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A new video released by Nigeria’s Jihadist group, Boko Haram, shows child soldiers undergoing religious and combat training in a camp.
The images show relatively young children dressed in combat-style clothing and balaclava participating in martial arts training, weapon handling training and religious education class.
At least two instructors and one child had what appeared to be the Zastava M21, likely captured from Cameroonian security forces.
The Zastava M21, built based on the Kalashnikov design, has appeared in previous pictures shared by Boko Haram factions or reported to have been recovered by security forces.
Some children were also shown holding different Kalashnikov pattern assault rifles with under folding, side-folding and fixed wooden stocks.
A section of the 16 minutes and 40 seconds video in Hausa and Arabic showed religious education and indoctrination sessions.
HumAngle reports that Boko Haram has occasionally shown different generations of fighters it is grooming to sustain the insurgency.
Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa (ISWAP) have been waging a bloody insurgency in North East Nigeria and Lake Chad which has led to at least 30,000 deaths and displaced over two million people.
The refugees from Yewaland, Ogun State who have been victims of herdsmen continuous attacks are building up in Pobe, Benin Republic.
@dabiodunMFR u haven’t done enuf to help rescue & save lives of pple of Ogun west. ur silence is extremely loud #chioma.
First came Sugar… then Cement… now, petroleum refining. The cycle of seeking protectionist Backward Integration Policies to protect a few players in limited industries keeps repeating itself. Only in this case, what should strengthen our collective economy is protecting a few big businesses and shutting out others, therefore holding Nigerians to ransom.
Let us say it as it is: We have seen this before, with all sorts of ventures in various sectors. One of Nigeria’s biggest businessmen sets out to enter a new industry in a big way. Government pulls out all the stops to support the actualization of that dream with several incentives because presumably, “it will support the economy and make the products/commodity more accessible and affordable.”
What has always happened next is that the government-backed backward integration plan is championed by this same player who is almost always a first mover in the private sector. What follows is a systemic closure of the operating space to others starts to occur, amid as well as a gradual increase in price. This is despite local production of said commodity going up. Why then does Nigeria keep granting such policies to favor a few despite the benefits not trickling down as promised? Have these so-called backward integration programmes ever helped or done so sustainably?
Let us take a look at the Nigerian Sugar Industry – a glaring example of the success and failures of a protectionist Backward Integration Policy (BIP). Twenty years ago, during the then President Olusegun Obasanjo-led administration, the Backward Integration Policy of the Nigerian Sugar Industry was championed to ensure that the “big three” Sugar refineries – Dangote, BUA and Flour Mills developed sugar plantations and were able to use homegrown sugar to substitute imported raw sugar. This was intended to bring down the price of locally available sugar as well as deepen the Nigerian sugar industry. Has it worked so far? Is sugar cheaper? Is the market more accessible for smaller players?
Twenty years ago, Dangote Group took over Savannah Sugar after acquiring it in the privatization process. How have they fared? Many suggest Savannah Sugar may be poorer for it. Asides marginal investments in new sugar fields, nothing else appears to have been done. Till date, the plantation has received no major upgrade and still cannot produce white sugar because it has no sugar refinery on site. About five years later, Flour mills of Nigeria, producers of the Golden Sugar brand, took over their own Sunti BIP site.
Despite receiving over 40billion Naira in FG intervention funds, their Sunti backward integration site still cannot produce edible sugar and only has a sugar mill similar to the one at the Dangote’s Savannah Plantation. The third producer, BUA is hardly any different. BUA took over its own Lafiagi site 10 years ago and didn’t start on time in developing the site. They claimed it was due to the government not handing over the land and associated infrastructure till 2014. Till date, work on their Sugar refinery and ethanol plant on site in addition to its plantation is still some way behind – just like the Dangote and Flour Mills, on delivering on their agreed BIP deliverables. Which serious companies take one to two decades to put the right things in place?
What has this led to? Prices of sugar have grown astronomically since the BIP programme started, even hitting NGN25,000 per bag during the COVID pandemic. It took a public outcry and the intervention of the government for prices to be reduced. Word on the street is that there may be another price increase towards the Muslim fasting period. Why is it that sugar is always expensive at this time of the year? Who shall successfully regulate these all-powerful oligarchs? New players are finding it difficult to break into the industry and those who try to are summarily pushed out.
To make matters worse, it seems there is also oppression among our oppressors. Any of the players who tries to break ranks is ganged up against by the others, as possibly demonstrated by with the recent debacle on BUA’s new export focused sugar refinery in the Bundu Free Zone in Port Harcourt. A recent leaked memo written by the two other players to the Minister of Trade urged the Minister to shut down BUA’s operations in Port Harcourt, despite the fact that increased operations would potentially solve supply side issues and by extension bring down the price of the finished commodity – issues – even when necessary duties are paid to bring the sugar into mainland Nigeria. To put it in simpler terms – imagine a sugar company unable to meet its target fighting for the shutdown of another, even when revenue is being expended to import sugar into mainland Nigeria. What hope then exists for the smaller producer or the consumers, who bear the brunt of these machinations?
It doesn’t end with sugar; Nigerians have witnessed the same thing with the Cement Industry, with the same cast of characters. Despite a series of waivers, pioneer status incentives and a backward integration policy championed initially by Dangote Cement and later enjoyed by Lafarge and BUA – the two other players in the Nigerian Cement Industry, retail prices of cement have grown astronomically in a way that makes everyday Nigerians question the benefits of Backward Integration in the Cement Industry. In a recent interview, BUA Chairman Abdul Samad Rabiu who is a part and beneficiary of this system, ironically admitted that Nigerians are paying the highest for cement in most of Africa. His peers have not considered Nigerians worthy of hearing such truth, preferring to keep mum.
I must say, a Backwards Integration Policy should not create more unwieldy, extremely profitable monopolistic enterprises that somehow end up holding Nigerians by the pocket and therefore by the jugular. Rather, such policies should engender a more open, competitive industry, giving opportunities to all comers without the fear of the system and a few players frustrating them.
At a briefing over the weekend, Nigerians were shocked to learn again that one of these same players who is building a 600,000barrels per day petroleum refinery, is actively pushing for purchases of Crude in Naira as well as a new backward integration policy for refineries. This was more or less confirmed by the recent visit of the Senate Committee visit to the Dangote Refinery last week.
Here’s the clincher – the same company which has benefited immensely in other sectors to the detriment of Nigerian consumers are now requesting that this policy should only be extended to those who have ACTIVE refining licenses. What this means – just like in Sugar and cement, is that only these companies with active licenses will be able to import these products into Nigeria. This will effectively narrow the market for Dangote’s 600,00barrels per day refinery. In view of their current plans, the Dangote Group will be the only ones to enjoy the benefits of this policy and possibly, BUA, when its own 200,000 barrels per day refinery comes up in 2024.
What is baffling however, is that this policy if instituted, will ensure that only the usual elite group will be able to import petroleum products, just like we have seen in Sugar and Cement. It will also ensure that even our dear own NNPC will be forced to buy its refined petroleum products from these companies, ensuring unsustainable profits and arbitrary price fixing which is detrimental to Nigerians. Crude oil across the world is sold in dollars. Why will they pay for our crude in Naira and then sell back to Nigeria in dollars? The same thing will likely apply to BUA and these two companies may as well be controlling over one-third of our GDP.
Here’s the clincher – the same company which has benefited immensely in other sectors to the detriment of Nigerian consumers are now requesting that this policy should only be extended to those who have ACTIVE refining licenses. What this means – just like in Sugar and cement, is that only these companies with active licenses will be able to import these products into Nigeria.
This will effectively narrow the market for Dangote’s 600,00barrels per day refinery. In view of their current plans, the Dangote Group will be the only ones to enjoy the benefits of this policy and possibly, BUA, when its own 200,000 barrels per day refinery comes up in 2024.
What is baffling however, is that this policy if instituted, will ensure that only the usual elite group will be able to import petroleum products, just like we have seen in Sugar and Cement. It will also ensure that even the NNPC will be forced to buy its refined petroleum products from the companies, ensuring unsustainable profits and arbitrary price fixing which is detrimental to Nigerians. Crude oil across the world is sold in dollars. Why will they pay four our crude in Naira and then sell back to Nigeria in dollars? The same thing will likely apply to BUA and these two companies may as well be controlling over one-third of our GDP.
To rescue our country, the Government must do away with the truly backwardness of these Backward Integration Policies, except it guarantees truly free markets. It has never worked for Nigerians. Rather, it has only worked to help a few people boost their already fat pockets. At this rate and if left to subsist, Nigerians could likely end up paying triple for petrol as has happened in Sugar and Cement.
The Policy of backward integration as implemented thus far has only enabled a monopoly that strangles the country’s chances at sustainably developing her commodities market and we must not mortgage our oil in this manner. The government must force these oligarchs to sit down and renegotiate all terms in these core industries as is being done in other countries like Senegal, for example.
Bottomline is, Nigerians and their stake in the oil industry appears to be heading towards a precarious end. So I ask again: BACKWARD INTEGRATION IN SUGAR, CEMENT AND NOW, PETROLEUM: WHO ARE THE REAL BENEFICIARIES? Certainly not Nigerians.
Source:- Politics Nigeria
Inside Tiger Woods’ $50,000 SUV: The Safety Features Of The Genesis GV80 – Including 10 Airbags
In Tuesday’s press conference detailing the events of Tiger Woods’ car crash, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the 45-year-old golfer is “lucky to be alive” and credited Woods’ survival to his car’s 10 airbags and the fact he was wearing a seatbelt.
The accident has understandably brought a lot of attention to the South Korean luxury vehicle manufacturer Genesis—as Woods was driving Genesis’ newest SUV, the GV80, as part of a golf event the luxury car maker was sponsoring. The GV80 is so new that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) hasn’t yet given it a rating. However, the brand’s rated vehicles, the G90 and G70, have both received superior scores across the board including the coveted IIHS Top Safety Pick. It’s expected that the G80 and GV80 will also fare very well when it comes to the safety tests
Having driven the all-new Genesis GV80, I can attest to its ultra-high build quality, sound construction and plentiful active safety features. So what are those safety features you ask? Let’s break them down:
The GV80 has 10 airbags. It debuted with a front center airbag. Located between the driver’s seat and center console, it deploys in 0.3 seconds in the event of a side collision to help prevent the two front passengers from colliding with each other or with vehicle components. It comes standard on all GV80 models, along with nine other airbags. (Driver and passenger—front and side; driver knee; left and right curtains; left and right rear passenger airbags)
The advanced driver-assistance systems on the GV80 and G80 employ cameras and sensors to detect obstructions or minimize the impact from collisions. The GV80 enhances these capabilities with machine learning to further assist the Smart Cruise Control (SSC) and Highway Driving Assist (HDA). When activated, SCC automatically adjusts throttle and braking to maintain a set distance from vehicles ahead. The 2021 GV80 adds a new dimension to SCC with machine learning that is able to learn the driver’s behavior even when SCC is not activated. By observing the timing and responsiveness of the driver’s acceleration and the following distance maintained, the system can approximate similar behavior when SCC is activated.
Machine learning also augments the new Highway Driving Assist (HDA) system by adapting steering feel and responsiveness based on driver behavior. These parameters also adjust according to the drive mode selected. Other improvements to HDA include the ability to execute driver-initiated lane changes, improved responsiveness for avoiding vehicles cutting into the lane at low speeds and the ability to adjust the vehicle’s position within the lane when others get close.
A new feature called Road Preview allows the front-facing camera to scan the road ahead and identify speed bumps and other impediments. If any are detected, the Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) automatically adjusts suspension damping to reduce body movement and wheel impact harshness. The Road Preview feature comes standard on the GV80 3.5T.
State-of-the-art, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) include:
Highway Driving Assist II (HDA II): This system assists the driver in a greater variety of situations than ever before, including during lane-change maneuvers when the turn signal is used, and when others merge in front of the driver.
Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning (SCC-ML): A world-first, SCC-ML incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) within the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) feature that helps the car learn the driving style of the driver.
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA): This system may help automatically bring the GV80 to a stop in certain situations where there is a risk of collision with an approaching vehicle detected on the left or right side of the intersection. GV80 may also help detect potential collision risks in certain situations where, for example, a pedestrian is sensed in close proximity to the vehicle while in motion.
Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA): BCA is essentially a Blind Spot Monitor with active capabilities. BCA helps reduce the chance of potential impact with a moving vehicle and may alert the driver if a vehicle is detected in the driver’s blind-spot.
Lane Follow Assist (LFA): The LFA helps a driver stay in the center of its lane by recognizing the lane markers and vehicles traveling ahead.
Additional ADAS features debuting on the 2021 GV80 include:
Lane-Change Oncoming (LO): This helps prevent collisions with vehicles in opposing lanes on non-divided highways or roads.
Lane Side (LS): The Land Side fear helps prevent side collisions when merging into another lane with the ability to see two lanes over.
Junction Turning (JT): This function automatically applies the brakes if a vehicle is detected in the opposite lane when making a left turn at an intersection.
Junction Crossing (JC): The car will automatically apply the brakes if a vehicle crossing from the left or the right is detected when entering an intersection.
Evasive Steering Torque Assist (ESA): The ESA assists in avoidance maneuvers by applying steering torque once the driver has initiated steering input.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance-Assist (RCCA): This feature warns drivers of cars coming from the left or right while backing up and automatically brakes if a collision seems imminent.