Prof. Linus Asuquo, the Director-General, National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC), says scraping or abandoning Ajaokuta Steel Company will be a great waste.Asuquo made the observation while addressing newsmen on Monday in Abuja.He said that reviving the steel company would be the best option for the country rather than neglecting the project to waste year on year.He said that lots of money had been spent on the construction of the magnificent Complex, while abandoning it would be suicidal.“We should not play with Ajaokuta Steel Company; I think a lot of politics has been played on it over the years, the amount spent on importation of metals on yearly basis by Nigeria is huge.“We are spending billions of naira to import metals being used for our railway construction, if we have Ajaokuta steel company working, there will be no need importing steel.He said that the company could create massive jobs for the youth, generate power for the country, among others if revived.He also said that materials such as iron ore for producing steel were available across the country in large quantum.Asuquo said that coal and iron ore needed for iron making had been researched by NMDC, adding that only foreign coal would be needed to blend with Nigeria coal for steel making. “Coal is one of the materials needed for iron making and lots of research have been done on that by the centre.“Unfortunately, even though we have coal in abundance such as Enugu coal, our coal are not prime for coking coal being used for steel making; what I mean is that we cannot have 100 per cent coke from our coal.“From our research, we can blend Lafia Obi coal with imported coal for our coke for steel production.“I will not agree with some Nigerians that said that our blast furnace for steel production is now obsolete; it can still produce steel; Russia and India are still using blast furnace, we can modify it into sections to function adequately.
Sri Lanka is appealing for credit from other countries, international companies and foreign suppliers for fuel stocks to get it through the next two weeks.
A senior government official said on Monday.
Sri Lanka’s appeal came as it was running short of its own supplies and was banking on stocks from an Indian company to provide diesel and petrol to the public.
The members of which have been agitating at filling stations.
An official from the Power and Energy Ministry said Sri Lanka has appealed to Malaysia and India for fuel for the next two weeks, to meet basic public demand.
The Lanka Indian Oil Company issued one million litres of petrol and diesel to its 202 fuel stations in the country on Sunday.
Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekara said on Sunday that the government only had enough fuel supplies for one day, but that the next petrol shipment was due only in two weeks.
Nearly 1,200 state-controlled fuel stations have stopped issuing fuel for private vehicles, saving it for vehicles needed to maintain essential services, such as health and food distribution.
There have been sporadic incidents in the past week in which members of the public waiting for long hours in fuel queues have clashed with the police.
Sri Lanka’s unprecedented economic crisis has lingered for months and left it unable to raise the dollars to pay for fuel, gas, medicine and food.
The country has been in talks with the International Monetary Fund to finalise a relief package. (
The second round of Foreign Office (FOC) consultations between India and Mozambique was held in New Delhi on July 4, 2022. The Indian side was led by Shri Puneet R. Kundal, Joint Secretary (Eastern and Southern Africa) and the Mozambican part was directed by Mr. Ismael Valigy, Director for Asia and Oceania of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Mozambique.
1. During the FOC, both delegations reviewed the multifaceted bilateral relationship, which encompasses political exchanges, partnership projects for development, defense and security cooperation, trade and economic affairs, consular affairs, and cooperation in areas such as agriculture, sports, health , etc. The two sides agreed to enhance people-to-people exchanges and cultural cooperation.
2. The Indian side congratulated Mozambique on its election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period 2023-24. They also exchanged views on global developments and issues of common interest, including cooperation in the United Nations, the South African Development Cooperation (SADC), and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
3. Both sides also agreed to continue high-level political exchanges and regular meetings of joint institutional mechanisms to keep the partnership vibrant and mutually beneficial.
4. The conversations took place in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. Both parties agreed to hold the next round of Consultations on mutually convenient dates in Maputo.
Japan lodged a protest with China on Monday over a Chinese navy ship sailing near the disputed islands, a Japanese official said, as reports surfaced that Russia also sent its own navy ship to the area.
The islets in the East China Sea, known as Senkaku for Tokyo and Diaoyu for Beijing, are at the center of a long-running dispute between Japan and China.
Japanese officials regularly protest the presence of Chinese coast guard ships in waters near the islands, but it is the first time since 2018 that a navy ship has been seen there, according to public broadcaster NHK.
At around 7:44 a.m. Monday (22:44 GMT Sunday), a Chinese navy frigate "was observed entering the contiguous waters of Japan" southwest of one of the Tokyo-controlled islands, a statement from the Tokyo-controlled island said. Japanese Ministry of Defense.
Contiguous waters are a 12-nautical-mile strip that extends beyond territorial waters.
"We express serious concerns and present our protest to the Chinese side through diplomatic channels, and urge them to prevent a recurrence" of similar incidents, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Seiji Kihara told reporters.
The islets "are Japanese territory from the point of view of both history and international law," he said.
But Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, said in response that the Chinese ships' activities are "legitimate and legal" as the islands are "China's inherent territory."
Separately, a Russian naval ship was also seen in the adjoining waters of the disputed islands on Monday morning, NHK, Jiji Press and other Japanese media reported, citing anonymous Defense Ministry sources.
The ministry could not immediately confirm the reports to AFP.
In May, Chinese and Russian warplanes conducted joint flights near the East Asian country as leaders of the so-called quadruple bloc -- Japan, the United States, Australia and India -- met in Tokyo.
While the planes did not violate territorial airspace, Japan said the move was "provocative" as the timing coincided with the leaders' summit.
Beijing said the flights were part of the Chinese and Russian "annual military cooperation plan."
A group of Nigerian engineers in Scotland says all is now set to inaugurate an online training hub for local content capacity development for people in the profession in Nigeria.A statement in Abuja by Dr. Oluseun Adediran, the Chairman of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Glasgow Branch, stated that the position was made known during the engineers pre-convention briefing.According to him, the maiden engineering convention tagged: NSE-ENGCON Glasgow 2022, is to be held in Paisley Glasgow between July 28 and 30.Adediran said that the programme would be the first of its kind by an international branch of the Nigerian society of engineers and was expected to feature keynote addresses centered around the theme.He said that the event would be organized in collaboration with the Social Innovation, Leadership and Management (SILM), School of Business and Creative Industries of the University of the West of Scotland.Adediran said that the plan for the online training was part of the group’s initiatives to support local content development in Nigeria beyond their current roles of facilitating platforms for skills acquisition for engineering personnel.He added that the plan was meant to equip those engineers serving in technical engineering committees on power, engineering codes and standards, among others.The statement explained that Mr Charles Okafor, the branch Secretary and convention organising committee Chairman, said the idea to host the convention was conceived two years ago.Salifu added that the forthcoming event would serve as the beginning of a series of local-content development initiatives of the branch, geared towards developing engineering capacity and upgrading technical competence in Nigeria.He further disclosed that plans had also been concluded for the launching of an online hub for training undergraduate and graduate students, university lecturers, and engineering practitioners in Nigeria, with relevant software skills in design and programming.He said that the idea was to build a huge reserve of globally skilled and competent engineers who would then be linked directly to local and international industries for employment.He said the branch held series of stakeholder meetings with key actors in the engineering sector in Nigeria, including university vice-chancellors and heads of engineering departments, industry key players, officials of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).Salifu said that the branch and other stakeholders have recognized that there was need to train and retrain engineers to meet the demands of local and international requirements for competent engineering personnel.He said that the hub was expected to take off in a tiered format over the next five years and was aimed to empower Nigerian engineers to become globally competitive, alongside counterparts in India and other countries.He added that the plan to rebuild the engineering sector would make Nigeria engineers benefit from the huge numbers of remote employment opportunities offered by a surge in the volumes of engineering tasks outsourced by companies around the world. (