Germany, Nigeria trade relations hits pound 3bn – Envoy


The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Annett Gunther, says trade relations between Federal Republic of Nigeria and Federal Republic Germany currently stands at about three billion euros.

Gunther, who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja, said that the trade relations between both countries had grown over the years.

Specifically, she said the trade relations grew from two billion euros in 2022 to the current figure of three billion euros with balance of trade in favour of Nigeria because of crude oil export

She said there was the potential for improvement on trade relations, which both countries were currently working on, especially in the area of agriculture.

‘I think agriculture is a very good area for cooperation, not only because we can help in the area of food security, which is important to Nigeria, but also in improvement of export of processed products.

‘Instead of selling more raw products, we will have more value creation within the country to
creates more jobs .

‘As part of our development cooperation , we have a programme in agriculture that also focuses on exactly that value chain, which supports small and medium size enterprises in the sector,’ she said.

The envoy said that many German delegations had attended Trade fairs in Lagos, like the agri food festival with German companies participating and having one of the biggest pavilions.

She further explained that the German Chamber of Trade and Commerce in Lagos represented German companies in the country.

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According to her , Germany has about 90 companies with its representative offices in Nigeria adding that while some engaged trading, some others have production facilities.

‘Nivea is one of the German companies that has a real huge modern production facility in Nigeria. Nivea products such as the lotions and creams are German products that are produced in Lagos .

‘They have production facilities in Germany and these products produced in Nigeria
are almost 100 per cent identical because it is the same quality and standard as the one in Germany .

‘This is because the products raw materials such as oils, and fragrances are imported, the standard , quality and the smell has to be the same like others from the production facilities in Germany ,’ she added.

Gunther commended steps taken by president Bola Tinubu to reform the country’s economy.

‘ For production facility, you need investment, and of course, foreign direct investment, which is also very much needed in order to boost the economy which depends on the investment conditions.

‘We have seen improvements under the new administration. Very important economic reform steps have been taken.

‘But, as I said, this depends on the investment climate, which is improving already.

‘ As you know, we have the forex issue, and also I must say, the environment must be conducive,’ she reiterated. ( NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Nigeria’s Adekeye emerges chairperson, oil and gas training institute’s Directors


Nigeria’s Folashade Adekeye has emerged Chairperson, Forum of the Directors of Oil and Gas Training and Vocational Education Institutes of the African Petroleum Producers Organisation (APPO).

Adekeye, who is the Director, NNPC Academy, took over from the former chairperson, Mr Abdelkader Guenone, the Managing Director of the Algerian Petroleum Institute (API), during the second meeting of the Forum in Abuja.

This was made known in a statement issued by Olufemi Soneye, the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, NNPC Ltd. on Sunday.

Adekeye, who heads the NNPC’s oil and gas training arm, brings to bear more than 30 years of experience and is expected to work with her colleagues from APPO Member countries.

According to Soneye, this is in order to foster more collaboration towards addressing the challenges of competences, skills gaps, infrastructure and poor funding in the organisation’s training institutions.

In his keynote address at the opening of the meeting, the Group Chief Executive Officer of NNPC Lt
d., Mele Kyari, emphasised the importance of a standardised educational and training approach.

Kyari, represented by Inuwa Danladi, the Executive Vice President (Business Services), said standardised education would help to meet the changing demands of the oil and gas industry.

Also in his keynote address, APPO’s Secretary-General, Dr Omar Farouk Ibrahim, charged the Member Countries to work towards enhancing further collaborative efforts to establish Oil and Gas Centres of Excellence across the African continent.

Ibrahim, also from Nigeria, said having good knowledge of the Forum’s challenges would enable APPO Member Countries to make recommendations.

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He said it would also enable them to provide solutions in areas such as Oil and Gas project funding, technology adoption, and the formation of Africa Energy Bank.

He said that such collaboration by all member countries would guarantee Africa’s energy accessibility, affordability and sust
ainability, which overall, would strengthen her economies and bring prosperity to its citizens. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Germany committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Nigeria – Ambassador


The German Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Annett Gunther, has reiterated her country’s commitment to further concretising and deepening bilateral relations between both countries.

Gunther expressed the commitment in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

She said Germany and Nigeria ‘have enjoyed more than 60 years of diplomatic relations’, adding that the German government considers Nigeria as an important political, economic, and cultural partner.

‘As part of our cultural relations with Nigeria, the foreign minister in December 2022 brought back some of the Benin artifacts that had been taken to German museums.

‘There was a political agreement that Germany will return to Nigeria all the artifacts that are in our possession.

‘So her visit in 2022 was basically the first symbolic handover of those pieces of art,’ she said.

According to her, Germany and Nigeria have enjoyed a broad partnership since Nigeria’s independence in 1960, and it has grown over the years.

She observed that ther
e is the need to intensify diplomatic relations between both countries with especial focus on trade relations.

‘This was why during the German chancellor’s visit to Nigeria in October 2023, he came with a huge business delegation from Germany.

‘There are plans in place to deepen the diplomatic relations between Nigeria and Germany.

‘Also, the recent high level visits of some German officials such as the chancellor and Minister for development cooperation indicate a broad area of cooperation between both countries.

‘Some weeks ago, our state secretary and Special Envoy for Climate actions visited and we had intensive talks about renewable energy and climate change.

‘There were discussions on what could be done, how we could cooperate to move to a more sustainable greener environment for future of our societies.

‘The visits were symbolic of the desire to intensify Nigeria-German relations, especially under this new administration in Nigeria, led by President Bola.

‘We have seen great potential for furthe
r economic and trade cooperation with Nigeria,’ she said. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

ALGON lauds Senate’s call for National Dialogue on Local Government Autonomy


The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has commended the Senate for urging President Bola Tinubu to convene a National Dialogue on Local Government Autonomy.

In a statement released in Abuja on Sunday, ALGON’s Director-General, Sir Itiako Ikpokpo, described the Senate’s call as a welcome development.

Ikpokpo noted the importance of this initiative, suggesting that it could significantly advance the cause of local government autonomy in Nigeria.

Ikpokpo said, ‘The National leadership of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, (ALGON) has hailed as most welcoming, the call by the Senate on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to convene a National Dialogue on Local Government Autonomy.

‘ALGON notes that the myriad of constitutional barriers, structural, and administrative challenges plaguing the nation has made a National Dialogue on Local Government Administration not only desirable, but urgently imperative in setting a sustainable and systemic agenda for even development of the nation.’

The director-general said the association requested the commitment of the Federal Government, National Assembly, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, and other stakeholders toward sincere resolutions on issues of local government autonomy and community policing.

He highlighted additional issues such as security, primary education and healthcare, national integration, the role of traditional institutions, agricultural facilities, and other fundamental obstacles to the nation’s political, economic, and socio-political development.

He expressed confidence in the potential of the conference to reposition the nation on the path of rapid progress and development.

According to him, ALGON appeals against the dangers of reducing the event to a mere talk-shop, with its resolutions left unimplemented.

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Ikpokpo reiterated the association’s readiness to partner with the Federal and State Governments, the National Assembly, and other institutions to ensure the
successful convocation of the national dialogue. (NAN) www.nannews.ng

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Tinubu approves InfraCorp for Green Zone, Ngelale chairs steering c’ttee


President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of the Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCorp) as the Lead Arranger and Developer of Evergreen City, Nigeria’s green industrial zone.

Tinubu also approved the appointment of Chief Ajuri Ngelale as Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Action and Chairman Project Evergreen, the supervisory technical working group, to oversee the pioneering endeavour.

This is contained in a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Sunday in Abuja.

Ngelale said that this was in line with the President’s commitment to ensure industrial development that meets the demands of the present and the future.

He said that the terms of reference of the InfraCorp are selection of partners/consultants to undertake critical development activities, including project design, environmental impact assessments, feasibility studies, financial modelling, and market engagement.

It will be raising private funding for the development o
f the city and constituent projects; coordinating with partners, development institutions, and other providers of capital and technical assistance.

It will also be reporting to the Supervisory Presidential Steering Committee on Project Evergreen.

Dr Lazarus Angbazo, who is also a member of the Presidential Steering Committee, is the CEO of InfraCorp and holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics.

Angbazo has a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Iowa, and a Doctorate degree in Corporate Finance from the New York University.

He was President and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric in Nigeria, where he doubled GE’s revenue.

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He was also the CEO of General Electric Grid Solutions Africa and led GE’s regional operations between 2008 and 2012 as President and CEO, West, East and Central Africa.

Ngelale said that the president also approved the establishment of a 15-member Presid
ential Steering Committee on Project Evergreen, the supervisory technical working group, to oversee the pioneering endeavour.

He said that the committee is composed of the following members: Chief Ajuri Ngelale- Special Presidential Envoy on Climate Action – Chairman; Lolade Abiola (UN SE4ALL) – Secretary.

The members are Lazarus Angbazo (CEO, InfraCorp), Salisu Dahiru (CEO, NCCC); Aminu Umar-Sadiq (CEO, NSIA), and Khalil Halilu (CEO, NASENI).

Other members are Abba Abubabkar Aliyu (CEO, REA); Fatima Shinkafi (CEO, SMDF); Uzoma Nwagba (CEO, CrediCorp); Bala Bello (Deputy Governor, CBN) and Teni Majekodunmi (NCCC).

The rest of the members are Nana Maidugu (NSIA); Michael Ivenso (NCCC); Suleiman Yusuf (Blue Camel Energy); and Chidi Ajaere (Jet EV).

The presidential spokesman said that Tinubu expected absolute dedication and professionalism to drive this critical project.

He said the members were given the clear objective of making Nigeria the leading manufacturing hub in Africa for renewable energy techno
logies, green solutions, and climate-adaptation technologies.(NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

GPL Week 30: Samartex 1996 edge close to league triumph, Aduana sinks Hearts of Oak


The 2023-24 Ghana Premier League entered week 30 with various teams battling for survival while others chased the league title with four matches remaining.

Samartex 1996 maintained their seven-point lead at the top of the table after an emphatic 3-0 win over relegation-threatening Bofoakwa Tano at the Nsenkyire Sports Arena.

Evans Osei-Wusu and Baba Musa were on target for Samartex 1996, as they are only two wins away from their first league triumph following the promotion two seasons ago.

Accra Hearts of Oak failed to build on their surprising win against Berekum Chelsea last week as they stumbled to a 1-0 defeat against Aduana Stars at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Kelvin Obeng’s 10th-minute strike was enough for the ‘Ogyaa Boys,’ who climbed to third on the league table with 46 points, the same as second-placed Nations FC.

Despite the defeat, the Phobians remain five points clear of the relegation zone as the Premier League enters its crucial phase.

Berekum Chelsea secured an impressive comeback victory
against Kumasi Asante Kotoko at Sunyani Coronation Park on Saturday.

Steven Mukwala gave Asante Kotoko an early lead, but two goals from Stephen Amankona and Mizack Afriyie secured all three points for Berekum Chelsea.

The most surprising result of the week came at the Theatre of Dreams in Dawu after Heart of Lions beat Dreams FC 2-1.

Mustapha Yakubu and Ebenezer were on the scoresheet for the Voltarian giant, while Joseph Esso’s goal could only serve as consolation.

Bottom-placed Real Tamale United suffered a 1-0 defeat against defending GPL Champions Medeama, while Great Olympics also stayed in the relegation zone after their 2-1 loss against Legon Cities.

Below are the results for week 30:   

Hearts of Oak 0-1 Aduana Stars

Bechem United 3-1 Karela United

Dreams FC 1-2 Heart of Lions

FC Samartex 1996 3-0 Bofoakwa Tano FC

Medeama SC 1-0 Real Tamale United

Nsoatreman FC 4-0 Bibiani Gold Stars FC

Berekum Chelsea 2-1 Asante Kotoko

Legon Cities 2-1 Great Olympics

Source: Ghana News Agency

Captain One’s Ayisha Aminu wins first major competition


Young female golfer, Ayishatu Aminu, has won her first trophy in a major competition after emerging as Group B winner of the recently held Latex Foam May Medal at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.

The golfer from the Captain One Golf Society’s Kids Project aimed at nurturing young golfers from deprived backgrounds, recorded 67 points to win the keenly contested category.

She was followed by Theophilus Bruce who had 69 points to clinch the second position while Mark Tweneboah Asiamah recorded 70 points to settle for the third position.

It was Ayisha’s first major win outside the Captain One Kids Competition in which she is currently the defending champion.

Eighteen-year-old Ayisha, who is the captain of the Captain One Kids Project is from Safe Child Advocacy, a non-governmental organisation that upholds safe childhood for all children.

Captain One brings together Kids from orphanages and care homes in Kumasi, Tarkwa, Shama, and Obuasi to learn how to play golf and subsequently build a career and compete at
the highest level.

Speaking after her exploits, a delighted Ayisha said it was a dream come through to compete on a big stage and win the category.

‘I am glad to compete with other golfers and win this trophy. It was very tough but I’m glad to emerge winner,’ she stated.

The win, she said, would serve as a huge boost going into other major competitions as she would continue working to become the best female golfer in Ghana.

She expressed appreciation to Captain One Golf Society for the support and opportunity to play golf and become successful and appreciated the guidance from her coach, Yaw Barimah.

Captain One Golf Society through its president, Pius Ayeh Appiah, is appealing to well-meaning Ghanaians and corporate organisations to support their programs to give alternative livelihood to young talented Ghanaian children.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Khadija Cares Golf Tournament raises funds for menstrual products for 10,000 women


The inaugural Khadija Cares Invitational Golf Tournament raised over GH? 400,000 to provide menstrual hygiene products to over 10,000 girls and women in impoverished communities across Ghana.

The ‘Khadija Cares Foundation’ has over the years provided easy access to eco-friendly menstrual products for some girls and women.

Over 80 golfers participated in different exciting contests at the Achimota Golf Club, including ‘Beat the Pro,’ ‘Longest Drive,’ and ‘Closest to the Pin,’ among others.

At the end of a very fascinating contest, Juliet Darkwah emerged as the overall winner of the inaugural Khadija Cares Invitational Golf Tournament.

She dominated the women’s contest, having carded an impressive 47 points, and also won the ‘Closest to the Pin’ contest.

Charity Vogel (40 points), Vastie Amoafo-Yeboah, and LiPing Wang (tied for 3rd with 34 points each) rounded out the top finishers in the Ladies Group.

In the men’s Group A competition, Ofori Boateng (44 points, handicap 12) edged Philip Ayesu (36 points,
handicap 7) for the top spot, while Kojo Ansah (34 points, handicap 11) secured third place.

Papa Otoo (44 points, handicap 17) triumphed in Men’s Group B, followed by Yannik Awuah-Darko (37 points, handicap 20) and Nathan Donkor (36 points, handicap 39) in second and third place, respectively.

In the men’s senior division, K. Duker (39 points, handicap 22) emerged victorious, while Elizabeth Essel-Koomson (15 points, handicap 20) claimed the top spot in the women’s senior division.

Speaking after the tournament, Khadija Duker, founded of the foundation, expressed immense gratitude to all donors and said all funds raised will be used to purchase sustainable menstrual products for the less-privileged women across the country.

‘We are hoping to go to more regions, but in the coming weeks we look to offer these products to 600 girls at a school in the Volta Region and make some trips to the Upper East and West to donate thousands of the menstrual products.

‘We are looking to cover even more women and girls
because purchasing pads and other menstrual products is very expensive for some of these ladies, and we are poised to help them have easy access to them,’ she said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Accept divergent views, NCCE urges Ghanaians


Mr. Robert Kwesi Boame, the Oti Regional Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has appealed to Ghanaians, especially political party leaders, actors, supporters, and agents to accept divergent views to sustain the peace in the country.

He said the political parties; especially NDC and NPP, should help the Commission in sensitising their supporters to engage in a decent campaign devoid of insults.

The Regional Director said politics was about numbers and that it was the duty of all supporters to convince others into their fold, and not to insult them or their candidates.

Mr Boame said this at an Inter-Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC) meeting at Chinderi, the District capital of Krachi Nchumuru District in the Oti Region.

The meeting organised by the Krachi Nchumuru District Office of the NCCE, with support from the European Union (E.U) brought together political parties, security agencies, among other groups in the district to drum home the need for tolerance ahead of the 2024 gene
ral elections.

He called on the political leaders to educate their support to use persuasive language during their campaigns and should not resort to lies and unsubstantiated propaganda.

He also called on them to desist from instigating the youth into engaging in violence as no political party or leader wants to rule over a divided nation.

Mr Boame charged them to help maintain Ghana’s image as the beacon of peace in the sub-region by avoiding violence before, during and after the December 7 polls.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Vincent Foli, the District Police Commander, called on all Ghanaians to be always alert as there are violent extremist groups working within the West African sub-region. These extremist groups, he said, are looking for places where there is political tension and violence to penetrate.

DSP Foli thus, asked Ghanaians not to make a mistake and plunge the country into chaos because of political power.

He also appealed to the citizenry to support the Police and other security
agencies in maintaining law and other in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency