Merkel To Seek Fourth Term As German Chancellor

Angela MerkelAngela Merkel told top members of her party on Sunday that she wants to run for a fourth term as German chancellor in next year’s election.

Reuters reports that senior party sources gave a hint of her plan after months of speculation about one of the world’s most powerful women.

Despite a voter backlash over her open-door migrant policy, the conservative is seen as a stabilising force in Europe amid uncertainty caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president.

Merkel told leading figures in her Christian Democrat (CDU) party about her intentions at a meeting to prepare for the September election, several participants said.

Colleagues welcomed the long-awaited decision, which she is expected to announce at a news conference at 18:00 GMT.
“Angela Merkel stands for stability, reliability and thoughtfulness,” senior CDU politician, Julia Kloeckner, said.

“With her straightforward and calm nature she had led us safely through the financial and economic crises,” she told the Rheinische Post newspaper.

Merkel, 62, has steered Europe’s biggest economy through the euro zone debt crisis and has won respect internationally, for example with her efforts to help solve the Ukraine crisis. U.S. President Barack Obama last week described her as an “outstanding” ally.

With Trump’s victory in the United States and the rise in support for right-wing parties in Europe, some commentators see Merkel as a bastion of Western liberal values.

Ogun State Partners With Germany On Rural Electrification

amosun Ogun State GovernorThe Ogun State government is in partnership with the German Government to improve power situation in rural communities in the state and enhance rapid development.

According to the Ogun state government, the partnership is aimed at bringing real development to the rural communities and reducing rural-urban migration.

The concrete steps toward power generation, through mini-grids, as an electrification instrument, is beginning with the training of some state officials on public-private participation for mini-grid development in rural communities of the state.

The German government is providing the training.

Senior officials of ministries, parastatals and government agencies and electrical engineers are being trained by the German Government to provide specific models and frameworks to improve mini-grids as an electrification instrument

Raise Standard Of Living

Representing the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at the one-day training session, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, reiterated the commitment of the government towards rural development to raise the standard of living of the rural populace.

Nigeria with a population of about 170 million people requires at least 14,000 megawatts of electricity.

Currently, 4,000 megawatts is being generated, with its attendant negative effects as manifested in high cost of finished goods and unemployment among others.

The rural communities are not immune from this wide gap, a shortfall that the Ogun State government and the German government are trying to reduce.

To ensure the success of the project, the state government has expressed its willingness to partner with relevant government agencies and genuine private operators to ensure a sustainable transformation of the state’s rural landscape.

Since the government cannot meet up with the challenge of rural electrification through the connection to the national-grid, mini-grids as an electrification instrument should be adequately explored and encouraged.

Germany To Strengthen Ties With Lagos Government

LagosThe German government has expressed determination to strengthen its relationship with the government of Lagos State in southwest Nigeria.

The President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, made the disclosure on Tuesday while he was being received by the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, his wife, the Deputy Governor as well as the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly at the Government House in Ikeja.

President Gauck, who was visiting Nigeria and West Africa for the first time, said that he recognised Lagos as the centre of business activities and critical development in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan region.

“I will like to strengthen this partnership with this State government in areas of science and technology, education and entrepreneurial development,” the German President said.

Similarly, Governor Ambode expressed the desire of his administration to partner with Germany.

According to the Governor, “We believe that we need to change the state of our transportation system in Lagos and that is why we are quietly talking to some of the German companies that we want a situation where we can actually phase¬†out some of the buses that we are using and we should price ourselves to be able to use some of the quality buses that come out from Germany.”

Governor Ambode added that his administration would work towards creating assembling plants as well as workshop plants to grow the economy of Germany and that of Nigeria.

He also promised to encourage foreign investments by putting in place, measures that would ensure the safety of lives and property of both Nigerians and foreigners in Lagos.