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  •   The 2022 China Middle East and North Africa International Trade Digital Exhibition was successfully held online The Expo aims to help foreign trade companies expand international markets promote better connectivity between domestic and international markets take advantage of the important economic recovery window period The expo which will be held online from Oct 19 to 28 will bring together more than 1 000 companies and more than 10 000 buyers and visitors from China and abroad Download document 1 https bit ly 3MNrx4D Download document 2 https bit ly 3eJy3gr During the Expo 6 online matchmakings will be held that focus on different industries covering Capacity of Cooperation agriculture and food home decoration and building materials textiles and garments smart cities and hotel supplies holdings of domestic and foreign government departments professional institutions industry experts and leading companies to communicate online The first matchmaking Ability Cooperation was a resounding success Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry MBG UAE Branch Jiangsu Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company China Railway Science Industry Group Co Ltd attended the online meeting and delivered speeches Dozens of companies in China have contacted professional MENA buyers Dr Ali Khaled Head of Egyptian International Trade at the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry pointed out that over the past decade Egypt and China have formed deeper and deeper ties Over the years both sides cooperated closely to advance the Belt and Road Initiative BRI Cairo sees China as a fundamental partner in the development of the Egyptian economy Mr Mahmood Badri CEO of MBG Mahmood Badri noted that the UAE is strengthening relationships with strategic global allies The non oil economy of the UAE accounts for more than 72 of its GDP Its logistics network extends to 400 global cities The CEPA model is central to its efforts to stimulate long term sustainable economic growth and consolidate the UAE s position as a global economic hub Mr Miao Fei Minister of Investment Promotion Department Jiangsu Overseas Investment and Cooperation Company Mr Miao Fei stressed in his speech that trade between China and the Middle East and North Africa has increased year after year The China Arab Production Capacity Cooperation Demonstration Park is a model of cooperation between the two sides and one of the most important projects of the Belt and Road initiative Mr Felix Hu Deputy General Manager Asia Africa Reg of China Railway Science Industry Group Co Ltd said CRSIC is affiliated with China Railway Corporation one of the world s top 500 companies It is a new industrial group integrating scientific research and design industrial manufacturing engineering construction and installation and logistics The company s products have entered the Middle East and North Africa market and the company will continue to deepen its existing market channels and continue to introduce the Belt and Road Initiative After the conference more than 20 renowned exhibitors within the industry met and negotiated with professional buyers and potential business partners and achieved remarkable results The Expo is sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade CCPIT and co organized by the China Chamber of International Commerce CCOIC and MIE Groups It takes place on the online platform GTW Global Trade Week For more information visit the Expo website at https bit ly 3TjWvUv
    China-Middle East and North Africa International Trade Digital Expo 2022 Successfully Opened
      The 2022 China Middle East and North Africa International Trade Digital Exhibition was successfully held online The Expo aims to help foreign trade companies expand international markets promote better connectivity between domestic and international markets take advantage of the important economic recovery window period The expo which will be held online from Oct 19 to 28 will bring together more than 1 000 companies and more than 10 000 buyers and visitors from China and abroad Download document 1 https bit ly 3MNrx4D Download document 2 https bit ly 3eJy3gr During the Expo 6 online matchmakings will be held that focus on different industries covering Capacity of Cooperation agriculture and food home decoration and building materials textiles and garments smart cities and hotel supplies holdings of domestic and foreign government departments professional institutions industry experts and leading companies to communicate online The first matchmaking Ability Cooperation was a resounding success Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry MBG UAE Branch Jiangsu Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company China Railway Science Industry Group Co Ltd attended the online meeting and delivered speeches Dozens of companies in China have contacted professional MENA buyers Dr Ali Khaled Head of Egyptian International Trade at the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry pointed out that over the past decade Egypt and China have formed deeper and deeper ties Over the years both sides cooperated closely to advance the Belt and Road Initiative BRI Cairo sees China as a fundamental partner in the development of the Egyptian economy Mr Mahmood Badri CEO of MBG Mahmood Badri noted that the UAE is strengthening relationships with strategic global allies The non oil economy of the UAE accounts for more than 72 of its GDP Its logistics network extends to 400 global cities The CEPA model is central to its efforts to stimulate long term sustainable economic growth and consolidate the UAE s position as a global economic hub Mr Miao Fei Minister of Investment Promotion Department Jiangsu Overseas Investment and Cooperation Company Mr Miao Fei stressed in his speech that trade between China and the Middle East and North Africa has increased year after year The China Arab Production Capacity Cooperation Demonstration Park is a model of cooperation between the two sides and one of the most important projects of the Belt and Road initiative Mr Felix Hu Deputy General Manager Asia Africa Reg of China Railway Science Industry Group Co Ltd said CRSIC is affiliated with China Railway Corporation one of the world s top 500 companies It is a new industrial group integrating scientific research and design industrial manufacturing engineering construction and installation and logistics The company s products have entered the Middle East and North Africa market and the company will continue to deepen its existing market channels and continue to introduce the Belt and Road Initiative After the conference more than 20 renowned exhibitors within the industry met and negotiated with professional buyers and potential business partners and achieved remarkable results The Expo is sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade CCPIT and co organized by the China Chamber of International Commerce CCOIC and MIE Groups It takes place on the online platform GTW Global Trade Week For more information visit the Expo website at https bit ly 3TjWvUv
    China-Middle East and North Africa International Trade Digital Expo 2022 Successfully Opened
    Africa1 month ago

    China-Middle East and North Africa International Trade Digital Expo 2022 Successfully Opened

    The '2022 China-Middle East and North Africa International Trade Digital Exhibition' was successfully held online.

    The Expo aims to help foreign trade companies expand international markets, promote better connectivity between domestic and international markets, take advantage of the important economic recovery window period.

    The expo, which will be held online from Oct. 19 to 28, will bring together more than 1,000 companies and more than 10,000 buyers and visitors from China and abroad.

    Download document (1): https://bit.ly/3MNrx4D Download document (2): https://bit.ly/3eJy3gr During the Expo, 6 online matchmakings will be held that focus on different industries, covering Capacity of Cooperation, agriculture and food, home decoration and building materials, textiles and garments, smart cities and hotel supplies, holdings of domestic and foreign government departments, professional institutions, industry experts and leading companies to communicate online .

    The first matchmaking 'Ability Cooperation' was a resounding success.

    Representatives from the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry, MBG UAE Branch, Jiangsu Overseas Cooperation and Investment Company, China Railway Science & Industry Group Co., Ltd. attended the online meeting and delivered speeches.

    Dozens of companies in China have contacted professional MENA buyers.

    Dr. Ali Khaled, Head of Egyptian International Trade at the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry, pointed out that over the past decade, Egypt and China have formed deeper and deeper ties.

    Over the years, both sides cooperated closely to advance the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

    Cairo sees China as a fundamental partner in the development of the Egyptian economy.

    Mr. Mahmood Badri, CEO of MBG Mahmood Badri, noted that the UAE is strengthening relationships with strategic global allies.

    The non-oil economy of the UAE accounts for more than 72% of its GDP.

    Its logistics network extends to 400 global cities.

    The CEPA model is central to its efforts to stimulate long-term sustainable economic growth and consolidate the UAE's position as a global economic hub.

    Mr. Miao Fei, Minister of Investment Promotion Department, Jiangsu Overseas Investment and Cooperation Company Mr. Miao Fei stressed in his speech that trade between China and the Middle East and North Africa has increased year after year.

    The China-Arab Production Capacity Cooperation Demonstration Park is a model of cooperation between the two sides and one of the most important projects of the "Belt and Road" initiative.

    Mr. Felix Hu, Deputy General Manager Asia & Africa Reg of China Railway Science & Industry Group Co., Ltd said CRSIC is affiliated with China Railway Corporation, one of the world's top 500 companies.

    It is a new industrial group integrating scientific research and design, industrial manufacturing, engineering construction and installation, and logistics.

    The company's products have entered the Middle East and North Africa market, and the company will continue to deepen its existing market channels and continue to introduce the "Belt and Road Initiative."

    After the conference, more than 20 renowned exhibitors within the industry met and negotiated with professional buyers and potential business partners and achieved remarkable results.

    The Expo is sponsored by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and co-organized by the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC) and MIE Groups.

    It takes place on the online platform "GTW" (Global Trade Week).

    For more information, visit the Expo website at: https://bit.ly/3TjWvUv

  •  The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has received 542 stranded Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates UAE Mr Manzo Ezekiel Head Press Unit NEMA confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja According to him the returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on board Max Air Charted flight at 4 29 a m He added that the returnees included 79 males 460 females and three infants He added that the returnees were screened by health officials profiled by various relevant agencies and cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service before being given a token to aid their transportation to their destinations by NEMA Earlier Mr Mustapha Ahmed Director General NEMA who officially received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government admonished them to learn from their experiences and be law abiding citizens Ahmed who was represented by the Director of Finance and Account of the agency Mr Sani Jiba added that the Federal Government had approved the evacuation and provision of the token to support their movement back to their various homes The Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai Amb Atinuke Mohammed who accompanied the returnees back to the country appreciated the Federal Government for the special intervention in the safe evacuation of the citizens The returnees were received by officials of NEMA Airport officials security agencies National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons NCFRMI NAPTIP NIDCOM NDLEA Nigerian Correctional Service Nigerian Custom Service NCDC Port Health Services among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 542 stranded Nigerians from UAE
     The National Emergency Management Agency NEMA has received 542 stranded Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates UAE Mr Manzo Ezekiel Head Press Unit NEMA confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja According to him the returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on board Max Air Charted flight at 4 29 a m He added that the returnees included 79 males 460 females and three infants He added that the returnees were screened by health officials profiled by various relevant agencies and cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service before being given a token to aid their transportation to their destinations by NEMA Earlier Mr Mustapha Ahmed Director General NEMA who officially received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government admonished them to learn from their experiences and be law abiding citizens Ahmed who was represented by the Director of Finance and Account of the agency Mr Sani Jiba added that the Federal Government had approved the evacuation and provision of the token to support their movement back to their various homes The Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai Amb Atinuke Mohammed who accompanied the returnees back to the country appreciated the Federal Government for the special intervention in the safe evacuation of the citizens The returnees were received by officials of NEMA Airport officials security agencies National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons NCFRMI NAPTIP NIDCOM NDLEA Nigerian Correctional Service Nigerian Custom Service NCDC Port Health Services among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NEMA receives 542 stranded Nigerians from UAE
    General news1 month ago

    NEMA receives 542 stranded Nigerians from UAE

    The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has received 542 stranded Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    Mr Manzo Ezekiel, Head, Press Unit, NEMA, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    According to him, the returnees arrived at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja on board Max Air Charted flight at 4:29 a.

    m. He added that the returnees included 79 males, 460 females and three infants.

    He added that the returnees were screened by health officials, profiled by various relevant agencies and cleared by the Nigerian Immigration Service, before being given a token to aid their transportation to their destinations by NEMA.

    Earlier, Mr Mustapha Ahmed, Director-General, NEMA, who officially received the returnees on behalf of the Federal Government, admonished them to learn from their experiences and be law abiding citizens.

    Ahmed, who was represented by the Director of Finance and Account of the agency, Mr Sani Jiba, added that the Federal Government had approved the evacuation and provision of the token to support their movement back to their various homes.

    The Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai, Amb. Atinuke Mohammed, who accompanied the returnees back to the country, appreciated the Federal Government for the special intervention in the safe evacuation of the citizens.

    The returnees were received by officials of NEMA, Airport officials, security agencies, National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI), NAPTIP, NIDCOM, NDLEA, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Custom Service, NCDC, Port Health Services, among others.


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  •   The United Arab Emirates today sent a plane carrying 30 6 tons of food to areas affected by recent flooding in the Republic of Chad including the capital N Djamena to meet the needs of more than 442 000 people especially the elderly women and kids His Excellency Rashid Saeed Al Shamsi UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Chad said These foods are part of the UAE leaders enthusiasm to strengthen bilateral relations with African countries especially Chad which has strong historical relations with the UAE His Excellency noted that the food reflects the UAE s solidarity with Chad and efforts to help the people of Chad He noted that the shipment of these foods is part of the UAE s humanitarian approach to providing urgent aid to other countries in times of crisis and natural disasters His Excellency explained that the total value of UAE aid to the Republic of Chad from 2017 to 2021 amounted to AED 100 million USD 27 million in all fields This aid he stated has in turn supported various humanitarian and development causes
    UAE sends food to people affected by floods in Chad
      The United Arab Emirates today sent a plane carrying 30 6 tons of food to areas affected by recent flooding in the Republic of Chad including the capital N Djamena to meet the needs of more than 442 000 people especially the elderly women and kids His Excellency Rashid Saeed Al Shamsi UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Chad said These foods are part of the UAE leaders enthusiasm to strengthen bilateral relations with African countries especially Chad which has strong historical relations with the UAE His Excellency noted that the food reflects the UAE s solidarity with Chad and efforts to help the people of Chad He noted that the shipment of these foods is part of the UAE s humanitarian approach to providing urgent aid to other countries in times of crisis and natural disasters His Excellency explained that the total value of UAE aid to the Republic of Chad from 2017 to 2021 amounted to AED 100 million USD 27 million in all fields This aid he stated has in turn supported various humanitarian and development causes
    UAE sends food to people affected by floods in Chad
    Africa1 month ago

    UAE sends food to people affected by floods in Chad

    The United Arab Emirates today sent a plane carrying 30.6 tons of food to areas affected by recent flooding in the Republic of Chad, including the capital N'Djamena, to meet the needs of more than 442,000 people, especially the elderly, women and kids.

    His Excellency Rashid Saeed Al Shamsi, UAE Ambassador to the Republic of Chad, said: "These foods are part of the UAE leaders' enthusiasm to strengthen bilateral relations with African countries, especially Chad, which has strong historical relations.

    with the UAE".

    His Excellency noted that the food reflects the UAE's solidarity with Chad and efforts to help the people of Chad. He noted that the shipment of these foods is part of the UAE's humanitarian approach to providing urgent aid to other countries in times of crisis and natural disasters.

    His Excellency explained that the total value of UAE aid to the Republic of Chad from 2017 to 2021 amounted to AED 100 million (USD 27 million) in all fields.

    This aid, he stated, has in turn supported various humanitarian and development causes.

  •  The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested a pregnant woman a nursing mother and a 200 level university student for drug abuse and peddling The Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Babafemi said the suspects were among 28 persons arrested with 9 437 6 kilograms of cannabis and 138 053 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids among others by operatives of NDLEA He said the suspects were arrested during interdiction operations across 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja He named the states as Yobe Ondo Edo Rivers Akwa Ibom Imo Jigawa Kogi Adamawa Kaduna Kwara Lagos and the FCT Abuja In the FCT operatives on Saturday Oct 15 stormed a village known as Chukuku which is about 10 kilometers from Gwagwalada where they raided a large cannabis warehouse A total of 510 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 5 640kgs were recovered from the store and a nursing mother in charge Sa adatu Abdullahi 35 was arrested In Yobe while operatives intercepted 48kgs of cannabis in Buni Yadi they also raided a location in Potiskum where they recovered 56 blocks 31kgs Two suspects were arrested in connection to the seized drugs namely Mohammed Mamuda and a married pregnant woman Hauwa Haruna he said Babafemi said at least 99 bags of cannabis and three bags of its seeds weighing 1 286kgs were seized on Oct 13 when operatives raided a location in Ogbese area of Ondo State He said another raid at Umukpe forest in Uhunmonde council area of Edo led to the seizure of 410kgs of the same substance in addition to a motorcycle two dane guns and the arrest of two suspects He said the two suspects were Numga Anim 30 and Friday Ebije 50 adding that not less than 50 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 623kgs were also recovered at Ekpom village in Igueben LGA with the arrest of the owner Lucky Henry 30 According to him another suspect Ndidi Esegine 52 was nabbed at Ugbodo forest Ovia North East LGA with 266 8kgs cannabis sativa on Oct 11 Two days later operatives stormed Uzebba forest in Owan West LGA to destroy four cannabis farms where two suspects Ezekiel Raphael and Gideon Bassey were arrested with a total of 223 5kgs processed recovered A stop and search operation along the road in Ahoada area of Rivers has led to the recovery of 251 4kgs of cannabis sativa in a gold colour Toyota Sienna bus with Reg No Abuja YAB 70 BR and a suspect Segun Ajayi arrested 161 4kgs were equally recovered from an ash colour Toyota Camry saloon car with Reg No Abuja RBC 590 BQ he said Some the suspects arrested in connection to the seized drugs Babafemi said an attempt by a trans border trafficker Edet Osu James 44 to export 2 4kgs cocaine was foiled by officers of the Marine unit of the agency in Akwa Ibom He said the drugs which were concealed in two large tins of powdered milk and to be exported to Cameroon was intercepted on Oct 13 during an outward clearance of vessels going to Cameroon from Oron In Imo no fewer than 10 690 pills of tramadol were intercepted during stop and search operations along Owerri Onitsha road Three suspects Saadu Usman Godwin Emeka and Emeka Obijihe were arrested in follow up efforts on Oct 13 Interestingly Emeka Obijihe was already standing trial for a similar offence for which he was arrested on May 9 and was on court bail when he was arrested again last Thursday for trafficking 6 5kgs of tramadol In Jigawa operatives recovered 67 300 pills of exol 5 and tramadol at junction while in Kogi a total of 46 100 pills of the same opioids were seized along Okene Abuja highway both on Oct 13 Babafemi said six suspects were arrested at a notorious drug location in Ngurore town Adamawa with a total of 495kgs cannabis seized in addition to different quantities of opioids According to him suspects arrested included Chidi Titus Vincent Donatus Badishi Bitrus Abubakar Inuwa Abdul A Abdul and Inuwa Ado Isa At least 5 480 pills of tramadol were seized from two suspects Dalhatu Salisu and Hamisu Ishaq who were arrested on Oct 12 by operatives along Abuja Kaduna express road A total of 3 800 bottles of new psychoactive substance Akuskura and 7 760 tablets of tramadol were recovered from five suspects along Ilorin Jebba highway Four of the suspects Idris Nadir 38 Suleiman Mubammed 68 Babangida Zaki 30 and Yahaya Lawal claimed they were coming from Ibadan Oyo State and taking the Akuskura to Katsina Kano and Birnin Kebbi The fifth suspect Nafiu Idris who was arrested with the tramadol pills said he was taking them to Kankara in Katsina State he said Meanwhile a 200 level student of Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria NOUN Ms Mercy Nyong 30 was on Wednesday Oct 12 arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport MMIA Ikeja Lagos Babafemi said the suspect was arrested for attempting to export 300 grams of tramadol 225mg concealed in incense products going to Dubai United Arab Emirates UAE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA nabs pregnant woman, 27 others
     The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA has arrested a pregnant woman a nursing mother and a 200 level university student for drug abuse and peddling The Director Media and Advocacy NDLEA Mr Femi Babafemi said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja Babafemi said the suspects were among 28 persons arrested with 9 437 6 kilograms of cannabis and 138 053 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids among others by operatives of NDLEA He said the suspects were arrested during interdiction operations across 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja He named the states as Yobe Ondo Edo Rivers Akwa Ibom Imo Jigawa Kogi Adamawa Kaduna Kwara Lagos and the FCT Abuja In the FCT operatives on Saturday Oct 15 stormed a village known as Chukuku which is about 10 kilometers from Gwagwalada where they raided a large cannabis warehouse A total of 510 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 5 640kgs were recovered from the store and a nursing mother in charge Sa adatu Abdullahi 35 was arrested In Yobe while operatives intercepted 48kgs of cannabis in Buni Yadi they also raided a location in Potiskum where they recovered 56 blocks 31kgs Two suspects were arrested in connection to the seized drugs namely Mohammed Mamuda and a married pregnant woman Hauwa Haruna he said Babafemi said at least 99 bags of cannabis and three bags of its seeds weighing 1 286kgs were seized on Oct 13 when operatives raided a location in Ogbese area of Ondo State He said another raid at Umukpe forest in Uhunmonde council area of Edo led to the seizure of 410kgs of the same substance in addition to a motorcycle two dane guns and the arrest of two suspects He said the two suspects were Numga Anim 30 and Friday Ebije 50 adding that not less than 50 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 623kgs were also recovered at Ekpom village in Igueben LGA with the arrest of the owner Lucky Henry 30 According to him another suspect Ndidi Esegine 52 was nabbed at Ugbodo forest Ovia North East LGA with 266 8kgs cannabis sativa on Oct 11 Two days later operatives stormed Uzebba forest in Owan West LGA to destroy four cannabis farms where two suspects Ezekiel Raphael and Gideon Bassey were arrested with a total of 223 5kgs processed recovered A stop and search operation along the road in Ahoada area of Rivers has led to the recovery of 251 4kgs of cannabis sativa in a gold colour Toyota Sienna bus with Reg No Abuja YAB 70 BR and a suspect Segun Ajayi arrested 161 4kgs were equally recovered from an ash colour Toyota Camry saloon car with Reg No Abuja RBC 590 BQ he said Some the suspects arrested in connection to the seized drugs Babafemi said an attempt by a trans border trafficker Edet Osu James 44 to export 2 4kgs cocaine was foiled by officers of the Marine unit of the agency in Akwa Ibom He said the drugs which were concealed in two large tins of powdered milk and to be exported to Cameroon was intercepted on Oct 13 during an outward clearance of vessels going to Cameroon from Oron In Imo no fewer than 10 690 pills of tramadol were intercepted during stop and search operations along Owerri Onitsha road Three suspects Saadu Usman Godwin Emeka and Emeka Obijihe were arrested in follow up efforts on Oct 13 Interestingly Emeka Obijihe was already standing trial for a similar offence for which he was arrested on May 9 and was on court bail when he was arrested again last Thursday for trafficking 6 5kgs of tramadol In Jigawa operatives recovered 67 300 pills of exol 5 and tramadol at junction while in Kogi a total of 46 100 pills of the same opioids were seized along Okene Abuja highway both on Oct 13 Babafemi said six suspects were arrested at a notorious drug location in Ngurore town Adamawa with a total of 495kgs cannabis seized in addition to different quantities of opioids According to him suspects arrested included Chidi Titus Vincent Donatus Badishi Bitrus Abubakar Inuwa Abdul A Abdul and Inuwa Ado Isa At least 5 480 pills of tramadol were seized from two suspects Dalhatu Salisu and Hamisu Ishaq who were arrested on Oct 12 by operatives along Abuja Kaduna express road A total of 3 800 bottles of new psychoactive substance Akuskura and 7 760 tablets of tramadol were recovered from five suspects along Ilorin Jebba highway Four of the suspects Idris Nadir 38 Suleiman Mubammed 68 Babangida Zaki 30 and Yahaya Lawal claimed they were coming from Ibadan Oyo State and taking the Akuskura to Katsina Kano and Birnin Kebbi The fifth suspect Nafiu Idris who was arrested with the tramadol pills said he was taking them to Kankara in Katsina State he said Meanwhile a 200 level student of Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria NOUN Ms Mercy Nyong 30 was on Wednesday Oct 12 arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport MMIA Ikeja Lagos Babafemi said the suspect was arrested for attempting to export 300 grams of tramadol 225mg concealed in incense products going to Dubai United Arab Emirates UAE NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA nabs pregnant woman, 27 others
    Defence/Security1 month ago

    NDLEA nabs pregnant woman, 27 others

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested a pregnant woman, a nursing mother and a 200-level university student for drug abuse and peddling.

    The Director, Media and Advocacy, NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, said this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

    Babafemi said the suspects were among 28 persons arrested with 9,437.6 kilograms of cannabis and 138,053 tablets of pharmaceutical opioids among others by operatives of NDLEA.

    He said the suspects were arrested during interdiction operations across 12 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

    He named the states as Yobe, Ondo, Edo, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Jigawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos and the FCT, Abuja.

    “In the FCT, operatives on Saturday Oct. 15 stormed a village known as Chukuku, which is about 10 kilometers from Gwagwalada where they raided a large cannabis warehouse.

    “A total of 510 jumbo bags of the illicit substance weighing 5, 640kgs were recovered from the store and a nursing mother in charge, Sa’adatu Abdullahi, 35, was arrested.

    “In Yobe, while operatives intercepted 48kgs of cannabis in Buni Yadi, they also raided a location in Potiskum where they recovered 56 blocks (31kgs).

    “Two suspects were arrested in connection to the seized drugs namely: Mohammed Mamuda and a married pregnant woman, Hauwa Haruna,” he said.

    Babafemi said at least 99 bags of cannabis and three bags of its seeds weighing 1,286kgs, were seized on Oct. 13. when operatives raided a location in Ogbese area of Ondo State.

    He said another raid at Umukpe forest in Uhunmonde council area of Edo led to the seizure of 410kgs of the same substance in addition to a motorcycle, two dane guns and the arrest of two suspects.

    He said the two suspects were Numga Anim, 30, and Friday Ebije, 50, adding that not less than 50 bags of cannabis sativa weighing 623kgs were also recovered at Ekpom village in Igueben LGA with the arrest of the owner, Lucky Henry, 30. According to him, another suspect, Ndidi Esegine, 52, was nabbed at Ugbodo forest, Ovia North East LGA with 266.8kgs cannabis sativa on Oct. 11. “Two days later, operatives stormed Uzebba forest in Owan West LGA to destroy four cannabis farms where two suspects: Ezekiel Raphael and Gideon Bassey were arrested with a total of 223.5kgs processed recovered.

    “A stop and search operation along the road, in Ahoada area of Rivers, has led to the recovery of 251.4kgs of cannabis sativa in a gold colour Toyota Sienna bus with Reg No – Abuja YAB 70 BR, and a suspect, Segun Ajayi, arrested.

    “161.4kgs were equally recovered, from an ash colour Toyota Camry saloon car with Reg No- Abuja RBC 590 BQ,” he said.

    Some the suspects arrested in connection to the seized drugs Babafemi said an attempt by a trans-border trafficker, Edet Osu James, 44, to export 2.4kgs cocaine was foiled by officers of the Marine unit of the agency in Akwa Ibom. He said the drugs, which were concealed in two large tins of powdered milk and to be exported to Cameroon was intercepted on Oct. 13, during an outward clearance of vessels going to Cameroon from Oron. “In Imo, no fewer than 10,690 pills of tramadol were intercepted during stop and search operations along Owerri-Onitsha road.

    “Three suspects: Saadu Usman; Godwin Emeka and Emeka Obijihe were arrested in follow-up efforts on Oct. 13. “Interestingly, Emeka Obijihe was already standing trial for a similar offence for which he was arrested on May 9, and was on court bail when he was arrested again last Thursday for trafficking 6.5kgs of tramadol.

    “In Jigawa, operatives recovered 67,300 pills of exol-5 and tramadol at junction, while in Kogi, a total of 46,100 pills of the same opioids were seized along Okene-Abuja highway both on Oct. 13. Babafemi said six suspects were arrested at a notorious drug location in Ngurore town, Adamawa, with a total of 495kgs cannabis seized in addition to different quantities of opioids.

    According to him, suspects arrested included: Chidi Titus, Vincent Donatus, Badishi Bitrus, Abubakar Inuwa, Abdul A.

    Abdul and Inuwa Ado Isa. “At least, 5,480 pills of tramadol were seized from two suspects: Dalhatu Salisu and Hamisu Ishaq, who were arrested on Oct. 12 by operatives along Abuja-Kaduna express road.

    “A total of 3,800 bottles of new psychoactive substance, Akuskura and 7,760 tablets of tramadol were recovered from five suspects along Ilorin-Jebba highway.

    “Four of the suspects: Idris Nadir, 38, Suleiman Mubammed, 68, Babangida Zaki, 30 and Yahaya Lawal, claimed they were coming from Ibadan, Oyo State and taking the Akuskura to Katsina, Kano and Birnin Kebbi.

    “The fifth suspect, Nafiu Idris, who was arrested with the tramadol pills said he was taking them to Kankara in Katsina State,” he said.

    Meanwhile, a 200-level student of Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Ms. Mercy Nyong, 30, was on Wednesday Oct. 12 arrested at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Ikeja Lagos.

    Babafemi said the suspect was arrested for attempting to export 300 grams of tramadol 225mg concealed in incense products going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).


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  •   The United Arab Emirates strongly condemned the bombing that took place in central Mali and targeted a passenger bus resulting in the death and injury of dozens of civilians The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MoFAIC stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence extremism and terrorism in contravention of human values and principles The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the government of Mali and its people and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured
    UAE strongly condemns bus bombing in central Mali
      The United Arab Emirates strongly condemned the bombing that took place in central Mali and targeted a passenger bus resulting in the death and injury of dozens of civilians The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MoFAIC stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence extremism and terrorism in contravention of human values and principles The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the government of Mali and its people and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured
    UAE strongly condemns bus bombing in central Mali
    Africa2 months ago

    UAE strongly condemns bus bombing in central Mali

    The United Arab Emirates strongly condemned the bombing that took place in central Mali and targeted a passenger bus, resulting in the death and injury of dozens of civilians.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism in contravention of human values ​​and principles.

    The Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the government of Mali and its people, and to the families of the victims of this heinous crime, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured.

  •  The 2022 Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC World Oil Outlook WOO will be launched at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference ADIPEC 2022 in the United Arab Emirates UAE OPEC in a statement obtained from its website on Friday said the launch would be held in the ICC Room on Oct 31 2022 First published in 2007 the WOO provides an in depth review and analysis of the global oil and energy industries and offers assessments of various scenarios in the medium and long term development of the oil industry It said OPEC s Secretary General Haitham Al Ghais along with OPEC experts would present the major findings of the WOO 2022 as well as introduce a video with key messages from the publication s 16th edition This it said would be followed by a panel discussion and Questions and Answers session with management and analysts from OPEC s Research Division According to the statement the launch will also feature keynote remarks from ministers and the chief executive officers of oil companies The publication provides insights into the upstream and downstream supply and demand investments the potential impact of policies and issues related to environment and sustainable development It also provides expert analysis of many of the challenges and opportunities facing the global oil and energy industry it said The statement quoted Al Ghais as saying The WOO is an indispensable reference tool that underscores the organisation s commitment to impartial analysis data transparency and the enhancement of dialogue and cooperation This is extremely valuable given events in 2022 and the challenges and opportunities the energy industry will face in the years and decades ahead ADIPEC 2022 which will be held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Al Nahyan President of the UAE will be hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co ADNOC This year s event focuses on helping the energy industry tackle the dual challenge of meeting today s growing energy needs with fewer emissions and investing in the systems of tomorrow This year s publication will again be accompanied by a smart app to give increased access to the WOO s vital analysis and energy data as well as a comprehensive website version NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OPEC to launch World Oil Outlook at ADIPEC 
     The 2022 Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC World Oil Outlook WOO will be launched at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference ADIPEC 2022 in the United Arab Emirates UAE OPEC in a statement obtained from its website on Friday said the launch would be held in the ICC Room on Oct 31 2022 First published in 2007 the WOO provides an in depth review and analysis of the global oil and energy industries and offers assessments of various scenarios in the medium and long term development of the oil industry It said OPEC s Secretary General Haitham Al Ghais along with OPEC experts would present the major findings of the WOO 2022 as well as introduce a video with key messages from the publication s 16th edition This it said would be followed by a panel discussion and Questions and Answers session with management and analysts from OPEC s Research Division According to the statement the launch will also feature keynote remarks from ministers and the chief executive officers of oil companies The publication provides insights into the upstream and downstream supply and demand investments the potential impact of policies and issues related to environment and sustainable development It also provides expert analysis of many of the challenges and opportunities facing the global oil and energy industry it said The statement quoted Al Ghais as saying The WOO is an indispensable reference tool that underscores the organisation s commitment to impartial analysis data transparency and the enhancement of dialogue and cooperation This is extremely valuable given events in 2022 and the challenges and opportunities the energy industry will face in the years and decades ahead ADIPEC 2022 which will be held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Al Nahyan President of the UAE will be hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co ADNOC This year s event focuses on helping the energy industry tackle the dual challenge of meeting today s growing energy needs with fewer emissions and investing in the systems of tomorrow This year s publication will again be accompanied by a smart app to give increased access to the WOO s vital analysis and energy data as well as a comprehensive website version NewsSourceCredit NAN
    OPEC to launch World Oil Outlook at ADIPEC 
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    OPEC to launch World Oil Outlook at ADIPEC 

    The 2022 Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) World Oil Outlook (WOO) will be launched at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) 2022 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

    OPEC in a statement obtained from its website on Friday said the launch would be held in the ICC Room on Oct. 31, 2022. First published in 2007, the WOO provides an in-depth review and analysis of the global oil and energy industries, and offers assessments of various scenarios in the medium-and long-term development of the oil industry.

    It said OPEC’s Secretary-General, Haitham Al Ghais, along with OPEC experts, would present the major findings of the WOO 2022, as well as introduce a video with key messages from the publication’s 16th edition.

    This, it said would be followed by a panel discussion and Questions and Answers session with management and analysts from OPEC’s Research Division.

    According to the statement, the launch will also feature keynote remarks from ministers and the chief executive officers of oil companies.

    “The publication provides insights into the upstream and downstream, supply and demand, investments, the potential impact of policies, and issues related to environment and sustainable development.

    “It also provides expert analysis of many of the challenges and opportunities facing the global oil and energy industry,” it said.

    The statement quoted Al Ghais as saying: “The WOO is an indispensable reference tool that underscores the organisation’s commitment to impartial analysis, data transparency and the enhancement of dialogue and cooperation.

    “This is extremely valuable given events in 2022, and the challenges and opportunities the energy industry will face in the years and decades ahead.

    ” ADIPEC 2022, which will be held under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, will be hosted by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Co (ADNOC).

    This year’s event focuses on helping the energy industry tackle the dual challenge of meeting today’s growing energy needs with fewer emissions, and investing in the systems of tomorrow.

    This year’s publication will again be accompanied by a smart app to give increased access to the WOO’s vital analysis and energy data, as well as a comprehensive website version.


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  •   Her Excellency Mariam Al Kaabi Ambassador of the UAE to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the Arab League received His Excellency Dr Khaled Abdel Ghaffar Minister of Health and Population of Egypt to discuss numerous files of common interest Both sides discussed various issues related to health and ways to develop cooperation between the two countries Her Excellency Ella Al Kaabi affirmed the enthusiasm of the United Arab Emirates to strengthen bilateral relations with the Arab Republic of Egypt in various fields including the health sector through the exchange of experiences to improve health infrastructure On her part Her Excellency Dr Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with the UAE at all levels
    The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) discusses the strengthening of bilateral cooperation with the Minister of Health and Population of Egypt
      Her Excellency Mariam Al Kaabi Ambassador of the UAE to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the Arab League received His Excellency Dr Khaled Abdel Ghaffar Minister of Health and Population of Egypt to discuss numerous files of common interest Both sides discussed various issues related to health and ways to develop cooperation between the two countries Her Excellency Ella Al Kaabi affirmed the enthusiasm of the United Arab Emirates to strengthen bilateral relations with the Arab Republic of Egypt in various fields including the health sector through the exchange of experiences to improve health infrastructure On her part Her Excellency Dr Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with the UAE at all levels
    The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) discusses the strengthening of bilateral cooperation with the Minister of Health and Population of Egypt
    Africa2 months ago

    The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) discusses the strengthening of bilateral cooperation with the Minister of Health and Population of Egypt

    Her Excellency Mariam Al Kaabi, Ambassador of the UAE to the Arab Republic of Egypt and Permanent Representative of the UAE to the Arab League, received His Excellency Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Health and Population of Egypt, to discuss numerous files of common interest.

    Both sides discussed various issues related to health and ways to develop cooperation between the two countries.

    Her Excellency Ella Al Kaabi affirmed the enthusiasm of the United Arab Emirates to strengthen bilateral relations with the Arab Republic of Egypt in various fields, including the health sector through the exchange of experiences to improve health infrastructure.

    On her part, Her Excellency Dr. Abdel Ghaffar stressed that Egypt seeks to strengthen relations with the UAE at all levels.

  •  The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA said two Nigerian tech Start ups had qualified for the Start ups competition at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition GITEX in United Arab Emirates Dubai UAE Mrs Hadiza Umar Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA made the announcement on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja Umar said the two Start ups emerged at the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition after nine of them qualified for the semi finals on Monday She said the start ups to compete for the gold position of the were FLOEWS and ShapShap FLOEWS is a multi award winning startup seeking to solve the persistent problem of climate change and natural disasters like flooding They provide an equitable access to a democratised socially inclusive and gender responsive disaster risk management together with early warning for vulnerable individuals business communities and national economies ShapShap provides the best on demand delivery service in Nigeria for online ordering and same day delivery of food groceries medicines and packages using a mobile application Umar recalled that the Prof Isa Pantami Minister of Communications and Digital Economy while inaugurating the Nigerian Exhibition pavilion was confident Nigerian Start ups would excel GITEX is an annual technology event that brings world technology players across the globe together while NITDA had facilitated and driven Nigeria s participation at the event since 2013 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    GITEX: 2 Nigerian Start-Ups qualify for finals at expo pitch competition
     The National Information Technology Development Agency NITDA said two Nigerian tech Start ups had qualified for the Start ups competition at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition GITEX in United Arab Emirates Dubai UAE Mrs Hadiza Umar Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA made the announcement on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja Umar said the two Start ups emerged at the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition after nine of them qualified for the semi finals on Monday She said the start ups to compete for the gold position of the were FLOEWS and ShapShap FLOEWS is a multi award winning startup seeking to solve the persistent problem of climate change and natural disasters like flooding They provide an equitable access to a democratised socially inclusive and gender responsive disaster risk management together with early warning for vulnerable individuals business communities and national economies ShapShap provides the best on demand delivery service in Nigeria for online ordering and same day delivery of food groceries medicines and packages using a mobile application Umar recalled that the Prof Isa Pantami Minister of Communications and Digital Economy while inaugurating the Nigerian Exhibition pavilion was confident Nigerian Start ups would excel GITEX is an annual technology event that brings world technology players across the globe together while NITDA had facilitated and driven Nigeria s participation at the event since 2013 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    GITEX: 2 Nigerian Start-Ups qualify for finals at expo pitch competition
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    GITEX: 2 Nigerian Start-Ups qualify for finals at expo pitch competition

    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) said two Nigerian tech Start-ups had qualified for the Start-ups competition at the ongoing Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (GITEX)in United Arab Emirates, Dubai, UAE.

    Mrs Hadiza Umar, Head Corporate Affairs and External Relations of NITDA made the announcement on Thursday in a statement issued in Abuja.

    Umar said the two Start-ups emerged at the Supernova Challenge Pitch Competition after nine of them qualified for the semi-finals on Monday.

    She said the start-ups to compete for the gold position of the  were FLOEWS and ShapShap.FLOEWS is a multi-award winning startup seeking to solve the persistent problem of climate change and natural disasters like flooding.

    They provide an equitable access to a democratised, socially-inclusive and gender-responsive disaster risk management together with early warning for vulnerable individuals, business communities and national economies.

    ShapShap provides the best on-demand delivery service in Nigeria for online ordering and same-day delivery of food, groceries, medicines, and packages using a mobile application.

    Umar recalled that the Prof. Isa Pantami, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, while inaugurating the Nigerian Exhibition pavilion was confident Nigerian Start-ups would excel.

    GITEX is an annual technology event that brings world technology players across the globe together, while NITDA had facilitated and driven Nigeria’s participation at the event since 2013.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against military forces in Garabtisan in the Republic of Djibouti which resulted in several soldiers being killed and wounded In a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MoFAIC stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of the human values and principles The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences to the government and people of Djibouti and to the families of the victims as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemns terrorist attack against soldiers in Djibouti
      The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against military forces in Garabtisan in the Republic of Djibouti which resulted in several soldiers being killed and wounded In a statement the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation MoFAIC stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of the human values and principles The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences to the government and people of Djibouti and to the families of the victims as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemns terrorist attack against soldiers in Djibouti
    Africa2 months ago

    United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemns terrorist attack against soldiers in Djibouti

    The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the terrorist attack against military forces in Garabtisan in the Republic of Djibouti, which resulted in several soldiers being killed and wounded.

    In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) stated that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of these criminal acts and its permanent rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at destabilizing security and stability in contravention of the human values ​​and principles The Ministry expressed its most sincere condolences to the government and people of Djibouti and to the families of the victims, as well as its wishes for a speedy recovery of the injured.

  •  Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar cannot absolve himself and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of blame for the problem besetting the Mambila hydro electric power project contrary to the impression he recently created on the campaign trail According to the Buhari Media Organisation BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke as former Vice President in 2003 Atiku was central to legal issues over the project that the Buhari administration has been battling to resolve After a previous misstep of pledging to implement what President Muhammadu Buhari is already doing with the private sector we were surprised to hear the PDP Presidential candidate making another monumental gaffe This time he claimed at a rally in Bauchi that no government has summoned the needed courage to execute the Mambila Power Project in the last 50 years in a manner that we consider an insult to the sensibilities of the average Nigerian And like many people have pointed out Atiku s claim is yet another proof that he is cut off from reality as a result of his intermittent sojourn in the United Arab Emirates UAE so he does not have a clue about what the Buhari administration had been doing to extricate the country from the various legal disputes the PDP plunged her into with its poor handling of the project almost 20 years ago For the avoidance of doubt the former Vice President was part of the administration that in 2003 awarded a 6billion dollars to build operate and transfer BOT contract for a 3050mw plant to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited SPTCL a local content partner with no requisite background which later sought an arbitration award of 2 3billion dollars after the deal was called off the group said BMO added that the Buhari administration had since 2017 been engaged in a two prong approach to get the Mambila plant off the ground It is on record that soon after assuming office President Buhari entered into a government to government arrangement with China to finance the project after signing a 5 8billion dollars engineering procurement and construction EPC contract with a consortium of three Chinese firms At the same time the administration was pushing to extricate Nigeria from a legal wrangle with Sunrise which caused the China Export Import EXIM Bank to put on hold the 85 per cent funding it was to commit to the Mambila plant until the dispute was resolved Now the government is on the verge of making a pay off to the firm for the termination of the earlier contract to build the plant to finally get the project going So it is uncharitable for the former Vice President to in one breath claim that the project had been on the drawing board for over 50 years and in another breath say no government had summoned the courage to execute it This against the backdrop of the hole his administration dug Nigeria into with its shoddy handling of what could have been a straight forward deal without a middle man it said The group urged Nigerians to be wary of more of such political antics from politicians out to pull the wool over their eyes as the 2023 Presidential election inches closer ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BMO to Atiku: Mambilla is a PDP mess that Buhari is cleaning up
     Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar cannot absolve himself and the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of blame for the problem besetting the Mambila hydro electric power project contrary to the impression he recently created on the campaign trail According to the Buhari Media Organisation BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke as former Vice President in 2003 Atiku was central to legal issues over the project that the Buhari administration has been battling to resolve After a previous misstep of pledging to implement what President Muhammadu Buhari is already doing with the private sector we were surprised to hear the PDP Presidential candidate making another monumental gaffe This time he claimed at a rally in Bauchi that no government has summoned the needed courage to execute the Mambila Power Project in the last 50 years in a manner that we consider an insult to the sensibilities of the average Nigerian And like many people have pointed out Atiku s claim is yet another proof that he is cut off from reality as a result of his intermittent sojourn in the United Arab Emirates UAE so he does not have a clue about what the Buhari administration had been doing to extricate the country from the various legal disputes the PDP plunged her into with its poor handling of the project almost 20 years ago For the avoidance of doubt the former Vice President was part of the administration that in 2003 awarded a 6billion dollars to build operate and transfer BOT contract for a 3050mw plant to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited SPTCL a local content partner with no requisite background which later sought an arbitration award of 2 3billion dollars after the deal was called off the group said BMO added that the Buhari administration had since 2017 been engaged in a two prong approach to get the Mambila plant off the ground It is on record that soon after assuming office President Buhari entered into a government to government arrangement with China to finance the project after signing a 5 8billion dollars engineering procurement and construction EPC contract with a consortium of three Chinese firms At the same time the administration was pushing to extricate Nigeria from a legal wrangle with Sunrise which caused the China Export Import EXIM Bank to put on hold the 85 per cent funding it was to commit to the Mambila plant until the dispute was resolved Now the government is on the verge of making a pay off to the firm for the termination of the earlier contract to build the plant to finally get the project going So it is uncharitable for the former Vice President to in one breath claim that the project had been on the drawing board for over 50 years and in another breath say no government had summoned the courage to execute it This against the backdrop of the hole his administration dug Nigeria into with its shoddy handling of what could have been a straight forward deal without a middle man it said The group urged Nigerians to be wary of more of such political antics from politicians out to pull the wool over their eyes as the 2023 Presidential election inches closer ABI NewsSourceCredit NAN
    BMO to Atiku: Mambilla is a PDP mess that Buhari is cleaning up
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    BMO to Atiku: Mambilla is a PDP mess that Buhari is cleaning up

    Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar cannot absolve himself and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of blame for the problem besetting the Mambila hydro-electric power project, contrary to the impression he recently created on the campaign trail.

    According to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, as former Vice President in 2003, Atiku was central to legal issues over the project that the Buhari administration has been battling to resolve.

    “After a previous misstep of pledging to implement what President Muhammadu Buhari is already doing with the private sector, we were surprised to hear the PDP Presidential candidate making another monumental gaffe.

    “This time, he claimed at a rally in Bauchi that no government has summoned the needed courage to execute the Mambila Power Project in the last 50 years, in a manner that we consider an insult to the sensibilities of the average Nigerian.

    “And like many people have pointed out, Atiku’s claim is yet another proof that he is cut off from reality as a result of his intermittent sojourn in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), so he does not have a clue about what the Buhari administration had been doing to extricate the country from the various legal disputes the PDP plunged her into with its poor handling of the project almost 20 years ago.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, the former Vice President was part of the administration that, in 2003, awarded a 6billion dollars to build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract for a 3050mw plant to Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited (SPTCL), a local content partner with no requisite background, which later sought an arbitration award of 2.3billion dollars after the deal was called off, ” the group said.

    BMO added that the Buhari administration had since 2017 been engaged in a two-prong approach to get the Mambila plant off the ground.

    “It is on record that soon after assuming office, President Buhari entered into a government-to-government arrangement with China to finance the project after signing a 5.8billion dollars engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with a consortium of three Chinese firms.

    “At the same time, the administration was pushing to extricate Nigeria from a legal wrangle with Sunrise which caused the China Export-Import (EXIM) Bank to put on hold the 85 per cent funding it was to commit to the Mambila plant until the dispute was resolved.

    “Now the government is on the verge of making a pay off to the firm for the termination of the earlier contract to build the plant to finally get the project going.

    “So it is uncharitable for the former Vice-President to in one breath, claim that the project had been on the drawing board for over 50 years, and in another breath say no government had summoned the courage to execute it.

    This, against the backdrop of the hole his administration dug Nigeria into with its shoddy handling of what could have been a straight-forward deal without a middle man,” it said.

    The group urged Nigerians to be “wary of more of such political antics from politicians out to pull the wool over their eyes as the 2023 Presidential election inches closer”. 

    ABI  
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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