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Amnesty Office Organises Entrepreneurial Fair for Trained Ex-militants

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The Presidential Amnesty Programme has begun a three-day entrepreneurial fair for former Niger Delta agitators, who underwent various skills acquisition schemes.

The PAP Coordinator, Prof. Charles Dokubo, said that the entrepreneurial fair was organised to pave the way for the trained ex-agitators to display their products and services.

The event, which was held in Port Harcourt, saw various former militants, who had gone into fashion and design, fishery, and other vocations, displaying their wares after being empowered by the Amnesty office.

Speaking at the event, which began on Wednesday, Dokubo explained that with the empowerment of the Niger Delta youths and engaging them in Small and Medium-scale Enterprises, the training had changed the entitlement mentality of Niger Delta youths to that of hard work and creativity.

Dokubo also expressed satisfaction that most Niger Delta youths, who were in the habit of agitating, had become successful entrepreneurs after being empowered.

He explained that the fair would help to improve the business of the trainees by providing links for business expansion.

Over 50 youths from the oil rich region showcased their products during the first day of the three-day event organised in conjunction with Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and the Rivers State Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

“With my arrival at the Presidential Amnesty Programme, I felt it is vital to improve on the empowerment project of the office by initiating the need to showcase the young entrepreneurs of the Presidential Amnesty Programme through this fair.

“The expectation of this entrepreneurial fair is to showcase goods and services achieved in the private sector through the Small and Medium Scaled Enterprises of the PAP delegates,” he said.

In his remarks, the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, restated that the peaceful nature of the state had continued to attract events to the state.

Represented by his Special Adviser on Amnesty Programme, Mr Ken Chinda, the governor said, “Last week, we hosted NAFEST, the University Games are currently here and the Amnesty Entrepreneurial Fair is here.

These are indications that Rivers State is peaceful.

“We want everybody to forget the negative narrative about the Niger Delta. It is unhealthy for people to brand us names.”

“The youths of the Niger Delta are creative and industrious; our youths are not lazy. We have disbursed N200 million to youths in business in Rivers State.”

Earlier, one of the beneficiaries of the Amnesty Programme, Mr Lawrence Enoch, expressed gratitude to the Amnesty Office for training and empowering him in his fashion and design business.

Enoch, who hails from Bonny Local Government Area, pointed out that he had since 2016, when he started the business, employed over 10 workers and opened two branches.

Another beneficiary, Mr Gabriel Amadi, from Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, called on his colleagues to make good use of the opportunity given to them by the Presidential Amnesty Programme.

“Don’t sell your start-up packs and if you are doing your job well, you will earn more than N65,000 every month,” Amadi said.

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COVID-19 Vaccine: African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) to Purchase 270 Million Doses for Nigeria, Other African Nations

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African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) Approves $2 Billion for the Purchase of 270 million Doses for African Nations

African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim) said it has approved $2 billion for the purchase of 270 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for African nations, including Nigeria.

Prof. Benedict Oramah, the President of the Bank, disclosed this at a virtual Africa Soft Power Series held on Tuesday.

He, however, stated that the lender is looking to raise more funds for the COVID-19 vaccines’ acquisition.

He said: “The African Union knows that unless you put the virus away, your economy can’t come back. If Africa didn’t do anything, it would become a COVID-19 continent when other parts of the world have already moved on.
“Recall that it took seven years during the heat of HIV for them to come to Africa after 12 million people had died.

“With the assistance of the AU, we were able to get 270 million vaccines and financing need of about $2 billion. Afreximbank then went ahead to secure the $2 billion. But that money for the 270 million doses could only add 15 per cent to the 20 per cent that Covax was bringing.

He added that this is not the time to wait for handouts or free vaccines as other countries will naturally sort themselves out before African nations.

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China Calls for Better China-U.S. Relations

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China Calls for China-U.S. Relations

Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday the United States and China could work together on issues like climate change and the coronavirus pandemic if they repaired their damaged bilateral relationship.

Wang, a Chinese state councillor and foreign minister, said Beijing stood ready to reopen constructive dialogue with Washington after relations between the two countries sank to their lowest in decades under former president Donald Trump.

Wang called on Washington to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said was an irrational suppression of the Chinese tech sector, steps he said would create the “necessary conditions” for cooperation.

Before Wang spoke at a forum sponsored by the foreign ministry, officials played footage of the “ping-pong diplomacy” of 1972 when an exchange of table tennis players cleared the way for then U.S. President Richard Nixon to visit China.

Wang, a Chinese state councillor and foreign minister, said Beijing stood ready to reopen constructive dialogue with Washington after relations between the two countries sank to their lowest in decades under former president Donald Trump.

Wang called on Washington to remove tariffs on Chinese goods and abandon what he said was an irrational suppression of the Chinese tech sector, steps he said would create the “necessary conditions” for cooperation.

Before Wang spoke at a forum sponsored by the foreign ministry, officials played footage of the “ping-pong diplomacy” of 1972 when an exchange of table tennis players cleared the way for then U.S. President Richard Nixon to visit China.

Wang urged Washington to respect China’s core interests, stop “smearing” the ruling Communist Party, stop interfering in Beijing’s internal affairs and stop “conniving” with separatist forces for Taiwan’s independence.

“Over the past few years, the United States basically cut off bilateral dialogue at all levels,” Wang said in prepared remarks translated into English.

“We stand ready to have candid communication with the U.S. side, and engage in dialogues aimed at solving problems.”

Wang pointed to a recent call between Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden as a positive step.

Washington and Beijing have clashed on multiple fronts including trade, accusations of human rights crimes against the Uighur Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region and Beijing’s territorial claims in the resources-rich South China Sea.

The Biden administration has, however, signalled it will maintain pressure on Beijing. Biden has voiced concern about Beijing’s “coercive and unfair” trade practices and endorsed of a Trump administration determination that China has committed genocide in Xinjiang.

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Release of Trump Tax Returns

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U.S. Supreme Court Allows Release of Trump Tax Returns

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for a New York City prosecutor to obtain former President Donald Trump’s tax returns and other financial records as part of a criminal investigation, a blow to his quest to conceal details of his finances.

The justices without comment rebuffed Trump’s request to put on hold an Oct. 7 lower court ruling directing the former Republican president’s longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA, to comply with a subpoena to turn over the materials to a grand jury convened by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, a Democrat.

“The work continues,” Vance said in a statement issued after the court’s action.

Vance had previously said in a letter to Trump’s lawyers that his office would be free to immediately enforce the subpoena if the justices rejected Trump’s request.

A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority included three Trump appointees, had already ruled once in the dispute, last July rejecting Trump’s broad argument that he was immune from criminal probes as a sitting president.

Unlike all other recent U.S. presidents, Trump refused during his four years in office to make his tax returns public. The data could provide details on his wealth and the activities of his family real-estate company, the Trump Organization.

Trump, who left office on Jan. 20 after being defeated in his Nov. 3 re-election bid by Democrat Joe Biden, continues to face an array of legal issues concerning his personal and business conduct.

Vance issued a subpoena to Mazars in August 2019 seeking Trump’s corporate and personal tax returns from 2011 to 2018. Trump’s lawyers sued to block the subpoena, arguing that as a sitting president, Trump had absolute immunity from state criminal investigations.

The Supreme Court in its July ruling rejected those arguments but said Trump could raise other objections to the subpoena. Trump’s lawyers then argued before lower courts that the subpoena was overly broad and amounted to political harassment, but U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in August and the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in October rejected those claims.

Vance’s investigation, which began more than two years ago, had focused on hush money payments that the president’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen made before the 2016 election to two women – adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal – who said they had sexual encounters with Trump.

In recent court filings, Vance has suggested that the probe is now broader and could focus on potential bank, tax and insurance fraud, as well as falsification of business records.

In separate litigation, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives was seeking to subpoena similar records. The Supreme Court in July sent that matter back to lower courts for further review.

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