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Global Challenges: Chinese Government Rolling out Blueprints



By Raphael Oni

In today’s interconnected world, it is crucial for us to come together and address the global challenges that affect all of us. From climate change to poverty, from disease outbreaks to political conflicts, these issues require collective efforts and collaboration from all nations. By working together, sharing resources and knowledge, and implementing sustainable solutions, we can make a positive impact on these challenges. It is important for us to prioritize cooperation, empathy, and innovation in order to create a better future for our planet and all its inhabitants.

Ten years ago President Xi Jinping propounded the idea of building a global community of shared future, answering a question raised by the world, by history, and by the times: “Where is humanity headed?” His proposal lights the path forward as the world fumbles for solutions, and represents China’s contribution to global efforts to protect our shared home and create a better future of prosperity for all.

Let us commit to addressing global challenges with determination and dedication, knowing that our actions today will shape the world for generations to come. We must also recognize that addressing global challenges requires a long-term perspective and sustained effort. It is not enough to simply respond to crises as they arise; we must also invest in preventative measures and build resilience to future challenges. This means supporting education, research, and development in fields such as renewable energy, public health, and conflict resolution. It also means promoting policies that prioritize the well-being of people and the planet over short-term economic gains. By taking a holistic approach to global challenges, we can create a more just and sustainable world for all.

China has put forward a proposal for a shared future, emphasizing cooperation and collaboration among nations. This vision seeks to foster mutual understanding, respect, and peaceful coexistence to address global challenges.Through this proposal, China aims to promote sustainable development, economic prosperity, and cultural exchange on a global scale. By working together, countries can build a more harmonious and prosperous world for future generations. This proposal reflects China’s commitment to multilateralism and the belief that shared prosperity benefits all nations. It is a call for unity, solidarity, and collective action to create a better future for humanity.

Globalization has improved the allocation of production factors worldwide, including capital, information, technology, labor and management. As if connecting scattered lakes and creeks into an uninterrupted expanse of water, it draws nations out of isolation and away from the obsolete model of self-reliance, merging their individual markets into a global one and combining their respective experiences into world history.

As information technology advances with every passing day, most prominently in the fields of Internet, big data, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence, human exchanges have become deeper, broader, and more extensive than ever before, and countries are more interconnected and interdependent than at any point in the past. Globalization is not an option; it is the reality and the way of life. The global village is getting smaller – the longest distance between two places on earth has been reduced to a flight of no greater than 24 hours, and our planet is becoming flat – one tap on a mobile phone connects us to the other side of the world in a split second. This is an integrated world. Those who turn their back on it will have no place in it.

China’s proposal for a shared future has gained significant attention and support from various nations worldwide. The vision of cooperation and collaboration among countries has been seen as an effective means to address global challenges. This proposal emphasizes the importance of mutual understanding, respect, and peaceful coexistence, which are crucial elements in building a harmonious and prosperous world. Moreover, China’s initiative aims to promote sustainable development, economic prosperity, and cultural exchange on a global scale. By working together towards these goals, countries can create a better future for generations to come.

China’s commitment to multilateralism is reflected in this proposal, which highlights the belief that shared prosperity benefits all nations. It is indeed a call for unity, solidarity, and collective action towards achieving a better future for humanity.

The success of China’s proposal for a shared future will depend on the willingness of nations to work together towards common goals. This vision requires a shift in mindset from competition to cooperation, and from isolationism to openness. It is important for countries to recognize that their individual interests are intertwined with the interests of the global community. By working towards shared objectives, nations can create win-win situations that benefit all parties involved.

China’s proposal also highlights the need for dialogue and communication among nations, as well as respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. These principles are essential in building trust and promoting peaceful coexistence among countries. In addition, China’s emphasis on sustainable development is crucial in addressing pressing environmental issues such as climate change and pollution. Cooperation among nations is necessary to tackle these challenges and ensure a livable planet for future generations.

Overall, China’s proposal for a shared future provides a hopeful vision for the world, one that prioritizes collaboration over conflict and mutual benefit over individual gain. It is up to all nations to embrace this vision and work together towards a better future for humanity. To achieve the vision of a shared future proposed by China, it is essential for nations to work together towards common goals. This requires a change in mindset from competition to cooperation and from isolationism to openness. It is crucial for countries to recognize that their individual interests are interlinked with the interests of the global community. By working towards shared objectives, nations can create win-win situations that benefit all parties involved.

Furthermore, we must acknowledge that addressing global challenges is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Different regions and communities face unique challenges that require tailored approaches. It is essential to involve local stakeholders and empower them to take ownership of solutions that work for their specific context. This means investing in capacity-building and providing resources for local innovation and entrepreneurship. By promoting diversity and inclusivity in our approach to global challenges, we can ensure that everyone has a voice and a stake in creating a better future for all. Let us continue to work towards a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world for generations to come.

There is no iron law that dictates that a rising power will inevitably seek hegemony. This assumption represents typical hegemonic thinking and is grounded in memories of catastrophic wars between hegemonic powers in the past. China has never accepted that once a country becomes strong enough, it will invariably seek hegemony. China understands the lesson of history – that hegemony preludes decline. We pursue development and revitalization through our own efforts, rather than invasion or expansion. And everything we do is for the purpose of providing a better life for our people, all the while creating more development opportunities for the entire world, not in order to supersede or subjugate others.

The strong preying on the weak is not a way for humans to coexist. If the law of the jungle is imposed on human society, and the idea that “might makes right” prevails, the principle of sovereign equality will be fundamentally undermined, and world peace and stability will be severely endangered. In the age of globalization, all countries are interdependent and interconnected. Therefore the law of the jungle and the winner-takes-all mindset will lead nowhere – inclusive development for the benefit of all is the right path forward. China has consistently championed equity and justice, and remains committed to friendly cooperation with other countries, on the basis of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, in order to advance democracy in international relations.

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Nigerian Army wins 2024 national shooting competition



The Nigerian Army has emerged as the champion of the 2024 National Open Shooting competition.

The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla, sponsored the national open shooting championship.

The Nigerian army won a total of 10 medals in all at the end of the five-day National Championship held at the indoor sports hall of Moshood Abiola Stadium (Package B) in Abuja.

This was disclosed in a release on the Official Twitter Account of the Nigerian Army, @HQNigerianArmy, late Monday night, April 15, 2024

The press release:

The Nigeria Army have emerged champions of the 2024 National Open Shooting Championship sponsored by the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Emmanuel Ogalla.

Nigeria Army won a total of 10 medals consisting of 7 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze at the end of the five-day National Championship held at the indoor sports hall of Moshood Abiola Stadium (Package B) in Abuja.

The Acting Director of Physical Training, Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Abdulrahim Bello commended the shooters for putting up brilliant displays at the Championship. Brig Gen Bello said the performance of the team has further shown that the Army remains the leading agency in shooting, promising that the Nigerian Army will continue to support the growth of sports.

He said, “The Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lieutenant General Taoreed Lagbaja will be impressed that the Nigerian Army emerged winners of the National Shooting Championship.

I want to congratulate the shooters who represented the service at the championship because they put a brilliant display against their opponents.

“The Nigeria Army will ensure we continue to give support to our athletes in order to get maximum output. We have loads of sporting activities in the coming months and I want to assure you that the Nigerian Army will not relent in the quest to dominate Nigeria and Africa at large”.

The team Capture/Coach, Major Oluremi Olusegun also appreciate Brigadier General Bello for his consistent support and guidance given to the team.

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Despite Claims Of Subsidy Removal, Tinubu Has Spent Trillions Of Naira Since May 2023 To Subsidise Same Fuel – El-Rufai Blasts President



Nasir El-Rufai, the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, has stated that the President Bola Tinubu-led administration has been subsidising petrol known as Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) since its inception in May 2023.

He affirmed that the development has so far cost the present administration trillions of naira since inception, adding that if not because of the subsidy payments, the price of petrol per litre could have been much higher than the diesel.

Diesel is currently sold above N1000 depending on the location, compared to PMS which is about N600 to 750 per litre.

El-Rufai made this known while speaking on Monday in Maiduguri, Borno State at the occasion of a Capacity Building Workshop at the International Conference Centre, Musa Usman Secretariat, Maiduguri.

The workshop is meant for Enhancing Skills of Government Officials in Policy Implementation and Productive Human Management Resources for honourable Commissioners, Chief Advisers and Special Advisers, Senior Technical Advisers, to Governor Babagana Zulum, Heads or Chief Executives of Agencies and Departments, Tertiary Institutions and local government Chairmen.

El-Rufai said, “A good leader must be decisive and have the ability to make good decisions, trustworthy, empower others irrespective of political, religious or ethnic considerations, have clear communication skills and resilient in all ramifications.

“Though it is too early to judge the present administration, it is just been there for only nine (9) months, and you know leadership is work in progress, you start something as I said in my speech, you start a policy because you are absolutely sure is the right policy, but in the course of implementation, if you see bottlenecks, you modify, because the key word in leadership in my view is not ideology or anything, is pragmatism.

“You should always be pragmatic. You are not God, only God is perfect, so as a good leader, when you make a policy and you started implementing, and it doesn’t seem to work well, you should have the humility to stand back and said, this is not working.

“For example, if you appoint a person to a position and he is not performing to expectation, you should have the humility to say look, I need a better person to do the job perfectly. Leadership is a continuous thing and in a term of four years, you can’t assess a government of nine months.

“But as I also said earlier during my presentation, the removal of fuel subsidy by the present administration is another good policy by President Tinubu. I have always supported withdrawal of fuel subsidy.

But as you can see, in the course of implementation, the government has now realised that the subsidy has to be back, because right now, we are paying a lot of money amounting to trillions of naira for subsidy even more than before, because the impact has been seen and the packages of support that will reduce the impact have not been effective in reducing the impact, and so, the federal government has to backpedal by subsidising petrol. Many people don’t know this.”

“If they want to know whether there is fuel subsidy or not, they should compare the prices of petrol and diesel per litre. This is because, under normal circumstances, petrol is supposed to be more expensive than diesel. As it is, diesel is above N1000, while petrol stood at about N600 per litre. So we are still subsidising for fuel in Nigeria.” He stated.



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Reps South Wes Caucus Condemn Activities of Acclaimed Yoruba Nation Agitators



By Gloria Ikibah
The South West Caucus of the House of Representatives has condemned in strong terms the recent activities carried out by acclaimed Yoruba Nation Agitators, which have caused unrest and pose a threat to the peace and stability of our region.
This was contained in a statement signed  by Leaderof Southwest Caucus/Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. PAdewunmi Oriyomi Onanuga, Chairman, Southwest Caucus, Rep. Abiodun James Faleke and Secretary General, Southwest Caucus, Rep. Taofeek Ajilesoro on Monday in Abuja.
The statement reads: “As representatives of the people, we stand firmly against any form of unlawful behavior and violence that undermines the rule of law and the unity of our country, Nigeria. It is essential that all grievances and demands be addressed through peaceful and lawful means, respecting the rights and well-being of all citizens.
“We urge all parties involved to engage in constructive dialogue, prioritize the welfare of our people, and work towards finding peaceful and lasting solutions to any grievances,” said Rt. Hon.Dr Abiodun James Faleke, Chairman of the South West Caucus of the House of Representatives. “Violence and lawlessness have no place in our society, and we call on all individuals to uphold the principles of peace, unity, and respect for the rule of law.
“The South West Caucus remains committed to upholding the values of democracy, justice, and unity in our region and the country at large. Together, we can overcome challenges and build a better future for all”.
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