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8 May 2013 Nigeria and South Africa have a key role to play in bringing to realisation an African renaissance, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said in Cape Town on Tuesday. Addressing South Africa’s Parliament, Jonathan detailed how the Nigerian people had stood by South Africa and supported the struggle against apartheid. He said the two countries were in a unique position to lead all of Africa to a continent free of inequality, poverty, disease and conflicts. “South Africa and Nigeria, with our robust economies and large markets, are well placed to accelerate the emergence of this renaissance [in] Africa,” he said, adding that Nigeria’s growth rate was expected to reach 7.2% this year, making it one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Jonathan is on a two-day state visit to South Africa – his first official visit to the country – after which he will be attending the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting starting in Cape Town on Wednesday. Jonathan said he saw an Africa on the rise, a continent that was resilient and confident about its capacity to handle its challenges. “All we need is to mobilise the required political will and to be relentless in our quest to achieve our collective dream,” he said. In doing so, he called on African parliaments to insist on the respect for the rule of law and to hold governments to account. He lauded the relationship that South Africa’s three arms – the executive, legislative and judiciary – played, adding that the country was an example worthy of emulation by other countries, where the separation of powers remained a challenge. He said that since the release of former president Nelson Mandela from prison 23 years ago, South Africa had made steady progress. He said Nigeria had stood by South Africa during its struggle against apartheid, pointing to the setting up of the Southern African Relief Fund, which drew funds from deductions made on the salaries of every Nigerian worker. He said that while Nigeria provided scholarships for students from South Africa, Nigerian musicians recorded albums in support of the anti-apartheid struggle and Nigerian poets wrote literature denouncing apartheid. “Your struggle was our struggle, your pain was our pain, and today, your freedom is our freedom,” he said. Earlier on Tuesday, Jonathan held talks in Cape Town with South African President Jacob Zuma, after which Nigeria and South Africa signed a raft of cooperation agreements. The two presidents then participated in a South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum. Jonathan is being accompanied on his visit by a high-level delegation of cabinet ministers, governors of state and business leaders. Source: SAnews.gov.za
By WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams IIIRepublican State Rep. Will Ainsworth of Guntersville proposed a bill allowing teachers who’ve met criteria to be able to carry concealed handguns while working in schools.“We don’t need our teachers fighting people with guns with pencils and desks,” said Ainsworth.In a news conference Tuesday, Ainsworth said that thousands of people in his district reached out to him requesting that something be done to keep their children safe from tragedies like what happened in Parkland, Florida, one week ago.“It allows teachers to go through a post-certified training, 40 hours, if they do that they are going to be able to carry conceal weapons on campus,” said Ainsworth. “They are going to have to pass a mental health background check and they will have to have annual re-certification. That’s what the bill does.”Ainsworth said his constituents expressed concern that there is not always enough time for a school resource officer or security guard to respond to a shooting.“I certainly think that there are people who can go through proper training,” said Ainsworth. “It is voluntary. It is not going to be mandatory and have some people armed in a school to actually make sure if a gunman comes in that he is going to be able to be taken out.”Many local parents said they stand with Ainsworth.“Arming teachers is not a bad idea because who else is going to protect those children,” said Beth Cleere, a concerned guardian. “Let’s look at the last shooting where the coach blocked bullets from hitting the children. Had he been armed, he probably would still be here and alive.”When asked, former school teacher now Gov. Kay Ivey expressed much concern about the bill.“My personal opinion, teachers have got their hands full being teachers and instructors,” said Ivey. “I just thing there is some other way to provide protection.”Some school employees agree with the Ivey, while other support the proposal as a step in a safer direction.“If it was OK with the system, then yeah, if it was OK with the system for me to have one for protection then yeah, I would have it.” said Edward Poe, a custodian at Tuscaloosa Magnet School.“I’m against it,” said Nancy Stuckey, a reading teacher at Tuscaloosa Magnet School. “Teachers are there to teach, we love our children, and we don’t want to be part of the problem, and I feel like I would be a part of the problem if I had to carry a gun around.Ainsworth said under the proposed bill, teachers would not have to carry. It would be voluntary and those who decided to undergo the training would supply their own guns and ammunition, while the state would pay for training costs.