‘Nigerian Soldiers Coming, But Not For Elections’

first_imgCOAS Lt/Gen. Buratai briefs newsmen during the Nigeria Army Combat Arms training week in Bauchi, Nan.Defense Ministry: No soldiers for elections but they will come ahead of elections under UNMIL and stay until after inauguration. Coincidentally.The Defense Ministry in Monrovia yesterday confirmed the deployment of Nigerian soldiers to Liberia, but said, “The soldiers are being deployed to carry out regular rotation of its troops, (and) that has nothing to do with the upcoming elections.”In a release issued yesterday, Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs, David Kadiker Dahn, said contrary to Wednesday’s report of the deployment of 230 Nigerian soldiers to beef up security during and after Liberia’s upcoming elections, the deployment of the Nigerian contingent is instead under the banner of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).The deployment, according to the release, is a normal and regular part of UNMIL’s troop rotation. The Nigerian troops will land in Liberia on August 12  and will remain until the end of their tour of duty in March 2018, thereby sealing the official rotation of the Nigerian contingent in Liberia under UNMIL.The Ministry categorically refutes all earlier quotations ascribed to Assistant Minister Dahn, adding, “Being fully aware of (compartmentalization) within the security sector, Minister Dahn, during a telephone call placed to him by reporter Cewhy Kwanue on August 2 regarding Nigerian troops expected in the country for elections, advised the reporter to seek direct clarity from Brownie J. Samukai, the Minister of National Defense, but unfortunately the reporter did not contact the minister, but rather went on to publish concocted information.”A recent edition of Nigeria Vanguard newspaper reported, however, that the Nigerian Army is to deploy 230 personnel, comprising 19 officers and 211 soldiers, to Liberia to “maintain peace and stability” during the upcoming October elections. The paper quoted that country’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lieutenant-General Tukur Buratai, who allegedly made the disclosure while briefing journalists during Nigeria’s Army Combat at Arms Training Week in Bauchi, Kaduna, the state capital of north-western Nigeria.He is reported to have charged the soldiers to shun acts that have the ability to tarnish Nigeria’s image while on their tour of duty in Liberia. “You must observe human rights, and respect the cultural and religious sensitivity of Liberians,” Buratai is quoted as having said. According to the Vanguard, the army chief said since 1960, Nigeria has deployed over 20,000 troops to 40 peacekeeping missions in Africa, including Liberia, and across the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The BRICS Development Bank – How will it support African business and regional integration?

first_imgRoundtable discussion held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Sandton, on Tuesday, 25th September 2012. Taking into account the rather unsatisfying track record of the Bretton Woods Institutions to address the needs of developing countries, and the institutions’ inability to find appropriate and effective solutions to the global financial crisis, the concept of a BRICS Development Bank – the proposal which was made at the 4th BRICS Leaders Summit in New Delhi in March 2012 – presents the opportunity for emerging economies to reshape the global financial architecture and to contribute to the reform of these institutions.Although the concept of a BRICS Development Bank is still being studied by a working group of the BRICS Finance Ministers, there are expectations, that the formation of such a bank could assist the African continent to realise much needed infrastructure projects and unlock the continent’s economic potential.Discussion document [PDF 200Kb]last_img read more

South African innovation sets pace for mining industry

first_img9 February 2015In today’s globalised world, the adoption of technology is increasingly essential for companies to be highly competitive and to prosper.The technological readiness pillar of the South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) measures the agility with which the economy adopts existing technologies to enhance the productivity of its industries. No industry or sector is immune from the growing need to use innovation as a competitive advantage.The mining sector is one of South Africa’s oldest industries. The country’s economic outlook and particularly the outlook for the mining sector comes under the spotlight at the annual Mining Indaba. It is currently under way at the Cape Town Convention Centre, running from 9 to 12 February.Mining accounts for 12% of total investment in the South African economy. When indirect multipliers are considered, the total fixed investment in the South African economy flowing from mining activity reaches a significant 25% of total investment.AdvantagesSouth Africa is ranked as the best Brics economy in terms of availability of the latest technologies, and it is ranked highly in terms of technological readiness. Being proactive in adapting to new technology will help South Africa achieve its economic growth and development goals, and enhances perceptions about its ability to be competitive.AziSAAs hosts of the Mining Indaba, the country must reflect on how technologically savvy we are in terms of the mining industry.The mining industry is the third largest sector in the South African economy, after the agriculture and industrial manufacturing sectors. It accounts for approximately 8% of GDP and creates approximately 1-million jobs (500 000 direct and 500 000 indirect).The development of new technologies benefits every aspect of the mineral industry – exploration, mining, mineral processing, beneficiation, health and safety, as well as environmental issues. Technology development needs to be focused on those areas that are critical to the entire value chain.To address some of the challenges associated with labour-intensive drill-and-blast mining, as conducted on the major South African gold and platinum mines, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed architecture called AziSA, an isiZulu word meaning “to inform”.Drill-and-blast mining is often not tightly managed because of the lack of good information about what is going on underground. As a result, mining operations tend to be dangerous and unhealthy, as well as expensive. A shortage of appropriately skilled workers also leads to human resource challenges.AziSA is intended primarily for the design of systems that will operate in underground mining environments where there is limited power and communications infrastructure.Read more about the CSIR’s AziSA architecture [PDF]Mechanised miningMechanised mining seeks to use machinery to drill and extract minerals and metals. The technology helps to increase South Africa’s competitiveness by increasing productivity and upskilling miners who are trained to operate and maintain highly specialised equipment.Mechanisation is also used to reduce the threat of physical harm to people, as well as create greater access to reserves that would otherwise be too dangerous to explore.While the South African mining industry has had its fair share of challenges recently, it is committed to using technology and innovation to ensure it keeps pace with global industry standards. In some areas, especially robotics and mechanisation, South Africa is setting global industry standards.Menell is a Brand South Africa board memberlast_img read more

Brian Hill to fill Senate vacancy

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rep. Brian Hill of Zanesville was recently selected to the Ohio Senate to fill the vacancy created by U.S. Rep. Troy Balderson’s election to Congress. Previously serving the 97th District, Rep. Hill will now represent Fairfield, Hocking, Morgan, Muskingum and Guernsey counties, as well as portions of Pickaway and Athens counties.As a farmer himself, Rep. Hill has been a good leader and advocate for family farmers in the state. He’s had a sound, science-based approach to issues, and stayed focused on building partnerships among all stakeholders during his tenure as the Chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Committee.“We congratulate Rep. Hill on his new position,” said Scott Metzger, Ohio Soybean Association president and Ross County soybean farmer. “We’ve enjoyed working closely with him in the House and look forward to continuing that work with him in the Senate.”House Republicans will now select a successor to Rep. Hill in the 97th District.last_img read more

Congress taps farmer resentment

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Ailments slow down Gilas star

first_imgRobredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Victories over China and Iraq allowed the Filipinos to stay away from world power Australia, which could go on to clash with either New Zealand or defending champion China on the way to the title match.Standhardinger skipped the team’s practice on Saturday and watched his teammates in the shootaround on Sunday leading to the 9 p.m. clash with the winless Qataris.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Fil-German’s injury cropped up on the day that the 6-foot-10 June Mar Fajardo finally joined the team in practice after sitting out the first two games because of a calf injury.Standhardinger has been a force in the middle for Gilas despite being only 6-foot-8, averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo from Fiba.comWith the next Gilas Pilipinas game in the Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut not to happen until Wednesday at the earliest, Christian Standhardinger will have some time to recover from a severe stiff neck and a bruised shoulder.The Filipinos were to face Qatar at press time on Sunday night. Even with a loss, they will advance straight into the quarterfinals where they will clash with either Lebanon or Jones Cup tormentor South Korea for a place in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albertos finish 1-2 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View commentslast_img read more