The President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Adetokunbo Kayode on Friday underscored the need for Nigeria and Sri Lanka to work closely to deliver on specific programmes, projects and activities.
Kayode said this when the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Nigeria, Ahamed Khan visited the chamber on Friday in Abuja.
A statement issued by Mr Lubem Gena, the Media and Strategy Officer, ACCI, said that several areas of cooperation were discussed during the visit.
According to the statement, Kayode assured of the chamber’s commitment toward tapping from the opportunities inherent in Sri Lanka and also to explore working with the country’s chamber of commerce to deepen the economic ties.
“Our vision is to make ACCI a hub of economic activities by partnering with Embassies of countries such as Sri Lanka.
“We have done quite a lot in the immediate past by setting up four functional centres.
“They are the Business Entrepreneurial Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre, Abuja Trade Centre (ATC); Policy Advocacy Centre (PAC) and the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC).
“BEST is our training or capacity building arm while the ATC is in charge of trade information, missions organising expos, fairs, exhibitions and providing other useful data.
“PAC helps in developing, shaping and implementing pro-business policies by organising roundtable and carrying out other advocacy activities.
“DRC in other hand is responsible for handling disputes. All these are functional and carrying out these functions,” Kayode said.
Earlier, Khan said that he was visiting the chamber to explore areas of partnership in view of the strategic importance it had with businessmen from his country.
He further explained that his country and Nigeria had excellent relations and wanted to partner with critical organisations like ACCI to scale up the cordiality and complement one another for the overall good of both countries.
“I am ready to work closely with Abuja chamber in terms of participating in your activities like fairs, exhibitions, expos and others.
“I will also link businessmen from Sri Lanka with the chamber to enable them participate in such,’’ he said.
Edited by Ese E. Ekama
COVID-19: Lagos discharges 30 Nigerians, 3 Indians
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement that a total of 908 COVID-19 patients were now discharged.
”Good people of Lagos, I bring you great news from our isolation facilities. Today, 33 fully recovered COVID-19 Lagos patients; 7 females and 26 males including 3 foreign nationals – Indians -have been discharged to join the society.
”With this, the number of patients successfully managed and discharged from our Isolation facilities is now 908.
”As our frontline health workers records successes in this battle against #COVID-19, we urge citizens to adhere strictly to our public advisories and directives, as this is the only way we can break the chain of transmission of the infection,” Sanwo-Olu said.
Gambari’s wealth of experience will move Nigeria to next level-Political scientists
Nigeria Political Science Association (NPSA), an umbrella body for all Political Science lecturers in the country, has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, a career diplomat, as his new Chief of Staff (CoS).
NPSA in a statement signed by its National President, Prof. Aloysius Okolie of University of Nigeria, Nsukka and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria , commended Buhari for the appointment.
Okolie said the association received the news of the appointment of Gambari, a distinguished scholar, career diplomat and eminent member of NPSA with great joy and expectations because of his wealth of experience.
“The CoS with his wealth of experience locally and internationally will help to move the country to the next level, “he said.
He noted that Gambari as a lecturer broadened the field of Political Science at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria by establishing International Relations programme.
“Based on his pioneering efforts, International Relations today has become a very attractive discipline to prospective candidates seeking admission in the country.
“His numerous academic contributions, including his vast enriching publications, as head of department and community services earned him promotion to the rank of professor by management of ABU,” he said.
Okolie said it was in view of Gambari’s numerous contributions to NPSA in particular and humanity in general that the association resolved in January to confer on him the award of Fellow of the Academy of Politics.
“This is in recognition and appreciation of his numerous positive contributions to our great discipline in particular and humanity in general, “he said.
The don urged Nigerians to give Gambari maximum support and cooperation as political scientists were hopeful that, this intellectual icon and career diplomat would be a viable asset in engineering and deepening good governance framework in Nigeria.
“NPSA is happy with Gambari’s achievements so far, because he has done the association proud in all positions held locally and internationally, “Okolie said.
Olowo assures Nigerian Army of more support
Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, the Olowo of Owo kingdom, has assured the Nigerian Army of its support in the fight against terrorism, kidnapping, banditry among other security challenges in the country.
The monarch gave this assurance on Tuesday in his palace at Owo when the Brigade Commander, 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar paid a courtesy visit to the palace in Ondo state.
Ogunoye, who lauded the Nigerian army for the success recorded in the ongoing fight against insecurity and other criminal activities in the nation particularly in Ondo state and Owo environs, said it was highly commendable.
“We will continue to support the military in order to further the course of peace and stability in the nation and Ondo State in general,” he said.
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, who presented the letter of appreciation for projecting the Nigerian Army in good light to the monarch, said Ogunoye had helped security agency to tackle criminality in the state.
Buratai, who was represented by Brig. Gen. Zakari Abubakar, Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade in Ondo State, promised that the Nigerian Army would not relent in carrying out their constitutional role of protecting lives and property of citizens.
“Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin has been a lead advocate in projecting the Nigerian army in good light, considering his high profile and high esteem.
“And for also providing credible information to the security agencies in the state to tackle crime in Owo community,” he said.
The top army officer, who said that troops had been deployed to some strategic areas in the state as Arimogija, Owo and Oba Akoko area, said that 24 suspects had been arrested so far within two weeks of operation in the area.
Nigerian celebrities mourn late Majek Fashek
Nigerian celebrities have taken to their social media platforms to mourn the death of Music Legend, Majekodunmi Fasheke, a.k.a Majek Fashek.
Fashek’s a.k.a rain maker’s death was announced by his manager, Omenka Uzoma, through a short video on his instagram page.
Other include Yomi Black, Bimbo Esho, actress Toyin Adegbola and Jude Okoye were not equally left out.
Sound Sultan had this on his page: “Rest in peace, power Majek.”
Yomi Black wrote:” Rest in peace, Majek Fashek.”
Also, Bimbo Esho, Chief Executive Officer, Evergreen Musical Company, mourned the late reggae maestro as she wrote ” Adieu Majek Fashek. May you journey well. The Rainmaker takes a final bow to the cold hands of death.
Jude Okoye, Chief Executive Officer of Northside Music, also wrote: “Rest peacefully, my Legend.”
Fashek, worked with various artists worldwide, including Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Michael Jackson, Snoop Dogg and Beyonce.
Nigeria to resume film production under coronavirus guidelines
The Theater Arts and Motion Pictures Producers Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN) announced relaxed restriction on movie production, saying it was in line with the Lagos state government’s relaxation order which took effect from June 1.
In a statement reaching Xinhua in Lagos on Tuesday, Bolaji Amusan, TAMPAN‘s national president, thanked members for abiding by the earlier proclamations of the association to stop shooting of films and other related productions during the pandemic.
He however urged the artists to take the necessary precautionary measures that would protect them from contacting the virus in the course of their work, as the pandemic had not been completely defeated.
He said part of the measures to put in place subsequently on movie locations was that producers must provide soap and running water for constant washing of hands by both the cast and crew members.
“Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness, coughing or sneezing repeatedly, and quickly report such cases to the production managers for necessary actions,” Amusan said.
Nigeria’s movie industry, also known as Nollywood, is one of the largest film industries in the world in terms of quantity of films produced every year. Nigeria’s films and TV series have enjoyed popularity in Africa and even made a hit on international theaters, such as “Lionheart”, “Up North”, and “Chief Daddy“.
Nigeria yet to reach peak of contagion as COVID-19 cases cross 10,000: official
The Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC) on Monday night recorded 416 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 10,578, with 299 deaths and 3,122 discharged from hospitals.
Boss Mustapha, chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, told media on Monday it was necessary to restate to the citizenry, that Nigeria had not reached the peak of confirmed cases, adding that the battle against COVID-19 was a long term battle.
According to him, the majority of the confirmed cases are in a handful of local government areas in the country as 20 out of the 774 local government areas nationwide accounts for 60 percent of the cases.
Mustapha said the PTF has recommended to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to allow states to decide on easing lockdown measures, such as reopening of schools, businesses and worship centers shut since March as part of the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Joe Okei-Odumakin, a local observer, told Xinhua the government should step up capacity to test citizens for the virus so as to isolate and treat the infected. “Testing kits and reagents as well as protective equipment and materials are reportedly to be in short supply, in addition to their prices hitting the roof,” she said.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, said there would be an application of science and data to guide the targeting of areas of high transmission of COVID-19 in the country.
He said the mobilization of resources at state and local government area levels will create public awareness on COVID-19 and improve compliance with non-pharmaceutical interventions within communities.
Nigerian newspaper decries African American glass ceiling
The article in This Day, under the title “The Mindless Murder of George Floyd,” asked, “Why are many blacks targeted in needless killings by the white cops? What crime have they committed? Is it a crime to be black? What happened to diversity and inclusiveness?”
In a video, the victim was heard saying “I can’t breathe” while three other police officers stood by.
The incident has triggered protests against racism in the United States, forcing curfews to be declared in several parts of the country.
Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat called on authorities in the United States to intensify their efforts to “ensure the total elimination of all forms of discrimination based on race or ethnic origin.”
Nigerian Army Medical Corps gets new Acting Corps Commander
The Nigerian Army Medical Corps gets a new Acting Corps Commander, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
The handing and taking over ceremony was held on Monday at the Headquarters, Nigerian Army Medical Corps, Bonny Camp cantonment, Lagos.
The new Acting Corps Commander said that his vision was to have a highly regimented, professional and accountable Corps in the delivery of its services.
“The Corps is unparalleled in the recent history of the Nigerian Army. As such, there is no gainsaying that to whom, much is given much is expected.
“By extension, performance, excellence and efficiency in the delivery of prompt and enviable healthcare to our officers, soldiers and their families is therefore not an exception, but the norm henceforth,” he said.
He said that regimentation was the bedrock of military indoctrination and panacea for victory at warfare and success in peacetime administration.
Solebo implored all personnel to reflect on the ethics, customs and tradition of the military and abide strictly by the rules therein, if we are to foster an enviable Corps for the future.
He urged all corps commanders to ensure that all military personnel in their various units engaged in physical activities as stipulated by the Nigerian Army to improve the performance at work.
According to him, to improve the performance at work, a physically fit body and mentally alert mind are essential.
“As such, all commanders are to ensure all military personnel of the Corps in their respective units actively participate in physical activities by way of morning physical training.
“Participation in this activities are to be reflected in the PER’s of all personnel by their respective directors and commanders.
“All officers and soldiers of the Corps will also work to maintain their body mass index prescribed by the ASA.
“With the goal of reinforcing and bringing clinical, and surgical expertise closer to the location of injured amongst troops.
“Such that intervention is faster with the expected effect of further reduction in morbidity and mortality,” he said.
Solebo also said that all medical units would benefit from declaring their average drug usage on a monthly or quarterly basis.
According to him, drug availability on the NHIS in our hospitals and the scourge of fake drugs had become a topical issue.
“All medical units would benefit from declaring their average drug usage on a monthly or quarterly basis. This would aid budgeting and efficient use of primary funds including capitation and fee for service.
“A drive towards centralisation of drug procurement from a few validated sources would be urgently explored, whilst our drug manufacturing unit continue to explore capacity building and expansion to meet the drug consumption need of the NA,” he said.
He also thanked the outgoing Acting Corps Commander on the effort made to reposition the Corps thus far.
Nigeria yet to reach ‘peak’ of COVID-19 cases – PTF
The chairmen of PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Mr Boss Mustapha , disclosed this at the COVID-19 daily news conference on Monday in Abuja.
He said it was necessary to restate to the citizenry, that Nigeria had not reached the peak of confirmed cases, adding that the battle against COVID-19 was a long term battle.
He urged Nigerian to pursue a strategy that would aid the sustainable control of the spread of the disease, stressing that risk communications and community engagement should remain top priority.
He added that precision approached to containment and management should be adopted based on the overall assessment, including available data on the public health considerations and resultant economic impacts.
“It is the consideration of the PTF that while Nigeria’s confirmed cases have increased in the period under review, the following factors should inspire confidence in the response
“Majority of the confirmed cases are in a handful of local government areas in the country as 20 out of the 774 LGAs nationwide account for 60 per cent of the cases,” he said.
He said there was an opportunity to concentrate efforts in the high-burden areas, adding that the federal agencies and state governments were working together on the promotion and utilisation of guidelines on case management.
According to him, there is increased capacity to detect, test and trace those infected with the virus as 29 testing laboratories have been activated, with Bauchi being the latest addition.
He added that the test count nationwide had exceeded 60,000, stating that a shift in focus to community engagement and enhanced risk communication was imperative.
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