THE NATION FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012
Obama unfolds new strategy on sub-Saharan Africa
HE United States (U.S.) yesterday announced a new strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa. The strategy “provides a proactive and forward looking vision grounded in partnership”. A statement by the White House’s Office of the Press Secretary said the strategy has four objectives, which are aimed at strengthening democratic institutions and spurring economic growth, trade and investment. President Barack Obama said Africa and its people are partners in creating a future grounded in growth, mutual responsibility and mutual respect. Obama added Africa is more important than ever to the security and prosperity of the international community. He said Africa’s economies are among the fastest growing in the world. The American president said: “The burgeoning youth popula-
•To strengthen democracy, trade, security •Warns coup plotters, elections’ riggers By Olukorede Yishau
tion in Africa is changing economies and political systems in profound ways. Addressing the opportunities and challenges in Africa requires a comprehensive U.S. policy that is proactive, forwardlooking, and that balances our long-term interests with nearterm imperatives. This U.S. Strategy Towards Sub-Saharan Africa solidifies and advances many of the initiatives that we have launched since I took office in order to help achieve that balance.” Obama observed that sustainable economic growth is a key ingredient to security, political stability and
development. He said: “While many countries on the continent have made tremendous strides to broaden political participation and reduce corruption, there is more work to be done to ensure fair electoral processes, transparent institutions that protect universal rights, and the provision and protection of security and public goods. Our message to those who would derail the democratic process is clear and unequivocal: the United States will not stand idly by when actors threaten legitimately elected governments or manipulate the fairness and integrity of democratic processes, and we will stand in steady partnership with those who are com-
mitted to the principles of equality, justice, and the rule of law. America believes in Africa as a region of growing opportunity and promise, for Africa, for America, and for our people and our economies.” Obama said Africa has the potential to be the world’s next major economic success story. He promised to work with “our African partners to build strong institutions, to remove constraints to trade and investment, and to expand opportunities for African countries to effectively access each other’s markets and global markets, to embrace sound economic governance, and diversify their economies beyond a narrow reliance on natural resources, and — most importantly— create opportunities for Africa’s people to prosper.” The American president added that under the new strategy American companies will be encouraged to seize trade and investment opportunities in Africa.
Air crash avoidable, says ex-deputy governor By Emmanuel Oladesu
FORMER Lagos State Deputy Governor Rafiu Jafojo has said plane crashes are avoidable, if government moves swiftly to halt the corruption in the aviation sector. He said the non-compliance with safety regulations by airline operators have led to disasters that had wrecked families and left the nation in agony. Jafojo, who spoke with reporters in Lagos, lamented the recent plane crash involving Dana Air and commiserated with the victims’ families and relations. He urged the Federal Government to make public the report of committees set up to investigate previous air disasters, stressing that, if culprits had been brought to book, re-occurrence would have been averted. Jafojo added: “If aviation sector is run the way it should be, then, these disasters are preventable. The rules must not be set aside. There is need for compliance because the sector must have zero tolerance for corruption. This is necessary to put an end to fear, anxiety and gloom that have encircled the critical sector.”
NACOMYO mourns crash victims
• From right: Wike (middle), Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, (UBEC) Dr Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed (right) and Zamfara State Commissioner for Education Dr Na-Allah Isah Mayana…yesterday
Why girls must be educated, by Wike
INISTER of State for Education Ezenwo Nyesom Wike has said it would not be in the interest of the country for the girl-child not to be educated. Speaking in Gusau during a visit to Zamfara State Governor AbdulAzeez Yari Abubakar yesterday, Wike noted that the Federal Government is committed to improving enrolment of the girl-child in the North. The minister said the government is combining the construction of girl-child schools and dedicated en-
rollment drives to improve educational standard across the country. He said: “We have stepped up advocacy for increased enrollment of the girl-child in Northern Nigeria with a view to integrating the girls into the mainstream of the development process.” He stated that no segment of the nation should be denied quality education because of lack of resources. Wike said: “It is important for girls to attend school for us to meet the Millennium Development Goals.
We should not discourage girls from going to school due to traditional and religious reasons”. Governor Yari said the state government has commenced the execution of projects aimed at increasing girl child enrollment. He said that in the last one year, his administration has constructed 346 blocks of classroom for girl-child schools. The governor said traditional rulers have been involved by the state to increase girl child enrollment. Wike held an advocacy and
sensitisation meeting with education commissioners, chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards and Girl Child Desk officers from the seven Northwest. The stakeholders declared their commitment to work with the Federal Government to improve the enrollment of the girl-child in the zone. The minister of state inspected the Girl-Child Secondary School under construction in Gusau and Almajiri schools in Talata Mafara and Maru.
Campus Life girl Ngozi Agbo to be buried on June 20
HE remains of The Nation’s Campus Life coordinator, Mrs. Ngozi Agbo, will be buried on Wednesday, the family said yesterday. According to statement , the interment will be proceeded by a service of songs at the Chapel of Christ Our Light, University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Tuesday. The lying-in-state will hold at LOTAD Funeral Services on Oba Ogunji Road, close to LASU Museum, Agege, Lagos by 9am, after which the interment follows at Atan Cemetery. The late Mrs. Agbo’s students have continued to pay tributes. Laz Ude Eze, a former Campus Life correspondent at University of Ibadan (UI), who is now undergoing his postgraduate degree in Public
By Wale Ajetunmobi
Health at University of Kentucky in United States, said: “Despite Mrs. Ngozi’s busy schedule, she insisted to be present at my induction into the medical profession four years ago. She was not just my Editor on Campus Life of The Nation newspaper but also a friend and mentor. She added values to my life and lives of her many students. She was one of the most intelligent and diligent women I have met.” He added: “No woman deserves to die from child birth. The pain on us is excruciating. I can’t describe how upset I am that child birth still kills women in Nigeria. I hope to use the words you told me last year when I lost my childhood friend to console myself. By God’s grace,
Ngozi’s baby will grow up and continue from where her mother stopped.” Adetunji Solomon, a postgraduate student at University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), said: “I must thanks Mrs. Ngozi Agbo for the special interest she had in my life. I must thank her for her prayer and useful advice. I owe her many thanks for the support she gave me during the Jos crisis of 2008. I appreciate the late Ngozi for the hope she raised in me because hopelessness is a sin. I can’t thank her enough.” Msonter Anzaa, a 200-level Medicine student, Benue State University, said: “Aunty, you have played your part and left. It is hard to believe you are gone. You had a vision of a just nation and pursued it articulately while your pen still wrote. You were
•The late Mrs. Agbo
a model and leader. And though you are no more today, we shall continue with the work you started.”
THE National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) Lagos state chapter has commiserated with the families of the victims of Dana Air crash in which 153 passengers and all crew members lost their lives. The council in a statement signed by the publicity secretary Bro Moshood Abdul-Wasi urged the Federal Government to identify those that were responsible either through negligence of duty or lackadaisical attitude adding that they should be severely dealt with to serve as deterrence to others. It is only when incidence of this type happened that the ineptitude of the government agencies are brought to the fore, the Council noted and reiterates the need for the government to correct the lapses in the aviation sector.
Muslims pray for victims, Nigeria By Amidu Arije
Muslims faithful yeasterday gathered at the Lagos Central Mosque, Idumota to pray for the victims of the Dana Air plane crash in Iju Ishaga, a suburb of Lagos. The prayer was led by the Chief Imam of Lagos, Sheikh Garuba Ibrahim. The mammoth congregation prayed for the victims, the nation and a peaceful world. They also prayed to Allah to grant the families of the deceased the fortitude to bear the loss. Sheikh Ibrahim described the incident as a monumental loss in the country. He said: “We pray to Allah to protect those who are still alive and that may such occurrence not happen again. We pray for the victims that may Allah forgive them and grant them peace; we have also prayed for the families of the victims that God give them the fortitude to bear the loss. Oh Allah, may this not happen again in Nigeria.” He urged government to carry out proper scrutiny of the airline operators before giving them licences. He added: “A thorough check must be carried out and the air worthiness of the aircraft ascertained before allowing them to fly the nation’s air space. We cannot continue wasting lives like animals.” Baba Adini of Lagos, Sheikh Abdul Hafeez Abou urged the government to ensure airline operators obey the rules.
The Nation June 15, 2012