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Minister Backs Establishment of Nigeria-Benin Permanent Commission

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar has thrown his weight behind the establishment of Nigeria-Benin Republic permanent Commission.

The Minister gave the nod on Wednesday when he received in audience the Nigeria, Advocacy Group for the Establishment
of a Permanent Joint Commission between
Nigeria and Benin Republic in Abuja.

The group was led by Amb. Oguntuase Kayode,
Chairman of the group’s Governing board.

“This issue of the Nigeria Benin Joint Commission is one that is on the front burner, but it’s also important to note from our records here that in Nigeria Benin Joint Commission does exist it’s just gone silent. It’s already in existence and went sort of I wouldn’t want to use the word comatose, for lack of a better word slowed down in 2014 and it’s one that needs to be resuscitated.

“And I believe that is happening organically because there’s a lot happening bilaterally between the two countries.”

He added, “So it is a laudable initiative because it’s important that private sector and civil society is involved. In this that way, it’s even more organic than just governments coming together. It’s important that we have private sector, civil society, engaging each other and then we just reinforce that. It’s also important to remind ourselves that the you have an asset in border.

” And we’ve seen that the issue of security is increasingly tied to deficiencies in development in standards of living in border areas, because this is where sometimes insurgencies and unrest hide to to incubate and then come up with of course, well we’re lucky maybe because of the very friendly relations between Nigeria and public opinion and also because of the comparative affluence.

“We don’t have that on the Nigeria Benin border, even though we do have some disputes and disagreements which we urge you to also, you know, participate in, in diffusing some of the tension that every now and again comes up with regards to border disputes.”

In his early remarks, Amb. Oguntuase Kayode said the establishment of the permanent Nigeria-Benin republic Commission was apt.

He said, “The establishment of the proposedNigeria and Benin Republic Joint
Commission is quite apt and important in leveraging the existing warm
relations between the two countries to a strategic partnership which will
manifest itself in building robust and sustainable people to people and business
relations.

“This Proposal has been inspired
by the successesof existing Permanent Joint Commission between Nigeria and
her neighbouring countries,specially, Niger Republic.

“The Geo-strategic importance of Nigeria and Benin Republic to their
existential realities is a compelling factor for forging a strategic partnership
such as a Permanent Joint Commission that would regulate, monitor,supervise
and co-ordinate beneficial relations between the two countries.”

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Northern Senators Commends ECOWAS Leaders For Lifting Sanctions On Niger Republic

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Abuja. – Today, the Northern Senators Forum expresses it’s heartfelt appreciation and commendation to the exceptional leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for their decisive action in lifting sanctions imposed on Niger Republic as a result of military takeover on 26th July, 2023. We are pleased to see that ECOWAS has responded to the progressive requests made by us individually and collectively on the subject matter, and we commend their prudent and compassionate approach in addressing these critical issues.

The Northern Senators Forum believes that the principled and empathetic decision made by ECOWAS to lift the sanctions on Niger Republic is a testament to the organization’s commitment to regional solidarity, cooperation, and respect for human rights. We understand that this action will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of the people of Niger Republic, as well as ensuring the restoration of stability and economic prosperity in our region.

We are particularly grateful that ECOWAS leaders have considered our pleas to restore electricity, open borders, and lift the sanctions on Niger Republic. These measures will not only have crucial humanitarian implications, but will also foster regional integration, trade, and cooperation. We firmly believe that this step taken by ECOWAS will positively impact the lives of the people of Niger Republic and Nigeria and facilitate the restoration of trust and harmony among all member states.

As representatives of the people and advocates for justice and democracy, we commend ECOWAS for their responsiveness and understanding of the immense challenges faced by our fellow West African nation. The Northern Senators Forum stands in solidarity with ECOWAS IN restoring democracy and rule of law in Niger Republic and other west African countries, and we are committed to working to promote stability, peace, and socio-economic development throughout the region.

The Northern Senators Forum urges the government of Niger Republic and its people to seize this opportunity to hasten the process of returning to democratic governance to build a stronger and more prosperous nation, harnessing their resilient spirit and unwavering determination. Furthermore, we urge all regional stakeholders to continue engaging in dialogue and pursuing peaceful solutions to address any remaining concern, fostering a harmonious environment for progress and development.

Finally, the Northern Senators Forum would like to reiterate its deep appreciation to ECOWAS leaders especially President Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Nigeria for their proactive and benevolent intervention in lifting the sanctions imposed on Niger Republic. We are confident that this decision will leave an indelible mark on the collective consciousness of all West African nations and serve as a shining example for resolving differences through dialogue and diplomacy.

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BREAKING: ECOWAS lifts sanctions against Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso

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President Bola Ahmad Tinubu addressing the Extraordinary meeting of ECOWAS heads of state in Abuja,Photo:Channels TV

 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has lifted sanctions imposed on Niger Republic, Mali, Burkina Faso, member nations that are ruled by military.

The authorities of ECOWAS on Saturday said the decision was based on humanitarian considerations, especially because of the Lenten period and the approaching month of Ramadan.

The regional bloc also lifted sanctions on Republic of Guinea-Bissau.

To invite all four countries to a meeting.

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Kano Unity Forum Urges Drug Dealers to Comply with Court Directives and Relocate to Dangwauro

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Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar addressing the Press

Alhaji Gidado Mukhtar, representing the unity forum, addressed the press in Kano, highlighting the city’s historic significance as a commercial hub spanning centuries, despite facing challenges from colonial and post-colonial legacies.

Recent years have seen a surge in attempts to undermine Kano through the importation of dangerous drugs, posing a grave threat to its future and Northern Nigeria at large, with drug dealers operating openly in markets like Muhammad Abubakar Rimi Market, Sabongari.
Statistics from the NDLEA reveal alarming figures, with substantial quantities of psychotropic substances seized within a short span, prompting urgent action to safeguard society’s future.

The Kano State Government, disturbed by the situation, initiated the establishment of a modern pharmaceutical market within the new Kano Economic City at Dangwauro through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP), aiming to regulate and monitor unlawful activities.

Despite efforts to relocate dealers to the new market, resistance persists, with the perpetrators going to the extent of instituting legal action against directives, recently ruled against by the court.

Stakeholders emphasize the intolerability of allowing illicit drugs to pervade society, asserting a unified stance against the trade’s detrimental impact on Kano’s fabric, and vow to employ all legitimate means to halt its spread.

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