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AFRICA/CARIBBEAN NOW: Lekan Alli Declares Bid for Governor

Alhaji Olalekan Alli, the secretary to the government in Nigeria’s Oyo State, has declared his intention to run for governor of the state in 2019.

Alli made the declaration last week at the All Progressives Congress (APC) party secretariat in Ibadan, where he submitted his official letter of intent to the party hierarchy, the Daily Times reported.

“I am proud to note that the APC ideology provides the most proficient platform that is capable of transforming our dear nation,” he wrote in the letter. “Together we will continue to see that Nigeria attains the required global recognition and relevance that is befitting of our size and diversity. This desire cuts across all levels — from national to sub-national administration, even down to the individual.

“It is therefore with great pride that I proclaim my conviction in the party as the panacea for national and community development,” Alli said. “More importantly, it is with great delight and humility that I like to recognize and celebrate our leader, the architect-builder of modern Oyo State, the indisputable visionary and game changer, astute administrator, firm and unrepentant believer in the emancipation of modern Oyo State, the Governor of our State, His Excellency Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Aare of Ibadan land.

“His Excellency’s passionate implementation of his vision, couched in the restoration, transformation and repositioning agenda, remains the fundamental signposts and pillars of the developmental strides in Oyo State,” he said. “The unprecedented two-term tenure of his administration has raised the bar of governance, thereby attracting a huge number of investors. These legacies must be sustained and taken to the next level.”

Guyanese Conference Aims to Empower Youths

Guyana’s Department of Youth, which falls under the umbrella of Ministry of the Presidency — Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport, announced Friday plans for its inaugural Guyana Youth Conference 2018, themed, “Youth Perspective for Empowerment and Development for a Better Guyana,” the Guyana Chronicle reported.

This conference is slated for Sept. 24-26 at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre and caters for young people across Guyana between the ages of 18-35. It will begin with a State youth reception and tour for young people from the outlying regions and continues with two days of discussions by our young people.

Barbadians Urged to Study in China

There’s room for more Barbadians to study in Beijing, says Chinese Ambassador to Barbados Yan Xiusheng, who revealed that his country had seen an increase in the number of international students undertaking graduate and undergraduate studies there and he did not want Barbados to be left out.

“Chinese universities are ranking top in the world. China is vastly becoming an attractive destination for international students and every year more than 500,000 students from some 200 countries will choose China for studies,” Xiusheng told attendees Friday at the orientation and delivery ceremony, of admission letters to the 2018/2019 Chinese Government Scholarship winners, at the Chinese Embassy, the Barbados Today reported.

“Being the Chinese Ambassador to Barbados, I warmly welcome more Barbadian students to study in China as well as to experience China and understand China. The embassy will continue to offer quality service and assistance in this regard,” he added, as he wished the students success in their studies.

Ambassador Xiusheng also revealed that some 3,500 Barbadians have benefitted from learning the Chinese language since the establishment of the Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He further pointed to millions of dollars in teaching aid that have been donated, by the government of China to Barbados, for improvement in several areas including agriculture.

The diplomat added that relations between the two countries have been very rewarding.

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