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  •  The Nigeria School Sports Federation NSSF in partnership with Bayelsa government and Nestle PLC will sponsor 22 students to represent Nigeria at the 2022 Serbia World Basketball Championships Olabisi Joseph President of the federation said this at press conference on Monday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives of the country at the championships emerged from Milo Basketball Championships where St Jude Girls Secondary School Amarata won the female category while Bishop Dimieari Grammar School Obom won the male category NAN also reports that the 2022 World School Basketball Championships will hold from Sept 20 to Sept 28 in Serbia Joseph commended the male and female teams for coming tops out of 11 000 schools that participated in the Nestle Basketball Championships She urged the team to give their best in Serbia and make Nigeria proud I m elated that for the first time Nigeria will be participating at the World Basketball Championships and I strongly feel that we will achieve our goal which is to win in Serbia I want to applaud our sponsors Nestle and the Bayelsa government for their support and encouragement for these children I m confident that we will come back with trophies The NSSF President lauded the Bayelsa State government for ensuring that the students are exposed to international competitions while urging other states to take a cue from the gesture The Commissioner for Education Bayelsa Gentle Emeleh praised the sports loving governor of the state Douye Diri for his interest and support for grassroots sports development This is my alma mata and I am happy that these children are on the path towards putting our name on the map we are proud to be part of this our Gov Douye Diri is a lover of sports He urged the students to be of good conduct and he applauded their coaches for working hard and helping the students build their confidence Emeleh said An elated Category Manager Beverages of Nestle Nigeria Plc Tayo Olatunji said the decision by the Bayelsa government to sponsor the students was in line with the ideals of the annual tournament which was to produce future champions Captains of the teams Idubamo Pius Beggi and Samuel Talents vowed to replicate their feat in Nigeria on the international stage while promising to be good ambassadors Nigeria alongside 19 other nations including Brazil Bulgaria Chile France Greece Hungary India Ireland Nepal North Macedonia Serbia Slovenia China Taipei and Turkey will compete in the boys and girls events The championships is organised by the International School Sports Federation ISF and hosted by the Serbian School Sport Federation Meanwhile the boys team has been drawn in Group A alongside Turkey Hungary and Chinese Taipei while the girls team is in group D with Turkey Chile and Bulgaria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World basketball championships: Bayelsa, Nestle sponsor 22 students
     The Nigeria School Sports Federation NSSF in partnership with Bayelsa government and Nestle PLC will sponsor 22 students to represent Nigeria at the 2022 Serbia World Basketball Championships Olabisi Joseph President of the federation said this at press conference on Monday in Lagos The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives of the country at the championships emerged from Milo Basketball Championships where St Jude Girls Secondary School Amarata won the female category while Bishop Dimieari Grammar School Obom won the male category NAN also reports that the 2022 World School Basketball Championships will hold from Sept 20 to Sept 28 in Serbia Joseph commended the male and female teams for coming tops out of 11 000 schools that participated in the Nestle Basketball Championships She urged the team to give their best in Serbia and make Nigeria proud I m elated that for the first time Nigeria will be participating at the World Basketball Championships and I strongly feel that we will achieve our goal which is to win in Serbia I want to applaud our sponsors Nestle and the Bayelsa government for their support and encouragement for these children I m confident that we will come back with trophies The NSSF President lauded the Bayelsa State government for ensuring that the students are exposed to international competitions while urging other states to take a cue from the gesture The Commissioner for Education Bayelsa Gentle Emeleh praised the sports loving governor of the state Douye Diri for his interest and support for grassroots sports development This is my alma mata and I am happy that these children are on the path towards putting our name on the map we are proud to be part of this our Gov Douye Diri is a lover of sports He urged the students to be of good conduct and he applauded their coaches for working hard and helping the students build their confidence Emeleh said An elated Category Manager Beverages of Nestle Nigeria Plc Tayo Olatunji said the decision by the Bayelsa government to sponsor the students was in line with the ideals of the annual tournament which was to produce future champions Captains of the teams Idubamo Pius Beggi and Samuel Talents vowed to replicate their feat in Nigeria on the international stage while promising to be good ambassadors Nigeria alongside 19 other nations including Brazil Bulgaria Chile France Greece Hungary India Ireland Nepal North Macedonia Serbia Slovenia China Taipei and Turkey will compete in the boys and girls events The championships is organised by the International School Sports Federation ISF and hosted by the Serbian School Sport Federation Meanwhile the boys team has been drawn in Group A alongside Turkey Hungary and Chinese Taipei while the girls team is in group D with Turkey Chile and Bulgaria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World basketball championships: Bayelsa, Nestle sponsor 22 students
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    World basketball championships: Bayelsa, Nestle sponsor 22 students

    The Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) in partnership with Bayelsa government and Nestle PLC will sponsor 22 students to represent Nigeria at the 2022 Serbia World Basketball Championships.

    Olabisi Joseph, President of the federation, said this at press conference on Monday in Lagos.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that representatives of the country at the championships emerged from Milo Basketball Championships, where St. Jude Girls Secondary School Amarata, won the female category while Bishop Dimieari Grammar School Obom won the male category.

    NAN also reports that the 2022 World School Basketball Championships will hold from Sept. 20 to Sept. 28 in Serbia.

    Joseph commended the male and female teams for coming tops out of 11,000 schools that participated in the Nestle Basketball Championships.

    She urged the team to give their best in Serbia and make Nigeria proud: “I’m elated that for the first time Nigeria will be participating at the World Basketball Championships, and I strongly feel that we will achieve our goal, which is to win in Serbia.

    “I want to applaud our sponsors, Nestle and the Bayelsa government, for their support and encouragement for these children; I’m confident that we will come back with trophies.

    ” The NSSF President lauded the Bayelsa State government for ensuring that the students are exposed to international competitions while urging other states to take a cue from the gesture.

    The Commissioner for Education, Bayelsa, Gentle Emeleh, praised the sports-loving governor of the state, Douye Diri, for his interest and support for grassroots sports development.

    “This is my alma mata, and I am happy that these children are on the path towards putting our name on the map, we are proud to be part of this; our Gov. Douye Diri is a lover of sports.

    “He urged the students to be of good conduct and he applauded their coaches for working hard and helping the students build their confidence,” Emeleh said.

    An elated Category Manager, Beverages of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Tayo Olatunji, said the decision by the Bayelsa government to sponsor the students was in line with the ideals of the annual tournament, which was to produce future champions.

    Captains of the teams, Idubamo Pius Beggi and Samuel Talents vowed to replicate their feat in Nigeria on the international stage, while promising to be good ambassadors.

    Nigeria alongside 19 other nations including Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Nepal, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, China Taipei and Turkey will compete in the boys and girls events.

    The championships is organised by the International School Sports Federation (ISF) and hosted by the Serbian School Sport Federation.

    Meanwhile, the boys’ team has been drawn in Group A alongside Turkey, Hungary, and Chinese Taipei while the girls’ team is in group D with Turkey, Chile, and Bulgaria.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigeria America Football Association NAFA the organisers of the Nigeria Secondary School Flag Football League have opened the U 18 camp for in Lagos The camp registered 80 young players aspiring to become among the 25 25 girls national team players for international championships around the globe The camp which opened on Wednesday rounds off on Friday where the players that eventually meet the cut would be selected after much training and screenings The screening is ongoing at the Kings College Lagos Island Tyler Adetona the Athlete Director NAFA told the News Agency of Nigeria that the camp was essential to choose train and drill quality players for national assignments He said that the players were selected from those who took part in the last edition of the season According to Adetona the aim of the camp is to prepare the team that will represent Nigeria at the International Federation of American Football IFAF tournament in 2023 in Ireland I have seen a lot of tarents at the camp so far and during the league games I saw abundant tarents and so far I m proud with what we have in camp At the end it may be so hard for me to choose because they so good players who have embraced the game and so passionate to make something out of it Adetona said He added that with the mandate given to him he would build a national U 18 team that would push the players in the right direction We have to drill them in stability speed and mental alertness and most importantly give them the opportunity that we have to make them excell Adetona said Similarly Olufunmilayo Akintomi the Head Coach Stadium Junior High School said the players were excited to be in camp and would work hard to make the national team She said that the opportunity was a good one as the players had the chance to exhibit their skills and learn new more things as the game was relatively new in Nigeria She said personally she had been exposed as she had also learnt so much from the technical inputs from the organisers of the league This is a great development for sports in Nigeria as it seeks to give young people a chance to prove themselves in a sport that is relatively new in Nigeria The last league that ended in June produced so much scholaships for this youths and further inspired them to work harder to be their best at school and on the field Being a non contact sport it inspires them to play well because it reduces the risks of injuries and makes them happy to exhibit their skills With the international coaches on ground that trained us as well we feel good as the youths would be given the nitty gritty of the game so that they can apply easily Akintomu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAFA U-18 camp swells with 80 players in Lagos
     The Nigeria America Football Association NAFA the organisers of the Nigeria Secondary School Flag Football League have opened the U 18 camp for in Lagos The camp registered 80 young players aspiring to become among the 25 25 girls national team players for international championships around the globe The camp which opened on Wednesday rounds off on Friday where the players that eventually meet the cut would be selected after much training and screenings The screening is ongoing at the Kings College Lagos Island Tyler Adetona the Athlete Director NAFA told the News Agency of Nigeria that the camp was essential to choose train and drill quality players for national assignments He said that the players were selected from those who took part in the last edition of the season According to Adetona the aim of the camp is to prepare the team that will represent Nigeria at the International Federation of American Football IFAF tournament in 2023 in Ireland I have seen a lot of tarents at the camp so far and during the league games I saw abundant tarents and so far I m proud with what we have in camp At the end it may be so hard for me to choose because they so good players who have embraced the game and so passionate to make something out of it Adetona said He added that with the mandate given to him he would build a national U 18 team that would push the players in the right direction We have to drill them in stability speed and mental alertness and most importantly give them the opportunity that we have to make them excell Adetona said Similarly Olufunmilayo Akintomi the Head Coach Stadium Junior High School said the players were excited to be in camp and would work hard to make the national team She said that the opportunity was a good one as the players had the chance to exhibit their skills and learn new more things as the game was relatively new in Nigeria She said personally she had been exposed as she had also learnt so much from the technical inputs from the organisers of the league This is a great development for sports in Nigeria as it seeks to give young people a chance to prove themselves in a sport that is relatively new in Nigeria The last league that ended in June produced so much scholaships for this youths and further inspired them to work harder to be their best at school and on the field Being a non contact sport it inspires them to play well because it reduces the risks of injuries and makes them happy to exhibit their skills With the international coaches on ground that trained us as well we feel good as the youths would be given the nitty gritty of the game so that they can apply easily Akintomu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NAFA U-18 camp swells with 80 players in Lagos
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    NAFA U-18 camp swells with 80 players in Lagos

    The Nigeria America Football Association (NAFA), the organisers of the Nigeria Secondary School Flag Football League, have opened the U-18 camp for in Lagos.

    The camp registered 80 young players aspiring to become among the 25 25 girls national team players for international championships around the globe.

    The camp, which opened on Wednesday, rounds off on Friday where the players that eventually meet the cut, would be selected after much training and screenings.

    The screening is ongoing at the Kings College, Lagos Island.

    Tyler Adetona, the Athlete Director, NAFA, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the camp was essential to choose, train and drill quality players for national assignments.

    He said that the players were selected from those who took part in the last edition of the season.  

    According to Adetona, the aim of the camp is to prepare the team that will represent Nigeria at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) tournament in 2023 in Ireland.  

    “I have seen a lot of tarents at the camp so far and during the league games, I saw abundant tarents and so far I’m proud with what we have in camp.  

    “At the end it may be so hard for me to choose because they so good players who have embraced the game and so passionate to make something out of it,” Adetona said.  

    He added that with the mandate given to him, he would build a national U-18 team that would push the players in the right direction.  

    “We have to drill them in stability, speed and mental alertness and most importantly, give them the opportunity that we have to make them excell,” Adetona said.  

    Similarly, Olufunmilayo Akintomi, the Head Coach, Stadium Junior High School, said the players were excited to be in camp and would work hard to make the national team.  

    She said that the opportunity was a good one as the players had the chance to exhibit their skills and learn new more things as the game was relatively new in Nigeria.  

    She said personally she had been exposed as she had also learnt so much from the technical inputs from the organisers of the league.

    “This is a great development for sports in Nigeria as it seeks to give young people a chance to prove themselves in a sport that is relatively new in Nigeria.  

    “The last league that ended in June produced so much scholaships for this youths and further inspired them to work harder to be their best at school and on the field.  

    “Being a non-contact sport, it inspires them to play well because it reduces the risks of injuries and makes them happy to exhibit their skills.  

    “With the international coaches on ground that trained us as well, we feel good as the youths would be given the nitty gritty of the game so that they can apply easily,” Akintomu said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   President Cyril Ramaphosa will today Wednesday 14 September 2022 embark on working visits to the United States of America USA and the United Kingdom UK to respectively build relations with South Africa s third largest trading partner and to attend the State Funeral Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland President Ramaphosa leaves today for Washington DC in the United States where he will honor an invitation from His Excellency President Joe Biden for engagement between the two leaders The leaders will meet at the White House on Friday September 16 to discuss bilateral regional and global issues of mutual interest including trade and investment climate change food security energy and peace and security President Ramaphosa will reaffirm the importance of strategic and mutually beneficial relations between South Africa and the United States The President will further emphasize the need for greater multilateralism and dialogue as the means through which the challenges facing humanity can be addressed These include the urgent need to stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic In Washington DC President Ramaphosa and his delegation will meet with congressional leaders and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement who were instrumental in pressing the American public against apartheid and who remain loyal to the cause of anti racism both in United States as in South Africa The United States is a major export market for South Africa a major source of foreign direct investment FDI technology transfer development assistance and tourism Trade and investment relations are conducted under the auspices of the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA which grants duty free and quota free access to the US market for value added products AGOA has created jobs in both South Africa and the US and is therefore mutually beneficial The United States is South Africa s third largest trading partner after China and the European Union with more than 600 US companies operating in South Africa In 2021 the United States ranked as the second largest destination for South African exports globally The United States represents 17 4 of the total FDI from South Africa to the world according to the Department of Commerce Industry and Competition DTIC The President s visit to the United States provides a platform to strengthen bilateral relations with the United States through engagement with President Biden State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II On Saturday September 17 2022 President Ramaphosa will travel from Washington DC to London in the United Kingdom to attend events associated with the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Isabel II Following his arrival in London on Sunday 18 September the President will attend the King s Reception a reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles III in honor of the Heads of State and Government and those invited to attend the State Funeral at Buckingham Palace On Monday 19 September the President will be among world leaders attending Her Majesty the Queen s state funeral at Westminster Abbey London Immediately following the State Funeral Service the UK Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP will host a reception for the Heads of State and Government and other distinguished guests in the precincts of Westminster Abbey
    President makes working visits to the United States of America and the United Kingdom
      President Cyril Ramaphosa will today Wednesday 14 September 2022 embark on working visits to the United States of America USA and the United Kingdom UK to respectively build relations with South Africa s third largest trading partner and to attend the State Funeral Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland President Ramaphosa leaves today for Washington DC in the United States where he will honor an invitation from His Excellency President Joe Biden for engagement between the two leaders The leaders will meet at the White House on Friday September 16 to discuss bilateral regional and global issues of mutual interest including trade and investment climate change food security energy and peace and security President Ramaphosa will reaffirm the importance of strategic and mutually beneficial relations between South Africa and the United States The President will further emphasize the need for greater multilateralism and dialogue as the means through which the challenges facing humanity can be addressed These include the urgent need to stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the COVID 19 pandemic In Washington DC President Ramaphosa and his delegation will meet with congressional leaders and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement who were instrumental in pressing the American public against apartheid and who remain loyal to the cause of anti racism both in United States as in South Africa The United States is a major export market for South Africa a major source of foreign direct investment FDI technology transfer development assistance and tourism Trade and investment relations are conducted under the auspices of the African Growth and Opportunity Act AGOA which grants duty free and quota free access to the US market for value added products AGOA has created jobs in both South Africa and the US and is therefore mutually beneficial The United States is South Africa s third largest trading partner after China and the European Union with more than 600 US companies operating in South Africa In 2021 the United States ranked as the second largest destination for South African exports globally The United States represents 17 4 of the total FDI from South Africa to the world according to the Department of Commerce Industry and Competition DTIC The President s visit to the United States provides a platform to strengthen bilateral relations with the United States through engagement with President Biden State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II On Saturday September 17 2022 President Ramaphosa will travel from Washington DC to London in the United Kingdom to attend events associated with the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Isabel II Following his arrival in London on Sunday 18 September the President will attend the King s Reception a reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles III in honor of the Heads of State and Government and those invited to attend the State Funeral at Buckingham Palace On Monday 19 September the President will be among world leaders attending Her Majesty the Queen s state funeral at Westminster Abbey London Immediately following the State Funeral Service the UK Foreign Secretary The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP will host a reception for the Heads of State and Government and other distinguished guests in the precincts of Westminster Abbey
    President makes working visits to the United States of America and the United Kingdom
    Africa3 weeks ago

    President makes working visits to the United States of America and the United Kingdom

    President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, Wednesday 14 September 2022, embark on working visits to the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) to respectively build relations with South Africa's third largest trading partner and to attend the State Funeral Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    President Ramaphosa leaves today for Washington DC in the United States, where he will honor an invitation from His Excellency President Joe Biden for engagement between the two leaders.

    The leaders will meet at the White House on Friday, September 16, to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest, including trade and investment, climate change, food security, energy, and peace and security.

    President Ramaphosa will reaffirm the importance of strategic and mutually beneficial relations between South Africa and the United States.

    The President will further emphasize the need for greater multilateralism and dialogue as the means through which the challenges facing humanity can be addressed.

    These include the urgent need to stimulate economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In Washington DC, President Ramaphosa and his delegation will meet with congressional leaders and veterans of the Civil Rights Movement who were instrumental in pressing the American public against apartheid and who remain loyal to the cause of anti-racism both in United States as in South Africa.

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    The United States is a major export market for South Africa, a major source of foreign direct investment (FDI), technology transfer, development assistance, and tourism.

    Trade and investment relations are conducted under the auspices of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which grants duty-free and quota-free access to the US market for value-added products.

    AGOA has created jobs in both South Africa and the US and is therefore mutually beneficial.

    The United States is South Africa's third largest trading partner (after China and the European Union), with more than 600 US companies operating in South Africa.

    In 2021, the United States ranked as the second largest destination for South African exports globally.

    The United States represents 17.4% of the total FDI from South Africa to the world, according to the Department of Commerce, Industry and Competition (DTIC).

    The President's visit to the United States provides a platform to strengthen bilateral relations with the United States through engagement with President Biden.

    State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II On Saturday, September 17, 2022, President Ramaphosa will travel from Washington DC to London in the United Kingdom to attend events associated with the State Funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    Isabel II.

    Following his arrival in London on Sunday 18 September, the President will attend the King's Reception, a reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles III in honor of the Heads of State and Government and those invited to attend the State Funeral, at Buckingham Palace.

    On Monday 19 September, the President will be among world leaders attending Her Majesty the Queen's state funeral at Westminster Abbey, London.

    Immediately following the State Funeral Service, the UK Foreign Secretary, The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP, will host a reception for the Heads of State and Government and other distinguished guests in the precincts of Westminster Abbey.

  •  The EU s chief negotiator on Brexit has suggested that physical checks on goods travelling across the Irish Sea could be cut to a couple of lorries a day Maros Sefcovic said the union stood ready to work in an open and constructive way with Britain following a statement from the new prime minister The new prime minister Liz Truss on the prospect of a negotiated settlement on the Northern Ireland Protocol It came as the UK and EU had been embroiled in a row over Britain s proposals to override parts of the controversial post Brexit treaty as it seeks to reduce trade barriers with the region On Wednesday Truss said her preference was for a negotiated solution to the dispute But she said such a resolution would have to deliver all of the things we set out in the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill which was making its way through Parliament The legislation would allow ministers to unilaterally scrap the arrangements the UK signed up to as part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement In an interview with the Financial Times Sefcovic said he was encouraged by Truss s recent remarks We stand ready to work in an open and constructive and intensive way he said He argued that the trade border would be invisible under the EU s plans with goods processed remotely while making their way to Northern Ireland as long as the UK provides real time data on their movements Sefcovic suggested physical checks would typically only be made for a couple of lorries a day when there is reasonable suspicion of illegal trade smuggling illegal drugs or dangerous toys or poisoned food The treaty is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit But it has proved deeply unpopular with unionists because it has introduced new trade barriers in the Irish Sea It has sparked a power sharing crisis at Stormont with the Democratic Unionist Party DUP withdrawing from the Executive in protest Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin said last week that a pathway to resolving the issues with the arrangement can be found if there was a will That his Government would work with Britain and the EU to do the practical and sensible thing He said a strong partnership between the two governments is vital to underpin the Good Friday Agreement and support peace and prosperity on the islands NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU suggests N Ireland checks could be cut to few lorries per day
     The EU s chief negotiator on Brexit has suggested that physical checks on goods travelling across the Irish Sea could be cut to a couple of lorries a day Maros Sefcovic said the union stood ready to work in an open and constructive way with Britain following a statement from the new prime minister The new prime minister Liz Truss on the prospect of a negotiated settlement on the Northern Ireland Protocol It came as the UK and EU had been embroiled in a row over Britain s proposals to override parts of the controversial post Brexit treaty as it seeks to reduce trade barriers with the region On Wednesday Truss said her preference was for a negotiated solution to the dispute But she said such a resolution would have to deliver all of the things we set out in the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill which was making its way through Parliament The legislation would allow ministers to unilaterally scrap the arrangements the UK signed up to as part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement In an interview with the Financial Times Sefcovic said he was encouraged by Truss s recent remarks We stand ready to work in an open and constructive and intensive way he said He argued that the trade border would be invisible under the EU s plans with goods processed remotely while making their way to Northern Ireland as long as the UK provides real time data on their movements Sefcovic suggested physical checks would typically only be made for a couple of lorries a day when there is reasonable suspicion of illegal trade smuggling illegal drugs or dangerous toys or poisoned food The treaty is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit But it has proved deeply unpopular with unionists because it has introduced new trade barriers in the Irish Sea It has sparked a power sharing crisis at Stormont with the Democratic Unionist Party DUP withdrawing from the Executive in protest Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin said last week that a pathway to resolving the issues with the arrangement can be found if there was a will That his Government would work with Britain and the EU to do the practical and sensible thing He said a strong partnership between the two governments is vital to underpin the Good Friday Agreement and support peace and prosperity on the islands NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU suggests N Ireland checks could be cut to few lorries per day
    Foreign4 weeks ago

    EU suggests N Ireland checks could be cut to few lorries per day

    The EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit has suggested that physical checks on goods travelling across the Irish Sea could be cut to a couple of lorries a day.

    Maros Sefcovic said the union stood ready to work in an open and constructive way with Britain following a statement from the new prime minister.

    The new prime minister, Liz Truss, on the prospect of a negotiated settlement on the Northern Ireland Protocol.

    It came as the UK and EU had been embroiled in a row over Britain’s proposals to override parts of the controversial post-Brexit treaty, as it seeks to reduce trade barriers with the region.

    On Wednesday, Truss said her preference was for a negotiated solution to the dispute.

    But she said such a resolution would have to deliver all of the things we set out in the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill, which was making its way through Parliament.

    The legislation would allow ministers to unilaterally scrap the arrangements the UK signed up to as part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

    In an interview with the Financial Times, Sefcovic said he was encouraged by Truss’s recent remarks.

    “We stand ready to work in an open and constructive and intensive way,’’ he said.

    He argued that the trade border would be invisible under the EU’s plans, with goods processed remotely while making their way to Northern Ireland, as long as the UK provides real-time data on their movements.

    Sefcovic suggested physical checks would typically only be made for a couple of lorries a day when there is reasonable suspicion of illegal trade smuggling, illegal drugs or dangerous toys or poisoned food.

    The treaty is designed to prevent a hard border on the island of Ireland after Brexit.

    But it has proved deeply unpopular with unionists because it has introduced new trade barriers in the Irish Sea. It has sparked a power-sharing crisis at Stormont, with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) withdrawing from the Executive in protest.

    Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin said last week that a pathway to resolving the issues with the arrangement can be found if there was a will.

    That his Government would work with Britain and the EU to do the practical and sensible thing.

    He said a strong partnership between the two governments is vital to underpin the Good Friday Agreement and support peace and prosperity on the islands.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   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
    Africa4 weeks ago

    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.

  •   His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to HM King Charles III on the occasion of his accession to the Throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland I reiterate my warmest congratulations to Her Majesty and wish Her Majesty the Queen Consort and all members of the esteemed Royal Family continued good health and happiness HM the King said in the message His Majesty praises the relations rooted in friendship and close cooperation between the two countries highlighting that these ties have been developing steadily thanks to the mutual trust that sustains them and our determination to continue expanding them for the benefit of our peoples On this occasion the Sovereign expresses his determination to continue working with His Majesty to promote the dynamic exceptional and secular relations enjoyed by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in all sectors Allow me to add Your Majesty how much the close relationship and mutual esteem between us personally and our Royal Families means to me underlines HM the King
    His Majesty the King congratulates His Majesty King Charles III, Sovereign of the United Kingdom, on his Enthronement
      His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to HM King Charles III on the occasion of his accession to the Throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland I reiterate my warmest congratulations to Her Majesty and wish Her Majesty the Queen Consort and all members of the esteemed Royal Family continued good health and happiness HM the King said in the message His Majesty praises the relations rooted in friendship and close cooperation between the two countries highlighting that these ties have been developing steadily thanks to the mutual trust that sustains them and our determination to continue expanding them for the benefit of our peoples On this occasion the Sovereign expresses his determination to continue working with His Majesty to promote the dynamic exceptional and secular relations enjoyed by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in all sectors Allow me to add Your Majesty how much the close relationship and mutual esteem between us personally and our Royal Families means to me underlines HM the King
    His Majesty the King congratulates His Majesty King Charles III, Sovereign of the United Kingdom, on his Enthronement
    Africa4 weeks ago

    His Majesty the King congratulates His Majesty King Charles III, Sovereign of the United Kingdom, on his Enthronement

    His Majesty King Mohammed VI sent a message of congratulations to HM King Charles III, on the occasion of his accession to the Throne of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    "I reiterate my warmest congratulations to Her Majesty and wish Her Majesty the Queen Consort and all members of the esteemed Royal Family continued good health and happiness," HM the King said in the message.

    His Majesty praises the relations rooted in friendship and close cooperation between the two countries, highlighting that these ties "have been developing steadily thanks to the mutual trust that sustains them, and our determination to continue expanding them for the benefit of our peoples."

    ”.

    On this occasion, the Sovereign expresses his determination to continue "working with His Majesty to promote the dynamic, exceptional and secular relations enjoyed by the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in all sectors ”.

    “Allow me to add, Your Majesty, how much the close relationship and mutual esteem between us personally and our Royal Families means to me,” underlines HM the King.

  •  The of the Africa Region Headquaters of the International Human Rights Commission IHRC Dr Tivlumun Ahure says the commission will support the African Businesses in Diaspora awards ABID A statement from the commission made available in Abuja indicated that the awards will hold in Dublin Republic of Ireland on Nov 11 According to him the event is organised by African Businesses in Diaspora Network in collaboration with Ikeja Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture He said that the commission had also given notice to the structures of the African Union AU on the upcoming event Ahure commended the organisers of the award event and the IHRC Human Rights Radio for the roles they played to make the awards successful He explained that three committees had been inaugurated for the purpose of promoting the essence of the awards and other matters He said that the heads of the committees are Mr Ato Terngu for the IHRC Working Group of Experts on Peoples of African Descent and Mr Isaac Baba for the IHRC Committee on Indigenous Populations while Dr Valentine Akpati would president over the Committee on African Indigenous Religions He emphasised that the IHRC s apex committees are to honour celebrate and pay homage to black people building synergies to contribute in the emancipation of Africa The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin both within the continent and Diaspora who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture The intention is to inspire our youth and then to empower them to holistically reach their full potential Ahure said that the committees would pursue total emancipation of Africa and discover those abroad who have earned a good image overseas for Africa through developments in diverse fields The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin both within the continent and Diaspora who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture in Africa and around the world ABID awards 2023 allows brands the opportunity to be naturally associated with the highest levels of Africa and international success thereby maximising their exposure in the market space The IHRC Africa Region Headquarters is sending a delegation to the event to contribute in the deliberations that will aim to empower the African youths to become holistically developed It is our conviction that they will become so by aspiring to something not only good but bigger than themselves Ahure stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IHRC recognises African Businesses in Diaspora Awards
     The of the Africa Region Headquaters of the International Human Rights Commission IHRC Dr Tivlumun Ahure says the commission will support the African Businesses in Diaspora awards ABID A statement from the commission made available in Abuja indicated that the awards will hold in Dublin Republic of Ireland on Nov 11 According to him the event is organised by African Businesses in Diaspora Network in collaboration with Ikeja Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture He said that the commission had also given notice to the structures of the African Union AU on the upcoming event Ahure commended the organisers of the award event and the IHRC Human Rights Radio for the roles they played to make the awards successful He explained that three committees had been inaugurated for the purpose of promoting the essence of the awards and other matters He said that the heads of the committees are Mr Ato Terngu for the IHRC Working Group of Experts on Peoples of African Descent and Mr Isaac Baba for the IHRC Committee on Indigenous Populations while Dr Valentine Akpati would president over the Committee on African Indigenous Religions He emphasised that the IHRC s apex committees are to honour celebrate and pay homage to black people building synergies to contribute in the emancipation of Africa The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin both within the continent and Diaspora who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture The intention is to inspire our youth and then to empower them to holistically reach their full potential Ahure said that the committees would pursue total emancipation of Africa and discover those abroad who have earned a good image overseas for Africa through developments in diverse fields The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin both within the continent and Diaspora who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture in Africa and around the world ABID awards 2023 allows brands the opportunity to be naturally associated with the highest levels of Africa and international success thereby maximising their exposure in the market space The IHRC Africa Region Headquarters is sending a delegation to the event to contribute in the deliberations that will aim to empower the African youths to become holistically developed It is our conviction that they will become so by aspiring to something not only good but bigger than themselves Ahure stated NewsSourceCredit NAN
    IHRC recognises African Businesses in Diaspora Awards
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    IHRC recognises African Businesses in Diaspora Awards

    The of the Africa Region Headquaters of the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), Dr Tivlumun Ahure, says the commission will support the African Businesses in Diaspora awards (ABID).

    A statement from the commission made available in Abuja indicated that the awards will hold in Dublin, Republic of Ireland, on Nov. 11. According to him, the event is organised by African Businesses in Diaspora Network in collaboration with Ikeja Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture.

    He said that the commission had also given notice to the structures of the African Union (AU) on the upcoming event.

    Ahure commended the organisers of the award event and the IHRC Human Rights Radio for the roles they played to make the awards successful.

    He explained that three committees had been inaugurated for the purpose of promoting the essence of the awards and other matters.

    He said that the heads of the committees are Mr Ato Terngu, for the IHRC Working Group of Experts on Peoples of African Descent and Mr Isaac Baba for the IHRC Committee on Indigenous Populations while Dr Valentine Akpati would president over the Committee on African Indigenous Religions.

    He emphasised that “the IHRC’s apex committees are to honour, celebrate and pay homage to black people building synergies to contribute in the emancipation of Africa.

    “The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin, both within the continent and Diaspora, who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture.

    “The intention is to inspire our youth, and then to empower them to holistically reach their full potential”.

    Ahure said that the committees would pursue total emancipation of Africa and discover those abroad who have earned a good image overseas for Africa through developments in diverse fields.

    “The mandates of the committee members will henceforth include the recognition of those of African origin, both within the continent and Diaspora, who have made a significant contribution to the development of African culture in Africa and around the world.

    “ABID awards 2023 allows brands the opportunity to be naturally associated with the highest levels of Africa and international success, thereby maximising their exposure in the market space.

    “The IHRC Africa Region Headquarters is sending a delegation to the event to contribute in the deliberations that will aim to empower the African youths to become holistically developed.

    “It is our conviction that they will become so by aspiring to something not only good, but bigger than themselves,” Ahure stated.


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  •  The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Segun Runsewe has expressed concern over how preference for foreign languages was affecting Nigerian languages The NCAC boss told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Abuja that the growing trend was disturbing He said unless something drastic was done to protect Nigerian Languages a lot of them would go extinct in the near future He said the problem was more pronounced with the use of English language because it is the country s official language Today if you go for an occasion and you speak English language wrongly people will laugh at you But if you speak Hausa Igbo or Yoruba in that manner nobody will know you made a mistake because it flows It is natural The problem is that parents want their children to speak English phonetics Today parents who know their children can speak good English would make sure they come out to interact with them so that their visitors would know where they spend their money This is unfortunate but that is where we find ourselves he said Runsewe called for adequate enlightenment to enable parents schools and relevant agencies to know the danger poor usage of Nigerian languages posed to sustaining Nigeria s culture When you hear that a child made Credit in English that child will be celebrated but a child that makes Credit in Igbo Yoruba or Hausa will not be recognised If you go to places like China and Dubai English is not their national language In Europe for instance once you move from London to Ireland you will discover they do not speak English language I am a bit worried that it will be difficult to sort that issue out in Nigeria except there is a legal backing that English language should cease to be our national language he urged Runsewe said the crave for foreign culture generally had contributed greatly to the level of moral decadence in the country He said while there was nothing wrong with learning about other people s culture the rate at which some Nigerians imbibed negative foreign values called for concern He said this attitude is killing our cultural values to the extent that today some of our youths were deep into immorality In fact I saw something recently that marvelled me and that was men wearing lipstick Our youths were now imbibing other people s culture which is affecting us as a people and for me it only goes to show complex Runsewe called for adequate sensitisation on the importance of parents teaching their wards Nigerian languages and the dangers of their children not understanding these languages The NCAC boss expressed optimism that in the near future there would be a better language strategy on how to reach out more to the people The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to Wikipedia there are over 525 native languages spoken in Nigeria English is spoken as the official language while over 60 million people speak Nigerian English and Nigerian Pidgin While Hausa Igbo and Yoruba are considered the three main languages other languages like Igala Efik Edo Nupe Fulfulde Tiv Izon Idoma Kakanda are also spoken by a large number of people 08036004046 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Preference for foreign languages affecting Nigerian languages-Runsewe
     The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Otunba Segun Runsewe has expressed concern over how preference for foreign languages was affecting Nigerian languages The NCAC boss told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Abuja that the growing trend was disturbing He said unless something drastic was done to protect Nigerian Languages a lot of them would go extinct in the near future He said the problem was more pronounced with the use of English language because it is the country s official language Today if you go for an occasion and you speak English language wrongly people will laugh at you But if you speak Hausa Igbo or Yoruba in that manner nobody will know you made a mistake because it flows It is natural The problem is that parents want their children to speak English phonetics Today parents who know their children can speak good English would make sure they come out to interact with them so that their visitors would know where they spend their money This is unfortunate but that is where we find ourselves he said Runsewe called for adequate enlightenment to enable parents schools and relevant agencies to know the danger poor usage of Nigerian languages posed to sustaining Nigeria s culture When you hear that a child made Credit in English that child will be celebrated but a child that makes Credit in Igbo Yoruba or Hausa will not be recognised If you go to places like China and Dubai English is not their national language In Europe for instance once you move from London to Ireland you will discover they do not speak English language I am a bit worried that it will be difficult to sort that issue out in Nigeria except there is a legal backing that English language should cease to be our national language he urged Runsewe said the crave for foreign culture generally had contributed greatly to the level of moral decadence in the country He said while there was nothing wrong with learning about other people s culture the rate at which some Nigerians imbibed negative foreign values called for concern He said this attitude is killing our cultural values to the extent that today some of our youths were deep into immorality In fact I saw something recently that marvelled me and that was men wearing lipstick Our youths were now imbibing other people s culture which is affecting us as a people and for me it only goes to show complex Runsewe called for adequate sensitisation on the importance of parents teaching their wards Nigerian languages and the dangers of their children not understanding these languages The NCAC boss expressed optimism that in the near future there would be a better language strategy on how to reach out more to the people The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to Wikipedia there are over 525 native languages spoken in Nigeria English is spoken as the official language while over 60 million people speak Nigerian English and Nigerian Pidgin While Hausa Igbo and Yoruba are considered the three main languages other languages like Igala Efik Edo Nupe Fulfulde Tiv Izon Idoma Kakanda are also spoken by a large number of people 08036004046 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Preference for foreign languages affecting Nigerian languages-Runsewe
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    Preference for foreign languages affecting Nigerian languages-Runsewe

    The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has expressed concern over how preference for foreign languages was affecting Nigerian languages.

    The NCAC boss told the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on Sunday in Abuja that the growing trend was disturbing.

    He said, ”unless something drastic was done to protect Nigerian Languages, a lot of them would go extinct in the near future.

    ” He said the problem was more pronounced with the use of English language, because it is the country’s official language.

    “Today, if you go for an occasion and you speak English language wrongly people will laugh at you.

    “But, if you speak Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba in that manner, nobody will know you made a mistake because it flows.

    It is natural.

    “The problem is that parents want their children to speak English phonetics.

    “Today, parents who know their children can speak good English would make sure they come out to interact with them so that their visitors would know where they spend their money.

    “This is unfortunate, but that is where we find ourselves,” he said.

    Runsewe called for adequate enlightenment to enable parents, schools and relevant agencies to know the danger poor usage of Nigerian languages posed to sustaining Nigeria’s culture.

    “When you hear that a child made Credit in English, that child will be celebrated, but a child that makes Credit in Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa will not be recognised.

    “If you go to places like China and Dubai, English is not their national language.

    “In Europe for instance, once you move from London to Ireland, you will discover they do not speak English language.

    “I am a bit worried that it will be difficult to sort that issue out in Nigeria except there is a legal backing that English language should cease to be our national language,” he urged.

    Runsewe said the crave for foreign culture generally had contributed greatly to the level of moral decadence in the country.

    He said while there was nothing wrong with learning about other people’s culture, the rate at which some Nigerians imbibed negative foreign values called for concern.

    He said, “this attitude is killing our cultural values to the extent that today some of our youths were deep into immorality.

    “In fact, I saw something recently that marvelled me and that was men wearing lipstick.

    “Our youths were now imbibing other people’s culture, which is affecting us as a people and for me, it only goes to show complex.

    ” Runsewe called for adequate sensitisation on the importance of parents teaching their wards Nigerian languages and the dangers of their children not understanding these languages.

    The NCAC boss expressed optimism that in the near future, there would be a better language strategy on how to reach out more to the people.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that according to Wikipedia, there are over 525 native languages spoken in Nigeria.

    English is spoken as the official language, while over 60 million people speak  Nigerian English and Nigerian Pidgin.

    While Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba are considered the three main languages, other languages like Igala,  Efik, Edo, Nupe, Fulfulde, Tiv, Izon, Idoma, Kakanda are also spoken by a large number of people.

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  •   The Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council says Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch in Great Britain one of the greatest leaders of the 20thand 21st centuries The Chairman of the Council Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu said this on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on the impact of the longest reigning official Commonwealth monarch NAN recalls that the queen 96 passed on Sept 8 According to Agubuzu the death of Queen Elizabeth II is a big loss to the whole world particularly countries within the Commonwealth which she diligently nurtured to enviable heights Agubuzu a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Zambia said that while alive the queen remained the symbol of Great Britain symbol of the Commonwealth and a voice for women children and climate change issues Many countries and highly respected individuals hold her in high esteem for her inestimable contribution to the world Queen Elizabeth II inestimable contributions to the world stand her out as the greatest leader of the 20thand 21st centuries put together We thank God for her life and the great impact she made to the world especially the Commonwealth countries Agubuzu who was also a former Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland said NAN recalls that Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland which had served as a royal summer retreat Over the past year she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son Prince Charles now King Charles 111 including presiding over the state opening of the parliament in May It was the first time since 1963 that the queen did not attend the ceremony The queen passed during a fragile moment politically after Prime Minister Boris Johnson s recent resignation New Prime Minister Liz Truss travelled on Tuesday to the royal castle in Scotland to be formally asked to form a government She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen s reign the first was Winston Churchill Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb 6 1952 at just 25 years of age She was crowned in June 1953 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth, one of the greatest leaders of 20th, 21st centuries — Igwe Agubuzu
      The Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council says Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch in Great Britain one of the greatest leaders of the 20thand 21st centuries The Chairman of the Council Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu said this on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Enugu on the impact of the longest reigning official Commonwealth monarch NAN recalls that the queen 96 passed on Sept 8 According to Agubuzu the death of Queen Elizabeth II is a big loss to the whole world particularly countries within the Commonwealth which she diligently nurtured to enviable heights Agubuzu a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Zambia said that while alive the queen remained the symbol of Great Britain symbol of the Commonwealth and a voice for women children and climate change issues Many countries and highly respected individuals hold her in high esteem for her inestimable contribution to the world Queen Elizabeth II inestimable contributions to the world stand her out as the greatest leader of the 20thand 21st centuries put together We thank God for her life and the great impact she made to the world especially the Commonwealth countries Agubuzu who was also a former Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland said NAN recalls that Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland which had served as a royal summer retreat Over the past year she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son Prince Charles now King Charles 111 including presiding over the state opening of the parliament in May It was the first time since 1963 that the queen did not attend the ceremony The queen passed during a fragile moment politically after Prime Minister Boris Johnson s recent resignation New Prime Minister Liz Truss travelled on Tuesday to the royal castle in Scotland to be formally asked to form a government She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen s reign the first was Winston Churchill Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb 6 1952 at just 25 years of age She was crowned in June 1953 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth, one of the greatest leaders of 20th, 21st centuries — Igwe Agubuzu
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    Queen Elizabeth, one of the greatest leaders of 20th, 21st centuries — Igwe Agubuzu

     The Enugu State Traditional Rulers’ Council says Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in Great  Britain, one of the greatest leaders of the 20thand 21st centuries.

    The Chairman of the Council, Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, said this on Friday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria   in Enugu on the impact of the longest reigning official Commonwealth monarch.

    NAN recalls that the queen, 96, passed on Sept. 8. According to Agubuzu , “the death of Queen Elizabeth II is a big loss to the whole world, particularly countries within the Commonwealth, which she diligently nurtured to enviable heights”.

    Agubuzu, a former Nigerian High Commissioner to Zambia, said that while alive, the queen remained the symbol of Great Britain,  symbol of the Commonwealth and a voice for women, children and climate change issues.

    “Many countries and highly respected individuals hold her in high esteem for her inestimable contribution to the world.

    “Queen Elizabeth II inestimable contributions to the world stand her out as the greatest leader of the 20thand 21st centuries put together.

    “We thank God for her life and the great impact she made to the world, especially the Commonwealth countries,” Agubuzu, who was also a former Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland, said.

    NAN recalls that Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland, which had served as a royal summer retreat.

    Over the past year, she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son, Prince Charles, now King Charles 111, including presiding over the state opening of the parliament in May. It was the first time since 1963 that the queen did not attend the ceremony.

    The queen passed during a fragile moment politically after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent resignation.

    New Prime Minister Liz Truss travelled on Tuesday to the royal castle in Scotland, to be formally asked to form a government.

    She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen’s reign , the first was Winston Churchill.

    Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, at just 25 years of age.

    She was crowned in June 1953.
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  •  The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York has opened a condolence register at the UN headquarters following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II the News Agency of Nigeria reports A NAN correspondent reports that some diplomats from Africa countries were among the envoys seen signing the register at the UN headquarters New York on Friday First Secretary Abudullahi Yusuf of Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN signing condolence register at the UN headquarters on Friday in New York Also flags of Member States were seen flying at half mask in honour of the Britain s longest reigning monarch and the nation s figurehead for seven decades who died at the age of 96 on Thursday Sept 8 Earlier UN ZSecretary General Ant nio Guterres expressed his deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As the UK s longest lived and longest reigning Head of State the 96 year old Queen was widely admired for her grace dignity and dedication around the world Guterres said in a statement She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change including the decolonisation of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth Queen Elizabeth II was a good friend of the United Nations he said recalling that she had visited New York Headquarters twice more than 50 years apart She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow the UN chief said Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland which had served as a royal summer retreat Over the past year she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son Prince Charles the heir to the throne including presiding over the state opening of Parliament in May It was the first time since 1963 that the Queen did not attend the ceremony The Queen passed during a fragile moment politically after Prime Minister Boris Johnson s recent resignation New Prime Minister Liz Truss travelled on Tuesday to the royal castle in Scotland to be formally asked to form a government She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen s reign the first was Winston Churchill Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb 6 1952 at just 25 years of age She was crowned in June the following year In February the UK kicked off a series of celebrations for the Queen s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of her service to the British Commonwealth Throughout her tenure the Monarch served as a living link to World War II Britain presided over a post colonial era adjustment and saw the country through what some called a bitter divorce from the European Union during Brexit After the announcement of her death crowds outside Buckingham Palace continued to grow significantly while others braved heavy rainfall at Balmoral The official website of the Royal Family was temporarily unavailable immediately following her passing but did post that the Queen had died peacefully According to news media there will be a 10 day mourning period before her funeral will take place NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth: UK mission opens condolence register at UN headquarters
     The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York has opened a condolence register at the UN headquarters following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II the News Agency of Nigeria reports A NAN correspondent reports that some diplomats from Africa countries were among the envoys seen signing the register at the UN headquarters New York on Friday First Secretary Abudullahi Yusuf of Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN signing condolence register at the UN headquarters on Friday in New York Also flags of Member States were seen flying at half mask in honour of the Britain s longest reigning monarch and the nation s figurehead for seven decades who died at the age of 96 on Thursday Sept 8 Earlier UN ZSecretary General Ant nio Guterres expressed his deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland As the UK s longest lived and longest reigning Head of State the 96 year old Queen was widely admired for her grace dignity and dedication around the world Guterres said in a statement She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change including the decolonisation of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth Queen Elizabeth II was a good friend of the United Nations he said recalling that she had visited New York Headquarters twice more than 50 years apart She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow the UN chief said Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland which had served as a royal summer retreat Over the past year she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son Prince Charles the heir to the throne including presiding over the state opening of Parliament in May It was the first time since 1963 that the Queen did not attend the ceremony The Queen passed during a fragile moment politically after Prime Minister Boris Johnson s recent resignation New Prime Minister Liz Truss travelled on Tuesday to the royal castle in Scotland to be formally asked to form a government She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen s reign the first was Winston Churchill Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb 6 1952 at just 25 years of age She was crowned in June the following year In February the UK kicked off a series of celebrations for the Queen s Platinum Jubilee marking 70 years of her service to the British Commonwealth Throughout her tenure the Monarch served as a living link to World War II Britain presided over a post colonial era adjustment and saw the country through what some called a bitter divorce from the European Union during Brexit After the announcement of her death crowds outside Buckingham Palace continued to grow significantly while others braved heavy rainfall at Balmoral The official website of the Royal Family was temporarily unavailable immediately following her passing but did post that the Queen had died peacefully According to news media there will be a 10 day mourning period before her funeral will take place NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Queen Elizabeth: UK mission opens condolence register at UN headquarters
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    Queen Elizabeth: UK mission opens condolence register at UN headquarters

    The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York has opened a condolence register at the UN headquarters following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

    A NAN correspondent reports that some diplomats from Africa countries were among the envoys seen signing the register at the UN headquarters, New York on Friday.

    First Secretary, Abudullahi Yusuf of Permanent Mission of Somalia to the UN, signing condolence register at the UN headquarters on Friday in New York.  Also, flags of Member States were seen flying at half-mask in honour of the Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and the nation’s figurehead for seven decades, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday (Sept. 8).

    Earlier, UN ZSecretary-General António Guterres expressed his deep sadness at the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    As the UK’s longest-lived and longest-reigning Head of State, the 96-year-old Queen was widely admired for her “grace, dignity and dedication around the world,” Guterres said in a statement.

    “She was a reassuring presence throughout decades of sweeping change, including the decolonisation of Africa and Asia and the evolution of the Commonwealth”.

    Queen Elizabeth II was “a good friend of the United Nations”, he said, recalling that she had visited New York Headquarters twice, more than 50 years apart.

    “She was deeply committed to many charitable and environmental causes and spoke movingly to delegates at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow,” the UN chief said.

    Queen Elizabeth II died on the estate known as Balmoral Castle in Scotland, which had served as a royal summer retreat.

    Over the past year, she had delegated some royal duties to her eldest son, Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, including presiding over the state opening of Parliament in May. It was the first time since 1963 that the Queen did not attend the ceremony.

    The Queen passed during a fragile moment politically after Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recent resignation.

    New Prime Minister Liz Truss travelled on Tuesday to the royal castle in Scotland, to be formally asked to form a government.

    She became the 15th prime minister to hold office during the queen’s reign – the first was Winston Churchill.

    Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne following the death of her father King George VI on Feb. 6, 1952, at just 25 years of age.

    She was crowned in June the following year.

    In February, the UK kicked off a series of celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of her service to the British Commonwealth.

    Throughout her tenure, the Monarch served as a living link to World War II Britain, presided over a post-colonial era adjustment and saw the country through what some called “a bitter divorce” from the European Union during Brexit.

    After the announcement of her death, crowds outside Buckingham Palace continued to grow significantly while others braved heavy rainfall at Balmoral.

    The official website of the Royal Family was temporarily unavailable immediately following her passing but did post that the Queen had died peacefully.

    According to news media, there will be a 10-day mourning period before her funeral will take place.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN