Activists’ court case postponed

The court case against activists Michael Amushelelo, Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, and Inna Hengari in which they were arrested for an illegal protest on 21 March has been postponed to 27 April 2023 for further police investigation.

The activists, who appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, are charged with contravening the Public Gatherings Proclamation, malicious damage to property, inciting public violence, and contempt of court. This was the second appearance for Amushelelo and Nauyoma while Hengari appeared for the third time since their arrest on 21 March over an illegal protest they led.

The protest that took place at the Katutura Youth Centre on Independence Day was against unemployment in Namibia.

The court heard that the postponement is due to three outstanding witness statements preventing the completion of the investigation.

Amushelelo and Nauyoma will again appear in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Thursday to submit a formal bail application.

Hengari was already granted bail on 24 March.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

The police in Erongo are investigating a possible case

The police in Erongo are investigating a possible case of murder after a man was discovered dead in the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund Wednesday morning.

The Namibian Police Force in a crime report said the deceased was found lying unconscious in the street by community members around 01h30, who then notified the police.

The deceased was found barefoot, lying on his back with his clothes soaked in blood.

He is described as dark in complexion and believed to be aged between 34 to 37 years old. The deceased has not been identified yet, hence the next of kin have not yet been informed.

The police have requested members of the public with possible information related to the matter to contact any police station in the region.

Police investigations are ongoing.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

A total of 93 Namibian young people have been awarded

A total of 93 Namibian young people have been awarded scholarships under the Youth for Green Hydrogen (Y4GH) Programme, aimed at equipping human capital in the envisioned green hydrogen sector.

The Y4GH adopted by the Harambee Prosperity Plan II in March 2021 aims to ensure an output of trained young Namibians, ready to take up positions in the emerging green hydrogen industry, as early as 2024.

Speaking during the joint launch of the pilot project on green hydrogen and Y4GH scholarships awards ceremony at State House yesterday, Higher Education Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi revealed that a total of 1 128 applications were received.

She noted that following a preliminary screening and data validation, 466 applicants were shortlisted.

She indicated that out of the 466, 35 males and 29 females have registered for master’s programmes, whilst 21 males and eight females have registered for technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

The Y4GH was funded to the tune of N.dollars 87.7 million by the German Government through its Ministry of Education and Research.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

JSC announces six acting judges for Supreme Court

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has announced that President Hage Geingob has appointed six acting judges to the Supreme Court of Namibia, to enable the court to expand expeditiously with its work.

A media statement from the Office of the Judiciary on Tuesday said Rita Makarua, Johanna Prinsloo, Esi Schimming-Chase, Collins Parker, Justice Chinhengo and Ramon Maasdorp have been appointed as Acting Judges to the Supreme Court bench.

Makarua who will serve from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024 currently is a judge of the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe. She also served as Judge of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe and was Judge-President of the High Court of Zimbabwe.

Acting Judge Johanna Prinsloo will also serve from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024. Prinsloo currently serves as Judge of the High Court, having been appointed as such on 01 July 2017.

The third appointed Supreme Court Acting Judge is Esi Schimming-Chase, also from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2024.

Schimming-Chase currently serves as Judge of the High Court, having been appointed on 01 April 2021.

The three remaining Supreme Court Acting Judges recommended by President Geingob are Collins Parker, Justice Chinhengo and Ramon Maasdorp.

Parker will serve from 01 April 2023 to 31 March 2023.

Chinhengo who is a retired judge from the High Court of Zimbabwe will serve from 18 September to 31 December 2023.

Acting Judge Maasdorp, who currently practices as a member of the Namibia Society of Advocates admitted in 2009, will be on the Supreme Court bench from 16 April 2023 to 31 July

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

United Nations Secretary-General praises Angola´s efforts in DRC pacification

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday in New York praised Angola´s efforts to find solutions for regional peace and stability.

According to António Guterres, the sending of the Angolan troops is a crucial contribution for the achievement of peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as in the region.

In his capacity as mediator in the eastern region of the DRC, the Angolan Head of State made it possible for the parties to come to an understanding which resulted in a ceasefire in that region since March 7, this year.

For the fulfilment of the agreement, in response to a Request for Authorization from the President of the Republic, the National Assembly (Angolan parliament) unanimously approved the sending of a military contingent of 500 soldiers to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The Angolan military personnel should assure the cantonment fields of the M23 elements and protect the members of the Ad-Hoc verification mechanism following the ceasefire between government troops and the rebels.

António Guterres, who was speaking at the farewell ceremony from Angola´s ambassador to the UN, Maria de Jesus Ferreira, who is at the end of her mission, took the opportunity to congratulate the diplomat for the work she did during her mandate.

On her turn, Ambassador Maria de Jesus Ferreira, thanked the United Nations Secretary-General and his team for their support during her term.

The diplomat praised the efforts of the UN Secretary-General for his engagement in the search for solutions for world peace and stability, as well as the different reforms he has implemented within the UN system.

Maria de Jesus Ferreira reiterated Angola´s commitment to international peace and security, especially on the African Continent, highlighting the approval by the National Assembly, at the request of President João Lourenço, of sending a contingent to the DRC, for a period of one year, to be renewed, if necessary.

The diplomat said that during the transition period, until the arrival of the new Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations, the Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador João Gimolieca, will be in charge of the diplomatic mission.

Maria de Jesus Ferreira served as Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in New York, from February 2018 to March 2023.

The diplomat will perform the same function as Angola´s ambassador in the Portuguese Republic

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola hosts African swimming event

After the 2015 Edition, Angola will once again host the African Championship in zone VI in swimming, from 3 to 7 May, at the Alvalade swimming pool, in Luanda, said this Wednesday to ANGOP the president of the Angolan Federation of this sport, Joaquim Santos.

The event should count on the participation of more than 14 teams, namely, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Comoros, and Uganda complete the range of competitors, according to the interlocutor.

The competition that had been initially nominated for Madagascar, which ended up declining, was assigned to Malawi, which also appeared unavailable, so Angola received the task of organizing it, on appeal.

According to the federative programme, from the 3rd to the 6th of May the athletes compete in the pure swimming event (swimming pool), and on the 7th of the same month, the XIX Edition of the biggest event in the region ends with long distance events, in open waters, on the island of Luanda.

Swimmers Pedro Pinotes (individual) Salvador Gordo, Daniel Francisco, Marco Furtado, Silvério Manuel, Carlos Fernandes, Luyane Costa, Yusseni Furtado, Djamel Pires, Enzo Anjos and Yano Elias (1º de Agosto) were pre-summoned.

Also listed are Luciano Afonso (Onda Sport Club), Henrique Mascarenhas, Alex Fortes, Janel Tati, Rafael Bredel, José Cochofel, David Padre, Guilherme Sousa, Kenzo Monteiro, Santiago Guimarães (CNIL).

In females, the shortlist includes Lia Lima, Jasmine Lourenço, Aleksandra Zhukov, Stephanie Jurado, Inês Clemente, Nayara Carvalho, Beatriz Pedro, Kenenise Vongo, all from 1º de Agosto club.

Ana Nunes, Maria Freitas, N’Hara Fernandes, Rafaela Santos, Welwichia Silva, Inara Santos, Milena Lourenço, Nyriam Morais, Rhanya Santo, Chelsea Vunge, Wezza Morais, Wendy Morais (CNIL), Alexia Vieira (individual) and Nelma Janota (OSC) complete the group.

In the field of open water competition, the country will be represented by Guilherme Sousa, Kenzo Monteiro (CNIL), Marco Furtado, Silvério Manuel and Carlos Fernandes (1º Agosto).

In females, they include Nyriam Morais, Rhanya Santo, Wendy Morais, Wezza Morais and Chelsea Vunge (CNIL), Stephanie Jurado, Inês Clemente, Nayara Carvalho, Beatriz Pedro, Kenenise Vongo (1º de Agosto).

In the first event of its kind organized in the country, eight years ago, the National Team placed 3rd in the general classification, with 61 medals, 22 gold, 21 silver and 18 bronze

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

NCC, NITDA partner ASF France on protecting Nigerians’ digital rights

The Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) and National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) have expressed their readiness to partner with Avocats Sans Frontieres (ASF) France on the protection of Nigerians’ digital rights.

The Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, and Director-General of NITDA, Mallam Kashifu Abdullahi, gave the assurance, on Wednesday, during the launch of e-Rights Project by ASF France in Abuja.

The Nigeria Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) also said they would support ASF France, also known as Lawyers Without Borders France, on achieving the objectives of the project.

Prof. Danbatta, represented by Mr Chidi Dingwu, Head of New Media and Information Security, said the project was the latest intervention in promoting the fulfilment of human rights in Nigeria.

“To transform Nigeria into a leading digital economy providing quality life and digital economies for all, it is imperative that we strengthen the people’s confidence in the use of digital technologies, and involvement in the digital economy as stipulated in the soft infrastructure pillar of the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS 2020-2030),” he said.

He said this pillar addressed the importance of cybersecurity, digital rights, data protection and privacy frameworks and guidelines that encouraged citizens to embrace the opportunities which digital technologies offer with a view to repositioning the Nigerian Economy.

He said since the digital and other user rights in communications and electronic media are becoming more significant in the society as technology advances, there is the need to protect these rights.

“The event is an acknowledgement of the drive of ASF France to promote the rights of individuals to information, freedom of expression, privacy and data protection as they engage online,” Danbatta said.

He said as the country continued to boost confidence and trust in its digital economy through fruitful deliberation and conversations, all hands must be on deck to safeguard the people’s rights to information, freedom of expression, privacy and data Protection, in the context of digital technologies, especially the Internet.

Abdullahi, also represented by Mr Emmanuel Edet, NITDA’s Head of Legal Unit, said that as at the last statistics, about 84 million Nigerians had access to internet

He said this showed that the number of internet users in the country had grown astronomically, hence, the need for the protection of their digital rights cannot be over-emphasised.

He said there was the need for every stakeholders to collaborate to ensure that digital space was safe.

Abdullahi, who said that the agency was working with NCC and others to develop child rights protection in the digital space, said he aligned totally with e-Rights Project and to ensure that this was adequately and properly used in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of NHRC, Mr Anthony Ojukwu, said he was always inclined to associating with any programme aimed at protecting the human rights.

“So there is the need to address the challenges and annex the potentials of digital space,” he said.

Ojukwu also said that there was need for legislation that would help safeguard the digital space.

The Chief Executive Officer of NDPB, Dr Vincent Olatunji, said with the huge population of internet users, effort must be made to safeguard the people’s rights.

Olatunji, who was represented at the event, said as nations across the globe march to the ever increasing tempo of technological advancement in the 4th industrial revolution, the need to safeguard the rights of citizens must be addressed with the keenest sense of equity and justice.

Alexandre Borges-Gomes, Deputy Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Nigeria and ECOWAS, said new technologies can contribute significantly to the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy and make public participation easier and more effective.

He, however, said that this could also be abused

“In this context, the e RIGHTS project is strategic because it aims at promoting people’s rights in the digital space in Nigeria; digital rights are all about freedom of expression and privacy and an extension of human rights for the internet age,” he said.

Angela Uzoma-Iwuchukwu, the Country Director of ASF France, said the project was the latest human rights initiative of the organisation funded by the EU.

According to her, it is aimed at enhancing digital rights in Nigeria.

She said the organisation “is canvassing that all the rights that are respected offline to equally be respected online.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event, organised by Lawyers Without Borders France, was in partnership with Centre for Technology and Development (CITAD) and Spaces for Change (S4C).(NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Kingdom of Ndongo Sovereigns Memorial construction announced

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Environment announced Tuesday, in Malanje Province, the construction of the Memorial of the Sovereigns of the Kingdom of Ndongo and the requalification of the village of Muculu-a-Ngola, in the Municipality of Marimba.

The project foresees the construction of the tombs where the remains of King Ngola Kiluanji and Queen Njinga a Mbande lie, in addition to 40 residences for members of the court, the King’s palace, a primary school, a health unit and the requalification of other monuments and kingdom sites.

When presenting the project to the local community, the national director of Communities and Institutions of Traditional Power of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Albano Cufuna, said that the budget has already been approved and the start of works depends on the rehabilitation of the road that gives access to the locality, since it is in an advanced state of degradation.

Despite this, he guarantees that feasibility studies are already underway for the execution of the project, which aims to dignify the kingdom and guarantee better living conditions for local communities.

On his turn, the deputy governor of Malanje for the Political, Social and Economic sector, Domingos Eduardo, informed that, with the construction of the memorial and the requalification of the locality of Muculu-a-Ngola, the area will be transformed into an important of tourist attraction.

The official highlighted the historical and cultural role played by the sovereigns of the ancient kingdom of Ndongo, which is why the Angolan government has the duty to restructure the place and facilitate its access to the youth and beyond, in order to be in contact with history.

The Deputy National Director of the Institute for Tourism Development (INFOTUR), Agostinho Xavier, praised the initiative, as the province could register an increase in the frequency of tourists and consequently raise more revenue for the State.

Meanwhile, the sovereign of the Kingdom of Ndongo, King Buba Nvula Dala Mana “Cabombo”, expressed gratitude with the project, considering that it will give greater dignity to the kingdom.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Group declares support for deradicalisation, rehabilitation of repentant terrorists

The North-East Rebuild Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has hailed the ongoing De-radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DRR) programme for surrendered and repentant terrorists in the North East.

The President of the group, Mr Gambo Katagum, in a statement on Wednesday, attributed the mass surrender of insurgents to application of both kinetic and non-kinetic measures by the military.

Katagum said the war against insurgents had become less noisy with more positive results since the assumption of office by Gen. Lucky Irabor as the Chief of Defence Staff.

He said the surrendering of no fewer than 51,828 terrorists and their family members to troops between July 2021 and May 2022 was a testimony of the good work being done to restore peace and stability in the country.

Katagum expressed optimism that the remaining insurgents would have no option than to surrender with the intense onslaughts on them by troops of the Armed forces of Nigeria.

“Just recently, troops of Operation Hadin Kai killed unconfirmed numbers of Boko Haram fighters as it raided six camps of the terrorist group successfully in Bula Agaida, Bula Yaga, Bula Lambai, Kuluri, Bula Umar and New Churchur in Borno.

“Similarly, troops in collaboration with Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) stormed the hideout of ISWAP in Dikwa Local Government Area of Borno, killing 41 terrorists including a Commander, Abu Zahra while others fled for their lives.

“In same period, Troops of 222 Battalion, killed several members of ISWAP terrorist group in Konduga area of Borno.

“And just this Monday, troops successfully repelled ISWAP attack on a military formation in the volatile northeast of Kunnari near Buratai town in Biu Local Government Area of Borno.

“The troops overwhelmed the terrorists in a gun battle and eliminated eight of them while others fled the scene,” he said.

Katagum called on remaining insurgents to lay down arms, adding that the military, from all indications would not allow them disturb the peace of the region any further. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Onaiwu tasks governors-elect on good governance

A former Director-General of the PDP Governors Forum, Mr Osaro Onaiwu, has charged governors-elect to reciprocate the electorate’s mandate by coming up with people-oriented policies and implementing them.

Onaiwu, in a statement in Abuja, said the era had gone when those elected by the people could behave anyhow and escape the wrath of the electorate at the polls.

“As you all receive your Certificates of Return this week, it is incumbent that the euphoria of the moment don’t becloud the task before you and those responsible for your ascension to high office – the people.

“Going by how difficult it was for most of you, with incumbent governors losing at the polls, this message has become urgent and imperative,” he said.

According to him, when you serve the people, when you take them into confidence, when you demonstrate empathy and do less politics but more of governance, then your mandate is truly of the people.

“As a religious people, whether Muslim or Christian, let the admonishing that “when the righteous are on the throne the people rejoice be your watchword,” he said.

Onaiwu said, “If you fail to do this, then for those of you fresh on the saddle, second term becomes a huge challenge, and that is not what you wish for.

The owner of Governors Mandate TV and Newspaper, said that the governors needed to work closely with the media and be accommodating for the necessary media mileage and exposure.

“By now, I am certain that all our governors-elect know the value of the media and being on it, you cannot be performing as a Chief Executive of your State and hide under a bushel of ‘I can’t do media.

“My hope is that with excellent media relations, this set of governors will be under the spotlight and do well,” Onaiwu said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Trans-Kalahari/Mamuno border posts launch 24-hour operations Saturday

Transport companies were urged to cease the movement of trucks on Saturday on the Trans-Kalahari Corridor that links the port of Walvis Bay to Gaborone, due to the 24-hour operation’s launch of the Trans-Kalahari/Mamuno border posts.

This was announced in a public notice issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security Executive Director Etienne Maritz on Tuesday.

“Due to the launch of the 24-hour operation at these two border posts, transport companies are urged to temporarily cease the movement of trucks from 08h00 until 13h00. Alternatively, truck drivers are advised to use Ariamsvlei Border Post,” it said.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security Albert Kawana alongside Minister of Finance of the Republic of Botswana Peggy Serame will launch the 24-hour operation of the Trans-Kalahari/Mamuno border posts.

This comes after Namibia and Botswana introduced the national identity (ID) card as a travel document for cross-border movement on 24 February 2023.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

Angolan manufacturing industry registers real GDP growth

The real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate for the Angolan manufacturing industry registered, in the period from 2018 to 2022, a cumulative 7.7%, with greater emphasis on the last year.

The information was provided this Wednesday by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, during the opening ceremony of the Industrial Fair’s 5th Edition, which takes place under the motto “It is possible for us to walk together”.

According to the Angolan Head of State, the figure represents a growth of around 6%, surpassing the projection foreseen in the 2022 General State Budget (OGE).

At the exhibition taking place in the Special Economic Zone (ZEE), in the Luanda Municipality of Viana, in Luanda, President João Lourenço stated that over 200 new projects were approved and implemented in the same period.

These are high-impact ventures in the field of manufacturing industry, distributed across the country’s 18 provinces, in several subsectors of activities.

According to the holder of the Executive Power, the action resulted in over ten thousand jobs, with greater emphasis on the food sector, having highlighted that it is a commitment by the Executive to increase industrial production, to ensure self-sufficiency in essential goods of consumption.

The President of the Republic considered it fundamental to continue to stimulate and boost the increase in national production in order to reduce prices, imports and increase exports.

With that, he said, the country will be able to face the competitiveness arising from Angola’s adherence to the protocols of the SADC Free Trade Area, the African Continental and the Tripartite Free Trade Area.

In his speech, João Lourenço called for an organized, systematic and persistent effort to attract national and foreign private investment, in order to place the country on the path of industrialization established by SADC.

For the Angolan statesman, this task is not an easy one, as competition between countries to attract foreign direct investment is quite strong.

It is notorious the effort that the country has been making in recent years in increasing and improving the infrastructure to support industry and the economy as a whole.

Improved electricity supply

In front of exhibitors and businesspeople, President João Lourenço noted that there has been, in recent years, a considerable increase in the supply of electricity from hydroelectric and photovoltaic production sources.

He said that the aforementioned increase consequently reduced the production of electricity from thermal sources (pollutants) and that increase the price of the product (energy) sold to domestic and business consumers.

Within the framework of improving the supply of electricity, President João Lourenço underlined the fact that the Executive is investing in the construction of transport lines.

On the occasion, the Head of State said that it was energy produced in the Lower Kwanza basin, namely in Kapanda, Laúca and Cambambe, as well as in the Soyo Combined Cycle, in Zaire Province.

“All of them are already interconnected, through the National Transport Network, to take this available capacity to the East, Southeast and South of the country”, informed the President of the Republic.

The holder of executive power added that one of the ideas of the project is to connect the national network to the provinces of Lunda Sul, Lunda Norte, Moxico, Cuando Cubango, Huíla, Cunene and Namibe.

Water sector

President João Lourenço announced that important investments are also scheduled in the water sectors, all over the country.

He stated that for Luanda, the country’s main industrial centre, the Bita and Quilonga projects are being implemented which should improve the water supply to the Angolan capital.

As for the current context of the national manufacturing industry, the Angolan statesman said that it offers many challenges, opportunities but also constraints.

Angola continues to mark very precise steps in its process of opening up to the outside world, looking for ways to diversify the economy by substituting imports, promoting exports, reducing the country’s dependence on the oil sector.

Around 230 companies are taking part in the Industrial fair/2023 5th edition, in the Special Economic Zone (ZEE) Luanda-Bengo, until the 1st of April.

The transformation industry, engineering and civil construction, as well as the food industry and agribusiness are some of the sectors present in the sample that has national and foreign exhibitors.

The “Expo-Industria” (Expo Industry) event is the biggest industrial showcase in Angola and aims to stimulate investment in national industry, within the scope of the strategy of diversifying the economy, substituting imports, increasing exports, reducing unemployment and poverty.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Ninety-three young people awarded Y4GH scholarships

A total of 93 Namibian young people have been awarded scholarships under the Youth for Green Hydrogen (Y4GH) Programme, aimed at equipping human capital in the envisioned green hydrogen sector.

The Y4GH adopted by the Harambee Prosperity Plan II in March 2021 aims to ensure an output of trained young Namibians, ready to take up positions in the emerging green hydrogen industry, as early as 2024.

Speaking during the joint launch of the pilot project on green hydrogen and Y4GH scholarships awards ceremony at State House on Wednesday, Higher Education Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi revealed that a total of 1 128 applications were received.

She noted that following a preliminary screening and data validation, 466 applicants were shortlisted.

She indicated that out of the 466, 35 males and 29 females have registered for master’s programmes, whilst 21 males and eight females have registered for technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

“To ensure that the evaluation of the applicants was transparent and fair, an inclusive committee was established with representatives from the various education and training institutions,” Kandjii-Murangi noted.

She further said out of 65 master’s beneficiaries, 45 are registered at local universities, whilst 23 out of a total of 29 are registered at local TVET centres across the country, adding that 12 out of 14 regions are represented with Khomas accounting for 40 per cent of all candidates.

The minister said Y4GH was funded to the tune of N.dollars 87.7 million by the German Government through its Ministry of Education and Research.

“During the process, it became clear that scholarship programmes faced the risk of not having green hydrogen-related programmes readily available for student placement. In this regard, the Namibian Government once again relied on the strategic partnership between the two countries to set up hybrid green hydrogen study programmes, inclusive of coursework in both countries,” she noted.

At the same event, German Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger said Namibia has outstanding conditions for the cost-effective production of green hydrogen and the development of a renewable energy supply chain.

“Research shows Namibia has a huge scale of profiting economically from the exports of renewable energy and Germany as an importer of energy will also benefit. This partnership is a win-win situation for both our countries,” she noted.

Source: Namibian Press News Agency

Angola hosts world final of Global Management Challenge

Angola hosts in September, for the first time, the final of the 2022 international business management simulation contest, called Global Management Challenge.

The event will feature more than 30 groups from around the world, including the hosts.

The Global Management Challenge is a strategic management competition for managers and university students. Participants form teams of 5-8 members to allow the development of skills for managers, company staff, among others.

According to the director of operations at Soik Investments, João Pereira, representative of the organizers of the event, it is a great value for Angola to organize one of the biggest simulation competitions in the world.

João Pereira added that, for the 2023 contest, registrations were already taking place across the country, until 31 May of the current

year, stressing that young Angolans could access the website: www.gms.ao. to participate in this edition.

To participate, he continued, it is sufficient that the candidate has completed at least the first university year, in any course, and is 18 years of age.

He said that the objective for that year is to include young people from all over the country, in order to get rid of the idea that only

Luanda participates.

“We have the objective of reaching the whole country, with the broadening of the candidacies. We had the opportunity to take the competition to the provinces of Namibe, Benguela and Huíla. We also intend to reach Huambo”, he stressed.

The winners for the 2023 edition will be announced on the 6th of July of the current year.

Launched in Portugal in 1980, the Global Management Challenge has become the largest international strategy and management competition,

achieving, over the years, an enormous success, becoming an event of

high notoriety and visibility.

In Angola by Soik investments since 2007, it contributes to the

training and development of management skills, for university

students, company staff and Angolan managers.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

NMDPRA harps on safety, compliance in downstream oil, gas operations

The Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA) has raised alarm over the high level of non-compliance to its regulations in the retail outlets of the energy sector.

Dr Mustapha Lamorde, the Executive Director, Health, Safety, Environment and Community (HSE&C) of NMDPRA, said this at a one-day South–West region stakeholders’ engagement on incessant incidents in the midstream and downstream of the Nigerian petroleum industry operations, on Wednesday in Lagos.

Lamorde, who was represented by Mr Ayo Cadoso, Regional Coordinator, Southwest, said that the purpose of the engagement was to call for a sound management of HSE in the depots/jetties and retail outlets operations in the downstream sector.

He noted that the discourse was key for adequate profitability in the sector and proper approach to achieve this lies on the fact that HSE should be managed from a business perspective and not for compliance purposes only.

According to him, related matters on HSE should be integrated into the management decision-making process.

Lamorde said that NMDPRA would always want to engage operators to attune them of the need to fully comply with relevant health, safety and environment laws and regulations as stipulated in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).

He said that the engagement would also forestall the dangers and risks posed by unwholesome practices and non-compliance to statutory provisions, with respect to HSE in the transportation of petroleum products including gas.

Lamorde noted that there was need for the creation of awareness and a culture of safe operations to protect persons, assets, and the environment, thereby eliminating accidents, and the cost of replacing damaged parts which is a sure way to profitability.

“This will no longer be business as usual, it is now safety first, the NMDPRA will ensure that the aspirations of the Federal Government, by passing the PIA, is achieved.

“The law had provided, in clear terms, that in case of negligence by any operator, such operator would be sanctioned accordingly.

“Although, our aim is not to sanction the operators but to ensure that operations are run in a safe manner to protect people, assets and the environment is the reason for today’s engagement.

“The HSE needs to be a front burner to attract the growth of the business, reduction of insurance premiums and protection of the public (which you are a member of) and for us to achieve the following, we must reawaken the safety consciousness in our operations,” he added.

Mrs Rukhayat Akanbi, HSE &C Team lead of NMDPRA, said that between 2018 and 2023, 412 fatalities and 244 incidents were recorded, while 173 fatalities and 103 incidents were recorded in 2021, meaning an average of one death every four days occurred.

Akanbi also added that in 2022 to date, 48 fatalities and 41 incidents were recorded.

“In terms of accidents statistics, 39 per cent recorded in retail outlets, 13 per cent in vehicle tankers, 13 per cent each in refinery and gas facilities respectively, while 11 per cent was recorded in depots from 2018 to date.

“Retail outlets recorded the highest number of incidents over the years,” she said.

On the way forward, Akanbi said that every truck and station must have adequate earthing cables and hoses of various sizes for discharge and coupling, and inspection must be carried out before loading and offloading.

Responding on behalf of the marketers, Mr Akin Akinlade, Chairman, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Satellite Depot, Ejigbo, Lagos, commended NMDPRA for the sensitisation programme on safety at most filing stations.

Akinlade assured that lPMAN, Southwest zone, would imbibe the culture of training all petroleum attendants in its operations.

He said that body had commenced building of training institute that would engage all members and workers in training.

“We appreciate NMDPRA for this laudable initiative towards organising discourse on Health, Safety, Environment and Community.

“We also appeal to NMDPRA support towards collaboration on area of training and partnership,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the IPMAN, DAPPMAN, FRSC, Federal Fire Service and representatives of NMDPRA in Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Osun states were in attendance. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria