- Apapa Customs Generates N210 Billion in Seven Months
Apapa customs reported that a total of 343,471 metric tons of agricultural products, mineral resources and other exportable products with Free on Board (FOB) value of N57 billion were exported through the port between January and July 2018.
According to the outgoing Controller of the command, Comptroller Jubrin Musa, the port generated N210 billion in revenue during the period, representing an increase of 6.9 percent from the N196.7 billion generated in the corresponding period of 2017.
Musa, who handed over to the newly appointed Controller, Comptroller Abubakar Bashir in Lagos attributed the improvement to the newly introduced NICIS 11 platform.
“The improved revenue profile of the command within the last three months attests to the fact that the NCS is at her best season as far as the statutory role of revenue collection is concern,” Musa said.
“Through the NICIS 11, revenue leakages and human related errors and other clearing process abuses are reduced to the barest minimum.”
“We have put in place different strategies for more efficient and seamless cargo clearance. Such reinvigorated strategies include thorough documentary checks, continuous stakeholders’ engagement for wilful compliance and 100 percent physical examination of cargo,” Musa added.
Rotary-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia Awarded US$6 Million
To help end a leading cause of illness and death in the southern African country of Zambia, a Rotary club-led initiative aims to save and improve lives by empowering community health workers to test, diagnose and treat malaria.
Malaria, a preventable disease caused by a parasite spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes, disproportionately affects children under the age of five and pregnant women in rural populations.
To help end malaria in Zambia, The Rotary Foundation, World Vision USA and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will each contribute $2 million for the Rotary-led Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia program. This $6 million program will add 2,500 community health workers to the national health system in Zambia, allowing for effective malaria diagnosis and treatment for more than 1.3 million people in ten of the most highly affected districts in Central and Muchinga provinces.
“By empowering community health workers, more people in areas with little to no access to health care will now be reached by trusted members of their communities,” said Bill Feldt, member of the Rotary Club of Federal Way in Washington, USA, who spearheaded the program. “This proven health care delivery model is effective and financially sustainable, and will bring lasting protection by reducing and eliminating this disease at the local level.”
Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia takes Rotary members’ commitment to eliminate malaria to the next level by building a longer-term, multi-stakeholder partnership on the ground in Zambia with the National Malaria Elimination Centre, provincial health leadership, PATH MACEPA and World Vision Zambia. Martha Lungu, executive director for Malaria Partners Zambia, an affiliate of Malaria Partners International, and member of the Rotary Club of Ndola (Zambia) said, “Every day I witness firsthand the effects of malaria. This program demonstrates that Rotary members are true partners in our communities and are focused on supporting community health workers to help loosen the grip malaria has on the Zambian people.”
Partners for a Malaria-Free Zambia is the first awardee for Rotary’s Programs of Scale grant. In an annual competitive grant process, The Rotary Foundation, Rotary’s philanthropic arm, will award $2 million to an evidence-based program that aligns with one of Rotary’s causes and has the capability for scaling-up to help more people. The programs are sponsored by Rotary members in collaboration with local communities and partner organizations.
Nigerian Students, Others Can Now Stay Back and Work in the UK
The United Kingdom on Monday announced that Nigerians and other international students who want to work in England following successful completion of a UK degree or an eligible professional qualification, can now do so.
According to the British government, the graduates could look for work after their studies for a maximum period of 24 months and 36 months for PhD students.
This, the British High Commission said will allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best students to continue to contribute to the UK post-study.
It stated, “Today, the UK government has confirmed the new Graduate route will open for applications on 1 July 2021, to international students who successfully complete a degree at undergraduate level or above in the UK. International students on the Graduate route will be able to work or look for work after their studies for a maximum period of two years (three years for PhD students). This will allow the UK to retain the brightest and the best students to continue to contribute to the UK post-study.”
The British High Commission also stated that students affected by COVID-19 – those that were unable to travel to the UK due to the pandemic, have been given extension.
It said applicants who began their studies in autumn 2020 will have to have been in the UK by June 21 (updated from 6 April 2021) to be eligible to apply to the Graduate route, adding that students who began their studies in January or February 2021 will need to be in the UK by September 27.
“The Graduate route will be unsponsored, meaning applicants will not need a job offer to apply for the route. There will be no minimum salary requirements nor caps on numbers – Graduates on the route will be able to work flexibly, switch jobs and develop their career as required.
“To be eligible, international students must have completed a UK degree at bachelor’s degree-level or above, or an eligible professional qualification at a higher education provider, with a track record of compliance with the UK Government’s immigration requirements,” the statement noted.
African Bar Association Urges AU, ECOWAS to Effect Release of Venezuela Envoy
African Bar Association Urges AU, ECOWAS to Effect Release of Venezuela Envoy
The African Bar Association (AfBA) has called on the African Heads of States and governments to rise as a body, and persuade the authorities of the Cape Verde Island to rescue itself from the diplomatic mud of holding on to Ambassador Alex Saab, accredited Venezuela Special Envoy and Alternate permanent representative to the African Union.
AfBA’s President, Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo, who made the call in a World Press Conference in Lagos, said the continued detention of Saab since June 2020 for possible extradition to the United States, violated settled global diplomatic virtues and statutes, as contained in the Vienna Convention.
He argued that Cape Verde’s action, according to the investigation by the Human Rights Committee and review by the AFBA Executive Committee, was found to be clearly below the accepted international rules of engagements.
He described the detention of the envoy as not only unsanitary but totally unsalutary to Africa’s collective diplomatic decency and stature.
“We demand that Alex Saab should be released immediately and his persecution and chastisement in custody illegally in Cape Verde merely to satisfy the whims of a superpower be brought to an end immediately as ordered by the binding unanimous ECOWAS Court ruling on December 2, 2020”.
He added: “We acted on the petition of Ambassador Saab’s wife, which revealed that aside her husband being a known cancer patient, denied his drugs, denied access to family and defense attorneys, stripped of his diplomatic privileges against ECOWAS Court injunction to the contrary, he is viciously and frantically being packaged for delivery to the US by Cape Verde government, facilitated by enormous pressure through a contrived extradition procurement, with unimaginable damage to our civility and civilization, if ever allowed to stand in any African soil.
“For us in AfBA, as a continental body of lawyers dedicated to the primacy of the rule of law, as the most disruptive evolution for human governance, our moral and professional duty is relentless and persistent to see it respected, preserved, improved on, not liberally pissed upon as the case under reference by President Jorge Carlos Fonseca and Prime Minister Ulisses Correia Silva of Cape Verde”.
Hannibal said it was more pathetic that the choice for this scheme of intransigence is in Africa by a sovereign African nation, a participatory signatory to AU Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and ECOWAS protocols, on a documented diplomatic citizen with no known crime and offence in the land of his capture, is detained and incarcerated.
“That is not only a flagrant abuse of the elementary principles of the rule of law but also an aggravating circumstance for the intentional culpability by Cape Verde,” the statement said.
AfBA noted that Saab, as a Special Envoy of Venezuela duly accredited to the AU, was traveling from Caracas to Teheran on June 12, 2020.
According to the group, his plane made a technical refuelling stop on the Cape Verdean Island of Sal, when he was detained unlawfully.
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