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Good Leadership is key to Africa We Want.

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The challenge of development in Africa calls for urgent action towards breaking from the recurring dilemma we find ourselves. The covid-19 pandemic has had a serious effect on economies, we know, but the situation is critical terms predates the pandemic. It is becoming more and more expedient to take necessary action and we have no choice but to take the bull by the horns.

This is why my attendance at this summit is important to me and the organization I represent. At the African Children Talent Discovery Foundation (ACTDF), we are quite Afrocentric in the sense that the plight of the African children and the young people remains our focus, even as we are a part of the global community going by the larger view of our activities. Attendance is thus a matter of passion to see what we can do as Africans for the greater good of the continent.

So when I got the invitation to this summit, I felt a sense of obligation to attend, hoping that the basic issues of development would be discussed and I am happy to see such a broad network of like minds gathered at this event organized by the Africa Development Forum. I have so far listened to some good conversations on “Africa We Want” being the theme of this summit. The various views have also been revealing and in some cases challenging our hopes and aspirations as a people and a continent.

In all of this, I think one major concern we should address more seriously is the leadership question in Africa, a situation which I believe has had its impact on the level of development in the continent. I think leadership, an effective leadership, is the foundation upon which every other factor rests as we hope to have an Africa that works for all. For without credible and patriotic leadership, the new Africa which this summit wants us all to see would still be a mirage, even as I recognize the strides some of the nations in the continent are making and as reflected in their socio-economic indices.

Thus the leadership question has to be addressed which, arguably, is at the heart of the matter and that is the challenge that this summit has to tackle, thereby paving the way for a new Africa we want.

But this won’t happen by accident, we have to work for it, especially through advocacy and platforms like this to raise the bar of leadership. Just as we do at the ACTDF, we must necessarily engage the youths and prepare them to be active participants in this crucial conversation, adding value not only for personal development but that for their countries.

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Why Cooking Gas Price is High – NNPC.

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Hope for an early reduction in the price of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) also known as cooking gas, which has hit the roof, may remain an illusion for a long while. LPG sells for N480 per kg or N6,000 per 12.5 kg.

The Group Managing Director Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, said the cooking gas price surge might linger until the volume supplied to the domestic market is increased.

Kyari, who spoke during a visit to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) headquarters assured Nigerians that the corporation was working with relevant agencies to ensure that the supply increased to cut down the price of gas.

“Today, this country is undersupplied with gas; we can tell you that we are having difficulty filling our network across the country with gas. So that means that once supply is weak, it will affect pricing. Today, the supply mechanism of LPG is very weak. So, we are collaborating extensively to ensure that we can extract LPG from our gas resources so that it can be made available to the market,” he said.

“To make the price more affordable, we are working towards providing more volume of gas into the domestic market. By doing this, we make it very close to home and extend the networks, once supply is high, it will bring down the prices,” he added.

Similarly, DPR Director, Sarki Auwalu, said there were plans to increase gas production to 230 trillion cubic feet by 2030.

“Let me take this opportunity to inform the GMD of the NNPC that as at last year, we were able to increase the gas reserve with 3.6tcf,” Sarki noted.

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