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Édition 2024 du Forum sur les Minéraux du Futur : Ma’aden jouera un rôle clé dans les débats relatifs aux enjeux de l’industrie minière

RIYAD, Arabie Saoudite, 14 nov. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le Forum sur les Minéraux du Futur (ci-après « FMF ») a annoncé aujourd’hui que Ma’aden serait à nouveau et pour la troisième année de suite partenaire fondateur de l’événement. Ma’aden, la plus importante société d’exploitation des ressources naturelles pour produits divers du Moyen-Orient, jouera à nouveau un rôle clé dans les débats visant à façonner l’industrie minière internationale à l’occasion de l’édition 2024 du FMF en janvier prochain.

Cet événement sera dédié à la création de chaînes de valeur minières résilientes et responsables dans la super région riche en ressources minérales qui s’étend de l’Afrique à l’Asie occidentale et centrale. Le FMF 2024 réunira des chefs de gouvernement, des dirigeants de compagnies minières, des investisseurs et d’autres parties prenantes dans le but de stimuler à la fois les partenariats et la croissance pour l’avènement d’un secteur durable et la consolidation des chaînes d’approvisionnement mondiales en minerais.

L’année dernière, Ma’aden avait annoncé lors du FMF une série de nouvelles importantes, et notamment la création d’une coentreprise de vaste envergure avec PIF et Manara Minerals pour appuyer les chaînes d’approvisionnement mondiales en minerais essentielles à la transition énergétique. Ma’aden avait également annoncé la passation d’accords de taille avec les géants de l’industrie minière internationale, à savoir Ivanhoe Electric et Barrick Gold Corporation, accompagnant ainsi le développement du secteur minier du royaume saoudien.

Le Forum joue un rôle majeur dans le soutien aux investissements et aux partenariats, en Arabie Saoudite et dans le monde entier.

Les nouvelles initiatives passionnantes qui feront l’objet de débats lors du FMF 2024 comprennent notamment l’augmentation de la capacité des ressources humaines et des talents dans la région grâce à des centres éducatifs, l’élaboration de normes de durabilité conformes aux exigences des pays hôtes et permettant d’entretenir la confiance de la population, ou encore la création régionale d’un pôle de métaux verts au moyen de technologies modernes, et le développement de centres de traitement.

Le FMF a connu un succès retentissant en 2023, rassemblant plus de 9 000 visiteurs sur site et plus de 13 000 participants en ligne. Axée sur des solutions de réponse concrètes aux enjeux de l’industrie minière, l’édition 2024 devrait conquérir un auditoire encore plus large.

Cette nouvelle édition du FMF, sous mécénat du Gardien des deux Saintes Mosquées, Sa Majesté le Roi Salman ben Abdelaziz d’Arabie Saoudite, se tiendra à Riyad du 9 au 11 janvier 2024, au Centre international de conférences du Roi Abdelaziz.

Pour en savoir plus sur le FMF 2024 et vous inscrire à l’événement, veuillez consulter le site https://www.futuremineralsforum.com/registration/.

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Ma’aden com um papel fundamental na abordagem dos desafios do setor, no Future Minerals Forum 2024

RIADE, Arábia Saudita, Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Future Minerals Forum (FMF) anunciou hoje que a Ma’aden irá regressar como Parceira Fundadora do evento pelo terceiro ano consecutivo. A Ma’aden, a maior empresa de recursos naturais multi-commodities do Médio Oriente, voltará a desempenhar um papel central nos debates que moldam o setor global dos minerais durante o FMF 2024, em janeiro.

Este evento centrar-se-á na criação de cadeias de valor mineral resilientes e responsáveis na super-região de África, Ásia Ocidental e Central, rica em recursos minerais. O FMF 2024 irá reunir líderes governamentais, executivos do setor mineiro, investidores e outras partes interessadas para impulsionar a parceria e o crescimento, contribuindo para um setor sustentável e reforçando as cadeias de abastecimento de minerais a nível mundial.

No FMF do ano passado, a Ma’aden fez uma série de anúncios significativos, incluindo o de uma importante joint-venture com o PIF, a Manara Minerals, que apoia as cadeias de abastecimento de minerais a nível mundial, as quais são essenciais para a transição energética. A Ma’aden anunciou igualmente acordos de destaque com os líderes mineiros mundiais Ivanhoe Electric e Barrick Gold Corporation, que contribuem para impulsionar o desenvolvimento do setor mineiro do Reino.

O Fórum desempenha um papel fundamental no apoio ao investimento e às parcerias, na Arábia Saudita e a nível mundial.

As novas e excitantes iniciativas que serão discutidas no FMF 2024 incluem o aumento da capacidade dos recursos humanos e do talento na região através de centros de excelência; o desenvolvimento de normas de sustentabilidade que satisfaçam os requisitos dos países anfitriões e mantenham a confiança da sociedade; e a criação de um centro de metais verdes na super-região através da utilização de tecnologias modernas e do desenvolvimento de centros de processamento.

O FMF 2023 foi um sucesso retumbante, com mais de 9000 participantes presenciais e mais de 13 000 participantes remotos. Espera-se que o FMF 2024 tenha um alcance ainda mais alargado, centrando-se em soluções práticas para os desafios que o setor mineiro e mineral enfrenta.

O FMF 2024 realizar-se-á sob o patrocínio do Guardião das Duas Mesquitas Sagradas, o Rei Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, no Centro Internacional de Convenções Rei Abdulaziz, em Riade, de 9 a 11 de janeiro de 2024.

Para saber mais sobre o FMF 2024 e para se inscrever no evento, visite https://www.futuremineralsforum.com/registration/.

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AI-Media Introduz Tecnologia de Ponta de Legendagem no Global Media Congress

ABU DHABI, Emirados Árabes Unidos, Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O Global Media Congress irá repetir o seu sucesso de 2022 em Abu Dhabi, nos Emirados Árabes Unidos, entre 14 e 16 de novembro de 2023. Este ano, a AI-Media será a principal fornecedora de legendas e traduções ao vivo, com suas soluções avançadas que irão aprimorar a experiência do evento ao vivo.

No mundo de hoje, eventos como o Global Media Congress são uma plataforma valiosa para que os profissionais da mídia possam se conectar, descobrir tendências e colaborar. Uma audiência internacional é fundamental para que o conteúdo atinja um público diversificado e a tecnologia da AI-Media está tornando isso mais viável do que nunca.

James, Diretor de Vendas da AI-Media, comentou sobre a evento:

“Estou muito feliz em ver as soluções inovadoras de legendagem e tradução da AI-Media no centro das atenções no Congresso Global de Mídia. Além de ser uma divisora de águas a nossa tecnologia cria pontes, permitindo que diversos públicos se conectem e participem totalmente de uma conversa global. Temos orgulho de contribuir para tornar eventos como este mais acessíveis, inclusivos e conectados internacionalmente.”

Recursos da Solução Inovadora da AI-Media:

  • Tradução Remota para 5 Idiomas da ONU: A tecnologia da AI-Media pode traduzir facilmente conteúdo do inglês para cinco idiomas das Nações Unidas: Árabe, francês, russo, chinês e espanhol. Essa capacidade elimina as barreiras linguísticas e promove a inclusão.
  • Tradução de Áudio na Mesma Transmissão: Além da tradução de texto, a AI-Media oferece tradução de áudio em tempo real, permitindo que os participantes ouçam o conteúdo no seu idioma preferido, aumentando o engajamento.
  • Acesso a Todos: Os participantes no local podem acessar o conteúdo traduzido ao vivo nos seus próprios smartphones ou dispositivos web por meio do aplicativo do evento. Esta solução simples torna os eventos mais acessíveis e envolventes para todos os participantes.

Expansão do Alcance e Aumento da Satisfação:

A tecnologia de legendagem e tradução da AI-Media vai além da conveniência, pois amplia o alcance dos eventos e transmissões. A oferta de conteúdo multilíngue e de tradução em tempo real pode aumentar significativamente o alcance global e os níveis de satisfação, criando experiências mais imersivas para todos.

As soluções de legendagem e tradução LEXI da AI-Media estão na vanguarda e tornam eventos como o Global Media Congress mais acessíveis, inclusivos e conectados globalmente. Ao superar as barreiras linguísticas, a AI-Media facilita o intercâmbio cultural e o conhecimento compartilhado.

Para mais informações sobre como a AI-Media pode aprimorar o seu próximo evento ou transmissão com conteúdo inclusivo e multilíngue, visite AI-MEDIA.TV

Sobre a AI-Media
Fundada na Austrália em 2003, a empresa de tecnologia AI-Media é líder global de soluções de legendagem, transcrição e tradução ao vivo e gravadas. A empresa ajuda as principais emissoras, empresas e agências governamentais do mundo a garantir alta precisão, segurança e custo-benefício por meio da sua solução de legendagem automática LEXI com tecnologia de IA. As legendas LEXI são entregues a milhões de telas em todo o mundo através da gama de codificadores de legendas da AI-Media e sua iCap Cloud Network – a maior e mais segura rede de entrega de legendas do mundo. A AI-Media entrega mais de 8 milhões de minutos de mídia ao vivo e gravada mensalmente em todo o mundo. A AI-Media é negociada na Bolsa de Valores da Austrália (ASX: AIM). Para mais informação, visite AI-Media.tv.

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Fiona Habben 
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AI-Media va présenter sa technologie de sous-titrage de pointe au Congrès mondial des médias

ABU DHABI, Émirats Arabes Unis, 14 nov. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Le Congrès mondial des médias devrait avoir lieu à Abu Dhabi, aux Émirats arabes unis, du 14 au 16 novembre 2023, suite au succès de l’édition 2022. Cette année, AI-Media jouera un rôle central en tant que fournisseur de sous-titrage et de traduction en temps réel, avec ses solutions avancées visant à améliorer l’expérience lors d’événements en direct.

Dans le monde actuel, des événements tels que le Congrès mondial des médias constituent une plateforme inestimable qui permet aux professionnels des médias de se rencontrer, de découvrir les tendances et de collaborer les uns avec les autres. Il est indispensable de s’assurer que le contenu touche un public diversifié et international, et la technologie d’AI-Media nous rapproche plus que jamais de cet objectif.

James Ward, Directeur des ventes d’AI-Media, à propos de l’événement :

« Je suis ravi que les solutions innovantes de sous-titrage et de traduction d’AI-Media occupent le devant de la scène lors du Congrès mondial des médias. Notre technologie n’est pas seulement révolutionnaire ; elle crée aussi un pont qui permet à divers publics d’entrer en contact naturellement et de prendre part à des conversations avec des acteurs du monde entier. Nous sommes fiers de contribuer à ce que des événements comme celui-ci soient plus accessibles, inclusifs et connectés sur le plan international. »

La solution innovante d’AI-Media comprend :

  • La traduction à distance vers 5 langues de l’ONU : La technologie d’AI-Media peut traduire facilement du contenu de l’anglais vers cinq langues des Nations Unies : L’arabe, le français, le russe, le chinois et l’espagnol. Cette aptitude permet d’éliminer le problème de la barrière de la langue et favorise l’inclusivité.
  • La traduction audio sur le même canal de diffusion : En plus de la traduction de texte, AI-Media propose une traduction audio simultanée, afin que les participants puissent écouter le contenu dans leur langue préférée et se sentir ainsi plus impliqués.
  • L’accessibilité pour tous : Les participants sur place peuvent accéder au contenu traduit en direct depuis leurs smartphones ou périphériques connectés via l’application de l’événement. Cette solution simple rend les événements plus accessibles et plus captivants pour tous les participants.

Une portée plus importante et une meilleure satisfaction :

La technologie de sous-titrage et de traduction d’AI-Media n’est pas seulement pratique ; elle permet d’élargir la portée des événements et du contenu diffusé. Proposer du contenu multilingue et une traduction simultanée peut augmenter considérablement la portée internationale et les niveaux de satisfaction, en créant des expériences plus immersives pour chacun.

Les solutions de sous-titrage et de traduction LEXI d’AI-Media sont à l’avant-garde d’événements plus accessibles, inclusifs et connectés sur le plan international, comme c’est le cas avec le Congrès mondial des médias. En surmontant la barrière de la langue, AI-Media facilite les échanges culturels et le partage des connaissances.

Pour savoir comment AI-Media peut améliorer votre prochain événement ou diffusion de contenu inclusif et multilingue, rendez-vous sur AI-MEDIA.TV

À propos d’AI-Media
Fondée en Australie en 2003, la société spécialisée dans les technologies AI-Media est un leader mondial en matière de solutions de sous-titrage, de transcription et de traduction en temps réel et enregistrés. La société permet aux principaux diffuseurs, entreprises et entités gouvernementales dans le monde entier d’offrir des sous-titres ultra-précis, sécurisés et rentables via LEXI, sa solution de sous-titrage automatique , alimentée par l’IA. Les sous-titres LEXI sont diffusés sur des millions d’écrans partout dans le monde via les divers encodeurs de sous-titres d’AI-Media et iCap Cloud, le réseau de diffusion de sous-titres le plus vaste et le plus sécurisé au monde. À l’échelle mondiale, AI-Media diffuse chaque mois plus de 8 millions de minutes de contenu média en temps réel et enregistré. AI-Media est coté à la Bourse australienne (ASX:AIM). Pour obtenir de plus amples informations, rendez-vous sur AI-Media.tv.

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New Report From ApplyBoard Highlights Need For Alignment Across International Education Sector

ApplyBoard’s third annual trends report uncovers the top trends in international education for 2024 and beyond

Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, Nov. 14, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ApplyBoard, the leading international student mobility technology platform, has released its third annual trends report, intended to help stakeholders in international education navigate the increasingly competitive sector landscape. The report, Alignment for Student and Institution Success: Top Trends in International Education for 2024 and Beyond, leverages extensive industry data, proprietary ApplyBoard intelligence, exclusive surveys, and candid student interviews to uncover the trends most likely to impact student mobility in the coming years.

Demand for international education is at an all-time high. In each of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, student visa applications rose by at least 23% in 2022, and numbers continued to rise through 2023. With so many students going abroad, the report argues that it is essential that governments, institutions, and businesses align programs, policies, and priorities to develop more pathways for prosperity for all stakeholders. For example, institutions can better ensure student success by working with businesses to identify workforce needs and designing programs that train students capable of filling them.

“More than ever, alignment is needed across the international education sector to ensure the success of students and institutions alike,” says Meti Basiri, Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyBoard. “When governments, institutions, and businesses work collectively in pursuit of common goals, students receive a better educational experience and are better positioned to succeed during and after their studies. At ApplyBoard, we’re committed to working with our partners to bring this standard to life.”

Key findings from this year’s report include:

 

  • Major English-speaking destination countries face increased competition from non-Anglophone destination markets entering 2024.
  • Aging destination markets need skilled workers in areas like health and STEM, but institutions need to better align student inflows with these job market needs in order to both fill these roles and ensure student success. 
    • Job demand in health care is expected to grow by at least 13% by 2031 in both Canada and the US. Aging populations require increased health care services, and international students will be critical for filling the gaps.
    • Destination markets will face significant skills shortages in STEM in the coming years, but lack of knowledge and mentorship regarding these fields mean international students are not well positioned to address these shortages.
  • Replacing retirees will require alignment on stay-and-work messaging: 48% of students interested in studying in North America and the UK are looking for a clear path to permanent residency post-degree.
  • Housing shortages, upcoming elections and new government policies will all shape student sentiment in the years to come.
  • Student diversity is needed to ensure the long-term health of the international education sector. Nigeria, the Philippines, and Colombia are three countries where strategic recruitment efforts could pay dividends for institutions.

 

Uncover these insights and more by reading ApplyBoard’s Trends Report online here.

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OIC selects Nigeria as special delegate to halt Gaza conflict

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has been selected by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League as part of a special delegation mandated to initiate immediate international action to halt the ongoing war in Gaza.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, in a statement said the message was communicated to Nigeria by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.

Tuggar said the the decision was taken in furtherance to the resolution adopted at the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit on Israeli aggressions against the Palestinian people, which took place in Riyadh on Saturday.

According to the minister, the resolution that bears Nigeria in the inclusion in the peace team states the following:

“Assign the Foreign Minister of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as the presidency of the 32nd Arab and Islamic Summit, along with counterparts from Jordan, Egypt, Qatar, Türkiye, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Palestine.

“Any other interested countries, and the Secretary-General of both organizations to initiate immediate international action on behalf of all member states of the OIC and the Arab League to formulate an international move to halt the war in Gaza.

” To pressure for a real and serious political process to achieve permanent and comprehensive peace in accordance with established international references.”

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria was invited for the emergency joint Arab-Islamic summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh to discuss the war taking place in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories.

At the summit, Tuggar said Nigeria stood firmly with the two states solution prescribed by the UN to help bring a stop to the Israeli, Palastinian war.

Tuggar said Nigeria was ready to work collectively to bring and end to the violence and find lasting solutions to the war.

According to him, Nigeria welcomes the intervention by the OIC to emphatically add it’s voice to the call for an end to the violence and loss of lives of innocent civilians.

Tuggar said the disproportionate use of force against the people of Gaza begs the question “how many more must die to avenge the act of aggressor.”

He said the war against the people of Gaza cannot be contemplated in the same breath of the “Just War Doctrine” and has to stop for the sake of humanity.

“Where is the rule of law.

“Today live in a dated driven world, and the question is where is the evidence that the violence melted out by Israel on Gaza is having any effect on Hamas.”

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Army committed to building combat effective lethal force – Lagbaja

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt.-Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, says the Nigerian Army will be deliberate in building a combat effective lethal force for the protection of the country.

Lagbaja said this on Tuesday during the inauguration of the newly constructed Clubhouse at the Tukur Yusuf Buratai International Golf Resort and Country Club, Abuja.

He said the Nigerian army would also be deliberate in enhancing operational capabilities and welfare of its personnel through various forms.

“My resolve to make Sound Administration a critical component of my Command Philosophy as Chief of Army Staff is deliberate.

“I perfectly understand that a total man possesses a sound mind in a sound body, and sports keep body and soul together.

“Therefore, under my leadership, the Nigerian Army will be deliberate in its efforts to enhance both operational capabilities and the welfare of its personnel through various forms of relevant developmental projects that appeal to building a lethal force that is combat effective.

“In this light, the Army Headquarters will sustain its focus on enhancing the Nigerian army’s administrative standard by constructing infrastructures and remodeling existing ones to meet international standards,” he said.

According to him, a befitting clubhouse is a necessary infrastructure at any golf course as it offers a point of convergence for golfers and non-golfers to socialise.

The COAS said the game of golf was fast becoming a part of the Nigerian army, adding that the era of considering it the preserve of an elite few was fast fading.

He said that provision was being made for the construction of golf courses for officers, men, and civilians alike across cantonments and barracks.

Lagbaja commended the club for its modest achievement within six years of existence.

There is no doubt that patience, discipline, and the pursuit of excellence, all attributes of the game of golf, have brought us thus far, he said, and added the the club would commence hosting international tournaments soon.

The captain of the Country Club, Maj.-Gen. Samson Jiya, said the completion of the clubhouse marked a significant milestone in the history of the club, which has over 450 golfers.

He said the clubhouse would become a premier destination for golfers from all over the world and a haven for those seeking to improve their skills.

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Germany pledges 20m euros for transboundary water projects in Niger Basin

The German Government has pledged 20 million euros for the management of transboundary water resources and adaptation to climate change in the Niger Basin member countries for 2024.

The nine Niger Basin Authority (NBA) countries are: Niger, Benin, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Cameroon, Cote D’ivoire, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.

The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Annette Guenther, communicated this at the opening of the NBA Regional Steering Committee of Projects and Programmes on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to her, Germany has been supporting NBA member countries since 2017 through its German Development Cooperation and agencies such as GIZ, committed to regional and international cooperation.

Guenther, represented by Matthias Dold, said managing the basins’ shared resources was not an easy task, saying it required good organisation and monitoring.

She said regional cooperation was needed for adaptation mechanisms to climate change, especially in Water-Energy-Food Security nexus in the region, saying financial interventions was over 4 million euros.

“Since 2017, the German government has supported the NBA with 4 million euros and on top of that, a new project is about to start, beginning in 2024; and this project will be funded with 20 million euros for better coordination within member countries.

“This is to make sure that the water is used properly and adaptation to climate change is done in a good way so that people can make best use of the water,’’ she said.

On his part, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev, said achievements of projects and programmes in the Niger Basin were in line with the strategy to combat poverty and food insecurity.

According to him, the countries sharing the Niger Basin, make enormous investment efforts to preserve natural resources and promote economic and social development.

Utsev noted that NBA’s experience was the perfect example of the transition from national visions towards a transboundary vision, focused on a more rational management of resources.

“As a matter-of-fact, the Member Countries of the Niger Basin Authority took a decisive step, by showing their genuine political will to further form cooperation around the Niger River.

“I will like to urge you to propose relevant outcomes to facilitate the implementation of the various projects and programmes for the benefit of our people in view of the changing environment in our basin,’’ he said.

The minister thanked all NBA Technical and Financial Partners for their support, urging them to continue to work for the well-being of the people of the Niger Basin.

In his remarks, Mr Abderahim Hamid, NBA Executive Secretary, appreciated Nigerian Government for its commitment and financial assistance to the regional body.

He said issues relating to the management and preservation of natural resources, and particularly water resources, were the core concern of the basin’s authorities.

This, he noted was evident in various strategies and tools for implementing the Integrated Water Resources Management, developed in recent years by the NBA and its partners.

He said the project implementation had trained 470 technical experts from NBA member countries on techniques for interpreting and using climate data and information based on satellite imagery for decision-making purposes.

Hamid said the NBA had raised awareness of 700 water stakeholders at the national level on reducing risks and disasters linked to floods and droughts among others.

He, however, said the challenge of political unrest in Niger republic and NBA’s sanction was worrisome, calling on political actors to understand the vision of the authority as it was apolitical.

“There is the need for some countries to stop sanctioning the NBA; we are simply working for the population’s benefit,’’ he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that NBA was established in 1964 by nine nations to basically promote cooperation among member countries and ensure integrated development of the Niger Basin and protect the ecosystem.

NAN recalls that continued dwindling of water flows observed over several decades is said to have contributed to widespread degradation of natural resources and worsening of water and wind erosion and river silting.

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Army commences combat proficiency competition in Abuja

The Army Headquarters Garrison has commenced combat proficiency competition for officers and soldiers drawn from units and formations under it.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition, which began on Tuesday in Abuja, was to enhance the combat readiness of troops.

The Commander, AHQ Garrison, Maj.-Gen. Koko Isoni, represented by the Garrison’s Chief of Staff, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Tilawani, said training whether in peace time or war, remained the most important activity of every armed forces.

Isoni said it was the competences acquired from such trainings that the troops would transmit during real-time operations.

He therefore said that the competition would be used to test the strength of the officers, their capabilities, and state of combat readiness.

“This competition is also directed towards improving the leadership traits, organisational ability, and use of initiatives, especially among officers.

“To you the participants, let me remind you that you are the pillars upon which the operations of the Nigerian army rest.

“I therefore urge you all to make best use of opportunity offered by this competition,” he said.

The Garrison Training Officer, Brig.-Gen. EE Agada, represented by Lt.-Col. Onoja Okwoli, said participants were expected to compete in point to point navigation, skill at arms, and obstacle crossing.

Agada said situps and pushups, would also be added before the end of the exercise.

He said the competition would end on Friday, assuring the participants that adequate arrangements had been put in place to ensure a hitch free competition.

Agada urged all the participants to abide by the rules and regulations, set out for the competition.

He charged the technical officials and umpires to be fair and unbiased in their judgment.

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Group congratulates Uzodinma, commends Imo electorates on peaceful conduct

A group, Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), on Tuesday congratulated Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo on his re-election for a second term in office.

Uzodinma won the off-cycle governorship poll in the state, which held on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

CYMS Director General, Chief Obinna Nwaka, in a statement in Abuja, also commended the electorates for conducting themselves properly during the election.

He said that a CYMS team of observers participated in pre-election assessment, to enable the organisation give an overall independent report as an INEC accredited observer.

According to him, CYMS was also accredited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to observe the governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa.

He said that the observer team covered some parts of Nwangele, Isiala Mbano and Okigwe Local Government Areas.

“Our findings show that the election in Imo was free fair and conclusive,” the CYMS director general said.

He commended INEC and security agencies for their preparedness, civil conduct and timely deployment of sensitive election materials across the state.

Nwaka urged political parties and other contestants in the just concluded election to join Uzodinma in building the state, attributing his victory to his commitment to the serve his people.

Nwaka noted that in Okigwe zone where Uzodinma secured the highest number of votes, he had started and completed the construction of the Owerr-Okigwe road and other projects.

“It is a mark of appreciation to Uzodinma for what he has done in the area, ” the DG added.

According to him, Sen. Patrick Ndubueze, the Senate Committee Chairman on Works and Housing, also helped to garner votes for the governor and in getting some of the projects in Okigwe zone completed.

“Okigwe people giving the highest vote is a sign of appreciation for the road construction and also having a Senator in person of Patrick Ndubueze who is a key stakeholder both in the state and at the national level,” he said.

NAN reports that INEC declared Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the governorship election with 540,308 votes to beat his closet rival, Sen. Samuel Anyanwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 71,503 votes.

The Labour Party candidate, Sen. Athan Achonu, polled 64,081 votes to come third in the election.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria