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  •  Vice President Yemi Osinbajo alongside presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya The event held at the Kasarani Stadium is Kenya s fifth presidential inauguration Ruto was declared winner of the Aug 9 presidential election after defeating rival Raila Odinga Ruto 55 served as Kenya s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta s running mate In Oct 2014 he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court ICC in The Hague Netherlands Kenyatta s charges were later dropped The event featured inspection of guards swearing in military parades transfer of sword seal Kenyan Constitution to the new president musical renditions cultural display among others Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania Uganda Ethiopia Djibouti Zimbabwe Republic of Congo Somalia Seychelles Mozambique Malawi Guinea Bissau Chad Rwanda Burundi South Sudan Comoros Zimbabwe Eswantini Sudan Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran France Japan Palestine Egypt China UK India Qatar Botswana Morocco Germany Australia Togo Netherlands The Gambia UAE among others Chairperson of AU representatives of the Commonwealth other regional and international bodies were also at the event In his speech Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself under exceptionally challenging circumstances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo graces Ruto’s inauguration
     Vice President Yemi Osinbajo alongside presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya The event held at the Kasarani Stadium is Kenya s fifth presidential inauguration Ruto was declared winner of the Aug 9 presidential election after defeating rival Raila Odinga Ruto 55 served as Kenya s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta s running mate In Oct 2014 he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court ICC in The Hague Netherlands Kenyatta s charges were later dropped The event featured inspection of guards swearing in military parades transfer of sword seal Kenyan Constitution to the new president musical renditions cultural display among others Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania Uganda Ethiopia Djibouti Zimbabwe Republic of Congo Somalia Seychelles Mozambique Malawi Guinea Bissau Chad Rwanda Burundi South Sudan Comoros Zimbabwe Eswantini Sudan Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran France Japan Palestine Egypt China UK India Qatar Botswana Morocco Germany Australia Togo Netherlands The Gambia UAE among others Chairperson of AU representatives of the Commonwealth other regional and international bodies were also at the event In his speech Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself under exceptionally challenging circumstances NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Osinbajo graces Ruto’s inauguration
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Osinbajo graces Ruto’s inauguration

    Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, alongside  presidents of 21 other countries on Tuesday in Nairobi, attended the inauguration of William Ruto as the President of Kenya.

    The event, held at the Kasarani Stadium, is Kenya’s fifth presidential inauguration.

    Ruto was declared winner of the Aug. 9 presidential election after defeating rival, Raila Odinga.

    Ruto, 55,  served as Kenya’s deputy president since 2013 when he was elected as outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta’s running mate.

    In Oct. 2014, he served as acting President when Kenyatta honoured invitation to answer to his criminal case at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands.

    Kenyatta’s charges were later dropped.

    The event featured inspection of guards, swearing-in, military parades,   transfer of sword, seal, Kenyan Constitution to the new president, musical renditions, cultural display, among others.

    Presidents who attended the ceremony were those of Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Zimbabwe, Republic of Congo, Somalia, Seychelles, Mozambique, Malawi, Guinea Bissau, Chad, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Comoros, Zimbabwe, Eswantini, Sudan, Equatorial Guinea, and Sierra Leone.  

    Other countries represented in official capacity include Iran, France, Japan, Palestine, Egypt, China, UK, India, Qatar, Botswana, Morocco, Germany, Australia, Togo, Netherlands, The Gambia, UAE among others.

    Chairperson of AU, representatives of the Commonwealth, other regional and international bodies were also at the event.

    In his speech, Ruto applauded the Kenya Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for creditably acquitting itself  under “exceptionally challenging  circumstances.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The African Energy Chamber AEC is proud to host a delegation from the pan African multilateral development finance institution the Africa Finance Corporation AFC during the African Energy Week AEW conference and exhibition www AECWeek com Africa s premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18 21 October this year in Cape Town Representing one of Africa s leading financial institutions driving socio economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa s energy future Since the organization s establishment in 2007 the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development technical advisory services corporate finance and financial advisory services supporting the continent s diverse energy sector through alliances with 34 countries the private sector and international partners As a result 35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added all thanks to AFC funding Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector specifically with regard to exploration production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key In the context of 2022 improving access to finance is even more prevalent particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends As such the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030 with the group spearheading some of Africa s major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital In July 2022 the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity railway and energy sectors in the continent s largest oil producer Angola after injecting 100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery to boost domestic production Additionally in partnership with the Swiss energy company Brahms Oil Refineries the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea Meanwhile in the renewable energy sector as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion having added 16 new member countries in the last four years the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects In July 2022 the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa acquiring a 100 stake in independent power producer Lekela Power thereby taking on its massive 2 8 GW portfolio in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power s operating assets in the next four years the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent Furthermore in 2020 the AFC also committed 45 million for the construction of Angola s first photovoltaic solar power plant Electrifying the continent ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa For years the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments however in 2022 African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role As such AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa s energy sector and value chain thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030 With the help of institutions such as With the AFC Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient said NJ Ayuk CEO of the AEC adding We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market driven dialogue run by the institution itself At AEW 2022 AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance driving an Africa tailored just energy transition dialogue and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond Bringing together energy leaders global financiers and public and private sector executives for four days of networking AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals form partnerships and jump start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC
    CORRECTION: Africa Finance Corporation to discuss access to finance at African Energy Week 2022
      The African Energy Chamber AEC is proud to host a delegation from the pan African multilateral development finance institution the Africa Finance Corporation AFC during the African Energy Week AEW conference and exhibition www AECWeek com Africa s premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18 21 October this year in Cape Town Representing one of Africa s leading financial institutions driving socio economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa s energy future Since the organization s establishment in 2007 the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development technical advisory services corporate finance and financial advisory services supporting the continent s diverse energy sector through alliances with 34 countries the private sector and international partners As a result 35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added all thanks to AFC funding Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector specifically with regard to exploration production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key In the context of 2022 improving access to finance is even more prevalent particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends As such the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030 with the group spearheading some of Africa s major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital In July 2022 the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity railway and energy sectors in the continent s largest oil producer Angola after injecting 100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery to boost domestic production Additionally in partnership with the Swiss energy company Brahms Oil Refineries the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea Meanwhile in the renewable energy sector as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion having added 16 new member countries in the last four years the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects In July 2022 the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa acquiring a 100 stake in independent power producer Lekela Power thereby taking on its massive 2 8 GW portfolio in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power s operating assets in the next four years the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent Furthermore in 2020 the AFC also committed 45 million for the construction of Angola s first photovoltaic solar power plant Electrifying the continent ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa For years the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments however in 2022 African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role As such AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa s energy sector and value chain thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030 With the help of institutions such as With the AFC Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient said NJ Ayuk CEO of the AEC adding We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market driven dialogue run by the institution itself At AEW 2022 AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance driving an Africa tailored just energy transition dialogue and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond Bringing together energy leaders global financiers and public and private sector executives for four days of networking AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals form partnerships and jump start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC
    CORRECTION: Africa Finance Corporation to discuss access to finance at African Energy Week 2022
    Africa4 weeks ago

    CORRECTION: Africa Finance Corporation to discuss access to finance at African Energy Week 2022

    The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to host a delegation from the pan-African multilateral development finance institution, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), during the African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition (www.

    AECWeek.com), Africa's premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18-21 October this year in Cape Town. Representing one of Africa's leading financial institutions driving socio-economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain, the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa's energy future.

    Since the organization's establishment in 2007, the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development, technical advisory services, corporate finance and financial advisory services, supporting the continent's diverse energy sector.

    through alliances with 34 countries, the private sector and international partners.

    As a result, $35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added, all thanks to AFC funding.

    Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector, specifically with regard to exploration, production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million, the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key.

    In the context of 2022, improving access to finance is even more prevalent, particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends.

    As such, the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030, with the group spearheading some of Africa's major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital .

    In July 2022, the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity, railway and energy sectors in the continent's largest oil producer, Angola, after injecting $100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery.

    to boost domestic production.

    Additionally, in partnership with the Swiss energy company, Brahms Oil Refineries, the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea.

    Meanwhile, in the renewable energy sector, as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion, having added 16 new member countries in the last four years, the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects.

    .

    In July 2022, the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa, acquiring a 100% stake in independent power producer, Lekela Power, thereby taking on its massive 2.8 GW portfolio, in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group.

    With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power's operating assets in the next four years, the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent.

    Furthermore, in 2020, the AFC also committed $45 million for the construction of Angola's first photovoltaic solar power plant.

    “Electrifying the continent, ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa.

    For years, the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments; however, in 2022, African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role.

    As such, AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa's energy sector and value chain, thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030.

    With the help of institutions such as With the AFC, Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of the AEC, adding, “We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market-driven dialogue.

    run by the institution itself.

    At AEW 2022, AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits, shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance, driving an Africa-tailored just energy transition dialogue, and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond.

    .

    Bringing together energy leaders, global financiers, and public and private sector executives for four days of networking, AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals, form partnerships, and jump-start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC.

  •   The African Energy Chamber AEC is proud to host a delegation from the pan African multilateral development finance institution the Africa Finance Corporation AFC during the African Energy Week AEW conference and exhibition www AECWeek com Africa s premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18 21 October this year in Cape Town Representing one of Africa s leading financial institutions driving socio economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa s energy future Since the organization s establishment in 2007 the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development technical advisory services corporate finance and financial advisory services supporting the continent s diverse energy sector through alliances with 34 countries the private sector and international partners As a result 35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added all thanks to AFC funding Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector specifically with regard to exploration production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key In the context of 2022 improving access to finance is even more prevalent particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends As such the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030 with the group spearheading some of Africa s major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital In July 2022 the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity railway and energy sectors in the continent s largest oil producer Angola after injecting 100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery to boost domestic production Additionally in partnership with the Swiss energy company Brahms Oil Refineries the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea Meanwhile in the renewable energy sector as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion having added 16 new member countries in the last four years the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects In July 2022 the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa acquiring a 100 stake in independent power producer Lekela Power thereby taking on its massive 2 8 GW portfolio in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power s operating assets in the next four years the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent Furthermore in 2020 the AFC also committed 45 million for the construction of Angola s first photovoltaic solar power plant Electrifying the continent ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa For years the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments however in 2022 African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role As such AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa s energy sector and value chain thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030 With the help of institutions such as With the AFC Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient said NJ Ayuk CEO of the AEC adding We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market driven dialogue run by the institution itself At AEW 2022 AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance driving an Africa tailored just energy transition dialogue and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond Bringing together energy leaders global financiers and public and private sector executives for four days of networking AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals form partnerships and jump start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC
    African Finance Corporation to discuss access to finance at African Energy Week 2022
      The African Energy Chamber AEC is proud to host a delegation from the pan African multilateral development finance institution the Africa Finance Corporation AFC during the African Energy Week AEW conference and exhibition www AECWeek com Africa s premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18 21 October this year in Cape Town Representing one of Africa s leading financial institutions driving socio economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa s energy future Since the organization s establishment in 2007 the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development technical advisory services corporate finance and financial advisory services supporting the continent s diverse energy sector through alliances with 34 countries the private sector and international partners As a result 35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added all thanks to AFC funding Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector specifically with regard to exploration production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key In the context of 2022 improving access to finance is even more prevalent particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends As such the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030 with the group spearheading some of Africa s major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital In July 2022 the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity railway and energy sectors in the continent s largest oil producer Angola after injecting 100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery to boost domestic production Additionally in partnership with the Swiss energy company Brahms Oil Refineries the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea Meanwhile in the renewable energy sector as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion having added 16 new member countries in the last four years the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects In July 2022 the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa acquiring a 100 stake in independent power producer Lekela Power thereby taking on its massive 2 8 GW portfolio in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power s operating assets in the next four years the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent Furthermore in 2020 the AFC also committed 45 million for the construction of Angola s first photovoltaic solar power plant Electrifying the continent ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa For years the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments however in 2022 African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role As such AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa s energy sector and value chain thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030 With the help of institutions such as With the AFC Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient said NJ Ayuk CEO of the AEC adding We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market driven dialogue run by the institution itself At AEW 2022 AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance driving an Africa tailored just energy transition dialogue and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond Bringing together energy leaders global financiers and public and private sector executives for four days of networking AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals form partnerships and jump start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC
    African Finance Corporation to discuss access to finance at African Energy Week 2022
    Africa4 weeks ago

    African Finance Corporation to discuss access to finance at African Energy Week 2022

    The African Energy Chamber (AEC) is proud to host a delegation from the pan-African multilateral development finance institution, the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), during the African Energy Week (AEW) conference and exhibition (www.

    AECWeek.com), Africa's premier event for the oil and gas sector taking place from 18-21 October this year in Cape Town. Representing one of Africa's leading financial institutions driving socio-economic growth through better access to finance for the entire energy value chain, the AFC will be a key player and driver in all discussions on the Financing Africa's energy future.

    Since the organization's establishment in 2007, the AFC has played a critical role in maximizing energy development in Africa by providing project development, technical advisory services, corporate finance and financial advisory services, supporting the continent's diverse energy sector.

    through alliances with 34 countries, the private sector and international partners.

    As a result, $35 billion worth of projects were implemented in some 35 countries and more than 2 GW of power generation capacity were added, all thanks to AFC funding.

    Given that Africa urgently needs to improve investment across the energy sector, specifically with regard to exploration, production and deployment of oil and gas infrastructure as goals to lift more than 600 million people out of energy poverty and providing access to a clean kitchen to some 900 million, the role of national and innovative solutions provided by institutions such as the AFC has been established as key.

    In the context of 2022, improving access to finance is even more prevalent, particularly as global investment in African oil and gas continues to decline due in large part to energy transition trends.

    As such, the AFC continues to be instrumental in the fight to make energy poverty history across the continent by 2030, with the group spearheading some of Africa's major oil and gas projects through the provision of capital .

    In July 2022, the AFC committed to investing up to one billion dollars in the commodity, railway and energy sectors in the continent's largest oil producer, Angola, after injecting $100 million for the construction of the Cabinda refinery.

    to boost domestic production.

    Additionally, in partnership with the Swiss energy company, Brahms Oil Refineries, the AFC is also financing the development of an oil and gas refinery and storage terminal in Guinea.

    Meanwhile, in the renewable energy sector, as Africa seeks to accelerate the diversification of its energy mix for energy security while remaining a climate champion, having added 16 new member countries in the last four years, the AFC remains a reliable partner for African projects.

    .

    In July 2022, the institution embarked on the largest renewable energy deal in Africa, acquiring a 100% stake in independent power producer, Lekela Power, thereby taking on its massive 2.8 GW portfolio, in partnership with Egyptian energy company Infinity Group.

    With AFC aiming to double Lekela Power's operating assets in the next four years, the group is making significant progress in electrifying the continent.

    Furthermore, in 2020, the AFC also committed $45 million for the construction of Angola's first photovoltaic solar power plant.

    “Electrifying the continent, ensuring energy security and accelerating industrialization will require significant capital as well as collaboration between all energy players in Africa.

    For years, the continent has relied on foreign investment to drive energy developments; however, in 2022, African financial institutions will play an increasingly important role.

    As such, AEW 2022 is committed to enhancing investment across Africa's energy sector and value chain, thus ushering in a new era of development that will enable the continent to make energy poverty history by 2030.

    With the help of institutions such as With the AFC, Africa will be well equipped to become energy independent and resilient,” said NJ Ayuk, CEO of the AEC, adding, “We are proud to host an AFC delegation at AEW 2022 and look forward to a productive and market-driven dialogue.

    run by the institution itself.

    At AEW 2022, AFC representatives will participate in various investor forums and summits, shaping discussions on how to improve access to finance, driving an Africa-tailored just energy transition dialogue, and making a strong case for financing of oil and gas in 2022 and beyond.

    .

    Bringing together energy leaders, global financiers, and public and private sector executives for four days of networking, AEW 2022 represents the perfect platform to sign deals, form partnerships, and jump-start new project developments thanks to funding and insight from AFC.

  •  Juergen Klopp conceded Liverpool s 4 1 humbling at the hands of Napoli in the ongoing 20222023 UEFA Champions League was their worst game since he took charge in 2015 Liverpool were comprehensively beaten by the Serie A side in their opening game in Group A It was the heaviest defeat by an English Premier League EPL side in their first game of a UEFA Champions League campaign since Arsenal lost 0 3 to Inter Milan in 20032004 Speaking at a press conference ahead of their second group game at home to Ajax Klopp did not hold back in his assessment of the horror show at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona After Premier League games were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II Klopp also said his team would rather have played this weekend but respected the decision not to Yes we would have wanted to play he said But for the reasons we all know it didn t happen and of course we respect that Now we try to use the time for analysis and training which made absolute sense after the game we played at Napoli I have lots of thoughts on the Napoli game I watched the game back plenty of times and it was a real horror show to be honest It was the worst game we played since I m here We ve had a few bad games I know that Everyone remembers Aston Villa 2 7 loss in 20202021 and some others where we were just not up to speed But there were always glimpses in these games In this particular game there was nothing Liverpool have made an uninspiring start to the season drawing three and losing one of their six Premier League games so far Klopp revealed there have been some home truths within the camp following the performance in Naples I know that the players want to sort the situation We are not over the moon about our season so far he added Klopp confirmed that midfield duo Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who were both left out of the Champions League squad will not return from their respective injuries until October This is in spite of the former being called up to the Guinea squad for the upcoming international break OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    “Horror show” at Napoli “worst” of my Liverpool tenure — Klopp
     Juergen Klopp conceded Liverpool s 4 1 humbling at the hands of Napoli in the ongoing 20222023 UEFA Champions League was their worst game since he took charge in 2015 Liverpool were comprehensively beaten by the Serie A side in their opening game in Group A It was the heaviest defeat by an English Premier League EPL side in their first game of a UEFA Champions League campaign since Arsenal lost 0 3 to Inter Milan in 20032004 Speaking at a press conference ahead of their second group game at home to Ajax Klopp did not hold back in his assessment of the horror show at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona After Premier League games were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II Klopp also said his team would rather have played this weekend but respected the decision not to Yes we would have wanted to play he said But for the reasons we all know it didn t happen and of course we respect that Now we try to use the time for analysis and training which made absolute sense after the game we played at Napoli I have lots of thoughts on the Napoli game I watched the game back plenty of times and it was a real horror show to be honest It was the worst game we played since I m here We ve had a few bad games I know that Everyone remembers Aston Villa 2 7 loss in 20202021 and some others where we were just not up to speed But there were always glimpses in these games In this particular game there was nothing Liverpool have made an uninspiring start to the season drawing three and losing one of their six Premier League games so far Klopp revealed there have been some home truths within the camp following the performance in Naples I know that the players want to sort the situation We are not over the moon about our season so far he added Klopp confirmed that midfield duo Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain who were both left out of the Champions League squad will not return from their respective injuries until October This is in spite of the former being called up to the Guinea squad for the upcoming international break OLAL NewsSourceCredit NAN
    “Horror show” at Napoli “worst” of my Liverpool tenure — Klopp
    General news4 weeks ago

    “Horror show” at Napoli “worst” of my Liverpool tenure — Klopp

    Juergen Klopp conceded Liverpool’s 4-1 humbling at the hands of Napoli in the ongoing 20222023 UEFA Champions League was their worst game since he took charge in 2015. Liverpool were comprehensively beaten by the Serie A side in their opening game in Group A.

    It was the heaviest defeat by an English Premier League (EPL) side in their first game of a UEFA Champions League campaign since Arsenal lost 0-3 to Inter Milan in 20032004. Speaking at a press conference ahead of their second group game at home to Ajax, Klopp did not hold back in his assessment of the “horror show” at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

    After Premier League games were postponed following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Klopp also said his team would rather have played this weekend but “respected” the decision not to.

    “Yes, we would have wanted to play,” he said.

    “But for the reasons we all know it didn’t happen and, of course, we respect that.

    “Now we try to use the time for analysis and training, which made absolute sense after the game we played at Napoli.

    “I have lots of thoughts [on the Napoli game].

    I watched the game back plenty of times and it was a real horror show, to be honest.

    “It was the worst game we played since I’m here.

    We’ve had a few bad games, I know that.

    Everyone remembers Aston Villa [2-7 loss in 20202021] and some others where we were just not up to speed.

    “But there were always glimpses in these games.

    In this particular game, [there was] nothing.

    ” Liverpool have made an uninspiring start to the season, drawing three and losing one of their six Premier League games so far.

    Klopp revealed there have been some home truths within the camp following the performance in Naples.

    “I know that the players want to sort the situation.

    We are not over the moon about our season so far,” he added.

    Klopp confirmed that midfield duo Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain —- who were both left out of the Champions League squad —- will not return from their respective injuries until October.

    This is in spite of the former being called up to the Guinea squad for the upcoming international break.

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  •   The African Development Bank www AfDB org has welcomed 12 new CEOs including five women for a three year term The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina welcomed the new representatives of the 20 member Board of Directors They officially joined the Board on August 1 2022 and began a four day induction program on September 1 2022 to familiarize themselves with the work of the Bank I wish to congratulate you the new members of the Board of Directors for your election as Executive Directors who will have the duty obligation and responsibility to help strengthen the supervisory functions of our institution guide our operations and support the vision and direction of our work said Adesina The number of women on the Board increased from three to five Malika Dhif who is the new Executive Director for Morocco Togo and Tunisia was previously Deputy Director of the Treasury and Foreign Finance of Morocco in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic world America Asia and international institutions For their part Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Congo Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad are represented by Chantal Modeste Nonault public accountant administrative and financial director of the World Bank s regional office in Mali Mette Knudsen a Danish national represents Denmark Finland India Ireland Norway and Sweden Prior to her appointment she was the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan The United States of America is represented on the Bank s Board of Directors by Oren Elaine Whyche a long time Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Office of the United States Agency for International Development USAID Lastly Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya a South African national represents South Africa Eswatini and Lesotho She was previously CEO of the South African company NXN Analytics Edmond Rapha l Wega former Canadian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin now represents Canada China Kuwait Korea and Turkey on the Bank s Board of Directors Brahim Bouzeboudj ne a senior official in charge of combating corruption in Algeria and former director of the Algerian Prime Minister s Office is the new executive director for Algeria Guinea Bissau and Madagascar The Executive Director for Angola Mozambique Namibia and Zimbabwe is the Angolan economist Joao Luis Ngimbi A former Gabonese Minister of Energy and Secretary General of the Bank of Central African States D sir Guedon is now the Executive Director for Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Comoros Gabon Mali Niger and Senegal G rard Pascal Bussier Deputy Financial Secretary at the Mauritius Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development is the new Executive Director for Botswana Malawi Mauritius and Zambia The Gambia Ghana Liberia Sierra Leone and Sudan are represented by the Liberian economist Rufus Darkortey Another economist Jonathan Nzayikorera of Rwanda who knows the Bank well after serving as senior adviser to his predecessor now represents Ethiopia Eritrea Kenya Rwanda Seychelles Somalia South Sudan Tanzania and Uganda The new Board members were appointed following the general election of Executive Directors by the Boards of Governors at the African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Accra Ghana in May 2022 The Bank s Board of Directors African Development Committee is made up of 20 members Thirteen members are elected by the Governors of the regional member countries 54 African countries and seven by the Governors of the non regional member countries 27 countries The Executive Directors are elected for a period of three years renewable once The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for conducting the general operations of the Bank They are based at the Bank s headquarters in Abidjan C te d Ivoire and meet as often as the Bank s work requires The President of the Bank is the President of the Board of Directors
    Meet the new CEOs of the African Development Bank, including five women
      The African Development Bank www AfDB org has welcomed 12 new CEOs including five women for a three year term The President of the African Development Bank Group Dr Akinwumi Adesina welcomed the new representatives of the 20 member Board of Directors They officially joined the Board on August 1 2022 and began a four day induction program on September 1 2022 to familiarize themselves with the work of the Bank I wish to congratulate you the new members of the Board of Directors for your election as Executive Directors who will have the duty obligation and responsibility to help strengthen the supervisory functions of our institution guide our operations and support the vision and direction of our work said Adesina The number of women on the Board increased from three to five Malika Dhif who is the new Executive Director for Morocco Togo and Tunisia was previously Deputy Director of the Treasury and Foreign Finance of Morocco in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic world America Asia and international institutions For their part Burundi Cameroon Central African Republic Congo Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad are represented by Chantal Modeste Nonault public accountant administrative and financial director of the World Bank s regional office in Mali Mette Knudsen a Danish national represents Denmark Finland India Ireland Norway and Sweden Prior to her appointment she was the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan The United States of America is represented on the Bank s Board of Directors by Oren Elaine Whyche a long time Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Office of the United States Agency for International Development USAID Lastly Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya a South African national represents South Africa Eswatini and Lesotho She was previously CEO of the South African company NXN Analytics Edmond Rapha l Wega former Canadian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin now represents Canada China Kuwait Korea and Turkey on the Bank s Board of Directors Brahim Bouzeboudj ne a senior official in charge of combating corruption in Algeria and former director of the Algerian Prime Minister s Office is the new executive director for Algeria Guinea Bissau and Madagascar The Executive Director for Angola Mozambique Namibia and Zimbabwe is the Angolan economist Joao Luis Ngimbi A former Gabonese Minister of Energy and Secretary General of the Bank of Central African States D sir Guedon is now the Executive Director for Benin Burkina Faso Cape Verde Comoros Gabon Mali Niger and Senegal G rard Pascal Bussier Deputy Financial Secretary at the Mauritius Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development is the new Executive Director for Botswana Malawi Mauritius and Zambia The Gambia Ghana Liberia Sierra Leone and Sudan are represented by the Liberian economist Rufus Darkortey Another economist Jonathan Nzayikorera of Rwanda who knows the Bank well after serving as senior adviser to his predecessor now represents Ethiopia Eritrea Kenya Rwanda Seychelles Somalia South Sudan Tanzania and Uganda The new Board members were appointed following the general election of Executive Directors by the Boards of Governors at the African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Accra Ghana in May 2022 The Bank s Board of Directors African Development Committee is made up of 20 members Thirteen members are elected by the Governors of the regional member countries 54 African countries and seven by the Governors of the non regional member countries 27 countries The Executive Directors are elected for a period of three years renewable once The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for conducting the general operations of the Bank They are based at the Bank s headquarters in Abidjan C te d Ivoire and meet as often as the Bank s work requires The President of the Bank is the President of the Board of Directors
    Meet the new CEOs of the African Development Bank, including five women
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    Meet the new CEOs of the African Development Bank, including five women

    The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has welcomed 12 new CEOs, including five women, for a three-year term.

    The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, welcomed the new representatives of the 20-member Board of Directors.

    They officially joined the Board on August 1, 2022 and began a four-day induction program on September 1, 2022 to familiarize themselves with the work of the Bank. “I wish to congratulate you, the new members of the Board of Directors, for your election as Executive Directors, who will have the duty, obligation and responsibility to help strengthen the supervisory functions of our institution, guide our operations and support the vision .

    and direction of our work,” said Adesina.

    The number of women on the Board increased from three to five.

    Malika Dhif, who is the new Executive Director for Morocco, Togo and Tunisia, was previously Deputy Director of the Treasury and Foreign Finance of Morocco, in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic world, America, Asia and international institutions.

    For their part, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad are represented by Chantal Modeste Nonault, public accountant, administrative and financial director of the World Bank's regional office in Mali. Mette Knudsen, a Danish national, represents Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.

    Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

    The United States of America is represented on the Bank's Board of Directors by Oren Elaine Whyche, a long-time Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

    Lastly, Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya, a South African national, represents South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho.

    She was previously CEO of the South African company NXN Analytics.

    Edmond Raphaël Wega, former Canadian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin, now represents Canada, China, Kuwait, Korea and Turkey on the Bank's Board of Directors.

    Brahim Bouzeboudjène, a senior official in charge of combating corruption in Algeria and former director of the Algerian Prime Minister's Office, is the new executive director for Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar.

    The Executive Director for Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe is the Angolan economist Joao Luis Ngimbi.

    A former Gabonese Minister of Energy and Secretary General of the Bank of Central African States, Désiré Guedon is now the Executive Director for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Niger and Senegal.

    Gérard Pascal Bussier, Deputy Financial Secretary at the Mauritius Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, is the new Executive Director for Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius and Zambia.

    The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan are represented by the Liberian economist Rufus Darkortey.

    Another economist, Jonathan Nzayikorera of Rwanda, who knows the Bank well after serving as senior adviser to his predecessor, now represents Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

    The new Board members were appointed following the general election of Executive Directors by the Boards of Governors at the African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Accra, Ghana, in May 2022.

    The Bank's Board of Directors African Development Committee is made up of 20 members.

    Thirteen members are elected by the Governors of the regional member countries (54 African countries) and seven by the Governors of the non-regional member countries (27 countries).

    The Executive Directors are elected for a period of three years, renewable once.

    The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for conducting the general operations of the Bank. They are based at the Bank's headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and meet as often as the Bank's work requires.

    The President of the Bank is the President of the Board of Directors.

  •  Goge Africa and its partners have concluded plans to launch Destination West Africa Project DWAP to promote tourism trade and investment in West Africa The Managing Director of Goge Africa Nneka Isaac Moses disclosed this in statement on Saturday in Lagos According to the managing director the project is aimed at advocating inter connectivity and economic linkages within West Africa and encourage West Africans to travel within the Economic Community of West Africa State ECOWAS sub region She said that the project to be launched on Sept 24 would have the theme ECOWAS of the People Tourism within the Sub region Prospects and Challenges Goge Africa and its project partners are set to launch DWAP in Lagos This was initiated by Goge Africa and the event is scheduled for the Lekki Conservation Centre The day s programme will include activities marking this year s World Tourism Day which theme is Rethinking Tourism DWAP seeks to among other objectives promote tourism trade and investment opportunities in West Africa she said Isaac Moses added that a DWAP team would embark on a week show around ECOWAS member countries starting with Ghana She listed other countries to be visited to include Senegal Liberia Guinea Conakry Sierra Leone Ivory Coast Republic of Benin Togo and The Gambia Among other things the DWAP team will engage relevant institutions public and private to identify and explore strategic ways to lower the barriers that impede travels within West Africa We will also participate in conferences summits and similar gatherings to encourage travel professionals in West Africa to support regional domestic tourism and intra Africa travels The team s experiences in each country will be reported on social media multiple media platforms including Goge Africa s long running culture and Tourism TV series To volunteer on this project click here https and for enquiries and partnership contact info destinationwestafricaproject org she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Goge Africa, partners to launch DWA project for trade promotion
     Goge Africa and its partners have concluded plans to launch Destination West Africa Project DWAP to promote tourism trade and investment in West Africa The Managing Director of Goge Africa Nneka Isaac Moses disclosed this in statement on Saturday in Lagos According to the managing director the project is aimed at advocating inter connectivity and economic linkages within West Africa and encourage West Africans to travel within the Economic Community of West Africa State ECOWAS sub region She said that the project to be launched on Sept 24 would have the theme ECOWAS of the People Tourism within the Sub region Prospects and Challenges Goge Africa and its project partners are set to launch DWAP in Lagos This was initiated by Goge Africa and the event is scheduled for the Lekki Conservation Centre The day s programme will include activities marking this year s World Tourism Day which theme is Rethinking Tourism DWAP seeks to among other objectives promote tourism trade and investment opportunities in West Africa she said Isaac Moses added that a DWAP team would embark on a week show around ECOWAS member countries starting with Ghana She listed other countries to be visited to include Senegal Liberia Guinea Conakry Sierra Leone Ivory Coast Republic of Benin Togo and The Gambia Among other things the DWAP team will engage relevant institutions public and private to identify and explore strategic ways to lower the barriers that impede travels within West Africa We will also participate in conferences summits and similar gatherings to encourage travel professionals in West Africa to support regional domestic tourism and intra Africa travels The team s experiences in each country will be reported on social media multiple media platforms including Goge Africa s long running culture and Tourism TV series To volunteer on this project click here https and for enquiries and partnership contact info destinationwestafricaproject org she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Goge Africa, partners to launch DWA project for trade promotion
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    Goge Africa, partners to launch DWA project for trade promotion

    Goge Africa and its partners have concluded plans  to launch Destination West Africa Project (DWAP) to promote tourism, trade and investment in West Africa.

    The Managing Director of Goge Africa, Nneka Isaac Moses, disclosed this in statement on Saturday in Lagos.

    According to the managing director, the project is aimed at advocating inter-connectivity and economic linkages within West Africa and encourage West Africans to travel within the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS) sub-region.

    She said that the project, to be launched on Sept.  24, would have the theme: “ECOWAS of the People: Tourism within the Sub-region, Prospects and Challenges”.

    “Goge Africa and its project partners are set to launch DWAP in Lagos.

    This was initiated by Goge Africa, and the event is scheduled for the Lekki Conservation Centre.

    “The day’s programme will include activities marking this year’s World Tourism Day, which theme is: “Rethinking Tourism”.

    “DWAP seeks to, among other objectives, promote tourism, trade and investment opportunities in West Africa,” she said.

    Isaac-Moses added  that a DWAP team would embark  on a week show around ECOWAS member-countries, starting with Ghana.

    She  listed other countries to be visited to  include Senegal, Liberia, Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Republic of Benin, Togo and The Gambia.

    “Among other things, the DWAP team will engage relevant institutions – public and private – to identify and explore strategic ways to lower the barriers that impede travels within West Africa.

    “We will also participate in conferences, summits and similar gatherings to encourage travel professionals in West Africa to support regional domestic tourism and intra-Africa travels.

    “The team’s experiences in each country will be reported on social media, multiple media platforms, including Goge Africa’s long-running culture and Tourism TV series.

    “To volunteer on this project, click here: https:.

    , and for enquiries and partnership  contact: info@destinationwestafricaproject.

    org,” she said.


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  •   ECOWAS launched the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation FARI 2022 during a press conference in Abuja Nigeria The theme of the forum is Science Technology and Innovation for a More Competitive ECOWAS which was adopted to reflect the many challenges in the world economy as ECOWAS member states look inward for a better and more sustainable sub region sparkly The African Forum for Research and Innovation FARI will take place from 17 to 21 October 2022 in Abuja In his welcome speech ECOWAS President Dr Alieu Omar Touray whose speech was delivered by the Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs Prof Fatou Sow Sarr welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked the presidents from Nigeria and Guinea Bissau for their commitment to regional integration He explained that Innovation is at the heart of knowledge economies It is the basis of competitiveness and one of the main engines of economic growth social welfare and adaptation to the environment It is a factor in the modernization of agricultural production systems the predictability of seasons the recognition of harmful and destructive pests and ultimately a potential source of job creation especially for youth by increasing the attractiveness of agriculture agrosilvopastoral industry and fishing The crucial role both in the transformation of national economies and in responding to global and regional challenges is increasingly visible and makes technologies and innovations key points on the agenda of various organizations such as the United Nations the African Union with the 2063 vision and ECOWAS with its new 2050 vision He stated that FARI is the ECOWAS forum dedicated to the promotion of Science Technology and Innovation CTI created by decision A DEC 1 6 21 of the sixtieth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government The FARI is the result of the implementation of the ECOWAS Science Technology and Innovation Policy Action Plan ECOPOST adopted in 2012 It is part of the ECOWAS 2050 vision through Pillar 4 on inclusive and sustainable transformation and development a transformation that can only be achieved through science and technology as well as the structuring of investments in promising sectors The role of Science and Technology is proving to be an important pillar in the development of innovation and the resilience of the region in the face of climate change and exogenous shocks He explained that the theme of the first edition of FARI or FARI 2022 is Science Technology and Innovation for a competitive ECOWAS and that the theme was chosen to develop a common vision that can promote the relevance of a common agenda in the field of Science Technology and Innovation CTI and improve the effective application of the results of research and innovation for the benefit of sustainable socioeconomic development and the competitiveness of our region He noted that all the exchanges at FARI 2022 will be grouped under three sub themes namely STI achievements and progress in Africa and its sharing Regional cooperation and coherent cooperation frameworks between governments scientists universities decision makers the private sector and TFP and civil society and New visions of STI for a more inclusive development of African countries The Honorable Minister of Science Technology and Innovation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora in In his speech he thanked the ECOWAS leadership for their commitment to ensuring regional integration in the areas of science and innovation He said that this forum should have been held in 2021 but was not possible due to technical problems and the arrival of COVID He added that Nigeria has created a conducive environment for startups and entrepreneurs to succeed through grant support and mentoring program He listed Nigeria s achievements in the science and technology space such as the development of the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy the establishment of the 2017 2030 Roadmap and the implementation plans for the development of the scientific sector as well as the commercialization efforts of R D results from national research institutions In her speech the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs Professor Fatou Sow Sarr whose speech was read by the ECOWAS Division Chief of Education and Science Dr Roland Kouakou said The The issue that brings us together this morning is of paramount importance to our developing countries Indeed the standard of living of a nation depends to a great extent on its scientific and technological development which implies above all the development of research and innovation This requires a political and financial commitment from all African nations and at all levels The convening of the African Research and Innovation Forum marks an important turning point in the promotion of science and technology at the regional level It is a framework to strengthen regional cooperation in the science and technology sector FARI will help bring together researchers from the region on the one hand and their counterparts from the rest of the world on the other She thanked the leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Member States for their support of FARI 2022 and stated that the outcome of the resolutions that will emerge from the regional forum will provide a quantum leap towards the realization of ECOWAS STI s 2050 vision
    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launches the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI 2022)
      ECOWAS launched the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation FARI 2022 during a press conference in Abuja Nigeria The theme of the forum is Science Technology and Innovation for a More Competitive ECOWAS which was adopted to reflect the many challenges in the world economy as ECOWAS member states look inward for a better and more sustainable sub region sparkly The African Forum for Research and Innovation FARI will take place from 17 to 21 October 2022 in Abuja In his welcome speech ECOWAS President Dr Alieu Omar Touray whose speech was delivered by the Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs Prof Fatou Sow Sarr welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked the presidents from Nigeria and Guinea Bissau for their commitment to regional integration He explained that Innovation is at the heart of knowledge economies It is the basis of competitiveness and one of the main engines of economic growth social welfare and adaptation to the environment It is a factor in the modernization of agricultural production systems the predictability of seasons the recognition of harmful and destructive pests and ultimately a potential source of job creation especially for youth by increasing the attractiveness of agriculture agrosilvopastoral industry and fishing The crucial role both in the transformation of national economies and in responding to global and regional challenges is increasingly visible and makes technologies and innovations key points on the agenda of various organizations such as the United Nations the African Union with the 2063 vision and ECOWAS with its new 2050 vision He stated that FARI is the ECOWAS forum dedicated to the promotion of Science Technology and Innovation CTI created by decision A DEC 1 6 21 of the sixtieth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government The FARI is the result of the implementation of the ECOWAS Science Technology and Innovation Policy Action Plan ECOPOST adopted in 2012 It is part of the ECOWAS 2050 vision through Pillar 4 on inclusive and sustainable transformation and development a transformation that can only be achieved through science and technology as well as the structuring of investments in promising sectors The role of Science and Technology is proving to be an important pillar in the development of innovation and the resilience of the region in the face of climate change and exogenous shocks He explained that the theme of the first edition of FARI or FARI 2022 is Science Technology and Innovation for a competitive ECOWAS and that the theme was chosen to develop a common vision that can promote the relevance of a common agenda in the field of Science Technology and Innovation CTI and improve the effective application of the results of research and innovation for the benefit of sustainable socioeconomic development and the competitiveness of our region He noted that all the exchanges at FARI 2022 will be grouped under three sub themes namely STI achievements and progress in Africa and its sharing Regional cooperation and coherent cooperation frameworks between governments scientists universities decision makers the private sector and TFP and civil society and New visions of STI for a more inclusive development of African countries The Honorable Minister of Science Technology and Innovation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Dr Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora in In his speech he thanked the ECOWAS leadership for their commitment to ensuring regional integration in the areas of science and innovation He said that this forum should have been held in 2021 but was not possible due to technical problems and the arrival of COVID He added that Nigeria has created a conducive environment for startups and entrepreneurs to succeed through grant support and mentoring program He listed Nigeria s achievements in the science and technology space such as the development of the National Science Technology and Innovation Policy the establishment of the 2017 2030 Roadmap and the implementation plans for the development of the scientific sector as well as the commercialization efforts of R D results from national research institutions In her speech the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs Professor Fatou Sow Sarr whose speech was read by the ECOWAS Division Chief of Education and Science Dr Roland Kouakou said The The issue that brings us together this morning is of paramount importance to our developing countries Indeed the standard of living of a nation depends to a great extent on its scientific and technological development which implies above all the development of research and innovation This requires a political and financial commitment from all African nations and at all levels The convening of the African Research and Innovation Forum marks an important turning point in the promotion of science and technology at the regional level It is a framework to strengthen regional cooperation in the science and technology sector FARI will help bring together researchers from the region on the one hand and their counterparts from the rest of the world on the other She thanked the leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Member States for their support of FARI 2022 and stated that the outcome of the resolutions that will emerge from the regional forum will provide a quantum leap towards the realization of ECOWAS STI s 2050 vision
    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launches the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI 2022)
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    The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) launches the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI 2022)

    ECOWAS launched the first edition of the African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI 2022) during a press conference in Abuja, Nigeria.

    The theme of the forum is "Science, Technology and Innovation for a More Competitive ECOWAS", which was adopted to reflect the many challenges in the world economy as ECOWAS member states look inward for a better and more sustainable sub-region.

    sparkly.

    The African Forum for Research and Innovation (FARI) will take place from 17 to 21 October 2022 in Abuja.

    In his welcome speech, ECOWAS President Dr. Alieu Omar Touray, whose speech was delivered by the Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, welcomed everyone to the launch and thanked the presidents from Nigeria and Guinea Bissau for their commitment to regional integration.

    He explained that “Innovation is at the heart of knowledge economies.

    It is the basis of competitiveness and one of the main engines of economic growth, social welfare and adaptation to the environment.

    It is a factor in the modernization of agricultural production systems, the predictability of seasons, the recognition of harmful and destructive pests, and ultimately a potential source of job creation, especially for youth by increasing the attractiveness of agriculture.

    agrosilvopastoral.

    industry and fishing.

    The crucial role, both in the transformation of national economies and in responding to global and regional challenges, is increasingly visible and makes technologies and innovations key points on the agenda of various organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union with the 2063 vision and ECOWAS with its new 2050 vision.” He stated that “FARI is the ECOWAS forum dedicated to the promotion of Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) created by decision (A / DEC / .1 / 6/21) of the sixtieth Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government.

    The FARI is the result of the implementation of the ECOWAS Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Action Plan (ECOPOST) adopted in 2012.

    It is part of the ECOWAS 2050 vision through Pillar 4 on inclusive and sustainable transformation and development, a transformation that can only be achieved through science and technology, as well as the structuring of investments in promising sectors.

    The role of Science and Technology is proving to be an important pillar in the development of innovation and the resilience of the region in the face of climate change and exogenous shocks”.

    He explained that the theme of the first edition of FARI or FARI-2022 is "Science, Technology and Innovation for a competitive ECOWAS" and that the theme was chosen to develop a common vision that can promote the relevance of a common agenda in the field.

    .

    of Science, Technology and Innovation (CTI) and improve the effective application of the results of research and innovation for the benefit of sustainable socioeconomic development and the competitiveness of our region.

    He noted that all the exchanges at FARI 2022 will be grouped under three sub-themes, namely "STI achievements and progress in Africa and its sharing", "Regional cooperation and coherent cooperation frameworks between governments, scientists, universities, decision-makers , the private sector and TFP and civil society, and “New visions of STI for a more inclusive development of African countries” The Honorable Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Adeleke Olorunnimbe Mamora, in In his speech, he thanked the ECOWAS leadership for their commitment to ensuring regional integration in the areas of science and innovation.

    He said that this forum should have been held in 2021 but was not possible due to technical problems and the arrival of COVID.

    He added that Nigeria has created a conducive environment for startups and entrepreneurs to succeed through grant support and mentoring program He listed Nigeria's achievements in the science and technology space such as the development of the National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, the establishment of the 2017-2030 Roadmap and the implementation plans for the development of the scientific sector, as well as the commercialization efforts of R&D results from national research institutions.

    In her speech, the ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Professor Fatou Sow Sarr, whose speech was read by the ECOWAS Division Chief of Education and Science, Dr. Roland Kouakou, said: “The The issue that brings us together this morning is of paramount importance to our developing countries.

    Indeed, the standard of living of a nation depends to a great extent on its scientific and technological development, which implies above all the development of research and innovation.

    This requires a political and financial commitment from all African nations and at all levels.

    The convening of the African Research and Innovation Forum marks an important turning point in the promotion of science and technology at the regional level.

    It is a framework to strengthen regional cooperation in the science and technology sector.

    FARI will help bring together researchers from the region, on the one hand, and their counterparts from the rest of the world, on the other”.

    She thanked the leadership of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and other Member States for their support of FARI 2022 and stated that the outcome of the resolutions that will emerge from the regional forum will provide a quantum leap towards the realization of ECOWAS STI's 2050 vision.

  •   With the COVID 19 pandemic delaying meningitis vaccination campaigns for more than 50 million children in Africa the region is at increased risk of outbreaks of type A meningitis which has been nearly eliminated on the continent In a race against time the World Health Organization WHO and its partners have released a roadmap aimed at stopping bacterial meningitis outbreaks by 2030 urging countries to quickly implement it before the start of the meningitis season in January 2023 The pandemic severely disrupted meningitis prevention and control services with disease surveillance laboratory confirmation of cases and outbreak investigations all in steep decline Based on country reports the WHO found that meningitis control activities were reduced by 50 in 2020 compared to 2019 with a slight improvement in 2021 Benin Guinea Guinea Bissau Nigeria and Togo delayed MenAfriVac vaccine campaigns aimed at protecting a total of 50 million children under 12 years of age against type A meningitis Historically type A meningitis was the leading cause of meningitis outbreaks in Africa In 2010 however Africa embarked on a journey to defeat type A meningitis when an effective vaccine MenAfriVac was developed and deployed The vaccine was developed in response to a request from African health ministers after an outbreak of type A meningitis in 1996 infected more than 250 000 people and killed more than 25 000 in just a few months With the support of WHO and its partners more than 350 million people in 24 high risk African countries have received the MenAfriVac vaccine since 2010 The campaign to eliminate this type of meningitis has been immensely successful Although type A meningitis accounted for 90 of cases and deaths before 2010 no new cases have been reported since 2017 Control of this deadly form of meningitis has resulted in fewer deaths from type A meningitis and other types of microorganisms While 50 of people with meningitis died in 2004 in 2021 95 of cases survived The defeat of type A meningitis is one of Africa s greatest health success stories but the fallout from COVID 19 hampers our drive to eliminate this bacterial infection as a public health threat once and for all and could lead to catastrophic flare ups said Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa As we prioritize the response to COVID 19 we must not lose focus on other health issues I urge countries to accelerate implementation of the new WHO regional roadmap now before the meningitis season begins in January 2023 While no cases of type A meningitis have been reported in Africa for the past five years outbreaks still occur and are caused by other types of meningococcal bacteria In 2019 140 552 people in the African region died from all types of meningitis Major outbreaks caused by type C meningitis have been reported in seven meningitis belt countries since 2013 In 2021 a four month outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claimed 205 lives Additionally the Africa region accounts for the largest number of new meningitis cases globally and is the only region still experiencing outbreaks The continent reports 100 cases of meningitis per 100 000 inhabitants the highest incidence in the world More than 400 million Africans are still at risk of seasonal meningitis outbreaks but the disease has remained under the radar for too long said Dr Moeti In addition to the cost of human life outbreaks have a negative impact on health systems our fragile economies and impoverish entire populations forced to deal with multiple health and socioeconomic challenges In an ambitious bid to defeat bacterial meningitis in the African region by 2030 the new regional strategy launched today lays out a roadmap for countries to strengthen diagnosis surveillance care promotion and vaccination to eliminate outbreaks reduce deaths by 70 and halve infections WHO estimates that US 1 5 billion will be required between now and 2030 to implement the plan which if fully adopted by countries will save more than 140 000 lives each year in the region and will significantly reduce disability Meningitis is caused by inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and is spread through a sneeze saliva or phlegm from the nose and throat of infected people Acute bacterial meningitis is one of the deadliest and most disabling forms of the disease It can cause death within 24 hours and leaves one in five infected people disabled for life after infection In Africa the meningitis season is particularly long running from January to June Although meningitis affects people of all ages young children are most at risk with about half of cases and deaths in children under 5 years of age Dr Moeti was speaking today during a virtual press conference facilitated by APO Group She was joined by Professor Fran ois Marc Laforce Director of Technical Services at the Serum Institute of India and Rhoda Omorodion Executive Director of the Care and Development Center of Nigeria Also present from the WHO Regional Office for Africa to answer questions were Dr Akpaka Kalu Team Leader Policy and Strategic Planning Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases Dr Thierno Balde Regional Incident Manager for COVID 19 Dr Andre Bita Regional Meningitis Control Officer and Dr Phionah Atuhebwe Medical Lead for Vaccine Introduction
    COVID-19 threatens to eliminate a deadly form of meningitis in Africa, more than 50 million children are not vaccinated
      With the COVID 19 pandemic delaying meningitis vaccination campaigns for more than 50 million children in Africa the region is at increased risk of outbreaks of type A meningitis which has been nearly eliminated on the continent In a race against time the World Health Organization WHO and its partners have released a roadmap aimed at stopping bacterial meningitis outbreaks by 2030 urging countries to quickly implement it before the start of the meningitis season in January 2023 The pandemic severely disrupted meningitis prevention and control services with disease surveillance laboratory confirmation of cases and outbreak investigations all in steep decline Based on country reports the WHO found that meningitis control activities were reduced by 50 in 2020 compared to 2019 with a slight improvement in 2021 Benin Guinea Guinea Bissau Nigeria and Togo delayed MenAfriVac vaccine campaigns aimed at protecting a total of 50 million children under 12 years of age against type A meningitis Historically type A meningitis was the leading cause of meningitis outbreaks in Africa In 2010 however Africa embarked on a journey to defeat type A meningitis when an effective vaccine MenAfriVac was developed and deployed The vaccine was developed in response to a request from African health ministers after an outbreak of type A meningitis in 1996 infected more than 250 000 people and killed more than 25 000 in just a few months With the support of WHO and its partners more than 350 million people in 24 high risk African countries have received the MenAfriVac vaccine since 2010 The campaign to eliminate this type of meningitis has been immensely successful Although type A meningitis accounted for 90 of cases and deaths before 2010 no new cases have been reported since 2017 Control of this deadly form of meningitis has resulted in fewer deaths from type A meningitis and other types of microorganisms While 50 of people with meningitis died in 2004 in 2021 95 of cases survived The defeat of type A meningitis is one of Africa s greatest health success stories but the fallout from COVID 19 hampers our drive to eliminate this bacterial infection as a public health threat once and for all and could lead to catastrophic flare ups said Dr Matshidiso Moeti WHO Regional Director for Africa As we prioritize the response to COVID 19 we must not lose focus on other health issues I urge countries to accelerate implementation of the new WHO regional roadmap now before the meningitis season begins in January 2023 While no cases of type A meningitis have been reported in Africa for the past five years outbreaks still occur and are caused by other types of meningococcal bacteria In 2019 140 552 people in the African region died from all types of meningitis Major outbreaks caused by type C meningitis have been reported in seven meningitis belt countries since 2013 In 2021 a four month outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claimed 205 lives Additionally the Africa region accounts for the largest number of new meningitis cases globally and is the only region still experiencing outbreaks The continent reports 100 cases of meningitis per 100 000 inhabitants the highest incidence in the world More than 400 million Africans are still at risk of seasonal meningitis outbreaks but the disease has remained under the radar for too long said Dr Moeti In addition to the cost of human life outbreaks have a negative impact on health systems our fragile economies and impoverish entire populations forced to deal with multiple health and socioeconomic challenges In an ambitious bid to defeat bacterial meningitis in the African region by 2030 the new regional strategy launched today lays out a roadmap for countries to strengthen diagnosis surveillance care promotion and vaccination to eliminate outbreaks reduce deaths by 70 and halve infections WHO estimates that US 1 5 billion will be required between now and 2030 to implement the plan which if fully adopted by countries will save more than 140 000 lives each year in the region and will significantly reduce disability Meningitis is caused by inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and is spread through a sneeze saliva or phlegm from the nose and throat of infected people Acute bacterial meningitis is one of the deadliest and most disabling forms of the disease It can cause death within 24 hours and leaves one in five infected people disabled for life after infection In Africa the meningitis season is particularly long running from January to June Although meningitis affects people of all ages young children are most at risk with about half of cases and deaths in children under 5 years of age Dr Moeti was speaking today during a virtual press conference facilitated by APO Group She was joined by Professor Fran ois Marc Laforce Director of Technical Services at the Serum Institute of India and Rhoda Omorodion Executive Director of the Care and Development Center of Nigeria Also present from the WHO Regional Office for Africa to answer questions were Dr Akpaka Kalu Team Leader Policy and Strategic Planning Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases Dr Thierno Balde Regional Incident Manager for COVID 19 Dr Andre Bita Regional Meningitis Control Officer and Dr Phionah Atuhebwe Medical Lead for Vaccine Introduction
    COVID-19 threatens to eliminate a deadly form of meningitis in Africa, more than 50 million children are not vaccinated
    Africa4 weeks ago

    COVID-19 threatens to eliminate a deadly form of meningitis in Africa, more than 50 million children are not vaccinated

    With the COVID-19 pandemic delaying meningitis vaccination campaigns for more than 50 million children in Africa, the region is at increased risk of outbreaks of type A meningitis, which has been nearly eliminated on the continent.

    In a race against time, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners have released a roadmap aimed at stopping bacterial meningitis outbreaks by 2030, urging countries to quickly implement it before the start of the meningitis season.

    in January 2023.

    The pandemic severely disrupted meningitis prevention.

    and control services, with disease surveillance, laboratory confirmation of cases, and outbreak investigations all in steep decline.

    Based on country reports, the WHO found that meningitis control activities were reduced by 50% in 2020 compared to 2019, with a slight improvement in 2021.

    Benin, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Togo delayed MenAfriVac vaccine campaigns aimed at protecting a total of 50 million children under 12 years of age against type A meningitis.

    Historically, type A meningitis was the leading cause of meningitis outbreaks in Africa.

    In 2010, however, Africa embarked on a journey to defeat type A meningitis when an effective vaccine, MenAfriVac, was developed and deployed.

    The vaccine was developed in response to a request from African health ministers after an outbreak of type A meningitis in 1996 infected more than 250,000 people and killed more than 25,000 in just a few months.

    With the support of WHO and its partners, more than 350 million people in 24 high-risk African countries have received the MenAfriVac vaccine since 2010.

    The campaign to eliminate this type of meningitis has been immensely successful.

    Although type A meningitis accounted for 90% of cases and deaths before 2010, no new cases have been reported since 2017.

    Control of this deadly form of meningitis has resulted in fewer deaths from type A meningitis and other types of microorganisms .

    While 50% of people with meningitis died in 2004, in 2021 95% of cases survived.

    “The defeat of type A meningitis is one of Africa’s greatest health success stories, but the fallout from COVID-19 hampers our drive to eliminate this bacterial infection as a public health threat once and for all, and could lead to catastrophic flare-ups.

    ”, said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

    “As we prioritize the response to COVID-19, we must not lose focus on other health issues.

    I urge countries to accelerate implementation of the new WHO regional roadmap now, before the meningitis season begins in January 2023."

    While no cases of type A meningitis have been reported in Africa for the past five years, outbreaks still occur and are caused by other types of meningococcal bacteria.

    In 2019, 140,552 people in the African region died from all types of meningitis.

    Major outbreaks caused by type C meningitis have been reported in seven meningitis belt countries since 2013.

    In 2021, a four-month outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo claimed 205 lives.

    Additionally, the Africa region accounts for the largest number of new meningitis cases globally and is the only region still experiencing outbreaks.

    The continent reports 100 cases of meningitis per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest incidence in the world.

    “More than 400 million Africans are still at risk of seasonal meningitis outbreaks, but the disease has remained under the radar for too long,” said Dr Moeti.

    "In addition to the cost of human life, outbreaks have a negative impact on health systems, our fragile economies and impoverish entire populations forced to deal with multiple health and socioeconomic challenges."

    In an ambitious bid to defeat bacterial meningitis in the African region by 2030, the new regional strategy launched today lays out a roadmap for countries to strengthen diagnosis, surveillance, care, promotion and vaccination to eliminate outbreaks, reduce deaths by 70% and halve infections WHO estimates that US$1.5 billion will be required between now and 2030 to implement the plan, which, if fully adopted by countries, will save more than 140,000 lives each year in the region and will significantly reduce disability.

    Meningitis is caused by inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord and is spread through a sneeze, saliva, or phlegm from the nose and throat of infected people.

    Acute bacterial meningitis is one of the deadliest and most disabling forms of the disease.

    It can cause death within 24 hours and leaves one in five infected people disabled for life after infection.

    In Africa, the meningitis season is particularly long, running from January to June. Although meningitis affects people of all ages, young children are most at risk, with about half of cases and deaths in children under 5 years of age.

    Dr. Moeti was speaking today during a virtual press conference facilitated by APO Group.

    She was joined by Professor François Marc Laforce, Director of Technical Services at the Serum Institute of India, and Rhoda Omorodion, Executive Director of the Care and Development Center of Nigeria.

    Also present from the WHO Regional Office for Africa to answer questions were Dr Akpaka Kalu, Team Leader, Policy and Strategic Planning, Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases; Dr. Thierno Balde, Regional Incident Manager for COVID-19; Dr. Andre Bita, Regional Meningitis Control Officer; and Dr. Phionah Atuhebwe, Medical Lead for Vaccine Introduction.

  •  The Nigerian Navy says it is committed to protecting the country s maritime space and enhancing security in the Gulf of Guinea The Director of Information Naval Headquarters Abuja Commodore Adedotun Ayo Vaughan said this during a visit to the News Agency of Nigeria Lagos Office on Wednesday He said the gulf of Guinea was cardinal as it represented almost a quarter of the whole of the African population stressing that about 13 000 vessels transited the Gulf annually for maritime trade and different things of interest to seafarers NAN reports that the countries involved in the Gulf of Guinea include Ghana Liberia C te d Ivoire Benin Togo Nigeria Cameroon Santo Tom and Principe Equatorial Guinea and Gabon Ayo Vaughan said as a leader in the Gulf Nigeria had invested in two State of the art Maritime Domain Awareness Assets the Regional Maritime Awareness Project an American Technology and the Falcon Eye Alignment project an Israeli technology commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2021 Ayo Vaughan said the Falcon Eye Alignment project was a close circuit television that could view the entire maritime space from a distance of about 215 98 nautical miles 400 kilometers from the coastline Any vessel as long as it is not under the water that enters Nigeria maritime space will be seen including detecting vessels not in the nomination list keyed into the system The issue of Era Edu vessel it came into our waters it was spotted and as soon as it approached the Apple Oil Field the alarm was triggered on the Falcon Eye Alignment that this vessel was not on nomination list that had been keyed into the system The maritime domain asset is first of its kind in the region A lot of foreign heads of Navies foreigners including the European union delegates have visited the asset and it is actually a major cost multiply for the Navy he said Ayo Vaughan said discussion was ongoing by Nigeria and neighbouring countries under Yaounde Architecture to establish a maritime taskforce to patrol the waters jointly He stressed that security in the Gulf of Guinea was not based on seminars and conferences but presence of security vessels going to the sea by all states involved The Director pointed out that with Falcon Eye Alignment any vessel that committed any infraction on Nigerian waters would be spotted and arrested either within the Nigeria space or other collaborating nations Ayo Vaughan however said the fueling of Naval vessels for security was a huge challenge with the increase in the sales of diesel stressing that using a capital ship with about 800 000 litres of diesel for two weeks or one month to the sea and back would cost the navy millions of naira This aspect also the Nigerian Navy is trying its best to ensure that the waters are patrolled and the internationally agreed and conventional regulations are enforced on our waters We are almost there it s a responsibility that involves a lot of coordination The Gulf of Guinea is cardinal to the extent that the U S for the last 11 or 12 years has sponsored a regional maritime exercise to foster collaboration amongst the nations involved he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How we’re enhancing security in Gulf of Guinea – Navy
     The Nigerian Navy says it is committed to protecting the country s maritime space and enhancing security in the Gulf of Guinea The Director of Information Naval Headquarters Abuja Commodore Adedotun Ayo Vaughan said this during a visit to the News Agency of Nigeria Lagos Office on Wednesday He said the gulf of Guinea was cardinal as it represented almost a quarter of the whole of the African population stressing that about 13 000 vessels transited the Gulf annually for maritime trade and different things of interest to seafarers NAN reports that the countries involved in the Gulf of Guinea include Ghana Liberia C te d Ivoire Benin Togo Nigeria Cameroon Santo Tom and Principe Equatorial Guinea and Gabon Ayo Vaughan said as a leader in the Gulf Nigeria had invested in two State of the art Maritime Domain Awareness Assets the Regional Maritime Awareness Project an American Technology and the Falcon Eye Alignment project an Israeli technology commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2021 Ayo Vaughan said the Falcon Eye Alignment project was a close circuit television that could view the entire maritime space from a distance of about 215 98 nautical miles 400 kilometers from the coastline Any vessel as long as it is not under the water that enters Nigeria maritime space will be seen including detecting vessels not in the nomination list keyed into the system The issue of Era Edu vessel it came into our waters it was spotted and as soon as it approached the Apple Oil Field the alarm was triggered on the Falcon Eye Alignment that this vessel was not on nomination list that had been keyed into the system The maritime domain asset is first of its kind in the region A lot of foreign heads of Navies foreigners including the European union delegates have visited the asset and it is actually a major cost multiply for the Navy he said Ayo Vaughan said discussion was ongoing by Nigeria and neighbouring countries under Yaounde Architecture to establish a maritime taskforce to patrol the waters jointly He stressed that security in the Gulf of Guinea was not based on seminars and conferences but presence of security vessels going to the sea by all states involved The Director pointed out that with Falcon Eye Alignment any vessel that committed any infraction on Nigerian waters would be spotted and arrested either within the Nigeria space or other collaborating nations Ayo Vaughan however said the fueling of Naval vessels for security was a huge challenge with the increase in the sales of diesel stressing that using a capital ship with about 800 000 litres of diesel for two weeks or one month to the sea and back would cost the navy millions of naira This aspect also the Nigerian Navy is trying its best to ensure that the waters are patrolled and the internationally agreed and conventional regulations are enforced on our waters We are almost there it s a responsibility that involves a lot of coordination The Gulf of Guinea is cardinal to the extent that the U S for the last 11 or 12 years has sponsored a regional maritime exercise to foster collaboration amongst the nations involved he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How we’re enhancing security in Gulf of Guinea – Navy
    Defence/Security4 weeks ago

    How we’re enhancing security in Gulf of Guinea – Navy

    The Nigerian Navy says it is committed to protecting the country’s maritime space and enhancing security in the Gulf of Guinea.

    The Director of Information, Naval Headquarters, Abuja, Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, said this during a visit to the News Agency of Nigeria , Lagos Office on Wednesday.

    He said the gulf of Guinea was cardinal as it represented almost a quarter of the whole of the African population, stressing that about 13,000 vessels transited the Gulf annually for maritime trade and different things of interest to seafarers.

    NAN reports that the countries involved in the Gulf of Guinea include: Ghana, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Santo Tomé and Principe, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

    Ayo-Vaughan said as a leader in the Gulf, Nigeria had invested in two State-of-the-art Maritime Domain Awareness Assets – the Regional Maritime Awareness Project, an American Technology and the Falcon Eye Alignment project, an Israeli technology – commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2021. Ayo-Vaughan said the Falcon Eye Alignment project was a close circuit television that could view the entire maritime space from a distance of about 215.98 nautical miles, (400 kilometers) from the coastline.

    “Any vessel, as long as it is not under the water, that enters Nigeria maritime space will be seen, including detecting vessels not in the nomination list keyed into the system.

    “The issue of Era-Edu vessel, it came into our waters, it was spotted and as soon as it approached the Apple Oil Field, the alarm was triggered on the Falcon Eye Alignment that this vessel was not on nomination list that had been keyed into the system.

    “The maritime domain asset is first of its kind in the region.

    A lot of foreign heads of Navies, foreigners, including the European union delegates have visited the asset and it is actually a major cost multiply for the Navy,” he said.

    Ayo-Vaughan said discussion was ongoing by Nigeria and neighbouring countries under Yaounde Architecture to establish a maritime taskforce to patrol the waters jointly.

    He stressed that security in the Gulf of Guinea was not based on seminars and conferences, but presence of security vessels going to the sea by all states involved.

    The Director pointed out that with Falcon Eye Alignment, any vessel that committed any infraction on Nigerian waters would be spotted and arrested either within the Nigeria space or other collaborating nations.

    Ayo-Vaughan, however, said the fueling of Naval vessels for security was a huge challenge with the increase in the sales of diesel, stressing that using a capital ship with about 800,000 litres of diesel for two weeks or one month to the sea and back would cost the navy millions of naira.

    “This aspect also, the Nigerian Navy is trying its best to ensure that the waters are patrolled and the internationally agreed and conventional regulations are enforced on our waters.

    “We are almost there; it’s a responsibility that involves a lot of coordination.

    “The Gulf of Guinea is cardinal to the extent that the U.

    S. for the last 11 or 12 years, has sponsored a regional maritime exercise to foster collaboration amongst the nations involved,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Sensitisation of Nigerians particularly mothers has been identified as key to winning the war against human trafficking child labour and domestic servitude Mrs Catherine Udida Director Migrant Affairs National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons made the observation on Wednesday in Abuja at a symposium against human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea The symposium was organised by Network of Civil Society Organisations CSOs Against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour NACTAL North Central Zone with the theme Combatting Human Trafficking Harnessing Resources among Stakeholders Udida said that to win the war against human trafficking child labour and domestic servitude women especially mothers must be sensitised to ensure that they never allowed their children to be trafficked She said that trafficking occurred through the desire to have a better life Udida said that Nigerians must guide against this be content with wherever they found themselves and with whatever that came their way Sensitisation is key People should talk to their friends and neighbours especially places where we are endemic we should try as much as possible to sensitise mothers and other women folks We must sensitise them to ensure that nothing should make them allow their children to be trafficked in their desire to have a better life Our advice to Nigerians is that every human being is important A child must be protected A woman must be protected A man must be protected and we as a country must protect ourselves she said Mr Benjamin Eneanya the Project Manager Expertise France said that insecurity in the country occasioned by banditry kidnapping and terrorism had caused displacement of many Nigerians thereby fuelling human trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Expertise France is a french government development agency implementing the European Union fund project to support the fight against human trafficking in the states of Gulf of Guinea NAN reports that the project seeks to contribute to counter trafficking efforts in six countries in the Gulf of Guinea which are Nigeria Benin Republic Togo Ghana Cote d Ivorie and Guinea through providing support to government and CSOs Eneanya said that the problem of human trafficking was enormous as many Nigerians were victims of this crime either internally or to foreign countries where they under gone all forms of exploitations in most despicable conditions known to mankind According to him the physical and psychological damage to victims is so immense that it requires thorough rehabilitation and empowerment process as well as reintegration of such a person into the society Eneanya called on Nigerians to caution against this menace as well as civil societies to double up their campaign in order for the war to be won totally Mrs Imaobong Ladipo Sanusi NACTAL North Central Coordinator said the symposium was important as it aimed to bring all stakeholders together to harness resources and discuss the way forward to combatting the crime She listed stakeholders like National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP NCFRMI NACTAL and Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation WOTCLEF Part of the aim is to think of what to do and carry gatekeepers like traditional rulers religious leaders media who are all grassroot people as well as Ministry Department and Agency MDA along in the fight she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sensitisation, key to winning war against human trafficking –Refugees Commission
     Sensitisation of Nigerians particularly mothers has been identified as key to winning the war against human trafficking child labour and domestic servitude Mrs Catherine Udida Director Migrant Affairs National Commission for Refugees Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons made the observation on Wednesday in Abuja at a symposium against human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea The symposium was organised by Network of Civil Society Organisations CSOs Against Child Trafficking Abuse and Labour NACTAL North Central Zone with the theme Combatting Human Trafficking Harnessing Resources among Stakeholders Udida said that to win the war against human trafficking child labour and domestic servitude women especially mothers must be sensitised to ensure that they never allowed their children to be trafficked She said that trafficking occurred through the desire to have a better life Udida said that Nigerians must guide against this be content with wherever they found themselves and with whatever that came their way Sensitisation is key People should talk to their friends and neighbours especially places where we are endemic we should try as much as possible to sensitise mothers and other women folks We must sensitise them to ensure that nothing should make them allow their children to be trafficked in their desire to have a better life Our advice to Nigerians is that every human being is important A child must be protected A woman must be protected A man must be protected and we as a country must protect ourselves she said Mr Benjamin Eneanya the Project Manager Expertise France said that insecurity in the country occasioned by banditry kidnapping and terrorism had caused displacement of many Nigerians thereby fuelling human trafficking The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Expertise France is a french government development agency implementing the European Union fund project to support the fight against human trafficking in the states of Gulf of Guinea NAN reports that the project seeks to contribute to counter trafficking efforts in six countries in the Gulf of Guinea which are Nigeria Benin Republic Togo Ghana Cote d Ivorie and Guinea through providing support to government and CSOs Eneanya said that the problem of human trafficking was enormous as many Nigerians were victims of this crime either internally or to foreign countries where they under gone all forms of exploitations in most despicable conditions known to mankind According to him the physical and psychological damage to victims is so immense that it requires thorough rehabilitation and empowerment process as well as reintegration of such a person into the society Eneanya called on Nigerians to caution against this menace as well as civil societies to double up their campaign in order for the war to be won totally Mrs Imaobong Ladipo Sanusi NACTAL North Central Coordinator said the symposium was important as it aimed to bring all stakeholders together to harness resources and discuss the way forward to combatting the crime She listed stakeholders like National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons NAPTIP NCFRMI NACTAL and Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation WOTCLEF Part of the aim is to think of what to do and carry gatekeepers like traditional rulers religious leaders media who are all grassroot people as well as Ministry Department and Agency MDA along in the fight she said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Sensitisation, key to winning war against human trafficking –Refugees Commission
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    Sensitisation, key to winning war against human trafficking –Refugees Commission

    Sensitisation of Nigerians, particularly mothers, has been identified as key to winning the war against human trafficking, child labour and domestic servitude.

    Mrs Catherine Udida, Director, Migrant Affairs, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons, made the observation on Wednesday in Abuja.

    at a symposium against human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea The symposium was organised by Network of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) Against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL), North Central Zone, with the theme: “Combatting Human Trafficking, Harnessing Resources among Stakeholders.

    ” Udida said that to win the war against human trafficking, child labour and domestic servitude, women especially mothers, must be sensitised to ensure that they  never  allowed their children to be trafficked.

    She said that trafficking occurred through the desire to have a better life.

    Udida said that Nigerians must guide against this, be content with wherever they found themselves and with whatever that came their way.

    “Sensitisation is key.

    People should talk to their friends and neighbours, especially places where we are endemic, we should try as much as possible to sensitise mothers and other women folks.

    “We must sensitise them to ensure that nothing should make them allow their children to be trafficked in their desire to have a better life.

    “Our advice to Nigerians is that every human being is important.

    A child must be protected.

    A woman must be protected.

    A man must be protected and we, as a country, must protect ourselves,’’ she said.

    Mr Benjamin Eneanya, the Project Manager, Expertise France, said that insecurity in the country, occasioned by banditry, kidnapping and terrorism, had caused displacement of many Nigerians, thereby fuelling human trafficking.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Expertise France is a french government development agency implementing the European Union fund project to support the fight against human trafficking in the states of Gulf of Guinea.

    NAN reports that the project seeks to contribute to counter trafficking efforts in six countries in the Gulf of Guinea which are Nigeria, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivorie and Guinea, through providing support to government and CSOs. Eneanya said that the problem of human trafficking was enormous as many Nigerians were victims of this crime, either internally or to foreign countries where they under gone  all forms of exploitations in most despicable conditions known to mankind.

    According to him, the physical and psychological damage to victims is so immense that it requires thorough rehabilitation and empowerment process, as well as reintegration of such a person into the society.

    Eneanya called on Nigerians to caution against this menace, as well as civil societies to double up their campaign, in order for the war to be won totally.

    Mrs Imaobong Ladipo-Sanusi, NACTAL North Central Coordinator, said the symposium was  important as it aimed to bring all stakeholders together to harness resources and discuss the way forward to combatting the crime.

    She listed stakeholders like National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), NCFRMI, NACTAL and Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF).

    “Part of the aim is to think of what to do and carry gatekeepers like traditional rulers, religious leaders, media who are all grassroot people, as well as Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) along in the fight,’’ she said.


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