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Food exports to USA stand out in economic week

The announcement of the first export of 23 tonnes of food products from Angola to the United States of America (USA) was one of the news events that marked the week in the economic field, which ends today, Saturday.

The initiative by Angolan food processing company Food Care is part of the American Growth and Opportunity for Africa Act (AGOA).

Among the food stuffs exported from Angola are cassava flour and corn, cassava leaves, mushrooms, peanuts and peanut butter.

According to the counsellor of the US Embassy in Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe, Mea Arnold, the action is the result of a partnership between the company “Food Care” and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

AGOA gives eligible sub-Saharan African countries duty-free access to the US market for more than 1,800 agricultural products.

This week’s highlight was also the presentation of the balance of the first phase of the Programme for the Reconversion of the Informal Economy (PREI), which has been underway in the country since 2018, having removed more than 250,000 workers from informality.

The figures were released by the Minister of Public Administration, Labour and Social Security, Teresa Dias, during the opening of the first International Forum for the Conversion of the Informal Economy.

Also, within the scope of PREI, the focus was on the 5,000 operators who received micro-loans totalling around 8 billion kwanzas, according to the president of the National Institute for Support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (INAPEM), João Nkosi.

In the field of transport, the focus was on the participation of 15 companies specialized in the management of airport infrastructures in the presentation session of the potentialities and terms of reference for the tender for the concession of the management of the new Dr. António Agostinho Neto International Airport (AIAAN).

The event was joined by companies from Europe, the United States, China and Latin America that, in addition to knowing the strategic plan to turn the new airport into a hub, learned that the concession has a period of 25 years, extendable for another 15 years.

The meeting also served to let interested parties know the eligibility criteria, based on financial capacity, set above 150 million dollars.

In this sector, the meeting between the Minister of Transport, Ricardo D’Abreu, and international financial institutions that probe projects in the field of transport also made headlines.

During the meeting, representatives of Deutsche Bank, a German bank and the DFC-American financial institution, assured the availability of funds to jointly contribute to the construction of structuring projects in Angola, especially transport.

In the railway sector, the Luanda Railway (CFL) announced the transportation of 782,700 passengers in 2022, compared to the 209,440 of the average recorded until 2017.

The number of passengers transported last year is the result of the 16 daily frequencies, operated by trains on the normal route from Monday to Friday, at a fare ranging between 200 and 2,500 kwanzas.

Another fact that deserved to be highlighted was the registration of 100 investment projects, valued at more than one billion dollars.

These are projects in the tourism, industry, energy and water and health sectors, among others, which will contribute to the growth of the national economy and generate more than 5,000 jobs, according to the president of the Agency for Private Investment and Promotion of Exports in Angola (AIPEX), Lello Francisco.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

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EDO-APC Diaspora Council wooing investors to Edo, says D-G

The EDO-APC Diaspora Council, says it has commenced discussions with potential investors in the United States to invest in Edo.

The council said this in a statement by its Secretary General, Abdulrazak Abubakar, which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

Abubakar said that the council, led by its Director-General, Dr Legend Asuelime, and Amb. Dion Osagie, Organizing Secretary, have been soliciting for Foreign Direct Investment to Nigeria.

“The group joined other progressives to engage investors on the need to look towards Edo and invest in agriculture, education and Information Technology,” he added.

Abubakar explained that the council participated in the Business, Trade and Investment Summit, being held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, with the theme: “The Imperatives of Trade For African SMEs As A Game Changer For The Continent’s Future Prosperity”.

“Specifically, Edo-APC Diaspora Council leaders established a rapport with the biggest multi-billion dollar Agro-Allied and Distribution Company in the whole of Southern USA, with the aim of investing into the agricultural sector in Edo.

“A commitment was made to connect the U.S. group with the next government and governor of the state in a few months, to promote food security, employment, and general economic well-being of Edo people.

“The EDO-APC diaspora group also met with one of their own, Taiwo F. Akerele, the Executive Director, Policy House, and former Chief of Staff to the Governor of Edo, at the Summit,” the secretary general added.

According to him, the summit was attended by the Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Mr Festus Keyamo, who canvassed for investment in aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facilities in Nigeria.

Also in attendance were the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite; the Minister of State, FCT, Mairiga Mahmud; Sen. Ireti Kingibe, and Abike Dabiri, the Chairman and CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, among others. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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FG urges Chinese investors to explore steel devt

The Minister of State, Steel Development, Maigari Ahmadu, has urged Chinese investors to explore and forge mutually beneficial relationships in sectors including steel development, agriculture, manufacturing, technology and renewable energy.

Representing Vice-President Kashim Shettima, Ahmadu made this known at a Business Forum hosted by China Industrial and Commercial Enterprise Association on Friday night, in Lagos.

Ahmadu said the new administration was investing heavily in critical infrastructure, including roads, ports, and energy.

These developments, he said, would not only facilitate the movement of goods and services but also create opportunities for investments.

Ahmadu said Nigeria was committed to enhancing its investment climate, understanding that for businesses to thrive, they required a stable and conducive environment.

“Nigeria is rich in natural resources from oil and minerals to a fertile agricultural landscape. These resources provide a solid foundation for businesses in various industries.

“We view Chinese investors not merely as financiers, but as partners in our journey toward the economic prosperity of our country.

“It is in the light of this that we are using this opportunity to emphasise collaboration between our nations which can bring about transformative change,” he said.

He described Nigeria as a land of immense opportunities, adding that with a population of over 200 million people, the country represented the largest consumer market.

He noted that investments in the country had the potential to reach millions of eager consumers because of its strategic position in West Africa, offering Chinese investors a gateway to broader regional markets.

“We are committed to responsible business practices that will benefit people, protect our environment and ensure long term businesses.

“We invite our Chinese friends to join us on this exciting journey of growth, innovation, and prosperity.

“We sincerely look forward to building a brighter and a more prosperous future with the People’s Republic of China,” he said.

Guo Pengwen, Commercial Consul at the Chinese Consulate in Lagos, lauded the existing cooperation between both countries, noting that it had a huge potential.

Representing Ms Yan Yuqin, Chinese Consul General, Pengwen said investment from China was helpful to Nigeria’s economic prosperity, increased the local government tax revenue, improved employment and promoted industrial development.

He said that in terms of the steel industry, no other countries could do better than China.

According to Pengwen, in 2022, China produced more than one billion tons of steel, accounting for 55 percent globally.

“China can produce normal steel and the special steel which are used in different fields.

“Normal steel used in the real estate space but special steel is used to make high-speed railways, spaceships and aircraft carriers.

“The Chinese enterprises also have the awareness of environmental protection, sustainable development and low carbon emission.

“China and nigeria have good economic cooperation. Many Chinese enterprises have invested in Nigeria and I believe there will be bright future for our countries,” he said.

On his part, Dr Eric Ni, Chairman, China Industrial and Commercial Enterprise Association, said that the Chinese community was committed to giving back to Nigerians.

He noted that one of the ways they did this was by empowering low-income students with scholarships.

“We’ve given over 6,000 scholarships and renovated five primary schools in Lagos. We will continue to do more as long as we are here,” he said. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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My heart bleeds for killings in South-East -Chief Iwuanyanwu

The President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has said that his heart bleeds as a result of the killings in Igboland.

Iwuanyanwu disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Enugu.

He said, “My heart bleeds at the sad events in Igboland where Igbos are killing fellow Igbos.

“I am equally very distressed by the rate at which the Nigerian security operatives are killed not only in Igboland but all over the country.

“Worse still is the suspected reprisal attack where innocent Igbo sons and daughters from Mbano in Imo state have found their lives and means of livelihood completely destroyed.

This situation, he said, is completely unacceptable to him, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and “Indeed unacceptable to all honest, right-thinking and patriotic Nigerians.

“I condemn it in strong terms,” the Igbo leader said.

He said he would be sending a team immediately, under the Chairmanship of C. J. Ihemedu, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Imo State Chapter, to give him a comprehensive report on the matter.

“I call on the Federal Government to fish out the perpetrators of this heinous crime and make sure they face the law.

“I also urge the Federal Government to put in place necessary security measures to forestall the reoccurrence of this sad event,” he said.

He noted that similar incidents had occurred in all the states of Southeast, adding that as at now there seemed to be no solution as the matter is even getting worse.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is right now undertaking a total transformation of Igboland and by this transformation, more job opportunities will be created in the zone for school leavers; and infrastructure for business men and women.

“I wish, on behalf of all Igbos worldwide, to express our deep sympathy to the families of the security men who were gruesomely murdered.

“We also sympathise with our people in Mbano whose shops and houses were destroyed during the reprisal attack.

“I pray the Almighty God to take control of events in Igboland so that we will once more enjoy peace, happiness and prosperity in our land,” Iwuanyanwu said. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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HCD: Edo tasks Journalists on adequate reportage

The Edo State Human Capital Development Programme (HCD) on Friday charged journalists to adequately report the three thematic areas of the HCD to enable beneficiaries understand the benefits that are inherent in the programme.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that HCD Programme is a project of the National Economic Council (NEC) with it Core Working Groups working on three thematic areas of health and nutrition, education and labour force participation.

The Regional Consultant, South South HCD, Mr Olusoji Adeniyi, gave the charge at a two-day Media engagement and HCD reporting for media agencies, held in Benin, the Edo capital.

Speaking on the topic, “Accelerating HCD base in Nigeria”, Adeniyi said the three thematic areas of HCD were poorly reported, adding that stakeholders and communities were not aware of the benefit of the programme.

He noted that the media needed to say more about what government was doing through the HCD to enable communities become aware of the benefit of education and other thematic areas of the programme.

“The training is to build the capacity of media agencies and also to introduce the components of HCD to journalists to avoid misconception.

“The essence of the workshop is to let you know that HCD is a life cycle of a child which begins from the womb, the health of the mother, breastfeeding, nurturing of the child and the educational status of that child.

“It involves the opportunity for the child to become employable through the skills learnt. During the period, they were exposed to adolescence to young adults who would contribute to the labour force of the country.

“So the media need to engage the communities to let them know that a child that is wondering around during school hours, is a child that is likely to drop out of school and needs to be corrected and taken back to school.

“We want people to understand that a child that is going to be fully developed to contribute to the economy of the nation starts from when the child is in the mother’s womb

“It covers when the child is born in a facility that has the right kind of birth attendants so that we do not loose the child and mother to infant and maternal mortality,” he said.

According to him, “we are in Edo where bronze casting has become obsolete and the media need to educate the people on the need to revive it because it has put Edo on the world map.

Adeniyi, however, disclosed that a total of 260 journalists have so far been trained in the south south region on HCD programme.

Also speaking, the Edo HCD Focal Person and Managing Director, Edo Skills Development Agency, (Edojobs), Mrs Violet Obiokoro, stated that Gov. Godwin Obaseki had invested in HCD and was working with its three thematic areas.

Obiokoro, however, lamented that all of the improvement recorded so far by the governor in the state in the thematic areas have been under reported.

“The governor has done a lot in these areas but they are under reported and as a result, people are not aware of what government is doing,” Obiokoro said.

According to her, “I want to appeal to you all to begin to look into these areas and help us report what government is doing.

“It is about time we begin to report these activities and collect data by ourselves instead of waiting for people to report and collect data for us.”

A plenary was held with HCD thematic Focal Persons from the ministry of Health, Education and Edojobs to discuss the impact of HCD thematic areas in the state. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Repentant Boko Haram member in police net for clubbing ex-wife to death

Police in Borno have arrested one Musa Dauda, a repentant Boko Haram member who allegedly killed and buried his ex-wife, Hafsat Musa, at a farm at Muhammed Goni stadium, Maiduguri.

Police spokesman in Borno, ASP Sani Kamilu, stated in Maiduguri on Friday that Dauda invited 45-year-old Hafsat to meet with him on her farm in the stadium premises, on Sept. 12.

Hafsat was nowhere to be found after honouring the invitation, Kamilu stated.

“The case was not reported to the police until a few days later when the decomposing body of Hafsat was discovered on the farm by her relatives,’’ Kamilu added.

He stated that the police swung into action immediately; visited the scene and evacuated Hafsat’s corpse to Umaru Shehu Ultramodern Hospital, Maiduguri for autopsy.

Kamilu stated also that Dauda was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 21 and that he confessed to the commission of the crime.

He added that Dauda said he saw Hafsat with another person on the farm and he clubbed her with a hoe on the head before she slumped and died.

Dauda later buried Hafsat on the farm and fled, Kamilu stated.

The suspect would be arraigned at the conclusion of investigation, Kamilu assured. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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VSF, Niger Govt distribute food items to 3,000 victims of terrorism

The Victims Support Fund (VSF), in collaboration with the Niger Government has launched the distribution of food items to 3,000 victims of terrorism in the state.

Gov. Umaru Bago, while speaking at the inauguration of the VSF 2023 Improving Livelihood and Empowering Communities in Minna on Friday, said the partnership was to support the weak and victims of terrorism and other forms of vices.

Bago, represented by his deputy, Mr Yakubu Garba, said victims of terrorism were faced with various challenges ranging from poor hygiene to lack of access to education and economic downturn.

“The predicaments are alarming and all hands must be on deck to reverse the ugly trend,” he said.

He reiterated the state government’s commitment to ensuring that lasting peace and security was restored to the various communities.

The governor also called on VSF to expand its scope to reach out to victims of flood and other public health issues with a view to reaching a wilder populace.

Earlier, Prof. Nana Tanko, Executive Director, VSF, said that 3,000 households from Lapai, Shiroro and Kontagora Local Government Areas would benefit from the food items.

She listed the items for distribution to include rice, beans, vegetable oil, sugar and seasoning.

Tanko disclosed that VSF had developed a strategy for the next three years to support victims of terrorism as well as expand its intervention to Taraba, Kaduna, Katsina, Benue and Niger.

She said that the organisation was making effort to build resilience of victims to enable them to go back to their communities.

In his remarks, Ahmed Suleiman, the state Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, said the ministry would partner VSF to bring support to victims of terrorism in the state.

One of the beneficiaries, Sadiya Mohammed, appreciated the VSF and the Niger government for the support, adding that the gesture would help alleviate their sufferings. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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FG warns fuel stations operators against pump alteration

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) says it will sanction fuel stations operators who alters petroleum pumps.

Mr Farouk Ahmed, NMDPRA Chief Executive, said this during an interactive session with commissioners of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) on Friday in Abuja.

Ahmed said that petrol stations caught dispensing fuel with adjusted fuel pumps would face heavy sanction.

He said that the sanctions to be meted out include revocation of operating licenses, suspension from operation or shut down depending on the gravity of the offence.

According to him, adjustment of fuel pumps by filling station operators is a major concern to the oil regulatory bodies and the Federal Government.

“What we are doing now is that we have some of our staff going round to take on-the-spot checks of some of the petrol stations.

“If you drive into a station, drive out, you will not know if you have been cheated until you do a measurement.

“Sometimes we do a physical measurement where we go to some stations and buy one litre, look at that environment to see whether that one litre is really one litre.

”Then we will know whether or not they have tampered with the pump,” he said.

The NMDPRA boss said that the authority would continue to collaborate with the RMAFC to generate more revenue for the federation.

“We have started the engagement but this is just a formal collaboration on areas where we can improve the revenue generation for the federation.

“There are two areas we have to look at which are either to generate revenue or cut costs,” he said.

He called on citizens to invest in the midstream sector of the economy.

“For example, if you want to build a gas plant, come to us, we will give you the guidelines, the policies, and you will come and invest.

“The area you want to invest in will determine the cost of investment; the investment opportunities are there,” he said.

RMAFC Chairman, Mr Bello Shehu, said that the engagement between both organisations was to strengthen their partnership.

“We are here in order for them to enlighten us on what they do and what we can do as a commission to assist them to better boost revenue generation for Nigeria.

“We are interested in what the authority does to enable us monitor better and know the right questions to ask which will enable us give appropriate information,” he said.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Military neutralises 52 terrorists, apprehends 60 – DHQ

Defence Headquarters says troops of the Nigerian armed forces have eliminated 52 terrorists, apprehended 60 and rescued 61 kidnapped hostages in different operations between Sept. 15 and Sept. 22.

The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Edward Buba, made this known in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Buba said a total of seven terrorists comprising of five adult males and two adult females surrendered to troops within the period under review.

He said the troops recovered a total number of 77 weapons and 658 different types of ammunition.

“The breakdown is as follows: 53 AK47 rifles, two AK47 rifles loaded with 8 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 18 locally fabricated rifles, one beretta pistol, three pump action guns.

“650 rounds of 7.62mm special ammo, 50 AK47 magazines, two rounds of 9mm ammo, six rounds of 7.62 NATO and five fragmentation jackets.

“Furthermore, troops recovered 15 vehicles, 12 motorcycles, 12 Bicycles, five mobile phones, 12 cutlasses, two generator sets, two gas cylinders, 133 livestock and a sum of N602,000 and Airtel airtime worth N8,000,” he said.

Buba said the troops of Operation Delta Safe denied oil thieves of an estimated N946.38 million being value of seizures in the South-South region.

He stated that the troops recovered 496,250 litres of stolen crude oil, 83,400 litres of illegally refined AGO, 1,200 litres of PMS, four pumping machines, five speed boats, 34 dugout pits, 57 storage tanks, 16 wooden boats, 85 ovens and three outboard engines.

According to him, the mission of the military against terrorist and other violent extremist groups in the country remains unchanged.

“The military will continue with aggressive operations to force these groups to submission,” he added.

The defence spokesman said the troops of Operation Hadin Kai were engaged in ambushes, raids, rescue operations, fighting patrols, attacks as well as cordon and search activities in the North East theatre.

He added that troops of Operations Hadarun Daji, Safe Haven, Whirl Punch and Whirl Stroke had also sustained aggressive postures against bandits and other criminals in North West and North Central.

According to him, troops of Operation Whirl Stroke conducted 22 operations, 13 fighting patrols, six confidence building patrols and one raid operation within the period under review.

He said that the areas covered included Mbaayande, Mbamazu and Mbaagudu villages of Konshiga Local Government Area of Benue.

“Troops of Joint Task Force Operations UDO KA and Operation Search and Flush in the South East region sustained momentum in the fight against insecurity in the region.

“Troops apprehended five suspected IPOB/ESN terrorists in Ikwo and Ihiala Local Government Areas of Ebonyi and Anambra, respectively.

“The military will through its operations continue to make improvements towards ensuring safety of citizens and restoring security across the country.

“Citizens are encouraged to know something, say something and let the military do something about it,” Buba said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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AA guber candidate in Kogi promises to end infrastructure decay

Chief Olayinka Braimoh, candidate of Action Alliance (AA) at the forthcoming Nov. 11 governorship election in Kogi has pledged to end infrastructure decay in towns and villages in the state.

Addressing a campaign rally at IIuke community in Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area of the state on Friday, Braimoh expressed shock that the area had been without electricity, roads and potable water in 14 years.

“For more than 14 years, IIuke community has been without electricity; its neighbours, Akutupa and Ayetoro Kiri had found it difficult to sell their farm produce outside their villages because of bad roads.

“I assure you that your plights would come to an end if I win the Nov. 11 governorship election

“I have seen the hardship of the people and the level of infrastructure decay plaguing your communities.

“Vote for me as your governor and I will emancipate you as soon as I get into office. This is because the deplorable road condition here is bad for commerce.

“For us to be able to empower our people, infrastructure is critical. We are focused on winning this election for the liberation of our people from poverty,’’ Braimoh said.

The governorship candidate was warmly received at Ayetoro Kiri, Akutupa, Iluke, Ofere and other Bunu villages visited during the tour.

Braimoh also paid homage to traditional rulers in the areas.

Inhabitants of communities visited complained of neglect by successive administrations in Kogi and expressed optimism about Braimoh’s victory at the polls. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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FG decries slow pace of Port Harcourt-Maiduguri rail project

The Minister of Transportation, Sen. Saidu Alkali, has expressed disappointment over the slow pace of work on the reconstruction of the Eastern Railway Corridor by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) Ltd.

The minister made his feelings known on Friday when he inspected the progress of work done on the reconstruction of Eastern railway corridor to Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.

Alkali expressed sadness that between Port-Harcourt and Aba Section, only 47 per cent completion stage had been achieved as against 47 per cent completion of the entire stretch from Port-Harcourt to Maiduguri.

“If you cannot complete Port-Harcourt to Aba which is 63km in 12 months, how would you be able to complete over 2,000km in 36 months?”

Alkali expressed dismay on the use of manual alignment processes by the CCECC in laying the track in the 21st Century.

According to him, in a project that is 85 per cent funded by the Chinese and 15 per cent by the Federal Government, it is only the 15 per cent fund provision by the Federal Government that financed the project so far.

The minister said that he would go back to the ministry to look at what was doable within the ambit of the law and that whatever the law provided on the issues observed, he would enforce it.

Alkali, however, identified one of the striking benefits to be the linking up of the two Sea Ports in Port-Harcourt to Maiduguri as well as promotion of regional trading at a highly reduced cost.

The minister assured the people of the zone that by the time the passenger train services commenced, it would go a long way in cushioning the effect of the petroleum subsidy removal on Nigerians that would make use of the train services.

Briefing the Minister and his delegation, representative of the CCECC, Mr C. Ching, promised that the first section of the project from Port-Harcourt to Aba, would be delivered by December, 2023.

The CCECC assured the minister that enough materials were on ground to meet the target date, adding that the project with a special kind of bolts and nuts that were ‘anti-theft’ had been introduced to make vandalism difficult.

Onovo said the Consultant handling the project, Khairi and Jamub Global Services Limited as well as the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr Magdalene Ajani, Directors from the Ministry, the Managing Director, NRC, Fidet Okhiria and others attended the inspection.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that on March 10, 2021, the Federal Government began the $3 billion repair and reconstruction of the 1,443 kilometer Eastern Railway Line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri.

NAN reports that when completed, it will link Rivers, Abia, Imo, Enugu, Benue, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kaduna, Bauchi, Gombe, Yobe and Borno. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

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Gobabis-Aminuis road at advanced level: Lutombi

The Roads Authority of Namibia Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi said the road between Gobabis and Aminuis will be completed in a matter of months this year.

Lutombi during a media briefing on Friday at the Office of the Omaheke Governor said the Gobabis-Aminuis and Aranos road construction are well on course and they are targeting to open the first road in Aminuis by December 2023.

“Our target is that December 2024, we will complete the road from Gobabis to Aranos, and we are making progress in that regard,” he said.

Furthermore, he indicated that they have presented to their board the extension of the road between Aminuis and Hukus. According to him they are waiting for approval next week for the road to be tarred and the commencement is yet to be announced.

“We are also happy to report that as part of this project we also identified Corridor 13, we are working very hard to ensure that before the contractor moves out of that area we could also do that,” Lutombi said.

On the Du Plessis-Epukiro road Lutombi said they are done with the first phase and they are starting with the second phase the Minister of Works and Transport John Mutorwa opened the same day.

“The intention moving forward is that before we complete phase two we also want to make sure that the continuation of the final phase is in place. We do not want to put a gap like we had this time,” he said.

“The whole intention is to have that road extended from Epukiro to Eiseb Block, and from Eiseb Block to Gam. That it can link Gam with Tsumkwe and Tsumkwe with Grootfontein, that is the whole idea that is reflecting in our strategic plan,” he expanded.

During the briefing Mutorwa urged political leaders to desist from fuelling tensions among people with reference to employing local people during road and other projects, as according to him all Namibians are local people.

“Appreciate that projects like road constructions are for us that are living today and those who will follow us and that it does not discriminate,” said the minister.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency