NGO seeks enabling policies for veterinarians

In commemoration of the World Veterinary Day (WVD), Blueblood Veterinary Services, an NGO, has urged the government to formulate enabling policies for growth and development of the veterinary sector.

Dr Bala Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the organisation, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

“By enabling policies, we mean government should provide environments where many more vets can practice and create businesses for mainstream economic development.

“Government should create that enabling environment so that vets can become employers of labour,” Mohammed said.

NAN reports that WVD is commemorated every last Saturday of April, and the theme for 2023 is; “Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the veterinary profession”.

NAN also reports that WVD was established by the World Veterinary Association in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession and to raise awareness about animal health and welfare.

Its aim is to highlight the importance of the work done by veterinary professionals worldwide.

Mohammed, who identified veterinary doctors as working in all spheres of livestock sub- sector of the economy, said it was important to put in place policies that would adequately reward efforts of professionals.

He specifically urged the incoming administration to take advantage of the diversity in the profession to boost the livestock subsector of the economy.

“Enabling environment is important to boost the morale of private practitioners.

“The incoming administration must leverage on all of this low hanging fruits in making sure that they give the developing economy a leap through livestock agriculture.

“Considering the strength in the profession, there should be that capacity of government that regulates what we do as professionals, in making sure they harness the inherent opportunities in the profession,” Mohammed said.

The CEO, who described the theme as apt, said it provided veterinarians opportunity to have a re-think and look at the challenges confronting the profession.

According to him, veterinary profession appears to be one of the most diverse professions in terms of practice.

While congratulating veterinarians across the globe, the CEO urged them to explore all avenues geared towards increasing their capacity to acquire requisite skills.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

APC group canvasses support for Akpabio for Senate President, Jibrin as deputy

Concerned All Progressives Congress (APC) Members Forum, a registered group of all party members, has backed the call for the emergence of Sen. Godswill Akpabio as the President of the 10th Senate.

Mr Okpokwu Ogenyi, Convener of the group, while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Saturday also supported the call for Sen. Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano) to be the Deputy Senate President.

He said: “We are aware that zoning is not done in a vacuum, so we highly recommend Sen. Godswill Akpabio for the position of Senate President and Senator Barau Jibrin as Deputy Senate President respectively”.

Ogenyi said that their support was based on consideration of federal character in the zoning of the 10th senate leadership bearing in mind, competence and credibility with an understanding that the country is a circular state with multi-faith.

According to him, the development will go a long way in building the confidence of party members across the country in preparation for the future of the party.

“It is pertinent to note that, in the South, South-South contributed the second highest votes after South-West which houses the President-elect.

“The North-West gave the party the highest votes in the North with Kano state consistently giving APC the highest vote per state in every election since the formation of the party.

“More so, our submission is based on their legislative experience, prudent financial management, fair disposition towards national peace and unity, care for the less privileged, competence, reward for hard work, electoral value and diplomatic relations.

“In the National Assembly, Sen. Akpabio is the most ranking senator from the South-South under the platform of the APC while Sen. Barau Jibrin is the most ranking senator from the North West.

“We call on the President-elect, the Progressives Governor’s Forum (PGF) and the State chairmen of our party to implement a government of National competence by supporting the zoning of the Senate Presidency to the South-South and Deputy to the North West,” Ogenyi said.

He noted that the constitution of the party and its manifesto which does not preach religion, ethnicity, and tribal dichotomy, emphised competence while providing qualitative leadership for Nigerians.

“It is a fact that for the executive arm of government to perform maximally, it must work with the legislature professionally to ensure dividends of democracy to the teaming population of Nigerians.

“We understand that the business of legislature is highly professional because it deals with law-making and financial appropriation, its leadership must be able, ready, and willing to support Mr. President in the governance of the country.

“We believe that, the party’s role in the National Assembly Leadership is to ensure the emergence of a competent senator who has distinguished himself over the years, devoid of religious and tribal sentiment.

“We need a pan-Nigerian who has been tested and trusted, proven worthy of integrity, character and prudent management.

“The President-elect is from the South-West and the Vice President-elect is from the Nort-East, as such, the Senate President should be zoned to the South-South and the Deputy Senate President to the North West.

“The speaker of the House of Representatives and deputy should be accommodated by the other zones in view of competence and credibility of Honourable members,” Ogenyi said.

He further said that the President-elect needed highly competent National Assembly members with vast knowledge of legislative business to complement him in delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NEWS ANALYSIS: Irede Foundation brings succor to children amputees

Parents who have children with disabilities struggle so much to create an accommodating and inclusive atmosphere for their children because of the way society perceive Persons With Disability (PWDs).

They incur extra costs in making sure that their wards with disability are not left behind or secluded from their peers.

It is for this reason that the Irede Foundation dedicates its works to putting smiles on the faces of children amputees in Nigeria.

They do this by providing prosthetic limbs to children amputees from ages one to 18 to enable them have some form of independence.

Over the years, the foundation has been staging the Out –On- A- Limb walk to advocate inclusion for PWDs and to be their mouthpiece against stigmatisation in the society.

For the past 10 years the foundation has remained faithful to the provision of artificial limbs to children amputees free of charge.

The foundation is giving out about 200 limbs to children amputees in 2023.

Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, the Executive Director of Irede Foundation, Mrs Crystal Chigbu, says the foundation’s beginning was quite emotional and filled with the wonder.

Chigbu tells the story of how she gave birth to her first daughter with congenital limbs and how the search for meaning and solution for her family gave birth to the foundation.

She says that it is like walking in the road less travelled, but added that looking back she remain grateful to God and to the sponsors of the foundation; NNPC, SNEPCo, Prembly and P & G for their huge support.

The executive director says that the foundation has moved further to advocating for the rights of PWDs, fighting against stigmatization and advocating for inclusion and education of PWDs.

She affirms the possibility of a child amputee living life to its fullest .

“One thing that is also very crucial as we think of limb loss awareness month is that different things cause limb loss.

“For some children or people, it’s congenital; so, they were born with a congenital deformity and some come about it by negligence,” Chigbu says.

She notes that lack of seeking proper medical care at the right time sometimes lead to amputation in some people.

“One of the rising cases of the reason for amputation in the world today is diabetes, so from time to time we continue to engage with a lot of people that have their limbs amputated,” Chigbu says.

She adds that the 2023 Out- On -A -Limb walk is targeted at advocating for inclusive society for PWDs in about the 60 locations across the world where the walk took place.

Wuruola Kayode, Senior Programmes Lead, Irede Foundation, says the media play a critical role in advocating for the rights and needs of Persons With Disability (PWDs)

Kayode recalls how media advocacy in 2022 brought in a lot of referrals to the foundation.

According to her, there is need for greater synergy between the foundation and media representatives.

She notes that there is much the foundation can do through the collaboration of the media and good spirited individuals who can support the work of the foundation.

The senior programmes manager believes a solid media partnership will help the foundation fulfill its role of putting smiles in the face of PWDs.

For Abimbola Odukoya, Programmes Officer, Irede Foundation, the foundation approaches PWDs in an holistic manner to ensure that no child is left behind.

He says that some children are not able to access education because of their disability, adding that the foundation is focusing on giving access to education to these categories of children.

According to him, the association does a lot of advocacy work in ensuring that PWDs have access to quality education.

It also ensures that schools and authorities provide infrastructure that serve the needs of PWDs.

He added that the foundation enjoins well-meaning Nigerians to contribute their quota to the empowerment of PWDs by providing inclusive education.

Jamiu Bamgbose, a volunteer for the Irede inclusion walk at Alimosho, expresses delight in taking part in the disability walk.

Bamgbose, who describes himself as an advocate for inclusion and equality says he loves bringing smiles on the faces of the less privileged in the society.

Also, Moshood Sanni, Chief Operating Officer, Smak Foundation and Mandela Washington Fellow, argues that absolute inclusion implies removing the barriers of PWDs to accessing full social and economic opportunities.

“I have long realised that lack of access to physical environment and transportation, the unavailability of assistive devices and technologies, non-adapted means of communication for the hard of hearing/deaf were major challenges on the way of PWDs to participating in the affairs of the economy.

“Joining the 2023 Out- On –A- Limb Walk will alleviate or reduce drastically the level of discrimination, prejudice and stigma against PWDs in the society.

“Despite the ratification of PWDs rights by over 185 countries by the UN, most developing nations still perceive PWDs as those who deserved charity rather than acknowledging their fundamental rights.

“I hope that the walk will assist policy makers in making informed decisions as to the needs of children and people with special needs.”

At the rally held in Kogi State, Mr Peter Onyekwuo, the Kogi Coordinator of the foundation, describes the walk as a “huge success” and “historic”, being the first edition in the state.

He notes that the walk serves as enlightenment and sensitisation to the residents of Kogi on inclusion for PWDs.

Onyekwuo says, asides children,agess one to 18, the foundation also offers opportunity for adults who may also be in need of a limb.

“The difference is that adults are expected to pay half of the cost unlike that of children that is for free,” he said.

He said that the foundation was also going round placing hand bills in banks, hospitals, super markets/shopping malls, hotels, eateries/restaurants and parks.

“It is towards sensitising the public of the presence and offers of the foundation to the residents of the state,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that April is dedicated as Limb Loss Month and the foundation is leaving no stone unturned in its crusade for inclusion for PWDs.

The walk for inclusion took place in 60 locations across the world including Lagos, Delta, Edo, Bayelsa, Kogi, Kenya, U,S, Luxembourg, Texas, Netherlands and Dublin, to mention a few.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NFF to install VAR in regional stadiums – Gusau

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has concluded arrangements to install Video Assistant Referee (VAR) in regional stadiums in the country as plans are underway to train and retrain referees to achieve the purpose.

The President of the federation, Malam Ibrahim Gusau, stated this on Saturday in Ilorin at the National Elective Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Referees’ Association (NRA).

Gusau, represented by an NFF official, Malam Muhammed Ameenu, charged the incoming leadership of the association to come up with development plans, to forecast, organise and ensure the future of Nigeria Referees are properly nurtured and watered towards the growth of the game.

While reiterating the unflinching support of the NFF to NRA in their quest to change the face of football in the country, Gusau said installation of VAR is to the growth and development of football.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Malam Sani Zubair emerged winner after polling 53 votes from the 54 accredited delegates to beat Elder Daniel Olokor to replace Otunba Tade Azeez.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Two teachers perish in head-on collision at Mwenge village

Two teachers died on Saturday night when their vehicles crashed into each other, while three passengers are in critical condition at Andara District Hospital in Kavango East Region’s Mukwe Constituency.

The Namibian Police Force in the region confirmed this in its weekend crime report issued on Sunday.

It is alleged that the two teachers, identified as Richard Thitaka, 30, from Diyogha village in Kavango East and Robert Liyali, 58, from Impalila Island in the Zambezi Region, lost their lives at Mwenge village, 30km west from Divundu on the B8 road of the Trans-Caprivi Highway.

According to the police report, the two teachers, who were the drivers of the respective vehicles, were approaching from different directions before the head-on collision happened.

The two teachers are said to be friends who both taught at Andara Combined School.

They reportedly called each other to meet up at Mbapuka village to celebrate the birthday of a friend who was also a passenger in one of the vehicles.

One of the cars was driving from the west to eastern direction while the other was driving from east to west.

The police explain that one vehicle upon approaching the other had its lights on bright mode, making it difficult for the other motorist to have a full view of the road ahead of him.

Due to that bright light, one of the drivers allegedly lost control of his vehicle causing the head-on collision that claimed both drivers’ lives on the spot.

The three passengers who were all in one vehicle where rushed to Andara District Hospital with serious injuries.

The next of kin of the two deceased teachers have been informed and investigations continue.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Under pressure Petro de Luanda face Sagrada Esperança to keep leadership

Sagrada Esperança versus Petro de Luanda match, on Saturday, is the main higfhlghty of the 27th round of the national first division football championship.

The leader of the championship Petro de Luanda, with 59 points, must not draw or risk losing the lead to 1º de Agosto,currently in the second position with 57 poitns.

In case of defeat, Sagrada, third with 49 points, can lose the last place on the podium that gives access to the African Cups, as they are being closely chased by Wiliete de Benguela and Interclube, with 46 points each, in fourth and fifth position respectively.

In the history of encounters between them, Petro have the advantage with 24 wins and 11 defeats in 48 matches.

Saturday’s match also includes Interclube (5th, with 43) vs Sporting de Cabinda (12th, with 23).

1º de Agosto face Académica do Lobito (9th, with 31 points).

Bravos do Maquis (8th, with 32 points) face Desportivo da Huila (10th, with 26pts) Desportivo da Lunda Sul (11th, with 24 points) face Isaac de Benguela (14th, with 15 points).

The round concludes on Sunday with the following matches:

Santa Rita (6th, with 32) face AS Dragão do Uíge (15th, with 8),Williete (4th, with 43) face Sporting de Benguela (13th, with 17).

Recreativo do Libolo have the day off due to the withdrawal of Cuando Cubango FC

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angolan Pinotes ruled out of African swimming championship

Pedro Pinotes, one of the most important swimming athletes of Angola, was “forced” to withdraw from the African Zone IV Swimming Championship due to the rules imposed by the organisers of the event to be held from May 3-7 at the Alvalade swimming pool, in Luanda.

The regulation stipulates that from the age of 30, the competitors are restricted to the master category, and the Angolan athelete is in such condition, which is why he had to quit the national team called up for the event.

The decision of the 33-year-old athlete was made in agreement with the management of the Angolan Swimming Federation (FAN), the athlete told ANGOP on Friday in Luanda.

The swimmer, nine-time gold medallist at the 2014 zonal IV in Uganda, explained that such a category does not award points for classification, and it does not make sense for the federation to have expenses with his participation.

Pedro Pinotes said the decision to limit may stem from a “less adequate” interpretation of the rules by the Zonal organisation and the Confederation of African Swimming (CANA), as athletes over 30 years old remain in the high competition without restrictions, as is his case.

Pinotes won 10 gold medals in the 2015 edition of the African Zonal IV in Luanda, in addition to his good performance in the 2016 event in Mauritius, where he obtained five gold medals, two silver and three bronze.

This last edition, according to the source, was one of the most competitive as it served for many of the African swimmers to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games, held in Brazil, where he was present.

Among several records stands out the fact of being the first Angolan to compete in a World Championship in open water.

For this zonal IV, which the country is organising for the second time, after 2015, 80 athletes have been called, 60 for pure swimming (pool) and 20 for open water (sea).

Thirteen nations are confirmed, namely Angola (host), South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, the latter the defending champion.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Defence Ministry presents N2.6bn cheque to families of 804 deceased officers, men

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Friday presented cheques totaling N2,597,744,287.00 to families of 804 deceased officers and men of the Armed Forces.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that presentation, which took place in Abuja, was under the 2021/2022 Group Life Assurance Scheme of the Armed Forces.

The Minister of Defence, retired Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi, in his remarks after the presentation of the bank drafts to the beneficiaries, urged them to utilise the money judiciously.

Magashi said that though the money was not much, but it could provide them with some level of comfort.

“I believe these cheques will help in ensuring and provide you with some level of comfort.

“We as a ministry and government will continue to provide you with comfort, because we cherished the services rendered by our deceased men and officers.

“We are not happy with their deaths, but happy they died in service to the nation, and we believe they have done the country proud.

“So, this presentation is a step in the right direction, and I urge you to utilise the money judiciously to provide some comfort for yourselves and the children left behind ,” the minister said.

Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke with the NAN, commended the Federal Government and the ministry for the concern shown.

They added that the money would go a long way in alleviating the hardship the sudden and untimely demise of their breadwinners loved ones had foisted on them.

They urged the Federal Government to continue with the good works.

Meanwhile NAN, reports that next of kin of 644 deceased Army Officers and men, next of kin of 70 deceased Nigerian Navy officers and men and next of kin of 90 deceased officers and men of the Nigerian Air Force were presented with drafts.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Buhari approves postponement of 2023 Census

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the postponement of the 2023 National Population and Housing Census earlier scheduled for between May 3 and May 7.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said on Saturday in Abuja that the exercise was postponed to a date to be determined by the incoming administration.

In a statement he personally signed, the minister said the president approved the postponement of the exercise after meeting with some members of the Federal Executive Council and the Chairman of the National Population Commission and his team.

The minister, who doubles as the Chairman of the National Publicity and Advocacy Committee on the 2023 Census, said the meeting was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Friday.

“In arriving at the decision to postpone the census, the meeting reiterated the critical need for the conduct of a Population and Housing Census, 17 years after the last census.

“This will help to collect up-to-date data that will drive the developmental goals of the country and improve the living standard of the Nigerian people,” the minister quoted the president as saying.

According to the minister, the president acknowledged that appreciable progress had been made in the implementation of the 2023 Population and Housing Census.

Specifically, he said the president acknowledged the completion of the Enumeration Area Demarcation of the country and conduct of the first and second pretests.

The president, according to the minister, also acknowledged the recruitment and training of adhoc workers as well as the procurement of Personal Digital Assistants and ICT infrastructure.

Mohammed said the president further commended the methodology being put in place by the commission to conduct an accurate and reliable census.

This, he said, included the massive deployment of technology capable of delivering world class census and laying a sustainable basis for future censuses.

The minister said the president also directed the commission to continue with preparations for the conduct of the census in order to sustain the gains already recorded and provide the basis for the incoming administration to consolidate on these achievements.

Mohammed said those present at the meeting included Mr Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Mrs Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning and himself.

Others were Mr Clem Agba, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

FG lauds Peace Corps for maintaining peace culture in schools

The Federal Government has commended the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN) maintaining and inculcating peace culture in schools.

Mr Victor Opeyemi, Principal Executive Officer, Special Duties in the Ministry of Education, gave the commendation when he led a delegation from the ministry on a visit to the Headquarters of the corps in Abuja.

Opeyemi also commended PCN for it’s quality contributions in setting up Peace Corps Clubs, maintenance of discipline in schools and colleges across the country.

“The ministry commends the effort of the corps in youth empowerment, peace and security, and assures PCN of greater partnership and support.

“Peace corps’ activities in schools and colleges through the formation of peace clubs has helped significantly in inculcating the culture of peace in the younger generation.

“We will continue to partner with the corps in unity schools across the country,” he said.

Opeyemi prayed that the bill for an act to establish the Nigerian Peace Corps which would give statutory backing to the organisation passed by the National Assembly and transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari would receive positive attention.

He said that this would enable the organisation continue with it’s value -driven programmes geared towards the socio-economic development of youths in Nigeria.

Responding, Prof. Dickson Akoh, National Commandant, PCN appreciated the ministry for the visit and for sustaining mutual relationship with the corps since 2002 when it was registered as an NGO.

Akoh assured the federal government that it would remain resolute in its commitment to national creativity, peace and youth development, which has been the cardinal objectives of the organisation.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

South African tourist dies in B1 road accident at Otjiwarongo

A 57-year-old South African male tourist died instantly Friday afternoon when a Toyota Land Cruiser he was driving allegedly collided with a truck on the B1 road at Otjiwarongo.

Namibian Police Force Unit Commander for Community Affairs in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inspector Maureen Mbeha on Friday told Nampa in an interview that the deceased’s close relatives are yet to be informed of his death.

Mbeha said the deceased was travelling with his 54-year-old wife from the direction of Okahandja to Otjiwarongo at the time of the accident.

At approximately 700 metres towards the traffic circle south of town, the Land Cruiser allegedly collided head on with a truck which was transporting fuel from the direction of Otjiwarongo to Okahandja.

“Upon impact, the Toyota Land Cruiser overturned, and rolled several times before coming to a halt on its roof,” said Mbeha.

The incident happened at 14h30 on Friday afternoon, she added.

The 41-year-old truck driver who was alone, and the wife of the deceased both sustained injuries and were taken to the Otjiwarongo State Hospital where they received medical treatment.

A culpable homicide docket was on Friday opened against the truck driver at the Otjiwarongo Police Station.

Police investigations into the matter continue.

Source: NAMPA

MODIFI s’implante à Singapour pour mieux servir les entreprises clientes en Asie

MODIFI Expands Its Footprint to Singapore


MODIFI Expands Its Footprint to Singapore to Better Serve Business Customers in Asia

SINGAPOUR, 28 avr. 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — La société fintech européenne de premier plan, MODIFI, spécialisée dans les solutions de paiements transfrontaliers et la provision de liquidités aux exportateurs du monde entier, annonce l’ouverture de son nouveau bureau à Singapour. Cette expansion s’inscrit dans la stratégie de MODIFI visant à renforcer sa présence mondiale et à mieux servir ses clients en Asie.

Le directeur commercial de l’entreprise, Matthias Hendrichs, quittera l’Allemagne pour s’installer à Singapour afin de diriger le nouveau bureau et d’assurer la croissance de l’entreprise dans la région. M. Hendrichs, qui a joué un rôle prépondérant dans l’expansion mondiale de MODIFI à ce jour, apporte aux clients basés en Asie plus de 16 ans d’expérience.

« Nous sommes ravis d’annoncer l’ouverture de notre nouveau bureau à Singapour, qui marque une étape importante de notre démarche visant à étendre notre présence », a déclaré le PDG de MODIFI, Nelson Holzner. « Avec ce nouveau bureau, nous souhaitons raffermir les liens avec nos clients en Asie et mettre à leur disposition les meilleures solutions de paiements transfrontaliers existantes. »

La situation stratégique de Singapour, à la croisée des principales voies de navigation, en fait une escale incontournable pour les navires naviguant entre l’Europe, l’Asie et le Moyen-Orient. Qui plus est, grâce à son réseau de transport aérien bien développé et à l’aéroport de Changi qui sert de plaque tournante aux vols internationaux, Singapour est une destination de choix pour les entreprises qui souhaitent transporter des marchandises et se connecter aux marchés mondiaux. En outre, Singapour a récemment dépassé Hong Kong pour se hisser au troisième rang des plus grands centres financiers du monde.

L’implantation de MODIFI à Singapour intervient à un moment où l’entreprise connaît une croissance rapide et une demande grandissante de ses services en Asie. La plateforme innovante de MODIFI offre aux exportateurs le meilleur mode de paiement dans le commerce transfrontalier : ils reçoivent leurs paiements instantanément tandis que les acheteurs peuvent payer jusqu’à 180 jours plus tard. Plus de 1 500 entreprises dans le monde profitent déjà des solutions de MODIFI pour développer leurs activités et conquérir de nouveaux marchés.

« Nous sommes enthousiastes à l’idée de faire partie de l’écosystème fintech dynamique de Singapour et de collaborer avec des partenaires locaux pour offrir à nos clients le meilleur service », a déclaré Hendrichs. « Notre objectif consiste à mener les entreprises en Asie sur la voie de la prospérité en leur fournissant le soutien dont elles ont besoin pour réussir sur le marché mondial actuel. »

Le nouveau bureau de MODIFI se trouve dans le quartier financier de Singapour et fera office de siège régional pour l’Asie.

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Government of Alberta invests in CCS knowledge sharing hub to advance carbon capture and storage projects across Canada and around the world

Hub initiative demonstrates leadership in climate action by identifying best practices and pathways to bring CCUS projects to life

Regina, Sask. and Calgary, Alta., April 27, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The world’s first open-source repository of knowledge and information about the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS/CCUS) projects will be established by the International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) with foundational support from the Government of Alberta.

As a key action item included in Alberta’s Emissions Reduction and Energy Development Plan released April 19, 2023, the Government of Alberta is providing $3 million for the creation of a national CCS knowledge sharing hub that will be an important tool for Canada to meet its ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The mandate of the CCS knowledge sharing hub will be to collect and curate best practices and lessons learned from Canadian CCS projects past, present and future – drawing on knowledge from as many projects as possible from initial planning and feasibility studies, through to construction and ongoing operations – to enhance the success of CCS projects and promote continuous learning and improvement in CCS technology. Expansion of CCS is also a crucial step for creating and maintaining vital jobs in all heavy emitting sectors provincially and nationally in such areas as cement, iron and steel, power generation, petrochemicals, fertilizer, and oil and gas.

“Bringing large-scale CCS projects to life at the speed and scale that is required to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 requires unprecedented collaboration between industry, government, academia and other partners. The most effective way of reducing risk, lowering costs and improving performance of these multi-billion-dollar infrastructure projects is to share our proven expertise and apply the experience gained across heavy-emitting industries in order to build a sustainable future for all,” said James Millar, president and chief executive officer of the International CCS Knowledge Centre.

“We are very grateful to the Government of Alberta for stepping up with this critical support, allowing us to launch the CCS knowledge sharing hub and ensure lessons learned from dozens of CCS projects planned across Canada are documented and made available to anyone who can benefit from them,” Millar added. “I would be remiss in not singling out the strong leadership of Environment and Protected Areas Minister Sonya Savage in helping to ensure this initiative moves forward.”

“Carbon capture and storage is a critical part of Alberta’s path to achieving a net-zero economy. With projects such as the Quest CCS facility operated by Shell Canada, and the Alberta Carbon Trunk Line, we have led the world in developing CCUS facilities and proving the capability of this technology to drastically cut CO2 emissions from the industries that are the bedrock of our economy and are the lifeblood of our communities. We look forward to working with the Knowledge Centre to ensure that Alberta and Canada remain at the forefront and capture the enormous opportunities that are before us as the world undertakes an aggressive expansion of CCS to curb rising emissions and address climate change,” said Alberta’s Minister of Environment and Protected Areas Sonya Savage.

The CCS knowledge sharing hub will be developed and operated by the International CCS Knowledge Centre to assess and identify best practices and frameworks to get CCS projects to final investment decision. Key to the initiative’s long-term success will be coordination and proactive promotion of the sharing of knowledge on CCS gathered from companies large and small to ensure the timely and efficient transfer of CCS best practices across Alberta, Canada and the globe – outcomes where industry and government jointly benefit. Sharing critical information on the development of projects from study stage into operation will greatly increase the transfer of crucial learnings, leading to better outcomes and inevitably a greater level of CO2 emission reductions in Canada.

At a global level, the world can’t afford not to pursue large-scale CCS as a key tool for meeting international climate commitments. The International Energy Agency and the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have concluded a massive investment in large-scale CCS is required in order to achieve the emissions reductions needed to meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 2ºC. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report Summary for Policy Makers forecast that the cost of climate mitigation would increase by 138 per cent without the application of CCS technologies.


The International CCS Knowledge Centre provides independent consultation and technical advisory services on large-scale CCS projects around the world, including a number of Alberta companies pursuing CCS projects as part of their long-term sustainability plans, including:

  • Completing the feasibility study (with funding provided by Emissions Reduction Alberta) and supporting front-end engineering and design (FEED) planning for the world’s first full-scale CCS facility on a cement plant at Heidelberg Materials’ Edmonton plant.
  • Supporting early-stage engineering work on CCS projects planned by several members of the Pathways Alliance, a coalition of the six largest oil sands producers that is planning to invest more than $24 billion in CCS and other emissions reduction technologies by the end of the decade in order to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
  • Partnering with Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) to provide successful applicants of the ERA’s Carbon Capture Kickstart with up to 200 hours of support on their pre-construction design and engineering studies for carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) projects, with funding provided by ERA. The 11 successful projects represent an estimated $20 billion in capital expenditures in a wide range of industrial sectors, including power generation, cement, fertilizer, forest products and oil and gas.

About the International CCS Knowledge Centre
The International CCS Knowledge Centre is a non-profit organization founded in 2016 by BHP and SaskPower to advance large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects as a critical means of managing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the world’s ambitious climate goals.

The Knowledge Centre provides independent, expert advisory services for CCS projects across heavy-emitting industries based on our team’s unique experience developing the world’s first fully integrated post-combustion CCS facility on a coal-fired power plant. We have a proven track record of helping our clients lower costs, reduce risk and improve the performance of CCS projects across industries and technology platforms using the latest knowledge and lessons learned from major projects across the globe.

We also provide input to policy development and promote broad collaboration between stakeholders to enhance understanding of the critical role CCS plays in global decarbonization efforts and accelerate the deployment of new CCS projects around the world.

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A MODIFI expande sua presença em Cingapura para melhor atender clientes empresariais na Ásia

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CINGAPURA, April 28, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A MODIFI, fintech europeia líder especializada em soluções de pagamento transfronteiriças e fornecimento de liquidez para exportadores de todo o mundo, anuncia a abertura de seu novo escritório em Cingapura. A expansão faz parte da estratégia da MODIFI para fortalecer sua presença global e atender melhor os clientes na Ásia.

O diretor comercial da empresa, Matthias Hendrichs, se mudará da Alemanha para Cingapura para liderar o novo escritório e supervisionar o crescimento da empresa na região. Hendrichs traz mais de 16 anos de experiência na Ásia e desempenhou um papel fundamental na condução da expansão global da MODIFI até o momento.

“Estamos entusiasmados em anunciar a abertura de nosso novo escritório em Cingapura, que assinala um marco importante em nossa jornada para expandir nossa presença global”, disse Nelson Holzner, CEO da MODIFI. “Com este novo escritório, pretendemos aprofundar as nossas relações com os clientes na Ásia e fornecer-lhes as melhores soluções de pagamento transfronteiriças disponíveis.”

A localização estratégica de Cingapura na interseção das principais rotas marítimas a tornou um porto de escala crucial para navios que viajam entre Europa, Ásia e o Oriente Médio. Além disso, com uma rede de transporte aéreo bem desenvolvida e o Aeroporto de Changi servindo como um importante terminal principal para voos internacionais, Cingapura é um local eficiente para as empresas transportarem mercadorias e se conectarem com os mercados globais. E mais, Cingapura ultrapassou recentemente Hong Kong e agora é o terceiro maior centro financeiro do mundo.

A expansão da MODIFI para Cingapura ocorre em um momento em que a empresa está experimentando um rápido crescimento e crescente demanda por seus serviços na Ásia. A plataforma inovadora da empresa oferece aos exportadores o método de pagamento número 1 em negócios transfronteiriços: com a MODIFI, os exportadores são pagos instantaneamente, enquanto os compradores podem pagar até 180 dias depois. As soluções da MODIFI já ajudaram mais de 1.500 empresas em todo o mundo a expandir seus negócios e ingressar em novos mercados.

“Estamos entusiasmados por fazer parte do vibrante ecossistema de fintech de Cingapura e colaborar com parceiros locais para fornecer aos nossos clientes o melhor serviço”, disse Hendrichs. “Nosso objetivo é ajudar as empresas na Ásia a prosperar, fornecendo-lhes o apoio de que precisam para ter sucesso no mercado global de hoje.”

O novo escritório da MODIFI fica no distrito financeiro de Cingapura e servirá como sede regional da empresa para a Ásia.

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FG remains committed to infrastructure development in Nigeria – ICRC boss

Mr Micheal Ohiani, Director-General, Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), says the Federal Government remains committed to infrastructure development in Nigeria through Public-Private Partnership (PPP).

Ohiani said this at the 1st Quarter 2023 Public-Private Partnership Consultative Forum (3PUCF) and the Inauguration of State House PPP-Unit in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was hosted by the State House.

According to Ohiani, since the last 3PUCF meeting held in December 2022, the Federal Government has achieved more successes and milestones in major sectors to achieve a PPP economy.

The director-general said the 1st quarter meeting was scheduled for March 2, 2023, but had to be postponed due to the general elections.

Ohiani, who gave a summary of the PPP projects recorded since the last meeting, said there were more projects at the inception stage waiting to commence development.

He said: “We have over 200 projects at different stages of the development and procurement phases.

“In addition to over 40 projects at the implementation phase, I believe that together, we can do even more in the year, “he added.

He listed out some projects the commission had issued Outline Business Case (OBC) Compliance Certificates to include the development of Ports of Ondo Multipurpose Deep-Sea Port and the Benin Port Project in Edo State.

Ohiani said others included the Expansion and Development of Snake Island and the Lagos Multipurpose Sea Port project of the Federal Ministry of Transportation.

“The Burutu Port Complex Phases 1, 2, and 3 projects had the OBC Compliance Certificate revalidated,”Ohiani said

He revealed that in the PPP Procurement Phase, the following had been accomplished, with the issuance of Full Business Case(FBC) Compliance Certificates.

“Revalidation of the FBC Compliance Certificate for Establishment of an Aviation Leasing Company (ALC) of the Federal Ministry of Aviation.

“The Refurbishment, Operation and Management of the water system at Tin Can Port, Tin Can Island by Nigeria Ports Authority.

“These give a total of 153 OBC Compliance Certificates and 75 FBC Compliance Certificates issued by the Commission to date, which is a record on its own”.

Ohiani also listed out some projects that had received the Federal Executive Council’s approvals to enable them achieve Commercial Close.

He said the projects included the Central Offshore Waste Reception Facility (OWREF) Concession and Eastern Offshore Waste Reception Facility (OWREF) Concession.

The director-general said others were the e-custom project of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the National Fire Detection and Alarm System project of the Federal Fire Service under the Ministry of Interior.

“Development of Cassava Bio Ethanol Value Chain project of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

“The design, construction and financing of a Mixed Development Comprising Residential Houses, Hotels, Recreational Facilities and Office Blocks for Commercial Purposes Under a PPP arrangement of the FRCN.”

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, in his address, commended the ICRC for creating a roadmap to handle projects and programmes on infrastructure development through PPP.

“I share the spirit that 10 years from now because we have placed our fingers in the right places and we have planned, execution is guaranteed to be delivered.”

Umar gave his assurances that the state house would work closely with other Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDAs) for the greater good of the country, adding we should seek ways of using technology to attract viable projects.

He disclosed that the state house in consultation with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, identified and tentatively screened three of its projects for possible consideration of final cases of PPP.

“They include the State House Wildlife Sanctuary and Citizen’s Park, State House Medical Centre, and State House Lagos Facility and we have trained our staff to prepare for this” he said.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF), and Chairman of the meeting, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, called on more (MDAs) to create PPP departments.

Yemi-Esan, represented by Mrs Agalasi Ehigie, Director, Infrastructure Management Department, Office of the HCSF, said the ICRC was doing a lot to ensure the infrastructure needs of the country were met.

NAN reports that the forum, which was inaugurated 10 years ago at the State House, provides a platform for PPP departments in MDAs and stakeholders to share ideas, success stories, and challenges on their PPP projects to drive economic growth in Nigeria.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria