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Africa Road Builders: UAE to host stakeholders for 2024 Inaugural Conference

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The General Commission of The Africa Road Builders – Trophée Babacar NDIAYE has declared that the Inaugural Conference for the 9th edition of the conference will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from April 17 to 21, 2024.

This information was communicated in a statement released to DAILY POST by the General Commissioner and CEO of ACTUROUTES, Mr. Barthélemy Kouame.

He mentioned that the conference, themed “Quality of road infrastructure and development in Africa,” aims to bring together decision-makers, project owners, donors, and operators from all regions of Africa, along with journalists from the continent’s five regions and their guests.

In the statement, Kouame said, “The General Commission is issuing a call for communications to all partners, entities, or experts interested in making a presentation, urging the mobilization of diverse exchanges for the development of Africa.”

He further noted that companies or institutions operating in Africa are encouraged to showcase their best achievements in road and transport to determine the winners of the ‘Builder Trophy’ from The Africa Road Builders in 2024.

From the 2024 edition, the ‘Builder Trophy’ will feature several categories, emphasizing the recognition of all stakeholders involved.

Kouame explained that, in line with tradition, the Super Prize Great Builder – Babacar NDIAYE Trophy 2024 will be presented to an African Head of State whose country has achieved success related to the annual theme. The 2024 laureate will succeed His Excellency Andry RAJOELINA, the 2023 laureate.

The laureate of the Babacar NDIAYE Trophy is determined by a Selection Committee consisting of journalists across Africa. The awards, including the Builders Trophy and the Super Prize Great Builder – Babacar NDIAYE Trophy, will be officially presented during the Final Conference at the AfDB Annual Meetings in May 2024 in Nairobi, Kenya.

As part of the awards, the General Commission plans to propose a Special Prize to the highest authorities of the United Arab Emirates for their achievements in roads and transport.

The General Commission expresses strong optimism that the announced Inaugural Conference will serve as an inspiration and contribute to effective development for Africa, considering Dubai and the United Arab Emirates as symbols of progress in roads and transport. The Africa Road Builders – Trophée Babacar NDIAYE, established in 2016, has been under the sponsorship of the African Development Bank and its President, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, since its inception.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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