Return of stolen artefacts a blessing to Benin Kingdom- Agba

The return of the stolen Benin artefact and putting it under the care of the pace would bring diverse benefits to the people and city of Benin.

Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Clem Agba made this known in message to the Oba of Benin, Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II.

Agba also disclosed the Federal Government’s approval of the sum of N1.9billion in the 2023 budget for the housing of these artefacts in the Benin Royal Museum.

He said that the initiative would restore the lost glory of Benin as the centre of art and culture as well as provide employment for the teeming youths in the city.

“The return of all the artefacts, when completed, will be a great balm and relief to everyone as historically, Benin had no formal system of writing other than the stories told in cast brass and carved ivory.

“Art was the kingdom’s culture, its wealth, its literature, and its memory. When these artefacts were pillaged, it left behind only ashes where palaces and temples had stood for centuries.

“I am also elated that the returned artefacts will be domiciled in a new museum on the premises of the great Benin palace which will elevate Benin City into a global destination for art and culture.

“New hotels will rise; new businesses will flourish. Underemployed young people will discover productive futures in art, archaeology, tourism, and other services and the trauma of the past will be converted into resources for the glory of all Edo people and the entire citizens of Nigeria.

“I wish to affirm that His Royal Majesty, over the period of my assignment as a Minister has been a great pillar of support, and his majesty’s wise counsel and prayers have given me strength and inspiration, leading the country into a sure path of greatness under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Agba said that the Oba has played a great role in the whole process leading to the return of the artefacts as well as it’s being domiciled in the royal museum.

“May you live long on the throne, and may your reign continue to bring sustainable peace and more development to Benin in particular and Edo State in general and may the love and bond your subjects have enjoyed under your reign be enduring.”

Agba said that the Federal government has gazetted that the Oba is the custodian of the artefacts, adding that the National Museum and Monument Commission would collaborate with palace to determine where the Royal Museum would be built.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

ALGON holds NEC meeting in Lagos on Paris club refund, others

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) on Friday held its National Executive Council meeting in Lagos to discuss the Paris club refund and other critical issues affecting the association.

In his welcome address, Mr Alabi David, ALGON’s President and Chairman, Bariga Local Government, said that the NEC was to take critical decisions on the report of the committee assigned to look into the issues.

According to him, those issues are the comprehensive primary health care centres built in local governments, and the intriguing legal matters particularly the pectoral of cases that confronts the association.

“The committee for breast cancer case transaction will also have to present its findings and recommendations in the course of today’s deliberation.

“The status of the ALGON American hospital is also part of what we have to discuss today.

“The issue that is also in the kitty that we also want to discuss is the Paris club refund and also our income from our investment infrastructure bank.

“Among what we also have to discuss is the transition programme,” he said.

The president charged members of the association to demonstrate affable astute disposition and the need to eschew violence, bitterness and bigotry in the country.

David said that the daunting task ahead required collective responsibility and cooperation to further intensity efforts in clamping down all manner of social vices which indeed had monumental consequences in our various communities.

“You are welcome to this important meeting, the very first holding after the 2023 general elections

“Significantly as it were in many ways and in spite of the precarious impliction and presumptuous instability occasion by the just concluded elections.

“Let me retreat my special appreciation to you all in your obligation to ensure predictability and peaceful coexistence In our various communities within the grandiose of loving our neighbors as ourselves.

“With nostalgic thought, however, I am not unmindful of our colleagues who had emotionally invested their time and resources in quest to strife to higher grounds in public service.

“They were unfortunate in this by the unexpected circumstances of the elections.

“On the other hand, I seize this opportunity with the utmost humility to convey my warm felicitation to our colleagues who were victorious by the will of God and the propensity to drive their thoughts for the betterment of Nigeria.

“Hearty congratulations to those my colleagues that triumphed,” he said.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr Gidado Abdusalam, ALGON Chairman, Adamawa, said the meeting was to strategise and give reports on various states as well as discuss the outcome of the 2023 general elections.

According to him, the association is seeking very good working relation with all state governments in the incoming dispensation.

“It is a routine activity as chief executive or security officer of our various local governments, we have an obligation to meet time to time to review issues.

“Most especially the elections that was just held, there were some issues in some other states and the transiting programmes that are transiting to another government.

“Hence we see the reason to come together and strategise and give report of our various state and local government.

“We are always determined to make impact in our people’s lives as local government chairmen, grassroots mobilisers and grassroots politicians, in making good efforts particularly in terms of security and welfare,” he said.

Also, Mr Isah Taifeeq, ALGON Chairman, Kogi, said that members of the association were at the meeting to discuss and dialogue on how to bring good dividends to the people.

He added that the association would maintain the perfect relationship with state governments and the incoming administration.

Speaking on local government autonomy, he said that with the coming of the president- elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, Nigerians should expect very good governance.

“Tinubu is a democratic, Nigerians should be expecting good governance from the president-elect,” he said.

He commended the ALGON president for his leadership style while assuring him of continuous support.

“ALGON has never had it so good, like this present regime, this is the best president this association has ever had.

“He is a fantastic leader. We are giving him all the necessary support,” Taifeeq said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Buhari confirms Ogbanga as CSO Rep on NEITI NSWG

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed the nomination of Dr Mina Ogbanga as a member of the National Stakeholders Working Group (NSWG) of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

Ogbanga’s confirmation was made official with the presentation of a letter of appointment to her in Abuja, by the Secretary of General Services, Dr Maurice Mbaeri, on behalf of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha.

Ogbanga will represent the Civil Society constituency on the Board of NEITI, also known as the NSWG.

The letter of confirmation reads in part: “I am pleased to inform you that Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved your appointment as member of the National Stakeholders Working Group of the NEITI.

“The appointment is for an initial period of four years with effect from Jan. 17, 2023,” it read.

The development followed a keenly-contested election to select a representative, held on March 8, 2023, by civil society organizations where she emerged as winner.

Reacting to the development, Ogbanga said indeed this remained a collective feat to steer the CSO space on the Board of NEITI and address the clear needs of the constituency and beyond.

She said as a newly-elected representative of CSOs on the NSWG, the task ahead to enhancing the extractive space for societal transformation was key.

“It is therefore with unreserved humility that I accept my confirmation as the CSO Representative on the NEITI Board.

“I look forward to working with all cadres of Civil Society to ensure an inclusive leadership where no one is left behind. I call for support from all stakeholders to join hands as we strive to achieve success on this journey,” Ogbanga added.

While appreciating all who contributed to making the journey possible so far through their votes and participatory activities, she noted that the role of CSOs and development partners in nation building could not be overemphasised.

“This is a task for all. We need to forge ahead and ensure that we make society and the extractive sector better than we found it.

“Let’s make this initial four years the best for Nigerians at home and in diaspora,” she added.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Tackle quackery in construction industry – Group tells incoming govt

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) on Friday urged the incoming administration to take concrete steps to reduce quackery in the construction industry to the barest minimum.

The President of NMGS, Prof. Akinade Olatunji, said this while interacting with newsmen on agenda setting for incoming governments in Abuja.

Olatunji said sharp practices as reflected in shoddy execution of projects, poor project and delivery had led to loss of scarce resources and lives.

“All activities in the sector that have to do with sub-soil investigation for geo-technical properties to determine the type of foundations to be put in place are the work of our members who are engineering geologists.

“Anyone that is not properly trained in this field cannot deliver the job. Most of the failed roads that we see all over the country are because of non-consultation with the engineering geologists.

“Some of the collapsed buildings that have been the lots of cities is because of non-utilisation of the appropriate professionals in the investigation of the sub-surface materials.

“We recommend that every state of the country and the Ministry of Work have a dedicated department to provide geo-technical information on sub surface materials before any construction is undertaken,’’ he said.

Olayunji said the aim was to achieve the best global practice in the industry, adding that the NMGS would continue to engage the government at all levels.

He urged the incoming administration to pay special attention to such areas as the Ajaokuta Steel Company, oil and gas, environment and water sectors.

Olayunji called for a policy that would govern hydro-geophysics-related sectors.

“There is no coherent national policy that governs the water, environment, and the construction sectors.

“The need for a clear and coherent national policy for the sectors cannot be over-emphasised,’’ he said.

He said it was imperative for the incoming administration to recognise the role of NMGS in the Oil and Gas sector.

“The NMGS is ready and willing to work with all stakeholders to ensure that all hands are on the deck and the plough to ensure that we achieve continued progress.

“As professionals, we are ready to work and advise whoever needs advice in these sectors”, he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Obasanjo, Obi, Soludo storm Obosi as Chidoka, ex minister, buries mother

Former Nigeria President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, led dignitaries who joined Chief Osita Chidoka to bury his late mother, Deaconess Nneka Chidoka in Obosi, Idemili Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra on Friday.

Late Nneka died on April 3 in her Obosi home at the age of 75 years after a protracted battle with cancer.

Others who joined the Chidokas for the funeral were; Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Gov. Chukwuma Soludo, Senators Mike Ajaegbo and Anyim Pius Anyim and Uche Ekwunife.

In his homily, Most Revd. Henry Ndukuba, Primate of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, reading from Rev. 21: 1-8, said the bereaved family should take solace in the fact that their matriarch lived a good life and gone to be with her maker.

Ndukuba, represented by Most Revd. Dr Ali Lamido, Dean Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion who celebrated the funeral service at St. Andrew’s Church, Obosi, said death was an inevitable end, as man would not live forever.

He said Christians did not need to fear death as God would come in due time to take away every burden of their lives and wipe away their tears.

“Any life that is not lived with service to God, Church and humanity is a wasted life.

“Mama served God and served the church, this is the kind of death people should strive to die, dying in the Lord Jesus Christ,” he said.

The Primate prayed God to comfort the Chidoka family, especially their 96 years old patriarch, Ogbueshi Ben Chidoka, and charged them not to let the good legacies of their mother to die.

In a remark, Soludo commiserated with the family, the people of Obosi and Anambra in general for the death, which he described as painful but a celebration of life.

He welcomed visitors who came to Anambra for the condolence and commended the Anglican Diocese on the Niger for adhering to Anambra law on burial brochure by producing a standard funeral programme.

He urged youths to shun criminality and contribute positively to the growth of Anambra as no known criminal had been able to shoot his way up to 75 years of age.

In his message of appreciation, Osita, ex-minister of Aviation, said their deceased mother battled cancer for 15 years because she had a positive attitude.

He said the family of Chidoka was setting up the Nneka Chidoka Outreach as a mark of respect and in memory of their mother.

He said the Outreach would screen, treat and conduct surgeries on women with cancer free of charge.

“Our mother meant everything to us, she is our refuge, she fought for us and defended us.

“We want to tell people that cancer is not a death sentence, it is preventable, curable and need not kill any woman.

“We are importing HPV vaccine for treatment of cancer patients,” he said.

Osita who took time to recognise those who came to commiserate with them, said they would continue to contribute to the Anglican Church and the society.

Others were; Mrs Josephine Anenih, Chief Obiora Okonkwo, Managing Director of United Nigeria Airways, who was represented Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr Tony Nwoye, a Senator-elect among others.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Hajj 2023: NAHCON and Service Compact with Allah’s guests

A news analysis by Ismail Abdulaziz, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)

In a few days, the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) will start the transportation of Nigerian intending pilgrims to the Holy lands of Makkah and Madinah in Saudi Arabia for the performance of the Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, mandatory on all adult Muslims with sound mind and financial capacity to perform, at least once in a lifetime.

No doubt, the services to be performed by NAHCON are both spiritual and temporal in the sense that it must abide by the Constitution of the country as well as meet the criteria of the faith. It is, however, a yearly spiritual programme carried out over the decades, except for the two years’ interruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic that gripped the world between 2020 to 2022.

The task before NAHCON is fulfilling the service agreement the Federal Government has with Nigerians as succinctly articulated in the SERVICOM charter, whether within or outside the country. SERVICOM is an acronym for Service Compact with all Nigerians. It was established in 2004 as the outcome of a Three-day Special Presidential Retreat on Service Delivery.

The most outstanding responsibilities of SERVICOM is to provide quality service to the people, set out the entitlement of the citizens, ensure good leadership, educate the citizens (customers) on their rights and to empower public officers to be alert to their responsibilities in providing improved, efficient, timely and transparent services.

However, educating the citizens (customers) to their rights is part of the various challenges encountered in the course of carrying out these responsibilities. Education is a way of reducing the communication gaps likely to lead to misunderstanding and friction during the course of providing services by government agencies directly or indirectly involved with citizens.

The NAHCON, over time has been a beneficiary of the religious aspects that does not allow for pilgrims to make unnecessary complaints or show contempt towards the efforts made by its personnel in handling pilgrims affairs, before, during and even after the pilgrimage. This does not, however, foreclose the fact that proper enlightenment must not be jeopardised on the altar of complacency.

It is noteworthy that the NAHCON has always had a robust media team in each of its yearly operations. The team has the mandate to liaise between the pilgrims and NAHCON officials. This had largely led to enhancing understanding between them before, during and after the exercise.

A large percentage of the challenges of Hajj can be attributed to flight schedules, take off time and returning dates, as well as feeding and accommodation arrangements in Madinah, Makkah and Mina. These duties are shared responsibilities between NAHCON and respective State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards.

The Hajj media team has been able to handle these challenges by taking to task relevant authorities on their responsibilities. This should be maintained by the team during the 2023 pilgrimage. The media should at all times serve as the watchdog of the society, and all hands must be on deck to ensure that the NAHCON media team plays this role effectively and efficiently. Nothing should be spared on this.

The 2023 Hajj operations must not be an exception to the rules. The tradition of having a robust media team in the exercise would continue to ensure that pilgrims have effective channels of communication between them and Hajj officials at both states and federal levels.

The media and government officials must therefore ensure that the guests of Allah are properly taken care of by those charged to provide services to them, and which the pilgrims have paid for. This should be done unreservedly to not only attain the boundless grace of Allah, but also satisfactorily deliver the service compact Government has with the pilgrims.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

10th NASS: Wadada’ll make a difference in Senate – Stakeholders

Some political stakeholders in Nasarawa West Senatorial District have expressed optimism that Senator-elect Ahmed Wadada would make a difference in the upcoming 10th Senate.

They expressed their views at an interactive session between Wadada and his Campaign Council under the leadership of Prof. Silas Gyar, Chairman of the Advisory Council and the Director-General, Alhaji Bello Ramalan, held on Friday in Keffi.

In his remark, the former Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Alhaji Aliyu Tijjani said even before the inauguration of the 10th Senate, Wadada has demonstrated capacity to provide quality representation for his constituents.

Tijjani described Wadada as a unifying factor in the politics of Western Zone, adding that his election was very unique in the political history of the senatorial district.

He said: “The people of Nasarawa West Senatorial District, irrespective of tribal and religious differences and political affiliations voted for Wadada because of the confidence reposed on him.

“It is only during the election of Wadada that religious leaders including Pastors preached in the Churches and told their followers to vote for him.

“There was no question of tribe or religion throughout the period of the election that brought Wadada to the Senate and I believe that he will make a difference at the Senate.”

Earlier, Mr Adabson Tanimu, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasarawa State, said: ”The people of the district voted for Wadada because of his competency not his political party.”

Tanimu,who is the Director-General of Gov. Abdullahi Sule/Akabe Campaign Council, enjoined the Senator-elect to embrace people of the senatorial district irrespective of their political inclinations.

Also, Alhaji Bello Ramalan, former two-term member of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said the people of the zone were pleased with what Wadada has started doing at the national level.

He said: “We are excited with the recent engagements of Wadada with the serving and Senators-elect. It has reaffirmed our hope and belief in his commitment to give us effective representation at the Senate.”

Similarly, Alhaji Danladi Madaki, a former lawmaker and Commissioner of Environment, Nasarawa State, described Wadada as a man of great political sagacity who was always concerned with the progress of his people.

On her part, Hajiya Rabi Taro, a grassroots mobiliser, urged Wadada to work assiduously towards addressing the high rate of unemployment in the area.

Responding, Wadada said: ”I am a Senator for all the people of the district irrespective of political differences.”

The Senator-elect harped on the need for sustainable peace, unity and mutual respect among the people of the district.

Wadada said that the meeting was convened to update his campaign council and the people of the district on unfolding developments regarding the 10th National Assembly.

He promised to work diligently to ensure that his constituency, state and the North Central got what was due to them from the Senate and the Federal Government.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by all the critical stakeholders, youths and women leaders from all the five Local Government Areas that made up the senatorial district.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Basketball: Misto do Bié unbeaten in wheelchair basketball championship

Misto do Bié outclassed Misto do Namibe 82-08 in the third round of the series A of the 18th national senior men’s wheelchair basketball championship, taking place in Lubango.

In other games of the same group played Friday, Misto do Cuanza Sul lost to defending Misto do Uige 29-83, while Obra Social da Maxinde beat Misto de Benguela 30-29.

In the B series, Misto do Cuanza Norte beat Misto do Huambo 66-29, Centro de Reabilitação Profissional de Viana were defeated by Escorpiões 54-31, while Misto da Huíla recorded the first win in the championship, after defeating Misto do Moxico 54-32.

Standings:

Serie A

1st Misto do Bié – 6 points

2nd Misto do Cuanza Sul – 6 points

3rd Misto Uige – 4 points

4th Obra Social da Maxinde – 3 points

5th Misto of Benguela – 3 points

6th Misto of Namibe – 3 points

Serie B

1st Escorpiões – 4 points

2nd CRP/Viana – 4 points

3rd Misto da Huíla – 4 points

4th Misto do Cuanza Norte – 3 points

5th Misto do Huambo – 3 points

6th Misto do Moxico – points

The fourth round is scheduled for Saturday, with highlight to the Series A, with Obra Social da Maxinde/Misto do Namibe, Misto do Bié/Misto do Cuanza Sul and Misto do Uige/Misto de Benguela.

In group B CRP/Viana-Misto do Huambo, Misto do Bié/Misto do Cuanza Sul and Misto do Uige/Misto de Benguela.

The sports event organised by the Angolan Paralympic Committee (CPA) brings together 12 teams and is held at the Nossa Senhora do Monte multipurpose pavilion in a round-robin tournament.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Government pledges to communicate more

The Angolan Government is committed to redefining the communication strategy, to be closer to the citizen, stressed Saturday the Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication, Mário Oliveira.

The minister was speaking to the press on the Executive’s Institutional Communication Methodological Meeting, underway since Friday, in Luanda.

Mário Oliveira said that the meeting is collecting contributions, in order to turn this thought into a fact.

He said that the messages on the execution of the Government’s programme, upheld in 2022 elections, must reach the citizen with rigour, clarity and speed, so that the people are informed about the achievements of those who rule.

Therefore, Mário Oliveira stressed that the meeting, which ends this Saturday, has been fruitful, highlighting the fact that there are also press attaches, who should take this communication strategy to citizens in the diaspora.

“We are committed to the cause of better communication, defined by the government, so that the interests of citizens, focused on socioeconomic development, are achieved”, stressed the minister.

The Executive’s Institutional Communication Methodological Meeting is being attended by representatives of the media, provincial governments’ institutional communication offices, ministerial departments and diplomatic missions.

The programme features topics such as “The Executive’s Institutional Communication Strategy 2023-2027”, “Organization, flowchart and functioning of the Institutional Communication Ecosystem”, “Government Logo and National Symbols”, “Institutional Advertising”, “Press Relations Techniques and relationship with medias”, are part of the event programme.

The programme also includes analysis of the themes, “Cybersecurity”, “Digital media, social networks”, “Fake news vs misinformation”, among others.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

CPLP ambassadors to Senegal strengthen strategic cooperation

The group of ambassadors of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) accredited in Senegal Thursday carried out several actions with the Senegalese authorities and the academic community.

The initiative is intended to boost political, economic, cultural, social and friendship relations.

The actions focused on promoting the Portuguese language in Senegal, where figures stands at more than 47,000 students learning Portuguese.

The diplomatic engagement counted on the Executive Secretary of the CPLP Zacarias da Costa and the permanent representative of Angola in this organisation, ambassador Francisco Oliveira Encoge.

The diplomats held, among other meetings, an audience with the Senegalese Foreign Affairs minister, Aissata Tall Sall, who praised the growth of ties with the CPLP countries, according to a note released by the Angolan Embassy in Senegal and reached ANGOP Saturday.

According to the statement, the minister Aissata Tall Sall highlighted the historical relationship of her country with Brazil, Portugal, as well as the strong dynamics of cooperation and friendship that Senegal maintains with Angola in different areas, including the sector of oil and its by-products.

The Senegalese minister, who also mentioned the importance of Cabo Verde and Guinea-Bissau, said that Angola, along with other countries, is an example to follow, especially due to its experience in oil exploration.

In turn, the Executive Secretary of the CPLP, Zacarias da Costa, said the meeting was fruitful, especially due to the importance of deepening relations between the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the CPLP.

“We talked a lot about initiatives within ECOWAS and the CPLP, especially how we can deepen the economic relationship in other areas,” Costa said, stressing the strategic importance that Senegal has in the West African region, as well as its status as an observer member of the CPLP.

The permanent representative of Angola in the CPLP, Ambassador Francisco Oliveira Encoge, said the meeting held with Senegalese authorities will certainly help to generate new momentum to the recognised dynamic cooperation between the CPLP and Senegal.

“Several aspects were discussed at the meeting that could mark, in the short and medium term, cooperation between the CPLP and ECOWAS, recalling that we have two members that are also members of this organisation, in this case Guinea-Bissau and Cabo Verde,” Encoge said.

This is the first official visit of an executive secretary of the CPLP to Senegal, and was marked by meetings with the Minister of National Education, Cheikh Oumar Anne, and the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Moussa Baldé.

The Executive Secretary of CPLP also held a working meeting with the ambassadors of the Member States of the CPLP in Senegal and visited the Cheikh Anta Diop University.

The visit was part of the commemorations of World Day of Portuguese Language, celebrated on May 5.

The CPLP comprises Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.

Since 2008, Senegal has been an Associated Observer of the CPLP, making it one of the first countries to obtain the status.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Mineral Resources Ministry recommends continuous assessment of mining activity

The 8th Consultative Council of the Ministry of Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas (MIREMPET) has recommended continued assessment of the performance of mining operators and the application of legal mechanisms to mitigate the effects of idle areas.

The recommendations of the meeting, held on May 11 to 12 in Uige province, included the implementation of social impact projects in communities where exploration activities are carried out and to conduct geological surveys in areas of higher metal concentration along with compliance with deadlines set out in the Mining Code.

The participants also suggested the implementation of an improved licensing system, registration and sharing of information about the mining sector, preparation of studies towards the different types of existing soil in national territory and other types of raw materials to improve agricultural production.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, The Minister OF Mineral Resources, Oil and Gas, Diamantino Azevedo, praised the contributions of the delegates, whose information, he said, will contribute to strengthen the ministerial department.

The minister underlined that despite the significant gains achieved by the sector in recent years, there is still a long way to go, taking into account the responsibility of this ministerial department in improving the living conditions of Angolans.

Diamantino Azevedo announced the holding of an extended meeting with Mirempet staff, scheduled for 2024, where issues related to the sector will be discussed.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Health minister praises role of nurses

Angolan minister of Health Sílvia Lutucuta recognised Friday the dedication and commitment of nurses, which she described as crucial for national health system.

In a message, ahead of the International Nurses Day on Friday, the minister said that these professionals play an essential role in the day-to-day of the sector.

She referred that the date, celebrated in honour of the birth of Florence Nightingale, mother of modern nursing, offers an important opportunity to recognise how fundamental the role that these professionals play is, observing its Code of Ethics and Deontology.

Sílvia Lutucuta underlined that they are always concerned with the development of their technical skills, social awareness and love for others.

She said that this year, the Nurse’s Day is marked in a special way, at a time when the world celebrates the success of international coordination, with the end of the COVID-19 emergency, moving to a long-term management transition.

“On this occasion, we pay a simple tribute to all the professionals who perished in the fight against COVID-19, which included all health professionals”, she expressed.

The Ministry of Health has defined the repositioning of primary health care, including community health, as one of the key priorities for accelerating access to quality health care.

The minister stated that the role of nurses is fundamental in this equation since, on many occasions, they are the first – and only – health professionals that a patient has access to.

Currently, the Nursing class represents 49.03% of the health workforce.

In the last two public tenders, 2018 and 2019, 21,151 nursing professionals were admitted throughout the country and subsidies for additional hours were implemented for the class.

Sílvia Lutucuta announced that 1,123 nursing technicians in priority specialties are completing post-medium training and that postgraduate nursing specialisation courses will begin shortly.

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Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Otjozondjupa rewards best performing schools, teachers and learners

The Otjozondjupa Regional Directorate of Education on Friday recognised 144 teachers, 10 learners and six schools that performed exceptionally well during the 2022 academic year.

The teachers, learners and schools in the region were rewarded for their hard work in Grade 11 and Grade 12 ordinary and higher level exams.

Education Director Josephine Mutenda at the event also rewarded three schools she classified special after they obtained more A* symbols to a C in Grade 11, as well as them obtaining A* symbols to a D symbol in Grade 12.

Most of them earned awards in languages, commerce and technical subjects, followed by those in social science subjects and a handful teachers, schools and learners won in physical science, biology, mathematics and agriculture.

Mutenda rewarded them with trophies, cash ranging between N.dollars 450 and N.dollars 5 000, medals, boxes of printing paper and certificates.

“We are only gathered here for awards, not for blaming anyone, rather we should just motivate them too,” Mutenda said.

Out of the 21 schools with both Grade 11 and Grade 12 in the region, six schools that performed well are Berg-Op Academy, Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School (SSS), Korab SSS, Edugate Academy, Grootfontein SSS and Karstveld Academy.

Edugate Academy was the overall best performer in both Grade 11 and Grade 12 levels, while Tsumkwe SSS performed the weakest in Otjozondjupa.

Mutenda also rewarded Grootfontein SSS, Donatus SSS, and Otjiwarongo SSS as the government special schools for the regional education directorate due to their consistency in performing well every year.

Otjozondjupa Governor, James Uerikua in a statement which was delivered on his behalf by the Otjozondjupa Chief Regional Officer, Agatha Mweti, said concerted efforts in enhancing quality education for all learners in the region will be celebrated, rewarded and acknowledged each year.

He further urged schools to continue producing more hardworking learners for them to enter university and for the education directorate to also produce more performing schools for the region to have patriotic future leaders.

Otjozondjupa has a total of 90 primary and secondary schools, 1 892 teachers and 56 542 learners in 2023.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

South Korea invites Namibia for 2024 Korea-African summit

President Hage Geingob has been invited by South Korean President, Yoon Suk Yeol to attend the 2024 Korea-African Summit, aimed at strengthening ties on the blue economy and maritime issues.

Speaking during a courtesy visit at State House on Friday, Suk Yeol special convoy representative, Park Heong-joon said the visit also aimed to strengthen already existing cooperation and to seek Namibia’s support for South Korea to host the World Expo 2030 in Busan.

He further indicated that South Korea is interested in Namibia’s envisioned green hydrogen sector and tourism industry for investments aimed towards developing and promoting sustainable development for mutual benefit of both nations.

“South Korea and Namibia continue to cross heights since 1990, for years we have enjoyed a longstanding relationship based on rule of law and continue to wish for Namibia’s great success,” he said.

Speaking at the same occasion on behalf of President Hage Geingob, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said, Namibia’s technology ambitions can be potentially optimised through learning from South Korea’s advanced technological capabilities, especially in the socio-economic area.

“Namibia has massive natural resources but the bulk of our people are living under poverty conditions… So it is a commitment of the government to harness these resources and advance the country by drawing from lessons of other developed countries such as South Korea,” she said

Source: The Namibian Press Agency

Para-Athletes scoop 10 medals on the opening day of Jesolo Grand Prix

Namibian athletes with disabilities won 10 medals on the opening day of the World Para Athletics (WPA) 2023 Jesolo Grand Prix underway in Jesolo, Italy.

The fifth round of the WPA Grand Prix is being held at the Armando Picchi Stadium as Para-athletes celebrate the 10th anniversary of the WPA Grand Prix.

On the opening day of the championship on Friday evening, Namibia’s track and field athletes walked away with 10 medals (five gold, three silver and two bronze) from the 100 metres (m) and 400m events.

The first athlete to win a medal for Team Namibia was T11 female sprinter, Lahja Ishitile, who scooped a gold medal in the 400m sprint with a time of one minute, one second and 17 tenths of a second (01:01.17). Her second gold medal was in the 100m sprint with a time of 12.95 seconds.

Meanwhile, another female sprinter, Lahja Ipinge, who competes in the T12 category, was disqualified in the 400m race, while in the 100m race, she finished fifth with a time of 13.58 seconds. World record holder and Cuban sprinter Omara Elias Durand won the T12 100m race with a time of 12.11 seconds.

In the T11 100m men’s category, Namibian athletes dominated the track after occupying all three podium places. Ananias Shikongo won gold, while Chris Kinda and Alfredo Bernado came second and third respectively.

T13 sprinter, Johannes Nambala, added two more medals to team Namibia’s tally with a gold in the 400m sprint and a silver in the 100m. French sprinter Axel Zorzi took the gold in the 100m with 11.24 seconds while the Namibian was just behind in a photo finish with a time of 11.26 seconds.

The T11 400m category, saw Kinda taking a silver medal with a time of 53.49 seconds, while Shikongo took the bronze with a time of 54.01 seconds. Eduardo Man Novas Uceda of Spain walked away with a gold medal in a time of 53.42 seconds.

Bradley Murere braved the rainy conditions in the 100m sprint. The Namibian sprinter who competes in the T46 category clocked a time of 11.36 seconds to walk away with a gold medal.

Meanwhile, T37 sprinter, Petrus Karuli, had an impressive start to his 400m race but pulled a muscle with 120m to go, which saw him settling for a silver medal. Karuli was disqualified for a false start in the 100m sprint.

Nine athletes and five guides are representing Team Namibia at the championship.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency