Nigerians Attacked Again In South Africa

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Some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa, have been attacked by local residents who allege that they were hijacking their houses.

The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

Some South Africans alleged that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords.

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Meanwhile, some of the victims of the attacks who said the claims were untrue, narrated their plight to Channels Television.

One of the agents explained that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

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“They say we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – Its by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” one of the victims said.

The attack is happening in the same week that the Nigerian and South African governments are holding talks to stop the attacks on foreign nationals in the country.

Both countries had agreed to set up an early warning unit to look into issues that often bring friction between the citizens.

The Nigerian Government had also called on the South African Government to take decisive and definitive measures to protect its citizens and other Africans within the country’s borders.

The call was made by the Senior Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Honourable Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa also urged the African Union to intervene urgently in the renewed attacks.

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President Mbeki

Xenophobia: Nigerian Lawmakers Meet With Former President MbekiSome members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives have met with South Africa’s former President, Thabo Mbeki in Johannesburg.

The meeting is part of the series of discussions to address the reoccurring attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country.

It is also coming ahead of a town hall meeting with Nigerian citizens at the High Commission in Pretoria scheduled for Saturday.

Speaking to Channels Television after the meeting, former President Mbeki welcomed the visit of the Nigerian delegations, saying it will help tackle the repeated attacks on fellow Africans.

The lawmakers were led on the visit to South Africa by the Leader of the House, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila.

In another development, some Nigerian real estate agents in Turffontein, South Africa were attacked by local residents who alleged that they were hijacking their houses.

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The timely intervention of the Police however, quelled the tension in the area.

While the South Africans claimed that the hijacked homes were either turned to brothels or used for harbouring drug lords, the foreigners said the claims were false.

One of the agents told Channels Television that their businesses were legitimate and whatever benefits they received were only a result of their hard work.

“They said we are driving nice cars, wearing expensive clothes, getting married to their women – It’s by God’s grace, we work hard for it,” he said.

Gov. Obiano Marks Three Years In Office

obianoThe Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has proudly announced to the state that the three years of his administration have brought transformation in the lives of citizens and to the state as well.

He made this known during a state broadcast marking his third anniversary in office at the Government House, Awka, the state capital.

The governor happily stated that the four pillars and 12 enablers of his administrative blueprint have helped in achieving the vision and mission he had for the state, especially in agriculture.

Within three years, agricultural investments in the state have resulted in job creation totaling 725 (direct jobs) and 5,200 (indirect jobs).

Also in industrialization, trade and commerce, Anambra has become a first choice investment destination with well over 40 investors attracted and investment inflow of 5.5 billion U.S Dollars in three years.

CAF President, Ahmad Thanks Delegates For Support

CAF President, Ahmad Thanks Delegates For SupportThe new Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad Ahmad, has thanked delegates for their confidence and for giving him the mandate to rule African football.

He said: “its a normal changeover” after he was elected to replace Issa Hayatou, after 29 years in charge.

The 57-year-old emerged as a surprise candidate late 2016 and was initially given little chance of unseating Hayatou, who had ruled over African football since 1988.

The Malagasy beat incumbent Issa Hayatou by 34 votes to 20, to assume leadership of the continent’s soccer governing body till 2021.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government has also congratulated the President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, on his success at the just concluded Confederation of African Football (CAF) Executive Committee elections held on Thursday in Addis Ababa.

Chinese Firm Seeks To Establish Headquaters In Calabar

chinees-investor-with-ayadeA Chinese firm, China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation (CJIC), has announced its plans to locate its Nigerian headquarters to Calabar, the Cross River state capital.

The Deputy Chairman of the firm, Changqing Cao, disclosed this when he led his team on a courtesy visit to Governor Benedict Ayade, at his office.

Mr Cao disclosed that the company ranks 250 among notable international contractors as presented by the United States Engineering News records.

He said the choice of Calabar was suitable as it shares similar topographical features with the Jiangxi province of China.

The Deputy Chairman, stated that the company has 20 branches, 18 in Africa including Kenya, Zambia, Namibia, Ethiopia, among others.

He said the company is currently building an airport in Zambia and a university hospital in Kenya.

Explaining that the firm has interest in the construction of the superhighway, Mr Cao said if approved by the Governor, its road construction engineers will be deployed to the state for commencement of feasibility studies.

“The firm also seeks to embark on social housing, as Nigeria with a huge population is faced with accommodation challenges which must be tackled to boost the economy so that it would impact positively on the citizenry”, Cao said.

On his part, Governor Ayade expressed hope that having established strong footing in various West African countries, he was confident that the firm would replicate same experience in Cross River.

“Make haste, as right now, we are under pressure from other companies, but as a state, we have not committed to any specific company in paper and in writing for the superhighway. It is open and virgin, you can come in as soon as you can,” the governor said.

He, further added that the choice of Calabar was appropriate, stating a list of benefits to be enjoyed by the Jiangxi Corporation.

According to him, the over 21,000 sq km land bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the proposed Bakassi deep seaport which would aid in the evacuation of goods while providing a link to other West Africa countries, were among the benefits if the company fully partnered with the state and established its headquarters therein.