A political support group, the City Boys Movement, says Nigeria needs the doggedness of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to move its economy to greatness.
The BoT Chairman of National Coalition Group (NCG), Mr Francis Shoga, said this during a courtesy visit to the palaces of Mai Girma, the Sapeyi of Garki, Abuja, Dr Usman Ngakupi; and the Agaba of Jiwa, Alhaji Idris Musa, on Friday.
The group, in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Mrs Aminat Aminu-Isah, in Abuja on Friday, quoted Shoga describing TInubu as a dogged man and a detribalised Nigerian.
Shoga said that the movement believe in the capacity of Tinubu as the only candidate that could change the fortune of Nigeria.
He highlighted some past achievements of Tinubu to include free education, infrastructural development and free medical outreach.
“Tinubu is a dogged goal getter.
His doggedness is what led to a new Lagos, giving him a chance as Nigeria’s president is equivalent to giving Nigeria a face lift and rays of hope,” Shoga said.
The NCG BoT chairman said there was need to support the presidential ambition of Tinubu to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. He described the visit as part of efforts to strengthen and foster the group’s relationship with all relevant stakeholders towards the victory of Tinubu ahead of the 2023 general election in FCT.
Shoga said that the visit would cut across other states of the federation to deepen consultations with all necessary stakeholders.
He said that they were in Abuja to intimate the traditional rulers on the group’s mandate and to seek support for Tinubu.
“Tinubu is a dogged goal getter.
His doggedness is what led to a new Lagos, giving him a chance as Nigeria’s president is equivalent to giving Nigeria a face lift and rays of hope,” Shoga declared.
Aminu-Isah also quoted NCG’s National Chairman, Dr Bako Abdullahi, while unveiling the agenda of the group to the royal fathers, expressing confidence in Tinubu’s ability to deliver.
Abdullahi said that having considered all candidates that emerged from all political parties’ primaries, Tinubu remained the man with the requisite leadership skills and experience.
He said that as a former governor of Lagos State, Tinubu set unprecedented blueprint that the successive governors had continued to enjoy.
Abdullahi solicited the blessings of the traditional institution for Tinubu’s presidential ambition, describing the APC candidate as the only man who can lift Nigeria to a lofty height.
“He has the best credential among other presidential candidates.
“His landmark achievements as governor of Lagos State are there for verification.
He is the pathfinder of the infrastructural revolution you see in Lagos today.
He set the pace and others follow.
“With Tinubu as the President in 2023, Nigerians are assured of Economic and Infrastructural development.
“What this country needs now is someone who can revolutionise our country and that is what Tinubu is bringing to the table,” Abdullahi said.
Responding, Musa urged Nigerians to shun tribalism, religious sentiment and other destructive tendencies.
On his part, Ngakupi described Tinubu as a man of the people, known home and abroad with a robust track record and foot print in Lagos state and other parts of the nation.
Ngakupi therefore urged Nigerians to continue to pray for TInubu, his running mate and their 2023 ambition.
The National Coalition Group (NCG) has inaugurated newly elected national executives to oversee the youth wing of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential campaign team to fruition come 2023. The Director of Media and Publicity, NCG, Aminat Aminu-Isah, made this known in a statement on Saturday, in Abuja.
Aminu-Isah said the new executive members were sworn in by a representative of the NCG Board of Trustees (BOT), Mr Francis Shoga, at Tinubu campaign office in Abuja.
She said NCG had its elections after receiving other groups on the grounds of merger for the purpose of ensuring that the Tinubu-Shetimma presidential ticket sailed to victory.
The BOT representative, Shoga urged the newly elected executives drawn from all walks of life, to use their wealth of experience to strategise towards victory for the APC presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu come 2023. He urged them to develop programmes and events that would educate and enlighten Nigerians on why Tinubu, is the best man to lead Nigeria, come 2023. The National Chairman, Dr Bako Muhammed, said the NCG was in high spirit and is ready to set the ball rolling at ensuring that no stone is left unturned in ensuring that the APC presidential flag bearer is victorious.
On their part, the Deputy National Chairman North, Mrs Abiodun Essiet and Deputy National Chairman South, Mr Ekene Nwokoro, promised to mobilise the youth for ’s victory.
They said that the youth population constitute a huge chunk of the voting population, hence the need for the youth to support the candidacy of Tinubu and Shetima.
According to them, the inauguration of the executive will aid the activities mapped out for the success of their principal, considering the fact that that youth need to be more enlightened on the issue of legitimacy of their franchise and why they should give their mandate to a leader who would salvage the country’s situation.
“The new executive of NCG are the National Chairman, Dr Bako Muhammed; Deputy National Chairman North, Mrs Abiodun Essiet; Deputy National Chairman South, Mr Ekene Nwokoro; National Secretary, Miss Martha Agba and National Coordinator, Mr Idris Jibril.
Others are National Legal Adviser, Abdulazeez Ahmed; National Auditor, Sadiq Abdulfatai; National Director Project Design and implementation, Mr Ahmad Abdullahi; National Director Policy Strategy Development Delivery and Implementation Prince Shinna Agoi. “Also inaugurated are the National Director Media and Publicity, Mrs Aminat Aminu-Isah, National Director Logistics and Oversight, Mr Chukwuma Patrick; National Director Welfare, Ashlee Momoh; National Treasurer Mr Olanrewaju Obasa and National Director Youth Mobilisation and Consultation, Mr Musa Idoko.
“They also include National Director Community Engagement, Dr. Justice Chikezie; National Director Finance, Funding and Sponsorship, Mr Samaila Audu; National Director Women Affairs and Development, Mrs Mary Odey. “Also elected are South West Zonal Coordinator, Mary Adekemi Oluwajana; Zonal Coordinator North Central, Ibrahim Taiye Marafa; North West Zonal Coordinator, Mr Yusuf Amosu; Mr James Omini, Zonal Coordinator South-South; South-East Zonal Coordinator, Comrade Ogechukwu Michael,’’ she said.
A report from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) published on Thursday shows that the institution was instrumental in 2021, delivering timely investments that are helping millions of Africans overcome the unprecedented challenges caused by the Covid pandemic. -19.
Published annually for the past 12 years, the Annual Development Effectiveness Review examines the Bank's role in Africa's development. He oversees the Bank's contribution to High 5s: Light Up and Power Africa, Feed Africa, Industrialize Africa, Integrate Africa, and Enhance the Quality of Life for the People of Africa.
The 2022 edition of the report, entitled "Getting Africa back on its development path," notes that the Bank Group forged ahead with its projects in 2021 despite closures, supply chain disruptions, and the global economic downturn. . Across the continent, the Bank's investments have expanded access to electricity, improved transportation, boosted agricultural productivity, fostered industrialization and integrated regions.
However, according to the report, the economic recovery remains uneven and fragile, even as the easing of Covid-19 restrictions has put many regions of the continent back on a growth trajectory. The report estimates that ongoing vulnerabilities and new health measures pushed an additional 30 million Africans into extreme poverty in 2021. By the end of the year, the Bank had spent $4 billion financing countries' efforts to rapidly increase Covid testing, training health workers, providing social support to households and providing financing to businesses.
But the pandemic, and its far-reaching consequences, is not the only crisis facing the continent today. African countries are also grappling with the climate crisis, insecurity in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and the impact of the war in Ukraine, particularly its impact on food prices. Investments must be accelerated.
The report's dashboard shows results across all sectors. In energy, for example, the Bank's investments made it possible to install 294 km of new or improved power transmission lines and 456 km of power distribution lines. As a result, around 1.3 million people received new electrical connections.
“They say that in every crisis there is an opportunity,” said Simon Mizrahi, director of the Development Impact and Results Department. “Africa and the Bank again showed remarkable resilience last year. For example, the Annual Review of Development Effectiveness estimates that our projects provided access to clean water and sanitation to more than 12 million people in 2021. This was three times more than our goal. And our investments in the private sector provided financial services to more than 130,000 micro, small and medium enterprises, double our goal, benefiting 3.4 million people.”
“We are pleased with the results and the Bank's teams have much to be proud of,” Mizrahi continued. "But the report also motivates us to reach higher, in the most ambitious way possible, so that more Africans can prosper."
In the report's foreword, Bank Group President Akinwumi Adesina noted that despite remarkable progress over the past year, the continent needs more resources now than ever.
"African countries must manage climate change, prepare for future health emergencies and face the prospects of a global food crisis," Adesina said. "With only eight years to achieve the sustainable development goals, we need more ambitious plans to mobilize resources for Africa's development."
Adesina called on Africa's partners around the world to join the African Development Bank in adopting a bolder vision to finance the continent's development.
“Africa will not be defined by its challenges, but by its ability to overcome them. Together, we will put Africa back on a strong path for resilient growth and development,” said Adesina.
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The Prime Minister, Mr. Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, reaffirmed his relentless determination to fight against drug trafficking, highlighting that the record drug seizure since 2015 amounts to about Rs 4.3 billion on land and Rs 1.6 billion at sea.
He was speaking at the opening of the New National Coast Guard (NCG) Post Poudre d'Or in the presence of the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anil Kumar Dip; and the NCG Commander, Captain Vipin Gupta. The Minister of Arts and Cultural Heritage, Mr. Avinash Teluck, the Parliamentary Private Secretary, Dr. Anjiv Ramdhany and other personalities also attended the ceremony.
Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country's economy, the Government, he stressed, is focused on promoting the development of infrastructure in all sectors to improve the quality of life of the population. Maritime security, he stated, has become a priority with the Government's vision of harnessing the potential of the blue economy due to the country's large Exclusive Economic Zone. Consequently, he added, the CNG is called to play an important role in ensuring maritime safety.
Speaking on further strengthening the NCG's capacity, Prime Minister Jugnauth reiterated the Government's commitment to providing law enforcement officers with technological tools to enable them to meet emerging challenges, namely through the acquisition of a Passenger Dornier in April; the NCG's engagement with regional partners such as India, Madagascar and Seychelles to coordinate maritime activities in the region and; and the replacement of coastal radars. A new Maritime Intelligence Cell with a dedicated 177 Hotline has also been established for the public to share information about illegal activities, he added.
Regarding the new NCG post, Mr. Jugnauth indicated that it will provide officers with a conducive environment that will allow better service delivery, adding that the previous NCG post was a wooden building dating back to 1989.
He also explained some projects that confirm the Government's commitment to offer better facilities for police officers to carry out their duties more efficiently. They include: the Safe City project to combat crime more effectively; personnel reinforcement with some 2,794 recruits since 2015; inauguration of the North Metropolitan Division Headquarters; and the renovation of the Saint Pierre, Camp Diable, Pamplemousses and Piton Police Stations. The construction of Police Stations in Vallée des Prêtres and l'Escalier is also under construction. The Prime Minister also highlighted the modernization of infrastructures in Rodrigues, Agalega, Saint Brandon.
Other Government projects in line with improving the life of the population include: the Metro Express Project to revolutionize the transportation system and the installation of urban terminals in various regions; the construction of hospitals; the installation of sports infrastructures; and the execution of drainage projects.
Captain Gupta stressed that the fishing boat and its nine crew members do not have a single documentationPORT LOUIS, Mauritius, Jan. 14, 2022/APO Group/ --
As part of the action of the National Coast Guard (NCG) in combating the illegal activities that are occurring in the Maritime Zone of Mauritius, the CGS Barracuda was deployed for surveillance in the northern part of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Mauritius for a couple of days. While patrolling the area, he apprehended a suspicious fishing vessel that was not flying any flag.
This announcement was made today by the NCG Commander, Captain Vipin Gupta, at Pier D in Port-Louis.
In his statement to the press, Captain Gupta stressed that the fishing boat and its nine crew members do not have a single documentation and therefore, at this time, it is impossible to know where they come from. The ship, he noted, was about 600 nautical miles north of Port-Louis when it was intercepted by CGS Barracuda.
He noted that no further details about the fishing vessel can be revealed as the matter is still under investigation. He underlined that there are many issues that are suspicious regarding the fishing vessel and expressed his hope that the investigation will provide information and details about the illegal activities taking place in Mauritian waters.
This operation, Capt. Gupta stressed, shows what a large ship like the CGS Barracuda can do, such as sailing the high seas for a long period of time and stopping suspicious ships. He further recalled that the NCG also carried out a major drug seizure on December 16, 2021. The NSG, he assured, will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of the Mauritius EEZ from any illegal activity.
As for the Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr. Viswarnath Virah Sawmy, stated that this operation is the result of a new strategy implemented by the Acting Police Commissioner regarding maritime security. He reported that a multisectoral approach has been adopted, which also allowed the competent authorities to seize drugs aboard a speedboat recently.
According to SP Virah Sawmy, the vessel was intercepted on January 10, 2022 while CGS Barracuda was patrolling the Mauritius EEZ. He also commented that the investigation to shed light on the suspected fishing vessel will be carried out by the Central Criminal Investigation Division of the Mauritius Police Force.