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  •  The All Progressives Congress APC has cautioned Nigerians against divisive and diversionary antics inhibiting the healthy growth of the country The Chairman Plateau Chapter Chief Rufus Bature gave the word of caution in his independence anniversary message signed by Mr Sylvanus Namang the APC State Publicity Secretary and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Jos Bature said that the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria s independence is a period for sober reflection on the country s journey to nationhood The chairman stated that the Nigerian project is work in progress which all have a role to play in order to take the the nation to its desired destiny No doubt as is the case with all emerging democracies there are bound to be challenges just we are presently facing Nigerians must remain strong resolute and hopeful instead of allowing the situation to overwhelm us As the electioneering campaigns for the 2023 general elections commence we should ensure that we do so devoid of rancour or bitterness which often tear us apart he added Bature on behalf of APC family in Plateau felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Plateau Gov Simon Lalong and his Deputy Prof Sonni Tyoden on the occassion of the 62nd independence anniversary The chairman also felicitated with the Speaker and members of the Plateau House of Assembly local government council chairmen the civil society and all Nigerians NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Independence: APC cautions against divisive antics
     The All Progressives Congress APC has cautioned Nigerians against divisive and diversionary antics inhibiting the healthy growth of the country The Chairman Plateau Chapter Chief Rufus Bature gave the word of caution in his independence anniversary message signed by Mr Sylvanus Namang the APC State Publicity Secretary and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Jos Bature said that the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria s independence is a period for sober reflection on the country s journey to nationhood The chairman stated that the Nigerian project is work in progress which all have a role to play in order to take the the nation to its desired destiny No doubt as is the case with all emerging democracies there are bound to be challenges just we are presently facing Nigerians must remain strong resolute and hopeful instead of allowing the situation to overwhelm us As the electioneering campaigns for the 2023 general elections commence we should ensure that we do so devoid of rancour or bitterness which often tear us apart he added Bature on behalf of APC family in Plateau felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Plateau Gov Simon Lalong and his Deputy Prof Sonni Tyoden on the occassion of the 62nd independence anniversary The chairman also felicitated with the Speaker and members of the Plateau House of Assembly local government council chairmen the civil society and all Nigerians NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Independence: APC cautions against divisive antics
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    Independence: APC cautions against divisive antics

    The All Progressives Congress (APC) has cautioned Nigerians against divisive and diversionary antics inhibiting the healthy growth of the country.

    The Chairman, Plateau Chapter, Chief Rufus Bature, gave the word of caution in his independence anniversary message signed by Mr Sylvanus Namang, the APC State Publicity Secretary, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Jos.Bature said that the 62nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence is a period for sober reflection on the country’s journey to nationhood.

    The chairman stated that the Nigerian project is  work in progress which all have a role to play in order to take the  the nation to its  desired destiny.

    “No doubt, as is the case with all emerging democracies, there are bound to be  challenges just we are presently facing.

    “Nigerians must remain strong, resolute and hopeful instead of allowing  the situation to overwhelm us.

    “As the electioneering campaigns for the 2023 general elections commence, we should ensure that we do so devoid of rancour or bitterness which often tear us apart,” he added.

    Bature, on behalf of APC family in Plateau, felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Plateau Gov. Simon Lalong, and his Deputy, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, on the occassion of the 62nd independence anniversary.

    The chairman also felicitated with the Speaker and members of the Plateau House of Assembly, local government council chairmen, the civil society and all Nigerians.


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  •  The African Youth Assembly called for compensation for Africa from wealthier nations from the West to mitigate climate change Mr Mathew Greene the West Africa Regional Speaker of the assembly made the call in a statement on Friday in Jos Greene said that the need for compensation became necessary due to the activities of the developed countries that leads to image change in Africa He explained that the activities of the developed countries has increased the release of green house gases with high global warming potentials on Africa hence the need for steps to be taken to avert the situation Countries of the Global South should respond accordingly to the alarming need to compensate the countries of the Global North for the impact of their activities on climate change The series of engagements from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change should ordinarily have compelling force on the Global South to act speedily in terms of embracing a global respond for climate change The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change have on account of its guiding discussions fingered the developed countries for contributing immensely in the release of green house gases with high global warming potentials and highly positive radiative forces thereby posing the thread to global warming If the average global warming is left to exceed two degree celsius Africans will be bedevilled by diseases desertification and drought of immeasurable standard for an act we have zero or unrecognisable contribution he said He maintained that to address the situation developed countries should support Africa with the technical know how and funding in order to fight global warming To avert the aforementioned menace the developed countries must raise up to the occasion and provide us with not only meaningful funding alone but also the technology that will aid Africa protect itself against the heinous impact of climate change he said Green explained that the assembly is the convergence of african youths from 45 countries in the continent with the interest of advancing the African project NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Global Warming: Group seeks compensation for Africa from west
     The African Youth Assembly called for compensation for Africa from wealthier nations from the West to mitigate climate change Mr Mathew Greene the West Africa Regional Speaker of the assembly made the call in a statement on Friday in Jos Greene said that the need for compensation became necessary due to the activities of the developed countries that leads to image change in Africa He explained that the activities of the developed countries has increased the release of green house gases with high global warming potentials on Africa hence the need for steps to be taken to avert the situation Countries of the Global South should respond accordingly to the alarming need to compensate the countries of the Global North for the impact of their activities on climate change The series of engagements from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change should ordinarily have compelling force on the Global South to act speedily in terms of embracing a global respond for climate change The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change have on account of its guiding discussions fingered the developed countries for contributing immensely in the release of green house gases with high global warming potentials and highly positive radiative forces thereby posing the thread to global warming If the average global warming is left to exceed two degree celsius Africans will be bedevilled by diseases desertification and drought of immeasurable standard for an act we have zero or unrecognisable contribution he said He maintained that to address the situation developed countries should support Africa with the technical know how and funding in order to fight global warming To avert the aforementioned menace the developed countries must raise up to the occasion and provide us with not only meaningful funding alone but also the technology that will aid Africa protect itself against the heinous impact of climate change he said Green explained that the assembly is the convergence of african youths from 45 countries in the continent with the interest of advancing the African project NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Global Warming: Group seeks compensation for Africa from west
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    Global Warming: Group seeks compensation for Africa from west

    The African Youth Assembly called for compensation for Africa from wealthier nations from the West to mitigate climate change.

    Mr Mathew Greene, the West Africa Regional Speaker of the assembly made the call in a statement on Friday in Jos.Greene said that the need for compensation became necessary due to the activities of the developed countries that leads to image change in Africa.

    He explained that the activities of the developed countries has increased the release of green house gases with high global warming potentials on Africa, hence the need for steps to be taken to avert the situation”Countries of the Global South should respond accordingly to the alarming need to compensate the countries of the Global North for the impact of their activities on climate change.

    ”The series of engagements from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change should ordinarily have compelling force on the Global South to act speedily in terms of embracing a global respond for climate change.

    ”The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change have on account of its guiding discussions fingered the developed countries for contributing immensely in the release of green house gases with high global warming potentials and highly positive radiative forces thereby posing the thread to global warming.

    ”If the average global warming is left to exceed two degree celsius Africans will be bedevilled by diseases, desertification and drought of immeasurable standard for an act we have zero or unrecognisable contribution,”he said.

    He maintained that to address the situation, developed countries should support Africa with the technical know how and funding in order to fight global warming.

    ”To avert the aforementioned menace, the developed countries must raise up to the occasion and provide us with not only meaningful funding alone but also the technology that will aid Africa protect itself against the heinous impact of climate change,”he said.

    Green explained that the assembly is the convergence of african youths from 45 countries in the continent, with the interest of advancing the African project.


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  •  Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders summit on the upcoming exercise He said that the outcome of the census would help to further strengthen the State Government s planning metrics He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition precedent for proper development planning the governor said He argued that over the years census in the country had been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise he said Ikpeazu represented by his Chief of Staff Mr Okey Ahaiwe said that the summit signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census He opined that the more people are involved in a process the less likely it is that they will question the outcome This is why we empanelled a high level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long term plan for Abia The document is a testament to our attention to data driven planning Ikpeazu said He therefore charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment The governor thanked the National Population Commission NPC for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work He charged all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all important exercise Chief Johnny Nwabisi the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result based census in Abia He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which he said would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census Nwabisi warned the people of the South East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained Stakeholders at the well attended meeting including traditional rulers individuals and groups were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure revenue and other development indices in the state Other speakers at the event included the Chairman Abia Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Joseph Nwabeke the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Chief Uchenna Obigwe Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria Emmanuel Agonmuo and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies amongst others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census
     Gov Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders summit on the upcoming exercise He said that the outcome of the census would help to further strengthen the State Government s planning metrics He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition precedent for proper development planning the governor said He argued that over the years census in the country had been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise he said Ikpeazu represented by his Chief of Staff Mr Okey Ahaiwe said that the summit signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census He opined that the more people are involved in a process the less likely it is that they will question the outcome This is why we empanelled a high level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long term plan for Abia The document is a testament to our attention to data driven planning Ikpeazu said He therefore charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment The governor thanked the National Population Commission NPC for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work He charged all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all important exercise Chief Johnny Nwabisi the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result based census in Abia He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which he said would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census Nwabisi warned the people of the South East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained Stakeholders at the well attended meeting including traditional rulers individuals and groups were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure revenue and other development indices in the state Other speakers at the event included the Chairman Abia Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Joseph Nwabeke the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Chief Uchenna Obigwe Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria Emmanuel Agonmuo and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies amongst others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census
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    Ikpeazu promises support for 2023 census

    Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia has said that his administration will provide the support necessary for the success of the 2023 Population and Housing Census in the state.

    Ikpeazu made the promise in Umuahia on Thursday during the Abia stakeholders’ summit on the upcoming exercise.

    He said that the outcome of the census would help “to further strengthen the State Government’s planning metrics”.

    He said that the outcome of the exercise would help the government to work with empirical data of the population and housing units in the state.

    “These figures have relevance across indices of human and infrastructural development planning.

    “There is no gainsaying the fact that an accurate population and housing census is a condition-precedent for proper development planning,” the governor said.

    He argued that over the years, census in the country had “been dogged by controversy over the accuracy of figures assigned to states.

    “Most states have disputed the figures while some have taken steps to conduct their own exercise,” he said.

    Ikpeazu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Okey Ahaiwe, said that the summit “signposts the seriousness the State Government attaches to the exercise”.

    He hoped that the meeting would help to minimise such controversies in the 2023 census.

    He opined that “the more people are involved in a process, the less likely it is that they will question the outcome.

    “This is why we empanelled a high-level state census committee to coordinate our participation in the exercise.

    “The committee is to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are properly carried along so as to ensure a credible and acceptability outcome.

    “Our administration places high premium on data for planning purposes.

    “It is for this reason that we collaborated with the Partnership Initiative in the Niger Delta to produce a long-term plan for Abia. “The document is a testament to our attention to data-driven planning,” Ikpeazu said.

    He, therefore, charged all the relevant stakeholders to cooperate fully with the committee “to ensure a successful outcome of their assignment”.

    The governor thanked the National Population Commission (NPC) for working closely with the state to ensure a seamless exercise.

    He also commended the members of the committee for their dedication and hard work.

    He charged “all hands to be on deck as we carry out this all-important exercise”.

    Chief Johnny Nwabisi, the Abia Federal Commissioner in NPC, thanked the governor for his commitment to ensure a successful and result-based census in Abia. He expressed delight over the setting up of a committee which, he said, would help to sensitise and mobilise the citizenry to present themselves for the exercise.

    He expressed disappointment with the ugly experience encountered by the commission in some parts of the state during the trial census.

    Nwabisi warned the people of the South-East not to allow themselves to be misled by any group of agitators.

    He said that the 2023 census offered a golden opportunity for the zone to have its population accurately enumerated.

    He recalled that the population of the area was grossly under enumerated in the 2006 census, due to the disruptions by the separatist Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra.

    Nwabisi argued that the request for the UN to conduct a referendum for the South-East could only be realised after the actual population of the zone had been ascertained.

    Stakeholders at the well-attended meeting, including traditional rulers, individuals and groups, were unanimous in their demand for an accurate head count in Abia to ascertain the true population of the citizenry.

    They emphasised that accurate Abia population data would translate to improved infrastructure, revenue and other development indices in the state.

    Other speakers at the event included the Chairman, Abia Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Joseph Nwabeke, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Chief Uchenna Obigwe, Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Emmanuel Agonmuo, and representatives of the state chapter of the National Council of Women Societies, amongst others.


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  •  South Sudan in partnership with the African Development Bank AfDB has launched a two year programme focused on boosting food production and strengthening community resilience Josephine Lagu Minister of Agriculture and Food Security said the South Sudan Emergency Food Production Programme SSEFPP would focus on the production of sorghum cowpea and rice in the states of Northern Bahr El Ghazal Western Bahr El Ghazal Western Equatoria Eastern Equatoria and Upper Nile The number of counties that are going to be supported I think is about nine or more And this will be spread across our country Lagu told journalists in Juba the capital of South Sudan It is not going just to be limited to one state As you have seen we have people who have come from Western Bahr El Ghazal Northern Bahr El Ghazal Jonglei and Western Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria state she added The 8 4 million U S dollar programme is funded by AfDB through its Transition Support Facility and will be implemented by the South Sudan government and the Food Agriculture Organisation FAO of the United Nations Country Representative of FAO Meschak Malo disclosed that the programme aimed to reduce South Sudan s current annual food deficit standing at 545 000 metric tons by increasing production within the next two years to the target of 1 3 million metric tons needed to reduce prevailing food insecurity He noted that the current urbanization growth in the country as it recovers from years of conflict would lead to a huge demand for wheat adding that the wheat component needs to also be supported under this program South Sudan imports wheat from neighboring Sudan which in turn imports from Ukraine Malo disclosed that the SSEFPP program includes the distribution of seeds to farmers in the counties AfDB Principal Country Economist Flavio A Soares da Gama said the program will also strengthen the resilience of food systems and mitigate short term risks due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine Our current strategy of AfDB that covers the period of 2022 2024 is a response to the government of South Sudan on pushing this development agenda on agriculture And its focus is on agriculture value chain development for economic diversification and resilience said the economist The UN in its South Sudan Food Security Outlook June 2022 to January 2023 said food security is expected to deteriorate between June and September due to the impacts of conflict and flooding as well as global economic supply chain disruptions which will in turn drive high staple food prices and limit income earning opportunities YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    South Sudan, AfDB launch project to boost food production
     South Sudan in partnership with the African Development Bank AfDB has launched a two year programme focused on boosting food production and strengthening community resilience Josephine Lagu Minister of Agriculture and Food Security said the South Sudan Emergency Food Production Programme SSEFPP would focus on the production of sorghum cowpea and rice in the states of Northern Bahr El Ghazal Western Bahr El Ghazal Western Equatoria Eastern Equatoria and Upper Nile The number of counties that are going to be supported I think is about nine or more And this will be spread across our country Lagu told journalists in Juba the capital of South Sudan It is not going just to be limited to one state As you have seen we have people who have come from Western Bahr El Ghazal Northern Bahr El Ghazal Jonglei and Western Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria state she added The 8 4 million U S dollar programme is funded by AfDB through its Transition Support Facility and will be implemented by the South Sudan government and the Food Agriculture Organisation FAO of the United Nations Country Representative of FAO Meschak Malo disclosed that the programme aimed to reduce South Sudan s current annual food deficit standing at 545 000 metric tons by increasing production within the next two years to the target of 1 3 million metric tons needed to reduce prevailing food insecurity He noted that the current urbanization growth in the country as it recovers from years of conflict would lead to a huge demand for wheat adding that the wheat component needs to also be supported under this program South Sudan imports wheat from neighboring Sudan which in turn imports from Ukraine Malo disclosed that the SSEFPP program includes the distribution of seeds to farmers in the counties AfDB Principal Country Economist Flavio A Soares da Gama said the program will also strengthen the resilience of food systems and mitigate short term risks due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine Our current strategy of AfDB that covers the period of 2022 2024 is a response to the government of South Sudan on pushing this development agenda on agriculture And its focus is on agriculture value chain development for economic diversification and resilience said the economist The UN in its South Sudan Food Security Outlook June 2022 to January 2023 said food security is expected to deteriorate between June and September due to the impacts of conflict and flooding as well as global economic supply chain disruptions which will in turn drive high staple food prices and limit income earning opportunities YEE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    South Sudan, AfDB launch project to boost food production
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    South Sudan, AfDB launch project to boost food production

    South Sudan in partnership with the African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a two-year programme focused on boosting food production and strengthening community resilience.

    Josephine Lagu, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, said the South Sudan Emergency Food Production Programme (SSEFPP) would focus on the production of sorghum, cowpea, and rice in the states of Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Western Bahr El Ghazal, Western Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, and Upper Nile. “The number of counties that are going to be supported, I think, is about nine or more.

    “And this will be spread across our country,” Lagu told journalists in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

    “It is not going just to be limited to one state.

    “As you have seen we have people who have come from Western Bahr El Ghazal, Northern Bahr El Ghazal, Jonglei, and Western Equatoria and Eastern Equatoria state,” she added.

    The 8.4 million U.

    S. dollar programme is funded by AfDB through its Transition Support Facility and will be implemented by the South Sudan government and the Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.

    Country Representative of FAO Meschak Malo disclosed that the programme aimed to reduce South Sudan’s current annual food deficit standing at 545,000 metric tons by increasing production within the next two years to the target of 1.3 million metric tons needed to reduce prevailing food insecurity.

    He noted that the current urbanization growth in the country as it recovers from years of conflict would lead to a huge demand for wheat, adding that the wheat component needs to also be supported under this program.

    South Sudan imports wheat from neighboring Sudan which in turn imports from Ukraine.

    Malo disclosed that the SSEFPP program includes the distribution of seeds to farmers in the counties.

    AfDB Principal Country Economist Flavio A.

    Soares da Gama said the program will also strengthen the resilience of food systems and mitigate short-term risks due to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

    “Our current strategy of AfDB that covers the period of 2022-2024 is a response to the government of South Sudan on pushing this development agenda on agriculture.

    “And its focus is on agriculture value-chain development for economic diversification and resilience,” said the economist.

    The UN in its South Sudan Food Security Outlook, June 2022 to January 2023, said food security “is expected to deteriorate between June and September due to the impacts of conflict and flooding, as well as global economic supply chain disruptions,” which will, in turn, drive high staple food prices and limit income-earning opportunities.

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  •  A delegation of German lawmakers are set to travel to Taiwan the island s foreign ministry announced Thursday amid growing tensions with China in the region A group from the Berlin Taipei parliamentary friendship group in the German Bundestag are expected arrive in Taiwan on Sunday and stay until Thursday foreign minister spokeswoman Joanne Ou said Chairman Klaus Peter Willsch and five other German lawmakers from the cross party delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing wen Vice President Lai Ching te Legislative Speaker You Si kun Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers and representatives from institutions Ou said it marked the first German official delegation visiting Taiwan since the coronavirus pandemic and will be focusing on security She said it was the second delegation to visit from a major European country since U S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s trip to Taipei in early August which was followed by China s large scale manoeuvres and military drills around Taiwan A French delegation of lawmakers visited Taiwan in early September Ou said the visit would strengthen connection and democratic resilience and that Taiwan and Germany which share values of democracy freedom rule of law and human rights would work together to defend the rules based international order Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the democratic island part of its territory and opposes any form of official contacts between Taiwan and other countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    German lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid regional tension
     A delegation of German lawmakers are set to travel to Taiwan the island s foreign ministry announced Thursday amid growing tensions with China in the region A group from the Berlin Taipei parliamentary friendship group in the German Bundestag are expected arrive in Taiwan on Sunday and stay until Thursday foreign minister spokeswoman Joanne Ou said Chairman Klaus Peter Willsch and five other German lawmakers from the cross party delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing wen Vice President Lai Ching te Legislative Speaker You Si kun Foreign Minister Joseph Wu and other Taiwanese lawmakers and representatives from institutions Ou said it marked the first German official delegation visiting Taiwan since the coronavirus pandemic and will be focusing on security She said it was the second delegation to visit from a major European country since U S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi s trip to Taipei in early August which was followed by China s large scale manoeuvres and military drills around Taiwan A French delegation of lawmakers visited Taiwan in early September Ou said the visit would strengthen connection and democratic resilience and that Taiwan and Germany which share values of democracy freedom rule of law and human rights would work together to defend the rules based international order Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949 but China considers the democratic island part of its territory and opposes any form of official contacts between Taiwan and other countries NewsSourceCredit NAN
    German lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid regional tension
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    German lawmakers to visit Taiwan amid regional tension

    A delegation of German lawmakers are set to travel to Taiwan, the island’s foreign ministry announced Thursday, amid growing tensions with China in the region.

    A group from the Berlin-Taipei parliamentary friendship group in the German Bundestag are expected arrive in Taiwan on Sunday and stay until Thursday, foreign minister spokeswoman Joanne Ou said.

    Chairman Klaus-Peter Willsch and five other German lawmakers from the cross-party delegation will meet with President Tsai Ing-wen, Vice President Lai Ching-te, Legislative Speaker You Si-kun, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, and other Taiwanese lawmakers and representatives from institutions.

    Ou said it marked the first German official delegation visiting Taiwan since the coronavirus pandemic and will be focusing on security.

    She said it was the second delegation to visit from a major European country since U.

    S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei in early August, which was followed by China’s large-scale manoeuvres and military drills around Taiwan.

    A French delegation of lawmakers visited Taiwan in early September.

    Ou said the visit would strengthen connection and democratic resilience, and that Taiwan and Germany, which share values of democracy, freedom, rule of law, and human rights, would work together to defend the rules-based international order.

    Taiwan has had an independent government since 1949, but China considers the democratic island part of its territory and opposes any form of official contacts between Taiwan and other countries.


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  •  Presidential Candidate of Labour Party LP Peter Obi has promised to end insecurity poverty and unemployment in the Nigeria if elected in 2023 Obi made the promise at a rally organised by the Middle Belt Forum on Thursday in Jos The LP candidate who also promised to address hunger unemployment and corruption said that he would promote quality of education at all levels and improve power supply If you elect me as your president I will end provide security at all levels so that our people can go to farm and by so doing the issue of food insecurity and hunger will be a thing of the past We will create jobs for our teeming unemployed youth and end poverty We will make our educational system functional and improve electricity supply We will block all leakages and end corruption at all levels our government will be a responsible one We will not fail Nigerians We want a new Nigeria and we are determine to make Nigerians happy again he said Obi however advised the people to pray for a peaceful and credible elections in 2023 adding that only credible polls woukd produce credible leaders Earlier the Dr Pogu Bitrus the President of Middle Belt Forum said that the forum is in support of Obi s candidature insisting that Obi s presidency would address the problems the middle belt has been faced with Bitrus explained that the forum had thrown its weight behind Obi based on the principle of justice and fairness We didn t arrive at the decision to support Peter Obi on sheer sentiments but on the principle of justice and fairness Again after a careful study we realise that Obi is competent and capable to take this nation out of its current challenges So we organised this rally to show that we are fully in support of his candidature he said Also speaking Prophet Isa El buba the Convener of the Initiative for Better and Brighter Nigeria IBBN advised Nigerians to vote credible and responsibile leaders in 2023 El buba said as a preacher he is supporting Obi because he believed he would salvage the nation from it current woes He however called on Nigerians not to sale their votes and ensure they vote for credible candidates in the forthcoming polls The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obi visited Da Gyang Buba the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman Plateau Council of Chiefs and Emirs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    I will end insecurity, poverty if elected – Obi
     Presidential Candidate of Labour Party LP Peter Obi has promised to end insecurity poverty and unemployment in the Nigeria if elected in 2023 Obi made the promise at a rally organised by the Middle Belt Forum on Thursday in Jos The LP candidate who also promised to address hunger unemployment and corruption said that he would promote quality of education at all levels and improve power supply If you elect me as your president I will end provide security at all levels so that our people can go to farm and by so doing the issue of food insecurity and hunger will be a thing of the past We will create jobs for our teeming unemployed youth and end poverty We will make our educational system functional and improve electricity supply We will block all leakages and end corruption at all levels our government will be a responsible one We will not fail Nigerians We want a new Nigeria and we are determine to make Nigerians happy again he said Obi however advised the people to pray for a peaceful and credible elections in 2023 adding that only credible polls woukd produce credible leaders Earlier the Dr Pogu Bitrus the President of Middle Belt Forum said that the forum is in support of Obi s candidature insisting that Obi s presidency would address the problems the middle belt has been faced with Bitrus explained that the forum had thrown its weight behind Obi based on the principle of justice and fairness We didn t arrive at the decision to support Peter Obi on sheer sentiments but on the principle of justice and fairness Again after a careful study we realise that Obi is competent and capable to take this nation out of its current challenges So we organised this rally to show that we are fully in support of his candidature he said Also speaking Prophet Isa El buba the Convener of the Initiative for Better and Brighter Nigeria IBBN advised Nigerians to vote credible and responsibile leaders in 2023 El buba said as a preacher he is supporting Obi because he believed he would salvage the nation from it current woes He however called on Nigerians not to sale their votes and ensure they vote for credible candidates in the forthcoming polls The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obi visited Da Gyang Buba the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman Plateau Council of Chiefs and Emirs NewsSourceCredit NAN
    I will end insecurity, poverty if elected – Obi
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    I will end insecurity, poverty if elected – Obi

    Presidential Candidate of Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi has promised to end insecurity,  poverty and unemployment in the Nigeria if elected in 2023.Obi made the promise at a rally organised by the Middle  Belt Forum on Thursday in Jos.The LP candidate, who also promised to address hunger, unemployment and corruption, said that he would promote quality of education at all levels and improve power supply.

    ”If you elect me as your president,  I will end provide security at all levels so that our people can go to farm and by so doing, the issue of food insecurity and hunger will be a thing of the past.

    ”We will create jobs for our teeming unemployed youth and end poverty.

    We will make our educational system functional and improve electricity supply.

    ”We will block all leakages and end corruption at all levels; our government will be a responsible one.

    We will not fail Nigerians.

    ”We want a new Nigeria and we are determine to make Nigerians happy again,” he said.

    Obi, however, advised the people to pray for a peaceful and credible elections in 2023, adding that only credible polls woukd produce credible leaders.

    Earlier, the Dr Pogu Bitrus, the President of Middle Belt Forum, said that the forum is in support of Obi’s candidature, insisting that Obi’s presidency would address the problems the middle belt has been faced with.

    Bitrus explained that the forum had thrown its weight behind Obi based on the principle of justice and fairness.

    ”We didn’t arrive at the decision to support Peter Obi on sheer sentiments,  but on the principle of justice and fairness.

    ”Again, after a careful study, we realise that Obi is competent and capable to take this nation out of its current challenges”So, we organised this rally to show that we are fully in support of his candidature,”.

    he said.

    Also speaking, Prophet Isa El-buba, the Convener of the Initiative for Better and Brighter Nigeria (IBBN), advised Nigerians to vote credible and responsibile leaders in 2023.El-buba said as a preacher, he is supporting Obi because he believed he would salvage the nation from it current woes.

    He, however,  called on Nigerians, not to sale their votes and ensure they vote for credible candidates in the forthcoming polls.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obi visited Da Gyang Buba, the Gbong Gwom Jos and Chairman Plateau Council of Chiefs and Emirs.


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  •  Plateau All Progressives Congress APC Governorship Candidate Nentawe Yilwatda says he will aggregate the state diversities to harness its rich economic potential Yilwatda stated this on Wednesday during a thank you tour of stakeholders in Bokkos Barkin Ladi and Jos South local governments of Plateau The governorship candidate said that Plateau is blessed with diverse human and material resources that were yearning for aggregation and harmonisation He said that the differences were erorneously seen as weakness rather than a strength I will unite our people to work together to develop our areas of comparative advantage to make Plateau an economically viable state We will also unite to fight any form of external threat because we are stronger together he added Yilwatda thanked the people for nominating him and urged them team up with him for a new Plateau He apologised to those he might have offended during the primary elections and begged them for forgiveness According to him APC is a united family and the people must work together to win the 2023 general elections Plateau APC Chairman Chief Rufus Bature said that while others were fighting to reclaim power his party is fighting to retain power and would do everything within the ambit of the law to win the elections Bature urged members to mobilise voters from the nooks and crannies of the state to vote the APC because election according to him is about numbers The chairman advised those seeking for appointments to work hard at the grassroots for the party to actualise their desires He said that elections are won and lost at polling units and urged those looking for appointments and other favours to remain and work at their polling units Bature warned members of the party against double standards belonging to APC and planning to vote another party Those who intend to vote APC in the state and Labour Party or Peoples Democratic at the national level should review the thoughts Ward chairmen should identify such people because such action amounts to anti party and anyone caught would be shown the way out of APC he stated Director General APC Governorship Campaign Council Prof Sabastian Maimako said that the visit was to thank the people for electing Yilwatda as the candidate of the party Chairman Barkin Ladi Local Government Jok Alamba said that Nentawe Yilwatda would be governor of Plateau come 2023 by the grace of God Alamba described Yilwatda as an intelligent man with capacity to turnaround the fortunes for the better Chairman Bokkos Local Government Council Joseph Guluwa welcomed the team to Bokkos and assured them of the total support of the people of the area Guluwa said that the people of area were in dire need of governor that would revolutionalise production of potatoes and other agricultural products The chairman said that the desire of Bokkos was to start exporting potatoes from Bokkos to outside Nigeria and expressed optimism that Yilwatda has the capacity to do it Chairman Jos South Gideon Dandareng said that has no fear that come May 29 2023 that Yilwatda would be sworn in as governor Dandareng said that for that seamlessly happen the people must unite strategise and work together NewsSourceCredit NAN
    I’ll aggregate diversities, harness rich Plateau economic potential- APC candidate 
     Plateau All Progressives Congress APC Governorship Candidate Nentawe Yilwatda says he will aggregate the state diversities to harness its rich economic potential Yilwatda stated this on Wednesday during a thank you tour of stakeholders in Bokkos Barkin Ladi and Jos South local governments of Plateau The governorship candidate said that Plateau is blessed with diverse human and material resources that were yearning for aggregation and harmonisation He said that the differences were erorneously seen as weakness rather than a strength I will unite our people to work together to develop our areas of comparative advantage to make Plateau an economically viable state We will also unite to fight any form of external threat because we are stronger together he added Yilwatda thanked the people for nominating him and urged them team up with him for a new Plateau He apologised to those he might have offended during the primary elections and begged them for forgiveness According to him APC is a united family and the people must work together to win the 2023 general elections Plateau APC Chairman Chief Rufus Bature said that while others were fighting to reclaim power his party is fighting to retain power and would do everything within the ambit of the law to win the elections Bature urged members to mobilise voters from the nooks and crannies of the state to vote the APC because election according to him is about numbers The chairman advised those seeking for appointments to work hard at the grassroots for the party to actualise their desires He said that elections are won and lost at polling units and urged those looking for appointments and other favours to remain and work at their polling units Bature warned members of the party against double standards belonging to APC and planning to vote another party Those who intend to vote APC in the state and Labour Party or Peoples Democratic at the national level should review the thoughts Ward chairmen should identify such people because such action amounts to anti party and anyone caught would be shown the way out of APC he stated Director General APC Governorship Campaign Council Prof Sabastian Maimako said that the visit was to thank the people for electing Yilwatda as the candidate of the party Chairman Barkin Ladi Local Government Jok Alamba said that Nentawe Yilwatda would be governor of Plateau come 2023 by the grace of God Alamba described Yilwatda as an intelligent man with capacity to turnaround the fortunes for the better Chairman Bokkos Local Government Council Joseph Guluwa welcomed the team to Bokkos and assured them of the total support of the people of the area Guluwa said that the people of area were in dire need of governor that would revolutionalise production of potatoes and other agricultural products The chairman said that the desire of Bokkos was to start exporting potatoes from Bokkos to outside Nigeria and expressed optimism that Yilwatda has the capacity to do it Chairman Jos South Gideon Dandareng said that has no fear that come May 29 2023 that Yilwatda would be sworn in as governor Dandareng said that for that seamlessly happen the people must unite strategise and work together NewsSourceCredit NAN
    I’ll aggregate diversities, harness rich Plateau economic potential- APC candidate 
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    I’ll aggregate diversities, harness rich Plateau economic potential- APC candidate 

    Plateau All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Candidate Nentawe Yilwatda says he will aggregate the state diversities to harness its rich economic potential.

    Yilwatda stated this on Wednesday  during a  thank-you-tour of stakeholders in Bokkos, Barkin Ladi and Jos South local governments of Plateau.

    The governorship candidate said that Plateau is blessed with diverse human and material resources that were yearning for aggregation and harmonisation.

    He said that the differences were erorneously seen as weakness rather than a strength.

    “I will unite our people to work together to develop our areas of comparative advantage to make Plateau an economically viable state.

    “We  will also unite to fight any form of external threat because we are stronger together,”  he added.

    Yilwatda thanked the people for nominating him and urged them team up with him for a new Plateau.

    He apologised to those he might have offended during the primary elections and begged them for forgiveness.

    According to him, APC is a united family and the people must work together to win the 2023 general elections.

    Plateau APC Chairman, Chief Rufus  Bature, said that  while others were  fighting to reclaim power, his party is  fighting to retain power and would do everything within the ambit of the law to win the elections.

    Bature urged members to mobilise voters from the nooks and crannies of the state to vote the APC because election, according to him, is about numbers.

    The chairman advised those seeking for appointments to work hard at the grassroots for the party to actualise their desires.

    He said that elections are won and lost at polling units and urged those looking for appointments and other favours to remain and work at their polling units.

    Bature warned members of the party against double standards belonging to APC and planning to vote another party.

    “Those who intend to vote APC in the state and Labour Party or Peoples Democratic at the national level should review the thoughts.

    “Ward chairmen should identify such people because such action amounts to anti-party and anyone caught would be shown the way out of APC,” he stated.

    Director-General APC Governorship Campaign Council, Prof. Sabastian Maimako, said that the visit was to thank the people for electing Yilwatda as the candidate of the party.

    Chairman Barkin Ladi Local Government Jok Alamba said that Nentawe Yilwatda would be governor of Plateau  come 2023 by the grace of God.Alamba described Yilwatda as an intelligent man with capacity to turnaround the fortunes for the better.

    Chairman Bokkos Local Government Council Joseph Guluwa welcomed the team to Bokkos and assured them of the total support of the people of the area.

    Guluwa said that the people of area were in dire need of governor that would revolutionalise production of potatoes and other agricultural products.

    The chairman said that the desire of Bokkos was to start exporting potatoes from Bokkos to outside Nigeria and expressed optimism that Yilwatda has the capacity to do it.

    Chairman Jos South Gideon Dandareng said that has no fear that come May 29, 2023 that Yilwatda would be sworn-in as governor.

    Dandareng said that for that seamlessly happen, the people must unite, strategise and work together.


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  •  Plateau Police Commissioner Barthalomew Onyeka has advised political parties to avoid actions and speeches that can inflame the political order during campaigns Onyeka said this during an interactive session with security agencies political parties and INEC in Jos on Wednesday He said that the interactive session was to address relevant agencies to chart clear pathways to ensure a smooth electoral process as the political campaigns begins I wish to firmly advise al political actors to subsume their campaigns within the extant legal framework and avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order All political parties are hereby advised to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Act and play the game according to the rules Party leaders and chieftains are to prevail on their flag bearers members and supporters not to engage in any act that can incite violence or constitute a breach of peace anywhere on the Plateau he said Onyeka called on the resident electoral commissioner in Plateau and all political parties in the state to come up with a campaign timetable that would address possible conflicts in dates time and venue He said that all political campaign timetable should be forwarded to the commissioner of police in the state for onward transmission to the Office of the Inspector General of Police immediately He also stated that all quasi security outfits that were established by the state and local communities operating under different names and structures had no legal rules under the Electoral Act and are hereby banned from engaging in campaigns and electoral processes He added that local security such as Vigilante Group of Nigeria Hunters Association Neighborhood Watch and others had no legal role to play in electoral processes as such any involvement would amount to an act of illegality The commissioner warned persons who might want to engage in violence to desist from it as the force was ready to deal firmly with such characters according to the dictates of the law Onyeka implored parents traditional and religious leaders to monitor and prevail on their wards to be law abiding and and resist the temptation to be used by politicians to cause disturbance of public peace The Resident Electoral Commissioner Plateau state Mrs Caroline Okpe in a remark stated that the electoral body was poised to ensure that the elections come and go without problems Okpe advised political parties and candidates to desist from using religion and inciting words during campaigns and stressed the need for them to operate within the law She advised party candidates to encourage their supporters who had yet to pick their voter s cards to do so from INEC offices in all the 17 local government areas in the state Chairman Inter party Advisory Council IPAC Mr Abubakar Dogara who spoke on behalf of all political parties said that all the political parties that would be participating in the elections had agreed to have a rancour free election Dogara also stated that the parties had all agreed to refrain from vote buying and celebrate winning in a modest way to avoid clashes from losing opponents NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Campaign: Avoid inflammable speeches, actions – Police to political parties
     Plateau Police Commissioner Barthalomew Onyeka has advised political parties to avoid actions and speeches that can inflame the political order during campaigns Onyeka said this during an interactive session with security agencies political parties and INEC in Jos on Wednesday He said that the interactive session was to address relevant agencies to chart clear pathways to ensure a smooth electoral process as the political campaigns begins I wish to firmly advise al political actors to subsume their campaigns within the extant legal framework and avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order All political parties are hereby advised to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Act and play the game according to the rules Party leaders and chieftains are to prevail on their flag bearers members and supporters not to engage in any act that can incite violence or constitute a breach of peace anywhere on the Plateau he said Onyeka called on the resident electoral commissioner in Plateau and all political parties in the state to come up with a campaign timetable that would address possible conflicts in dates time and venue He said that all political campaign timetable should be forwarded to the commissioner of police in the state for onward transmission to the Office of the Inspector General of Police immediately He also stated that all quasi security outfits that were established by the state and local communities operating under different names and structures had no legal rules under the Electoral Act and are hereby banned from engaging in campaigns and electoral processes He added that local security such as Vigilante Group of Nigeria Hunters Association Neighborhood Watch and others had no legal role to play in electoral processes as such any involvement would amount to an act of illegality The commissioner warned persons who might want to engage in violence to desist from it as the force was ready to deal firmly with such characters according to the dictates of the law Onyeka implored parents traditional and religious leaders to monitor and prevail on their wards to be law abiding and and resist the temptation to be used by politicians to cause disturbance of public peace The Resident Electoral Commissioner Plateau state Mrs Caroline Okpe in a remark stated that the electoral body was poised to ensure that the elections come and go without problems Okpe advised political parties and candidates to desist from using religion and inciting words during campaigns and stressed the need for them to operate within the law She advised party candidates to encourage their supporters who had yet to pick their voter s cards to do so from INEC offices in all the 17 local government areas in the state Chairman Inter party Advisory Council IPAC Mr Abubakar Dogara who spoke on behalf of all political parties said that all the political parties that would be participating in the elections had agreed to have a rancour free election Dogara also stated that the parties had all agreed to refrain from vote buying and celebrate winning in a modest way to avoid clashes from losing opponents NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Campaign: Avoid inflammable speeches, actions – Police to political parties
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    Campaign: Avoid inflammable speeches, actions – Police to political parties

    Plateau Police Commissioner Barthalomew Onyeka has advised political parties to avoid actions and speeches that can inflame the political order during campaigns.

    Onyeka said this during an interactive session with security agencies, political parties and INEC in Jos on Wednesday.

    He said that the interactive session was to address relevant agencies to chart clear pathways to ensure a smooth electoral process as the political campaigns begins.

    “I wish to firmly advise al political actors to subsume their campaigns within the extant legal framework and avoid actions or speeches that could inflame the political order.

    “All political parties are hereby advised to abide by the provisions of the Electoral Act and play the game according to the rules.

    “Party leaders and chieftains are to prevail on their flag bearers, members and supporters not to engage in any act that can incite violence or constitute a breach of peace anywhere on the Plateau,” he said.

    Onyeka called on the resident electoral commissioner in Plateau and all political parties in the state, to come up with a campaign timetable that would address possible conflicts in dates, time and venue.

    He said that all political campaign timetable should be forwarded to the commissioner of police in the state for onward transmission to the Office of the Inspector General of Police immediately.

    He also stated that all quasi security outfits that were established by the state and local communities operating under different names and structures had no legal rules under the Electoral Act and are hereby banned from engaging in campaigns and electoral processes.

    He added that local security such as Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Hunters Association, Neighborhood Watch and others, had no legal role to play in electoral processes as such, any involvement would amount to an act of illegality.

    The commissioner warned persons who might want to engage in violence to desist from it as the force was ready to deal firmly with such characters according to the dictates of the law.

    Onyeka implored parents, traditional and religious leaders to monitor and prevail on their wards to be law abiding and and resist the temptation to be used by politicians to cause disturbance of public peace.

    The Resident Electoral Commissioner, Plateau state, Mrs Caroline Okpe, in a remark stated that the electoral body was poised to ensure that the elections come and go without problems.

    Okpe advised political parties and candidates to desist from using religion and inciting words during campaigns and stressed the need for them to operate within the law.

    She advised party candidates to encourage their supporters who had yet to pick their voter’s cards to do so from INEC offices in all the 17 local government areas in the state.

    Chairman, Inter-party Advisory Council (IPAC), Mr Abubakar Dogara, who spoke on behalf of all political parties, said that all the political parties that would be participating in the elections had agreed to have a rancour-free election.

    Dogara also stated that the parties had all agreed to refrain from vote- buying and celebrate winning in a modest way to avoid clashes from losing opponents.


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  •  The European Union believes sabotage is likely the cause of leaks from the Nord Stream I and II gas pipelines and is threatening countermeasures The top diplomat says on behalf of all member states on Wednesday The European Union is deeply concerned about damage to the Nord Stream I and II pipelines that has resulted in leaks in the international waters of the Baltic Sea EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement These incidents are not a coincidence and affect us all He said that all of the available information indicated that the leaks were the result of a deliberate act We will support any investigation aimed at getting full clarity on what happened and why and will take further steps to increase our resilience in energy security he said Borrell said that any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and would be met with a robust and united response Three leaks were found in the pipelines that carry gas from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden off the Danish island of Bornholm NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU threatens sanctions after sabotage suspected in gas pipelines
     The European Union believes sabotage is likely the cause of leaks from the Nord Stream I and II gas pipelines and is threatening countermeasures The top diplomat says on behalf of all member states on Wednesday The European Union is deeply concerned about damage to the Nord Stream I and II pipelines that has resulted in leaks in the international waters of the Baltic Sea EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement These incidents are not a coincidence and affect us all He said that all of the available information indicated that the leaks were the result of a deliberate act We will support any investigation aimed at getting full clarity on what happened and why and will take further steps to increase our resilience in energy security he said Borrell said that any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and would be met with a robust and united response Three leaks were found in the pipelines that carry gas from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden off the Danish island of Bornholm NewsSourceCredit NAN
    EU threatens sanctions after sabotage suspected in gas pipelines
    Foreign1 week ago

    EU threatens sanctions after sabotage suspected in gas pipelines

    The European Union believes sabotage is likely the cause of leaks from the Nord Stream I and II gas pipelines and is threatening countermeasures.

    The top diplomat says on behalf of all member states on Wednesday.

    “The European Union is deeply concerned about damage to the Nord Stream I and II pipelines that has resulted in leaks in the international waters of the Baltic Sea,“ EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement.

    “These incidents are not a coincidence and affect us all.

    ’’ He said that all of the available information indicated that the leaks were the result of a deliberate act.

    “We will support any investigation aimed at getting full clarity on what happened and why, and will take further steps to increase our resilience in energy security,’’ he said.

    Borrell said that any deliberate disruption of European energy infrastructure is utterly unacceptable and would be met with a “robust and united response.

    ’’ Three leaks were found in the pipelines that carry gas from Russia to Europe via the Baltic Sea, in the exclusive economic zones of Denmark and Sweden off the Danish island of Bornholm.


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  •   The Ministry of Local Government is finalizing the preparation of regulations to facilitate the exchange of goods between new cities and districts from which the cities were created The regulations are intended to curb fighting and help solve the problem of shared ownership between districts and cities the Minister of State for Local Government Hon Victoria Busingye Rusoke said Minister Rusoke was presenting a status report on the commissioning of new cities to the Government Implementation and Assurance Committee chaired by the Vice President the Hon Joseph Ssewungu on Tuesday September 27 2022 In April 2020 Parliament approved the creation of 15 cities including Jinja Mbarara Gulu Mbale Arua Fort Portal and Masaka Others are Lira and Soroti and the cities of Entebbe The Honorable Ssewungu tasked the Minister with explaining the solution to the property disputes between the mother districts and the cities and the fact that some cities have not seen any change in terms of infrastructure since they were established What is happening now in these cities is that they are fighting each other those who were taken out of the cities to go to the parent district have refused to leave the cities I can give an example from Masaka district they say they have assets in the city she said Minister Rusoke said that they are in the final stages of putting in place a regulation to resolve the distribution of property between cities and districts She said that they are working with the Attorney General to develop the Municipal Regulation of Local Government in accordance with section 175 of the Local Government Law To assure the committee last Thursday I had an officer go to the Attorney General s office and give us his opinion They promised that on Thursday this week they bring a copy she said She said that the draft framework provides for the equitable distribution of property between cities and districts Rusoke also said they have halted any further sale or sharing of the property until regulations are finalized Honorable However Sssewungu said that a law is needed and not simply a regulation that depends on the Local Government Law There have been disputes between the Mbarara District Local Government and the Mbarara Municipality for example over the administration buildings in Kamukuzi Division Mbarara City The district leaders of Lira and Soroti also want compensation for their properties from the cities among others
    Uganda: the government will regulate the distribution of properties between districts and cities
      The Ministry of Local Government is finalizing the preparation of regulations to facilitate the exchange of goods between new cities and districts from which the cities were created The regulations are intended to curb fighting and help solve the problem of shared ownership between districts and cities the Minister of State for Local Government Hon Victoria Busingye Rusoke said Minister Rusoke was presenting a status report on the commissioning of new cities to the Government Implementation and Assurance Committee chaired by the Vice President the Hon Joseph Ssewungu on Tuesday September 27 2022 In April 2020 Parliament approved the creation of 15 cities including Jinja Mbarara Gulu Mbale Arua Fort Portal and Masaka Others are Lira and Soroti and the cities of Entebbe The Honorable Ssewungu tasked the Minister with explaining the solution to the property disputes between the mother districts and the cities and the fact that some cities have not seen any change in terms of infrastructure since they were established What is happening now in these cities is that they are fighting each other those who were taken out of the cities to go to the parent district have refused to leave the cities I can give an example from Masaka district they say they have assets in the city she said Minister Rusoke said that they are in the final stages of putting in place a regulation to resolve the distribution of property between cities and districts She said that they are working with the Attorney General to develop the Municipal Regulation of Local Government in accordance with section 175 of the Local Government Law To assure the committee last Thursday I had an officer go to the Attorney General s office and give us his opinion They promised that on Thursday this week they bring a copy she said She said that the draft framework provides for the equitable distribution of property between cities and districts Rusoke also said they have halted any further sale or sharing of the property until regulations are finalized Honorable However Sssewungu said that a law is needed and not simply a regulation that depends on the Local Government Law There have been disputes between the Mbarara District Local Government and the Mbarara Municipality for example over the administration buildings in Kamukuzi Division Mbarara City The district leaders of Lira and Soroti also want compensation for their properties from the cities among others
    Uganda: the government will regulate the distribution of properties between districts and cities
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    Uganda: the government will regulate the distribution of properties between districts and cities

    The Ministry of Local Government is finalizing the preparation of regulations to facilitate the exchange of goods between new cities and districts from which the cities were created.

    The regulations are intended to curb fighting and help solve the problem of shared ownership between districts and cities, the Minister of State for Local Government, Hon. Victoria Busingye Rusoke said.

    Minister Rusoke was presenting a status report on the commissioning of new cities to the Government Implementation and Assurance Committee chaired by the Vice President, the Hon. Joseph Ssewungu, on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

    In April 2020, Parliament approved the creation of 15 cities, including Jinja, Mbarara, Gulu, Mbale, Arua, Fort Portal and Masaka.

    Others are; Lira and Soroti, and the cities of Entebbe.

    The Honorable Ssewungu tasked the Minister with explaining the solution to the property disputes between the mother districts and the cities, and the fact that some cities have not seen any change in terms of infrastructure since they were established.

    “What is happening now in these cities is that they are fighting each other, those who were taken out of the cities to go to the parent district have refused to leave the cities.

    I can give an example from Masaka district, they say they have assets in the city,” she said.

    Minister Rusoke said that they are in the final stages of putting in place a regulation to resolve the distribution of property between cities and districts.

    She said that they are working with the Attorney General to develop the Municipal Regulation of Local Government in accordance with section 175 of the Local Government Law. “To assure the committee, last Thursday, I had an officer go to the Attorney General's office and give us his opinion.

    They promised that on Thursday, this week they bring a copy,” she said.

    She said that the draft framework provides for the equitable distribution of property between cities and districts.

    Rusoke also said they have halted any further sale or sharing of the property until regulations are finalized.

    Honorable However, Sssewungu said that a law is needed and not simply a regulation that depends on the Local Government Law. There have been disputes between the Mbarara District Local Government and the Mbarara Municipality, for example, over the administration buildings in Kamukuzi Division, Mbarara City. The district leaders of Lira and Soroti also want compensation for their properties from the cities, among others.