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Let’s Fight COVID-19 and Terrorism with Continental Synergy― Jonathan and Kenyatta

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Let’s Fight COVID-19 and Terrorism with Continental Synergy― Jonathan and Kenyatta

KENYAN President Uhuru Kenyatta and former President Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan calls for closer collaboration among African leaders as a means of deepening Africa’s post-COVID-19 recovery efforts and finding answers to the continent’s growth and development challenges.

Both leaders recognised the prominent role played by Africa Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the Africa COVID-19 Fund and the joint Africa procurement platform in COVID-19 response as a demonstration of the continent’s potential to overcome its development challenges, going forward.

They spoke, weekend, during a webinar on post-COVID-19 reconstruction organised by the African chapter of the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP-Africa).

They also were joined on the programme by former the Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza and ex-President of Madagascar Henry Rajaonarim ampianina.

 ISCP-Africa which is chaired by former President Jonathan is an international network of current and former Heads of State and Government who use dialogue to address global challenges among them climate change, conflict and poverty.

President Kenyatta urged African leaders to continue working together in crafting interventions and solutions that would enhance the resilience of the continent’s vulnerable populations.

 “We should work in collaboration with our development partners to build capacity for local production of health equipment and to strengthen our local manufacturing capacity more generally,” he said.

He also observed that African leaders had for the first time, extended their cooperation and collaboration by taking joint actions with nations of the Caribbean community.

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Noting further that Africa is stronger together, President Kenyatta said:

 “Whatever it is that we want to put across shall not be owned by individual nations but by all of Africa and should be applied to save humanity. In his earlier comment as chairman of the forum, President Jonathan stressed that African leaders must come together to collectively confront the challenges facing the continent, especially social, economic and governance issues. He said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic places urgency of actions on African leaders to move from plans to implementations of the different developmental strategies. I am particularly optimistic that conversations such as this will chart a new course towards building a new world; an interdependent peaceful and just nations of Africa.

 “What changes can we bring to bear to enable us to manage governance structures and democratic processes in Africa better? How do we manage our political issues to reduce conflict and promote good governance? How can we improve our economies to withstand the negative impact due to this pandemic?”

Dr. Jonathan further charged African leaders to seriously consider the option of coming together as one body to confront insecurity and terrorism, rather than allowing different countries to fight individually.

“Terrorists do not respect national boundaries as they move from one country to another. If we continue to approach it the way we presently do with national troops fighting only to protect their territories while terrorists move freely within the continent, we may not record the required progress.

“There is a need for us to re-examine our strategy in order to make it possible for the creation of continental and regional bodies that could confront these criminals in any part of the continent.

“We have been fighting individually without the required success. We cannot continue to do the same thing all the time and expect to get different results.”

 The former Central African Republic President Dr Samba-Panzi said Africa’s response to COVID-19 should give more prominence to women, adding that they play the same role at the household level as frontline health workers.


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5G might expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage” – NSA

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The office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has expressed its fear with the deployment of 5th Generation (5G) technology in the country.

Bala Fakandu, director of communications in NSA who appeared before the senate committee on communications on Thursday February 25, said they are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment, which according to him might expose Nigeria to “eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.”

Fakandu also asked the ministry of communications and digital economy to carry them along in the formulation of the policy that would guide the use of 5G in the country.

He said;

“We are concerned about the deliberate vulnerabilities and backdoors within the 5G network equipment.

“That is one of the key concerns we have and this will make the infrastructure highly susceptible to eavesdropping, tracking, cyber-attacks, military and industrial espionage and other malicious activities by foreign actors.

“We understand these are things that will be put in place particularly in the policy the minister has talked about.

“I need to emphasise it so that the stakeholders in the telecommunications industry will understand where we are coming from because the national security concerns is the concern of the office of the national security adviser and of the president as well.”

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WTO: The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP) Congratulates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

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WTO: The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP) Congratulates Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

The Hon. Speaker of Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), Rt. Hon. Rikki Chinedu Nwajiofor, has congratulated Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on her recent appointment as the DG of WTO.

The Speaker who took to his Twitter handle said;

“@NOIweala Ndigbo Youth Parliament (NYP), heartily, felicitates with You on your appointment as the DG of WTO. It’s an appointment well deserved! Ndigbo Youths, worldwide, are proud of you! Continue to soar higher as we pray for more feathers on your highly feathered cap!

Addressing the press, after his tweet, Rikki Nwajiofor praised Ngozi okonjo-iweala for her outstanding personality and unequalled performances in all her careers and appointments. He addressed her as the doyenne of modern economists, an outstanding Igbo personality and a role model for the girl-child in Igbo land and the world at large.

 

“We, Ndigbo Youth Parliament and Ndigbo at large are proud of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She has always done us proud right from her days in the world bank, down to Nigeria as the Finance Minister and now the DG of World Trade Organization – WTO.

“She has broken the records as the first woman and the first African to attain that prestigious position. It is not a height attained by a sudden flight, it’s a height attained by unparalleled track records of all her outstanding performances in her career and appointments.

“She is simply a doyenne of modern economists, an outstanding Igbo personality, an exceptional woman of valour, a trailblazer and a role model for the girl-child in Igbo land and the world at large.

Rikki Nwajiofor also appreciated President Buhari for the unflinching support he gave Okonjo-Iweala all through the process of selection. He said that this singular act of support has demonstrated that Buhari is not an enemy of Ndigbo.

“I thank all those who supported our doyenne – Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala all through the process of the selection. I appreciate, in a special way, President Buhari for lending his unalloyed support to the prestigious daughter of Ndigbo during the period of selection.

“This singular act of unalloyed support to our doyenne has demonstrated that President Buhari is not an enemy of Ndigbo.

“I also want to use this opportunity to plead with President Buhari to consider more of patriotic Ndigbo personalities, especially Ndigbo Youth, as he makes further appointments in his government. Ndigbo are resourceful personalities and will always strive to prove their worth and ingenuity when given the opportunity”, he said.

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NLC set to shutdown CAC Operations from Wednesday

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have resolved to mobilize the strength of the Nigeria workforce to picket the National Headquarters of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) at the expiration of 14 days ultimatum’ effective from Wednesday, February 24-26, 2021.

According to communiqué signed by Comrade Ayuba Waba NLC President, Comrade Emmanuel Ugboaja General Secretary and made available to Aluta News in Abuja on Sunday

They Apex body of the Nigeria Labour Unions has berated the management of CAC for an attempt to kill unionism in the establishment through punitive transfer of trade Union executive,withholding of workers salaries and refusal to remit statutory deductions.

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The NLC also frowned at the anti-labour practices by Alhaji Garba Abubakar Registrar General of the CAC
Recalled that the National body of AUPCTRE led by Comrade Benjamin Anthony had made frantic effort to dialogue with CAC management but failed

The CAC RG has ignored every avenue of dialogue and peaceful resolution provided by AUPCTRE which eventually led to the Apex body taking over the dispute with the hope of having amicable resolution’ but also yielded no result because the CAC RG continue to remain adamant and firm with his alleged tyrannical agenda!!

According to Aluta news, the branch Union, among other issues, accused CAC management of unilaterally restricting staff vacancies against the recommendations of the committee on the commission’s oganogram, and particularly expressed disgust at the “unjustified barring of certain categories of staff from writing promotion examination”.

It also accused management of stopping all staff loans, hasty, draconian and unilateral decision making leadership style, and denial of 2019 promotion arrears to deserving workers.

It also accused management of stopping salaries of workers even before queries were issued, at the peak of COVID-19 pandemic.

Instead of addressing the Union grievances the Registrar General CAC transferred all the 25 executive and members of the Union to a new station.

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Sensitization, mobilization currently ongoing in all branches of AUPCTRE and others affiliates of NLC toward ensuring a successful picketing of CAC National Headquarters.



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