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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday declared that the resolution of conflict situations in African countries remains a key component in the overall development of the continent.

He spoke during the opening session of the ongoing Aswan Forum for Sustainable Peace and Development in Africa in Egypt and was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST by his spokesman, Femi Adesina.

According to Buhari: “As Africans, it is important to focus on the issues of conflict prevention and resolution. Conflicts have devastating effects on our societies and they militate against our progress. In this regard, the need to silence the guns cannot be overemphasized.”

Buhari equally emphasized that massive investment in transportation infrastructure was necessary for African economic resurgence as this would facilitate the African Free Trade Area Agreement recently signed on by the continental leaders.

“Africa should embark on the provision of transport connectivity by enhancing the development of roads, rail, and air links which will ease the free movement of persons, goods and services within the continent. In this regard, we in have already commenced an aggressive drive to upgrade our rail transport system and road networks across the country.

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“We should furthermore promote free trade within and amongst Africa and Africans especially now that we have launched the African Free Trade Area Agreement,” he said.

In order to realize its Pan-African vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic in the global arena, President Buhari declared: “We in Nigeria have already taken the strategic decision to bring down barriers that have hindered the free movement of our people within the continent by introducing the issuance of visa at the point of entry into Nigeria to all persons holding passports of African countries with effect from January 2020.”

The Nigerian leader also stated that Africa must take its destiny in its own hands by minimizing reliance on donor funding for the execution of its vital peace, security and development agenda.

According to him, “Nigeria is not only a host to our sub-regional body ECOWAS but has also been supporting substantially the ECOWAS budget up to about 60 per cent.

“Nigeria has been funding by almost at 100 per cent the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) fighting Terrorists in the Lake Chad Basin.”

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President Buhari also harped on the fight against corruption and inclusive growth: “The menace of corruption undermines our efforts to achieve sustainable development and realize the goals of the AU Agenda 2063. It is also important to attach great priority to the promotion of good and inclusive governance as we equally strive to empower our women and youth.”

The President once again used the opportunity to draw global attention to the recession of the Lake Chad and its attendant economic consequences for the region.

“The issue of climate change should be given the due attention that it deserves. The effects of Climate Change are at the root of some of the conflicts in parts of the continent. This is we must focus on the issue of recharging the Lake Chad which used to provide a livelihood to over forty million people in the region. It is difficult to expect durable stability in the region without restoration of the shrinking lake.

He urged African leaders to see as a key tool for the transformation and repositioning of our continent, saying, “Africa would need to heavily invest in and capacity building. creates opportunities and holds the key for a better and prosperous future of our people.”

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The President added that his administration was, “ pursuing the diversification of our through the development of agriculture and mineral resources, the promotion of manufacturing sector and the creation of job opportunities for our teeming youths. By so doing, we will also discourage the irregular migration of our youth out of the continent through dangerous journeys.”

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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South African superstores, Shoprite Holdings Limited, has stated it will auction its outlets in , The Nation can report.

The decision, it said, was informed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which it said has affected businesses worldwide.

In its “Operational and Voluntary Trading Update (52 Weeks Ended 28 June 2020)” released on Monday, the megastores with presence in virtually all parts of Nigeria said the retail supermarkets arm will be disposed.

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The update reads: “Following approaches from various potential investors, and in line with our re-evaluation of the Group’s operating model in Nigeria, the Board has decided to initiate a formal process to consider the potential sale of all, or a majority stake, in Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of Shoprite International Limited.

“As such, Retail Supermarkets Nigeria Limited may be classified as a discontinued operation when Shoprite reports its results for the year. Any further updates will be provided to the market at the appropriate time.”

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Order Buhari To Publish Details Of Govt Loans Since 2015, SERAP Tasks Court

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THE Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to order Muhammadu to “publish details of loans that have been obtained by the government since May 29,  2015, including the interest rate, the total amount of debts so far incurred by this government as well as details of the  projects on which the loans have been spent.”

Joined as respondents in the suit number FHC/ABJ/ CS/785/2020 are the Attorney- General of the Federation and  Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Ms Zainab Ahmed, and the director-general of the Debt Management Office, Ms Patience Oniha.

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SERAP is seeking “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to tell Nigerians the names of countries and bodies that have given the loans, specific repayment conditions and whether any public officer solicited and/or received bribes in the negotiations for any of the loans and if there is a plan to audit the spending of the loans to resolve any allegation of mismanagement and corruption.

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SERAP is also asking the court to “direct and compel President Buhari to tell Nigerians if he would instruct the  Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes  Commission (EFCC) to monitor the spending of all loans obtained since May 2015.”

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