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  •   Kowry Energy https KowryEnergy com a sustainability driven energy service provider focused on energy supply in sub Saharan Africa is proud to announce the successful commissioning of four decentralized solar energy systems in Senegal Nigeria and Mali within 16 months of the incorporation of the company Kowry Energy provides efficient and affordable hybrid energy systems that strengthen and empower communities and businesses Analysis of the data provided by these digitized systems can provide solutions to boost demand management while accelerating the growth of local economies The projects successfully commissioned are the first of several portfolios in formation in each country that will be carried out within three years Senegal Kowry Energy designed a 10 kWp decentralized solar PV system with battery storage for Sud Solar Systems to provide access to affordable green electricity for two public buildings and seven micro businesses within the Bani community in southern Senegal The system was designed to support income generating activities to unlock the economic potential of the community Nigeria On behalf of Proserve Energy Services Kowry Energy designed two 286 kWp solar PV systems for a plastic recycling plant and a food processing plant in Abuja replacing 50 and nearly 100 respectively of demand mainly for diesel generators Rooftop mounted solar systems collectively reduce CO2 emissions by 208 521 kg per year Mali At Djine an agricultural hub in the Mali cotton belt Kowry Energy designed a 69 kWp hybrid photovoltaic power system with battery storage and a backup generator for Access Energie The project will provide reliable electricity to 3 000 residents 40 businesses and ten public buildings Ndiarka Mbodji CEO and Founder of Kowry Energy said Countries in Africa have emerged resilient from the pandemic and are now facing uncertainty and challenges brought about by climate change and food and water insecurity We have worked closely with our clients to remove unnecessary barriers to business growth in the local communities they serve Reliable and affordable clean electricity is the backbone of any economy from which lasting social foundations can be built and development can be sustainable These inaugural projects prove our concept and demonstrate the demand for our unique offering We look forward to deepening our relationship with our customers and partners in West Africa and expanding our reach throughout Africa
    Kowry Energy successfully launches decentralized solar power solutions in Senegal, Nigeria and Mali
      Kowry Energy https KowryEnergy com a sustainability driven energy service provider focused on energy supply in sub Saharan Africa is proud to announce the successful commissioning of four decentralized solar energy systems in Senegal Nigeria and Mali within 16 months of the incorporation of the company Kowry Energy provides efficient and affordable hybrid energy systems that strengthen and empower communities and businesses Analysis of the data provided by these digitized systems can provide solutions to boost demand management while accelerating the growth of local economies The projects successfully commissioned are the first of several portfolios in formation in each country that will be carried out within three years Senegal Kowry Energy designed a 10 kWp decentralized solar PV system with battery storage for Sud Solar Systems to provide access to affordable green electricity for two public buildings and seven micro businesses within the Bani community in southern Senegal The system was designed to support income generating activities to unlock the economic potential of the community Nigeria On behalf of Proserve Energy Services Kowry Energy designed two 286 kWp solar PV systems for a plastic recycling plant and a food processing plant in Abuja replacing 50 and nearly 100 respectively of demand mainly for diesel generators Rooftop mounted solar systems collectively reduce CO2 emissions by 208 521 kg per year Mali At Djine an agricultural hub in the Mali cotton belt Kowry Energy designed a 69 kWp hybrid photovoltaic power system with battery storage and a backup generator for Access Energie The project will provide reliable electricity to 3 000 residents 40 businesses and ten public buildings Ndiarka Mbodji CEO and Founder of Kowry Energy said Countries in Africa have emerged resilient from the pandemic and are now facing uncertainty and challenges brought about by climate change and food and water insecurity We have worked closely with our clients to remove unnecessary barriers to business growth in the local communities they serve Reliable and affordable clean electricity is the backbone of any economy from which lasting social foundations can be built and development can be sustainable These inaugural projects prove our concept and demonstrate the demand for our unique offering We look forward to deepening our relationship with our customers and partners in West Africa and expanding our reach throughout Africa
    Kowry Energy successfully launches decentralized solar power solutions in Senegal, Nigeria and Mali
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Kowry Energy successfully launches decentralized solar power solutions in Senegal, Nigeria and Mali

    Kowry Energy (https://KowryEnergy.com/), a sustainability-driven energy service provider focused on energy supply in sub-Saharan Africa, is proud to announce the successful commissioning of four decentralized solar energy systems in Senegal, Nigeria and Mali within 16 months of the incorporation of the company.

    Kowry Energy provides efficient and affordable hybrid energy systems that strengthen and empower communities and businesses.

    Analysis of the data provided by these digitized systems can provide solutions to boost demand management while accelerating the growth of local economies.

    The projects successfully commissioned are the first of several portfolios in formation in each country that will be carried out within three years.

    Senegal: Kowry Energy designed a 10 kWp decentralized solar PV system with battery storage for Sud Solar Systems to provide access to affordable, green electricity for two public buildings and seven micro-businesses within the Bani community in southern Senegal.

    The system was designed to support income-generating activities to unlock the economic potential of the community.

    Nigeria: On behalf of Proserve Energy Services, Kowry Energy designed two 286 kWp solar PV systems for a plastic recycling plant and a food processing plant in Abuja, replacing 50% and nearly 100%, respectively, of demand mainly for diesel generators.

    Rooftop-mounted solar systems collectively reduce CO2 emissions by 208,521 kg per year.

    Mali: At Djine, an agricultural hub in the Mali cotton belt, Kowry Energy designed a 69 kWp hybrid photovoltaic power system with battery storage and a backup generator for Access Energie.

    The project will provide reliable electricity to 3,000 residents, 40 businesses and ten public buildings.

    Ndiarka Mbodji, CEO and Founder of Kowry Energy, said: “Countries in Africa have emerged resilient from the pandemic and are now facing uncertainty and challenges brought about by climate change and food and water insecurity.

    We have worked closely with our clients to remove unnecessary barriers to business growth in the local communities they serve; Reliable and affordable clean electricity is the backbone of any economy, from which lasting social foundations can be built and development can be sustainable.

    These inaugural projects prove our concept and demonstrate the demand for our unique offering.

    We look forward to deepening our relationship with our customers and partners in West Africa and expanding our reach throughout Africa."

  •   UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their remarks on Saturday the President of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-level independent panel on security and development in the crisis-torn Sahel region launched at the United Nations
      UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their remarks on Saturday the President of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-level independent panel on security and development in the crisis-torn Sahel region launched at the United Nations
    Africa2 weeks ago

    High-level independent panel on security and development in the crisis-torn Sahel region launched at the United Nations

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and African leaders launched a high-level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region's complex challenges.

    The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high-level event on the Sahel, held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel).

    The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

    While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the Sahel faces "the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale-up of the emergency response", the Secretary-General warned last week that rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorists and other non-state armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”.

    The crisis is exacerbated by climate change...

    “and if nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent,” he said.

    In their remarks on Saturday, the President of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel [a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region], and Mr. Guterres formally launched the High-Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.

    They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel, including the rise of violent extremism, the growing fragility of the region's economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complex political transitions.

    They called for coordinated efforts at the international, regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security, governance and development challenges and adopt people-centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies.

    Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region, including by providing much-needed technical, financial, material, and logistical support; They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High-Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

    to be held issued in February 2023.

  •  UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders have launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The Sahel extends across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan The independent panel was announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly s annual debate during a High Level Event on the Sahel The evet was held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel According to the UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of emergency response The secretary general had warned that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorist and other non State armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is being compounded by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their statements the Chair of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel and Guterres formally launched Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the surge in violent extremism growing fragility of the economies of the region due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated international regional and local efforts in the Sahel and in the broader region to address the current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centred security approaches based on inclusive political strategies The participants also called on the international community to scale up responses commensurate to the needs in the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organisations to the work of the Independent High Level Panel and looked forward to the findings of the Independent Strategic Assessment being presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government set to be issued in February 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: African leaders inaugurate panel on Nigeria, others
     UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres and African leaders have launched a high level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region s complex challenges The Sahel extends across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan The independent panel was announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly s annual debate during a High Level Event on the Sahel The evet was held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel According to the UN humanitarian affairs office OCHA Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of emergency response The secretary general had warned that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorist and other non State armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is being compounded by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In their statements the Chair of the AU Commission the President of the ECOWAS Commission the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel and Guterres formally launched Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the surge in violent extremism growing fragility of the economies of the region due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated international regional and local efforts in the Sahel and in the broader region to address the current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centred security approaches based on inclusive political strategies The participants also called on the international community to scale up responses commensurate to the needs in the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organisations to the work of the Independent High Level Panel and looked forward to the findings of the Independent Strategic Assessment being presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government set to be issued in February 2023 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    UNGA77: African leaders inaugurate panel on Nigeria, others
    Foreign2 weeks ago

    UNGA77: African leaders inaugurate panel on Nigeria, others

    UN Secretary-General António Guterres and African leaders have launched a high-level panel to assess the situation in the Sahel and make recommendations on ways to foster international engagement and map out responses to the region’s complex challenges.

    The Sahel extends across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sudan.

    The independent panel was announced on Saturday in New York on the margins of the General Assembly’s annual debate during a High-Level Event on the Sahel.

    The evet was held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel).

    According to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale-up of emergency response.

    The secretary-general had warned that rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorist and other non-State armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”.

    “The crisis is being compounded by climate change… “and if nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent,” he said.

    In their statements, the Chair of the AU Commission, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, the Executive Secretary of the G5 Sahel and Guterres formally launched Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, led by former President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou.

    They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel, including the surge in violent extremism, growing fragility of the economies of the region due to the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complex political transitions.

    They called for coordinated international, regional and local efforts in the Sahel and in the broader region to address the current security, governance and development challenges and adopt people-centred security approaches based on inclusive political strategies.

    The participants also called on the international community to scale up responses commensurate to the needs in the region, including by providing much needed technical, financial, material, and logistical support.

    They reaffirmed the support of the four organisations to the work of the Independent High-Level Panel and looked forward to the findings of the Independent Strategic Assessment being presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government set to be issued in February 2023.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   On September 23 the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali Abdoulaye Diop on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The ministers discussed current issues of Russia Mali cooperation as well as the fight against the threat of terrorism in the Sahara Sahel region The Russian side reaffirmed its commitment to continued participation in collective efforts on settlement within Mali including in the UN and its Security Council
    Russia: Press release on the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop
      On September 23 the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali Abdoulaye Diop on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly The ministers discussed current issues of Russia Mali cooperation as well as the fight against the threat of terrorism in the Sahara Sahel region The Russian side reaffirmed its commitment to continued participation in collective efforts on settlement within Mali including in the UN and its Security Council
    Russia: Press release on the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Russia: Press release on the meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop

    On September 23, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali, Abdoulaye Diop, on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly.

    The ministers discussed current issues of Russia-Mali cooperation, as well as the fight against the threat of terrorism in the Sahara-Sahel region.

    The Russian side reaffirmed its commitment to continued participation in collective efforts on settlement within Mali, including in the UN and its Security Council.

  •   The Malian authorities are moving along the path of political transition and institutional reform while combating terrorism and other insecurities interim Prime Minister Abdoulaye Ma ga said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday The process to restore civilian rule after the August 2020 military coup in the West African country will conclude in March 2024 when power is transferred to elected authorities I am pleased to underline that some significant progress has already been made he said referring to the approval of the electoral law the establishment of an electoral management authority and the creation of a commission to draft a new constitution Fight against terrorism Turning to insecurity Mr Ma ga said that Mali is the only country in the world that simultaneously faces terrorism conflicts between communities cross border organized crime and violent acts by isolated individuals Along with our return to constitutional order Mali continues to fight tirelessly against this insecurity and particularly against the extremist groups that are responsible for all kinds of abuses against our peaceful people he reported Mr Ma ga said that terrorist groups have been severely weakened although he added that these criminal groups can still cause harm to some extent in their desperate attempts to strike a blow at our territorial integrity and terrorize our people Military action stabilization strategy The Government has intensified efforts to recruit train equip and reinforce the national security forces An integrated global strategy has been designed that includes the provision of social services while another stabilization strategy for the volatile central region was also recently approved He also provided an update on the peace deal to end the unrest that erupted in the north a decade ago signed by the government and two coalitions of armed groups in 2015 Following recent meetings there was a strong signal that the parties want to commit to a new dynamic process to achieve its implementation he reported Paradigm shift for the UN Mission Mr Ma ga addressed the UN Mission in Mali known by the French acronym MINUSMAOpens in new window whose mandate includes ensuring security protecting civilians supporting the political dialogue and reconciliation and assist in the re establishment of state authority He said that the objectives of the Mission have not been achieved after almost 10 years in the country and despite numerous Security Council resolutionsOpens in new window That is why the Government of Mali reiterates its demand expressed on numerous occasions for a paradigm shift and an adaptation of MINUSMA to the environment in which it is deployed and a better interconnection between this mission and the Malian authorities he said The interim prime minister also criticized France for withdrawing its Barkhane anti terrorist force from Mali last year saying my country was stabbed in the back He also accused the French junta of violating Malian airspace by sending aircraft such as drones military helicopters and fighter jets more than 50 times carrying information weapons and ammunition to terrorist groups Arrest of Ivorian soldiers At the beginning of his speech Mr Ma ga criticized the international response to the arrest of 49 soldiers from neighboring C te d Ivoire who entered Mali in July The troops were part of the logistical support operations in MINUSMA according to the Ivorian authorities SOURCE https news un org en story 2022 08 1124692 Mali said the soldiers arrived there without permission and are considered mercenaries Three have since been released Mr Maiga expressed his profound disagreement with the statements made by the UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres published in the media Clearly the judicial nature of the infractions around this matter are not the purview of the Secretary General of the United Nations he said He also spoke out against statements made by the head of the West African bloc ECOWAS President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau and Niger s President Mohamed Bazoum We ask those who deny our version to ask if they would accept that military personnel having concealed their identity by saying in their passports that they were painters or masons arrived at their airport with weapons without being informed in the country of destination forward with the idea of destabilizing the country he said
    Mali reports progress in political transition process, fight against terrorism
      The Malian authorities are moving along the path of political transition and institutional reform while combating terrorism and other insecurities interim Prime Minister Abdoulaye Ma ga said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday The process to restore civilian rule after the August 2020 military coup in the West African country will conclude in March 2024 when power is transferred to elected authorities I am pleased to underline that some significant progress has already been made he said referring to the approval of the electoral law the establishment of an electoral management authority and the creation of a commission to draft a new constitution Fight against terrorism Turning to insecurity Mr Ma ga said that Mali is the only country in the world that simultaneously faces terrorism conflicts between communities cross border organized crime and violent acts by isolated individuals Along with our return to constitutional order Mali continues to fight tirelessly against this insecurity and particularly against the extremist groups that are responsible for all kinds of abuses against our peaceful people he reported Mr Ma ga said that terrorist groups have been severely weakened although he added that these criminal groups can still cause harm to some extent in their desperate attempts to strike a blow at our territorial integrity and terrorize our people Military action stabilization strategy The Government has intensified efforts to recruit train equip and reinforce the national security forces An integrated global strategy has been designed that includes the provision of social services while another stabilization strategy for the volatile central region was also recently approved He also provided an update on the peace deal to end the unrest that erupted in the north a decade ago signed by the government and two coalitions of armed groups in 2015 Following recent meetings there was a strong signal that the parties want to commit to a new dynamic process to achieve its implementation he reported Paradigm shift for the UN Mission Mr Ma ga addressed the UN Mission in Mali known by the French acronym MINUSMAOpens in new window whose mandate includes ensuring security protecting civilians supporting the political dialogue and reconciliation and assist in the re establishment of state authority He said that the objectives of the Mission have not been achieved after almost 10 years in the country and despite numerous Security Council resolutionsOpens in new window That is why the Government of Mali reiterates its demand expressed on numerous occasions for a paradigm shift and an adaptation of MINUSMA to the environment in which it is deployed and a better interconnection between this mission and the Malian authorities he said The interim prime minister also criticized France for withdrawing its Barkhane anti terrorist force from Mali last year saying my country was stabbed in the back He also accused the French junta of violating Malian airspace by sending aircraft such as drones military helicopters and fighter jets more than 50 times carrying information weapons and ammunition to terrorist groups Arrest of Ivorian soldiers At the beginning of his speech Mr Ma ga criticized the international response to the arrest of 49 soldiers from neighboring C te d Ivoire who entered Mali in July The troops were part of the logistical support operations in MINUSMA according to the Ivorian authorities SOURCE https news un org en story 2022 08 1124692 Mali said the soldiers arrived there without permission and are considered mercenaries Three have since been released Mr Maiga expressed his profound disagreement with the statements made by the UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres published in the media Clearly the judicial nature of the infractions around this matter are not the purview of the Secretary General of the United Nations he said He also spoke out against statements made by the head of the West African bloc ECOWAS President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau and Niger s President Mohamed Bazoum We ask those who deny our version to ask if they would accept that military personnel having concealed their identity by saying in their passports that they were painters or masons arrived at their airport with weapons without being informed in the country of destination forward with the idea of destabilizing the country he said
    Mali reports progress in political transition process, fight against terrorism
    Africa2 weeks ago

    Mali reports progress in political transition process, fight against terrorism

    The Malian authorities are moving along the path of political transition and institutional reform while combating terrorism and other insecurities, interim Prime Minister Abdoulaye Maïga said in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Saturday.

    The process to restore civilian rule after the August 2020 military coup in the West African country will conclude in March 2024, when power is transferred to elected authorities.

    “I am pleased to underline that some significant progress has already been made,” he said, referring to the approval of the electoral law, the establishment of an electoral management authority and the creation of a commission to draft a new constitution.

    Fight against terrorism Turning to insecurity, Mr. Maïga said that Mali is the only country in the world that simultaneously faces terrorism, conflicts between communities, cross-border organized crime and violent acts by isolated individuals.

    "Along with our return to constitutional order, Mali continues to fight tirelessly against this insecurity and particularly against the extremist groups that are responsible for all kinds of abuses against our peaceful people," he reported.

    Mr. Maïga said that terrorist groups “have been severely weakened”, although he added that “these criminal groups can still cause harm to some extent in their desperate attempts to strike a blow at our territorial integrity and terrorize our people”.

    Military action, stabilization strategy The Government has intensified efforts to recruit, train, equip and reinforce the national security forces.

    An “integrated global strategy” has been designed that includes the provision of social services, while another stabilization strategy for the volatile central region was also recently approved.

    He also provided an update on the peace deal to end the unrest that erupted in the north a decade ago, signed by the government and two coalitions of armed groups in 2015.

    Following recent meetings, there was a "strong signal" that the parties want to commit to a new dynamic process to achieve its implementation, he reported.

    'Paradigm shift' for the UN Mission Mr. Maïga addressed the UN Mission in Mali, known by the French acronym MINUSMAOpens in new window, whose mandate includes ensuring security, protecting civilians, supporting the political dialogue and reconciliation, and assist in the re-establishment of state authority.

    He said that the objectives of the Mission have not been achieved after almost 10 years in the country, and despite numerous Security Council resolutionsOpens in new window.

    "That is why the Government of Mali reiterates its demand, expressed on numerous occasions, for a paradigm shift and an adaptation of MINUSMA to the environment in which it is deployed, and a better interconnection between this mission and the Malian authorities," he said.

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    The interim prime minister also criticized France for withdrawing its Barkhane anti-terrorist force from Mali last year, saying "my country was stabbed in the back."

    He also accused the "French junta" of violating Malian airspace "by sending aircraft such as drones, military helicopters and fighter jets more than 50 times, carrying information, weapons and ammunition to terrorist groups."

    Arrest of Ivorian soldiers At the beginning of his speech, Mr. Maïga criticized the international response to the arrest of 49 soldiers from neighboring Côte d'Ivoire who entered Mali in July. The troops were part of the logistical support operations in MINUSMA, according to the Ivorian authorities.

    (SOURCE: https://news.un.org/en/story/2022/08/1124692) Mali said the soldiers arrived there without permission and are considered mercenaries.

    Three have since been released.

    Mr. Maiga expressed his profound disagreement with the statements made by the UN Secretary General, Antônio Guterres, published in the media.

    “Clearly, the judicial nature of the infractions around this matter are not the purview of the Secretary-General of the United Nations,” he said.

    He also spoke out against statements made by the head of the West African bloc ECOWAS, President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea-Bissau, and Niger's President Mohamed Bazoum.

    “We ask those who deny our version to ask if they would accept that military personnel, having concealed their identity by saying in their passports that they were painters or masons, arrived at their airport with weapons without being informed in the country of destination.

    forward, with the idea of ​​destabilizing the country,” he said.

  •   The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In his remarks on Saturday the chairman of the AU Commission the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-Level Meeting on the Sahel: The United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel formally launch the Independent Panel on Security and Development
      The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high level event on the Sahel held under the auspices of the United Nations the African Union AU Commission the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Group of Five for the Sahel G5 Sahel The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso Cameroon Chad Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Senegal and Sudan While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs OCHA has said that the Sahel faces the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale up of the emergency response the Secretary General warned last week that rising insecurity including the proliferation of terrorists and other non state armed groups coupled with political instability is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a global threat The crisis is exacerbated by climate change and if nothing is done the effects of terrorism violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent he said In his remarks on Saturday the chairman of the AU Commission the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region and Mr Guterres formally launched the High Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel including the rise of violent extremism the growing fragility of the region s economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID 19 pandemic as well as complex political transitions They called for coordinated efforts at the international regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security governance and development challenges and adopt people centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region including by providing much needed technical financial material and logistical support They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held issued in February 2023
    High-Level Meeting on the Sahel: The United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel formally launch the Independent Panel on Security and Development
    Africa2 weeks ago

    High-Level Meeting on the Sahel: The United Nations, the African Union, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G5 Sahel formally launch the Independent Panel on Security and Development

    The independent panel was formally announced Saturday in New York on the sidelines of the annual General Assembly debate during a high-level event on the Sahel, held under the auspices of the United Nations, the African Union (AU) Commission, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel).

    The Sahel stretches across Africa from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Indian Ocean in the east and runs through parts of Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sudan.

    While the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has said that the Sahel faces "the worst humanitarian needs in years requiring an urgent scale-up of the emergency response", the Secretary-General warned last week that rising insecurity, including the proliferation of terrorists and other non-state armed groups, coupled with political instability, is creating a crisis in the Sahel that poses a “global threat”.

    The crisis is exacerbated by climate change...

    “and if nothing is done, the effects of terrorism, violent extremism and organized crime will be felt far beyond the region and the African continent,” he said.

    In his remarks on Saturday, the chairman of the AU Commission, the chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, the executive secretary of the G5 Sahel [a joint force established in 2017 to respond to the expansion of armed and violent extremist groups and deteriorating security in the region], and Mr. Guterres formally launched the High-Level Independent Panel on Security and Development in the Sahel, led by former Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou.

    They highlighted the underlying challenges in the Sahel, including the rise of violent extremism, the growing fragility of the region's economies due to the impact of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as complex political transitions.

    They called for coordinated efforts at the international, regional and local levels in the Sahel and the wider region to address current security, governance and development challenges and adopt people-centered approaches to security based on inclusive political strategies.

    Participants also called on the international community to scale up responses according to the needs of the region, including by providing much-needed technical, financial, material, and logistical support; They reaffirmed the support of the four organizations for the work of the High-Level Independent Panel and looked forward to the results of the Independent Strategic Assessment to be presented during the 36th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

    to be held issued in February 2023.

  •   The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has called for an urgent reform of the international financial system since the current monetary system is biased against developing countries According to President Akufo Addo financial markets have been established and operate with rules designed for the benefit of rich and powerful nations and in times of crisis the facade of international cooperation under which they pretend to operate disappears In his turn to speak at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday September 21 in New York the president stated that these are the savage lessons that we have had to learn when the world emerged from the clutches of the coronavirus to rises in energy and food prices and a global increase in the cost of living The need to reform the system is pressing Emphasizing that our world is currently not in a good place he recalled a World Bank observation that described the global economy as enduring its steepest slowdown since 1970 With the world facing a devastating global economic pandemic pushing Africa into its worst recession in half a century President Akufo Addo declared that a drop in productivity and incomes increased pressures on spending and a spiral of public debt They faced the continent relentlessly As we grappled with these economic challenges Russia s invasion of Ukraine came crashing down on us compounding an already difficult situation It is not just the dismay we feel to see such deliberate devastation of cities and towns in Europe in the year 2022 we are feeling this war directly in our lives in Africa Every bullet every bomb every shell that hits a target in Ukraine hits our pocketbooks and our economies in Africa he said Describing global inflation as enemy number one this year President Akufo Addo noted that it reached a 40 year high in the US and UK in recent months There is record inflation in the euro zone Several African countries have inflation rates rising three to four times higher than just two years ago In Ghana the President indicated that we are experiencing the highest inflation in 21 years High food costs are hitting the poor hardest especially the urban poor The indirect effect of raising interest rates by central banks around the world to fight inflation according to the president has been severe across borders as global investors withdraw money from developing economies to invest in bonds in the developed world This he further explained has led to currency depreciation and increased borrowing costs which means that the economies of Africa need to raise and spend more of our own currencies to pay foreign debts in US dollars It has become clear if there was ever any doubt that the international financial architecture is significantly biased against developing and emerging economies like Ghana The avenues that are open to powerful nations so they can take action to ease pressures on their economies are closed to small nations he said To make matters worse President Akufo Addo noted that credit rating agencies have been quick to downgrade Africa s economies making it difficult to service our debts The label of Africa as an investment risk is little more than in essence a self fulfilling prophecy created by the bias of the international money market which denies us access to cheaper loans pushing us further into debt History the President stressed will judge us harshly if we do not seize the opportunity to make the changes that will allow us to address the many problems we face Conflict in the Sahel Referring to the conflict in the Sahel President Akufo Addo pointed out that the conflict has inexorably moved from the Sahel to the coastal countries of West Africa where all of Ghana s neighbors suffer from terrorist attacks and some lose territorial space to the invaders cash Terrorist pressure he explained terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unfortunate reappearance of the military government in three 3 of the fifteen 15 members of the ECOWAS Community two 2 of whom have been the most affected by terrorist attacks in the Region Mali and Burkina Faso All of us in the Region are forced to spend large amounts of money on security This is money we should be spending on educating and training our young people on the construction of much needed roads bridges hospitals and other similar infrastructure which we are spending to fight terrorists or to prevent them from destabilizing our countries This according to President Akufo Addo is a global problem that deserves the attention of the world community for a global solution
    “International financial system biased against Africa; Reform it now” – President Akufo-Addo
      The President of the Republic Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has called for an urgent reform of the international financial system since the current monetary system is biased against developing countries According to President Akufo Addo financial markets have been established and operate with rules designed for the benefit of rich and powerful nations and in times of crisis the facade of international cooperation under which they pretend to operate disappears In his turn to speak at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday September 21 in New York the president stated that these are the savage lessons that we have had to learn when the world emerged from the clutches of the coronavirus to rises in energy and food prices and a global increase in the cost of living The need to reform the system is pressing Emphasizing that our world is currently not in a good place he recalled a World Bank observation that described the global economy as enduring its steepest slowdown since 1970 With the world facing a devastating global economic pandemic pushing Africa into its worst recession in half a century President Akufo Addo declared that a drop in productivity and incomes increased pressures on spending and a spiral of public debt They faced the continent relentlessly As we grappled with these economic challenges Russia s invasion of Ukraine came crashing down on us compounding an already difficult situation It is not just the dismay we feel to see such deliberate devastation of cities and towns in Europe in the year 2022 we are feeling this war directly in our lives in Africa Every bullet every bomb every shell that hits a target in Ukraine hits our pocketbooks and our economies in Africa he said Describing global inflation as enemy number one this year President Akufo Addo noted that it reached a 40 year high in the US and UK in recent months There is record inflation in the euro zone Several African countries have inflation rates rising three to four times higher than just two years ago In Ghana the President indicated that we are experiencing the highest inflation in 21 years High food costs are hitting the poor hardest especially the urban poor The indirect effect of raising interest rates by central banks around the world to fight inflation according to the president has been severe across borders as global investors withdraw money from developing economies to invest in bonds in the developed world This he further explained has led to currency depreciation and increased borrowing costs which means that the economies of Africa need to raise and spend more of our own currencies to pay foreign debts in US dollars It has become clear if there was ever any doubt that the international financial architecture is significantly biased against developing and emerging economies like Ghana The avenues that are open to powerful nations so they can take action to ease pressures on their economies are closed to small nations he said To make matters worse President Akufo Addo noted that credit rating agencies have been quick to downgrade Africa s economies making it difficult to service our debts The label of Africa as an investment risk is little more than in essence a self fulfilling prophecy created by the bias of the international money market which denies us access to cheaper loans pushing us further into debt History the President stressed will judge us harshly if we do not seize the opportunity to make the changes that will allow us to address the many problems we face Conflict in the Sahel Referring to the conflict in the Sahel President Akufo Addo pointed out that the conflict has inexorably moved from the Sahel to the coastal countries of West Africa where all of Ghana s neighbors suffer from terrorist attacks and some lose territorial space to the invaders cash Terrorist pressure he explained terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unfortunate reappearance of the military government in three 3 of the fifteen 15 members of the ECOWAS Community two 2 of whom have been the most affected by terrorist attacks in the Region Mali and Burkina Faso All of us in the Region are forced to spend large amounts of money on security This is money we should be spending on educating and training our young people on the construction of much needed roads bridges hospitals and other similar infrastructure which we are spending to fight terrorists or to prevent them from destabilizing our countries This according to President Akufo Addo is a global problem that deserves the attention of the world community for a global solution
    “International financial system biased against Africa; Reform it now” – President Akufo-Addo
    Africa2 weeks ago

    “International financial system biased against Africa; Reform it now” – President Akufo-Addo

    The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has called for an urgent reform of the international financial system, since the current monetary system is biased against developing countries.

    According to President Akufo-Addo, “financial markets have been established and operate with rules designed for the benefit of rich and powerful nations and, in times of crisis, the facade of international cooperation, under which they pretend to operate, disappears.

    ” In his turn to speak at the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday, September 21, in New York, the president stated that “these are the savage lessons that we have had to learn, when the world emerged from the clutches of the coronavirus to rises in energy and food prices, and a global increase in the cost of living.

    The need to reform the system is pressing.” Emphasizing that "our world is currently not in a good place," he recalled a World Bank observation that described the global economy as "enduring its steepest slowdown since 1970."

    With the world facing a devastating global economic pandemic, pushing Africa into its worst recession in half a century, President Akufo-Addo declared that a drop in productivity and incomes, increased pressures on spending and a spiral of public debt They faced the continent relentlessly.

    “As we grappled with these economic challenges, Russia's invasion of Ukraine came crashing down on us, compounding an already difficult situation.

    It is not just the dismay we feel to see such deliberate devastation of cities and towns in Europe in the year 2022, we are feeling this war directly in our lives in Africa.

    Every bullet, every bomb, every shell that hits a target in Ukraine hits our pocketbooks and our economies in Africa,” he said.

    Describing global inflation as “enemy number one this year”, President Akufo-Addo noted that it “reached a 40-year high in the US and UK in recent months.

    There is record inflation in the euro zone.

    Several African countries have inflation rates rising three to four times higher than just two years ago."

    In Ghana, the President indicated that “we are experiencing the highest inflation in 21 years.

    High food costs are hitting the poor hardest, especially the urban poor.” The indirect effect of raising interest rates by central banks around the world to fight inflation, according to the president, has been severe across borders, as global investors withdraw money from developing economies.

    to invest in bonds in the developed world.

    This, he further explained, has led to currency depreciation and increased borrowing costs; which means that the economies of Africa need to raise and spend more of our own currencies to pay foreign debts in US dollars.

    “It has become clear, if there was ever any doubt, that the international financial architecture is significantly biased against developing and emerging economies like Ghana.

    The avenues that are open to powerful nations so they can take action to ease pressures on their economies are closed to small nations,” he said.

    To make matters worse, President Akufo-Addo noted that “credit rating agencies have been quick to downgrade Africa's economies, making it difficult to service our debts.

    The label of Africa as an investment risk is little more than, in essence, a self-fulfilling prophecy created by the bias of the international money market, which denies us access to cheaper loans, pushing us further into debt.

    History, the President stressed, "will judge us harshly if we do not seize the opportunity to make the changes that will allow us to address the many problems we face."

    Conflict in the Sahel Referring to the conflict in the Sahel, President Akufo-Addo pointed out that the conflict has inexorably moved from the Sahel to the coastal countries of West Africa, where all of Ghana's neighbors suffer from terrorist attacks and some lose territorial space to the invaders.

    cash.

    Terrorist pressure, he explained, terrorist pressure has provided a pretext for the unfortunate reappearance of the military government in three (3) of the fifteen (15) members of the ECOWAS Community, two (2) of whom have been the most affected by terrorist attacks.

    in the Region – Mali and Burkina Faso. “All of us in the Region are forced to spend large amounts of money on security.

    This is money we should be spending on educating and training our young people; on the construction of much-needed roads, bridges, hospitals and other similar infrastructure, which we are spending to fight terrorists or to prevent them from destabilizing our countries.” This, according to President Akufo-Addo, is a global problem that deserves the attention of the world community for a global solution.

  •  The Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC says the country will not experience petrol scarcity in December and beyond as it has made adequate arrangement for supply Mr Umar Ajia the Chief Financial Officer of NNPC ltd said this in Abuja on Monday when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on fuel subsidy regime in Nigeria Ajia said that the company has put in place adequate measures to prevent petrol scarcity in the country even after the 2023 general election We have extended our Direct Sales Direct Purchase DSDP contract by six months to sustain supply of PMS through the country The DSDP contract in reality ended in August and it is very dangerous period to begin to retender for that because we are facing the winter these are the difficult embers months that we normally avoid fuel scarcity You know the scarcity in Nigeria is really associated with Christmas period so if you now tender the tendering process will take one or two months So what the board approved is to extend the contract for six month such that we have passed the winter and we have passed the election otherwise we could have problems during election he said The Chairman of the Committee Rep Ibrahim Al Mustapha APC Sokoto said that there was the need for an upward review of petrol price in Nigeria in line with the global price Al Mustapha said that petrol was being sold for N536 per liter in Niger Republic N577 per liter in Mali and N389 per liter in Benin Republic Ajia however said that petrol subsidised for Nigerians was being smuggled to neighbouring countries saying that figures of petrol consumed in the does not necessarily represent the true picture He said that as a result of the porous borders subsidised petrol meant to be consumed by Nigerians go as far as Mali and other neighbourimg countries If you have N5 million you can cross the borders with trucks laden with petrol and that is the bitter truth we have porous borders yes we have customs but I do not know he said The committee went into a closed door session to further deliberate on the matter NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerians won’t experience petrol scarcity in December: NNPC
     The Nigerian National Petroleum Company NNPC says the country will not experience petrol scarcity in December and beyond as it has made adequate arrangement for supply Mr Umar Ajia the Chief Financial Officer of NNPC ltd said this in Abuja on Monday when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on fuel subsidy regime in Nigeria Ajia said that the company has put in place adequate measures to prevent petrol scarcity in the country even after the 2023 general election We have extended our Direct Sales Direct Purchase DSDP contract by six months to sustain supply of PMS through the country The DSDP contract in reality ended in August and it is very dangerous period to begin to retender for that because we are facing the winter these are the difficult embers months that we normally avoid fuel scarcity You know the scarcity in Nigeria is really associated with Christmas period so if you now tender the tendering process will take one or two months So what the board approved is to extend the contract for six month such that we have passed the winter and we have passed the election otherwise we could have problems during election he said The Chairman of the Committee Rep Ibrahim Al Mustapha APC Sokoto said that there was the need for an upward review of petrol price in Nigeria in line with the global price Al Mustapha said that petrol was being sold for N536 per liter in Niger Republic N577 per liter in Mali and N389 per liter in Benin Republic Ajia however said that petrol subsidised for Nigerians was being smuggled to neighbouring countries saying that figures of petrol consumed in the does not necessarily represent the true picture He said that as a result of the porous borders subsidised petrol meant to be consumed by Nigerians go as far as Mali and other neighbourimg countries If you have N5 million you can cross the borders with trucks laden with petrol and that is the bitter truth we have porous borders yes we have customs but I do not know he said The committee went into a closed door session to further deliberate on the matter NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerians won’t experience petrol scarcity in December: NNPC
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    Nigerians won’t experience petrol scarcity in December: NNPC

    The Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) says the country will not experience petrol scarcity in December and beyond, as it has made adequate arrangement for supply.

    Mr Umar Ajia, the Chief Financial Officer of NNPC ltd, said this in Abuja on Monday when he appeared before an ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives on fuel subsidy regime in Nigeria.

    Ajia said that the company has put in place adequate measures to prevent petrol scarcity in the country, even after the 2023 general election.

    “We have extended our Direct Sales Direct Purchase (DSDP) contract by six months, to sustain supply of PMS through the country.

    “The DSDP contract in reality ended in August and it is very dangerous period to begin to retender for that because we are facing the winter, these are the difficult “embers months’’ that we normally avoid fuel scarcity.

    “You know the scarcity in Nigeria is really associated with Christmas period so if you now tender, the tendering process will take one or two months.

    “So, what the board approved is to extend the contract for six month such that we have passed the winter and we have passed the election, otherwise we could have problems during election,’’ he said.

    The Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Ibrahim Al- Mustapha (APC-Sokoto) said that there was the need for an upward review of petrol price in Nigeria, in-line with the global price.

    Al-Mustapha said that petrol was being sold for N536 per liter in Niger Republic, N577 per liter in Mali and N389 per liter in Benin Republic.

    Ajia, however, said that petrol subsidised for Nigerians was being smuggled to neighbouring countries saying that figures of petrol consumed in the does not necessarily represent the true picture.

    He said that as a result of the porous borders, subsidised petrol meant to be consumed by Nigerians go as far as Mali and other neighbourimg countries.

    “If you have N5 million, you can cross the borders with trucks laden with petrol and that is the bitter truth, we have porous borders; yes we have customs but I do not know,” he said.

    The committee went into a closed door session to further deliberate on the matter.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The recently released Country Climate and Development Report CCDR for the G5 Sahel region estimates that up to 13 5 million people across the Sahel could fall into poverty due to climate change related shocks to 2050 if urgent climate adaptation measures are not taken The Sahel region is particularly vulnerable to land degradation experiencing more extreme droughts floods and other impacts caused by climate change Three of the G5 countries Chad Niger and Mali are among the seven countries most vulnerable to climate change and their ability to adapt is significantly limited by poverty and fragility Climate change is severely affecting people and undermining hard won development gains Analysis shows that it is deepening cycles of poverty fragility and vulnerability across the Sahel said World Bank Vice President for West and Central Africa Ousmane Diagana With the population projected to double to 160 million people in the next 20 years Sahelian countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation if they are to reap the demographic dividend and put the region on a growth path sustainable and inclusive The G5 Sahel countries combined contribute less than 1 of global greenhouse gas emissions and all five countries have committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 In addition Burkina Faso Chad Mali and Niger pledged in the COP26 in Glasgow to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs under the Paris Agreement and additional estimates in the CCDR show that More than US 30 billion is needed in the G5 Sahel countries for climate actions The Report also shows that the damage caused by climate change can be significantly reduced There are significant opportunities for more resilient development in the Sahel says Clara de Sousa World Bank country director for Burkina Faso Chad Mali and Niger This diagnostic provides a roadmap to help countries scale up reforms and investments to diversify their economies in a more resilient and inclusive way It provides pathways to greening these economies by restoring degraded lands and driving economic opportunity for communities through programs like the Great Green Wall Initiative Across the region millions of people are at risk of or already experiencing food insecurity as a result of lower than expected agricultural production due to climate shocks rising insecurity and rising food prices The food security crisis in the Sahel region is expected to deteriorate further in 2022 Social protection programs and agricultural landscape initiatives to adopt effective resource management practices and increase the use of adaptive technologies could be scaled up to mitigate the impact of the food security crisis and help the agricultural sector become more climate resilient in the medium term All five countries are developing Adaptive Social Protection systems to provide cash transfers and regular services to the poorest and most vulnerable households enabling them to cope and adapt to future climate related shocks The report provides further policy recommendations to advance development and adaptation in five specific sectors or areas Institutions Financing and Risk Mitigation Energy Landscapes including water environment and agriculture and Cities Over the past three years the World Bank Group has provided a record level of financial resources to the G5 Sahel countries as part of its strategy to address fragility conflict and violence with 8 9 billion from the International Association of Development IDA However the climate crisis combined with post COVID 19 economic recovery needs growing insecurity and food security crises as well as the effects of the war in Ukraine on global food fertilizer and energy prices require increased support from the international community World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports The World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports CCDRs are new core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations They will help countries prioritize the most impactful actions that can reduce greenhouse gas GHG emissions and drive adaptation while meeting broader development goals The CCDRs are based on rigorous data and research and identify the main pathways to reduce GHG emissions and climate vulnerabilities including the costs and challenges as well as the benefits and opportunities of doing so The reports suggest concrete priority actions to support the low carbon and resilient transition As public documents the CCDRs aim to inform governments citizens the private sector and development partners and enable commitments to the climate and development agenda The CCDRs will feed into other Bank Group core diagnostics country commitments and operations and help attract funding and direct financing for high impact climate action
    Sahel countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation to alleviate poverty and tackle food insecurity: new World Bank Group report
      The recently released Country Climate and Development Report CCDR for the G5 Sahel region estimates that up to 13 5 million people across the Sahel could fall into poverty due to climate change related shocks to 2050 if urgent climate adaptation measures are not taken The Sahel region is particularly vulnerable to land degradation experiencing more extreme droughts floods and other impacts caused by climate change Three of the G5 countries Chad Niger and Mali are among the seven countries most vulnerable to climate change and their ability to adapt is significantly limited by poverty and fragility Climate change is severely affecting people and undermining hard won development gains Analysis shows that it is deepening cycles of poverty fragility and vulnerability across the Sahel said World Bank Vice President for West and Central Africa Ousmane Diagana With the population projected to double to 160 million people in the next 20 years Sahelian countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation if they are to reap the demographic dividend and put the region on a growth path sustainable and inclusive The G5 Sahel countries combined contribute less than 1 of global greenhouse gas emissions and all five countries have committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 In addition Burkina Faso Chad Mali and Niger pledged in the COP26 in Glasgow to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs under the Paris Agreement and additional estimates in the CCDR show that More than US 30 billion is needed in the G5 Sahel countries for climate actions The Report also shows that the damage caused by climate change can be significantly reduced There are significant opportunities for more resilient development in the Sahel says Clara de Sousa World Bank country director for Burkina Faso Chad Mali and Niger This diagnostic provides a roadmap to help countries scale up reforms and investments to diversify their economies in a more resilient and inclusive way It provides pathways to greening these economies by restoring degraded lands and driving economic opportunity for communities through programs like the Great Green Wall Initiative Across the region millions of people are at risk of or already experiencing food insecurity as a result of lower than expected agricultural production due to climate shocks rising insecurity and rising food prices The food security crisis in the Sahel region is expected to deteriorate further in 2022 Social protection programs and agricultural landscape initiatives to adopt effective resource management practices and increase the use of adaptive technologies could be scaled up to mitigate the impact of the food security crisis and help the agricultural sector become more climate resilient in the medium term All five countries are developing Adaptive Social Protection systems to provide cash transfers and regular services to the poorest and most vulnerable households enabling them to cope and adapt to future climate related shocks The report provides further policy recommendations to advance development and adaptation in five specific sectors or areas Institutions Financing and Risk Mitigation Energy Landscapes including water environment and agriculture and Cities Over the past three years the World Bank Group has provided a record level of financial resources to the G5 Sahel countries as part of its strategy to address fragility conflict and violence with 8 9 billion from the International Association of Development IDA However the climate crisis combined with post COVID 19 economic recovery needs growing insecurity and food security crises as well as the effects of the war in Ukraine on global food fertilizer and energy prices require increased support from the international community World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports The World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports CCDRs are new core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations They will help countries prioritize the most impactful actions that can reduce greenhouse gas GHG emissions and drive adaptation while meeting broader development goals The CCDRs are based on rigorous data and research and identify the main pathways to reduce GHG emissions and climate vulnerabilities including the costs and challenges as well as the benefits and opportunities of doing so The reports suggest concrete priority actions to support the low carbon and resilient transition As public documents the CCDRs aim to inform governments citizens the private sector and development partners and enable commitments to the climate and development agenda The CCDRs will feed into other Bank Group core diagnostics country commitments and operations and help attract funding and direct financing for high impact climate action
    Sahel countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation to alleviate poverty and tackle food insecurity: new World Bank Group report
    Africa3 weeks ago

    Sahel countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation to alleviate poverty and tackle food insecurity: new World Bank Group report

    The recently released Country Climate and Development Report (CCDR) for the G5 Sahel region estimates that up to 13.5 million people across the Sahel could fall into poverty due to climate change-related shocks to 2050 if urgent climate adaptation measures are not taken.

    The Sahel region is particularly vulnerable to land degradation, experiencing more extreme droughts, floods and other impacts caused by climate change.

    Three of the G5 countries (Chad, Niger and Mali) are among the seven countries most vulnerable to climate change and their ability to adapt is significantly limited by poverty and fragility.

    “Climate change is severely affecting people and undermining hard-won development gains.

    Analysis shows that it is deepening cycles of poverty, fragility and vulnerability across the Sahel,” said World Bank Vice President for West and Central Africa Ousmane Diagana.

    “With the population projected to double to 160 million people in the next 20 years, Sahelian countries must accelerate growth and prioritize climate adaptation if they are to reap the demographic dividend and put the region on a growth path.

    sustainable and inclusive.

    The G5 Sahel countries combined contribute less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and all five countries have committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

    In addition, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger pledged in the COP26 in Glasgow to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.

    Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement and additional estimates in the CCDR show that More than US$30 billion is needed in the G5 Sahel countries for climate actions.

    The Report also shows that the damage caused by climate change can be significantly reduced.

    “There are significant opportunities for more resilient development in the Sahel,” says Clara de Sousa, World Bank country director for Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger.

    “This diagnostic provides a roadmap to help countries scale up reforms and investments to diversify their economies in a more resilient and inclusive way.

    It provides pathways to greening these economies by restoring degraded lands and driving economic opportunity for communities through programs like the Great Green Wall Initiative.” Across the region, millions of people are at risk of or already experiencing food insecurity as a result of lower-than-expected agricultural production due to climate shocks, rising insecurity and rising food prices.

    The food security crisis in the Sahel region is expected to deteriorate further in 2022.

    Social protection programs and agricultural landscape initiatives to adopt effective resource management practices and increase the use of adaptive technologies could be scaled up to mitigate the impact of the food security crisis and help the agricultural sector become more climate resilient in the medium term.

    All five countries are developing Adaptive Social Protection systems to provide cash transfers and regular services to the poorest and most vulnerable households, enabling them to cope and adapt to future climate-related shocks.

    The report provides further policy recommendations to advance development and adaptation in five specific sectors or areas: Institutions, Financing and Risk Mitigation, Energy, Landscapes (including water, environment and agriculture) and Cities.

    Over the past three years, the World Bank Group has provided a record level of financial resources to the G5 Sahel countries as part of its strategy to address fragility, conflict and violence, with $8.9 billion from the International Association of Development (IDA).

    However, the climate crisis combined with post-COVID-19 economic recovery needs, growing insecurity and food security crises, as well as the effects of the war in Ukraine on global food, fertilizer and energy prices, require increased support from the international community.

    World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports The World Bank Group Country Climate and Development Reports (CCDRs) are new core diagnostic reports that integrate climate change and development considerations.

    They will help countries prioritize the most impactful actions that can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and drive adaptation, while meeting broader development goals.

    The CCDRs are based on rigorous data and research and identify the main pathways to reduce GHG emissions and climate vulnerabilities, including the costs and challenges, as well as the benefits and opportunities of doing so.

    The reports suggest concrete priority actions to support the low-carbon and resilient transition.

    As public documents, the CCDRs aim to inform governments, citizens, the private sector and development partners and enable commitments to the climate and development agenda.

    The CCDRs will feed into other Bank Group core diagnostics, country commitments, and operations, and help attract funding and direct financing for high-impact climate action.

  •  The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Magashi Rtd has tasked military personnel to continue to be more professional and dedicated in the discharge of their duties He gave the charge at the 35th Anniversary Celebration and Night of the 39 Regular Course Nigerian Defence Academy NDA at the Army Officers Mess on Saturday night in Abuja The minister represented by Maj Gen AbdulMalik Jibril Rtd President of the Nigerian Legion said professionalism and dedication to duty has been the backbone of the military profession in any part of the world He however congratulated the members adding that they had so far done excellently well in their various endeaviours and respective fields of assignments Magashi reminded them to also remember some of their colleagues who paid the supreme price and had gone great beyond In this regard it is worthy to mention that your noble initiative lend credence to the vital aspect of military profession and tradition I am astonished to see a pool of officers united for such a purpose This reflects great credit upon yourself as individual and in collectivity he said The minister commended them for their financial interventions for the families of the fallen heroes and donations to Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital kaduna As well as the reequipping of research laboratory to NDA I have no doubt that these projects will have attracted huge resource implications in the light of our current economic realities I applaud your generosity and hereby consider your gestures worthy of emulation accordingly I want you to sustain all efforts directed toward making better our armed forces It s pleasing to see you all in various shades of grey and glamour and even to those could not join us today due to various office exigencies I urge you to continue to discharge your duties in professional manner And we must do this as we strive to cover the contemporary security situation and proffer lasting solutions Also the outgone President of the union Emmanuel Undairdeje said that they had the cause to celebrate bearing in mind where they were coming from as young students 35 years ago For us it a thing of joy and a call for celebration of life service a thank to Almighty God a special occasion for the reunion of friendships and alliances That started 35 years ago as young officers who had no knowledge of what the future entails or holds for everyone of us I therefore congratulate all of us for attaining this remarkable milestone of a very long journey and still counting and moving ahead he said According to him the union has so far visited some institutions like the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos among others where their spouses presented a specialised medical equipment to the institutions Our spouses also visited the wives of the service chiefs and donated some equipment to the skills acquisition centres to assist the wives of the fallen heroes to be self dependent The outgone president said that all these efforts aimed at making life better and meaningful to the wives of the fallen heroes He said the union also invited the spouses of the fallen heroes who were traceable to join in the celebration hence the opportunity to recognise and extend a hand of fellowship to them as well This he said was one of the high points of the celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Magashi tasks military personnel on professionalism, dedication
     The Minister of Defence Maj Gen Bashir Magashi Rtd has tasked military personnel to continue to be more professional and dedicated in the discharge of their duties He gave the charge at the 35th Anniversary Celebration and Night of the 39 Regular Course Nigerian Defence Academy NDA at the Army Officers Mess on Saturday night in Abuja The minister represented by Maj Gen AbdulMalik Jibril Rtd President of the Nigerian Legion said professionalism and dedication to duty has been the backbone of the military profession in any part of the world He however congratulated the members adding that they had so far done excellently well in their various endeaviours and respective fields of assignments Magashi reminded them to also remember some of their colleagues who paid the supreme price and had gone great beyond In this regard it is worthy to mention that your noble initiative lend credence to the vital aspect of military profession and tradition I am astonished to see a pool of officers united for such a purpose This reflects great credit upon yourself as individual and in collectivity he said The minister commended them for their financial interventions for the families of the fallen heroes and donations to Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital kaduna As well as the reequipping of research laboratory to NDA I have no doubt that these projects will have attracted huge resource implications in the light of our current economic realities I applaud your generosity and hereby consider your gestures worthy of emulation accordingly I want you to sustain all efforts directed toward making better our armed forces It s pleasing to see you all in various shades of grey and glamour and even to those could not join us today due to various office exigencies I urge you to continue to discharge your duties in professional manner And we must do this as we strive to cover the contemporary security situation and proffer lasting solutions Also the outgone President of the union Emmanuel Undairdeje said that they had the cause to celebrate bearing in mind where they were coming from as young students 35 years ago For us it a thing of joy and a call for celebration of life service a thank to Almighty God a special occasion for the reunion of friendships and alliances That started 35 years ago as young officers who had no knowledge of what the future entails or holds for everyone of us I therefore congratulate all of us for attaining this remarkable milestone of a very long journey and still counting and moving ahead he said According to him the union has so far visited some institutions like the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital Kaduna the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital Lagos among others where their spouses presented a specialised medical equipment to the institutions Our spouses also visited the wives of the service chiefs and donated some equipment to the skills acquisition centres to assist the wives of the fallen heroes to be self dependent The outgone president said that all these efforts aimed at making life better and meaningful to the wives of the fallen heroes He said the union also invited the spouses of the fallen heroes who were traceable to join in the celebration hence the opportunity to recognise and extend a hand of fellowship to them as well This he said was one of the high points of the celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Magashi tasks military personnel on professionalism, dedication
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    Magashi tasks military personnel on professionalism, dedication

    The Minister of Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (Rtd), has tasked military personnel to continue to be more professional and dedicated in the discharge of their duties.

    He gave the charge at the 35th Anniversary Celebration and Night of the 39 Regular Course, Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) at the Army Officers’ Mess on Saturday night in Abuja.

    The minister, represented by Maj.-Gen. AbdulMalik Jibril (Rtd), President of the Nigerian Legion, said professionalism and dedication to duty has been the backbone of the military profession in any part of the world.

    He, however, congratulated the members, adding that they had so far done excellently well in their various endeaviours and respective fields of assignments.

    Magashi reminded them to also remember some of their colleagues who paid the supreme price and had gone great beyond.

    “In this regard, it is worthy to mention that your noble initiative, lend credence to the vital aspect of military profession and tradition.

    “I am astonished to see a pool of officers united for such a purpose.

    This reflects great credit upon yourself as individual and in collectivity,” he said.

    The minister commended them for their financial interventions for the families of the fallen heroes, and donations to Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Lagos and the Nigerian Air Force Hospital, kaduna.

    “As well as the reequipping of research laboratory to NDA.

    I have no doubt that these projects will have attracted huge resource implications in the light of our current economic realities.

    “I applaud your generosity and hereby consider your gestures worthy of emulation accordingly.

    “I want you to sustain all efforts directed toward making better our armed forces.  

    It’s pleasing to see you all in various shades of grey and glamour and even to those could not join us today due to various office exigencies.

    “ I urge you to continue to discharge your duties in professional manner.

    And we must do this as we strive to cover the contemporary security situation and proffer lasting solutions.

    “ Also, the outgone President of the union, Emmanuel Undairdeje, said that they had the cause to celebrate bearing in mind where they were coming from as young students 35 years ago.

    “For us it a thing of joy and a call for celebration of life, service, a thank to Almighty God, a special occasion for the reunion of friendships and alliances.

    “That started 35 years ago as young officers who had no knowledge of what the future entails or holds for everyone of us.

    “I, therefore, congratulate all of us for attaining this remarkable milestone of a very long journey and still counting and moving ahead,“he said.

    According to him, the union has so far visited some institutions like the Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, the Nigerian Navy Reference Hospital, Lagos, among others where their spouses presented a specialised medical equipment to the institutions.

    “Our spouses also visited the wives of the service chiefs and donated some equipment to the skills acquisition centres to assist the wives of the fallen heroes to be self dependent.

    “ The outgone president said that all these efforts aimed at making life better and meaningful to the wives of the fallen heroes.

    He said the union also invited the spouses of the fallen heroes who were traceable to join in the celebration, hence the opportunity to recognise and extend a hand of fellowship to them as well.

    This, he said, was one of the high points of the celebration.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN