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Daily News – Tanzania
THE construction of Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA)’s Terminal 3 in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, has been completed by 95 per cent.
It is expected to be completed by 100 per cent in May this year, thanks to the government’s push to have it completed as soon as possible and up to standard.
This is after taking into account delays caused by lack of funds. Terminal 3 will create many opportunities for the government and nation!
This is due to the fact that the new facility will also facilitate the setting up of other facilities and services at and around JNIA.
When Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa toured the construction site to inspect its progress on Friday, he reiterated the government’s stand to have it finished as agreed and, therefore, he pushed for preparations to make it start operating immediately after being handed over by the Dutch contractor, BAM Group.
With the number of planes, we have today and those privately owned, there will be more flights at JNIA and this has implications for advertising Tanzania to other nations, local tourism and foreign exchange.
The completion of Terminal 3 will obviously put the facility in the right position in terms of having a standard and multi-purpose international facility.
The facility, however, will be able to accommodate 24 large planes and handle six million annual passengers, including parking lots, access roads, platforms and a taxiway.
This will be more than double of the current annual traffic, which according to last year’s statistics (March), stands at about 2.5 million passengers.
Expansion of JNIA is part of the government’s plan to transform the country into a regional hub and boost the country’s tourism sector and economy.
This means that improved JNIA infrastructure translates into new air transport links; both domestic and international and - more foreign exchange earnings.
According to last year’s Bank of Tanzania (BoT) statistics, tourism is Tanzania’s biggest foreign exchange earner, brought in the country about $2.4 billion last year.
With these developments, there will be a big difference in air services for more visitors to come and visit tourist attractions. This, of course, will put us on the world map as our planes will not only be domestic, but also international flights.
For that matter we have every reason to feel proud of the stage we have reached at the moment, especially when Terminal 3 is handed over to the government in May.
The New Times – Rwanda
By: Kenneth Agutamba
The Government of Rwanda, with partners such as the Canadian High Commission in Kigali, Mastercard Foundation and the International Development Research Center are restyling university training through a unique industry-based program at the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS).
Dubbed, AIMS Co-operative Masters degree in mathematical sciences, the 18-month program currently taught at three AIMS centres including Rwanda, Senegal and Cameroon, offers students work-Integrated Learning,assimilating class-based education into an authentic, work-based context.
For years, many an employer in Rwanda, and in Africa by extension, have complained about the quality of graduates that universities are churning out these days, whom they find wanting and unready for the labour market. The issue has always been attributed to ‘skills-mismatch to available jobs.’
It’s that mismatch that the AIMS Industry Initiative seeks to address through the AIMS Co-operative Masters degree in mathematical sciences, with support from the MasterCard Foundation.
On Wednesday this week, I attended the graduation of ten students from six African countries including four from Rwanda, who pioneered the course some eighteen months ago, as they received their certificates at a small but colourful ceremony held at the AIMS Centre in Kigali.
Sighs of relief, experience of joy, and hope in the future, as the graduates, armed with that light hard-paper printout called the transcript as well as degree certificate, head out to face the world. The academic staff looking on, with admiration, evidence of their own effort.
On the day of graduation, the AIMS Centre compound in Remera fit its Pan-African profile as family and friends of the ten graduating students from six different countries joined to witness the once in a lifetime moment for those that are lucky to pursue their academic dreams that far.
There were ten of them; four from Rwanda, and one each, from Chad, Madagascar, Cameroon, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria. When one of them, Sylvera Massawe from Tanzania, was asked to deliver a speech on behalf of her colleagues, it immediately emerged that the institute has not only trained mathematical scientists but great orators too!
“Graduating means we are winners! We thought, tried and we have achieved. May we approach other life challenges with this attitude of trying, and never be afraid of failure. To quote one of the great scientists we aspire to be, Albert Einstein; a person who never made a mistake never tried anything new,” she said.
The nature of their training will be a great asset as they set out to face those life challenges. Each of the students, right after their ordinary classroom coursework undertook a six-month internship practice with recognised companies in Rwanda, where they were handed problems to solve.
It is that industry experience that makes the Coop-Master’s program a special one as it means by the time they graduate, the students have been tasted, by subjecting them to real challenges to which they are required to find solutions, using mathematical science approaches taught in classroom.
Unlike traditional university training that focuses on student grades and scores from classroom course works, the Coop Master’s program instead focuses on the student’s ability to apply theoretical knowledge to finding solutions to real industry problems.
The approach is also helping change the poor perception that many Rwandan companies have previously had towards internship. It is the whole idea behind industry initiative; a partnership between local companies and AIMS Rwanda that offers Coop Master’s students an opportunity to get hands-on experience until close mentorship and regular supervision.
Organisations in public and private sector, including Rwanda Revenue Authority, AC Group, Ecobank, Bank of Africa, Saham Insurance, and I&M each worked with one of the students, assigning them advance solutions to some of their organizational problems.
The other companies that have committed to actively support the industry initiative include Bank of Kigali, Equity Bank, National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, Rwanda Energy Group, Airtel-Rwanda, MTN-Rwanda, RwandAir and KCB-Rwanda.
It is expected that as more companies support the Industry Initiative by opening their doors to students that are keen on testing their problem-solving abilities, the longstanding challenge of ‘jobs-skills mismatch’ will ultimately be solved as more of Africa’s youth gain relevant skills that facilitate their transition from studies to meaningful employment opportunities.
The Guardian – Nigeria
By: Yahaya Balogun
“People who live in difficult circumstances need to know that happy endings are possible” – US Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor. With unblemished gratitude and joy, we want express our appreciation to those who have made our story possible.
Nigerian voters sent a loud message through our collective voice on February 23, 2019. We have decided to consolidate the gains of the last four years through the resilient posture of President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari is a representation of our collective dream.
The irrepressible Nigerians are the winners; and Nigeria is a work-in-progress. Nigerians are collectively matching ahead into the promising future with unhindered optimism.
The story we wrote on the Election Day through overwhelming decision was history rewritten, future reassured. We are jettisoning the naughtiness of yesterday to move into the promising tomorrow.
Our collective decision through the ballots but not the bullets has renewed our courage of convictions for a brighter future.
Nigeria is a great country imbued with people of impeccable credentials. We can only unleash our potentials by eradicating the nuances of corruption from the malfeasance system.
President Buhari must begin to get the ball rolling to solve our mundane self-inflicted problems in Nigeria. No time to waste at all.
The import of the last general elections is premised on a loud collective clamor for the good of all Nigerians.
The voice of the people is the voice of God, and we hope the President understands this sacred loud voice.
Nigerians are unequivocally demanding for five major immediate things from Mr. president to transform their lives, which include:
- Creating job opportunities for the teeming young Nigerian population.
- Security of lives and property.
- Constant power supply and unprecedented infrastructures.
- Good roads and modern rail system.
- All-inclusive government with inclusion of some impeccable and qualified opposition party members.
- Continue war on corruption with deterrent; and no sacred cows.
The president must engender peace and collective true love among the polarized people of Nigeria.
Better days are ahead of us, there’s a bright light at the end of our dark tunnel. We should jettison collective pessimism to building a great optimism for our collective good.
Nigerians are all winners in the impending progress of Nigeria. Corruption is a loser. No Nigerian is a vanquish, all anti-corruption campaigners are victors. We are all victors moving into the promising future.
In the words of an anonymous famous disabled American athlete at the Olympic: “After the rain comes sunshine; after darkness comes the glorious dawn. There is no sorrow without its alloy of joy; there is no joy without its admixture of sorrow. Behind the ugly terrible mask of misfortune lies the beautiful soothing countenance of prosperity.
So tear the mask!” On February 23, 2019, we all collectively tore the masks of hopelessness, cynicism, contradiction, corruption, fear and despair off our faces.
We are etching into the promising (tomorrow) future through the planned nuances of NEXT LEVEL! God bless you, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.