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    Kenya makes public China agreements for $3bn railway

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    After years of secrecy, the Kenyan public can now have a look at the documents for the $3 billion Kenyan railway project signed with China in 2014.

    This is as Kenya’s Transport Minister, Kipchumba Murkomen, took to twitter to say “As promised I have released the SGR agreements to the people of Kenya. I have given a copy to the Majority Leaders for them to table in the respective Houses of Parliament. I have also shared a copy with the media.”

    Cover page of the deal. Source: Twitter

    Taking details of the railway’s loan agreements public was one of President William Ruto’s campaign promises aimed at ending speculation among Kenyans on what the government signed on their behalf by the national treasury.

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    Local media coverage of the released agreements indicates that the Chinese lenders, Export and Import (Exim) Bank of China, were given sweeping powers. For instance, it requires arbitration of any dispute to be held in Beijing and the main contractor of the project was exempted from all taxes.

    In 2020 the Chinese foreign ministry denied claims that the Mombasa port, one of the biggest in sub-Saharan Africa, was used as collateral in the agreement.

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    The $3bn Chinese-funded and operated railway line, which is Kenya’s biggest infrastructure project since independence in 1963, runs between the port city of Mombasa and the capital, Nairobi.

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    Its viability has been repeatedly questioned by critics since it was launched by former President, Uhuru Kenyatta, who hailed it as a new chapter in the country’s history.

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    In 2018, Kenya Railways head, Atanas Maina, and National Land Commission chairman, Muhammad Swazuri, were charged to court with fraud over the building of the railway line. They were accused of paying more than $2m in compensation to private firms which falsely claimed to own land through which the line ran.

    The railway is part of China’s “Belt and Road” project, its largest foreign initiative to date with multibillion-dollar investments in ports, railways and other facilities.

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    Three Best Electrical Wires and Cables in Nigeria 2024

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    Cables come in different materials, casing, and sizes to accommodate different electrical loads and different conditions in which they’ll be used. While they can be made of aluminium or other materials, most electrical wires are copper.

    Safety is the most important factor to consider when choosing an electrical cable. Because cables are the primary carrier of electricity in your home, you need to make sure every aspect of safety is taken into account. Electric wires are designed to withstand constant electrical current, which means they won’t cause a fire in the event of an accident/short circuit.

    Power cables and wires are one of the most common causes of electrical failure. People often overlook the importance of this material. A good power cable must perform better in the event of electrical failure, overload or sudden electrical spikes. It should also be fire-retardant in the event of any danger.  We have put together the best 4 electrical wires in Nigeria for 2024.

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    Nigeria is home to a wide variety of wire and cable brands, most of which are produced in the country. We have compiled a list of the best wire and cable brands to help you find the right one for your needs.

    1. Zobis Cables & Wires is a leading brand of electrical cables. It specializes in the development and deployment of advanced house-wiring and industrial cables to meet the needs of energy and industrial companies. Their range of technologies and solutions are revolutionizing the way the industry operates today and into the future. They guarantee safety through quality and technology, and their cables are designed to withstand extreme conditions.

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    2. Cutix wires and cables represent a pinnacle in electrical engineering, tailored for both advanced house-wiring and industrial applications. They cater to energy and industrial sectors seeking heightened efficiency, reliability, and safety in their operations. With a versatile range of technologies and solutions, Cutix is reshaping the industry landscape, guaranteeing safety through top-notch quality and innovative technology. Designed to thrive in harsh conditions, these cables epitomize durability and resilience.

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    3. Coleman wires and cables stand out as the premier choice for electricity distribution across Nigeria. At Coleman Wires and Cables, we prioritize excellence in manufacturing, dedicated to producing wires and cables that consistently surpass our customers’ needs. Our commitment extends to aligning with key stakeholders and adhering to ISO 9001:2015 standards, ensuring our products consistently deliver the highest quality possible.

     

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    Online Confrontation Erupts as Man Urges Internet Spiritualist Uzihben to Embrace Christianity, Met with Counterclaim

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    In a digitally-fueled confrontation that sparked intense debate across social media platforms, an unknown individual challenged prominent Internet Spiritualist Uzihben to embrace Christianity, only to receive a counterclaim from Uzihben urging him to reconnect with his ancestral roots. The fiery exchange of words unfolded on October 3, 2023, and has since become a hot topic of discussion in online communities.

    The dispute, which originated on Uzihben’s social media channel, began when a man, a devout Christian, publicly implored Uzihben to accept Jesus Christ as his savior and renounce his spiritualist beliefs. The man argued that Christianity provided the path to salvation and spiritual enlightenment.

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    In response to the man’s call for conversion, Uzihben retorted with a message emphasizing the importance of ancestral reverence and heritage. Uzihben encouraged the to explore his own ancestral spirituality and traditions, arguing that connecting with one’s roots can be a profound and fulfilling spiritual journey.

    The online exchange escalated as both parties defended their respective beliefs and perspectives. The man reiterated his conviction that Christianity offered the ultimate spiritual truth and salvation, while Uzihben emphasized the value of diverse spiritual paths and the need to respect individual choices.

    As the debate raged on, observers on social media weighed in with a variety of opinions. Some supported the man’s efforts to share his faith, while others praised Uzihben for championing the idea of exploring one’s cultural and ancestral heritage as a source of spiritual fulfillment.

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    While the exchange remained largely civil, it underscored the ongoing tension between different belief systems and the challenges of religious and spiritual dialogue in the age of the internet. The encounter left both the man and Uzihben with firm convictions in their respective faiths and worldviews.

    In the aftermath of this online confrontation, discussions on the role of religion, spirituality, and cultural heritage in personal belief systems continued to reverberate through online communities. It served as a reminder of the diversity of perspectives and the importance of respectful dialogue in an increasingly interconnected world.

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    As the digital age continues to foster global conversations about spirituality and belief, exchanges like this one remind us of the need for tolerance, empathy, and understanding in navigating the complex landscape of faith and spirituality in the modern era.

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    How much is Nigeria International Passport 2023

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    In the year 2023, the cost of the standard 32 pages passport is N70,000 and 64 pages cost N100,000.

     

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