President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his official working visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joseph Biden.
The two leaders deliberated on a variety of critical issues of national, regional and global importance during their bilateral meeting, where trade, investment, global peace and stability, health, as well as climate change and energy transition were discussed.
TRADE AND INVESTMENT On trade and investment, there was agreement on the need to create a more attractive environment for US companies to invest in South Africa, where some 600 US companies are already doing business in a variety of sectors.
A joint working group on trade and investment will be established to expand bilateral economic ties.
In 2023, South Africa will host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, which will chart the next phase of trade between Africa and the US.
President Ramaphosa welcomed the additional commitment from the US to improve the volumes of investment and bilateral trade, which will create much-needed jobs and economic growth in South Africa.
President Ramaphosa expressed South Africa's concerns about US tariffs on South African steel and aluminum products, which South Africa views as unfair and punitive.
JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Leaders affirmed their commitment to the Just Energy Transition and agreed that South Africa will require more funding to achieve a just and effective transition that leaves no one behind and protects workers and communities who would be affected by the energy transition.
to clean energy.
Work on the investment plan for the Just Energy Transition Partnership between South Africa and the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the European Union is expected to be completed by the United Nations Climate Change Conference ( COP 27) in November 2022 in Egypt.
REGIONAL STABILITY AND GLOBAL SECURITY Discussions on global security and stability focused on attacks by insurgents in Mozambique.
President Ramaphosa acknowledged the assistance currently being provided by the United States to respond to the insurgent threat in Mozambique.
President Ramaphosa called for more US support in providing skills and resources to counter terrorist activities that are causing great suffering in Mozambique and threatening the stability of the SADC region.
FOOD SECURITY IN AFRICA Food security in Africa featured prominently in the meeting with both Heads of State.
"After discussions at the G7 meeting held in Germany this year, there is a consensus to support Africa's efforts towards fertilizer manufacturing, which will strengthen Africa's independence to ensure the continent's food security," said President Ramaphosa.
BIIL ON RUSSIAN MALIGNANT ACTIVITIES President Ramaphosa expressed concern about the bill to combat Russia's malign activities in Africa, which is currently before the US Congress.
President Ramaphosa said that if signed into law, the law would unfairly marginalize and punish African countries for exercising their sovereignty in their pursuit of development and economic growth.
President Ramaphosa emphasized the need for an urgent end to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and emphasized the leadership role that United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres can provide in leading a peace process.
HEALTH AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TRAINING President Ramaphosa expressed appreciation for US support in training health services and preparing for future pandemics.
This includes continued support for PEPFAR's programs to combat HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, and support during the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Ramaphosa applauded the leadership role played by President Biden in helping developing economies strengthen their health systems and for supporting the WTO's TRIPS exemption for vaccine manufacturing.
UNITED NATIONS REFORMS AND MULTILATERALISM Africa's representation in key multilateral institutions was highlighted by President Ramaphosa.
This includes the proposal for Africa's entry through the African Union (AU) into the Group of 20 countries (G20).
“The lack of representation of Africa's 1.3 billion people on the United Nations Security Council remains a blight on the global democratic order,” said President Ramaphosa.
Both leaders agreed on the need for broader reforms of the United Nations.
BUILDING STATE CAPACITY President Ramaphosa submitted a proposal for a partnership with the US to support South Africa's efforts to develop public servants, especially women.
In this regard, the South African National School of Government will work closely with leading US institutions in designing training programs for South African civil servants.
Prior to meeting with President Biden, President Ramaphosa met with Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris at her official residence, where they discussed women's empowerment, health and safety, partnership in technology and space exploration.
Sub-Saharan Africa plays a critical role in advancing global priorities for the benefit of Africans and Americans.
It has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, the largest free trade areas, the most diverse ecosystems, and one of the largest regional voting groups in the United Nations (UN).
It is impossible to meet today's defining challenges without African contributions and leadership.
The region will play a leading role in efforts to: end the COVID-19 pandemic; address the climate crisis; reverse the global tide of democratic backsliding; address global food insecurity; promote gender equity and equality; strengthen an open and stable international system; shaping the world's rules on vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies; and address the threat of terrorism, conflict and transnational crime.
Building on the actions and commitments of the Biden-Harris Administration to deepen our engagement and partnerships in Africa over the past year, the strategy articulates our new vision for a 21st-century US-Africa Partnership.
It recognizes the tremendous and positive opportunities that exist to promote shared interests together with our African partners.
At the same time, we recognize that Africa's potential will continue to be challenged as deadly conflicts divide societies, corruption impedes economic progress, food insecurity increases the risk of famine and malnutrition, and repression stifles human rights and expression.
As President Biden noted in his speech to the African Union last year, "None of this will be easy, but the United States is ready now to partner with him, in solidarity, support and mutual respect."
The new US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa represents a restatement of the importance of Africa to US national security interests.
We will pursue four main goals in sub-Saharan Africa: 1.
PROMOTE OPENNESS AND OPEN SOCIETIES Unidos has an abiding interest in ensuring that the region remains open and accessible to all and that governments and the public are able to make their own political decisions.
consistent with international obligations.
Open societies are generally more inclined to work in common cause with the United States, attract more trade and investment from the United States, pursue policies to improve conditions for their citizens, and counter harmful activities by the PRC, Russia, and the United States.
We will foster openness and open societies by, among other things: Promoting government transparency and accountability Increasing our focus on the rule of law, justice and dignity Helping African countries make more transparent use of their natural resources for sustainable development 2.
DELIVER DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY DIVIDENDS The region's commitment and capacity to renew its democracies, as well as to anticipate, prevent and address emerging and long-standing conflicts, can lead to more favorable outcomes for Africans and the Americans.
By simultaneously addressing these challenges and reaffirming that democracy brings tangible benefits, the United States can offer positive choices to Africans as they determine their own futures.
We will help Africa deliver democratic and security dividends, for example by: Working with allies and regional partners to stem the recent wave of authoritarianism and military takeovers Supporting civil society, empowering marginalized groups, centering women's voices and youth, and defending free and fair rights.
Enhance the ability of African partners to promote regional stability and security Reduce the threat from terrorist groups to the homeland, people, and U.S. diplomatic and military installations 3.
ADVANCE PANDEMIC RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES problems: the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences.
These challenges have been compounded by supply chain and food insecurity issues stemming from Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine.
The United States is committed to working with regional governments and international partners to build more stable and inclusive African economies.
We will advance pandemic recovery and economic opportunity, for example by: Prioritizing policies and programs to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and building capacity to increase preparedness for the next health threat Supporting initiatives manufacturing of vaccines and other medical countermeasures Promoting a higher growth trajectory and debt sustainability to support the economic recovery of the region, including through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), Prosper Africa, Power Africa , Feed the Future and a new digital transformation initiative Partner with African countries to rebuild human capital and food systems further weakened by the pandemic and Russia's war against Ukraine 4.
SUPPORT CONSERVATION, CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Africa's efforts to conserve and restore the ecosystems of the continent and rich natural resources, while achieving energy access and energy security goals, diversifying its energy mix and building sustainable supply chains are critical to addressing the global climate crisis.
Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita, it is likely to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change.
We will support conservation, climate adaptation and a just energy transition, for example: Partner with governments, civil society and local communities to conserve, manage and restore the continent's rich natural ecosystems Support countries in their efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, including improving community, economic, and supply chain resilience Work closely with countries to accelerate their just transitions to a future of clean energy, energy access, and energy security Pursue public-private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure critical minerals that clean energy technologies will supply
We, the Catholic bishops of the 16 countries of the West African Sub-region, which comprises the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA), have celebrated our 4th General Assembly at the Resource Center of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja, Nigeria, May 2-9, 2022.We thank God for the success of our meeting. We are grateful to you for the grand opening ceremony attended by Luis Antonio Cardenal TAGLE, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Vatican City, Philip Cardinal Ouedraogo, President of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, SECAM , Cardinal John Onayekan, Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja, the Apostolic Nuncio to Nigeria, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Guido Fillipazzi, Archbishops, Bishops, priests, religious, the Chairman of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Jean Claude Kassi-BROU and many distinguished laity of all classes We, the Bishops of RECOWA, are honored and grateful for the presence of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Professor Yemi Osinbajo, who attended the ceremony, accompanied by other distinguished Federal Ministers and eminent officials of the government. In gratitude, His Excellency, the Vice President encouraged the Catholic Church to uphold its prophetic role of promoting truth, justice and peace in good times and bad.FRATELLI TUTTI: THEME OF THE ASSEMBLYThe deliberations of our assembly focused on the theme: "Fratelli Tutti: a way to build fraternity and sustainable peace in West Africa" Fratelli Tutti is the title of Pope Francis' latest encyclical on fraternity and social friendship. The assembly gratefully acknowledged that the pope's call actually emphasized the pontiff's concern for man and creation over time that he already proposed in his previous encyclicals, Evangelii Gaudium, (Joy of the Gospel) and Laudato Si, (Praise Be my Sir). Fratelli Tutti recognized the fact that the Holy Father had previously underlined that it is important that catechesis and preaching include more directly and clearly the social meaning of existence, the fraternal dimension of spirituality, the conviction of the inalienable dignity of each person and the motivation for loving and welcoming everyone.THE CALL FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND SECURITYOur assembly emphasized that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking. It is justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. He who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men. Let us therefore continue what promotes peace and mutual edification, Rom. 14,17-19. Fratelli Tutti therefore calls for the collaboration of all the organs of the Church and with other religions, civil society organizations and governments at all levels. The document also urges us to build a true brotherhood to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are deeply eating away at the fabric of peace and love in our society.The Pope's encyclical underlines the fact that compassion for man and the planet is an ethical virtue. It flows from faith in Jesus Christ. Complacency, doing nothing to protect brothers and sisters, and not promoting the survival of mankind is sinful. He regrets that the status quo, in which West Africa seems to find itself in terms of peace, which is merely synonymous with the absence of war, is in no way providing solutions to the complex problems that afflict many people and communities in West Africa. are found today. It clearly indicates that the Church, other religious organizations, governments, political and traditional leaders, civil society organizations and people of good will have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that present generations live in peace and that future generations future inherit a livable West Africa devoid of man-made calamities.SPECIFIC CONSIDERATIONSIn our deliberations, it became clear that Fratelli Tutti can help us in our responsibility to bring about effective pastoral governance and greater social friendship in West Africa and throughout the world. We all, bishops, priests, consecrated persons and lay faithful, are reminded that we are, as Jesus underlined, the salt of the earth Mtt. 5, 13 et seq. Since so many of our own are suffering, we are encouraged to show greater Christian commitment to ease their pain and give them reasons to go on living.The last two years of the Covid 19 pandemic made us recognize that at the end of the day we are all family. It opened our eyes to the fact that we cannot face our problems alone or in isolation. Therefore, we must guard against the culture of indifference and individualism. We must always come together in solidarity to work for our common good. The example of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel should compel us to admire the attitude of the Samaritan towards his Jewish brother. We remember that the priest and the Levite passed him by, indifferent to his needs. One is truly moved by the risk taken by this Samaritan. It was Pope Francis who juxtaposed the role of one who alleviates the suffering of others and that of one who simply ignores the suffering of others. Therefore, the bishops urge Christians and all people of good will in our subregion to overcome the various barriers to reach those in need. We feel called to bear stronger witness to our Christian values.Our people are hungry, dehumanized and suffering; our youth exposed to life-threatening adventures on the high seas as they seek to discover greener pastures in overseas countries. We are called to give hope to this people.WE MUST KEEP THE ADVOCACYAs a Church, we call on politicians, other leaders, and indeed our people to come to order in their never-ending quest for self-aggrandizement and wealth acquisition. We urge Christian politicians, traditional rulers, technocrats, professionals, especially those in the media, businessmen and women, and indeed all our people to live out their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption. , ethnocentrism, sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society. We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children. Tragically, some people involved in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion. We call on everyone to never tire of denouncing and eradicating such evils among us.HOPE IN THE MIDDLE OF WORRIESTherefore, we recognize the dangers inherent in our current society. We count a lot on the glimmers of hope that resonate in various spheres. We remain optimistic that none of the problems besetting our subregion is insurmountable. However, we need to work together, with like-minded ideas in politics, religion, economics, social life, the media, in synergy to fight against all forms of inhumanity of man towards man.*ELECTION OF NEW LEADERSHIPAt the end of our deliberations, we held elections and the following emerged as meeting leaders for the next three years; Most Reverend Alexis Touabli YOULOU, Diocese of Agboville Cote D'ivoire, President, Most Reverend Joseph Kwaku AFRIFAH-AGYEKUM, Bishop of Koforidua, First Vice President, and Most Reverend José Lampra CA, Bissau, Second Vice President. Also chosen to lead the meeting's secretariat were Father Vitalis Anaehobi, Secretary General of Nigeria, Father Vincent de Paul BORO, Deputy Secretary General, and Father Celestine Sagna, Second Deputy Secretary.APPRECIATION AND CONCLUSIONWe wish to deeply thank the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and indeed the entire Catholic Community, the government of the country and various men and women of good will for their magnanimity in their warm reception. We pray that the Almighty God, who is never outdone in generosity, will richly reward Nigerians. May the joy and peace of the risen Lord be with you all.Rev. Father. Vitalis ANAEHOBI Secretary General of Recowa+Alexis TOUABLI YOULO Bishop of Agboville Apostolic Administrator of Yamoussoukro President
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Wednesday in Lokoja handed over two houses to the wives of his deceased police escort, Insp. Aminu Salisu, calling on the relevant authorities to provide continued support to the families of the deceased security officers.
Bello gave the keys to the houses located in Abuja to the widows at the launch of the 2022 emblem for the remembrance of the armed forces, at the start of activities to commemorate Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2022.
Bello said that the presentation of the houses to the widows of the late Salisu demonstrated the State Government's commitments to support the families of the hero of the deceased state.
The governor noted that the government will also ensure that the families of the late Salisu and other deceased security officials never suffer.
Bello lamented the sad state in which some families of the deceased security officers remain, and emphasized the need for the fallen heroes to continue to be remembered.
The governor said that the event of the launch of the emblem is symbolic, since it signifies the gratitude of the government and the people of the state for the sacrifices of the armed forces.
He noted that it is also a time to reflect on the desired unity and security of the country and reflect on the challenges faced by the nation's security agencies.
“Kogi is the safest in the country and this feat is the product of the patriotism, commitment and sacrifice of the security agencies in the state.
“It is sad to see that security personnel, after giving everything to serve the country, retreat to a life of poverty, advocating for better well-being for members of the security forces.
"At Kogi, we appreciate the efforts of these fallen heroes and are committed to ensuring that their families are not left alone to suffer," said Bello.
The Governor's State Security Advisor, retired Navy Commander Jerry Omodara, said the prevailing peace and security in the state was a direct product of the sacrifices and diligent service of law enforcement agencies.
Omodara said the Bello-led administration was doing a lot to improve the living standards of the families of retired and deceased officers.
“In addition to the empowerment of three widows each in the 21 local governments of the state and the payment of the medical bills of their sick members, through the support of the state government.
"The legion now has a functional secretariat in Lokoja, the state capital," Omodara said.
Petty Officer David Salawu, a civil war veteran and Legion president in the state, praised Governor Bello for caring for the Legion members.
By Emmanuel MogbedeThe Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR) says it has concluded plans to organise a Citizens Summit on National Integration, Peace and Security in November.
The President of the institute, Malam Mukhtar Sirajo, said this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Buki Ponle.
“The NIPR has decided to convene a citizens summit on national integration, peace and security and we are seeking NAN’s support knowing the role it can play in this regards.
“The summit will bring all segments of the Nigerian society together to discuss any issue that will take us to the root of our problems and get them dealt with.
“Much as we will want to do it, it is such a big task that the institute alone cannot do it, it requires the support and buying in of Nigerians across board.
“We cannot deceive ourselves into believing that we can do it alone, before we came this far, we had been consulting with all segments of the Nigerian society,’’ Sirajo said.Those consulted, he said, included trade unions, professional associations, socio-cultural groups, religious associations, government as well as civil society organisations among others.He said the greatest take way from the interractions with some members of the various social-cultural groups was that in spite of their frustration, they all love the country and believe in its unity.The NIPR president said the institute had received the support of 47 associations, including some in the Diaspora.He also said the summit would provide a neutral platform for Nigerians to come together and talk, adding that it would adopt a bottom to top approach.“We are starting from the state level with a little talk show to have a perspective of what they think the issues of the country are and how they could be addressed.“From there, we will get to the zonal dialogue and then the national summit which we hope will hold before the end of November this year,’’ he said.Sirajo hinged the countrys current situation on intolerance, lack of trust and breakdown of effective communication at some points in its history.“At a time in this country, once you have the same chemistry with someone, where you come from does not really matter.“Those things actually made us tick, but along the line, something snapped and we now look at one another with suspicion and mistrust.“ This was probably because we didn’t think it was anything serious when it started, we allowed it to fester, and now the trust gap has widened because no serious effort was made to nip it in the bud.“Now the component units in the country do not trust one another as we ask questions that were not asked in the past,’’ he said.He, however, maintained that addressing the country’s challenges is not impossible.“All we need to do is to have some elements of retrospection and retrace our steps, asking the necessary and difficult questions to know where we missed it.“We believe we missed it because we allowed effective and positive communication to break down along the line.“As communicators and relationship minders, we believe that there is no problem that communication cannot resolve.“We believe that if we get it right from communication as a starting point, we would have gone a long way in trying to bring the country back to the path of sanity,’’ he said.Ponle, in his response, commended the leadership of the institute and assured it of the agencys support.He said NAN remains committed to positive reportage, development communication and solutions journalism.“We present the story as it is all in the bid to promote the growth and development of our country and our continent at large.“Since we started in 1978, we have never deviated from that principle of responsible journalism; everything is about relationships, not just from your end but all over the country,’’ he said.He said it was the responsibility of all Nigerians to contribute to the country`s development through positive relationships, stressing that the institute should always portray the country in good light. (NAN)
Commercial and public safety companies are faced with increasing volumes of data to manage, more complex operations, and increased demand to do more with less, all while still handling the pressures of the global pandemic. At IDEX 2021 (www.IDEXuae.ae) in Abu Dhabi (National Exhibition Center, February 21-25), Motorola Solutions (www.MotorolaSolutions.com) will present its unique mission-critical technologies combining voice, data, video and analytics to enable people to collaborate in more powerful ways. Technology solutions are specially designed for business and public safety customers to deliver unmatched safety, efficiency and productivity.
Motorola Solutions will have special exhibits at IDEX 2021 that include the latest mission-critical broadband Push-To-Talk (PTT) services, new video and analytics solutions, and the new MXP600 TETRA device.
"We see a growing demand from public safety organizations and companies around the world to increase their efficiency and security by utilizing cutting-edge innovations in mission-critical technology," said Patrick Fitting, vice president of Middle East sales for Motorola Solutions. “The Middle East is an important market for us; We are introducing solutions that help increase security in the region, such as our easy-to-use and reliable PTT services for connecting equipment using different technologies and devices, and our video and analytics suite. We also continue to invest in our mission critical radio communications portfolio, which continues to be a lifeline for the front line. At IDEX we will show the MXP600 TETRA radio for the first time in the Middle East. "
MISSION CRITICAL BROADBAND COMMUNICATIONS
One of the innovations featured at IDEX is the next generation 3GPP compliant and future-proof PTT (PTT) solution from Motorola Solutions (https://bit.ly/3qzFJlQ) that can help businesses and organizations public safety to streamline operations, improve efficiency, accelerate business productivity, and improve customer service. The new group push-to-talk (PTT) communication solution offers instant 1-to-many and 1-to-1 communications cost-effectively over LTE and Wi-Fi networks, to keep teams connected. Motorola Solutions broadband PTT platforms also provide interconnectivity with two-way radio systems so organizations can maximize coverage and connectivity over any network on any device, including radio, smartphone or PC.
With three major telecom operators in Europe: Telia in Sweden, SFR in France and KPN in the Netherlands, Motorola Solutions has a proven track record of network-integrated, mission-critical broadband PTT platforms that deliver best-in-class performance. in terms of profitability. , reliability, scalability, voice quality and a wide range of advanced features.
SECURITY AND VIDEO ANALYSIS
With increased complex pressures on security during the pandemic, video security solutions provide unique ways to address these challenges. At IDEX, COVID-19 response technologies will be presented, including AI-enabled analytics that can detect people with elevated body temperatures or those who do not wear face masks. In addition to COVID-19 response solutions, Motorola Solutions will showcase its video and analytics portfolio, which includes fixed cameras, infrastructure and software that provide an integrated monitoring, detection and analysis solution to enhance security.
NEW TWO-WAY RADIO SOLUTION
At IDEX 2021, Motorola Solutions introduces for the first time the new MXP600 TETRA radio (https://bit.ly/2M1OiHc), a next-generation, lightweight and highly rugged radio that carries the proven capabilities of mission-critical voice communication. to new levels. . Smart radio will help agencies flexibly develop their mission-critical solutions while taking full advantage of the benefits of secure radio voice communications. The innovative device provides excellent audio quality through smart microphone technology. Over-the-air programming (OTAP) enables radios to update on the fly in minutes and flexible collaboration provided by a smartphone app so users can work with their smartphone in conjunction with the MXP600.
The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday's attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt.
The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), said the council in a press statement.
The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions.
The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay.
They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers.
They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.
The Presidency has urged Nigerians to ignore a statement issued by Prof. Ango Abdullahi on behalf of The Northern Elders Forum (NEF), insinuating that security challenges in northern states have overwhelmed both federal and northern state governments.
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) in a statement on Sunday signed by Abdullahi, alleged that the insecurity in some northern states of the country was an indication that President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors of those states have lost control over the protection of the people, which is a constitutional duty.
However, Adesina, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday frowned at the statement, saying Abdullahi was only speaking for himself as he continues to constitute ”a mere irritant and featherweight.”
He said: ”We are not surprised by this latest statement by Prof. Abdullahi, and our past position on what his group represents remains unchanged: a mere irritant and featherweight.
”The former vice chancellor signed the statement under the banner of Northern Elders Forum (NEF).
”Hearing that title, you would think the body was a conglomeration of true elders. But the truth is that NEF is just Ango Abdullahi, and Ango Abdullahi is NEF.”
According to the presidential aide, NEF is a quasi-organisation that boasts of no credible membership, and its leader is akin to a General without troops.
”Before the 2019 presidential election, the one-man army called NEF had shown its antipathy against President Buhari, and its preference for another candidate. They all got beaten together.
”NEF is merely waving a flag that is at half-mast. President Buhari steadily and steadfastly focuses on the task of retooling Nigeria, and discerning Nigerians know the true state of the nation.
”They don’t need a paper tiger to tell them anything,” he further maintained.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)
A leading fertiliser producer, OCP Africa, is selling NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser at a subsidised rate to 7,500 smallholder farmers in Niger as part of COVID-19 palliatives.
OCP Africa is one of the leading companies in the global production and exportation of phosphate-based fertilisers.
Mr Isaac Odey, Business Development Officer, OCP Africa, Nigeria, gave the figure while distributing the fertilisers in Lambata, Gurara LGA of the state.
Odey said that the gesture was to support the federal and Niger governments’ efforts in ensuring food security in the country.
“OCP Africa is supporting each farmer to access two bags of the PFI blended NPK 20:10:10 at N4,500 per bag in stead of N5,000 per bag.
”In Niger, 7,500 farmers will be reached through three fertiliser distribution outlets within agricultural producing zones, creating employment and empowerment for 71 people in stock management, training, extension service and produce offtake,” Odey said.
He said that the palliative was aimed at supporting smallholder farmers.
”This will help to mitigate the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the current farming season through distribution and access to subsidised fertiliser and other farm inputs,” the officer said.
He added that OCP Africa was also supporting farmers through training and extension services, access to markets and digital technology, in a bid to increase crop yield and ensure food security as the farming season commence.
Odey said that the outlets include Lambata, Zungeru and Bida which cut across the three senatorial districts of the state, adding that each outlet was entitled to 250 tonnes of NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser.
In his remarks, Alhaji Zakari Jikantoro, the state Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, lauded OCP Africa’s efforts to support farmers to boost their production.
Jikantoro, represented by Alhaji Suleiman Almustapha, Managing Director of the Niger State Agricultural Mechanisation Development Authority (NAMDA), said the state government would continue to collaborate with agro dealers to build capacity of extension staff and provide inputs for farmers.
“OCP Africa’s intervention is a commendable effort; as a government, we will continue to collaborate with any company ready to assist our farmers to increase production of crops, ” he said.
A beneficiary, Malam Hashimu Usman, also commended OCP Africa for the gesture.
“We are happy with OCP because, before now, we buy fertiliser for between N7,000 and N8,000 per bag, but today we are buying at N4,500.
“This will help boost our food production,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that OCP Africa is working with the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative (PFI) of the Federal Government and blending plants under the Fertilizer Producers and Suppliers of Nigeria (FEPSAN).
The idea is to contribute to the PFI objective of providing access to locally-produced NPK 20:10:10 fertiliser for smallholder farmers.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)
The Presidency says it has concluded arrangements to air a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on June 14 and 15.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
Adesina stated that the documentary programme was part of activities to commemorate the Fifth Anniversary of the Buhari administration.
According to the presidential aide, the documentary will be aired on Channels Television on Saturday, June 13 at 7p.m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Sunday, June 14 at 7p.m.
He said : ”To commemorate the Fifth Year Anniversary of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, a documentary on verifiable achievements of the administration within the period will be on Channels Television on Saturday, June 13 at 7p.m as well as on Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) Sunday, June 14 at 7p.m.”
NAN reports that the Presidency also listed the achievements of the Buhari administration with pictorial evidences in the past five years as follows:
The Presidential Fertiliser Initiative:
Making Business Work
Support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises: The Administration has launched a series of funding and capacity development initiatives designed to support MSMEs:
Ease of Doing Business Reform Successes:
MONETARY, FISCAL, TRADE, IMMIGRATION, CONSUMER PROTECTION REFORMS
The new Visa Policy incorporates the following reforms:
President Buhari in 2019 assented to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) Bill, the first legislation in Nigeria’s history focused on curbing anti-competition practices; and the establishment of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
Between 2017 and now, Nigeria has issued its first ever:
Domestic Borrowing Costs:
FISCAL SUPPORT TO STATES
Oil and Gas:
INVESTING IN PEOPLE
Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP):
Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSFP):
Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT):
Grants and Disbursements: The Federal Government has disbursed more than 170 billion Naira in UBE Matching Grants to States and the FCT since 2015, 8 billion Naira in Special Education Grant to States and private providers of Special Education, and 34 billion Naira from the Teachers Professional Development Fund to States and the FCT.
Approval for the establishment of the following:
Transfer of Almajiri Schools built by the previous administration to State Governments and credible Scholars of Islamic Education, for efficient administration and impact.
Sports and Creative Industry
Creative Industry Support
NEW VISION FOR THE NIGER DELTA
The Buhari administration’s ‘New Vision for the Niger Delta’ brings together a robust set of promises, solutions, targets and initiatives aimed at ensuring that the people of the Niger Delta benefit maximally from the region’s oil wealth.
The New Vision offers a detailed response to the 16-point Demand Agenda submitted to President Buhari by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) in November 2016.
Tangible results of the New Vision so far include:
ANTI-CORRUPTION & TRANSPARENCY
FISCAL REFORMS; PLUGGING LEAKAGES
New Whistleblowing Policy:
Increased Oversight of MDAs
The Buhari Administration is addressing the issue of poor levels of remittance of operating surpluses by MDAs. From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016, JAMB has gone on to remit more than 20 billion Naira to the Federal Government since 2017.
The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA):
Expansion of TSA Coverage:
Expansion of IPPIS Coverage
In spite of great opposition, the Buhari Administration has expanded IPPIS coverage to the Armed Forces, as well as Federal Universities and other academic institutions.
Deployment of BVN for Payroll and Social Investment Programmes:
Creation of Asset Tracking and Management Project
Replacement of old Cash-Based Accounting System with an Accruals-Based System:
Enlistment into Open Government Partnership (OGP):
Creation of Efficiency Unit (EU) to spearhead the efficient use of government resources, and ensure reduction in Recurrent Expenditure:
Establishment of Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC)
Domestic Legislation & International Agreements
North Central and North West
DIPLOMACY AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
Re-establishment of Nigeria’s position and influence in the regional and global arena. Fragile/broken relations with the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, and with neighbouring countries (Chad, Niger, Cameroon) have been revived and strengthened since June 2015.
Nigeria’s prominent participation in the London Anti-Corruption Summit and the Commonwealth Conference on Tackling Corruption, in May, 2016 in London.
Major outcomes/results/manifestations of Nigeria’s renewed visibility and respect on the International Stage:
UNITED STATES (USA)
UNITED KINGDOM (UK)
The SA-Nigeria Bi-National Commission was in 2019 elevated from Vice Presidential to Presidential Level, as a symbol of a renewed commitment to cooperation between Africa’s two largest economies.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE):
“In Nigeria, we are taking a two-step approach. First, to protect the lives of our fellow Nigerians and residents living here and second, to preserve the livelihoods of workers and business owners to ensure their families get through this very difficult time in dignity and with hope and peace of mind.” – President Buhari
President Buhari has also approved the following: