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Poland, Slovakia to collaborate with Nigeria on agricultural, industrialisation, others

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The Poland Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Joanna Tarnawska says her country will collaborate with Nigeria in sectors such as agriculture innovative technologies, defence among others to enhance development in the country.

Joanna made the disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja, when she visited Sen. George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs.

“I have a very good impression of Nigeria and I am very happy to receive a very warmed welcome wherever I go, and to see the people, who are working and striving to make Nigeria even better

“The specific areas that we will like to cooperate with Nigeria are the defense sector, agriculture, education, innovative technologies, including to contributing to the protection of environment like waste management.

“We have a number of technologies connected with livestock, raring and also with the growth of crops and fruits and fruit processing.

“We remained keenly interested in what is really going on in this very important country of the region,“ she said.

She also commended Nigeria for sustaining the democratic governance, which Poland as a member of European Union (EU) had also contributed its quota for such sustainability.

Similarly, Mr Peter Holasek, Slovakia Ambassador to Nigeria, who congratulated Akume on his appointment, also pledged to collaborate with Nigeria in area of agricultural development.

Peter said taking the ministry mandates into account, agriculture could play vital role in the economic development of Nigeria.

“I consider that the port folio of the minister is very important, administration processes in the ministry are very important.

“If you take into account, agriculture is the main sector in Nigeria and the main sector in both federal and states government, so this is something we can deepen our relationship.“

Akume in his response, appreciate both ambassadors for their visit, describing it as remarkable, considering long time relationship with Nigeria among the most important member countries of the EU.

According to him, to develop policies and programmes of the ministry as designated by President Muhammadu Buhari, the ministry needed collaboration with other international bodies to achieve its mandates.

He said the ministry needed active synergy with private sectors to create employment opportunities for Nigerians.

Akume opined that implementing the strategy towards the realisation of Mr Presidents’s June 12 promise to take 100 millions Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years could only be achieved through collaborative initiative.

Akume who read some of the key mandates in part explained;

“The President gave us this mandate coordinating mostly an inter-ministry functions as designated by the President with the management of key projects at the initiative of the presidency.

“To development and implement policies and programmes and projects towards improvement of intergovernmental relations at the states and local government levels, monitoring of constituency special projects and initiative as designated by the President.

“To actively collaborate with private sectors to create employment opportunities for Nigerians.“

The minister said collaborating with Poland would help the ministry to achieve more.

In the same vein, Dr Peter Ayim, Chairman Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce, who led the delegation of the association on a courtesy call to Akume stressed the need to involve Nigerian youths meaningfully. (NAN)


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Edited by Felix Ajide

 

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Poland to hold presidential elections on June 28

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Poland will hold its presidential elections on June 28, with a run-off round two weeks later, Elzbieta Witek, speaker of the Polish Sejm (lower house of parliament), announced on Wednesday.

Witek said during a press conference that she had received no objections from the National Electoral Commission (PKW) against the proposed election date, and hoped that the election campaign will be fair and that all election activities will be carried out efficiently.

The elections, which were originally scheduled for May 10, did not take place due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown. The ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party was eager to let the voting go ahead by mail on the back of favorable polling numbers for incumbent President Andrzej Duda. A conflict with a minor coalition party, however, led to the delay.

Duda, a former MEP for the right-wing PiS, was polled to have over 50 percent support during the pandemic, while other candidates were unable to campaign on the ground due to the lockdown. A support rate of over 50 percent could normally hand him a second term without the need for a run-off election with any viable runner-up candidates.

However, poll results have tightened since, showing currently that Duda is heading for a second-round neck-and-neck contest. His main rival, polls show, is Mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski, who is endorsed by the main opposition party Civic Platform. Trzaskowski replaced Malgorzata Kidawa-Blonska on May 15, after the party’s original candidate tanked in opinion polls.

The newly announced elections will be held traditionally with optional postal voting. The PKW can, at the request of the country’s health minister, mandate postal-only voting in districts where COVID-19 could cause health concerns.

Poland is one of the few countries in Europe where the curve of the pandemic has not been flattened. The Health Ministry confirmed by Wednesday a total of 24,545 COVID-19 cases in the country, with the death toll standing at 1,102.

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Poland scraps school reopening plan as COVID-19 cases top 24,000

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Polish students will not take traditional classes this school year, Education Minister Dariusz Piontkowski said on Monday.

Part of the schools will function as daycare centers until June 26 to relieve the burden of working parents. Online classes will be offered with a break during the exam period, Piontkowski added.

Schools have been closed since March 12 due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Poland. Kindergartens, preschools and lower grades of primary schools have been allowed to resume some activities.

Summer camps and similar activities are popular in the country, those activities are allowed to be carried out after approval, Piontkowski said. “This year we see a marked drop in the number of applications, which amounts to 25,000 in total, compared with last year’s over 1,2 million.”

While Poland has been gradually opening up its economy and social life, the number of confirmed cases has been consistently rising with 300 to 400 new cases per day. The Health Ministry confirmed on Monday a total of 24,165 cases, with the death toll standing at 1,074.

Silesia, a southern mining region, remains the main hotbed in Poland with close to 8,500 confirmed cases.

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Poland resumes domestic flights on Monday after COVID-19 hiatus

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Poland on Monday resumed domestic flights, with the inaugural flight after the coronavirus hiatus safely landed in the north-western city of Szczecin, Poland’s flagship airline LOT said.

As of Monday, LOT resumed flights from Warsaw to seven cities in the country as well as between Gdansk and Krakow, a total of 30 flights per day.

“Air travel resumes under a new sanitary regime to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

“Only passengers are allowed to enter terminals and all of them have their temperature measured.

“Keeping a distance of 1.5 metres from others and wearing face masks is obligatory, including on the plane.

On LOT flights only every second seat can be taken,’’ it noted.

Poland suspended passenger air travel in mid-March.

After that, only special flights to bring back citizens stranded abroad were allowed.

Some 55,000 citizens travelled back home that way.

Cargo flights went on uninterrupted amid the pandemic.

While domestic passenger flights resumed, the ban on international air travel is in force until June 6.

According to the report, LOT plans to resume international flights as of June 14.

In 2019, Polish airports serviced some 49 million passengers, up by 7 per cent year on year.


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Poland to reopen gyms, theaters as over 22,000 COVID-19 cases confirmed

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The Polish government announced on Wednesday further easing of anti-coronavirus restrictions, as the country reported 399 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection over the past 24 hours.

According to the government, starting from Saturday, Poles will no longer have to wear masks outdoors and indoors if the social-distancing rules can be observed. But mask wearing is still required on public transport.

Also starting from Saturday, the limits of customers in shops and restaurants will be lifted, with people still being required to wear mask unless at a restaurant table.

Fitness clubs, cinemas, theaters, and amusement parks, which have remained closed for two months, will be allowed to reopen on June 6, but will have to follow a strict sanitary regime.

Wedding services and family celebrations will be allowed for up to 150 people from June 6 with no face mask requirement.

With 300 to 400 new cases discovered on a daily basis, the curve shows no signs of flattening in Poland. So far, 22,473 people have been infected with the coronavirus and 1,028 patients succumbed to the coronavirus-caused disease.

Silesia, a southern region known for its mining industry, has been hit hardest in the country, with miners especially prone to infection.

JSW, a major coal producer in Poland, has reported nearly 1,700 confirmed cases on its premises alone.

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Poland to allow larger gatherings

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Poland will allow public gatherings of up to 150 people and no longer require residents to cover their mouth and nose in open spaces, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced on Wednesday.

Face masks will still be required in enclosed spaces as well as during gatherings if a required 2-metre distance between participants cannot be kept.

The latest slew of coronavirus restrictions to be eased includes scrapping limits of customers in retail stores, bars and restaurants as well as the limit of worshippers during religious services.

Hotel bars and restaurants may reopen.

Poland, as of June 6, will allow the reopening of cinemas, operas and theatres but only every second seat in the auditoriums can be occupied.

Swimming pools and fitness clubs could also reopen on June 6, though weddings of up to 150 people will be allowed, discos and night clubs would remain closed.

“Poland is also working on a plan to allow some fans to return to football stadiums,’’ Morawiecki said without providing details.

Poland has so far recorded 22,303 novel coronavirus cases and 1,025 virus-related fatalities.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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Poland apologises after PM fails to observe virus rules

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A Polish government spokesman on Monday apologised for Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s failure to observe coronavirus-related social distancing rules in a cafe.

On Friday, Morawiecki posted a tweet showing him sitting at a table with the owners of a cafe in the Silesia region.

They were in close proximity to one another without wearing face masks.

According to the regime put in place after the country’s restaurants were allowed to reopen recently, only families and people who live together are allowed to share a table.

The prime minister’s tweet triggered criticism and mockery.

“The prime minister was misinformed by his staff and for that, I wanted to apologise,” government spokesman Piotr Mueller said.

Poland has been gradually lifting coronavirus restrictions in recent weeks as the number of new cases detected each day remains stable at several hundred.

So far the country has recorded over 21,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and almost 1,000 virus-related fatalities.

Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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People visit Warsaw Zoo park amid COVID-19 outbreak in Poland

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Photo taken on May 23, 2020 shows a meerkat in Warsaw Zoo park in Warsaw, Poland. Warsaw Zoo, which was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reopened on May 20. (Xinhua/Zhou Nan)

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Poland to extend int’l air travel ban until June 6

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Poland will extend the ban on international air connections until June 6, and on domestic flights until May 31, the Polish Press Agency reported Friday, citing documents of the Ministry of Infrastructure.

“Due to the epidemic in the Republic of Poland, it is necessary to extend the period of air traffic bans for a further 14 days for international flights and a further 8 days for domestic flights,” said the new regulation prepared by the ministry.

The draft provides that the regulation will enter into force on May 24. It now awaits the signature of the prime minister.

The current regulation of the Council of Ministers on the suspension of all flights will expire on May 23.

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Poland’s presidential elections planned for June 28

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The Polish government plans to hold presidential elections on June 28 as a later date is precluded due to the expiry date of the current presidential term, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday.

“We want to fulfil our constitutional obligations and conduct these elections in line with the constitution and today we plan to do that on June 28,” Morawiecki was quoted by the Polish Press Agency as saying.

“A later date would not be indicated because afterwards, on August 6, the president’s term ends and later dates that result from the law would mean that announcing the final results or approval of the elections by the Supreme Court would stretch beyond the deadline,” he said.

On the matter of when the State Electoral Commission (PKW) would publish a resolution concerning the elections, the prime minister said analysis were being conducted as to the best time to publish such a resolution.

The PKW stated that in presidential elections scheduled for May 10 there was no possibility to vote and that the Sejm (lower house of the parliament) speaker would announce a new date within 14 days of the resolution being published.

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