New Angolan ambassador to the UAE hands over credentials for accreditation

The new ambassador of Angola to the United Arab Emirates, Júlio Gomes Maiato, on Wednesday presented his credentials, in Abu Dhabi, to the President of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.On the occasion, the Angolan diplomat highlighted the high le…

The new ambassador of Angola to the United Arab Emirates, Júlio Gomes Maiato, on Wednesday presented his credentials, in Abu Dhabi, to the President of the UAE, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

On the occasion, the Angolan diplomat highlighted the high level of co-operation between the two states, having underscored the willingness to reinforce the ties of friendship and co-operation in various areas, but with emphasis on economic and entrepreneurial issues.

A press note from the embassy, which has reached ANGOP, states that the two countries intend to boost commercial exchanges and the number of investors, as well as increase the co-operation agreements.

ANGOP has learnt that in the same ceremony, sixteen other diplomats were also accredited.

The note states that the embassy in the UAE also represents Angola in Kuwait, Kingdom of Bahrein, Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as in the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) headquarted in Abu Dhabi.

The diplomatic relations between Angola and the UAE were formally established on 11 January 1977.

Angola and the UAE are members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and have co-operation relations in areas like oil, gas, and agriculture, among others

Source: Angola Press News Agency

Minimum wage: Reps will ensure Nigerians get survival package – Speaker

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Tajudeen Abbas, says lawmakers will ensure that Nigerians get a survival wage that can take them home in the ongoing minimum wage review.Abbas, who was represented by Hon. Busayo Oluwole-Oke, represe…

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Tajudeen Abbas, says lawmakers will ensure that Nigerians get a survival wage that can take them home in the ongoing minimum wage review.

Abbas, who was represented by Hon. Busayo Oluwole-Oke, representing Obokun/Oriade Federal Constituency, made the pledge on Tuesday, in Abuja at the National Policy Dialogue on Corruption, Social Norms and Behaviour Change in Nigeria.

The event was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practice and Other related Offences Commission (ICPC) in collaboration with Anti- Corruption Academy of Nigeria, supported by MacArthur Foundation.

The speaker, who pledged legislators’ support to the ICPC in its fight against corruption, however, said that factors that encouraged or promoted the menace must be dealt with.

“We must acknowledge that there are different factors that influence the attitude or action of citizens to indulge in corruption.

“For instance, the question around a survival wage system is a big factor.

“A situation where the take home pay of a large segment of the population is unable to take them home is a recipe for all manners of corruption.

“This is why the House of Representatives is particularly interested in the ongoing review of minimum wage in the country. The House this time around will ensure that Nigerians get a survival wage that could take them home,” he said.

He said that in many societies, where corruption is on a low scale, there are social safety nets that guarantee protection for the people and Nigeria had the capacity to do the same.

“As lawmakers, there is often a significant societal pressure and expectation placed upon us to provide various services, assistance, and functions that may fall outside the scope of legislative responsibilities.

“I am sure we are familiar with the level of pressure Legislators undergo owing to a deluge of request for financial and corollary assistance from our Constituents.

“Make no mistakes about it, this pressure is a fall out from the prevailing poverty rate, precipitated by the factors mentioned above,” he said.

According to him, while changing social norms is essential for combating corruption effectively, we must equally address those circumstances that inform those behaviours.

“Behaviour change interventions aim to challenge existing norms and promote ethical behaviour.

“These interventions can take various forms, including awareness campaigns, education programmes, value reorientation, community engagement initiatives, and legal reforms.

“By targeting social norms and promoting ethical behaviour, it is possible to create an environment where corruption is less tolerated and more strongly condemned,” he said.

The Speaker said that it was not enough to advocate change of attitude or behaviour, there must be deliberate policy of government in this regard.

Abbas said that the policy had to address a living wage for citizens and close the gap created by governance failure.

“Let me state that curbing corruption in Nigeria through social norms and behavior change requires a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach.

“By targeting social norms, raising awareness, strengthening institutions, promoting ethical leadership, and implementing effective legal measures, social security policy,

“It is possible to create a society where corruption is less tolerated and more actively combated,” he said.

In the same vein, the President of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, represented by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dr. Saviour Enyiekere, said fighting corruption was a complex and multifaceted challenge.

“However, we must keep harping on the need to fight corruption and also, point out strategies that will help out country to give the fight all the push that it deserves.

“For me, tackling corruption involves transparency and accountability; it is also about strengthening the legal frameworks.

“Nigeria is not lacking in such legal frameworks and the 10th Senate under my leadership is positioned to bridge any existing legislative gaps in the fight against corruption.

“However, institutions like the ICPC must enforce comprehensive anti-corruption laws that criminalize corrupt activities, establish clear guidelines for ethical behaviours,” he said.

According to him, the extant laws of Nigeria have provided for the independence of the judiciary and effective law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute corruption cases.

He also stressed the need to develop the courage to promote a culture of ethics and integrity in our schools.

“This is because fostering a culture of ethics and integrity in the society through education and awareness campaigns will help to promote such values as honesty and transparency and accountability from an early age.

“We must make deliberate efforts to encourage Civil Society organizations, the media, and educational institutions to play active roles in promoting ethical behaviours as well.

“We must also seek new ways of fostering active and engaged civil Society that can hold governments at all levels accountable,” he said .

He said that “if we must win the war on corruption, we must also improve on our financial transparency rating by promoting responsible business practices, and strict enforcement of anti-corruption procedures in both public and private sectors.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Attijaniyya urges Niger junta to initiate transition plan for restoration of democracy

Jami’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya, an Islamic organisation, has urged the Niger military junta to develop a comprehensive transition plan for the restoration of democratic governance in the country.The National Secretary of the group, Malam Muhammad …

Jami’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya, an Islamic organisation, has urged the Niger military junta to develop a comprehensive transition plan for the restoration of democratic governance in the country.

The National Secretary of the group, Malam Muhammad Yahaya, made the call at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja.

“We appeal to the military rulers in Niger to abide by the Islamic principles and immediately initiate a dialogue with all the political stakeholders, including the representatives of the deposed government, opposition leaders and the Civil Society Organisations.

“This inclusive dialogue should aim to develop a comprehensive transition plan that leads to the restoration of democratic governance in Niger,” he said.

Yahaya emphasised the need for the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) to focus more attention to a peaceful resolution of the political crisis in Niger.

“We urge our leaders to exhaust all diplomatic channels to engage the military leadership in Niger by emphasising the importance of respecting democratic processes, the restoration of constitutional order and the rights of the Nigerien people.”

He called on the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) to support ECOWAS in its efforts to address political crisis in Niger, noting that both UN and AU charters uphold the principles of peace, security and respect for human rights.

“We firmly believe in the principles of ECOWAS, AU and the UN charters and most importantly in the teachings of Islam, which call for peaceful resolution of conflict through dialogue and mutual respect for each other.

“We also firmly support the preservation of basic human rights and dignities of all humanity regardless of ethnicity, religious, regional or social status. That is the true teachings of Islam.

“We, as an organisation, hold strong reservation about the military coup in Niger Republic, which has undermined democratic process and disregarded the will of the people.”

He, however, said that it was imperative that everyone desirous of a peaceful solution should address the crisis in a manner that adhere to the Islamic principles of peace, equity, fairness and justice.

“We, therefore, call on the leadership of ECOWAS, especially our respected President Bola Tinubu, to continue with their commitment to dialogue with the Niger military junta, as a preferred option.

“Let the use of force be the last resort which may not be used at all. Already, Niger and all her neighbours, including some part of Nigeria, are going through untold hardship and misery.”

He commended the selfless efforts of the President General of the Jami’iyyatu Ansariddeen Attijaniyya, Khalifa Muhammadu Sanusi II, for being the first to initiate a dialogue with the Niger military junta’.

He also commended other Islamic clerics in the country for their tireless efforts toward ensuring peaceful resolution of the crisis in Niger.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

NNPP tasks members on victory in future elections

The New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) has urged its members to be creative by devising initiatives and ideas that can drive the party to victory in subsequent elections.The NNPP Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abba Ali, gave the advice in Abuja on Sat…

The New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) has urged its members to be creative by devising initiatives and ideas that can drive the party to victory in subsequent elections.

The NNPP Acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abba Ali, gave the advice in Abuja on Saturday at an Emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the party.

Ali appealed to all members of the party to eschew violence and crisis by towing the line of peace to resolve any form of disagreement at all times.

“Therefore, I want us as leaders of the party to be receptive to the ongoing restructuring of the party as it is with the view to further entrench and reposition the Party in accordance with the current

status.

“As political conscious Nigerians, who have determined to rescue the country from political decadence and long years of mis-governance, I implore every one of us to be creative by devising initiatives and ideas that can drive the party to victory in subsequent elections.

“I want to sincerely appreciate the efforts of the National Leader of our great party, Sen. Rabiu Musa-Kwakwanso, NWC, States leadership and other critical stakeholders of the party for your concerted efforts.

“This is a clear demonstration of the readiness of the Party to showcase our collective potentials as a huge Force any time, any day, ” he said.

Also, the Forum of Chairmen of NNPP led by Dr Tosin Odeyemi said that

steps taken by the leadership of the party were commendable.

“We want the whole world to know that the steps taken by the Leadership of our party to restructure the Party for better outings in subsequent elections, is superb and a welcome development.

“It may interest you to know that part of this restructuring is what led to the dissolution of the Executives of some States that have petitions hanging on them to give room for proper investigations.

“We wish to state here that the dissolution of these States’ Executives is just to investigate the petitions against them and if they have no skeleton in their cupboards, they will be vindicated and reinstated after the investigation.

“The affected States include Ekiti, Enugu, Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Kwara, Rivers and Zamfara.

“What is expected of them is to face the Disciplinary Committee with their defence, clear themselves of allegations.

In his remarks, the National Secretary of NNPP, Mr Dipo Olayoku, said that the party planed to redesign its logo,” he said.

According to him, it is an open secret that the party’s current logo affected our fortunes in the last election.

“It’s for this reason, we have commenced the process of redesigning the logo.

“We are using this medium to call for suggestions from our members and friends, on how to come up with a logo that will meet the aspirations of our members and Nigerians in general,” he said.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Seychelles National Assembly votes for amendments to law for creation of Postal Regulator

The Seychelles National Assembly on Wednesday voted for several amendments to the Postal Sector Act aimed at reinforcing it and giving it the necessary framework.The proposed amendment Bill was presented to the National Assembly by Naadir Hassan, the …

The Seychelles National Assembly on Wednesday voted for several amendments to the Postal Sector Act aimed at reinforcing it and giving it the necessary framework.

The proposed amendment Bill was presented to the National Assembly by Naadir Hassan, the Minister of Finance, National Planning and Trade.

In his presentation, Hassan said that the Postal Sector Act came into force in November 2010 and that it is important to recognise that the sector has become very important for the development and growth of the Seychelles economy.

“In the globalisation context and the growth of the digital economy, this sector has a great role to play. This means that it is important […] for us to fix the legal structures in place to accomplish this objective,” said Hassan.

Through the amendments approved by 28 members of the National Assembly, the Postal Regulator will be responsible to issue licences.

The amendments will also introduce several elements among which is to establish conditions for the duration and the renewal and removal of licence.

The Postal Regulator will also be responsible for the licensees and its functions and powers will be reinforced.

Other amendments include putting in place a clear administrative framework for the appointment of the chief executive officer, staff and the account of the Postal Regulator; establishing a mechanism to address appeal cases and reinforcing the offence and actions section.

Hassan said that “It is good to note that while working on modernising the law, we have made sure that we took into account the best practice and international standards.”

He said that this amendment was discussed with operators and it includes their contribution.

“With these amendments, it is clear that we will have a stronger Postal Regulator and it will be better able to discharge its responsibility as per its mandate,” said the Minister.

He said that as the government reinforces capacity and the necessary appointments necessary for the Regulator to function, an educational programme will be done so that everyone will know more about the changes and what they will bring to the country.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Good governance: Seychelles takes part in APRM with African counterparts

Seychelles has joined 14 other members of the African continent to share experiences and look for ways to better implement the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) reviewing process in their respective countries.The APRM was set up in 2003 when African…

Seychelles has joined 14 other members of the African continent to share experiences and look for ways to better implement the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) reviewing process in their respective countries.

The APRM was set up in 2003 when African heads of state and government took an unprecedented decision to subject themselves, on a voluntary basis, to a self-assessment process to review progress.

“The essence of APRM is to ensure that our countries are well governed, respecting the principles of accountability, transparency, human rights protection so that we can have a peaceful and secure developed continent,” said Dr Rachel Mukamunana, director of country review at APRM headquarters following a meeting in Seychelles.

She added that since there are certain countries that are not yet there and that is the context for organising the workshop “to encourage those that have not embarked on the self-assessment to do so in particular of the context of the challenging times.”

In his address to officially launch the event, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Tourism, Sylvestre Radegonde, said that Seychelles became the 40th member of the APRM upon its accession to it in February 2020.

“However, owing to different circumstances, including the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not yet been able to set up our national structures. We hope that through this workshop – through exchanges and knowledge-sharing with other participants – we will be able to address this matter very soon.”

There are 43 member states of which 26 have gone through the self-assessment and have been peeraged by the heads of state and government.

Recent news on the African continent has shown an increase in certain unrest to which Dr Mukamunana said,” We are seeing something that we can describe as a setback in terms of democratic gains, but we need to understand why we are experiencing those setbacks.”

She added that there have been improvements over the last 20 years as a result of the APRM.

“You know that the matter of governance is not something you do and you are done – it’s a continuous improvement, and that’s why we need to continue to forge on and to come together as member states,” said Dr Mukamunana.

“As you know we have the African Union vision, what we call the Agenda 2063, where we think the continent will be prosperous and peaceful,” she added.

The APRM is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by AU member states as an African self-monitoring mechanism. The APRM is often described as “Africa’s unique and innovative approach to governance” with the objective of improving governance dynamics at the local, national and continental levels.

Source: Seychelles News Agency