Mixed reactions trail packaging food with wrapping leaves

The age long tradition of preserving food with fresh leaves is fast going into extinction, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) survey reports.

The survey conducted by NAN on Sunday in Abuja revealed that most young people have no knowledge of this traditions which have enormous benefits.

Mrs Ibironke Olubamise, the National Coordinator, Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme, urged parents to train their children on the art and skills of using wrapping leaves at homes.

NAN reports that wrapping leaves known as Thaumatococus danielli grow and spread naturally under planted tree plantations.

Thaumatococcus daniellii is a plant species from Africa, known for being the natural source of thaumatin an intensely sweet protein which is of interest in the development of sweeteners.

The leaves are harvested and packed into large bundles, transported to small and large markets for retailing in small units. It is used to wrap hot food such as bean cake, corn meal, pounded yam and rice.

Olubamise said the skill gap in the arts of packaging food with wrapping leaves made many young ladies to prefer other packaging materials such as plastics and nylon and containers.

According to her, relegation and breakdown of our healthy cultural and societal values and our nutritional management and home economics are matters of concern.

“These are responsible for the difficulty encountered by younger women to learn the use of leaves and the kitchen techniques for wrapping local hot food with leaves.

“Findings obtained through food preparation workshop and exhibitions revealed that some parents have not made it a habit to train their daughters on the art and skills of using naturally available products such as wrapping leaves at home.

“The gap in knowledge transfer has affected many families making many younger women not ready to learn the skills even when they reach matured ages.

“The skill gap in arts of food preparation makes many young ladies to prefer other packaging materials such as plastics and nylon and containers.

“These unhealthy cultural, societal and environmental damaging habits are seen as modern approaches, but the trend is going down based on the popularity of the wrapping leaves and its preference by many people in the society.’’

According to her, nylon and plastics are damaging to the environment when not well managed.

“The first problem of nylon is that it is not biodegradable. It continues to sit on landfills for decades and not easily broken-down, constituting menace of solid waste in rural and urban management areas of the world.

“Nylon is a product of non-renewable resource (oil) and it contains micro plastic fibres which end up in waterways and oceans when it is washed off,’’ Olubamise said.

Also, Mr Alade Adeleke, the Director in charge of GEF Wrapping Leaf Project, stressed the need for relevant authorities to partner with farmers in the cocoa production systems to produce more wrapping leaves.

Adeleke said that this would ensure availability of the leaves and expand the economic opportunities for rural population, most especially women.

“Market survey done in 2017 suggests that a pack of 20 pieces of leaves cost an average of N150 which is equivalent to 0.35 dollar then.

“Today, a pack of 20 leaves in major city market is as high as N500 which is an equivalent of 0.60 dollar.

“Cost of transportation is higher and cost of collection from the very forest areas is also almost double, but nylon is more affordable and available,’’ he said.

Adeleke added that the trade in wrapping leaves sales provided occupation for over 500,000 people in different communities in south west of the country.

According to him, the trade has been around for centuries and continue to be a generation to generation enterprise that supports low income families in south west Nigeria.

Also speaking, Dr Emmanuel Beckley said wrapping leaves known as thaumatococcus Daniellii are much safer than nylon, plastic and containers.

“Food like bean cake and moi-moi package with wrapping leaves are much safer because when nylon is heated, it releases chemicals which can be carcinogenic to human health.

‘`The heated nylons are highly toxic and can cause reproductive problems, damages to the immune system and also interfere with the hormones thereby resulting to cancer.

“In nutshell, the leaves are beneficial in diverse ways such as helping in the management of diabetes and good functions of the organs in the body.”

According to Mrs Esther Monday, wrapping leaf is good but it is difficult to use to prepare food.

Mr Godwin Ezekiel said when he was still young in his village, his mother used wrapping leaves to prepare food but now his wife used nylon because she did not have the skill to use the wrapping leaves.

Mrs Hajara Ladi, a business woman, said that she preferred to eat moi-moi packaged with wrapping leaves but she found it difficult to get the leaves.

‘`I love moi-moi packaged with wrapping leaves; although I eat moi-moi that is made with nylon and tins due to scarcity of wrapping leaves”

‘`Moi-moi made with nylon needs a lot of ingredients to make it sweet and eatable because there is no special taste that comes with nylon,” Ladi said.

She said when she did not have money to buy nylon to package moi-moi, she used tin even though milk tin is stressful and easily hurts her hands when washing it.

“But all in all, “I love and prefer moi-moi packaged with wrapping leaves any day any time,” she said.

According to Mrs Abigail Adams, who sells food in new Nyanya market, Nasarawa state, the moi-moi packaged with wrapping leaf is very good because it is100 per cent natural and even adds flavour to the moi-moi.

Mr John Ndubuisi, a pharmacist in New Nyanya, Nasarawa State, said that the leaf is better than nylon because nylon is harmful to human body.

Ndubuisi warned people against cooking moi-moi and other foods in nylons, saying that it produced dioxins, a toxic substance that caused cancer.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


BUK to hold conference on conflicts in dry land, food security

The Centre for Dry land Agriculture (CDA) of Bayero University, Kano says it plans to hold its fourth conference on dry land and food security from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14 in Kano.

Prof. Jibrin Mohammed-Jibrin, the Director, CDA, said this when he briefed newsmen in Kano on Monday.

“The biennial international conference on drylands is one of the programmes of the centre that provides a platform for disseminating research findings, networking and sharing experiences between scientist, practitioners and other stakeholders.

‘’The conference has the theme “Ecosystem Restoration and Natural Resources Management: Exploring Opportunities for Food Security in the Drylands” and “Improving Climate-Resilient Agriculture in West Africa: Leveraging the Success of the Regional Africa Centers of Excellence,’’ he said.

Mohammed-Jibrin said the theme aligned with the current United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration to address development changes and food security.

“This year’s conference 100 papers would be presented and bring together scientists, farmers, policymakers, CSO and private sector from United States, China and Senegal among others to share knowledge and experiences.

‘’The stakeholders will address low agricultural productivity, climate change, high population pressure and unsustainable land use in West Africa and Central Africa.

“The CDA is a World Bank and AFD-supported Africa Centre of Excellence in dryland agriculture.

“The Centre works in collaboration with various stakeholders to support adaptation to the changing environment in Africa drylands through training, research and outreach” Mohammed-Jibrin said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


ITF equips libraries with requisite personnel, materials

The Director-General, Industrial Training Fund (ITF), Joseph Ari said the fund was equipping all its libraries with the requisite personnel and materials to boost staff and clients’ capacities.

Ari who was represented by Director of Field Services, Mrs Adetola Aje, stated this at the opening of ITF 16TH Library Week on Monday in Jos.

He said that libraries served as knowledge hubs and provided access to a wealth of educational and training resources.

According to him, the aim of equipping the libraries is to build staff capacities and clients’ interests in reading as technology advances at speedy rate.

Ari added that repositories of books, research materials and digital content, empowered the workforce to expand their learning horizons, enhance skills development initiatives, and foster a culture of continuous improvement in the workforce.

“Indeed, in an increasingly globalised world, libraries had become more important and integral to the activities as individuals and as a corporate entity.

“We want the staff of ITF and our clients to be at pace with the globalised world we are living in. We expect everybody to read more by taking advantage of recent books in our libraries.

“Let me use this opportunity to remind you that the ITF Community Readers Development Service Programme is coming in a few days’ time.

“Through this programme, the fund has over the years, taken practical steps to promote the reading culture among learners at both primary and secondary school levels.

“Educational materials are usually donated to participating students and pupils by ITF during the programme, by way of encouragement.

“This service is rendered to our immediate and surrounding communities as part of our social responsibilities,” he stated.

The D-G commended the Research and Curriculum Development Department (R&CDD) for their farsightedness in coming up with: “The Dialectics of knowledge management in a hlobalised age,” as the theme for the week.

According to him, in an era where information flows freely across borders and technology connects people like never before, the management of knowledge has become a critical factor in the success and sustainability of organizations, communities, and nations.

He described knowledge, as a powerful asset that was key to innovation, growth, and competitiveness.

Mr Faruk Wase, Director, Research and Curriculum Development Department in his remarks, said that the fund consistently organised the week because ITF was a citadel of learning.

“We are in the business of human capital development and capacity building and we cannot drive this without knowledge background.

“And the library week is one of the focal points we try to reiterate the need for people to try to harness their knowledge assets.

“We do it annually for people to be able to revamp their reading habits, reading attitudes and also to have access to new books and publications which we have been able to accumulate annually,” he added.

Prof. Victoria Lawal of University of Jos, in a presentation, said it centred on how organisations were supposed to work towards harnessing their tacit and explicit knowledge.

Lawal stated that organisations should work towards harnessing their knowledge for the purpose of remaining relevant, competitive and progressive in terms of their activities.

The academic said knowledge management was very important as society was growing to a level of technology where information sources were increasing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that goodwill messages were received from librarians of NTA TV College Jos and Nigerian Film Institute Jos.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


E-commerce coy adopts multifaceted approach to tackle fraud, unethical practices

QNET, a direct selling E-commerce company says it has adopted a multifaceted approach to combat fraudulent and illegitimate practices linked to the direct selling industry in Nigeria.

Malou Caluza, the Deputy Chairperson for QNET, disclosed this during a roundtable in Malaysia with journalists from Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone.

She said that QNET also planned to tackle the issues of misconceptions about its wellness and fitness products in Africa, especially in Nigeria.

Caluza explained that at QNET, there was zero policy for any misrepresentation or unethical practices of Independent Representatives (IRs) promoting the business.

“We have a dedicated network compliance department that monitors our network of IRs.

“QNET provides comprehensive training programmes to equip IRs with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate ethically, avoid fraudulent practices and provide accurate information to potential customers.

“We have also joined forces with local law enforcement agencies to apprehend scammers misrepresenting our brand in Nigeria,” Caluza said.

She added that the company took the allegations of fraudulent practices very seriously, and would take strong action against anyone found to be misrepresenting QNET.

According to her, QNET’s main focus is to maintain a trustworthy and fraud-free environment for its business operations in Africa.

Caluza said that QNET had invested in comprehensive awareness campaigns to educate the public about the modus operandi of scammers and how to distinguish them from legitimate QNET’s independent representatives.

“QNET has adopted a multi-pronged approach to combat the issue through public education, adherence to strict guidelines, collaboration with authorities, monitoring systems, customer support and training initiatives,” she said.

She noted that these initiatives aimed at empowering individuals to make informed decisions and avoid falling victim to scams.

Caluza explained that by maintaining a strong moral compass, the company ensured that its representatives conducted business responsibly and transparently.

She, however, said that sometimes false allegations were made against some of the IRs, noting that several investigations are carried out before any IR is suspended or terminated.

Similarly, Biram Fall, the Regional General Manager for QNET’s Sub-Saharan Africa Operations, revealed that the company had invested heavily in the training and development of its independent representatives.

He said that the company had remained steadfast in its commitment to combat misrepresentation and empower individuals with the knowledge needed to distinguish legitimate opportunities from scams.

Also, the Chief Reputation and Transformation Officer for QNET, Trevor Kuna, said the company had implemented a robust monitoring systems to identify any suspicious activities or deviations from its policies.

According to him, regular audits are conducted to ensure compliance and to promptly identify and address any potential issues associated with scammers.

Ramya Chandrasekaran, Group Chief Communications Officer of the QI Group, said that customers could reach out to its support network to report any suspicious behavior and seek guidance on the legitimacy of transactions or representatives.

Also, Nikhil Patel, Chief Legal Officer, QNET, said that there were three types of scammers, the ones not associated with QNET, current IRs and former IRs.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Nigeria requires N21trn to bridge housing deficit – Shettima

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, says Nigeria requires N21 trillion to effectively bridge housing deficit, despite efforts across the three tiers governments.

The vice president stated this on Sunday in Sokoto at the groundbreaking for the construction of a 500-unit housing estate by the State government.

Shettima, who commended Gov. Ahmed Aliyu for his efforts to address the housing needs of his people, noted that the housing deficit in Nigeria remained a huge challenge.

” Nigeria has a deficit of 28 million houses and we will need N21 trillion to meet our housing needs. This step taken by the Governor is highly commendable and worthy of emulation by other State governments.

” The governor has started well by completing the roads and flyovers he inherited,” he added.

Earlier, the governor explained that the housing estate would be for civil servants and would be sold to them when completed on an owner-occupier basis.

Aliyu said: “This is a project that was initiated by the former Governor of the State, Aliyu Wamakko but was later abandoned by the immediate past administration.

“But, we are determined to complete it for the benefit of our workers and the general public.”

Aliyu disclosed that the project located at Wamakko Local Government Area of the State will cost the State government N7.3 billion to complete.

The event, which was to mark the first 100 days in office by the administration was attended by Sen. Aliyu Wamakko and the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Abubakar Kyari.

Others were the Minister of State, Water Resources and Sanitation, Alhaji Bello Goronyo and former Deputy Governors of Sokoto, Mukhtari Shagari and Chiso Abdullahi-Dattijo, among others.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Suicide Prevention Day: Access to crisis support services can save lives – NGO

The Lifeline International, an NGO, says access to timely and available crisis support services, could prevent suicides and save lives.

Prof. Taiwo Sheikh, the Continental Representative of the organisation, made this known in a statement to commemorate the 2023 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on Sunday in Lagos.

Sheikh expressed concerns that suicide remained a significant issue across the African continent, which is home to six of the ten countries with the highest suicide rates in the world.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that WSPD is marked annually on Sept. 10 to raise awareness around the globe on the possibility of preventing suicides.

The theme of 2023 WSPD is: “Creating hope through action”.

He said that across Africa, insufficient public spending on mental health and suicide prevention was a major barrier to providing assistance to those in need.

He said effective suicide prevention could only take place through a whole-of-society approach that involves the government, civil society organisations and community leaders.

Sheikh said that mental health, including the risk of suicide, affects millions of people across Africa, adding that stigma and cultural misconceptions often compound these issues.

“But the tide is gradually turning as more and more countries recognize the urgent need to address these challenges and promote a more supportive, compassionate and evidence-based environment.

“In 2022, Kenya published its suicide prevention strategy – a landmark achievement and encouragingly, countries across the continent – including Ghana, Malawi and Nigeria – are set to follow this path.

“Tackling suicide and creating environments where individuals feel supported and comfortable enough to seek help requires reshaping attitudes.”, he said.

Sheikh said that LifeLine International and its members were committed to advocating for and supporting policy change, including in the most challenging environments where suicide remains a crime.

He said that talking about suicide, and providing better access to evidence-based interventions, would change the misconceptions and beliefs about suicide, and prevent tragic loss of lives across Africa.

“In Africa, attitudes towards suicide are deeply intertwined with cultural, traditional, and religious beliefs; we need to change these perceptions, address myths, and provide support to those in need.

“Our approach must align with our cultural values to create lasting impact.

“This day of commemoration marks an important opportunity to recognize the lifesaving work of LifeLine International’s six Members in Africa committed to ensuring robust suicide prevention and crisis support resources are available, with greater access and reduced barriers to help-seeking.

“The crisis lines operated on the continent by our members are often among the few support services available to individuals in distress”, Sheikh said.

LifeLine International is a global civil society organisation whose members work to prevent suicidal deaths.

They do this by reducing the stigma of suicide and increasing awareness and support for people in crisis worldwide through the delivery of crisis helplines.

NAN reports that the WHO said every year 703 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide.

The world health organisation also said suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and entire countries and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.

It said suicide does not just occur in high-income countries but is a global phenomenon in all regions of the world.

In fact, over 77 per cent of global suicides, t he WHO said occurred in low- and middle-income countries in 2019.

Suicide rates, the WHO said, are also high amongst vulnerable groups who experience discrimination, such as refugees and migrants; indigenous peoples; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex (LGBTI) persons; and prisoners.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


NYSC tasks officials on promoting scheme to reflect community needs

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) state coordinators and directors, South-South Zone, have been urged to reinvigorate the scheme’s Community Development Service (CDS) to reflect the needs of their communities.

Mr Ladan Baba, NYSC Director, South-South Area Office, gave the charge on Monday at a one-day strategic meeting with the officials held at its area office in Asaba.

He urged them to deliberate on policy implementation, consolidate on issues bonding the NYSC in the zone as a whole and seek ways to strengthen their working relationships at the meeting.

“The responsibilities of the area offices are essentially to ensure unity of command, provide efficient monitoring, strengthening of operational and administrative effectiveness of the scheme at the grassroots level.

“It will reduce the workload of both the national headquarters and the secretariats through decentralization process.

“I urge you to be open in your deliberations today and clearly make suggestions that will enable us resolve all emerging challenges confronting the scheme at all levels of our operations,” Baba said.

He lauded them for the successful participation of corps members as the Independent National Electoral Committee (INEC) ad-hoc staff members during the recently concluded 2023 general elections.

“Let me commend you all for the efforts in piloting the affairs of the scheme in your various divisions and secretariats, the successful hosting of orientation courses and passing-out and winding-up exercises,” the NYSC director said.

Speaking, Mrs Chinyere Ekwe, the State Coordinator of NYSC, Akwa-Ibom, said that the meeting would strengthen their relationship with the state government, corps members and other stakeholders. (NAN)(

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Resuscitate oil refineries – NASU urges FG

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has urged the Federal Government to resuscitate its four oil refineries and make them operational.

Mr Peters Adeyemi, the General Secretary of NASU, made the call on Monday during an interview with newsmen on the sidelines of the 2023 Quadrennial Delegates Conference/Election in Ilorin, Kwara.

The programme consist of Universities and Inter-University Centres Trade Group Council, held at the University of Ilorin (Unilorin)

Adeyemi appealed that Nigerian oil refineries must start working to ensure that the country produced what the citizens consumed.

He urged the government to investigate all monies committed to refineries repairs in the country and ensure adequate security to prevent the smuggling of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) to neighbouring countries.

The NASU general secretary decried the treatment of members by the government, saying “we are yet to receive their outstanding salaries during the strike actions we were forced into”.

He added that the issue of Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) has created crisis in salaries of members, including delayed payment, haphazard payment, allowance omission and lack of payment.

Adeyemi explained that the conference was expected to deliberate on finding lasting solutions to issues such as the hardship associated with the removal of subsidy and setting agenda for the next four years.

Prof. Wahab Egbewole, the Vice Chancellor of Unilorin, said that tertiary education was going through turbulent times.

Egbewole, who was represented by Prof. Olubunmi Omotesho, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of the university, stated that NASU had become a crucial component of universities and Inter-University union.

He called on the unions to collaborate and work together to move the education system forward, saying that no country can develop without addressing problem confronting its education.

He urged the union to therefore, deliberate on challenges of access to education and autonomy of universities.

“Financial issues, curriculum and ‘Japa syndrome’ must be addressed. A lot of staff are leaving the country and it is becoming difficult to replace them.

“The state of the tertiary education in Nigeria is tied to the state of the economy. No country can make progress without developing the state of its education,” he said.

Mrs Roseline Adebayo, the Chairperson, Kwara State Chapter of NASU, observed that the recent removal of subsidy on petrol amidst high inflation had resulted to increase in price of other commodities in the market.

According to her, the increase has eroded all gains of the New Minimum Wage approved by the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

“This precarious situation is a serious threat that could have truncated the delegates journeys and made the National Secretariat call for ratification of tenure elongation for all levels of officers serving our union in this critical time.

“Universities and Inter-Universities Trade Group is key to NASU operation and our leaders cannot treat matters concerning this trade group with kid glove,” she said.

Earlier in his welcome, Mr Suberu Ibrahim, the Unilorin Branch Chairman, commended members for their perseverance, diligence and sacrifice and also thanked them for the support giving to his executive.

He advised members to be more proactive and pragmatic in their approach to ensure that NASU realised its lofty goals and ideas without losing her long-sustained accomplishment and fame.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


NERC inaugurates mobile app to address complaints

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has inaugurated the Power Outage Reporting System (PORS) application app, to make complaints resolution process easier and faster by Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos).

Inaugurating the app in Abuja on Monday, Mr Sanusi Garba, Chairman of NERC, described it as an online initiative by the commission to assist customers report complaints to DisCos.

Garba said the development would help consumers to fast-track the process of reporting power outages to DisCos and improve electricity supply in Nigeria.

“This is part of our efforts at leveraging on technology to address complaints on power outage and ensure quick resolution by DisCos and NERC.

“Progress has been made on the app, the commission decided to start the process with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

“Very soon, there will be a national rollout of the app to all electricity distribution companies,”he said.

In a remark, Hajia Aisha Mahmud, Commissioner, Consumer Affairs, NERC said that the application would be integrated into the systems of the various Discos.

Mahmud said that NERC would still continue to carry out its oversight function to monitor the app to ensure it works properly.

She said that NERC have a lot of initiatives to put in place to protect consumers, adding that PORS was an additional way to ensure they get value for their money.

“The app was introduced to ensure that electricity consumers get the best service and get value for their money from the DisCos and to also ensure they are well protected.

“The app can be downloaded through Google Play or Apple Store,”she said.

Mr Christopher Ezeafulukwe, Managing Director, AEDC commended NERC for the initiative, adding that the app would assist DisCos to interact more with consumers.

Ezeafulukwe said the feedback from the consumers to the DisCo was the raw materials needed to provide the services required.

”The app is a product of collaboration; it implies going to be a win win for all of us.

”This will help gather more data base to serve our customers,”he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


School resumption: FCTA impress with 85% students, teachers turnout

The Education Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has expressed satisfaction with the more than 85 per cent resumption of secondary school students for the new academic year in the FCT.

The acting Secretary of the secretariat, Malam Abdulrazeq Leremoh, stated this in Abuja on Monday, while briefing journalists after monitoring students and teachers’ resumption in some schools within the city.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the schools visited included Government Science Secondary School, Pyakasa, Model Senior and Juniors Secondary Schools all in Maitama and Women Education Centre, Wuse.

Others are Christabel Schools, Wuye, a non-state school and Local Education Authority Primary School, Jahi Express, Abuja Municipal Council, FCT.

Leramoh said that monitoring the schools was part of the secretariat’s ritual at the beginning of every term to monitor students’ resumption and teachers’ preparedness.

He added that the visit would also enable the secretariat to address any issue that requires urgent attention.

“We are satisfied with the turnout of students and teachers’ level of preparedness as the new term begins.

“In most schools visited, we recorded more than 85 per cent of students ‘ attendance. This is excellent for us,’ he said.

He said that, so far, there was no issue in all the schools visited, adding that the secretariat would await reports from all schools, detailing their critical needs.

He said that all schools would be supported based on needs, including recruitment of teachers where needed as part regular support to schools to enable them deliver quality education.

While at LEA Primary School, Jahi, the acting secretary commended Venture Furniture Nigerian Ltd, for rehabilitating a classroom and a toilet facilities in the school.

He urged other organisations to work with the government to improve the quality of teaching and learning in public schools in the FCT.

Also, the Director, Department of Quality Assurance, Dr Favour Edem-Nse, assured parents of regular school monitoring to ensure adherence to minimum standards.

One of the students, Abiakam David of Government Science Secondary School, Pyakasa, said that his target for the term was to be the best student in his class.

David also said that he would study hard to make his parents and teachers proud. (NAN)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


UAE: Tinubu secures visa lift, return of Etihad, Emirate airlines

Nigeria and the United Arab Emirate (UAE) have finalised agreement on the lifting of visa ban placed on Nigerian travellers and the immediate resumption of flights by Etihad and Emirates Airlines.

This followed the visit of President Bola Tinubu to the emirate on Monday after his visit to the G20 summit in New Delhi, India.

At the receiving of letter of credence of the UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Salem Al-Shamsi, Tinubu had pledged to influence the return of cordial relations with the emirate at a personal level.

A statement by presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale said that the immediate restoration of flight of these airlines and between the two countries, does not involve any immediate payment by the Nigerian government.

‘’In recognition of President Tinubu’s economic development diplomacy drive and proposals today presented by President Tinubu to his counterpart, an agreed framework has been established.

‘’It will involve several billions of U.S. dollars’ worth of new investments into Nigerian economy across multiple sectors, including defence, agriculture and others, by the investment arms of the Government of the UAE.

‘’Additionally, President Tinubu is pleased to have successfully negotiated a joint, new foreign exchange liquidity programme between the two Governments, which will be announced in detail in the coming weeks.’’

The President commended the UAE President, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for his unalloyed friendship and determination to normalised the relations between the two countries.

In October 2022, the UAE authorities imposed a visa ban on Nigerians, coinciding with the suspension of flights by Emirates.

Nigerian airline, Air Peace, also ceased its Dubai flights in response to the UAE’s visa issuance halt for potential travellers.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria


Goods worth N.dollars 29 000 stolen in Ongwediva armed robbery

A group of people was on Friday allegedly attacked by three armed men inside their house at Ongwediva and robbed of property valued at N.dollars 29 000.

According to a crime report issued on Sunday by the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), the incident occurred around 23h00 when two of the suspects allegedly ambushed the victims as they returned home from work.

It is further alleged that when the victims tried to open the house’s back door, they were attacked by the three suspects who forced them inside at gun point and demanded money from them, before robbing them and fleeing with a getaway vehicle.

No arrest or recovery has been made in connection with the incident.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a woman was on Friday allegedly attacked and robbed of her belongings valued at N.dollars 10 600 in Windhoek’s Khomasdal residential area.

The complainant was forced to the ground and robbed of her belongings, including her cellphone, at about 08h00.

No arrest or recovery has been made been made.

Another robbery incident was recorded on Friday at the Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region, in which a Dutch national was allegedly robbed of items valued at N.dollars 82 055 while he was seated in his vehicle.

The incident occurred at 15h00, when unknown suspects allegedly smashed the two left side windows of the vehicle with an unknown object.

The suspects then gained entrance and took items including a cellphone, laptops and a tablet, among others.

No recovery or arrests have been made in the matter.

In another incident, the attempted kidnapping of a 16-year-old Namibian girl was recorded in Windhoek’s Hochland Park residential area on Saturday.

The NamPol report stated that the victim was allegedly grabbed from behind and pulled into a vehicle which then sped off.

The victim managed to flee after the suspects disembarked from the car and ran to her house. No injuries were sustained and no arrests have been made in the matter.

Police investigations continue.

Source: Namibia Press Agency