OAU pledges Nigeria's support on Free Trade

Former Assistant Secretary-General,
Organisation of Africa Union, OAU, and
Secretary-General, Africa Society, Ambassador
Ahmed Haggag, has appealed to President
Muhammadu Buhari to urgently reconsider,
favourably, the African Continental Free Trade
Area Treaty.
Similarly, Head, Egyptian Council and Supreme
Court of Media Regulations, Makram Ahmed,
has emphasised the commitment of the
Republic of Egypt towards correcting the
negative image of the African continent before
the world, particularly via the training and
reorientation of young African journalists.
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They spoke to Vanguard in separate interviews
at the opening ceremony of the 51st Training
Course for Young African Journalists put
together by the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and the African Union of Journalists,
AUJ; a three-week event ongoing in Cairo,
Egypt, with over 22 journalists from different
African countries participating.
Haggag, speaking on behalf of AUJ Secretary-
General, Mahfouz El Ansary, urged Buhari to
urgently prevail on all sectors of the Nigerian
economy to consent to the threaty, saying the
nation has a lot to benefit from it.
Recall that Buhari had shunned the African
Union Summit held last month in Rwanda; an
action which aborted the threaty seeking to
establish a free trade zone across 54 countries
on the grounds that there was need for more
consultations with some sectors of the nation’s
He said: “Nigeria is a big country and in fact
the richest on the African continent. We cannot
conceive a threaty for free trade zone in Africa
without Nigeria.
“Between Europe and Nigeria there are free
trades; how come among African countries we
do not have free trade? Nigeria stands to gain
a lot from this.”
Haggag also urged journalists across the
continent to live up to the responsibility of
speaking up for Africa, if the common problems
bedevilling the continent must be resolved.
Meanwhile, the National Secretary, Nigeria
Union of Journalists, NUJ, Shuaibu Leman,
urged journalists participating in the training
to maximise the opportunity, saying: “the
training bothers on issues of development in
Africa; from the issue of African commercial
free zone to cultural diversification, rotation of
political power, political and security
challenges, empowerment of women in Africa,
yellow press, and education in Africa, among

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