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FG seeks US support for energy transition

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President Bola Tinubu, on Monday, in Abuja, called for an equitable balance between fossil fuel and green energy in the race for energy transition.

He also urged the United States and other developed nations not to forget Nigeria and Africa’s challenge with poverty as the world transitions into clean energy.

“The new energy we are talking about represents just 5 per cent of global energy requirements. We must find the right balance between new energy and fossil fuel because we have problem of poverty in Africa,” Tinubu said during a meeting with United States Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Energy Resources, Geoffrey Praytt, at the State House, Abuja.

The Special Adviser to the President on Special Duties, Communication and Strategy, Dele Alake, disclosed this in a statement he signed on Monday titled, ‘President Tinubu seeks better cooperation with us over energy transition.’

President Tinubu presented his perspectives to the US delegation on the role of Nigeria as an oil producing country and the importance of revenue from fossil oil to national economic well-being.

“Nigeria is an oil producing nation and a developing economy that needs revenue from fossil fuel for growth and development,” he argued.

He maintained that the country will honour all its obligations to climate change and quest for clean energy.

Therefore, Tinubu appealed to the United States and other developed nations to recognize that Nigeria and Africa have a challenge of poverty that must be addressed, saying in the race for energy transition, the world must have a right balance between the fossil fuel and green energy.

On the nexus between the problem of poverty in Africa and fragility of democracy on the continent, President Tinubu admonished the United States to work with Nigeria to protect the government of the people.

He also urged the Assistant Secretary of State to impress on his home government the urgency of responding to the needs of Nigeria.

“Our democracy needs protection like all other democracies in the world. We cherish our partnership with the US. My concern is whether United States is giving us enough as much as we need.

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Ramaphosa Begins New Term as South Africa’s President

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– Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in for second term as South Africa’s president
– Ramaphosa hails “new era” of unity and cooperation
– Coalition government formed after May election produced no outright winner

Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in for a second full term as South Africa’s president on Wednesday, promising a “new era” of unity and cooperation.

The 71-year-old leader took the oath of office at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, surrounded by lawmakers, foreign dignitaries, and cheering supporters. Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) formed a coalition government after the May election produced no outright winner.

Ramaphosa’s inauguration marked a significant moment in South African history, as the country transitions to a new era of governance.

The president emphasized the need for unity and cooperation, saying “the voters of South Africa did not give any single party the full mandate to govern our country alone.”

He urged political parties to work together to address the country’s challenges and realize the people’s aspirations.

The ceremony was attended by numerous heads of state, including Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Angolan President Joao Lourenco.

Ramaphosa is expected to announce his cabinet in the coming days, as talks with coalition members continue.

The president promised to reject any attempts to divide or distract the country, saying “we must work together for the sake of our people.”

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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis

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– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”

 

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