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Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Summit Adopts Action Plan 2023-2026

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President Vladimir Putin of Russia and African leaders at the 2nd Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Summit in St. Petersburg Russia.
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The 2nd Russia-Africa Economic and Humanitarian Summit has ended with a declaration to address common challenges and deepen relationship between Russia and African countries.

The event held on Thursday and Friday, 27th and 28th July, 2023 respectively in St Petersburg and recorded the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Russia and Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on basic principles of relations and cooperation. adsbygoogle || []).push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Also, there was an MoU between Russia and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) on basic principles of relations and cooperation.

At the joint declaration at the end of the event, the two sides committed to strengthen dialogue partnership and cooperation on a wide range of areas.

They include politics, security, economics and humanitarian issues, in the interests of greater mutual benefits and prosperity.

Along the usual reiteration of the need for free and fair trade practices, they agreed to identify economic sectors in Russia and Africa to implement mutual trade support measures, elaborate sector development programmes and enhance trade relations.

Highlighting the St. Petersburg Declaration endorsed by the leaders, President Vladimir Putin of Russia said it enshrined strategic dimensions for development of cooperation between Russia and African states for the long term.

According to Putin, the commitment of all of the states to shape a just and democratic multipolar world order has been confirmed.

“A world order based on universal principles of international law and the UN Charter.

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“The declaration reflects common commitment to contrary near colonialism, use of illegitimate sanctions, attempts to undermine traditional moral values.

“The Sochi agreement has been confirmed that Russian African summits will be held once every three years.

“In between the summits between Russia and Africa, there will be a mechanism of dialect partnership put in place.

“There will be regular political consultations between Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Russia, African States and the leadership of the African Union.

“It is also planned to establish a new permanent Russian African mechanism to coordinate on the matters of security.

“This includes such relevant topics as fight against terrorism and extremism, food security, information technology, non-placement of weapons in outer space and climate change.

“It is very telling that many constructive ideas and useful practical notions were expressed by our African friends during today’s meetings.

“Naturally, we’ll take them into consideration,’’ the President said.

Putin further explained that representatives of African states showed political will and demonstrated their independence and interest in developing cooperation with Russia.

“We appreciate that and we are convinced that there is a successful future for Russian African relations.

“This is based on traditions of time tested friendship, as well as history of multifaceted and fruitful cooperation that dates back to the early period of African countries building their statehood,’’ he said.

Putin also said that the summit confirmed the firm commitment both by Russia and Africa to further develop and fighting new forms and new spheres of mutually beneficial partnership.

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“In this context, it is very telling that the outcome of our work is the adoption of impressive package of joint documents,’’ he said.

The President said that many spheres of Russian African cooperation have resulted in separate declarations which spell out their harmonised approaches and benchmarks for further joint actions.

According to him, the decisions of St. Petersburg Summit are set out in a large scale 2026 action plan.

“Its goal is to quantitatively and qualitatively improve bilateral trade and its structure.

“We’re also talking about consistently transitioning to financial settlements and commercial deals to national currencies, including Ruble to eliminate trade barriers,’’ Putin said.

On his part, the Chairperson of the AU and President of the Union of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, said that Africa had put in place an enabling environment for investments.

He said that Africa intended to have multiple partners critical for rapid development of the continent.

“We’re not going to have one sole partner. We will have multiple partners. If we have two or three partners, it is even better because they will attract more new partners.”

He said the setting up of the African Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was a good model that would facilitate trade in Africa.

“We are setting up a free trade area in Africa. We believe this is a very good model which will help us make headway and develop further.

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“As chairperson of the AU, I can do what I can in order to accelerate the establishment of the AfCFTA.

“And I am sure that with Russia’s support we will be able to implement this project and achieve tangible results,’’ he said.

Assoumani sued for peace between Russia and Ukraine.

“The Russian president has demonstrated his willingness to help us with the supplies of grains, it is important maybe that is not enough.

“What we need is a cease fire because war is always unpredictable, the longer it lasts the more unpredictable it becomes.

“President Putin has shown us he is ready in dialogue and search for solutions and we need to convince the other party and I hope that we will be able to do that,’’ he said. 

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Eid-El-Fitr: ICDA North Central Coordinator Urges Muslim Faithfuls To Abide By Ramadan Lessons

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The Igala Cultural And Development Association, ICDA North Central Coordinator, Prince Oruma Musa has sent a message of congratulations to Igala muslim faithfulls in the North-central as they celebrate the eid-el-fitr. push({});

Prince Oruma congratulate Igala muslims as they completed the Ramadan fasting urging them to continue to abide by the teachings during the ramadan fasting.

“The patience and perseverance exercised during ramadan fasting is a sacrifice that will be rewarded with blessings from Allah”, he said.

He further express shock over the sudden death of former governor of Kogi State, Alh Idris Wada son, Mohammed Ibrahim Idris who died after eid-el prayer at his Abuja residence.

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The deceased was a former member of House of Representative, represented Omala, Ankpa and Olamaboro in the 7th Assembly.

In a message conveyed by special adviser on media, Prince Abdulrahman Obaje, Prince Oruma said he is deepely saddened by the death of Muhammed.

“On behalf of myself and the good people of the Igala Kingdom, North-central Zone, I wish to express our deep condolence over the death of your son, I am deeply saddened by his death. He is a young Nigerian full of promises for the future of Nigeria”. He said.

He said the death has created a vacuum that will be difficult to fill, urging the family he left behind to take solace in the fact that the late Muhammed live a life worthy of emulation.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah grant the dead eternal rest in Aljanat Firdaos.

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He further reiterate his commitment towards the advancement of ICDA , saying that we should all intesify prayers and commitment, while all hands on deck to see that ICDA get out of its current predicament.

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Investigative Journalists Group, NGIJ Hails Aderinokun on Appointment as Head of Media at Access Corp

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Investigative Journalists Group, the Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists NGIJ has extended a warm congratulations to Mr. Kunle Aderinokun on his appointment as the new Head of Media and Public Relations at Access Corporation. adsbygoogle || []). push({});

In a statement released on Tuesday in Lagos signed by Ayoyemi Mojoyinola, the National President and Israel Bolaji, the National Vice President of NGIJ, the guild described Aderinokun as a versatile journalist, banker, business analyst, media expert and arts enthusiast who would bring his rich years of experience to bear on the new role.

“NGIJ recognises the appointment of Mr. Aderinokun as a significant development, as his decades of robust experience across the media and financial industry undoubtedly be a valuable asset to Access Corporation and the nation.

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“His extensive knowledge, exposure, intellect and expertise in media and finance make him a well-suited candidate for this position

“The NGIJ is confident that Mr. Aderinokun’s appointment will further to the growth and success of Access Corporation. We look forward to witnessing his impactful contributions to the organisation’s media and public relations endeavours,” the statement noted.

Prior to his appointment at Access Corporation, Mr. Aderinokun held various key positions in prestigious organizations. He began his career at First Marina Trust Ltd as an MIS and Account, followed by a role as an Analyst at Wall Street Trust Company.

Subsequently, he served as a Banking Officer at United Bank for Africa Plc and later founded Pure Synergy. At ThisDay Newspaper Group, he distinguished himself as an Associate Editor and Group Business Editor, responsible for editing and writing compelling business stories and analyses.

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Mr. Aderinokun holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Ilorin and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos. His educational background, coupled with his extensive professional experience, equips him with a comprehensive understanding of the business landscape.

The Nigerian Guild of Investigative Journalists (NGIJ) is a professional body that promotes investigative journalism, ethical standards, and accountability in Nigeria. The guild comprises seasoned journalists who are committed to upholding the principles of integrity, fairness, and accuracy in their work.

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ICDA Chairman, Abubakar Sadiq Debunks Rumours of Unpopular Movement, Calls for Prayers

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Igala Cultural and Development Association (ICDA) National President, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq has debunk rumour making the round on social media that the leadership of the apex social-cultural group of the Igala nation (ICDA) has approved an unpopular movement. push({}); adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Abubakar made this known in his first podcast after the Kogi governorship election held November 11th, 2023 and received by The Informavores!, saying that he did not hold any meeting with anybody approving any unpopular movement.

In his message that was passed in Igala Language and roughly translated, he said in part that, “There is rumour making the round and our people have been calling me left and right concerning some people that ICDA held meeting with or append signature for approval so that they can go to VIPs of Kogi State. “

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”All that rumour is not true. We did not hold meeting with anybody and ICDA did not sign any agreement of approval with anybody”.

“And there is no any Igala son/daughter in this trial time that would volunteer to lead such movement. For this reason, as far as we are concern, all that rumour is not true”

“And so, don’t be deceived and misled by mischief makers.”

Recall that the Kogi State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja in the petition filed by Social Democratic Party, SDP and its candidate, Muritala Ajaka is still ongoing and the rumoured movement may not be unconnected with it.

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Abubakar further revealed and reassured that preparation is in top gear to elect new executives members that would pilot the affairs of ICDA in a short period of time.

He concluded his message with prayers and admonish the teaming populace to be more prayerful and steadfast.

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