Nigeria, Morocco To Build Gas Pipeline Link

Nigeria and Morocco on Saturday resolved to jointly promote a gas pipeline that will connect the two countries and some other African countries.

This was one of the agreement reached during the three-day visit of Moroccan King President Mohammed VI.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Geoffrey Onyema, disclosed this to reporters on Saturday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Onyema said the gas pipeline project would also accelerate energy and electrification projects across the affected member countries.

He said, “It is a great honour and privilege to read for you a communique which outlines the strategic visions that you both have for our two countries.

“On the occasion of the visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to Nigeria, and following the discussion with President Muhammadu Buhari in Marrackeck, on the sidelines of the Conference of the Parties (COP-22), and also in Abuja , the Kingdom of Morocco and the Federal Republic of Nigeria decided to study and take concrete steps toward the promotion of a regional gas pipeline project that will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of several West African countries and Morocco.”

The minister said the pipeline project would be designed with the participation of all stakeholders.

This, he explained, is meant to create a competitive regional electricity market with the potential to be connected to the European energy markets.

He said  Nigeria and Kingdom of Morocco also agreed to develop integrated industrial clusters in the sub-region in sectors such as manufacturing, Agro-business and fertilizers to attract foreign capital and improve export competitiveness.

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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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Government To Build Ranches, Grazing Reserves As Solution To Herdsmen Violence

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Engineer Babachir David Lawal on Thursday said that the government was going ahead with decision to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country as a solution to the incessant clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and local farmers.
He made the remark while receiving a delegation of Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman Alhaji Abdul Bali, in Abuja.
Lawal, in a statement by the Director (Press) in the office of the SGF Bolaji Adebiyi, also noted that nomads from outside Nigeria have migrated into the country and have been the ones perpetuating most of the crimes on the farmlands.
He assured that government will do the needful to enlighten Fulani Herdsmen on how to make cattle rearing more profitable by utilizing the ranches and reap other social and political benefits that such settlements will offer.
The Foundation, he said, was set up to look into the problem of clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Farmers.
“The foundation, in its submissions, is also convinced that the nomads from other lands are responsible for the senseless killings on the farms and urged the government to strengthen control at our land borders. The foundation is ready to partner with government to bring the situation under control.”

Akwa Ibom To Build Camps In Anticipation Of Flood

Akwa Ibom  State Government has directed the chairmen of 15 local government areas prone to flooding to build camps for rescue of victims in view of anticipated flood.

The State Flood Sensitisation Campaign Team led by the Director of Administration, Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs Ekaette Ekanem, gave the directive yesterday at Itu centre of the campaign.

It was learnt that the state government had already categorised the 15 flood prone local government areas (LGAs) into four groups for purpose of the sensitisation.

The Oron group will comprise Oron, Udung Uko, Mbo, Urue Offong/Oruko and Okobo LGAs while Ibeno group or centre will make up of Eket, Esit Eket, Onna and Ibeno LGAs.

The LGAs in Ikot Abasi group or centre are Mkpat Enin, Eastern Obolo,Ikot Abasi while Itu centre comprises Uruan, Ibiono Ibom and Itu LGAs.

Ekanem said that the state government was working towards providing relief materials to victims of flooding that would be identified by the local council authority during the emergency.

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Nigeria Seeks South Africa’s Cooperation To Build Military Complex

Nigeria is seeking the support of South Africa to build a national industrial military complex, even as both countries are working to prevent illegal defence transactions.

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Danladi Sheni, who revealed this yesterday at the opening of the Nigeria-South Africa Defence Industry Inaugural Seminar (NIGSA 2016), said enhanced military cooperation based on certain legal frameworks could be achieved after the seminar.

Sheni said, “We are looking at the whole gamut of our military cooperation, at the end of it all Nigeria and SA will have a mutually beneficial defence relationship. We also want to see how the SA military establishment will assist us in establishing our own industrial military complex.” According to the top civil servant, besides the military equipment and training that Nigeria stands to benefit, the military industrial complex would create jobs, boost industrialization and on the overall would contribute to the economic enhancement of the country.

Responding, South African Secretary for Defence Sam Gulube said the threats being faced today in Africa and the entire global community require decisive action and cooperation among nations, especially in defence, which is critical.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Army yesterday said it was carrying out a comprehensive forensic audit of all its formations, the operations in the Northeast and other parts of the country.

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. General Yusuf Buratai, who made this known yesterday in Abuja when he received the principal partner of a law firm, St. Francis Xavier Solicitors in his office, said that the Army under his leadership would not tolerate any form of corruption as he has always emphasized the need for basic audit of army accounts.

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Build A Wall If You Want, Mexico Tells Trump

Mexico’s president hit back Sunday at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s claim that if elected, he would make Mexico build a wall along its US border.

The bombastic billionaire has promised to crack down on illegal immigration and insulted Mexican immigrants by calling them rapists, criminals and drug dealers.

As his party’s presumptive presidential candidate, Trump is now eyeing a clash in the November election with his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“There is no way to have Mexico pay (for) the wall. But any decisions inside (the) USA — is a decision of its government,” Pena Nieto told CNN in English.

The Mexican president earlier had said Trump’s campaign pledge was a non-starter, but he did not address the issue as specifically.

Pena Nieto said US-Mexican relations were based on coordination, collaboration and cooperation on security issues.

The Mexican president earlier compared Trump’s rhetoric to the rise of European dictators Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

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Buhari Pledges To Build Nigerian Cities

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Shanghai, China, said his administration would give priority to the building and development of resilient and viable cities comparable with other developed cities across the globe.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President,  Mallam Garba Shehu, said

Buhari spoke at separate meetings with the Mayor of the Chinese city of Shanghai, Mr Yang Xiong and the Director of Shanghai Free Trade Zone, Liu Fangzhou.

Buhari said the Federal Government would give full support to Free Trade and Export Processing Zones in the country to spur rapid economic development.

The President, who visited the Shanghai Free Trade Zone, said Nigeria was prepared to learn “how to make our cities more viable from those that have achieved development.

“We have already identified the development of infrastructure which will bring industries that create jobs and help us to diversify the economy.

“We are going to work hard to achieve these within the period we have in office. Nigerians will see progress and feel the impact,’’ he said.

He commended the hard work and incredible success story of the city of Shanghai, Buhari said the virtues of hard work were central to every human achievement and development.

The Shanghai Mayor expressed the willingness of Chinese businesses to key into the vision of the Chinese President Xi Jinping for Africa by investing in Nigeria.

The statement also quoted the Director of the Free Trade Zone Liu Fangzhou, as commending the effort of the Nigerian government towards the diversification of the economy.

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Police To Build Affordable Houses For Junior Officers Nationwide

Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, says the force has commenced the building of affordable houses nationwide for inspectors and other lower rank officers in its efforts to improve their welfare condition.

Mr Arase announced this on Thursday at the commissioning of the Nigerian Police Force Micro Finance Bank in Kaduna State, North west Nigeria.

The Inspector General of Police, represented by the DIG in-charge of Finance and Administration, Dan’Azumi Doma, disclosed that through the NPF Micro Finance, Officers, rank and file of the Police Force can assess loans which they can use to build their own houses and carter for their families.

While reassuring the determination of the current management of the Nigerian Police Force to improve on the welfare of officers and men, the DIG explained that the housing initiative is targeted to boost the morale of the personnel and make them comfortable even upon retirement.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Umar Shehu and Chairman of the NPF Micro Finance Bank, Azubuko Udah, both urged the police personnel and members of the public to patronize the bank.

The Nigerian Police Force Micro Finance Bank was established in 1992 as a welfare scheme to mobilize funds to carter for the welfare of police officers.

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Dangote To Build 500MW Power Plant

Dangote Plc said, it has concluded preliminary arrangements to build a 500 mega watt (MW) of electricity into the national grid for the people of Kano.

In a statement over the weekend, the group executive director, Stakeholders Management and Corporate Communications, Engineer Mansur Ahmed made this disclosure at the Kano 36th International Trade Fair.

According to him, the new power plan, which is part of the philanthropic gesture of the company is meant to support government’s effort in the provision of electricity for the people in the region and when completed it would benefit Jigawa, Katsina and some parts of Kaduna.

He said the Dangote Foundation was scaling up its charity works across several African countries and has started deepening its philanthropic gestures in the areas of health and education.

He said in the North Eastern part of the country, the Foundation has also provided over a billion naira to support the Internally Displaced Persons(IDPs) and is desirous of addressing the challenges of unemployment in the country.

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Rochas To Build School For Less-Privileged In Adamawa

The Adamawa State government has allocated a large parcel of land to the Rochas Foundation to build a school for the less-privileged.

Governor Jibrilla Bindow said on Sunday, in Yola, that the move was an expression of the government’s sacrifice, in the interest of education.

He called on well-meaning Nigerians to invest more in education, adding that the sector was vital to social development.

He commended Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for the provision of a secondary school for the less-privileged in Adamawa.

He added that the state was one of the educational disadvantaged, assuring him of support from the state government.

The land allotted to the Rochas Fundation was a former golf field.

He said that the public interest surpassed the interest of an individual or group of individuals.

He said the gesture would go a long way in propagating the change the people had been yearning for.

“We can sacrifice anything for education because it is only peace that is as important as education. I commend Governor Rochas Okorocha for this kind gesture and I pray that the lord will grant him success in his future political endeavours. I am calling on well-meaning Nigerians to take a cue from Rochas to invest more in education, especially by supporting the less-privileged…”

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German Company Set To Build N14bn Factory In Lagos

A German investor, Mrs Isabel Knauf, on Monday, expressed the readiness of her company, Knauf Group International, to commence work on a N14 billion manufacturing firm in Lagos State.

Mrs Isabel Knauf, made the disclosure when the German Ambassador, Mr Michael Zenner, led a group of German diplomats and investors on a courtesy visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at Ikeja.

Knauf solicited the support of the governor toward locating a 70 million dollars (N14 billion) building and construction tools manufacturing company in Lagos.

She said that the preference for Lagos was informed by its proximity to ports, availability of gas pipeline and a ready market.

“We are looking to invest and build a factory here and we want your support. We have been to Lekki Sea Port and want to proceed on investing straight off.

“I wish to express our interest in investing about 70 million US dollars in construction tools factory in Lagos for the first stage,” Knauf said.

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FG May Build New Refineries- Kachikwu

The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Emmanuel Ibe- Kachikwu, on Wednesday, in Kaduna State said the Federal Government would consider establishing new refineries for optimal performance of the oil sector.

Kachikwu stated this while addressing energy correspondents shortly after he was conducted round the Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Company (KRPC) in Kaduna.

The GMD said the NNPC was working to get the refineries across the country to work to their optimal production with “new business modules, new commercial modules and new approach on how we can get to where we should be.

“What is obtainable is that most of our refineries are close to 30 to 40 years old, we need to begin to look at building new refineries in the same land space where they can share facilities so that you will have something to lean on when these old ones are beginning to kick out…”

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