Dutch Government Buys Stake In Air France-KLM, Says Minister

Dutch Minister of Finance Wopke Hoekstra speaks to the press at the Ministry of Finance in The Hague on February 26, 2019. The Dutch State has acquired a 12.68 percent interest in the Air France-KLM holding company.
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The Netherlands has bought a 12.68 percent stake in Air France-KLM in a bid to strengthen its influence in the troubled airline, the Dutch finance minister said Tuesday.

“The aim is to eventually get to a position equal to that of the French state,” finance minister Wopke Hoekstra told a press conference in The Hague.

Buhari Says Goal Is To Permanently Develop Nigeria’s Assets

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Roelf Joosten and President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says the goal of his administration is to develop the nation’s assets on a permanent basis.

He decried the failure of past administrations to develop the nation’s asset, reiterating his determination to address the deficit.

President Buhari made the promise on Monday at a meeting with the Global Chief Executive Officer of Friesland Campina, the Netherlands, Mr Roelf Joosten.

He pointed out that the culture of waste foisted on Nigeria was due to lack of means of preservation of agricultural products.

“Quality Matters More Than Quantity”

The President lamented a situation where cattle farmers throw away milk from their animals, because there was no means of preserving and processing the product.

“We have failed to develop our assets on a permanent basis. This, we are determined to work on,” the President promised.

He urged Friesland Campina, in its collaboration with Nigeria, to educate cattle farmers that “quality matters more than quantity,” and help them organise into cooperatives for better business.

A statement by a spokesman for the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbe, who was also at the event, promised that herdsmen would soon be organised into ranches.

“They will be organised with special grasses and water, which would give better yield, and make the animals healthier,” he said.

Special Flasks

He also told the meeting that special flasks, which could preserve raw milk for up to six hours, would soon be made available, enabling cattle farmers to get the product to dairies in good quality.

On his part, Mr Joosten said that Friesland Campina was a cooperative owned by 19,000 farmers, and was 145 years old.

It began business in Nigeria in 1973 as Friesland Campina WAMCO Nigeria.

The company wants to partner with the Federal Government to build a healthier populace through better nutrition, collaborate in the School Feeding Programme, and promote dairy development in Nigeria.

It has also been providing nutrition support for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria’s northeast, a region ravaged by over six years of insurgency.

Also on the delegation of the Global CEO was the Managing Director of Friesland Campina WAMCO, Mr Rahul Colaco.

Buhari To Lead Nigeria’s Delegation To Forum Of Gas Exporting Countries

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja on Sunday for Tehran where he will participate in the 3rd Gas Exporting Countries’ Forum (GECF) opening in the Iranian capital on Monday, November 23, 2015.

President Buhari and the leaders of Iran, Russia, Qatar, the Netherlands, Venezuela, Oman, Algeria, the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia and other member-countries of the GECF are expected to  review the current market outlook on gas and discuss strategies for boosting gas production during their meeting in Tehran.

Nigeria and other GECF members currently account for 42 percent of global gas production‎, 70 percent of global gas reserves, 40 percent of pipeline transmission of gas and 65 percent of the global trade in Liquefied Natural Gas.

President Buhari, who is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with other participating Heads of State and Government on the side-lines of the GECF summit, will also meet with Nigerians resident in Iran.

The President will be accompanied on the trip by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr  Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Ibe Kachikwu and the National Security Adviser, Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd.).

He is due back in Abuja on Tuesday, November 24, 2015.

Falcons Confident Ahead Of 2015 Women’s World Cup Draw

2422797_full-lndThe eyes of the football world will turn to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, which will stage the final draw for the prestigious Women’s World Cup.

According to FIFA.com,  Saturday December 6, from 12:00 pm (local time) onwards, in the confines of the Canadian Museum of History, nations competing in the seventh edition of the tournament, which is set to run from 6 June to 5 July 2015, will find out which opponents lie in wait for them next year.

Adding to the intrigue, the four teams that have shared the six previous global crowns between them will all be present in North America. “Canada is a warm and welcoming country, and we look forward to greeting the world’s best female footballers,” Peter Montopoli said, CEO of the National Organising Committee.

In addition, there will be several countries making their tournament bows. Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, Spain, Ecuador, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Nigeria fans are likely to be both nervous and excited at the thought of what the final draw holds in store for them.

“We can’t go to the World Cup to merely add to the numbers, but we’re going there to participate and to prove a point. I can’t say right away how far we’ll go at the World Cup, but I’m positive we won’t disappoint Nigerians when hostilities start in Canada. We have quality and experienced players in our midst who can turn things around,” Asisat Oshoala, Nigeria striker said.

Nigeria have dominated women’s football on the continent since the African Women’s Championship (AWC) was first staged. The Super Falcons have won seven of nine tournaments and the two times they have not won the competition it did not double as a qualifying tournament for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Their overall record at the AWC is a remarkable 36 wins and five draws in 45 matches.

They secured their ticket to Canada by winning the ninth AWC in Namibia in October, winning all five matches they played, scoring 16 goals in the process and conceding just three. They topped their group after comfortable victories against Namibia, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire, before beating South Africa 2-1 in the semi-finals. In the championship match they secured a 2-0 victory against Cameroon.

The three competitions previously held by the Canadians – the FIFA U-19 Women’s World Championship 2002, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2007 and the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2014 – all stood out for their excellent level of organisation.

It believed that the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, expanded from 16 teams to 24 for the first time, is in good hands.