President Buhari Calls for Global Support to develop the gains of Niger Basin.
By Ejiroghene Fifen.
President Muhammadu Buhari has called for global support to develop the resources in the Niger Basin area, home to over 160 million people who depend on the River as a means of sustenance.
In a statement by his Special Adviser to on Media and publicity Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari Declaring open the 12th virtual Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Niger Basin Authority (NBA), said the Niger River commonly called Djoliba in Guinea and Mali, offers enormous development opportunities in the fields of agriculture, animal husbandry, fishing, fish farming, hydro-power, hydraulics and navigation.
According to him, ‘‘It is therefore necessary to continue to promote its enormous potential for the benefit of our people, and to improve the socio-economic development of the region,’’
The Nigerian leader expressed appreciation to Technical and Financial Partners, including African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the German Financial Cooperation (KFW), for identifying with the vision and projects of the authority.
He therefore urged them to continue to support efforts at developing the Niger Basin in the fight against pollution and the degradation of ecosystems, in order to manage its resources in a sustainable and equitable manner.
President Buhari, who is the outgoing Chairman of the NBA Leaders’ Summit, also used the occasion to give account of his five-year stewardship, piloting the affairs of the institution.
‘‘Excellencies, it has been a privilege to lead this Summit of Heads of State and Government for the past five years, since you all unanimously endorsed me as the Chairman at the 11th Summit held in Cotonou, Benin Republic on 8th January, 2016 to lead our common Institution.
‘‘Of the several decisions taken at the Summit, only the decision on funding of the NBA 2016-2024 Operational Plan is yet to be fully implemented.
‘‘It is pertinent to note that there are some on-going programmes like: support to Ground Water Management in Niger Basin (AGES), project II to strengthen NBA and its Member Countries’ technical capacity and human resources for improving trans-boundary groundwater resource management in the Niger Basin, ’’ he said.
The President also listed other on-going programmes to include the Integrated Development and Adaptation to Climate Change in Niger Basin financed by the AfDB, GEF, KFW and NBA Member Countries to improve the resilience of the Niger River ecosystems and populations through a sustainable management of natural resources.
The Nigerian leader explained that the climate change programme will cover the nine NBA member-countries- Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad.
‘‘Distinguished delegates, it should be noted, to our collective delight that these achievements were only possible with your active support.
‘‘It is also my pleasure to tell this meeting that there is an improvement in our organization’s financial status as member countries are striving hard to pay their annual contributions in a timely manner,’’ he said.
The President also commended all member countries for their unflinching efforts towards contributing to the construction of a befitting Headquarters for the NBA, noting with appreciation the commitments made so far.
On behalf of member countries, President Buhari while thanking the outgoing Executive Secretary, Mr. Abderahim Bireme Hamid, for serving the Authority noted that the 12th Summit is expected to appoint a new Executive Secretary and a Chairman.
‘‘At this Summit, my tenure as the Chairman Summit of Heads of State and Government of our common institution comes to an end as I will hand over to a new Chairman.
‘‘I urge you to extend maximum cooperation to the new Chairman for continued smooth running of our Institution,’’ he said.
BREAKING: NLC SUSPENDS PLANNED STRIKE
The Nigerian Labour Congress, on Monday night, confirmed that it will no longer proceed with its nationwide strike planned for Wednesday.
The resolution was announced by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and confirmed by the President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, after a nearly six-hour meeting between the Federal Government and the organised labour at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At Monday’s meeting, the parties agreed that “The NLC to suspend notice of strike forthwith to enable further consultations.
“The TUC and the NLC to continue ongoing engagements with the Federal Government and secure closure on the resolutions.
“The labour Unions and the Federal Government to meet on June 19, 2023, to agree on an implementation framework
BREAKING: Tinubu Sworn-in As Nigeria’s 16th President, Speech shows better days ahead for Nigerians.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been administered oaths of office and allegiance by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, thereby becoming Nigeria’s 16th President.
Tinubu took the oaths at about 10.37 am on Monday morning at the Eagles Square venue of the Presidential Inauguration Ceremony.
His wife, Senator Remi Tinubu, alongside former President Muhammadu Buhari and his family members, were standing beside Tinubu when he took the oaths.
Similarly, Senator Kashim Shettima has been administered oaths of office and allegiance by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Olukayode Ariwoola, thereby becoming Nigeria’s new Vice President.
Shettima took the oaths at about 10.30am on Monday morning
His wife, Nana Shettima, was standing beside him when he took the oaths.
The ceremony took place amid extremely tight security and in front of world leaders and dignitaries, such as President Kagame of Rwanda and Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa at the 5,000 capacity Eagle Square Abuja , venue of the historical presidential inauguration ceremony .
Hilda Baci surpasses Guinness World Record
Nigerian chef, Hilda Effiong Bassey, popularly known as Hilda Baci, has surpassed the current Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time.
Hilda Baci, who is on a cooking marathon at Amore Gardens in the Lekki area of Lagos State, on Monday, May 15, hit 87 hours 50 minutes to surpass the record.
The 27-year-old chef had, on Thursday, May 11, set up a four-day ‘cook-a-thon’ at Amore Gardens to break the Guinness World Record for the longest cooking time.
The current record for the world’s longest cooking marathon is held by Lata Tondon who completed the task in 87 hours, 45 minutes, and 00 secs in Rewa, India, in 2019.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Sunday, visited and commended Hilda Baci over the attempt to break the Guinness World Record.
Scores of Nigerians have since been commending the chef for the feat, while others, including celebrities defied the rain to physically cheer up the visibly tired chef.
Hilda Baci won the maiden edition of the Jollof Face-off Competition in 2021, pocketing a grand prize of $5000.
The Guinness Book of Records is a reference book that contains human and natural world records.
It was first published in 1955 by the Guinness Brewery in Ireland and has since become one of the world’s most well-known and frequently read reference books.
Individuals or groups must submit proof to the Guinness World Records team and go through a verification process to qualify for a world record listing.
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