Mexican Cement Company Offers To Help Trump Build His “Big, Beautiful, Powerful” Border Wall

A Mexican cement maker is ready to lend its services to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to build the wall he wants to erect on the southern border of the United States to curb immigration.

“We can’t be choosy,” Enrique Escalante, Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) said in an interview. “We’re an important producer in that area and we have to respect our clients on both sides of the border.”

Based in Chihuahua, a large northern state bordering Texas and New Mexico, GCC is one of the biggest construction materials companies in Mexico. It generates around 70 percent of its sales in the United States, where it also has three plants.

Escalante said Trump’s plans to invest in energy and infrastructure in the United States augured well for the firm.

“For the business we’re in, Trump is a candidate that does favor the industry quite a bit,” Escalante said.

Luckily for Trump, and Grupo Cementos, the National Enquirer has already drawn up “construction plans & blueprints.”

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Customs Considers Reopening Borno Border Posts To Fight Arms Influx

The Comptroller-General of Customs, Hameed Ali, said the organisation would consider reopening the customs posts at Gamboru Ngala and Banki border posts in Borno State to fight arms influx and curtail insurgency.

Mr. Ali said this during his visit to defence formations, including the Defence Intelligence Agency and Nigerian Air Force and Nigeria Police on Thursday in Abuja.

The comptroller-general said for customs to achieve its target, it needed the support of the military, police and intelligence agencies.

Mr. Ali, a retired colonel, said smuggling of small arms and ammunition had to be prevented in view of the current insurgency in the country.

He said the essence of the visit was to further strengthen synergy between the police, intelligent agencies, service chiefs and customs, to have a safer country and a viable economy.

Mr. Ali said customs would consider reopening the border posts due to the request by the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai.

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Plateau LG Chairman Blames Attacks On Border Disputes

Management Committee Chairman of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Titus Bise, has blamed incessant violent attacks in the state on communities with border disputes.

Bise disclosed this yesterday in Mangu, when the House of Assembly’s Special Committee on Security met with traditional and religious leaders, youths and other stakeholders in the area. It would be recalled that Langai District of Pyem chiefdom had consistently come under attack that left many dead, while property worth millions of naira were destroyed. The most recent attack was in Kadunung village of Langai District where many were killed, several others injured, while more than 197 houses were burnt down.

The chairman described the attacks on his people as ‘terrible’, saying they were comparable to insurgents’ activities in the north-eastern part of the country. “The crisis bordered on land ownership and that is usually deadly,’’ he stated. He said four communities in Langai District had been under siege in the past three days. “The attackers usually come in their numbers with very sophisticated weapons to maim my people. People are being slaughtered like animals on a daily basis; sometimes it is on the road. At times, the attackers follow them to their farms or houses,’’ he said.

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Enugu Govt Wants FG To Settle Disputed Border With Ebonyi

The Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, has called on the National Boundary Commission to intervene in a boundary dispute between the state and Ebonyi.

The deputy governor made the call in Enugu on Wednesday when she received her counterpart from Ebonyi, Dr Kelechi Igwe.

She said the two neighbouring states had maintained a robust relationship and efforts should be made to sustain it.

The deputy governor appealed to the residents of the disputing communities to sheathe their swords and allow the relevant government agencies to settle the matter in the interest of peace.

Ezeilo commended the Ebonyi deputy governor for initiating the peaceful consultation, adding that the state government would do everything to bring the tussle to an amicable end.

Earlier, Igwe said that he was in Enugu to work out a lasting solution to the impasse between Ihenta in Akaeze, Ebonyi and Okpanku in Aninri, Enugu before it degenerated.

He said that it had become imperative to get the affected communities to respect protocols established in respect of the boundary pending a final resolution.

The deputy governor said that the two states needed to work out a lasting solution by mapping out a permanent boundary in the designated areas.

“We have to do everything within the law to protect the lives and property of our people,” he said.

Igwe solicited the cooperation of the residents of the concerned communities in finding a lasting solution to the problem.