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  •  President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih returned to Male on Monday morning after concluding his official visit to the Republic of Rwanda The President accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and a high level delegation was in Kigali Rwanda to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM CHOGM 2022 held under the theme Delivering a Common hellip
    Maldives: The President concludes his official visit to Rwanda
     President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih returned to Male on Monday morning after concluding his official visit to the Republic of Rwanda The President accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and a high level delegation was in Kigali Rwanda to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM CHOGM 2022 held under the theme Delivering a Common hellip
    Maldives: The President concludes his official visit to Rwanda
    Africa1 week ago

    Maldives: The President concludes his official visit to Rwanda

    President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih returned to Male on Monday morning after concluding his official visit to the Republic of Rwanda. The President, accompanied by First Lady Fazna Ahmed and a high-level delegation, was in Kigali, Rwanda, to attend the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

    CHOGM 2022, held under the theme "Delivering a Common Future: Connect, Innovate, Transform", was the first Commonwealth leaders' meeting held since the Maldives rejoined the bloc on February 1, 2020. It brought together delegates from 54 nations that seek to strengthen multilateral cooperation, explore new opportunities and address the mutual challenges facing future generations. The meeting was held from June 20 to 25, 2022.

    In Kigali, the president attended the meeting's official opening ceremony and executive sessions, which included discussions on collaboration on a variety of topics ranging from trade, health and climate. On the sidelines, the President met with the Prime Minister of Mauritius and the Foreign Minister of India to strengthen bilateral relations with those countries.

    President Solih's attendance at CHOGM cements his administration's ongoing commitment to cooperate with the international community on shared goals such as democracy, peace, and prosperity. It was the first CHOGM to be held after a two-year delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Commonwealth comprises 54 countries, representing 2.5 million people, of which 25 are small island developing states.

  •  Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar led the Pakistani delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM held in Kigali Rwanda on June 24 25 2022 Themed Providing a Common Future Connect Innovate and Transform the Summit discussed Commonwealth related issues including post covid economic recovery disruptions caused by the pandemic and hellip
    Pakistan participates in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali
     Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar led the Pakistani delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM held in Kigali Rwanda on June 24 25 2022 Themed Providing a Common Future Connect Innovate and Transform the Summit discussed Commonwealth related issues including post covid economic recovery disruptions caused by the pandemic and hellip
    Pakistan participates in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali
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    Pakistan participates in Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali

    Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar led the Pakistani delegation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in Kigali, Rwanda on June 24-25, 2022. Themed ' Providing a Common Future: Connect, Innovate and Transform', the Summit discussed Commonwealth-related issues including post covid economic recovery, disruptions caused by the pandemic and conflict, the challenge of climate change and sustainable development, the promotion of democratic values ​​and fundamental freedoms and the improvement of trade, among other issues.

    As head of the Pakistani delegation, Minister of State Khar represented Pakistan at the CHOGM plenary, Retreat and Intergenerational Dialogue. He also actively participated in the Commonwealth Foreign Ministerial Meeting held on June 23, 2022 in the run-up to the Summit.

    The Minister of State held productive bilateral meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia, as well as the Foreign Ministers of Kenya, Tanzania, Singapore, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, Jamaica and Dominica, and the UK Minister for South Asia, the Commonwealth and the UN.

    On the sidelines, he interacted with, among others, Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall; President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and UN General Assembly President Abdulla Shahid.

    At the Intergenerational Dialogue, Pakistan was featured as the Asian Commonwealth member representing the potential of youth, along with Canada, Barbados and Samoa from the Americas-Europe, Caribbean and Pacific, respectively. In a specially recorded video message broadcast on television, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif announced the holding of the 10th Commonwealth Youth Ministerial Meeting in Islamabad in January 2023. The announcement was welcomed by Commonwealth Heads .

    The Summit, which was convened after a break of almost four years, was one of the largest face-to-face meetings of Heads of Government since the pandemic. It provided a useful opportunity for Member States to take stock and set the organizational agenda for the next two years.

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week visited Kigali Rwanda where he participated in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and also held bilateral talks with world leaders The Nigerian leader who returned to Abuja on Sunday had while in Kigali visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda where he made a hellip
    CHOGM 2022: Buhari returns home from Kigali, lauds Nigerian Youths
     President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week visited Kigali Rwanda where he participated in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and also held bilateral talks with world leaders The Nigerian leader who returned to Abuja on Sunday had while in Kigali visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda where he made a hellip
    CHOGM 2022: Buhari returns home from Kigali, lauds Nigerian Youths
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    CHOGM 2022: Buhari returns home from Kigali, lauds Nigerian Youths

    President Muhammadu Buhari, in the course of the week, visited Kigali, Rwanda, where he participated in the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and also held bilateral talks with world leaders.

    The Nigerian leader, who returned to Abuja on Sunday, had while in Kigali, visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda where he made a passionate appeal to Nigerians to be tolerant of one another and embrace peace for the general good of the society.

    Buhari toured the permanent exhibitions at the Memorial and laid a wreath at the mass graves where more than 250,000 victims of the genocide were buried.

    He also paid tribute to the memory of the victims and prayed for healing for the survivors.

    After the historic visit, the president told journalists that a lesson from his visit was the need for Nigerians to continue to be tolerant of one another.

    He added the nation should preserve its own historical antecedents from the Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970).

    Also on the same day, the president held bilateral meetings with Jamaican Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, and Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

    At the meeting with the Jamaican PM, Buhari lauded the relations between Nigeria and Jamaica.

    “Our relationship dates back in time, to generations ago. Thank you for strengthening it, particularly on the economic and political fronts,” he said.

    Also at the bilateral engagement with Prime Minister of Great Britain, Buhari again reiterated his resolve to respect the maximum term limit in the Nigerian Constitution.

    The UK PM, obviously not quite familiar with Nigeria’s maximum two terms limit, had asked if President Buhari would run for office again.

    Responding to Johnson’s question, the Nigerian leader said:

    “Another term for me? No! The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.”

    On the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, not being allowed to see his lawyers privately, the president dispelled such insinuation.

    He said the detained separatist was being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he had been saying against Nigeria in Britain”.

    The Nigerian leader had on June 24, congratulated Baroness Patricia Scotland, on her reappointment as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

    Leaders of the Commonwealth meeting in Kigali, Rwanda on Friday reappointed Scotland by consensus for a further two years to complete the balance of her period in office.

    He commended the purposeful leadership of the Dominican-born barrister and diplomat in the last six years.

    The last official engagement of the President in Kigali was his meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)on June 26.

    At the meeting,  Buhari had hailed Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad, saying the country would welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive.

    He said: ‘‘It gives me great pleasure to be in Kigali, Rwanda and to meet with you, members of the Nigerian Diaspora as part of my regular meetings with Nigerians wherever I visit other countries.

    ‘‘Let me begin by congratulating and commending Yewande Adebowale for emerging as one of the top four winners at the Commonwealth Youth competition at the Kigali Startup Festival 2022 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.”

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that before departing for Kigali on June 22, President Buhari had presided over the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the State House, Abuja.

    The Council approved N50 billion for rehabilitation of roads in Taraba and Yobe states as well as the construction of injection substations to boost power supply in Gwarinpa area of the Federal Capital Territory.

    NAN reports that N48.4 billion of the amount was approved for roads in Taraba and Yobe while the remaining N1.6 billion was meant for the FCT electrification project.

    The  Council also approved the digitisation of the services of the National Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) to be known as e-NSITF.

    Also on June 22, the  President, via a statement by his media aide, Malam Garba Shehu, described as unacceptable the recent spate of attacks on Churches in some parts of the country.

    Buhari said the attacks were clear indication that some enemies and wicked people were bent on causing religious tensions in the country.

    The week also featured President Buhari’s interview, granted to Bloomberg News, where the president dismissed the call by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank to remove fuel subsidy.

    The president remarked that subsidy removal was becoming increasingly untenable.

    ”Most western countries are today implementing fuel subsidies. Why would we remove ours now? What is good for the goose is good for the gander!”

    He also revealed that the government had earmarked 550 million dollars to provide 20,000 Standalone Solar Systems (SHS), as well as Solar Hybrid mini-grids in over 250 locations.

    He said: “Take my Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), a government-to-government initiative between the Governments of Nigeria and Germany, with Siemens AG, to upgrade the electricity grid with a 2 billion dollar investment.

    Also, the Presidential Media Team, in collaboration with a national and international Media Consultant, Ata Ikiddeh, announced the unveiling of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Legacy Projects in a series of online publications.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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    Seventeen people found dead in S.African nightclub
     NOW At least 17 young men were found dead in a nightclub in a township in the southern South African city of East London on Sunday police said We received a report of 17 people who were killed at a local pub in Scenery Park which is based in East London Provincial Police Brigade Chief hellip
    Seventeen people found dead in S.African nightclub
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    Seventeen people found dead in S.African nightclub

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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad saying the country will welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive The president spoke at a town hall meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM hellip
    I’m proud of our youths excelling at home, abroad, says Buhari in Rwanda
     President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad saying the country will welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive The president spoke at a town hall meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM hellip
    I’m proud of our youths excelling at home, abroad, says Buhari in Rwanda
    General news1 week ago

    I’m proud of our youths excelling at home, abroad, says Buhari in Rwanda

    President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad, saying the country will welcome inputs and investments from compatriots with international exposure for the economy to thrive.

    The president spoke at a town hall meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Saturday.

    Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman, in a statement in Abuja quoted the Nigerian leader as saying: ‘‘It gives me great pleasure to be in Kigali, Rwanda and to meet with you, members of the Nigerian Diaspora as part of my regular meetings with Nigerians wherever I visit other countries.

    ‘‘Let me begin by congratulating and commending Yewande Adebowale for emerging as one of the top four winners at the Commonwealth Youth competition at the Kigali Startup Festival 2022 at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

    ‘‘I also commend Esther Olanrewaju and Favour Aderinto who are recipients of the Lakshmi Subramanian CMU-Africa Student Excellence Awards for Masters in Information Technology and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

    ‘‘I am proud of you all, and I remain ever proud of our Nigerian youths excelling at home and abroad.”

    The president commended the level of professionalism of Nigerians living in Rwanda and the amiable nature of their interactions with each other.

    According to him, living peacefully and in obedience to the laws of the host nation is also paramount as it gives Nigeria a good name.

    ‘‘Remember that you are our ambassadors-at-large while here. People would read and know Nigeria by your actions and activities.

    ‘‘Our government is determined to work with Nigerians both at home and abroad to develop our economy and create a nation that is productive, peaceful, and caters fy the needs of its citizens.

    ‘‘We are also working assiduously to protect all Nigerians, whether at home or abroad, to feel safe and attain their full potentials in life,’’ he added.

    Buhari noted that with the establishment of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Nigerians abroad could now seamlessly contribute their quota to national development, especially in the areas of investments in the economy.

    ‘‘Our agriculture, housing and real estate, ICT, healthcare, education and services sectors among others are waiting for your inputs and investments, considering your global exposure.

    ‘‘Let me urge you to key into the programmes of NIDCOM to make your contributions,’’ he said

    He stressed the need for them to continue to uphold the good image of Nigeria by obeying the laws of their host country.

    The Nigerian High Commissioner to Rwanda, Amb. Aishatu Musa, told the president that Nigerians in the country were generally well behaved, and their population had swelled from 100 to 400 in recent years.

    “They are in various fields like banking, agriculture, education, telecommunications, and others,” she added.

    She revealed that President of the Association of Nigerians was Prof. Umaru Wali, a Dean at the University of Rwanda, who hails from Sokoto State.

    The event, coordinated by Chairman NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, saw the following Nigerians interacting with the President: Kelechi Reginald, Chief Executive Officer of an investment firm and Uduak Udoh, who runs an architectural consultancy.

    Others were Muyiwa Omololu, Managing Director of Rope Ways Transit, a company that builds cable cars; Favour Aderinto and Esther Olanrewaju, Lakshmi Subramaniam Excellence Award Winners, and Yewande Adebowale, who runs Salubata, an outfit that makes shoes from recycled plastic waste.

    Also at the event were Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and Sunday Dare, Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Youth and Sports Development respectively

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN