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  • Nigeria: 'Plastic rice' tests reveal there is no evidence backing claims - Minister
    Nigerian customs authorities reported the interception of 102 bags of rumoured plastic rice in Lagos after a tip off early this week.Nigeria’s Health Minister, Isaac Adewole has dismissed claims of ‘plastic rice’ being imported into the country. He said preliminary tests revealed that there was no evidence to back the claims... Read more
    December 23rd,2016
  • Keita Balde warming up for Nations Cup in style
    Senegal starlet Keita Balde opened the scoring for Lazio in their 3-1 win over Fiorentina in theSerie A on Sunday. Felipe Anderson and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic interchanged passes before crossing for Keita, who took a deft touch to evade his marker and coolly slot home the match’s opener and his fifth goal of the season to match his personal best for a single campaign. Nenad Tomovic clumsily bundled into the back of Milinkovic-Savic, and a penalty was awarded from which Lucas Biglia doubled Lazio’s lead. Stefan Radu sealed the win for Lazio in stoppage time when he added the third, while Mauro Zarate scored the consolation goal f... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Jordan Adeoti features, Pape Sane scores as Caen win
    Senegalese attacker, Pape Sane bagged his first goal of the season for the Normans since arriving from Bourg-en-Bresse Sane was among the scorers as his Caen recorded a crucial and convincing 3-0 win over Metz in Ligue 1 on Sunday. The 24-year-old came off the bench to clinch the three points for Caen as they won only their fifth match in 17 outings to move two points clear of the relegation zone. Caen took the lead through 18-year-old striker Yann Karamoh in the 20th minute before Croatian striker Ivan Santini scored his eighth league goal of the campaign for the Normandy side. Benin international Jordan Adeoti also ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • World Bank Approves $105.6m for Environmental Remediation and Agribusiness Development in Zambia
    The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved two International Development Association (IDA) credits for Zambia. The first credit of $65.6 million will support environmental remediation in selected critically polluted mining areas while the second credit of $40 million to help increase market linkages and firm growth in agribusiness. The Mining and Environment Remediation and Improvement project will support the strengthening of financial mechanism for scientific closure of mines, remediation of contaminated hotspots and improved enforcement of regulations and monitoring of environmental quality. This is a follow up project to the Copperbelt Enviro... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Christians Mourn As Death Toll From Cairo Church Bombing Rises
    The death toll from the Cairo church bombing has risen to 26 after an injured woman died at the weekend. The attack by militants on the church of St Peter and St Paul on December 11 killed 25 people outright and wounded 49. According to reports, Audet Saleh Michael (70) had suffered injuries to her lungs and intestines and had undergone three bouts of surgery before her death. The church where the attack took place is attached to St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, seat of the Coptic Pope. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as a "martyrdom operation". ISIS said it would target "apostates" or "infidels" in Egypt or anywhere else ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Mondi cleared of anti-competitive issues
    Mondi says Russian authorities have stopped probing Mondi Syktyvkar for an alleged violation of the country's antimonopoly law. In a statement issued on Monday, the Johannesburg- and London-listed paper manufacturer said it was alerting shareholders to this probe because it is an issue that must be disclosed under exchange rules. The company says it has been alerted that the authority announced that the investigation into Mondi Syktyvkar for violation of the antimonopoly law in respect of the pricing of offset paper has been terminated due to the absence of a dominating market position of Mondi Syktyvkar during the investigation period. Meanw... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Uhuru to preside over 10,000 NYS youth pass out in Gilgil
    Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta will preside over the graduation of over 10,000 NYS recruits on Tuesday at the NYS College in Gilgil. The President will be accompanied by CS Sicily Kariuki from the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs and the Director General of the NYS, Richard Ndubai among other government officials. The pass out parade will include 7,903 male and 2,848 female recruits who have successfully completed their training. This will be the second pass out parade in 2016, the first having been held in April, 2016 where 9,031 recruits graduated, bringing the 2016 total of graduands to nearly 20,000 young men and women.... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • APC violates own Constitution, fails to hold National Convention
    The All Progressives Congress APC may have violated an important provision of its own constitution with regards to holding its national convention to appraise its state of affairs and make necessary adjustments. Specifically, Article 25 (A)(i) of the APC constitution stipulates that the National Convention of the Party shall be held once in two (2) years at a date, venue and time to be recommended by the National Working Committee and approved by the National Executive Committee subject to the giving of the statutory notices to the Independent National Electoral Commission and at least fourteen (14) days notice given to members eligible to attend. The Convention is used ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Nigeria: Doctors, Pharmacists Fault Proposed 4.15 Percent Vote for Health
    Stakeholders in the Nigerian health sector have faulted the 4.15 per cent proposed vote in the 2017 national budget for health, saying it fell short of the minimum 15 per cent recommended by African heads of state in Abuja in 2001. The position was popularly known as The Abuja Declaration. It would be recalled that in April 2001, the African Union countries pledged to allocate at least 15 per cent of their annual budgets to improve the health sector. Meanwhile, in 2012 only Tanzania reached this target, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). In 2014, four countries met this target: The Gambia, Malawi, Swaziland and Ethiopia (at 15.7 per cent). Despite the ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Nigeria: House of Reps to Endorse President Buhari's Plan to Borrow
    Nigeria House of Representatives may back-pedal and endorse the plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow N2. 36trillion to fund the 2017 budget deficit. House Leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who dropped the hint while briefing reporters at the National Assembly complex remarked that such money would not be recklessly spent considering the fact that President Buhari is reputed as a prudent leader. Gbajabiamila, who said that the House would endorse the borrowing plan, noted that there was nothing wrong in having a deficit budget since it remains an essential feature of democracy. The president had while presenting the budget to the National Assembly expressed the desir... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Gbajabiamila explains why Buhari failed to disclose NASS budget
    The Nigerian leader of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the delay in the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, PIB, pending in the House was as a result of conflicting interests of both local and foreign stakeholders in the oil and gas industry. He has assured that the bill will be given priority in the first quarter of 2017 bearing in mind that oil and gas are the main stay of the nation’s economy and that the House will come with a bill that will serve the interest of Nigerians. This is as the House leader has described the amendment of the Code of Conduct Tribunal and Code of Conduct Bureau Act by both chambers of the National Assembly as ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Rwanda: Olympics Body to Organize Children Sports Day 2016
    Rwanda National Olympic and Sports Committee (RNOSC) in collaboration with 12 organizations working with street children will organize the Children Sports Day 2016 on December 21st at Amahoro National Stadium. The day will be the first of its kind in Rwanda, with more than one thousand underprivileged children from communities around the City of Kigali, expected to attend. The event will start with a march from Rwanda Development Board (RDB) to Amavubi Stadium in the morning and throughout the day; former athletes including Olympian Alphonisine Agahozo (swimming) and artists like Rafiki of 'Choga style' will inspire and entertain the children. Rwanda Athletics Federatio... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Nigeria slump again to senegal in caf beach soccer final
    Hosts Nigeria failed to reclaim the CAF Beach Soccer title after they slumped 8-4 to Senegal in the final in Lagos. However, both teams will represent Africa in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Bahamas in April. It was a fourth continental crown for Senegal. Egypt outscored Morocco 4-1 to finish third. Nigeria’s Emeka Ogbonna was named the MVP of the competition. He scored six goals as Nigeria cruised to the final. Senegal’s Babacar Fall emerged top scorer with 11 goals, while Al Seyni Ndiaye of Senegal was voted best goalkeeper. ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Buhari to launch N10 billion agric fund for women
    Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari will, on Wednesday, launch a N10 billion agriculture environmental impact fund to support women farmers to increase access to food production. These include women, whose farmlands were affected by environment degradation and terrorism. A statement yesterday in Abuja by Dean, Agric Faculty, University of Abuja Prof. A.A. Adeniyi said the event by the Women Association for National Agriculture Environment Impact Fund (WAEIF), would focus on food increase to reduce impact of recession. He explained that pollution of the environment led to importation of genetics modified organism food, which often caused cancer. He however added that the... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Kenya: Labour Court to Give Directions On Doctor's Strike Case Today
    Health workers unions in Kenya are expected in court today for further directions on their strike case even as talks aimed at ending doctors' job boycott seem to have hit a deadlock. Last week, Employment and Labour Relations Court Judge, Hellen Wasilwa declared the strike illegal and asked their unions to call it off. However, doctors vowed to continue downing their tools while nurses' talks through the Kenya National Union of Nurses were concluded. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union have maintained that there will be no more discussions unless the Collective Bargaining Agreement signed in 2013 is implemented. Meanwhile, the doctors' str... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Gambian President-Elect Insists He Will Take Office In January
    Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow has said he intends to assume office in January despite his predecessor Yahya Jammeh challenging the result of the December 1st election and calling for a fresh vote. The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has called on Gambia to ensure the safety of the president-elect and has pressured Jammeh to step down. Barrow said Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghana's John Dramani Mahama would mediate in the ongoing "pursuance of peace and reconciliation" in the country. Jammeh, who has ruled the West African nation for 22 years, initially conceded defeat in the election. But he then changed his mind, alleging irregularities.... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • DRC nationals in SA vow to 'remove envoy from Pretoria office'
    Democratic Republic of Congo nationals living in South Africa are threatening to take things into their hands and remove their ambassador in Pretoria from office if President Joseph Kabila refuses to step down on Monday. DRC ambassador Bene M’poko said opposition supporters in South Africa have threatened to set fire to the embassy, adding that there have already been attacks at the embassy in Paris (France) and Morocco. It would be recalled that there have already been marches to the embassy a couple of weeks ago, and pressure would be stepped up this week to try force Kabila to step down. An estimated 800 000 Congolese people are living in South Africa at the moment... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Unicef unpacks report on SA children
    According to a report released by UNICEF South Africa, the country has made significant progress in fulfilling the rights of the child since the advent of democracy in 1994. 'Global goals for every child: Progress and disparities among children in South Africa' was released by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) together with South African Human Rights Commission. The report details and analysis of progress and disparities among children in South Africa. Amidst the stark realities detailed include the fact that a black child is more likely to die before the age of one as compared to a white child. The report has illustrated that while progress has been made as ... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • SERAP takes Senate to UN over Magu
    The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has petitioned the United Nations over alleged intimidation, harassment and unfair treatment of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman Ibrahim Magu, by the Senate. The petition, which was signed by the Executive Director of SERAP, Mr Adetokunbo Mumuni, was addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mr Michel Forst. In a copy of the petition made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday, Mumuni accused the Senate of “apparently working with other agencies of government to use a purported security report it knew or oug... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • 10 Ministers face sack as Buhari notifies Senate of cabinet shake-up
    President Muhammadu Buhari is ready to shake up his cabinet, a move that may affect no fewer than 10 Ministers. According to reports, the presidency has reached out to the Senate, informing it of its intention to reshuffle the cabinet. With some of the Ministers to be sacked, the presidency is trying to avoid another controversial screening process, especially with recent occurrences. The cabinet shake-up is also necessary, as Buhari needs to fill two existing vacancies, created by former Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi’s death and the appointment of Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-Ge... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Buhari orders probe of allegations against top officials
    President Muhammadu Buhari last night ordered a probe of corruption allegations leveled against some Nigerian top officials. The Presidency said the President will continue to fight corruption relentlessly. A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, stated that the attention of the Presidency has been drawn to a number of reports in the media, in which various accusations of corruption have been leveled against some top officials in the administration. In that regard, President Buhari has instructed the Attorney General of the Federation to investigate the involvement of any top government officials accused of any wrong-doing. If any... Read more
    December 19th,2016
  • Buhari – World envy West African Countries despite challenges
    Nigeria President, Muhammud Buhari stated in his speech on Saturday in Abuja at the opening of the 3-day 50th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, that the World are envying West African countries on several achievement and progress made in terms of security, economic integration and peace which marks the reason why ECOWAS was created. He also called for a regional framework to reduce the impact of climate change.... Read more
    December 18th,2016
  • President Robert Mugabe confirmed to run for 2018 Presidential Election as ZANU-PF party candidate.
    Pres. Mugabe, who has been in power for 36 years and 92 years old was confirmed and fit to run for 2018 Zimbabwe president at the ZANU-PF annual conference on Saturday 18th December, 2016.  The youth wing present at the conference also declared him president for life. Mugabe supporters at the conference broke into thunderous applause and keep chanting “tongai, tongai baba” which means “rule, rule father”. ... Read more
    December 18th,2016
  • Toro whip Bar. Solomon Dalung
    A groundswell of outrage has greeted the outburst of the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Bar. Solomon Dalung, following speculations that the Super Eagles do not need to play at the coming FIFA World Cup in Russia. Dalung said that it was not necessary for Nigeria to be at the World Cup because of dwindling financial resources, conspiracy theory, inability to win the trophy and football corruption. This is coming at a time where there is a renewed belief in the Eagles, who sit pretty atop their World Cup qualifying group, comprising three former African champions, Cameroon, Algeria and Zambia, which attracted critical responses from renowned football administr... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Zika no longer a world public health emergency - WHO
    The World Health Organization has announced that the Zika virus outbreak no longer poses a world public health emergency. According to the world health body’s emergency committee chair, Dr. David Heymann, the Zika virus remains a highly significant and long term problem, but it is not any more a public health The agency also stated in a statement that it believes the Zika virus and associated consequences remain a significant enduring public health challenge requiring intense action but no longer represent a global health emergency.... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Woman detained for spreading malicious messages against Family Bank
    A Nairobian, Ms Christine Njeri was arrested by Banking Fraud Investigations Unit detectives on Friday for allegedly spreading rumours about the bank on social media. The move comes two days after Family Bank assured its customers that it remains strong and open for business. In a statement, the bank urged its customers to ignore negative statements and malicious rumours on social media that tried to depict it negatively. Meanwhile, Family Bank has confirmed its strong financial position stating that it operates within requirements governed by the Central Bank of Kenya.... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Guinea Bissau Names Fifth Prime Minister In One Year
    Guinea Bissau has just named its fifth Prime Minister in a year on Friday as the West African country struggled to end months of political gridlock. A presidential decree named Umaro Mokhtar Sissoco Embalo a brigadier general as well as a presidential adviser and minister in previous administrations. Meanwhile, this development follows President Jose Mario Vaz dismissal of the previous government on Monday after the last Prime Minister, Baciro Dja, failed to win the full support of his ruling PAIGC party, an organisation hit by regular infighting.... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • DRC opposition rejects vote delay, calls for strike
    The main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has strongly rejected a decision to push back this year's election to April 2018, calling it a "flagrant violation" of the constitution. It would be recalled that the postponement of the vote, which hands President Joseph Kabila more than a year of extra time in office, was approved by the country's constitutional court on Monday following talks between the ruling coalition and smaller parties. Most opposition forces, however, boycotted the "national dialogue" and called for a nationwide general strike on Wednesday to put pressure on Kabila. Meanwhile, according to the party's secretary-gen... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Anti-Kabila protest fails to gather momentum in Kinshasa
    A planned opposition demonstration has failed to gather momentum in the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa after police occupied the protest venue. The protest, organised by the opposition coalition led by Etienne Tshisekedi, was scheduled for 9:00 am this morning near the country’s parliament to call for president Kabila to step down. No protester or opposition leader was at the venue as the police had taken over the four improvised football fields playing football in the presence of police chief General Célestin Kanyama. They added that the police had also blocked access routes to Tshisekedi’s residence and his party’s headquarters. Demonstrations ha... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Woyome faces contempt for attacking Supreme Court – Lawyer
    Ghana Businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, has been advised to immediately withdraw some wild claims he made against the Supreme Court justices or risk being cited for contempt. Mr. Woyome, who is to be orally examined by former Attorney General, Martin Amidu, in the controversial GHc51 million judgement debt case, has accused Ghana’s apex court of persecuting him. Meanwhile, speaking with newsmen, a private legal practitioner, Yaw Oppong said such comments make Mr. Woyome a candidate for contempt, adding that the statement should have been withdrawn by now by him. ... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Troops kill another suicide bomber at Nigeria’s IDP camp
    Troops have gunned down another suicide bomber who attempted to penetrate a Transit Camp of Internally Displaced People along Muna Garage. The security operatives suspected the strange behaviour of the suicide bomber and immediately gunned him down in his attempt to detonate the explosives strapped around him. North-East’s spokesperson for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ibrahim Abdulkadir confirmed the incident and added that the mutilated body of the suicide bomber had been evacuated.... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Beauty queens from 30 African countries arrive Calabar for Miss Africa
    Beauties from 30 African countries have arrived Calabar Margaret Ekpo International Airport, Nigeria to participate in the maiden edition of Miss African Beauty Pageant. With “Climate Change” as the theme, the pageant is being organized by the Cross River State government to draw global attention to issues of climate change and sundry related environmental issues. Addressing newsmen shortly on arrival from Morocco, the state governor, Professor Ben Ayade, noted that the pageant is a new addition to the state’s vast tourism offerings. According to the governor, the pageant is a warm embrace to Africa and more importantly, to create a platform to discuss the fate of Africa... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Buhari inaugurates boards of NNPC, two others
    President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday inaugurated the governing boards of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and two other parastatals of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources.Other parastatals, whose board was also sworn in, are the Nigerian Content Development Monitoring Board and the Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority. All the boards have the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. IbeKachikwu, as their chairman.Buhari, who noted that the task before members of the boards are enormous, charged them to live up to their respective responsibilities.Speaking on behalf of others, Kachikwu promised that they will work hard to justify the confidence reposed on them.... Read more
    November 20th,2016
  • Guinean pregnant with quintuplets flown out for birth
    A 6 month old pregnant woman with quintuplets in Guinea has been flown to Morocco because local state-run hospitals are not in a position to handle the birth of five babies.  First Lady Hadja Djene Kaba arranged for her to be treated at a clinic in Morocco and the government has promised to pay the bill.  The woman flew out on a regular flight from the capital, Conkary, with her husband and personal medic.  She was admitted to a state-run hospital in Conakry on 2 November for unspecified complications.  The woman comes from a poor family, and the first lady's intervention has been widely welcomed here.  Meanwhile, her name has not been released... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • Gambia deny EU access to observe December 1 general elections
    An EU spokesman amid concerns about the fairness of the voting process in the tiny West African nation has said Gambian authorities have refused the European Union access to observe upcoming elections. The EU had been ready to deploy a small team to provide what it described as a "technical assessment" of the December 1st vote. An EU source said that Gambia's election commission had signaled last week a willingness to allow the EU to participate, as it had done in the previous election in 2011. Meanwhile, President Yahya Jammeh and opposition leaders have begun two weeks of final campaigning across the former British colony.... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • Canada extradites Rwandan to face genocide charges
    An ex-army officer has arrived in Rwanda after being extradited from Canada on accusations he took part in 1994 genocide. According to reports, a second lieutenant in the Rwandan military, Jean Claude Seyoboka is accused of participating in the extermination of more than 72 Tutsis in Kigali and attending meetings where massacres were allegedly planned. Meanwhile, the ex-army officer has denied involvement in the genocide.   About 800,000 people, mostly from the Tutsi ethnicity, were killed in the four months of violence. Rwandan authorities issued a warrant for Mr Seyoboka's arrest this year, but he fought extradition by claiming he would be tortured or killed if re... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • Anti-Slavery Activists Win Partial Court Appeal In Mauritania
    A Mauritanian appeal court has overturned three convictions and reduced the sentences of 10 other anti-slavery activists who are members of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement (IRA) for their alleged role in a riot in June. They were sentenced in August to up to 15 years in prison after a protest against eviction by residents of a slum in the Mauritanian capital, Nouakchott. Many of the protesters were former slaves. They were initially convicted of using violence, attacking security, gathering while armed and being a part of an unrecognized organization. According to Amnesty International's West Africa campaigner, Kine Fatim Diop, the activists we... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • Zimbabwean Govt Drafts Law to Legalise the Use of Bond Notes
    The Zimbabwean government through the finance ministry, drafted a Bill to amend the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act to pave way for the imminent introduction of bond notes. The government made its intention known through an Extraordinary Government Gazette  issued on the 16 November this year. Last month, Mugabe invoked the Presidential Powers (Temporary Measures) Act to amend the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Act to designate bond notes as legal tender which was refuted. Meanwhile, Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa insisted that Mugabe had acted legally but the latest change of task suggests the administration may not be that certain.... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • Mugabe opens new Victoria Falls airport
    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has opened an expanded airport at Victoria Falls, built using a $150m loan from China. According to Mr. Mugabe, the new airport means international tourists can now fly directly to Victoria Falls, a major tourist attraction and a World Heritage site. The airport was opened in 1966 as a regional airport and work on the new expansion began in 2013. Mr. Mugabe has however revealed that the upgrade would be a major boost to tourism and China's financial aid showed the enduring friendship between the two countries.... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • ICC is Africa's 'most credible court of last resort' – Kofi Annan
    Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi Annan, has said that the International Criminal Court (ICC) is an institution that rightfully deserves the support of Africa because it ‘remains the continent’s most credible court of last resort for the most serious crimes. In an article written for the UK-based ‘The Guardian,’ Annan, who is a strong advocate for the court, said despite its imperfections, the ICC had the support of the people of Africa, particularly the victims of war crimes and crimes against humanity. His comments are in the wake of withdrawal moves by three African countries in the recent past. However, Burundi, the Gambia and South Africa&... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • US concern over 'dozens' of Nigeria Shia deaths
    The US has said it is deeply concerned by reports of dozens of deaths recorded during clashes between Nigerian police and people participating in a Shia Muslim religious procession on Monday. In a statement released by the embassy in Abuja, spokesman John Kirby said the US was troubled by the apparent disproportionate response by the police. The IMN said scores of its members had been killed when police opened fire unprovoked in the northern city of Kano on Monday. Police said eight marchers and one police officer died after police came under attack. Meanwhile, a Nigerian judicial inquiry has recommended that those responsible for the killings face charges.... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • NLC, TUC slam ex-govs, others over jumbo pension
    The General Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, and the President of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Bala Kaigama, in an interview held today has called for a review of the severance packages in the interest of the country and in view of the recession it has entered. This comes few days after the Edo State House of Assembly amended the 2007 Pension Rights of the Governor and Deputy Governor Law to include the provision of a building valued at not more than N200m for a former governor and another worth N100m for his deputy. Also, the General Secretary of the NLC, Ozo-Eson, said that the severance packages being legislated to be given to political office ... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • FG begs UN to support fight against corruption
    The Federal Government has called for the support of the United Nations, UN in fighting corruption, which it said is as dangerous and devastating as the fight against insecurity. The Minister of Information and Culture, made the request yesterday, while receiving the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa, Mr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, on Friday in Abuja. He told the UN envoy that the Federal Government had set up an inter-agency Presidential Committee on Asset Recovery (PCAR) as part of its efforts to strengthen the ongoing fight against corruption. Mohammed disclosed that the PCAR, which was set up on the recommendation of the Presidential Advisory... Read more
    November 19th,2016
  • Guinea: Ex Mines Minister alleges he was offered bribe over Simandou project
    A former minister of mines of Guinea, Mahmoud Thiam has told newsmen that the head of Rio Tinto’s Guinea operation, Steven Din, offered him a bribe six years ago. He said the bribe was to win back control of half of the undeveloped Simandou project. The project is considered the world’s biggest untapped iron ore deposit. According to the former minister, Din was attempting to regain control of the blocks from billionaire investor, Beny Steinmetz’s BSG Resources Ltd. Din however denies this allegation. Meanwhile, Rio Tinto Mining Company has fired two of its senior managers after a questionable $10.5million payment to a consultant. The payment made by... Read more
    November 18th,2016
  • India medical centre offers to treat Tanzania's tallest man
    An Indian medical centre has offered to assist a Tanzanian man who has been told he is too tall to get surgery in his country.  A doctor at Speedy Recovery medical has revealed that they would be able to assist Baraka Elias, whom doctors in Dar es Salaam said would not fit properly in a hospital bed.  Mr Elias, who is 7ft 4in said he needed hip replacement surgery after hurting himself in a fall.  He was also told X-ray equipment was unsuitable for someone of his height. Meanwhile, Reports quote doctors at the specialist Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute in the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, confirming Mr Elias' story.   ... Read more
    November 18th,2016
  • Six activists abducted in Zimbabwe
    At least six Zimbabwean activists were abducted and beaten up ahead of today's planned protest against the government. This was made known by the Protest leader, Sylvanos Mudzvova. He added that Patson Dzamara and two others were admitted to hospital after being abducted by unidentified men who dragged them out of their cars, further stating that three others were missing. However, Zimbabwe's government has not yet commented on reports that security officials may be behind the abductions.  Meanwhile, Opposition groups had called for a protest today against President Robert Mugabe's 36-year rule, amid a growing economic and financial crisis. ... Read more
    November 18th,2016
  • South Sudan Pro-government Group Postpones Trump Rally
    A pro-government outfit in Juba, The South Sudan National Youth Union, has postponed indefinitely a rally in support of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Union leaders said a lack of funds prompted them to call off the rally. Organizers said they wanted to send a message to the soon-to-be 45th president of the United States to support the peace process in South Sudan. President of the South Sudan National Youth Union and lead organizer of the canceled rally, Albino Bol Dhiel did not announce a new date for the event, but said the United States has been a good friend of South Sudan and that South Sudanese want that partnership to continue. Bol called on well-wishers to mak... Read more
    November 18th,2016
  • US to Press for Arms Embargo on South Sudan
    The United States has said that it would press for a U.N. arms embargo against those responsible for the violence in South Sudan, which has dramatically escalated along ethnic lines. According to U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, in the coming days, the United States will put forward a proposal to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan, and targeted sanctions on the individuals who have been the biggest spoilers to achieve lasting peace in South Sudan. She added that such a move would be an important step to help halt the violence by government and opposition forces against civilians that have devastated the country for three years.... Read more
    November 18th,2016
  • Corruption Undermining South African Government – Deputy Finance Minister
    South Africa’s deputy finance minister said on Thursday, a day after an audit showed the government had made $3 billion in irregular expenditure this financial year, that patronage and corruption were undermining efforts for a credible government, South Africa’s political elite has been involved in a slew of corruption scandals which have eroded the trust of investors and weighed on Africa’s most industrialized economy. Meanwhile, Labor congress came a day after the auditor-general said irregular expenditure by government departments swelled 80 percent to 43.4 billion rand ($3 billion) in the 2015-16 financial year.... Read more
    November 18th,2016
  • Ghana Survey Shows Confidence in Electoral Commission
    A new survey conducted by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD) shows that a majority of Ghanaians believe the Electoral Commission of Ghana can administer free, peaceful and credible elections in December 7. Coming December 7, Ghanaians are expected to go to the polls to vote in presidential, parliamentary and local elections. In an interview, Senior research fellow at the CDD, Kojo Asante and part of the group that administered the survey, said more Ghanaians now have a positive perception of the electoral body and those who organize the elections than in the past. However, the survey also found that some respondents in the country's northern region are concerned t... Read more
    November 18th,2016

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