On August 11, USAID Mission Director Helen Pataki, along with His Excellency the Minister of Industry and Commerce Silvino Augusto José Moreno, His Excellency the Governor of the Province of Maputo Júlio Parruque, and other partners recognized the continued successes of Mozambican exporters in 2022.
This was at the second edition of the Annual Exporter Awards, a collaboration between the US Government, the Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Exports (APIEX) and the Confederation of Economic Associations of Mozambique ( CTA).
The Exporter Awards 2022 event also served at the same time as the official launch of the 57th edition of the Maputo International Trade Fair (FACIM 2022).
The winners of this year's Exporter Award ceremony are: Exporter of the Year: Nova Sun Limitada Exporter of the Year Finalist: Beluzi Bananas Lda Best Exporter to the South African Market: Murrimo Macadâmia Best Exporter to the US Market: Award Breakthrough Chá de Magoma (for social impact through community development): Sunshine Nuts The award winners, who export agricultural products such as nuts, bananas and tea, underlined the need to diversify the Mozambican export sector.
This award incentivizes and encourages Mozambican exporting companies to continue exploring innovative ways to improve their regional export competitiveness and to export their products worldwide and to the US market using the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).
USAID Mission Director Pataki praised the continued collaboration between the United States and Mozambique to support the private sector, the results of which the award winners illustrate.
“The US government shares a vision with all of our partners to promote the role of private sector-led economic growth,” said Director Pataki.
“USAID and the US government at large are committed to promoting inclusive, sustained and resilient economic growth in developing countries, including Mozambique.” The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the United States government's international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people out of humanitarian crises.
For more information on USAID's work, visit www.usaid.gov
7, 000 illegal private schools in Plateau – APSON 7, 000 illegal private sThe Plateau state chapter of the Association of Private School Owners of Nigeria (APSON) has disclosed that 7,000 illegal private schools were currently operating in Plateau.
Mr Solomon Musa, the Chairman of the association in the state disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos.Musa, who described the situation as worrisome, added that such development was bad for the growth of education in the state.
”As I speak to you, we have 7,000 illegal private schools operating in Plateau; I’m telling you this on my authority as the chairman of APSON in Plateau.
”These schools did not obtain any operational approval from government and yet they have been operating.
”Yes, we are complementing government’s efforts but this is a sad development for the education sector of the state”And because we don’t deal with anything illegal, owners of these illegal schools are not members of APSON,” he said.
Musa described the recent withdrawal of operational licenses of all private schools in the state and the ongoing revalidation exercise, as a step in the right direction.
He explained that such move would curtail the proliferation of private schools in the state, hence ensure quality service delivery to the people.
”Education as we all know is the bedrock of every society, and no reasonable government will want to jeopardise the education of its future generation.
”To make things right, government decided to withdraw all approvals giving to private schools owners; we are to come for revalidation after which we will be issued with a license to operate in the state.
”As an association, we are supporting government 100 per cent because anything that has to do with education has to be done rightly”In every society, it is the government that regulates all educational activities, and so should not tolerate anyone that goes against its educational policies,” he added.
Musa, however, advised members of the association to key into the state government’s policy and avail themselves for the ongoing revalidation exercise.
AtaAta Igala, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji Mathew Opaluwa-Akpa, has warned traditional rulers of Igala extraction against conferring traditional titles on people of questionable characters.
He handed down the warning on Sunday at Idah, Kogi at a meeting with all Igala title holders (Onu Igala) from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
“Any act by any traditional ruler that will denigrate the reputation of our ancestral stool will be termed as a disservice and abuse to the Igala ethnic nationality.
“Such an act will no doubt be met with severe consequences no matter who is involved,’’ the paramount ruler warned Opaluwa-Akpa added that “the time has come for all our traditional rulers and chiefs to uphold the dignity and sanctity of the Igala kingdom with decency and truthfulness, “This is for the good of our people, for Kogi and for the country at large.
’’ He charged title holders of Igala nation to maintain unity among themselves and to be good ambassadors of the Igala kingdom at uniting people within their domains for peaceful coexistence in the country.
The traditional ruler urged Igala people to imbibe the virtues of their ancestors that secured the kingdom from invading enemies and do same to invading forces of disunity in any guise.
He noted that peace and unity were great tools of development and warned that the selling of ancestral or family land should be done courteously.
This, he said, was to ensure that such sale did not breed crisis, hardships and disaffection within the family setting now or in the nearest future.
“If your ancestral parents had put the land up for sale before you were born, you would not have anything to inherit as children; therefore think of what your grandchildren will stand to inherit tomorrow.
“Those persons involved in such practice should retract their steps in the interest of their unborn grandchildren and to avoid incurring curses of their ancestral fathers,’’ he admonished.
Earlier, Chairman of the Onuh Igala, His Royal Highness, G.
Joseph thanked the paramount ruler for his exemplary leadership in Kogi. Joseph assured Opaluwa-Akpa of the readiness of the Onu Igala to uphold the ethics associated with Igala ethnic nationality with their host communities to enhance the good name of the stool.
Rev. James Nda-Jacob, the Northern Regional Coordinator, Foursquare Gospel Church, has called on Christians to rely on God’s faithfulness in all circumstances.
Nda-Jacob made the call on Sunday in Abuja at the 9th Convocation of the Wuse District of the Church, with the theme: “Resting on God’s faithfulness.
” He said the current hardship in the country was not enough to doubt God, as He has never promised and failed, especially, those that love Him. The cleric expressed optimism that God would reverse the decisions that the devil had made concerning the affairs of Nigeria, but urged Christians to remain steadfast.
According to him, when God makes a pronouncement, rely on Him, whether you are on the mountain or in the valley because He is a faithful God. Nda-Jacob also urged Christians to emulate Abrahim who waited patiently over a long time and never doubted God until he received his miracle.
The cleric said unbelief was a thief of God’s blessing and therefore, urged Christians to be strong in faith and hold firm to God’s promises.
“Do not allow situations to make you bitter and angry.
Learn to sow into the lives of people in difficulty, like Joseph did while he was in the prison,” he said.
In his remark, Pastor Sylvester Oriahi, Chairman, Convocation Committee, said the theme of the 9th convocation was timely in view of the need for Christians to rely on God. He said there was no better time to rely on God as a nation, families and individuals than the current critical time of insecurity, famine, restiveness and other negative vices.
“At a time like this, we must hold on to our faith and continue to be obedient to God’s word and keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.
“As we rely on the faithfulness of God, we shall surmount all the daunting challenges confronting us, because God has assured us that we are more than conquerors,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari in the course of the week reiterated the determination of his administration to uplift the quality of life of the citizens in spite of the harsh socio-economic realities.
He said that the passion and zeal for improving the livelihood of Nigerians had not dwindled, calling for more steadfastness as Nigerians.
The president gave the assurance when he received former State Chairmen of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
He, however, urged political leaders to stay focused and uphold the ultimate objective of promoting interest of the country.
The president said the self-centeredness that led to the loss of about a million lives between 1967-1970 must not be allowed to repeat itself.
The president, who is also the Minister of Petroleum Resources, had also consented to the acquisition of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited by Seplat Energy Offshore Ltd., a Nigerian outfit.
ExxonMobil, the parent company had earlier entered into a landmark Sale and Purchase Agreement with Seplat Energy to acquire the entire share capital of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited from Exxon Mobil Corporation of the U.
S.A.The agreement would also enable Seplat Energy to acquire share capital from Mobil Development Nigeria Inc., and Mobil Exploration Nigeria Inc., both registered in Delaware, USA.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s spokesman stated on Monday in Abuja that the president’s consent was in consonance with Nigeria’s drive for increased indigenous participation in the energy sector.
Also on Monday, the president congratulated the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Sports Federations and Associations on the performance of Team Nigeria at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Team Nigeria posted an impressive outing at the competition, finishing seventh on the medals table with 12 gold, 9 silver and 14 bronze.
On the same day, Buhari forwarded the name of Muhammad Sabo Lamido to the Senate for confirmation as Executive Commissioner, Finance and Accounts, for the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission.
Buhari, in a letter addressed to President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said Lamido was being nominated due to the death of Hassan Gambo, who occupied the position until his demise.
The president also received the new Executive Members of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
At the meeting with the NMA officials, Buhari disclosed that the Federal Government had disbursed N100 billion to indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare investors as loans to expand their capital base.
He said it was also meant to boost local production of medicines and medical consumables.
Buhari stated that the loan was extended through the Central Bank of Nigeria’s support to the private pharmaceutical sector.
The president also announced the appointment of former Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office (EPO), Dr Habiba Muda-Lawal, as Special Adviser to him on Policy and Coordination.
Buhari also hosted the Director-General of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Organization, Simon Lalong, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
Lalong, who is also the Governor of Plateau, said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank the president for approving the University of Jos as a national cancer centre.
He also lauded Buahri for granting presidential pardon to the former Governor of the state, Joshua Dariye.
According to him, the people of the State will remain grateful to the president for delivering a lot of democratic dividends to the State.
Also on Wednesday, President Buhari joined members of staff and political appointees in the State House in congratulating the Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar, on his 59th birthday.
The president congratulated Umar, his family, friends and professional colleagues on the auspicious occasion.
Buhari appreciated Umar’s efforts, sacrifices and dedication to effective management of the State House.
Buhari unveiled the 2023 National Population and Housing Census Project Document, aimed at promoting robust and informed national conversation on procedures for the census.
He unveiled the document at the National Stakeholders Summit on the 2023 census, organised by the National Population Commission (NPC), in collaboration with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria in Abuja on Thursday.
Buhari also hosted representatives of victims of Kaduna train abduction in Abuja, on Thursday.
According to the president, the Federal Government was doing everything within its powers to ensure the safe return of the remaining abducted passengers of the ill-fated Abuja-Kaduna train.
He said, ”since the terrible and cowardly attack by the criminal elements on March 28, the nation had joined them to endure a period of difficulty and emotional pains.
” Buhari also explained his reason for discarding the use of lethal military force in extracting the remaining abductees.
The president, therefore, condoled with the families of the victims and those who lost their loved ones.
Buhari also on Thursday received the new President of the ECOWAS Commission, Dr Omar Touray and his Management Team, telling them the kind of sub-regional body West African leaders desire and must have.
Buhari, also on Friday in Abuja, received the Management of BUA Group at the State House led by the Chairman, Abdul Samad Rabiu.
He also inaugurated the National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD), to bridge the gap created by extensive deployment of security services through fostering collaboration among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
The NCMD, which was developed by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), in coordination with relevant MDAs, would ensure greater successes in tackling national crisis.
The president concluded the week with a closed-door meeting with Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo in the presidential villa, Abuja, on Friday.
Uzodinma, who spoke to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting thanked the president for graciously granting his request that the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Owerri be converted to Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Teaching Hospital.
He also disclosed that he sought president’s approval for the Alvan Ikoku College of Education to become Federal University of Education, Owerri The governor spoke extensively on the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
HE urged the media to pay more attention to issues like the depletion of the country’s crude oil output and the unsettling security situation in the country.
Rev. Fr. Godfrey Gopep, the Parish Priest of St Finberrs’ Catholic Church, Rayfield, Jos, has advised Nigerians to freely vote persons with credible credentials and impeccable character in 2023.Gopep gave the advice in his sermon on Sunday in Jos, saying that Nigeria was currently in a dilemma, hence needed leaders that would rescue it from its current woes.
The priest further challenged the people to put ethnic, regional and religious sentiments aside and vote persons that means well for the country and were ready to serve and not to be served.
He decried that the nation was currently bedevilled by insecurity, poverty, hunger, unemployment and other challenges, hence needed committed and selfless leaders to move it to greater heights”We don’t need to be reminded of our current challenges; the people in villages are being killed on daily basis, while those in the cities are dying of hunger, poverty, squalor and what have you.
”So, while we advocate for deliberate and conscious prayer, we must wake up from our slumbers to change the narrative.
”We must work hard and ensure credible leaders that have the interest of this nation at heart are elected in 2023.”God will do his part and we must do ours too; we must not fold our arms and wait on God, we must also be deliberate in changing our story by voting the right people in 2023, ” he said.
The cleric appealed to religious and traditional leaders to be wary of bad politicians and should always speak to truth power rather than hobnob with them for selfish gains.
He also called on members of political parties to put primordial interests aside and present credible persons to seek public offices.
He also advised leaders at all levels to appoint credible persons as their advisers and not wicked, selfish and untruthful ones.
A US congressional delegation arrived in Taiwan on Sunday, Washington’s de facto embassy in Taipei said, days after China held military drills around the island in retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit.
Sunday’s unnannounced visit came after Pelosi infuriated Beijing by visiting Taiwan earlier this month, sparking unprecedented air and sea drills that raised the prospect of conflict.
“Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), Representative John Garamendi (D-CA), Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Representative Don Beyer (D-VA), and Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (R-AS) will visit Taiwan from August 14-15, 2022, as part of a larger visit to the Indo-Pacific region,” the American Institute in Taiwan said in a statement.
“The delegation will meet with senior Taiwan leaders to discuss US-Taiwan relations, regional security, trade and investment, global supply chains, climate change, and other significant issues of mutual interest,” it added.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry hailed the delegation’s visit as another sign of warm ties between Taipei and Washington.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs expresses its sincere welcome (to the delegation),” the ministry said in a statement Sunday.
“As China is continuing to escalate tensions in the region, the US Congress has again organized a heavyweight delegation to visit Taiwan, showing a friendship that is not afraid of China’s threats and intimidation, and highlighting the US’ strong support towards Taiwan.
” The delegation will meet President Tsai Ing-wen and attend a banquet hosted by Foreign Minister Joseph Wu during the visit, the ministry added.
“The two sides will extensively exchange views on issues such as Taiwan-US security and trade relations,” it said.
The EU on Sunday said it was “particularly concerned” about worsening conditions for women and girls in Afghanistan after the country’s ruling Taliban violently broke up a women’s rally.
Taliban fighters on Saturday fired in the air and beat up protesters taking part in a women’s “bread, work and freedom” march in Kabul.
Some women were chased into nearby shops and hit with rifle butts.
The violence underscored the Taliban’s increasing restrictions, especially on women, since they seized back control of Afghanistan a year ago, on August 15, 2021.
“The EU is particularly concerned by the fate of Afghan women and girls who have seen their freedoms, rights and access to basic services such as education being systematically denied,” the office of EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.
“The EU reiterates that Afghanistan must adhere to the international treaties to which it is a State Party, including by upholding and protecting economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights, and allow for full, equal and meaningful representation and participation of all Afghans in the governing of the country.
” It also stressed that “Afghanistan must also not pose a security threat to any country” per UN Security Council resolutions.
The Taliban have claimed having had no knowledge about the presence of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan, after the US announced August 2 it had killed him in Kabul with a drone strike.
The EU statement noted that the bloc’s supply of basic humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan’s people was contingent on “a stable, peaceful and prosperous” country and the Taliban upholding human rights principles, “in particular the rights of women and girls, children and minorities”.
Reality TV show, Big Brother Naija “Level Up” edition, has continued to dominate social media trends since the show kicked off on July 23.The News Agency of Nigeria while keeping tab on trends, noted that a “record breaking” disqualification of a housemate and other dramas generated several reactions on the social media during the week.
On Aug. 7, BBN housemate, Beauty Tukura, known as Beauty, was disqualified after actions which Big Brother described as “out of line”.
Beauty had earlier in the week been given a strike for an altercation between her and Ilebaye, during which she pulled the housemate’s wig.
Also, on Aug.6, Beauty had a misunderstanding with Groovy after the Saturday night party and threw her wig and glasses at him while she also attempted to break the housemate’s microphone.
She was eventually issued a double strike by Big Brother, which made her the first housemate to receive a strike and also get disqualified in the first week before an eviction.
On Monday, Nigerian singer, Kizz Daniel was arrested in Tanzania during his Afroclassic Tour after he did not show up for a show which he had been paid for.
The social media was agog after Kizz Daniel was seen escorted to a police station by policemen on the orders of the show promoter.
There were different reports alleging that Kizz Daniel refused to perform because his gold chain or some clothes were left behind on his previous flight.
Kizz Daniel’s Road Manager, however, in live streamed conference on Instagram with media personality, Daddy Freeze, said lack of coordination and proper arrangement of the slated event by promoters of the show led to the misunderstanding.
Kizz Daniel subsequently apologised for the incident and decided to perform at a later date for free.
While the social media was cooling off with Kizz Daniel’s arrest, reality TV show, BBN began trending after housemates Khalid and Daniella were seen making movements under the duvet.
The housemates turned lovers were wrapped under the sheets as the camera showed movements which viewers described as “aggressive cuddling”, on social media.
On Tuesday, Nollywood was once again thrown into darkness after the news of the death of 54-year-old filmmaker, Biyi Bandele, filled the air.
NAN gathered that Bandele has a yet-to-be-released work, “Elesin Oba” (the King’s Horseman),an adaptation of Prof. Wole Soyinka’s classic drama, “Death and The King’s Horseman”.
The movie which he directed for EbonyLifeFilms is slated to be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF, in September.
While the industry waa mourning the death of Bandele, another Nigerian filmmaker, Otu Njama, reportedly died on Wednesday after his lifeless body was discovered in his apartment at Badore, Ajah area of Lagos.
Njama, who was said to be in his thirties was reported to have seen his doctor before he was being told to get rest which he did but did not wake up after.
On Thursday, Nigeria’s under-20 National Women’s Football Team (Falconets), trended with about 20,000 searches in anticipation of their match against France at the ongoing FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose.The Falconets later defeated France 1- 0 after Flourish Sabastine converted a pass from Mercy Idoko to a late winning goal in the 85th minute.
On Friday, Nigeria striker, Asisat Oshoala, joined the trends after she was shortlisted for the 2022 Women’s Ballon d’Or Award.
Oshoala was recently crowned the 2022 CAF Women’s Player of the Year. An award she won for the fifth time to surpass other contenders.
On Saturday, English Premiere League (EPL) team, Manchester United, trended with over 500, 000 searches on Google after the team suffered a 4-0 defeat against Brentford at the Gtech Community Stadium.
This is, however, the team’s second loss of the new Premier League season after successful pre-season matches which had given fans hope of an interesting season.
Fans of other English football clubs have continued to troll Manchester United fans with memes suggesting that other games of the team be moved to kids channel for more serious ones to occupy the sports channel.
On the same day, Gospel singer, Mercy Chinwo, trended with over 20, 000 searches after she and her husband, Pastor Blessed Uzochikwa, tied the knot in a church ceremony.
Fans and well wishers have continued to congratulate the singer, after singer and politician, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W, shared a photo of himself and the groom on his Instagram page.
The Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege, has attributed the prevailing poverty, political instability, insurgence and collapse of government institutions to leadership failure.
Omo-Agege made the observation on Saturday at the 5th Annual Leadership Ceremony of the Value Rebirth-Centre-LSD Leadership School, in Delta.
The senator, who was represented by Mr Mathew Omonade, said he believed in unity and urged people to enthrone sound ethical leadership rooted in respect, honesty, service, equity, justice and community service.
Omo-Agege, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship flagbearer in Delta, noted that over the years, poor leadership had frustrated the achievement of the country’s enormous economic and political potentials.
“But all is not lost because State and nation-building all over the world have been and remain a permanent work in progress.
“As we move towards leadership selection in 2023, the leaders we need now should posses knowledge, sound Judgment and commitment to specific causes and ideals,” he said.
The senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, said that the country needed leaders with good moral conduct and ethical responsibility to attend to demands, needs and problems of Nigerians.
Omo-Agege, however, noted that genuine leadership also needed honest, courageous and credible followership less vulnerable to manipulation, adding that followership was an indispensible aspect of leadership.
He said the stability and progress of the country required the deployment of deliberate commitment by citizens and those entrusted with leadership to advance the national agenda, regardless of challenges.
Also, Mr Monday Osasah, Executive Director, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (CENTRE LSD), said the leadership school was a flagship programme of the Leadership Institute, adding that it started in 2009.He said the idea was borne out of the realisation that leadership was a major challenge, especially in Africa.
Osasah said the Centre LSD Leadership School was designed for people who wanted to become leaders and be equipped with leadership skills for the transformation of organisation and society.
“Aside the Leadership School in Abuja, the Centre is running similar school in Warri, Benin-City, Port Harcourt, Abakaliki and Jos in Plateau State.
“This Delta annex of the school is run in collaboration with Value Rebirth and Empowerment Initiative (VREI),” he said.
Earlier, Pastor Edewor Egedegbe, Executive Director, VREI, said the centre was graduating 101 students.
He said it had now graduated 359 students since inception in 2017, adding that 200 students had been admitted for it’s 20222023 Leadership Academic Session.
Speaking on the theme of the lecture, the guest lecturer, Mr Johnson Ikube said that Nigerians must acknowledge that there were challenges confronting the nation.
Ikube urged people to vote for competency and not popularity in the 2023 general elections.
He advocated for the decentralisation of government, noting that the system would function better under a decentrised arrangement.
“Leaders should move from the government of business to the government of governance.
There is poverty in the land.
Mankind must put an end to the war or war will put an end to mankind.
“We have gotten to a level where human life has become meaningless, not only in Nigeria but in the entire world,” he said.
Ikube expressed worries over the wrong use of social media, saying that it had heightened insecurity in the society.
He said that Nigerians must unite and restore the glory of the country, stressing that, “this is our country, we must keep hope alive and join hands together to bring it back to the good old days.