The Commission’s Chairman and Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan for West Africa, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, said that after fruitful consultations with the head of the Nigerian delegation in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, the work would resume “without delay.”The demarcation of the boundary began on 23 March with the pilot field assessment by the Commission’s Joint Technical Team (JTT) of pillar sites and verification of the line as drawn on preliminary maps. The procedures had been mutually agreed and laid out in guidelines in February in Abuja.Last Thursday UNOWA reported that soon after the start of the field assessment, the JTT was informed of Nigeria’s decision to skip verification of the boundary line in the village of Koja and said it could have the effect of holding up the entire demarcation process.UNOWA said today now that clarifications have been provided and the issue resolved, the demarcation work could resume within a week. Mr. Ould-Abdallah also congratulated both sides for agreeing to restart the work quickly.
Speaking from Goodwood, Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves said, “This is good news for the British car industry at a time when it is struggling. Britain has an exceptional talent for automotive production and we are keen to maximise this at Rolls-Royce. Our new model, the Ghost, has enjoyed an extremely positive international response and we now need to put people in place to bring the car to market.” The majority of the new positions have been created in the wood, leather and paint shops as well as the assembly areas. In addition there will be a number of new positions in the headquarter offices, also based at Goodwood. Rolls-Royce is keen to fill all positions within the next few months and anticipates drawing on the considerable pool of highly skilled automotive industry personnel available in the UK. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is planning to increase its manufacturing workforce at its Goodwood facility by 50%. More than 150 new jobs have been created to support the production of the company’s new model, the Rolls-Royce Ghost. By the end of 2009 Rolls Royce will have created almost 400 new jobs in under two years, bringing the total number of employees based at Goodwood, West Sussex to 900. The Rolls-Royce Ghost will be built on its own dedicated assembly line but will share paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars. Rolls-Royce has expanded all areas of its manufacturing facility over the last two years to prepare for the introduction of the Ghost model. Production will begin in the autumn with customer deliveries from early 2010.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)