Trump Commends Buhari On Fight Against Terrorism

trump-buhariThe United States President, Donald Trump, on Monday, commended President Muhammadu Buhari on the fight against terrorism via telephone.

The conversation was cordial and President Buhari congratulated Trump on his election as President of the United States, as well as on his cabinet.

This was revealed in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina.

The two leaders discussed ways to improve cooperation in the fight against terrorism through provision of necessary equipment.

Mr Trump then assured the Nigerian President of the U.S readiness to cut a new deal in procurement of military weapons to combat terrorism.

Meanwhile, President Trump encouraged President Buhari to keep up the good work he has done so far, and also commended him for the efforts made in rescuing 24 of the Chibok Girls and the strides being taken by the Nigerian military.

The American President finally invited President Buhari to Washington for a visit at a date convenient to both leaders.

Indonesia Suspends Military Ties With Australia

Indonesia Suspends Ties With AustraliaIndonesia has suspended all military co-operation with Australia, saying “there is need for a lot of improvement”.

Army spokesman Maj Gen Wuryanto said that the halt came into force in December and a broad range of activities were affected, including joint training.

“All forms of cooperation have been suspended,” Major General Wuryanto said. He said a broad range of activities would be affected.

“There are technical matters that need to be discussed,” Wuryanto said

Australian defence officials confirmed Indonesia had halted all defence co-operation over “teaching materials”.

 

A spokesman for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, however, said there had been no discussion of the matter with the president and that the issue had been exaggerated.

“This was not a decision of the president,” spokesman Johan Budi told Reuters.

Bilateral relations have been tense at times in recent years, although there were recent signs of improvement.

Indonesia last suspended military ties with Australia in 2013 over revelations Australian spies tapped the mobile phone of then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Kaduna State Health Sector Gets Bill Gates, UK Supports

Kaduna, Health Care, MOU The Kaduna State health sector on Friday received a boost, as the government signs an agreement with the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and ‘Bill and Melinda Gates’ Foundation.

The State government is optimistic that the agreement will strengthen primary Healthcare in rural areas, to address the constant increase in mortality rates especially of mothers and children.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai signed the Memorandum Of understanding on behalf of the Kaduna State government, while the UK Minister of State for International Development, Mr James Wharton, signed on behalf of the UK government.

Technical And Financial Assistance

El-Rufai said the agreement underscored his administration’s commitment to improving access to affordable and qualitative healthcare services to the people as well as reducing maternal and infant mortality rates in the state.

Due to poor distribution of facilities across the state, to reduce out-of-pocket expenditures on health, there has been limited access as well as low citizen demand for healthcare services.

With the Health Centres the state government is looking to strengthen Primary Health Care systems, improve service delivery and reduce financial barriers.

The tripartite agreement will therefore support Kaduna State’s efforts to increase and sustain effective, equitable coverage of essential health services.

The content of the MOU as presented by the state Commissioner For Health read: “While Kaduna State government will show commitment in implementing the primary healthcare under one roof, DFID and Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, will provide both technical and financial assistance under the MOU”.

Support Through Bilateral Relations

Mr Wharton said that as part of the bilateral relations between Nigeria and the UK, his country’s government would commit £500 million annually for execution of people-oriented projects in Nigeria.

He also announced that the United Kingdom government would continue to partner with states that had a genuine commitment to boosting their healthcare systems.

The Director of Community Health Services at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Emmanuel Odu, expressed optimism that the MOU would strengthen primary health care programmes in the state.

He also commended the commitment and support of Kaduna State government for providing budgetary allocation for the reduction of maternal and infant mortality in Nigeria.

Effective primary care interventions and the health sector generally, in Nigeria are currently at low standards.

Issues such as poor management of staff, allocation of funds, resources and a general lack of accountability have been prominent in the sector.

The plan to strengthen the primary healthcare system in Kaduna state is therefore expected to enable increased coverage of essential quality health services to the people, especially those in rural communities who presently have no access to basic healthcare services.

Jonathan Applauds Phenomenal Increase In Trade Between Nigeria And China

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday in Abuja applauded the growing bilateral relations between Nigeria and China, which has resulted in a phenomenal increase in trade between both countries.

Speaking at an audience with China’s outgoing ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Deng Boqing, and President Jonathan expressed the hope that mutually-beneficial bilateral relations between Nigeria and China which have increased tremendously in the last three years would be further enhanced in coming years.

The President, who noted that one-third of the volume of trade between Africa and China currently takes place with Nigeria, commended China’s support for the rehabilitation of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure, as well as the development of the country’s water and power sectors.

He called for greater investment from China in Nigeria’s agricultural sector and other sectors where Chinese expertise can help to develop Nigeria’s potentials.

President Jonathan praised the out-going Ambassador for working very hard to boost trade and economic relations between both countries during his tenure in Nigeria.

Mr.  Boqing, who served in Nigeria for three years, said that his most fulfilling assignment was facilitating President Jonathan’s State Visit to China in 2013.

He assured the President that he would continue to work for the expansion of the cordial relations between China and Nigeria wherever he finds himself.

We’ll continue to promote democracy, stability and development –Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan said Friday in Abuja that the Federal Government will continue to work with Britain and other developed nations to promote good governance, political stability and socio- economic development in Nigeria and other African nations.

Speaking at a meeting with the outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Andrew Lloyd who was on a farewell visit to the Presidential Villa, President Jonathan reaffirmed his Administration’s commitment to evolving and implementing policies and measures that will help Nigeria to successfully overcome present challenges.

The President noted that the already excellent bilateral relations between Nigeria and Great Britain had been significantly enhanced during Mr. Lloyd’s tenure.

He commended the High Commissioner’s efforts to boost trade and economic cooperation between Nigeria and Britain. The high-point of which, he said, was Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Nigeria with a delegation of British business men and investors.

“We shall continue to count on your support and I hope your successor will continue your good work here in Nigeria,” President Jonathan told Mr. Lloyd.

The President also received the outgoing Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Youssef Hassan Shawki who is leaving the country after a two-year tenure.

President Jonathan expressed the hope that Nigeria and Egypt will continue to build-up and expand areas of bilateral cooperation.

He wished Mr. Shawki well in his future endeavours and urged him to now consider himself a life-long Ambassador of Nigeria to Egypt and the rest of the world.