(Xinhua/NAN) Kenyan government has concluded plans to nationalise its carrier Kenya Airways by end of the year in order to boost its competitiveness.
Sebastian Mikosz, chief executive officer, Kenya Airways, told journalists in Nairobi on Tuesday that all its regional and international competitors are also owned by their respective governments and thus have a financial advantage.
“Government has put in place a steering committee to spearhead the process of nationalising Kenya Airways by the end of the year.’’
In July, the east African nation’s parliament voted to nationalise the national carrier.
Mikosz said that legal and policy reforms will have to be undertaken in order to ensure that the Kenyan flag carrier becomes fully state-owned.
The biggest shareholder of Kenya Airways is the national treasury, which owns 48.1 per cent, while banks control 38.1 per cent and KLM owns 7.8 per cent.
The rest is owned by the public through the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
According to the CEO, legislative reforms will be required to pave the way for the government to buy out the minority owners of the airline.
“We are currently drafting the amendments that will be passed by parliament to make the airline fully owned by the state.’’
Mikosz revealed that the government will form a holding company where the national flag carrier and Kenya’s main airport will be subsidiaries.
Gatefield, a Public Strategy Firm in collaboration with an Abuja’s leading Burger restaurant, Oliver’s Burger on Monday in Abuja created awareness on the dangers of Shisha consumption in the country.
Shisha smoking – also called hookah, narghile, waterpipe, or hubble bubble smoking – is a way of smoking tobacco, sometimes mixed with fruit or molasses sugar, through a bowl and hose or tube
Miss Ebiuwairo Uwagboe, Campaign and Media `Specialist, Gatefield, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that rising popularity of Shisha smoking among young people in Abuja, and other parts of the country was alarming and constituted a major health risk to residents.
“To help bring attention to this issue, Abuja’s leading Burger restaurant, Oliver’s Burger today in partnership with public strategy firm, Gatefield, launched campaign #PipeDown to inform young people about the health risks associated with Shisha by crashing the price of Burgers for one week.
“The #PipeDown campaign aims to educate people especially smokers of the flavored tobacco product about the implications of the behavior on public health and safety.
Shisha has been proven to be more harmful than regular cigarettes. Shisha smokers including second-hand smokers are at the risk of cancer and other respiratory and cardiovascular diseases,’’ she said.
She said that Oliver’s Burger rebranded its trucks and food packaging to reflect the campaign adding that the restaurant also shared branded posters at their stands to buyers carrying messages such as “smoking shisha for one hour is as bad as smoking 100 cigarettes” and “smoking shisha in public places endangers others”.
She noted that the campaign’s Instagram page @pipedownNG, provided users with the relevant information and facts on the dangers of Shisha smoke.
In his remarks, Oliver Naku, the Chief Executive Officer of the Burger restaurant said that the company felt obliged to ensure that customers live healthy lives.
“It is good to let customers know that this not only endangers them, but the people around them.”
Maryam Hassan, a customer at the launch said: “I have never really been a shisha smoker but I didn’t know it was this dangerous.
“This campaign will help spread awareness on this issue because a lot of people are ignorant of the dangers of Shisha.” She said
Mr Michael Olaniyan, Technical Resource Officer of the Washington DC based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids said “This campaign is very important.
“There is a lot of misinformation around Shisha. People think it’s trendy and healthy because of its deceptive flavours; truth is that Shisha is as bad if not more dangerous than cigarettes,’’ he said
But Mr Sebastian Abegunde a Tax consultant with Deliotte said that it is not about stopping the consumption of Shisha but moderation.
“I believe everything in the world needs to be taken in moderation. Shisha is not something you should take a lot or every day.
“Everything you take in excess has adverse effect in the body, like sugar, if you take too much, at the end of the day, you come down with diabetes.
“The campaign is necessary because people need to pipe down, people who take it should reduce the level of consumption, ” he said
The World Health Organisation has said that one hour session of Shisha smoke was equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes.
It added that that people are also at risk of hepatitis when they share Shisha pipes.
It will be recalled that the Nigerian Tobacco Control Act 2015 and the recently approved tobacco control regulations 2019 prohibit the smoking of cigarettes in public places.
However, this law is yet to be fully implemented as Shisha smoking in public places is still common in many public places in Abuja. (NAN)
Algeria’s Interim President, Abdelkader Bensalah, has set Dec. 12 as the date for the country’s delayed presidential polls in an attempt to end a months-long political standoff.
Bensalah said in a televised address that the election was an “urgent” step for the country that has seen anti-government street protests since February.
In April, long-time President Abdelaziz Bouteflika was forced to resign under pressure from the protests and the influential military.
Protests have since continued, demanding an overhaul of the political system and the departure of Bouteflika-era officials, including Bensalah.
On Sunday, Bensalah said that the presidential polls provide a “unique chance” for the North African country.
“I am still confident that these elections represent the sole and effective democratic solution, which will allow our country to overcome its current situation,’’ he said.
“The presidential election will present a unique chance that can establish confidence in the country.’’
“The time has come today for everyone to give precedence to the nation’s supreme interests over all other considerations because the matter is related to the future of our country and the future of our children,’’ Bensalah added in Arabic.
In June, Algeria postponed presidential poll that was scheduled for July 4, after the only two candidates, who had submitted bids, were disqualified. (dpa/NAN)
The FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has urged political actors in Kogi to eschew violence as the unity and peaceful coexistence of the state are not negotiable.
The Minister made the call when a delegation of Kogi Political Triangle, led by Adamu Shuiabu, paid her a visit in her office.
The Special Assistant on Media to the Minister, Mr Austine Elemue, in a statement on Sunday noted that the minister used the visit to called for a united force in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
She emphasised the need to build bridges among the different ethic groups in the state, noting that peace was a daunting task but achievable.
According to the minister, the state will achieve more under one united body.
Aliyu, however, called on the people of the state to support the government at the center in order to realise the dreams of the state, saying that Kogi was blessed with ingenious and competent hands.
She called on them to use their numerical strength to vote massively for Gov. Yahaya Bello, in the forthcoming Kogi governorship election.
“There is nothing we can achieve without peace. Kogi state is blessed with ingenious and competent men and women.
“We are doing well in building the nation, and nation building is a collective responsibility.
“I sincerely believe that Kogi State will be a hub of activities after the second tenure of Gov. Yahaya Bello.
“Kogi State unity is not negotiable. It is not about a political party or ethnicity anymore,
“We must follow the government at the center to get the dividends of democracy in order to realise the Kogi of our dream.
“We are stronger in unity. However, I know unity is a daunting task but achievable. Kogi State at this point of our political era needs continuity and consolidation.
Responding, the leader of the delegation, Adamu Shuiabu, said that Kogi Political Triangle came into existence to ensure that ethnic and senatorial politics come to a halt.
He, therefore, called on other groups to promote peace and unity in the state. (NAN)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola shrugged off his team’s shock 3-2 defeat by newly-promoted Norwich City in the English Premier League (EPL) on Saturday with a direct message.
He said his team simply could not be expected to win every week.
Guardiola’s team beat Liverpool to the title by a solitary point last season after winning their last 14 games.
But after five games of this season they already trail Juergen Klopp’s side by five points.
“The people cannot expect us to win or pick up 100 points all the time. We’re going to recover now and come back,” said Guardiola after the loss at Carrow Road.
Manchester City won 32 of 38 games last season, losing only twice and they had not suffered a league defeat since their 2-1 reverse to Newcastle United on January 29.
The prior season, Manchester City achieved a record 100 points, losing just two matches in the entire campaign and finishing 19 points clear at the top.
“Sometimes games like this happen —- we had our chances to score but didn’t. So, congratulations to Norwich,” said the Spaniard, who felt the scoreline didn’t reflect the balance of the game.
Manchester City, as usual, dominated possession with 69 percent of the ball and they had eight shots on target —– while Norwich scored from all three of their efforts on goal.
“It is football —- we had many opportunities today. They had three or four and scored three goals,” he added.
“The first one was a set-piece we didn’t defend, the second we were caught on the counter-attack and the third came from a mistake.
“But we know what we are as a team, we know what we have done and we know what we are going to do.”
Norwich’s crucial third goal came after defender Nicolas Otamendi was caught in possession in his own penalty area allowing, Emiliano Buendia to square to Teemu Pukki.
In the absence of injured French defender Aymeric Laporte, who could be sidelined for six months with a knee injury, Manchester City looked in trouble.
They featured John Stones and Argentine Otamendi in the centre of defence and they rarely looked solid on Saturday.
With Vincent Kompany having left the club and not being replaced during the transfer window, Manchester City have few options at the back.
But Guardiola said he had confidence in Stones and Otamendi.
“John and Nico have played together many times and been a huge part of what we have done, but Kompany is now in Belgium, Laporte is injured and these are the defenders we have at this moment,” he said.
Manchester City’s Spanish international midfielder Rodri said not too much should be read into the loss.
“That’s football. It wasn’t a normal game, but we have to look forward. The season is very long, you’re going to have matches like this —- at least two or three,” he said.
“We’re not a 10 as a team. We’re not perfect. The only positive thing we can say is that it’s early in the season. We’re five points behind the leaders, but we need to keep going.” (Reuters/NAN)
Hundreds of Muslim faithful, followers of the Tijjaniyyah Sect on Saturday gathered at Jema’a Central Mosque in Kafanchan, Kaduna State to observe the Annual Zikr and prayers in commemoration of Islamic New Year, 1441 AH.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Muslims, under the auspices of Ansaru Faidhatu Tijjaniyya with dignitaries from within and outside Jema’a Emirate gathered at the Da’ira to recite Zikrs.
They were led by top members of the sect who preached and offered prayers for peaceful coexistence and unity in the country.
Sheikh Muhammad Kabir Qassim, the Deputy Chief Imam of Jema’a Central Mosque, urged Muslims to hold fast to the teachings of their religion and pray for peace, for the benefit of humanity.
Also, Alhaji Husain Muhammad-Tahir, the Chairman, Ansaru Faidhatu Tijjaniyya, Kafanchan, called on parents to inculcate religious teachings and good behavior among their wards.
He thanked Almighty God for sparing their lives to witness this year’s event.
The Ulama prayed for first chairman and founder of the organization, Suleiman Tijjani-Tahir, who was kidnapped and killed recently.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the legacy of determined, proud and assertive black emancipation left by late Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe will live long in the hearts of Africans.
Osinbajo’s spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, said the vice president conveyed the message on the condolence register for Mugabe at Harare International Airport.
Osinbajo was in Zimbabwe to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the state funeral of the late former president of Zimbabwe.
“Nigeria most respectfully condoles with the Republic of Zimbabwe on the passing of her President, Robert Mugabe – who led the republic and her people to freedom and majority rule – alongside so many other patriots.
“His legacy of determined, proud and assertive black emancipation will live long in the hearts of Africans.
” We wish the people of Zimbabwe great peace and prosperity.”
Osinbajo, later while speaking with Zimbabwean journalists at the Harare International Airport, said that Mugabe was a great encouragement to the independent movements everywhere.
He said that Mugabe was also a great motivation to self-realisation for black people practically everywhere.
According to Osinbajo, the passing on of Mugabe is indeed sad, especially for those who are leaders today.
“First let me say that for all of us, the whole of Africa, the memories of the years of decolonisation, the years of the struggle for black majority rule in various places are years that bring joy and confidence to most of us, especially leaders today.
“This is one of the reasons why President Mugabe stood out as one of those leaders whose zeal, passion and selfless commitment to the emancipation of the people of Zimbabwe was not only a great encouragement to the independent movement everywhere, but more to the self-realisation for black people practically everywhere.
“So, his passing is indeed sad. I think that for most of us, especially those who are leaders today, there’s a lot to learn from such an incredibly illustrious career, especially the role that he played in decolonization.
“And, of course, alongside the work that was done, not just by the frontline states, but by the likes of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and so many other African patriots; their lives and times, especially during the period of the struggle for black majority rule in Southern Africa and the support that other African countries gave, especially sub-Saharan African countries; Nigeria being, as you have noted, a frontline state.
“There are times when I think we should be extremely proud of what we achieved as black people,” he said. (NAN)
The 4 Brigade of the Nigerian Army, Benin, says it will sustain the existing synergy it enjoys with other security agencies in the fight against crime in Edo.
The Brigade Commander, Brig.- Gen. Greg Omorogbe, made the pledge on Friday in Benin when Mr Sheikh Waziri, the new State Director of the Department of State Services (DSS) visited him.
Omorogbe said that the synergy among security agencies was non negotiable in view of the prevailing criminality and insecurity in the country.
He also assured Waziri of the brigade’s continued support to all security agencies.
Waziri, who had earlier commended the Nigerian Army for its usual support to the DSS in Edo and the nation in general, solicited for its sustenance.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Waziri was also at the Edo Police Command on Thursday and had harped on the need for continuous collaboration between sister security agencies in tackling crime in the state.
NAN reports that Waziri, who was received by the Edo Commissioner of Police, Mohammed DanMallam, said he was conscious of the fact that the police remained the head of security agencies in terms of internal security.
Waziri noted that it was this conscious fact that the State Command of the Service was prepared to key into in sustaining the existing relationship between both security agencies.
The DSS boss added that both security outfits needed to translate the excellent relationship among the personnel at the top level to officers at the lower level cadre.
Waziri assured the commissioner that he would ensure that operatives in the command comported themselves well at all times while sharing intelligence with sister security agencies to combat crime.
The new DSS boss expressed optimism that both security outfits would jointly help address the challenges of crime in the state.
In his response, DanMallam assured Waziri of the command’s continued partnership with the DSS, saying both outfits were partners in progress in their avowed constitutional roles of ensuring safety of lives and property. (NAN)
Youth Groups under the aegis of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) have commended Gov. Willie Obiano for appointing five youths into key positions in his administration.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja on Friday, Kenny Anwujuola, Public Relations Officer of the NYCN particularly commended Obiano for appointing Innocent Nduanya the Deputy President of NYCN as the Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters.
She described the appointment as well deserved and encouraged youths in the sectors yo work hard to take over the affairs of their states and the nation.
She added that Nduanya who has held many positions in the NYCN had served the council well, beginning from the local and State level up to his current national position.
She called on other leaders across Nigeria to emulate Governor Obiano in building the capacity of Nigeria youths by challenging them with sensitive appointment.
On his part, Obinna Nwaka, Director General, Committee on Sensitisation and Mobilization CYMS, said that Gov. Obiano has proven to be the most youth friendly Governor with the latest appointment.
He assured that Nduanya is well known for his proactiveness and will not disappoint the Governor.
Also, Alhaji Adamu Muktar, former National Treasurer NYCN thanked Governor Obiano for the appointment and alluded to the capability of Nduanya.