger's national migration policy 2020-2035 and its first five-year action plan, chaired by HE Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, Prime Minister of Niger, on the morning of Wednesday, September 28, 2022.
At the end of their mission in Niger, the experts and representatives of the Member States present in Niger will draw up an action plan and make recommendations to the ECOWAS authorities, Member States and partners in order to propose adequate solutions in the short, medium and long term for the proper management of transit migration in Niger.