Mrs Marie-Jeanne Ntakirutimana, Burundi’s Ambassador to Nigeria has urged Nigerians to stand united to effectively defeat terrorism.
The envoy said that unity of citizens was critical to ending the menace posed by insecurity.
Ntakirutimana made the call during the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of Burundi in Abuja.
Ntakirutimana said that Burundi successfully defeated terrorism by standing together amid diversity to fight the common enemy.
She said Burundi was one of the safest countries in Africa now and had also helped other countries fight insecurity by sending troops to countries like Somalia, Central Africa.
Ntakirutimana said Burundi was also willing to share its expertise with Nigeria to combat terrorism.
“Nigeria is a sister country and Burundians are ready to come and help Nigeria get secured.
“Burundi had some issues but for our country to escape those issues we got united; our people are diverse, but our difference has been our strength, so we used it.
“We decided to fight together so I call on Nigerians to be united in your diversity; Diversity could be the strength of a nation. Nigerians, be united to fight together,” Ntakirutimana advised.
On Burundi’s 60th anniversary, Ntakirutimana said the country had recorded significant achievements in the past 60 years across all sectors with much more to be achieved in the nearest future.
She said Burundian President, Evariste Ndayishimiye, had since 2021 been making efforts to diversify the economy and woo investors especially in agriculture and mining sectors.
She said the country achieved so much in its 60 years of independence and had developed quickly, haven secured “Independence in many sectors”.
She said Burundi developed the agriculture sector, social economy, infrastructure, hospitals, schools and its mining sector, which it did not know how vast it was before Ndayishimiye’s ascension.
She said the country faced many security-related problems but under the present democratic leadership, it overcame them and began developing remarkably.
“Now the country has put much efforts in agriculture because we have embraced a country which has many opportunities in agriculture.
“We produce a large quantity of coffee which is exported and the coffee produced in Burundi is of the highest quality. The tea is the second product we export.
“Since 2021 when the president was elected, he decided to develop the agriculture sector, that is why we continue to call on investors to come to work in this sector.
“We also call on the investors who can come and work in the mining sector,” Ntakirutimana said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ntakirutimana submitted her letter of Credence to President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct. 25, 2021 and had pledged to strengthen the bilateral relations between both countries. (
President Uhuru Kenyatta held talks today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Government House in Nairobi.
During the meeting, President Kenyatta and Mr. Parrilla discussed a wide range of issues of bilateral importance to Kenya and Cuba, including the safe return of Cuban doctors kidnapped in Kenya by Al Shabaab in 2019.
President Kenyatta assured the commitment of the Government of Kenya to ensure the release of Cuban doctors held captive in Somalia.
At the meeting, the Head of State and Minister Parrilla greeted the fraternal relations between Kenya and Cuba.
Thanking Cuba for its support in the training of Kenyan doctors, President Kenyatta reiterated that Kenya values its cooperation with the Caribbean nation.
“I just want to say that we value your support and reiterate that Cuba has a true friend in Kenya. We will always stand in solidarity with you in any forum at the multilateral level,” said President Kenyatta.
For his part, the Cuban Foreign Minister thanked President Kenyatta for his commitment to strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries.
Mr. Parrilla, who was accompanied by the Cuban Ambassador to Kenya, Juan Manuel Rodríguez Vázquez, said that the two countries will continue to work together to strengthen their bilateral ties at all levels.
He delivered to President Kenyatta a special message from Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel.
The Chief of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua, the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Raychelle Omamo, the Chief Administrative Secretary for Health Rashid Aman and the Director in charge of the Americas and the Caribbean Division, Mr. Patrick Nzusi, were present.
WHO is expanding its operations in East Africa as the region faces acute food insecurity caused by conflict, extreme weather events (including the worst drought in 40 years) induced by climate change, rising international food prices and fuel and the impact of the pandemic.
More than 80 million people in the East African region are food insecure and resort to desperate measures to feed themselves and their families. Acute malnutrition is high, especially among children.
As malnutrition rises, health needs in the region are increasing, especially among children, and clean water is in short supply. As people leave their homes in search of food, they are no longer able to access health services and are at increased risk of disease outbreaks.
“The cost of inaction is high,” said Dr. Ibrahima Socé Fall, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergency Response. “While the clear priority is to prevent people from starving, we must simultaneously strengthen our health response to prevent disease and save lives. Even one life lost to a vaccine-preventable disease, diarrhea, or medical complications from malnutrition in today's world is one life too many."
Dr. Fall spoke in Nairobi, where the WHO convened a two-day meeting. [26-27 June 2022] plan its response in the seven countries affected by the health emergency (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda) and coordinate with other UN agencies and partners.
WHO's emergency response focuses on ensuring affected populations can access essential health services, treat severely malnourished children, and prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks.
WHO is setting up a hub in Nairobi, from where it will coordinate the response and organize the delivery of vital medical supplies where they are most needed. These supplies include drugs, vaccines, as well as the drugs and equipment needed to treat children who are severely malnourished. In addition to providing these critical supplies, WHO is working with ministries of health in affected countries to establish robust disease surveillance systems so they can quickly detect and respond to disease outbreaks.
Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) is proud to announce a strong list of high-level speakers confirmed for this year's South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) 2022 (https://bit.ly/3Ny83jx ) – will take place from September 13 to 14 in Juba.
Terje Aasland, Norwegian Minister of Petroleum and Energy, representing a first for SSOP, is confirmed to speak via video at the event, emphasizing the importance of South Sudan's relations with Western partners.
In addition, it was confirmed that the Canadian Chargé d'Affaires in the Republic of South Sudan, Marcello DiFranco, will moderate a session during this year's conference, highlighting Canada's contribution and support towards the development of high-impact projects in Sudan. from the south.
US-based engineering and project management company Chemex Global has been confirmed as a sponsor of the event, with the company hosting a luncheon and speaking with COO Matt Rodgers.
Meanwhile, cementing the country's position as East Africa's energy gateway, speaker confirmations from the Minister of State for the Energy Sector of Ethiopia, HE Dr. Eng. Sultan Wali, as well as the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources of Somalia, H.E. Abdirashid Mohamed Ahmed illustrates the strong regional support for both South Sudan and its official conference, SSOP.
On the private sector front, Admassu Tadesse, President of the Trade and Development Bank, will speak on financing as a pillar of growth as the industry shifts to be increasingly private sector led.
“We are very pleased to confirm the participation of such an esteemed group of regional and international speakers in the fifth edition of this year's event. The important role that South Sudan will play in regional energy developments cannot be underestimated, and the country's impressive energy developments, supported by the Ministry of Oil, are poised to usher in a new era of growth and stability in the region. ”, stated ECP International Conference. Director, James Chester.
For more information on speakers, sponsorship, and partnership opportunities, visit www.SSOP2022.com.
Energy Capital & Power (ECP) (https://EnergyCapitalPower.com) is proud to announce that this year's South Sudan Oil & Power (SSOP) (https://bit.ly/3a3EWa0) conference, taking place in held on September 13 and 14, 2022, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Juba: it has more international confirmations than ever.
Now in its fifth edition, SSOP 2022 represents the leading international forum driving business and investment in East Africa, with regional and international market delegations participating in the two-day conference.
Ambassadors from China, Turkey, Egypt, Canada, the Netherlands, South Africa, Somalia and India have been confirmed and delegations from each country are expected to attend the high-level event. In the coming weeks, more confirmations are expected from destinations such as Uganda, Sudan and the United Kingdom.
This year's edition is being held in official association with South Sudan's Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Energy and Dams, and Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, with additional ministerial confirmations from Ethiopia and Somalia, and assistance from Norway via video link. Ministers from Kenya, Sudan and Egypt are also expected to be represented. The event expects seven more regional and global participants in the next two months, with ten ministers planned to speak at the event along with their respective national oil companies.
As the organizer of the SSOP 2022 conference, ECP is collaborating with the US Embassy in Juba, as well as trade restriction experts, to ensure robust and solution-oriented discussions on trade, business and investment at the event.
South Sudan is the gateway to invest and do business in East Africa. The international SSOP confirmations are not just a statement of support for the country's burgeoning energy industry, but a demonstration of the massive change taking place across the country.
To learn more about how you can participate in East Africa's premier international forum, visit https://bit.ly/3bpLe3V