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  •  The New York security has on Monday tighten security just as the annual UN General Assembly debate ramps up this week after Saturday night bombing The U S Homeland Security Department said that the bombing that injured 29 people and the discovery of a second device blocks away in Manhattan along with a blast in nearby New Jersey prompted New York state officials to tighten security Jeh Johnson Homeland Security Secretary said that the department was actively monitoring and participating in the investigations of both the New York and New Jersey explosions He noted that the UN General Assembly debate which begins Tuesday was already designated a national special security event for which thousands of federal personnel led by the Secret Service were deploying to the city Any area in New York City associated with UNGA will therefore be subject to an extraordinarily high level of surveillance and security Edited by Hawa Lawal Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    New York security beefs up after bombings ahead of UN meetings
     The New York security has on Monday tighten security just as the annual UN General Assembly debate ramps up this week after Saturday night bombing The U S Homeland Security Department said that the bombing that injured 29 people and the discovery of a second device blocks away in Manhattan along with a blast in nearby New Jersey prompted New York state officials to tighten security Jeh Johnson Homeland Security Secretary said that the department was actively monitoring and participating in the investigations of both the New York and New Jersey explosions He noted that the UN General Assembly debate which begins Tuesday was already designated a national special security event for which thousands of federal personnel led by the Secret Service were deploying to the city Any area in New York City associated with UNGA will therefore be subject to an extraordinarily high level of surveillance and security Edited by Hawa Lawal Julius Enehikhuere NAN
    New York security beefs up after bombings ahead of UN meetings
    Foreign6 years ago

    New York security beefs up after bombings ahead of UN meetings

    The New York security has on Monday tighten security, just as the annual UN General Assembly debate ramps up this week, after Saturday night bombing.

    The U.S. Homeland Security Department said that the bombing that injured 29 people and the discovery of a second device blocks away in Manhattan, along with a blast in nearby New Jersey, prompted New York state officials to tighten security.

    Jeh Johnson, Homeland Security Secretary, said that the department was “actively monitoring and participating in the investigations” of both the New York and New Jersey explosions.

    He noted that the UN General Assembly debate, which begins Tuesday, was already designated a national special security event, for which thousands of federal personnel led by the Secret Service were deploying to the city.

    “Any area in New York City associated with UNGA will therefore be subject to an extraordinarily high level of surveillance and security.

    (Edited by: Hawa Lawal/Julius Enehikhuere)
    (NAN)

     

  •  President Buhari and President Obama at a past meeting President Barack Obama and Nigeria s President Muhammadu Buhari will meet on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the US leader s final appearance at the UN General Assembly session The 71st UN General session opens on Monday It will be President Buhari s second appearance since he came to power on 29 May last year The meeting confirmed by White House was not on the itinerary of the Nigerian leader released on Friday Obama is also scheduled to meet with presidents of Iraq and Colombia Obama will discuss with President Buhari about continued U S support for security and economic changes in the country as well the government s efforts to counter the terrorist group Boko Haram Nigeria and the US have pending agreement over the sale of US military equipment especially attack helicopters to fight the insurgents In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina President Buhari would deliver Nigeria s statement at the opening of the General Debate of the Assembly on The Sustainable Development Goals A Universal Push to Transform Our World Adesina revealed that the president would also attend a high level summit to be hosted by the UN on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants The summit which is the first of its kind organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of State and Government level is expected to come up with a blueprint for a better international response to enhance protection of migrants and refugees He also said that Buhari would deliver a keynote address on Taking Climate Action toward Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin The president s aide disclosed that leaders of member countries of Lake Chad Basin would attend the summit organised by Nigerian government to highlight the urgent need to mobilise international response to the situation in the Chad Basin Over nine million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin He said that while in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders the president would attend series of meetings as well as side events which were of significant interest to Nigeria Adesina said that the president would equally participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Ending Need in the Lake Chad On the margins of the 71stUNGA President Buhari will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and participate in activities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Right to Development He said that the Nigerian leader would attend the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by the Secretary General According to Adesina the president will lead discussions at the United States Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria He said that the president would hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of his administration s commitment in ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in the country He said that the discussions would also focus on the president s longstanding commitment to returning peace and security in the North East of Nigeria Adesina stated that the discussions would also focus on restoring calm to the Niger Delta and attracting more investments to develop critical infrastructure and revamp the Nigerian economy According to a statement from the White House Obama has also scheduled meetings with leaders of Iraq and Columbia
    Buhari, Obama to meet in New York: White House
     President Buhari and President Obama at a past meeting President Barack Obama and Nigeria s President Muhammadu Buhari will meet on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the US leader s final appearance at the UN General Assembly session The 71st UN General session opens on Monday It will be President Buhari s second appearance since he came to power on 29 May last year The meeting confirmed by White House was not on the itinerary of the Nigerian leader released on Friday Obama is also scheduled to meet with presidents of Iraq and Colombia Obama will discuss with President Buhari about continued U S support for security and economic changes in the country as well the government s efforts to counter the terrorist group Boko Haram Nigeria and the US have pending agreement over the sale of US military equipment especially attack helicopters to fight the insurgents In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Mr Femi Adesina President Buhari would deliver Nigeria s statement at the opening of the General Debate of the Assembly on The Sustainable Development Goals A Universal Push to Transform Our World Adesina revealed that the president would also attend a high level summit to be hosted by the UN on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants The summit which is the first of its kind organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of State and Government level is expected to come up with a blueprint for a better international response to enhance protection of migrants and refugees He also said that Buhari would deliver a keynote address on Taking Climate Action toward Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin The president s aide disclosed that leaders of member countries of Lake Chad Basin would attend the summit organised by Nigerian government to highlight the urgent need to mobilise international response to the situation in the Chad Basin Over nine million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin He said that while in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders the president would attend series of meetings as well as side events which were of significant interest to Nigeria Adesina said that the president would equally participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Ending Need in the Lake Chad On the margins of the 71stUNGA President Buhari will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and participate in activities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Right to Development He said that the Nigerian leader would attend the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by the Secretary General According to Adesina the president will lead discussions at the United States Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria He said that the president would hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of his administration s commitment in ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in the country He said that the discussions would also focus on the president s longstanding commitment to returning peace and security in the North East of Nigeria Adesina stated that the discussions would also focus on restoring calm to the Niger Delta and attracting more investments to develop critical infrastructure and revamp the Nigerian economy According to a statement from the White House Obama has also scheduled meetings with leaders of Iraq and Columbia
    Buhari, Obama to meet in New York: White House
    Foreign6 years ago

    Buhari, Obama to meet in New York: White House

    President Buhari and President Obama at a past meeting

    President Barack Obama and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will meet on Tuesday in New York, on the sidelines of the US leader’s final appearance at the UN General Assembly session.

    The 71st UN General session opens on Monday. It will be President Buhari’s second appearance since he came to power on 29 May last year.

    The meeting confirmed by White House was not on the itinerary of the Nigerian leader released on Friday.

    Obama is also scheduled to meet with presidents of Iraq and Colombia.

    Obama will discuss with President Buhari about  continued U.S. support for security and economic changes in the country, as well the government’s efforts to counter the terrorist group Boko Haram. Nigeria and the US have pending agreement over the sale of US military equipment, especially attack helicopters  to fight the insurgents.

    In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina,  President Buhari would deliver Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the General Debate of the Assembly on “The Sustainable Development Goals: A Universal Push to Transform Our World.”

    Adesina revealed that the president would also attend a high-level summit to be hosted by the UN, on “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants’’.

    “The summit, which is the first of its kind organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of State and Government level, is expected to come up with a blueprint for a better international response to enhance protection of migrants and refugees.’’

    He also said that Buhari would deliver a keynote address on “Taking Climate Action toward Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.”

    The president’s aide disclosed that leaders of member-countries of Lake Chad Basin would attend the summit, organised by Nigerian government, to highlight the urgent need to mobilise international response to the situation in the Chad Basin.

    “Over nine million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the Lake Chad Basin.”

    He said that while in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders, the president would attend series of meetings as well as side events, which were of significant interest to Nigeria.

    Adesina said that the president would equally participate in an event hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, on “Ending Need in the Lake Chad.’’

    “On the margins of the 71stUNGA, President Buhari will sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and participate in activities commemorating the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of the Right to Development.’’

    He said that the Nigerian leader would attend the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by the Secretary General.

    According to Adesina, the president will lead discussions at the United States-Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria.

    He said that the president would hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of his administration’s commitment in ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

    He said that the discussions would also focus on the president’s longstanding commitment to returning peace and security in the North-East of Nigeria.

    Adesina stated that the discussions would also focus on restoring calm to the Niger Delta, and attracting more investments to develop critical infrastructure and revamp the Nigerian economy.

    According to a statement from the White House, Obama has also scheduled meetings with leaders of Iraq and Columbia .

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigeria s delegates to the 71st UN General Assembly UNGA scheduled to begin at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said Onyeama who made the fact known in Abuja on Friday at a news conference said the president would be discussing series of issues which had direct impact on Nigeria He said the president would among others set the record straight on the issue of human rights violation and sign the Paris Agreement on Climate The Nigeria News Agency recalls that at the Paris Climate Conference COP21 held in December 2015 195 countries adopted the first ever universal legally binding global climate deal The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to 2 C The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020 Onyeama said that the president signing the agreement would send a signal to the world that Nigeria was serious with it and noted that China and the U S had already signed it He said that the UNGA conference was a unique one where Mr President had opportunity to meet world leaders and build on the country s reputation It is one unique conference where world leaders assemble and address issues pre occupying their minds it is a wonderful opportunity for the president to build on his reputation President Buhari is well regarded by the world leaders and it will give him opportunity to reconnect and engage them on various issues He needs world leaders support in the areas of economy security anti corruption and governance He will use the opportunity to push for Nigeria s interest at the UN the minister said He said that the president would also use the opportunity to look for foreign markets for Nigerian s products and garner support for the economy Onyeama said that the president would also use the opportunity to canvass for the repatriation of Nigeria s stolen money in foreign banks Mr President will use the opportunity to canvass for support for the recharge of Lake Chad There will be a discussion on Lake Chad Basin and how to recharge the lake through Central Africa which will cost about 15 billion dollars Mr President will engage and push for investors on the project He will be looking at Public Private Partnership to mobilise that kind of funding for Lake Chad Such investment will have direct impact on at least five million people he said According to Onyeama there will also be a discussion on one vision one Africa where all African nations can have a voice on issues that have direct impact on the continent He said the EU would be putting 31 billion euros on the table to address certain issues affecting Middle East and part of Africa He said that Nigeria was the only one invited for the meeting to look into how to spend the money adding that the forum would give Nigeria opportunity to access the fund Edited by Dorcas Jonah Chukwudi Ekezie NAN
    Buhari to lead Nigeria’s delegates to71st UNGA
     President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigeria s delegates to the 71st UN General Assembly UNGA scheduled to begin at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has said Onyeama who made the fact known in Abuja on Friday at a news conference said the president would be discussing series of issues which had direct impact on Nigeria He said the president would among others set the record straight on the issue of human rights violation and sign the Paris Agreement on Climate The Nigeria News Agency recalls that at the Paris Climate Conference COP21 held in December 2015 195 countries adopted the first ever universal legally binding global climate deal The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to 2 C The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020 Onyeama said that the president signing the agreement would send a signal to the world that Nigeria was serious with it and noted that China and the U S had already signed it He said that the UNGA conference was a unique one where Mr President had opportunity to meet world leaders and build on the country s reputation It is one unique conference where world leaders assemble and address issues pre occupying their minds it is a wonderful opportunity for the president to build on his reputation President Buhari is well regarded by the world leaders and it will give him opportunity to reconnect and engage them on various issues He needs world leaders support in the areas of economy security anti corruption and governance He will use the opportunity to push for Nigeria s interest at the UN the minister said He said that the president would also use the opportunity to look for foreign markets for Nigerian s products and garner support for the economy Onyeama said that the president would also use the opportunity to canvass for the repatriation of Nigeria s stolen money in foreign banks Mr President will use the opportunity to canvass for support for the recharge of Lake Chad There will be a discussion on Lake Chad Basin and how to recharge the lake through Central Africa which will cost about 15 billion dollars Mr President will engage and push for investors on the project He will be looking at Public Private Partnership to mobilise that kind of funding for Lake Chad Such investment will have direct impact on at least five million people he said According to Onyeama there will also be a discussion on one vision one Africa where all African nations can have a voice on issues that have direct impact on the continent He said the EU would be putting 31 billion euros on the table to address certain issues affecting Middle East and part of Africa He said that Nigeria was the only one invited for the meeting to look into how to spend the money adding that the forum would give Nigeria opportunity to access the fund Edited by Dorcas Jonah Chukwudi Ekezie NAN
    Buhari to lead Nigeria’s delegates to71st UNGA
    Foreign6 years ago

    Buhari to lead Nigeria’s delegates to71st UNGA

    President Muhammadu Buhari will lead Nigeria’s delegates to the 71st  UN  General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to begin at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama, has said.

    Onyeama, who made the fact known in Abuja on Friday at a news conference, said the president would be discussing series of issues which had direct impact on Nigeria.

    He said the president would, among others, set the record straight on the issue of human rights violation and  sign the Paris Agreement on Climate.

    The Nigeria News Agency recalls that at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) held in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

    The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to 2°C.

    The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020.

    Onyeama said that the president signing the agreement  would send a signal to the world that Nigeria was serious with it and noted that China and the U.S. had already signed it.

    He said that the UNGA conference was a unique one where Mr President had opportunity to meet world leaders and build on the country’s reputation.

    “It is one unique conference where world leaders assemble and address issues pre-occupying their minds, it is a wonderful opportunity for the president to build on his reputation.

    “President Buhari is well regarded by the world leaders and it will give him opportunity to reconnect and engage them on various issues.

    “He needs world leaders’ support in the areas of economy, security, anti-corruption and governance. He will use the opportunity to push for Nigeria’s interest at the UN,” the minister said.

    He said that the president would also use the opportunity to look for foreign markets for Nigerian’s products and garner support for the economy.

    Onyeama said that the president would also use the opportunity to canvass for the repatriation of Nigeria’s  stolen money in foreign banks.

    “Mr President will use the opportunity to canvass for support for the recharge of Lake Chad.

    “` There will be a discussion on Lake Chad Basin and how to recharge the lake through Central Africa which will cost about 15 billion dollars.

    “Mr President will engage and push for investors on the project. He will be looking at Public, Private Partnership to mobilise that kind of funding for Lake Chad.

    “Such investment will have direct impact on at least five million people,” he said.

    According to Onyeama, there will also be a discussion on one vision, one Africa where all African nations can  have a voice on issues that have direct impact on the continent.

    He said the EU would be putting 31 billion euros on the table to address certain issues affecting Middle East and part of Africa.

    He said that Nigeria was the only one invited for the meeting to look into how to spend the money, adding that the forum would give Nigeria opportunity to access the fund.

    (Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/ Chukwudi Ekezie)
    (NAN)

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