In the name of God, Most Merciful, Most Merciful.
The Holy Quran, Al-Isra 17:101-104 says, “We gave nine clear signs to Moses. Ask the children of Israel. On reaching them, Pharaoh said to him, “O Moses! I consider you, indeed, as having been worked by sorcery”. Moses said, “You know well that these things were sent down only by the Lord of heavens and earth as a revealing proof and indeed I look upon you, O Pharaoh, as doomed to destruction!” So he resolved to remove them from the face of the earth. But We drowned him and all who were with him. And We then said to the children of Israel: “Dwell in safety in the land (of promise).” But when the second of the warnings came, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd.'”
It was with the miracle of Allah Almighty that the Prophet Hud (as) sent to the ‘Ad people and those who believed with him were saved from the severe punishment of Allah (Quran 7:65-72; 26 :123-140; 46:21-26). The Holy Quran, Hud 11:50-60 relates, “To the people ‘Ad (We sent) Hud, one of their own brothers. He said, “O my people! Worship God! You have no other god but Him. (Your other gods) you’re just making it up! O my people! I do not ask you for any reward for this (Message). My reward comes only from Him who created me. Won’t you understand? And oh my people! Ask your Lord for forgiveness and turn to Him (in repentance). He will send you from the heavens pouring down abundant rain and add strength to your strength. Do not turn back in sin! They said, “O Hud! You have brought us no clear (sign) and it is not we who abandon our gods on your word! We won’t believe in you either! We say nothing but that (perhaps) some of our gods have seized you with imbecility”. He said, ‘I call God to witness, and you testify that I am free from the sin of assigning other gods to him as partners! So plot (your worst) against me, all of you, and give me no respite. I put my trust in God, My Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature that has not grasped its lock. Verily, it is my Lord who is on a straight path. If you turn away, I have (at least) delivered the message I was sent to you with. My Lord will make another people to succeed you, and you will do them no harm for my Lord cares and watches over all things”. So, when Our decree was issued, We saved Hud and those who believed with him, by a (special) grace from Us. We saved them from severe punishment. Such were the ‘Ad. They rejected the signs of their Lord and Preacher, disobeyed His apostles, and followed the command of every mighty and stubborn transgressor. And they were dogged by a curse in this life – and on the Day of Judgment. Ah! See! For the ‘Ad have rejected their Lord and cherisher! Ah! See! Removed (from sight) were the ‘Ad people of Hud! “.
Almighty God explains how the ‘Ad people of Prophet Hud (AS) were destroyed by a terrible wind and cursed in this life and in the hereafter, for refusing the worship of one true Allah and treating the Messenger of fool and liar. The Holy Quran, Qamar 54:18-22 says: “The ‘Ad (people) (also) have rejected (the truth). So, how terrible were My chastisement and My warning? For We sent against them a raging wind on a day of great calamity, uprooting people as if they were the roots of palm trees uprooted (from the ground). Yes, how (terrible) was My sanction and My warning! But We have indeed made the Quran easy to understand and memorize. So, are there any who will receive a reprimand? »
The pregnancy of Mariam, without the intervention of the usual physical means, and the birth of ‘Isa (as) in a few minutes by the daughter of Imran becomes a special miracle of Allah Almighty as the Messiah is born (Quran 3:45-47; 19:22-33; 21:90-93). The Holy Quran, Al-Imran 3:42-54, states: “Behold! The angels said: “O Mary! God has chosen you and purified you; have chosen you above the women of all nations. O Mary! Worship your Lord with devotion, bow down and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down. This is part of the news of invisible things which We reveal to you (O Apostle!) by inspiration. You were not with them when they cast lots with arrows to determine which of them should be in charge of Mary’s custody; neither were you with them when they were arguing (period). See! The angels said: “O Mary! God announces to you the good news of a word from him. His name will be Jesus Christ, the son of Mary held in honor in this world and in the hereafter and of (the company of) those closest to God. He will speak to people in childhood and in maturity and he will be (in the company of) the righteous”. She said, “O my Lord! How could I have a son when no one touched me? He said, “Similarly, God creates what he wills when he has decreed a plan, but he says ‘be’ and he is!” And God will teach him the Book and the Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel and (appoint him) an Apostle to the children of Israel (with this message). I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I make for you of clay like the figure of a bird and I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by God’s permission and I heal the born blind and the lepers and I revive the dead by God’s permission and I declare to you what you eat and what you store in your houses. Surely there is a sign for you if you have believed (I have come to you) to testify the law that was before me and to make lawful for you a part of what was (before) forbidden to you. I have come to you with a sign from your Lord. So fear God and obey me. It is God who is my Lord and your Lord. Then worship Him. It is a straight path”. When Jesus found unbelief on their part, he said, ‘Who will be my helpers in (the work of) God?’ The Disciples said, “We are God’s helpers. We believe in God and you testify that we are Muslims. Our Lord! We believe in what you have revealed and we follow the Apostle. So enroll us among those who testify”. And (then the unbelievers) schemed and planned and God also planned and the best of planners is God. See! God said, “O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Me and rid you (of the lies) of those who blaspheme. I will make those who follow you superior to those who reject the faith on the Day of Resurrection. Then you will all come back to me and I will judge between you the questions on which you dispute.
May Allah Almighty strengthen our faith (Iman) among the generation of people who ask for miracles. Ameen.
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Concessionaires have complained of poor cooperation from state governments which are usually slow to fulfill their own part of the agreement, for example in the area of land provision.
They pointed out that another major challenge was the lack of narrow-gauge railway lines inside and outside the dry ports, which they said was important for making the ports work efficiently.
They added that access to funds also remained a major problem even though banks and foreign investors made unreasonable demands for bank assets and bonds before funds were released.
Concessionaires unanimously stressed the need for ports under construction to be given port of origin and destination status and also to be registered with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) upon completion.
Given the delay in execution, the concessionaires stressed the need for a new agreement, pointing out that an agreement had started in 2017 between them and the NSC but that it still had to be approved by the Federal Ministry of Justice in name of the federal department. transports.
They however commended the ICRC for its intervention and also appreciated the NSC for its support so far, noting that they were confident that under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, the contracts would be settled.
The concessionaires pledged to see the concession terminated and the ports operational even as two of the concessionaires, Equatorial Marine Oil and Gas Ltd for the ports of Katsina and Dala Inland Dry Port for the ports of Kano said their ports would begin to operate before the third quarter of 2022.
The managing director of Equatorial Marine Oil and Gas Ltd, Mr. Usman Iya Abbas, informed the ICRC team that Funtua port is already over 85% complete and ready for launch before the end of the second quarter. 2022.
“We hope to go live with this project before the end of the second quarter and the ports will become operational immediately. We are fortunate to have excellent relationships in the shipping industry and with major shipping companies.
Managing Director, Dala Inland Dry Port Ltd., Hon. Ahmed Rabiu, Kano Inland Port Concessionaires, also hinted that the construction of the container depot is already nearing completion.
He assured that the company was working diligently to ensure the completion and start of the project before the end of March 2022.
For his part, the Director of the ICRC’s Contract Compliance Department, Dr Ewalefoh, who chaired the technical session of the meeting, assured the concessionaires of the Commission’s continued support, instructing them, however, to send an update. detailed contract status reports to the ICRC.
The G. ICRC head of media and publicity, Manji Yarling, further urged the other four concessionaires who had yet to make notable progress in fulfilling their contracts to emulate the milestone recorded by the other two who were finalizing their constructions, so that the ports can cede the economic benefits for which the concessions were granted.
While thanking the stakeholders for honoring the ICRC’s invitation, it was decided that in the future there will be periodic meetings to ensure that the projects are quickly completed.