Nigeria, Namibia set to strengthen ties, settle visa tussle



Nigeria and the Republic of Namibia have agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas that will be beneficial to both countries in particular and the African continent.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement by his Special Assistant, Media, Mrs Sarah Sanda.

Onyeama said that the agreement was reached at a meeting in Windhoek with Namibian Ministers led by the country’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mrs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

He said that the agreed mechanism for achieving this was through a meeting of the Joint Commission which will be held in 2020.

“We addressed recent issues regarding the issuance of visas to Namibians and Nigerians and entry into Namibia for Nigerians and reached very important and concrete agreements in respect of those.

“Any Namibian wishing to obtain a visa to Nigeria can apply and will be considered as that was the case in the past.

“Once the requirements are met, such a person will be issued a visa. It applies to a Nigerian wishing to go to Namibia,” Onyeama said.

The minister added that the meeting agreed that in the case any visa denial or of deportation, visas would not be stamped in the holders passport.

According to him, the ministers decided that consular meetings will be held quarterly to evaluate progress.

Onyeama also said that Nigeria was working toward adopting a “visa on arrival” regime as part of the policy of “Ease of Doing Business” in Nigeria.

“On line applications will facilitate that but it is still work in progress,” he said.

The minister observed that over the years, Nigeria had worked closely with Namibia through the Technical Aid Corps (TAC) programme, a mechanism through which “we support countries by sending out our brightest young professionals in various fields”.

He said that professionals in various fields including the medical to educational fields “are sent via the TAC depending on the needs of the country, for a period of time.

He said that the partnership being forged through the Joint Commission had the capacity to “transform the lives of our people in the framework of the 2063 Agenda of the African Union (AU) and the 2030 Sustainable Development goals of the UN”.

He said that the strong diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Namibia dated back to the March  2, 1990 following the country’s attainment of independence.

“Since then, relations have been warm and cordial owing to the role Nigeria played during Namibia’s liberation struggle with the provision of financial, material and logistical support for SWAPO.

“In recognition of these contributions, Nigeria was recognised as a front-line State in spite her geographical location.

“The City of Windhoek renamed the street where the Nigeria High Commission is located, to General Murtala Mohammed Avenue.

“Nigeria also participated in the UN Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG) that midwifed Namibia’s independence, at the end of this operation, the Nigeria police was requested to remain behind and help build the new Namibian police. (NAN)


(Edited by Cdeline-Damilola Oyewole/Emmanuel Yashim)


More than 200 firearms surrendered after amnesty launched in S. Africa



More than 200 firearms and 2,000 rounds of ammunition have been surrendered since the South African government announced amnesty at the beginning of this month, the police on Friday said.

The Minister of Police, Bheki Cele, disclosed this in Pretoria.

The firearms amnesty was commenced on Dec. 1 and it will end on May 31, 2020.

“I encourage all South Africans, who are in possession of illegal or unwanted firearms to surrender them to their nearest police stations during this amnesty period knowing they will not be prosecuted,” the minister said.

He said they have established 46 stations where gun owners can surrender their firearms from 7:00 until 17:00 each day.

The police said they believe the amnesty period would result in the reduction of illegally possessed firearms.

The last time South Africa had firearms amnesty was in 2010 when more than 42,000 guns and 450,000 rounds of ammunition were recovered.

Edited by: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim


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S. African mining sector calls for urgent action on electricity shortage



The Minerals Council South Africa on Friday called on the government to fix the electricity crisis as the sector “is losing production hours and it will affect the country’s economy”.

The council was responding to over week-long load shedding by the power utility Eskom which forced them to suspend some operations.

Eskom wrote to the mining sector this week asking them to shed off 20 per cent of their electricity use.

“Eskom is essentially making an industrial policy decision to downscale the mining sector when they make these stages 4 and stage 6 calls,” said Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter.

Eskom blamed the load shedding on unplanned breakdowns, sabotage and the rainy season.

Stage 6 load shedding means that the grid will need to shed 6,000mw of power to keep the national power grid from collapsing.

Stage 4 allows for up to 4,000 MW of the national load to be shed.

Baxter said the government should speedily allow establishment of self-generation facilities to supplement Eskom’s constrained capacity.

They also called for the government to open the way for further generation by independent power producers.

“We need concrete action plans and accountability for delivery and we are asking the government to unleash the energy of the private sector to help resolve this national electricity crisis,” he added.

Edited by: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim


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Standard Bank launches UnionPay card to provide convenience for travellers



The Standard Bank of South Africa on Friday launched the UnionPay card, both virtual and physical form on the bank’s Shyft app, to local account holders.

The Shyft app allows for pre-loaded South African rands to be exchanged into multiple currencies and then loaded onto either a physical UnionPay card.

Transactions can be made virtually or physically either at South African merchants or in China.

The General Manager, UnionPay International Africa branch, Zhang Luping, said the payments company was excited to work with Standard Bank, which is the first African bank to receive the license to issue UnionPay card in the country.

The Head of card issuing at Standard Bank, Ethel Nyembe, said the UnionPay card transacting in China becomes both easier and safer for South African tourists and visitors on business.

“They can go about their activities and purchase goods from suppliers, for example, in a cashless manner, reducing some of the previous risks involved,” she said.

According to her, the UnionPay card is accepted through most mobile payment apps, which are hugely popular in China.

Nyembe said Standard Bank values South Africa’s relationship with China as a trade partner and believed that the agreement with UnionPay would allow further expansion of the Africa-China capabilities corridor.

The UnionPay global acceptance network had so far expanded to 177 countries and regions, covering over 56 million merchants and over 4.6 million Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

However, outside the Chinese Mainland, UnionPay is accepted at over 28 million merchants and more than 1.7 million ATMs.

Meanwhile, about eight billion UnionPay cards were issued in 58 countries and regions, among which over 130 million were issued outside mainland China.

Edited by: Yahaya Isah/Donald Ugwu


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British election, U.S.-China trade hopes drive markets higher



World markets rose sharply and the British pound jumped on Friday after the nation’s voters moved to end the country’s Brexit crisis and hopes grew of a breakthrough in the protracted U.S.-China trade war.

Sterling gained against the euro and dollar by about two per cent, while global share markets celebrated the British Conservative Party’s thumping win in Thursday’s election.

This is amid optimism that U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat of imposing fresh tariffs on a slew of Chinese goods would be abandoned.

The Euro-Stoxx 600, which is based on 600 companies from 17 European countries, was up 1.57 per cent at 414.07 points in mid-morning trading on Friday.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s benchmark election result has now raised the prospects of the country leaving the EU by the end of January, with the nation’s FTSE 100 share index climbing 1.68 per cent to 7,396.36 points in Friday trading.

Adding to market optimism were growing investor hopes of an end to the Washington-Beijing trade war following a Bloomberg News report that Trump has agreed to sign off on a deal between the two countries.

Edited by: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim


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Indian president assents to controversial citizenship law



 Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has signed into law legislation that grants citizenship to non-Muslims from neighbouring countries amid protests in north-east India over the contentious move.

The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which proposes to grant sanctuary to Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian minorities fleeing religious persecution in the Muslim-majority countries of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, was cleared by parliament on Wednesday.

The bill was approved by Kovind and the new law comes into effect with its publication in the government gazette late Thursday night, a Home Ministry official said.

The bill triggered protests in India’s north-eastern states of Assam and Tripura, where curfews were imposed across major cities and towns.

Protesters feel the legislation would lead to an influx of illegal immigrants and hurt indigenous communities.

There are already a large number of Bangladeshi immigrants living in the region.

Critics of the bill introduced by Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government have said it goes against values upheld by India’s secular constitution by making religion a basis for citizenship.

Indian opposition parties said the bigger problem with the new law is because it undermines India’s secular constitution by not offering protection to Muslims and have already challenged it in Supreme Court.

Two protesters died in firing by police during clashes in Assam’s main city of Guwahati on Thursday, police said.

Local media also reported a third death in firing, that the police have not yet confirmed that.

There was no overnight violence and some shops opened in Guwahati on Friday.

Some sporadic protests were reported from various areas but the situation had “by and large improved,” police chief Bhaskar Mahanta said.


Edited by: Emmanuel Yashim


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