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Nigeria's Senate President and the strong man of the senate, Bukola Saraki has officially declared his candidacy  for the office of the president of Nigeria under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

He made the declaration on his Facebook page at the Abuja Sheraton .  Saraki said, “Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.”


He continued: “Up and down our country today, Nigerians are crying out for succour. Many of our children are hungry. Many people are dying of avoidable or otherwise treatable diseases. Many have fallen below basic living standards, and are now among the 87 million that sealed Nigeria’s position as the country with the highest number of people in extreme poverty. Our young people lack opportunities.  The necessary education facilities and system to equip them for the future simply do not exist. We are not creating the jobs needed to usefully engage them in order to grow our economy. And too often, the youth feel shut out, prevented from having any say in the direction of this nation. The harsh conditions of extreme poverty faced by the people, fuels the state of insecurity all over the country. Hunger, lack of education and lack of opportunities push many Nigerians into criminal activities including terrorism."


“Many of our communities are paralysed with fear – due to incessant communal crises, kidnappings and other social ills, as well as the threat of terrorism. We are failing abysmally to tackle the problems of today and to prepare for the future.


“Our economy is broken and is in need of urgent revival in order for Nigeria to grow. GDP growth rate has declined. Diversification remains an illusion. Unemployment is at an all-time high. Businesses are shutting down.
“Jobs are being lost in record numbers, and the capital needed to jumpstart our economy is going elsewhere.  “Nigeria is perhaps more divided now than ever before. We are increasingly divided along regional, religious and ethnic lines. Nigerians are also divided by class, a festering gulf between the ‘Haves’ and the ‘Have-Nots’. “The fault lines of this nation are widening to an alarming degree. We must do something fast, and we must be brave about it. “We must ensure the security of lives in Nigeria. As things stand now, no one is safe in this country. No one feels truly safe. We must restore the sanctity of the rule of law and strengthen democratic institutions in order to build a just, fair and equitable society for all.


“We must rebuild the trust of our people in government. We need a new generation of leaders that are competent, with the capability to rise to the challenges of the 21st century. We must pull this country back together and rebuild, block by block, with dedication and commitment. “You will agree with me that this is an urgent task that requires the concerted efforts of each and every one of us. If we look around today, what do we see? What is the condition of our citizens? Where are we as a nation? How are we perceived locally and internationally? Why are we not making the expected progress? Why are we not growing? There is no time to waste. The time is now, to come together to stimulate growth in Nigeria, especially in the national economy.

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“The choice we face in the forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are, or make a radical departure from the old ways. To find a better way of doing things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past. To fix the problems or keep compounding them. “It is with all these in mind, and taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youth who have asked me to run for President. “Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming General Elections in 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).


“I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians. My Plan for Nigeria has inclusion in all aspects of the country’s affairs as a central pillar. Every citizen has the inalienable right to feel a sense of belonging, no matter their background or creed, or what part of the country they come from. No matter who you voted for or what your convictions are, government must work for you.


“Your generation does not deserve to live in the poverty capital of the world. It is no longer an issue of how we got here, but how do we get out of this situation?

“I promise you that I will lead the fight and employ every God-given resource available to us in turning things around. I am determined to grow Nigeria out of poverty. We will stimulate the growth of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) as one of the ways of energising the economy and to create wealth for our people, especially the youth. “I want to see the youth play major roles at all levels, not only in government but also in the private sector and indeed in every area of Nigerian life. This will be a government driven by youthful energy, innovation and a pioneering entrepreneurial spirit.


“Nigerian youth will be given all the opportunities to realise their potential to the full within a national framework that guarantees inclusiveness. For youth who have ideas and capacity, we will make sure that there is funding for their ventures; and we shall build on the Made in Nigeria legislation as part of our job creation drive.  “My plan is to secure Nigeria by redesigning our national security architecture, while adequately equipping our security agencies to fulfil their primary role of protecting lives and property.


“I will address our infrastructural deficit through aggressive financing initiatives including mutually beneficial PPP arrangements, regular floating of bonds and other financial instruments, which will ensure stable, adequate and reliable funding to see to the completion of core projects especially road, rail and power.
“My plan is to protect all Nigerians and defend their constitutional rights and freedoms. I will stand for and uphold at all times the principle of the rule of law, which is the bedrock of democratic governance.



“Ours will not be a selective fight against corruption. The emphasis will be on strengthening institutions, with a particular focus on deterrence. We cannot afford to compromise our institutions with proxy wars against perceived political opponents. We see the fight against corruption as crucial to Nigeria’s economic development.


“I offer leadership driven by empathy. Where leaders are responsive to the citizens. Where they know that government cares. We will not be indifferent or turn a blind eye to the real concerns of our people. Every single Nigerian life matters.


“For me, the leadership we deserve is one that will be a source of pride to all Nigerians, one that will be respected and admired in Africa and around the world. It should be a leadership that can hold its own and stand tall anywhere in the world. That is the type of leadership I offer.
“As a former two-term Governor and currently President of the Senate by the grace of God, I believe I possess a unique blend of executive and legislative experience to push for and implement reforms that will deliver real improvements in the daily lives of our people. I know what it takes to create jobs and grow the economy. I can make the tough decisions when it matters. I will spearhead a new agenda that can transform the lives of ordinary Nigerians in real terms.


“Believe me when I say that it will not be business as usual. This will be a dynamic government of action that will pursue the growth of Nigeria with doggedness, determination and conviction. I will lead a result-driven administration. We shall set targets with clear timelines to ensure that anticipated deliverables are met. You can benchmark us and hold us accountable. In short, I assure you that I will deliver on all promises. What I envision is a new chapter in governance in this country. We will be driven by what is best for Nigerians.


“I have deliberately chosen the opportunity of being here with you, my Number One constituency who I see as the future of our great country, to make my intention known. I believe the Nigerian youth are critical to rebuilding and growing the economy, and restoring our national pride.


“I therefore ask you and all well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with me in this noble cause.
He concluded :  “My brothers, My sisters, Let’s Grow Nigeria Together.”


"President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday August 27 met US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington DC and held talks on security and trade. Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her US counterpart, Melania Trump joined the two leaders in the historic talks."

 

The first lady of United States, Melania Trump   trip to Africa  will take  her  to several countries which  to be announced  later in nearest future - Afripol

The US First Lady Melania Trump will travel to Africa later this year, her office announced Monday, with further details expected in the coming weeks.


"This will be my first time traveling to Africa and I am excited to educate myself on the issues facing children throughout the continent," Trump said in a statement, "while also learning about its rich culture and history."   It is not yet clear where the US First Lady will travel on the vast continent or when, but according to her communications director Stephanie Grisham, the White House "will release details in the coming weeks."



Trump previously travelled solo to Canada and has made several trips with her husband. This trip is expected to focus on good-deed projects. "I look forward to highlighting the successful humanitarian work and development programs being done in many of the countries," Trump said in a statement.


The US president has yet to travel to Africa since taking office and has allegedly disparaged "shithole" countries on the continent. Melania Trump indicated a gentler approach, saying "we are a global society and I believe it is through open dialogue and the exchanging of ideas that we have a real opportunity to learn from one another."

AFricaNews  Ethiopia opens Africa's first waste-to-energy facility

 

Ethiopia is home to the continent’s first waste-to-energy facility after a launch of the Reppie project over the weekend. President Mulatu Teshome and other high level government officials were present for the event. The facility is built on the Koshe landfill site located on the outskirts of the capital Addis Ababa. It was launched in 2013 as a municipal solid waste incarceration plant.



The project is the result of a partnership between the Government of Ethiopia and a consortium of international companies: Cambridge Industries Limited (Singapore), China National Electric Engineering and Ramboll, a Danish engineering firm.  The consortium was established to design, construct and in some cases own waste-to-energy facilities customized for Sub-Saharan Africa. Reppie is the first of what the consortium hopes will be a series of such facilities in major cities across the region.



It is supposed to take 1,400 tons of waste daily which figure comes up to about 80% of refuse generated by Addis Ababa. It will go on to supply the capital with 30% household electricity needs whiles conforming to global standards on air emissions. In waste-to-energy incineration plants, rubbish is burned in a combustion chamber. The resulting heat is used to boil water until it turns to steam, which drives a turbine generator that produces electricity.

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It was built by Cambridge Industries Limited (CIL), British & Island with Chinese partner contractors. It also involved Danish consultants Ramboll. It was fully funded by government with the overall cost put at 2.6 billion birr.  In 2017, the United Nations environment programme website reported that the project was to be launched in early 2018.



The Koshe dump site which had been transformed to the Reppie project served Addis Ababa for about 50 years made news headlines in March this year after a landslide at the premises killed about 114 people – residents and scavengers – according to government records. In the wake of the incident, the government planned relocation for persons who lived on the large area said to be the size of 36 football pitches. They moved to establish the plant with the broader objective of transforming the site and Addis Ababa’s approach to dealing with waste.



Addis Ababa like any booming African city has its fair share of garbage headache. The Addis Standard in holistic analysis of the city highlighted that plight in an article titled: ‘Addis Abeba: a city struggling under the weight of its failures triggers fresh minefield.’ A portion on challenges relative to garbage read: “Turn to another topic. A city with one of the highest population densities in Africa (an estimated 5,165 persons per square kilometer), is imploding from the pressure of urban migration, which is manifested in housing crisis that was characterized as “70% informal” by the UN-HABITAT. Unemployment rate stands at 21.2%.

Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha, Anambra State  representing  Nigeria  and Africa  in USA at the World Technology  innovation challenge  took the  first place  and won the top technological competition honour.


The girls team from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onitsha were represented  by below named students :
They were led by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu and the Onitsha team upstaged  representatives of  USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the gold medal.

1 Promise Nnalue
2 Jessica Osita
3 Nwabuaku Ossai
4 Adaeze Onuigbo
5 Vivian Okoye 


World tech innovation challenge competition was a global technological competition for seconday schools around the world at Silicon Valley, San Francisco USA. The girls team, Save-A-Soul, from Onitsha, Anambra State developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problem of fake pharmaceutical products in the country.



Teams of girls worldwide learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders while creating apps addressing social issues in their communities. Junior division winners, Team  Save-A-Soul, hopes to help consumers identify and avoid the intake of fake drugs in Nigeria using its app, FD-Detector (Fake Drug Detector). According to Team Save-A-Soul, Nigeria has one of the largest markets for fake drugs. The girls plan to partner with the agency responsible for drug regulation in Nigeria, the National Agency for Food & Drug Administration and Control.

"Leveraging technology to save lives is our utmost priority, that is why we have decided to maximize this opportunity to solve the incessant rate of death caused by fake drugs," said Team Save-A-Soul.


Nigeria’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo applauded them.
“These young ladies in Junior Secondary School developed a mobile application called ‘FD Detector’ to tackle the problems of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria. Yesterday, they won the 2018 Technovation World Pitch in California. Congratulations! We are very proud of you,” Osinbajo tweeted.



The teenage girls from Anambra State will be pitching their app to investors in the Silicon Valley.
The team argue that Nigeria has the largest market for fake drugs, and they plan to partner with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), using the app, to tackle this challenge.



Credits: Mazi  Enuma, PRNewswire, Timileyin Omilana Guardian Nigeria.


Prof. Yemi Osinbajo ,  Nigeria’s acting president has sacked the  intelligence boss of the Department State Security (DSS), Lawal Musa Daura for the blockage of the country's National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria.


Osinbajo  the country's vice president made the decision  to fire the  intelligence  chief  due to the  Tuesday morning blockade of the country’s legislature – the National Assembly, NASS.

Osinbajo acted on the capacity as the acting president as Nigerian President Buhari is on vacation in Britain.


The tweet by the Osinbajo’s personal assistant confirmed the discharge of  Lawal Musa Daura and the directive to the former boss of DSS to hand over to the most senior officer of the State Security Service till further notice.

Acting President @ProfOsinbajo has directed the termination, with immediate effect, of the appointment of the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Mr. Lawal Musa Daura.


"The presidency in a statement said the obstruction of lawmakers was without its consent. The DSS is a security arm that is directly under the presidency. It is responsible for primary domestic intelligence and protection to top government officials.



Armed and masked personnel from the DSS temporarily block the entrance of NASS at a point blocking lawmakers from accessing the premises. After the lawmakers were allowed in, other officials and the media remained barred from the premises.



President Buhari handed over presidential duties to Osinbajo as he left Abuja to London for a 10-day vacation. "


Credit:  africanews

The examination body, West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released its 2018 May/June WASSCE results.   The rankings of all the 36 States,  including  the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja in Nigeria has been released and published by WAEC.



Abia State came first , followed by Anambra State in seciond place and Edo State in the third position.


Below is the latest WAEC ranking of the 36 states and the FCT:

Abia – 1st


Anambra – 2nd


Edo – 3rd


Rivers – 4th


Imo – 5th


Lagos – 6th


Bayelsa – 7th


Delta – 8th


Enugu – 9th


Ebonyi – 10th


Ekiti – 11th
Kaduna – 12th
Ondo – 13th
Abuja – 14th
Kogi – 15th
Benue – 16th
Akwa Ibom – 17th
Kwara – 18th
Ogun – 19th
Cross River – 20th
Taraba – 21st
Plateau – 22nd
Nassarawa -23rd
Kano – 24th
Borno – 25th
Oyo – 26th
Niger – 27th
Adamawa -28th
Osun -29th
Sokoto – 30th
Bauchi – 31st
Kebbi – 32nd
Katsina – 33rd
Gombe – 34th
Jigawa 35th
Zamfara – 36th
Yobe – 37th

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