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Bulgaria News Agency, NAN partner to deepen media relations

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The Bulgaria News Agency (BNA) and the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) are set to partner to further deepen 57 years of the diplomatic relations between Bulgaria and Nigeria.

Mr Yanko Yordanov, Amb. of Bulgaria to Nigeria, disclosed this during his courtesy visit to the Managing Director of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle, on Monday in Abuja.

He noted that much would be learnt about both countries when the partnership became fully implemented, after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by both agencies.

According to him, the partnership will be centred on what Bulgaria and Nigeria could do together, in very important areas of cooperation through the exchange of news.

Yordanov said: “Bulgaria and Nigeria have witnessed a very long history of friendship and cooperation, which dates back to 57 years ago; these years both countries enjoyed fruitful cooperation.

“Now in Bulgaria, we remember those days and definitely want to get them back to reality, we believe that media contact is an important dimension for cooperation between BNA and NAN.

“So, I am here to express my satisfaction as an Ambassador and finalise the agreement between BNA and NAN, and to extend the regards of the Director General of BNA to you.

“If agreeable in December this agreement can come in to force through signing of MoU; the importance of this document relates not only to the whole perception about cooperation between our countries.

“So, we believe now NAN will present its narrative on what is going on in Nigeria to Bulgaria and vice versa, BNA will offer you our presentation of events in Bulgaria”.

He described the MoU, which would be signed sometime in December 2021, to be timely, saying it will form an important tool for strengthening cooperation between Bulgaria and Nigeria.

“When it enters into force, it will bolster trade between Bulgaria business operators and Nigerians, promote economic cooperation, strengthen institutions in terms of security, agriculture.

“I am very happy to be one mediating between BNA and NAN; hopefully this cooperation will be fruitful and will develop our both nations,” he said.

Responding, Ponle stated that since NAN was established by the Federal Government, it operated in tandem with its mandate on reporting news responsibly and objectively about Nigeria and Nigerians.

He said that since NAN commenced operations in 1978, it established stations located within Africa, Europe, Asia and America, but due to paucity of funds the foreign stations were reduced to three.

According to him, one each are functional in South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and New York; adding that plans are underway to open more offices, maybe this time around in Bulgaria.

“We want to strengthen our force and we want to resonate not only in Nigeria, but all over the world, as the largest news content producer in Africa, because it is strategic.

“We know Bulgaria in terms of trade, investment and culture, and these are things we want to project to Nigerians and other areas in the world.

“So much has been said about negative perceptions about Nigeria, but when you come into the country you are convinced that the opposite is the case,” Ponle said.

“Yes, there can be challenges which we are trying to overcome, very soon all these spate of kidnapping and banditry will be over.

“The Federal Government is on top of the situation and to deal decisively with the situation to end the vices,” Ponle said.

He noted that NAN evolved into a cutting-edge News Agency and has offices across the country with many subscribers that mostly consist of foreign news agencies where it exchanges news items.

He disclosed that the agency planned to expand its frontiers to meet new age operations and to strengthen its media relationship, adding that it is not going to be business as usual.

He, however, said that the agency is focused on all issues of topical interest within and outside Nigeria, saying when the partnership comes into full operation both countries will mutually benefit.

The high point of the event was the presentation of a literary gift by Yordanov to Ponle. (NAN)

 

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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