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A Bright Future for Nigeria becoming Hub for Africa’s Space Development



Dr. Valerii Alesandruk on Space Development - Stock photo (cred- thisdaylive) - npbsblogng

Nigeria Can Become Hub for Africa’s Space Development, Says Envoy

Dr. Valerii Alesandruk (Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria) projected a nice future for Nigeria as been at the forefront of Space development, if she is determined to launch further into space considering the ready minds, energy and intellectuals at her disposal.

Dr. Valerii Alesandruk on Space Development - Stock photo (cred- thisdaylive) - npbsblogng

Dr. Valerii Alesandruk on Space Development – Stock photo (cred- thisdaylive) – npbsblogng

While admitting that Nigeria is not just only a big country in the African continent but also possesses a lot of potentials and great minds, the envoy urged the country to endeavour to establish itself in this regards. He added that Ukraine with her vast expertise in the area of space technology is ready to collaborate with Nigeria.

Alesandruk made the observation while speaking with journalists in Abuja on various areas of cooperation between the two countries.


He said, “Ukraine is very good at space technology and Nigeria is a big country in the continent that needs to develop its space sector.

“Nigeria needs to establish itself and launch more into the space and become hub for Africa in space development”.

The ambassador disclosed that apart from space technology, his country is desirous of deepening military cooperation with Nigeria to help her overcome her security challenges.

He commended Nigerians currently studying in various higher institutions in Ukraine, noting that out of the 3,700 Nigerian travelers issued visas in the last two years, 2014 are students and they are currently doing well.


According to him, the number of visa issued to Nigerians increased by 45 per cent in 2018.

“In 2017 we issued 1,642 visas to Nigerians going to Ukraine, among these we have 821 visas for students that wanted to study in the Ukraine.

“In the last ten months of 2018 we have already issued 2,028 visas to Nigerians and among them we have 1,193 student visas.

“Currently we have more than 4000 Nigerians studying various courses in Ukraine. This is good for our cooperation as young people from Nigeria go to Ukraine to study medicine, ICT high tech among others”, the ambassador noted.

He said that Nigeria and Ukraine had cooperation in the frame of international organisations and Nigeria had supported Ukraine in some instances.

“On March 2014 Ukraine became an object of international discussion and Nigeria supported Ukraine.

“Ukraine on its part also supported Nigeria in the course of fighting the insurgent of Boko Haram.

“Ukraine was among the few countries which supported Nigeria in the supply of military weapons to fight the insurgent”, the envoy added.

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Joe Biden Sworn in as 46th U.S President



Joe Biden Sworn in As 46th US President

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th United States president as Harris becomes the Vice President.

She is America’s first female and first black Asian-American person to hold the office.

Biden took his oath of office on Wednesday at the capitol in Washington D.C.

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Chief Justice, John Roberts junior, administered the pledge at exactly 11:48am eastern time.

In his Inaugural address, Mr. Biden said it was a day of “history and hope”.

“my whole soul is in putting America back together again”.

Outgoing President, Donald Trump, did not attend the ceremony.

Meanwhile, former presidents, Bill Clinton, George Bush junior, Barack Obama and their wives were in attendance.

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Turkish Court Sentences Kurdish Former Member of Parliament to Jail



Turkish court sentences Kurdish former MP to 22 years in jail

A Turkish court has sentenced Kurdish former lawmaker, Leyla Guven to more than 22 years in jail on terror-related charges.

Leyla Guven, who was stripped of her parliamentary immunity in June, was convicted of membership of a “terror group” and disseminating “terror propaganda” for outlawed Kurdish armed groups.

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On Monday, Guven was given 14 years and three months in jail on a charge of membership of a “terrorist organization” and an additional eight years for two separate charges of disseminating “terrorist propaganda”.

Guven was not present at the court hearing in the predominantly Kurdish southeastern city of Diyarbakir, and her whereabouts were not immediately clear.

The court however, ordered Guven’s immediate arrest.

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Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, Dies at 71.



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Burundi’s Former President Pierre Buyoya, has died at age 71.

Buyoya served as President twice, from 1987-1993 and then 1996-2003.

His death comes three weeks after his resignation from the position of the high representative of the African Union for Mali and the Sahel region.

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Announcing his resignation, Buyoya said he needed time to focus on legal battles back home, following his trial in absentia and sentencing to life in prison.

Burundi’s top court sentenced Buyoya to life imprisonment in late October 2020, for alleged assassination of President Melchior Ndadaye who had won the 1993 elections.

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