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  •  Fact Sheet United States US Strategy Toward Sub Saharan Africa
    Fact Sheet: United States (US) Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa
     Fact Sheet United States US Strategy Toward Sub Saharan Africa
    Fact Sheet: United States (US) Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa
    Africa6 days ago

    Fact Sheet: United States (US) Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa

    Sub-Saharan Africa plays a critical role in advancing global priorities for the benefit of Africans and Americans.

    It has one of the fastest growing populations in the world, the largest free trade areas, the most diverse ecosystems, and one of the largest regional voting groups in the United Nations (UN).

    It is impossible to meet today's defining challenges without African contributions and leadership.

    The region will play a leading role in efforts to: end the COVID-19 pandemic; address the climate crisis; reverse the global tide of democratic backsliding; address global food insecurity; promote gender equity and equality; strengthen an open and stable international system; shaping the world's rules on vital issues like trade, cyber and emerging technologies; and address the threat of terrorism, conflict and transnational crime.

    Building on the actions and commitments of the Biden-Harris Administration to deepen our engagement and partnerships in Africa over the past year, the strategy articulates our new vision for a 21st-century US-Africa Partnership.

    It recognizes the tremendous and positive opportunities that exist to promote shared interests together with our African partners.

    At the same time, we recognize that Africa's potential will continue to be challenged as deadly conflicts divide societies, corruption impedes economic progress, food insecurity increases the risk of famine and malnutrition, and repression stifles human rights and expression.


    As President Biden noted in his speech to the African Union last year, "None of this will be easy, but the United States is ready now to partner with him, in solidarity, support and mutual respect."

    The new US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa represents a restatement of the importance of Africa to US national security interests.

    We will pursue four main goals in sub-Saharan Africa: 1.

    PROMOTE OPENNESS AND OPEN SOCIETIES Unidos has an abiding interest in ensuring that the region remains open and accessible to all and that governments and the public are able to make their own political decisions.

    consistent with international obligations.

    Open societies are generally more inclined to work in common cause with the United States, attract more trade and investment from the United States, pursue policies to improve conditions for their citizens, and counter harmful activities by the PRC, Russia, and the United States.

    other actors.

    We will foster openness and open societies by, among other things: Promoting government transparency and accountability Increasing our focus on the rule of law, justice and dignity Helping African countries make more transparent use of their natural resources for sustainable development 2.

    DELIVER DEMOCRATIC AND SECURITY DIVIDENDS The region's commitment and capacity to renew its democracies, as well as to anticipate, prevent and address emerging and long-standing conflicts, can lead to more favorable outcomes for Africans and the Americans.

    By simultaneously addressing these challenges and reaffirming that democracy brings tangible benefits, the United States can offer positive choices to Africans as they determine their own futures.

    We will help Africa deliver democratic and security dividends, for example by: Working with allies and regional partners to stem the recent wave of authoritarianism and military takeovers Supporting civil society, empowering marginalized groups, centering women's voices and youth, and defending free and fair rights.

    Enhance the ability of African partners to promote regional stability and security Reduce the threat from terrorist groups to the homeland, people, and U.S. diplomatic and military installations 3.

    ADVANCE PANDEMIC RECOVERY AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES problems: the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic and social consequences.

    These challenges have been compounded by supply chain and food insecurity issues stemming from Russia's war of aggression in Ukraine.

    The United States is committed to working with regional governments and international partners to build more stable and inclusive African economies.

    We will advance pandemic recovery and economic opportunity, for example by: Prioritizing policies and programs to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and building capacity to increase preparedness for the next health threat Supporting initiatives manufacturing of vaccines and other medical countermeasures Promoting a higher growth trajectory and debt sustainability to support the economic recovery of the region, including through the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), Prosper Africa, Power Africa , Feed the Future and a new digital transformation initiative Partner with African countries to rebuild human capital and food systems further weakened by the pandemic and Russia's war against Ukraine 4.

    SUPPORT CONSERVATION, CLIMATE ADAPTATION AND A JUST ENERGY TRANSITION Africa's efforts to conserve and restore the ecosystems of the continent and rich natural resources, while achieving energy access and energy security goals, diversifying its energy mix and building sustainable supply chains are critical to addressing the global climate crisis.

    Although the region is responsible for extremely low emissions per capita, it is likely to suffer some of the most severe effects of climate change.

    We will support conservation, climate adaptation and a just energy transition, for example: Partner with governments, civil society and local communities to conserve, manage and restore the continent's rich natural ecosystems Support countries in their efforts to minimize and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, including improving community, economic, and supply chain resilience Work closely with countries to accelerate their just transitions to a future of clean energy, energy access, and energy security Pursue public-private partnerships to sustainably develop and secure critical minerals that clean energy technologies will supply

  •  Senate invites Emefiele over Naira depreciation
    Senate invites Emefiele over Naira depreciation
     Senate invites Emefiele over Naira depreciation
    Senate invites Emefiele over Naira depreciation
    General news3 weeks ago

    Senate invites Emefiele over Naira depreciation

    The Senate on Wednesday at plenary resolved to invite the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, to educate and inform senators in a closed session on the reasons for the rapid depreciation of the value of the naira.It also mandated the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions to assess the impact of CBN intervention funds meant to support critical sectors of the economy.The resolutions were reached by lawmakers after the upper chamber considered a motion sponsored by Sen.Olubunmi Adetunmbi (APC – Ekiti).The motion was entitled, State of CBN Intervention Funds and Free Fall Of Naira.”Rising under Order 41 and 51 of the Senate Standing Order, as amended, Adetunmbi decried  Nigeria’s economic reality amid an urgent call for “extraordinary measures”.He said  that the CBN through its numerous multi-sectoral intervention funds, provided special funds to support critical sectors of the economy.He explained that in view of such interventions, it had become necessary to assess the state of implementation and effectiveness of the funds deployed for the purpose.He  recalled that the CBN in 2021, placed an indefinite halt on forex bidding by Bureau de Change operators (BDCS) and importers over allegations of abuse and mismanagement.He observed that the halt by the CBN resulted in a spike of the exchange rate.According to Adetunmbi, the two instruments of Personal Travel Allowance (PTA) and Business Travel Allowance (BTA) could only serve less than 20 per cent  of the total forex demand by travelers and businesses.He expressed worry that the import and export window meant to serve the forex needs of business giants, “has become a rare opportunity that only a privileged few can access.”“These and a number of others have contributed to the excessive scarcity of forex in Nigeria today”, he added.He noted that as at the 26th of July , the exchange rate in the autonomous segment (BDCS) of the foreign exchange market is N670 to one U.S. Dollar and projected to end at N1000 by end of the year based on the current rate of depreciation.He, advised the Central Bank to take new measures to curb forex scarcity and address the sliding rate of Naira exchange.In his contribution, Sen. Sani Musa (APC – Niger),faulted the Central Bank’s decision to halt foreign exchange biddings, thereby cutting off the parallel market – Bureau de change operators.According to him, the attempt by the CBN to control the value of the naira with the continuous exclusion of BDCs would only lead to its further depreciation.He, therefore, advised the apex bank to rather ensure the regulation and monitoring of the parallel market.“What CBN used to do was to give out 10,000 dollars  to each of these BDCs with a clear directive for it not to be sold above N470 as against the 419 dollars exchange rate.“But today, nobody is determining where the rate is going and I can assure you we can’t have that solution because we are only importing”, he said.On his part, Sen.Ahmad Babba-Kaita, said one way to improve the value of the naira was to encourage foreign investments to attract inflow of other currencies into Nigeria.“The only way we can access the dollar will be determined by other economies and not ours”, he noted.He, however, attributed the lack of foreign investments into Nigeria on the poor security situation caused by banditry, terrorism and other criminal activities.The Senate, in its resolutions, called on the CBN to urgently intervene to stop the rapid decline in the value of the Naira vis-à-vis the Dollar and other international currencies.It also mandated the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance and Other Financial Institutions to conduct an assessment of CBN intervention funds and the declining value of Naira to come up with sustainable solutionsNewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Biden ends COVID 19 isolation after testing negative twice
    Biden ends COVID-19 isolation after testing negative twice
     Biden ends COVID 19 isolation after testing negative twice
    Biden ends COVID-19 isolation after testing negative twice
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Biden ends COVID-19 isolation after testing negative twice

    U.S. President Joe Biden is leaving his COVID-19 isolation after testing negative twice, the White House said.

    Biden tested positive on Thursday and was said to have experienced “very mild symptoms’’.

    He went into isolation and was given a five-day course of Paxlovid, a Coronavirus treatment medication.

    White House physician Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that the 79-year old president tested negative on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning.

    “His symptoms have been steadily improving, and are almost completely resolved,’’ O’Connor wrote.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Japan must end its plan to pollute Pacific Ocean
    Japan must end its plan to pollute Pacific Ocean
     Japan must end its plan to pollute Pacific Ocean
    Japan must end its plan to pollute Pacific Ocean
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Japan must end its plan to pollute Pacific Ocean

    Nuclear energy authorities in Japan have recently authorised a highly-controversial plan to discharge radioactive wastewater from a crippled nuclear power plant into the Pacific.

    The ocean is shared by many dozens of countries and regions.

    The Nuclear Regulation Authority’s decision is an egregiously dangerous and irresponsible move.

    It blatantly disregards the public health and wellbeing of its own people and those in neighbouring countries.

    It once again revealed the conscienceless nature of the Japanese government.

    Responding to the plan’s approval, Japanese citizens have taken to the streets in protest and voiced their anger.

    The South Korean government has vowed to take the best responsive measures internally and externally.

    The Chinese government has also expressed its firm opposition.

    Japan’s decision-makers had chosen to proceed with their plan without sufficient consultations with related parties and international institutions.

    The Pacific Ocean does not belong to Japan.

    All countries and regions along the coastlines have every right to demand that Tokyo act responsibly and answer their urgent and legitimate concerns accordingly.

    One major worry was the contaminated water itself.

    After suffering core meltdowns, the Fukushima nuclear plant has been generating massive amounts of radiation-tainted water.

    Substances like tritium, a radioactive byproduct of nuclear reactors, are hard to filter.

    Some marine experts also raised concerns over traces of ruthenium, cobalt, strontium and plutonium isotopes in the wastewater.

    However, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and the Japanese authorities have never devised a transparent and credible plan to explain how they intend to filter out these radioactive elements and make the water safe.

    On the contrary, Tokyo seems to be trying to give an impression that it has exhausted every possible means, repeatedly claiming that the water containing small amounts of tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, is scientifically safe.

    If that were true, why didn’t former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga drink some of the water during his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant?

    The Pacific faces immense pollution because of Japan’s reckless intent.

    If dumped from Fukushima prefecture, the wastewater could encircle the entire Pacific Ocean.

    Tritium is light and could reach as far afield as the U.S. West Coast within two years, said Ken Buesseler at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Falmouth, Massachusetts.

    According to media reports, research by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres concluded that if contaminated water from Fukushima is released into the ocean.

    It would only take seven months for the contaminated water to reach the shores of South Korea’s Jeju Island.

    The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea stipulates that states shall take, individually or jointly as appropriate.

    “All measures consistent with this Convention that are necessary to prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from any source.’’ Japan, a signatory of the pact, must not use the Pacific Ocean as a giant sewage system.

    It should honour the convention with tangible actions.

    If Tokyo insisted on putting its own interests above the public interests of the global community and proceeded to pollute the ocean.

    It would surely pay the price for its irresponsible behaviour and leave another indelible mark on its history.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Group harps on Africa investment promotion industrialisation
    Group harps on Africa investment promotion, industrialisation
     Group harps on Africa investment promotion industrialisation
    Group harps on Africa investment promotion, industrialisation
    General news3 weeks ago

    Group harps on Africa investment promotion, industrialisation

    The United States Latino American Chamber of Commerce (USLACC) Africa, has advocated making Nigeria and Africa one of the industrialised hubs of the world through investment promotion.The President of the group, Dr Manolo Cevallos, said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a one-day African and Foreign Investors Trade Summit (AFRIFITS) for business people and entrepreneurs.The summit had the theme: “Promotion of African Businesses, Synergy and Match Making Foreign Investors”.Cevallos, who was represented by Amb. Ifeoma Ejiogu, USLAAC Africa Representative, said AFRIFITS was a creation of USLACC to catalyse Africa’s economic growth.He said that the central goal was to make Africa one of the world’s hubs of industrialisation.He said this would be achieved by bringing together foreign investors, Africans in Diaspora, African Business luminaries and friends of Africa to invest in the ‘immeasurable rich resources and opportunities’ that abound in the continent.“AFRIFITS aims at reforming all sectors of the African economy and accelerating continental and international trade and investment.“This would be achieved by building durable bridges between foreign business persons and potential business owners in Africa.“This will solve the decades and centuries long myths that inhibit foreign investment in Africa,” he said.Cevallos said USLACC, a public investment institute with headquarters in Los Angeles, California U.S., has been promoting bilateral foreign direct investments, infrastructural development and international trade between U.S. and other parts of the world.The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geofrey Onyeama, said that Nigeria would continue to play its role as an investment destination in Africa.Represented by Amb. Bolaji Akimremi, Director, Trade and Economy in the ministry, Onyeama commended USLACC for its efforts at giving industrialisation a new face in Africa.He pledged, on behalf of the ministry, to continue to ensure that Africa and other countries of the world collaborated in area of investment.The Vice- Chancellor, University of Abuja, Prof. Abdul Na’Allah, in his remarks promised that the university, as one of the modern universities, was ready to work with foreign investors to turn the university into a tourist centre in Nigeria.He urged the organisation to carry the university along in its scheme of things.Na’Allah expressed dissatisfaction at the on going strike in the nation’s universities saying it was sad and unpatriotic for Nigerians to allow the universities to be closed.Sir Mike Okiro, former Inspector General of Police and the Chief Award Presenter, said security situation in any country could discourage investment.“People invest where there is security of lives; people fear to invest because of insecurity.“Insecurity has become a global phenomenum, so the issue is how to manage it,” he said.Okiro called on Nigerians to work together with government and security agencies to fight insecurity in the nation.The former Governor of old Anambra, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, in his keynote address expressed concern at the level of corruption in the country and called for a change of attitude.He said that Nigeria was destined for greatness and called for a collective effort to make it great as other nations of the world.Mr Uche Egenti, Chairman Governing Board, Nigeria Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI), and Chairman of the Occasion, said the programme was targeted at investment and industrialisation of Africa.He called on business men and women and entrepreneurs in Nigeria to rise up and contribute toward the socio-economic status of Nigeria and by extension Africa.“It is time for Africa to be industrialised.Government alone cannot do everything.“It is time to reason together and develop concepts that would catapult Africa to the world,” Egenti said.Speaking, Mr Bethran Uzodimma, Chief Executive Officer, Fratello Properties Ltd., and one of award recipients at the programme, expressed gratitude to God for the award.Uzodimma, on behalf of other recipients, encouraged investors not to lose faith in Nigeria and other African countries with a lot of resources to harvest from and areas to invest in.“There are great potential in Africa; there is the confidence that Africa would develop as other continents because she has what it takes to be great,” he said.Presenting the award to Uzodimma, USLACC said Uzodimma was given the award for his philanthropic gestures.Some of the gestures were building houses for the downtrodden and financing the education of children in his community and beyond.“Earlier, Mr Daniel Ibrahim, ICT Lead, USLACC Africa, in his review of AFRIFITS said that Africa was on the road to a better tomorrow.He said the programme was to deliberate on how to improve on the economy of Africa.According to Ibrahim, the organisation is also in Kenya, Uganda, Togo and Ghana to forge relationships with small and medium enterprises and connect them to the rest of the world.He said the objectives were for wealth and value creation and business development opportunities enhancement.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Burna Boy s Last Last climbs up Billboard Hot 100 chart Tem s single makes debut
    Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ climbs up Billboard Hot 100 chart, Tem’s single makes debut
     Burna Boy s Last Last climbs up Billboard Hot 100 chart Tem s single makes debut
    Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ climbs up Billboard Hot 100 chart, Tem’s single makes debut
    Entertainment3 weeks ago

    Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ climbs up Billboard Hot 100 chart, Tem’s single makes debut

    Burna Boy’s ‘Last Last’ climbs up Billboard Hot 100 chart, Tem’s single makes debut Burna Boy By Oladele Eniola Lagos, July 26, 2021  ‘Last Last’ a hit song by Grammy Award winning Nigerian, Damini Ogulu, popularly known as Burna Boy, has climbed up the chart to number 77 on the Billboard Top 100.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the song debuted on the chart at number 86, a week ago.

    The song samples the hit track of Toni Braxton song titled “He wasn’t Man Enough” which was released on Feb. 29, 2000.

    Also, ‘Higher’ a song by Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, debuted at number 90 on the chart.

    The song is in Tem’s extended play titled ‘For Broken Ears’ which was released on Sept. 25, 2020.

    Meanwhile,  Lizzo’ hit single ‘About that Time’ topped the chart as Harry Style’ ‘As it Was’ fell to second place and ‘Running the Hill’ by Kate Bush climbed up to third on the chart.

    ‘First Class’ by Jack Harlow, ‘Wait for You’ by Future featuring Drake and Tems and Bad Bunny and Chencho Corleone ‘Me Porto Bonito’ were rated fourth, fifth and sixth on the chart respectively.

    ‘Break my Soul’ by Beyonce, ‘Heat Wave” by Glass Animals, ‘Late Night Talking’ by Harry Styles are the other songs occupying the seventh, eighth and ninth positions while ‘Jimmy Cooks’ by Drake featuring 21 Savage is number 10 on the chart.

    Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record in the United States for songs published weekly by Billboard magazine.

    Chart rankings are based on sales, both physical and digital, radio play and online streaming in the U.S. A new chart is complied and officially released to the public by Billboard every Tuesday of the week.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Northern House of Reps caucus deny impeachment move against Gbajabiamila
    Northern House of Reps caucus deny impeachment move against Gbajabiamila
     Northern House of Reps caucus deny impeachment move against Gbajabiamila
    Northern House of Reps caucus deny impeachment move against Gbajabiamila
    General news3 weeks ago

    Northern House of Reps caucus deny impeachment move against Gbajabiamila

    The Northern House of Representatives caucus has denied impeachment move against the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila over failure to support the controversial water resources bill.

    Rep. Seriki Addah, the Chairman, the Northern Caucus, denied the move at plenary on Tuesday in Abuja, saying at no time did the caucus hold any meeting for impeachment of the speaker.

    “This is a sad day and coming at a time we should be talking of how to unite this country and provide leadership, we are being dragged down by the agent of destabilisation.

    “I say clearly that what has been published is malicious lies aimed at planting the seed of discord among Nigerians.” Addah said that Gbajabiamila enjoyed the support of every lawmaker in the house, adding that his campaign to become speaker was hinged on, “nation building, a joint task”.

    He said that the Speaker is from the South West and the person who contested against him was a northerner, but the northerners chose to support Gbajabiamila.

    He said that the news was a disservice to the country and should be condemned, while urging the publisher to retract the publication and apologise to the north.

    He said that the Northern caucus feels aggrieved and betrayed with the malicious publication.

    The chairman said that the lawmakers were trying hard to build the nation, “Nigeria is Nigeria, we are one country and lawmakers operate as Nigerians; we don’t talk about tribe or religion.

    The Deputy Speaker, Rep. Idris Wase, while refuting the report said that there was nothing like impeachment going on to the best of his knowledge, saying “I am a northerner”.

    He pleaded with his colleagues to toe the line of what had been mentioned to trust one another, adding that members were working as a family.

    He urged members not to be carried by emotions and sentiments towards dividing members.

    “We remain the symbol of democracy in this country and in any nation the parliament is a symbol of democracy.

    “Maybe because the speaker is away and they want to gang me up against my colleagues too and that is why they are planting this story.

    “For me, I want to say we are one and we are one in terms of our activities.

    The matter is hereby referred to committee on ethics and privilege.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Water Resources Bill is an executive bill that passed through third reading in the House of Reps during the 8th Assembly but was rejected by the Senate.

    The bill was recommitted for consideration recently in the 9th Assembly and it raised a dust.

    Rep. Sanda Soli, the Chairman, House Committee on Water Resources said that the bill was an executive bill, adding that it was not intended to generate any acrimony.

    The Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu, however queried why the house should be bothered about impeachment “when the country is bedevilled with insecurity?’’ Elumelu said what should concern the house was the lingering Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) strike, the kidnapped Abuja-Kaduna train victims among others.

    He said that there was nothing like impeachment threat against the speaker, adding that the bill in question had not been brought for consideration and no plan to put it in the supplementary paper.

    “Mine is to see how we can support the government in fighting insecurity.

    I want to assure Nigerians that the house is doing everything possible to support the government and get our children back to school.

    Meanwhile, Gbajabiamila is currently attending a leadership course at Harvard University in the U.S.  

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Passports Nigerians in diaspora suggest 3 point actions to sustain supply
    Passports: Nigerians in diaspora suggest 3-point actions to sustain supply
     Passports Nigerians in diaspora suggest 3 point actions to sustain supply
    Passports: Nigerians in diaspora suggest 3-point actions to sustain supply
    Foreign3 weeks ago

    Passports: Nigerians in diaspora suggest 3-point actions to sustain supply

    Nigerians in New York, U.S, have written the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, suggesting three steps for the Federal Government to sustain the improvement achieved in providing adequate booklets to missions abroad.

    The letter was jointly signed by Mr Francis James, a board member of the Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians (OAN) and leaders of other 16 Nigerian associations.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the associations had on July 5 wrote to Aregbesola informing him about the scarcity of passport booklets in Nigerian Consulates and embassies in the U.S. A copy of the letter, made available to NAN in New York on Monday commended the minister for his timely intervention in making passport booklets available to Nigerian missions in the U.S., adding that the Consular Officers had responded very well to Nigerians seeking services.

    “We must not allow ineffective processes to put Nigerians at odds with one another.

    Our Consular staff members deserve the support of our home government, to ensure they deliver good services to their fellow Nigerians.

    “To ensure ongoing improvements, we are requesting your Excellency to Keep the commitment to provide adequate passport booklets to clear backlogs at all processing locations by August 31, 2022.

    “To improve the passport processing chain, so from application to issuance is completed within a reasonable time frame of not more than three months.

    “Also, to hold Innovate1services, the vendor managing the payment portal, accountable to improve their service and deliver a more customer friendly platform to Nigerians,’’ they stated.

    By taking the above three steps, they believed that the Nigerian Community would be better served, friction between Consular and non-Consular Nigerians would be reduced, and Nigerians would not be apprehensive when applying for consular services.

    According to them, Nigerian Consulate in New York in particular, has come a long way in improving consular services to the Nigerian community, and could be used as a model to improve services at other locations.

    The associations, however, thanked the minister for responding to their initial call for the release of adequate passport booklets to enable Embassies and Consulates meet the passport demand of Nigerians in the diaspora.

    “We commend your commitment to ensure enough passport booklets are supplied to clear backlogs by the end of August, 2022.

    “We are aware that Consulates and the Embassy in the United States have resumed production of regular E-Passport for applications received prior to July 5, and processing of Enhanced E-Passport for applications received after July 5.

    “We appeal to you to continue monitoring the situation, to make sure our Embassies and Consulates receive adequate passport booklets to clear their backlogs on or before August 31, 2022.’’ They also thank the minister and his team for increasing the number of daily appointment slots on the central appointment portal from 50 to 100, or to whatever capacity each Consulate and Embassy can handle.

    NAN reports that OAN had on June 29, held a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss the challenges Nigerians faced in getting passports and deliberated on ways to address the challenges.

    OAN had summoned the meeting based on the information that prior to June 28, passport issuance had stopped for four weeks at the Consulate in New York, according to James, OAN liaison with the Nigeria Consulate in New York. The meeting agreed that a letter would be written to the minister of interior and other key relevant officials to communicate the resolutions from the meeting.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Group donates 30 laptops to Ekiti Assembly plans 16m cassava factory
    Group donates 30 laptops to Ekiti Assembly, plans m cassava factory
     Group donates 30 laptops to Ekiti Assembly plans 16m cassava factory
    Group donates 30 laptops to Ekiti Assembly, plans m cassava factory
    General news3 weeks ago

    Group donates 30 laptops to Ekiti Assembly, plans $16m cassava factory

    A U.S.-based group, Egbeyewa Organisation, has donated 30 laptop computers to Ekiti State House of Assembly, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

    The group also disclosed its plan to establish a $16 million cassava processing factory and other agricultural projects in the state.

    Gov. Kayode Fayemi, in his remark at the presentation of the items on Monday in Ado-Ekiti, lauded the group on the donation as well as it’s plan to establish cassava processing factory in the state.

    Fayemi, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Tolu Ibitola, said the initiative would further open up the state to job opportunities along the value chain system and improve its economic situation.

    He also used the opportunity to seek more collaboration with Ekiti indigenes in Diaspora.

    Fayemi said the donation would enhance the digitalisation process of the State House of Assembly.

    “I am happy that the initiatives that you have are going to open up opportunities for our people in terms of job creation and improve the social economic environment of the people.

    “I am also sure that the economic advantage of your coming into Ekiti state is immense.

    “Let me use this opportunity once again to encourage other individuals who are home and abroad to copy from your kind and good move.

    “We want them to remember home and find out ways to collaborate with us to ensure that we can move Ekiti forward,” he said.

    Also in his remarks, Mr Taju Akingbolu, who represented the Speaker of the Assembly, expressed the gratitude of the legislative arm of government to the group.

    Akingbolu assured the donor of the commitment of the Assembly to enacting laws that would continue to make the environment conducive for investment.

    Earlier, the Executive Director, Community Engagement of the Egbeyewa organisation, Mr Dapo Oriola, disclosed that the proposed $16 million factory would have the capacity to engage over 10,000 people after completion.

    This, he said, was in addition to the group’s 15,000 hectares farm in the state.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Training Association trains pharmacists on vaccination emergency management
    Training: Association trains pharmacists on vaccination, emergency management
     Training Association trains pharmacists on vaccination emergency management
    Training: Association trains pharmacists on vaccination, emergency management
    General news3 weeks ago

    Training: Association trains pharmacists on vaccination, emergency management

    The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has started training  pharmacists on vaccine administration, casualty rescue and emergency management to increase manpower in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was part of the activities mark the 41st Annual National Scientific Conference of the association with theme: ”Never Waste A Crisis: Community Pharmacist Learning For Future Preparedness” on Monday in Lagos.

      The training, which was in partnership with the College of Pharmacy, Mercer University, United States of America (USA), had facilitators from the American institution to train Nigerian pharmacists.

      Dr Chinyere Anyanwu, a Facilitator from U.S.,  said the training was anticipated to bring development not only in the pharmaceutical industry, but in the entire healthcare delivery system of Nigeria.

      Anyanwu, also a Board Member, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americans (NAPPSA), said it will bring relief and less workload to the Primary Healthcare Centres and other private and public hospitals in the country.

      According to her, the idea is to ensure that all community pharmacies have and can store vaccines so that people can easily walk into any nearest pharmacy to access vaccines instead of queuing at primary healthcare centres or hospitals.

      “The objective is to promote Universal Health Coverage where patient can easily access healthcare services within the possible shortest time and without transporting miles to a hospital.

      “This will promote the overall well-being of the patients, save time and money and equally enhance the healthcare delivery system,” Anyanwu said.

      Dr Tosh Bolanle, a U.S.-based Clinical Pharmacist, described the training as “a capacity building empowerment,” aimed at boosting competence of pharmacists in vaccine administration.

      Bolanle, emphasised the need for collaboration between doctors and  pharmacists, as well as acceptance of the communities on vaccination.

    He noted that the training would provide the pharmacists with background information on vaccines, vaccines conditions, patient screening, education and consent storage, handling, delivering and emergency management, review of vaccination and others.

      “It is a fact that COVID-19 pandemic has raised the awareness of vaccination as a public health intervention and the ACPN, with the approval of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), is licensing community pharmacists to begin vaccination.

      “So, we are empowering the community pharmacists with the skills and competencies that will qualify them to administer vaccines to patients at all points of pharmacy stores in Nigeria,” he said.

    A Representative of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Mrs Zainab Suleiman, assured support and collaboration of the Council to enhance development of pharmaceutical industry and services in the country.

    Suleiman, said the training would also equip pharmacist to effectively manage medical emergency situations, rescue causalities and save victims lives.

    According to her, the training is essential to increase the manpower in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN