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Health officials race to prevent Congo yellow fever disaster

DAKAR: It is the stuff of a disaster movie: an outbreak of yellow fever in Congo’s capital city, full of unvaccinated people mostly huddled together in slums with too few drains and the kind of sticky, fetid climate that mosquitoes love. Kinshasa’s 12 million people – twice as many as there are doses of yellow fever vaccine anywhere in the ...

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EGA to launch construction of bauxite mine in Guinea

Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) will begin construction on a major bauxite mine in the Republic of Guinea, to secure supply of the high-quality raw material for its primary aluminium production facilities in the UAE. EGA also aims to create a new, substantial revenue stream through significant exports to Asia, a company statement said. EGA announced it has received final approval ...

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Second flight recorder retrieved from crashed EgyptAir jet

A second flight recorder has been retrieved from the crashed EgyptAir flight MS804, containing data from aircraft systems which could shed light on what brought the plane down last month, Egyptian investigators said on Friday. An Egyptian committee investigating the crash into the eastern Mediterranean Sea, which killed all 66 people on board, made the announcement a day after search ...

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Who Are the Niger Delta Avengers?

The writer of this article is Dirk Steffen, a Commander (senior grade) in the German Naval Reserve with 12 years of active service between 1988 and 2000. He took part in the African Partnership Station exercises OBANGAME EXPRESS 2014, 2015 and 2016 at sea and ashore for the boarding-team training and as a Liaison Naval Officer on the exercise staff. ...

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Maersk Heir Takes Top Post in Holding Company

A.P. Moller-Maersk on Monday appointed the grandson of Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, who transformed a family shipping business into an international conglomerate, as chief executive of the holding company behind the Danish shipping giant. Robert M. Uggla, 38, who has been CEO of Maersk-owned tug boat operator Svitzer since 2012, will take on the position as CEO of A.P. Moller Holding ...

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Extending the Great Silk Road into Central Africa

The Great Silk Road is an ancient trading route that dates back some 3,000-years which connected across Asia between China and the Mediterranean lands. Advances in maritime transportation technology that date back over 1,000-years moved the trade from land to sea. Boats with a central longitudinal-vertical plank installed under the hull, a triangular sail and a plank at the stern ...

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NIMASA DG congratulates Hajia Lami Tumaka on receipt of Evergreen Public Relations Personality award

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Dakuku Peterside, has congratulated the Agency’s World-renowned First-rate and Head of Corporate Communications, Hajia Lami Tumaka, on her award as the “Evergreen Public Relations Personality” in the maritime industry by Transquest Media Group. The said award was given barely three months after Hajia Tumaka ...

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South Africa Detains Three More Chinese Fishing Boats

South Africa’s navy has detained three Chinese ships with around 100 crew on board on suspicion of illegal squid fishing, officials said on Monday. The ships were spotted on Friday having entered South Africa’s 200 nautical mile economic exclusion zone without permits. When South African officials asked the ships to sail to port they attempted to flee but were eventually ...

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EgyptAir plane debris ‘found 290 km from Alexandria’

The Egyptian military said on Friday it had found parts of debris from the missing EgyptAir plane 290 km north of the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria. The navy has also found some of the passengers’ belongings and is sweeping the area looking for the plane’s black box, the military said in a statement. Earlier, Egypt said the disappearance from ...

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South Africa: An Achilles Heel Perspective on Ports Regulation

The role and challenges of the Ports Regulator of South Africa (PRSA) were under the spotlight at the Exporters Club seminar held at the Bowman Gilfillan Africa Group’s Cape Town office recently. In this regard, Andrew Pike, Bowman Gilfillan’s head of the Ports, Terminals and Logistics Corridors sector group, explained the background to the establishment of the PRSA and the ...

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Port State Control: Sierra Leone Maritime Administration courts NIMASA on capacity building of personnel

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The pragmatic moves by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), being led by Dr. Dakuk Peterside, the director-general, to make the sector impactful, Sierra-Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) has hereby solicited for the support of NIMASA in building capacity of its personnel for effective Port State Control and training of seafarers, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. (Port State ...

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Sea Shepherd Launches Operation in Gabon

The Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, has arrived in the Republic of Gabon for the commencement of a new campaign to tackle illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, under the direction of the Government of Gabon.Throughout the 2016 tuna fishing season, Gabonese marines (Marine Nationale) and officers with the Fisheries Enforcement Agency (ANPA) will be stationed onboard the Bob Barker, ...

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Angola yellow fever outbreak exposes vaccine supply dilemma

LONDON: The worst yellow fever outbreak in decades has killed 250 people in Angola and is straining global vaccine supplies, posing a dilemma for health officials who fear it could spread further in Africa and possibly into Asia. Some experts have called for a radical switch in strategy to use just one-tenth of the usual vaccine dose to conserve scarce ...

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First African Forum on Renewable Energy holds July 2016 in Tangier- Morocco

  .AFER still open for sponsorship from governments, companies, others .AFER to hold exhibition alongside sessions .Seeks governments of African country’s participation (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The first edition of the African Forum for Renewable Energy tagged “AFER Forum 2016” will hold from 13 to 15 July 2106 in the city of Tangier in Morocco, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. In a statement obtained ...

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Africa to Get First Automated Container Terminal

  The world’s third largest port operator APM Terminals said it will invest 758 million euros ($858.3 million) in a new transhipment terminal in Tangier, Morocco, that will be the first automated terminal in Africa. APM Terminals, a unit of Denmark’s shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk, has been named as the operator of the new container transshipment terminal at ...

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HIJACK: Most EgyptAir passengers freed

A man thought to be strapped with explosives hijacked an Egyptian plane on a flight between Alexandria and Cairo on Tuesday and forced it to land in Cyprus, Egyptian officials said. After the EgyptAir plane landed at Larnaca airport, the hijacker released all the people onboard except five foreign passengers and the crew, EgyptAir said. About 60 people, including seven ...

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Mozambique Debris Likely to be from MH370

Australia said on Thursday debris recovered this month in Mozambique was highly likely to be from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, while Malaysia called for a stepped up search of Africa’s coast for clues to the plane’s fate. Official analysis found two pieces of debris were “almost certainly from MH370”, Australian infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester said in a ...

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Hunger soars in CAR as nearly 2.5 million face food shortages

Half the population in Central African Republic are going hungry every day, double the number a year ago, U.N. officials said as they called for help to prevent the “dire” food situation deteriorating further. Three years of bloodshed and the displacement of nearly one million people from their homes has disrupted harvests and sent food prices soaring in the volatile ...

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Central African constitutional court confirms Touadera elected president

BANGUI: Central African Republic’s constitutional court confirmed former mathematics professor Faustin-Archange Touadera, has been elected president, national radio reported on Tuesday, setting the stage for Touadera to be sworn in later this month. About 62 percent of voters in the Central African Republic chose Touadera, once a prime minister under ousted leader Francois Bozize, in a run-off that could cap ...

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Zimbabwe’s Mujuru launches new political party to challenge

HARARE: Zimbabwe’s former vice president Joice Mujuru, who was President Robert Mugabe’s long time deputy until she was fired in 2014, said on Tuesday she had launched a new political party to challenge the veteran leader. Mujuru, who was Mugabe’s deputy for a decade and seen as the likely successor to the 92-year-old ruler, was removed from her ruling ZANU-PF ...

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Japanese companies eye $18bn Egyptian projects

Japanese companies are set to take part in Egyptian projects worth about 2 trillion yen ($17.7 billion) in the electricity and other sectors, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday after meeting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi in Tokyo. He did not elaborate on the projects, but an official at Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Japanese and Egyptian companies are ...

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Drugs and Ivory: Port Officials Kicked Out

Kenya Ports Authority said on Monday it had replaced senior managers at Mombasa port in response to pressure to tackle drug and ivory smuggling at East Africa’s main trade gateway. Masden Madoka, the port’s chairman, said managing director Gichiri Ndua and five other senior managers had been sent into early retirement and several others were likely to follow. There are ...

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A Trans-Africa Inland Waterway System?

  The Nile River has been navigable since the time of the pharaohs some 4,000 years ago, as have sections of the Niger, Benue, Congo and Zambezi Rivers. Boats today carry passengers and freight across Lake Malawi, Lake Victoria and Lake Tanzania while riverboats provide essential services along sections of the Niger, Benue, Congo and Nile Rivers. There may be ...

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QP to acquire 30pc interest in offshore blocks in Morocco

Qatar Petroleum (QP) has signed a deal with Chevron Morocco Exploration, to acquire 30 per cent participating interest in three deep-water offshore leases in Morocco, according to a report. QP will acquired 30 per cent interest from Chevron’s 75 per cent, while Chevron will retain 45 per cent and remain the operator and Morocco’s Office National Des Hydrocarbures Et Des ...

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Broadband cable linking Africa to Europe repaired

JOHANNESBURG: African telecoms cable operator Seacom said it had repaired a fault with a broadband cable that hit internet traffic across much of the continent on Thursday. Seacom’s cable runs along the east African coastline linking South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Mozambique with Europe and Asia. “The Seacom terrestrial network was successfully repaired,” the company said in a statement ...

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East and Southern Africa in Development Boom

In the minds of many, the container trade between east and southern Africa forms an altogether insignificant trade. That may be true if comparing it with a high volume area such as the Far East. Yet this region’s combined port throughput is approaching eight million TEUs, which is technically more than the whole of the Australian continent, and there is so ...

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1 in 4 children in conflict zones out of school

Nearly one in four children growing up in conflict zones are missing out on education, with South Sudan, Niger, Sudan and Afghanistan the worst-affected countries, the U.N. children’s agency (Unicef) said on Tuesday. An estimated 24 million children of school-going age are out of school in 22 countries affected by conflict, according to the agency’s research. South Sudan has the ...

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Al-Qaeda threatens Saudi over militants’ execution

DUBAI: The Saudi-Yemeni and North African branches of Al-Qaeda have threatened to avenge Saudi Arabia’s execution of more than 40 militants, calling the measure a “foolish act.” Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said in an online statement Sunday (Jan 10) that the kingdom executed the militants despite knowing that they had “pledged to ...

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Gabon Signs Loan for New Port

    Gabon has signed agreements with the Development Bank of Central African States (BDEAC) for loans on two major infrastructure projects totalling more than $200 million, the presidency said on Sunday. The accords, which were signed on Friday, put up 51.6 billion CFA francs ($86 million) for the construction of a port in Owendo, close to the capital, jointly ...

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Fires Rage at Libyan oil Ports after IS Attacks

  Three days of Islamic State attacks on Libya’s biggest oil terminals have started fires that have spread to five massive oil storage tanks, a guards spokesman said on Wednesday.Ali al-Hassi said the Petroleum Facilities Guards were still in control of the neighboring ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, where at least nine guards were killed and more than ...

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Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan sign new dam agreement

Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan have signed an agreement finalising the two firms tasked with carrying out studies on the potential impact of Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam on the flow of the Nile, their foreign and water ministers said. The three countries had initially picked French firm BRL and Dutch firm Deltares in April but Deltares later withdrew leading them to ...

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Muslims protect Christians from al-Shabab militants massacre on Kenyan bus

Muslims on a bus stopped by suspected al-Shabab militants helped disguise Christians in an effort to spare them from a massacre. The al-Qaeda affiliate executed 28 non-Muslims on a bus in the same area last year. Al-Shabab militants from Somalia on Monday sprayed a bus with gunfire in northeast Kenya before boarding and demanding Muslims separate from non-Muslims, but Muslims ...

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Mideast/Africa vulnerable to downgrades: Fitch

Emerging markets face another wave of ratings downgrades next year, with the Africa/Middle East region potentially given a ‘negative outlook’ and Brazil at risk of a cut to junk, Fitch Ratings’ top sovereign analyst said in an interview. Depressed commodity prices combined with mediocre global growth and the approach of the first US interest rate rise in almost a decade ...

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Egypt Sets Date to Complete Suez Side Channel

Egypt plans to complete a side channel in East Port Said, near the Suez Canal, that would speed up shipping and allow ships direct entry into the port by the end of June 2016, Mohab Memish, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said on Wednesday. The new channel dredging will cost $36 million, of which $7.5 million will be financed ...

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Security fears high as Pope embarks on landmark Africa trip

  VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis flew out of Rome on Wednesday (Nov 25), bound for Kenya on the first leg of a landmark trip to Africa fraught with security concerns. The 78-year-old pontiff, the third pope to visit the continent, is also scheduled to visit Uganda and the troubled Central African Republic (CAR) on a six-day trip. The CAR leg ...

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Eastern Libya Bans Glencore Tankers

The eastern Libyan government’s half of state-owned oil company NOC may seek to physically prevent tankers of commodity company Glencore from loading oil purchased from the western half of the company. The proposed deal is said to allow Glencore to load the western NOC’s oil from the eastern port of Tobruk, which is under the control of the government in Benghazi. With ...

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Liberia monitors over 150 Ebola contacts as virus re-emerges

MONROVIA: Liberia has placed 153 people under surveillance as it seeks to control a new Ebola outbreak in the capital more than two months after the country was declared free of the virus, health officials said. Three Ebola cases emerged in Liberia on Friday. The first of the new patients was a 15-year-old boy called Nathan Gbotoe from Paynesville, a ...

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New case of Ebola found in Liberia: UN official

ACCRA: A new case of Ebola has been found in Liberia, a country declared free of the disease on Sept. 3, a senior United Nations official said on Friday. The patient is a 10-year-old boy who lived in the Paynesville, a suburb east of the capital Monrovia, said the official, who declined to be named. The case represents a setback ...

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Gunmen Take 170 Hostages at Radisson Blu Hotel in Mali

  Explosions and gunshots heard at hotel in capital, Bamako Two gunmen took 170 hostages during an attack at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Malian capital, Bamako, its owner, Rezidor Hotel Group, said. Those held inside the hotel include 140 guests and 30 employees, Rezidor said in a statement on its website. United Nations forces and Malian government troops ...

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As Piracy Recedes, Kenya Invites Cruise Ships Back

East Africa’s biggest port of Mombasa will spend $1 million to build a new cruise ship terminal aimed at boosting tourism, port management said on Wednesday. Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean struck a major dent into cruise tourism in the region, but the industry has rebounded since 2011, with enhanced naval patrols and deployment of ...

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Airliner tragedy crushes Egypt hopes of tourism revival

Tourism in Sharm al-Sheikh was picking up again after years of political turmoil, with so many Russians enjoying the sun and fun that local beach aerobics instructors used the visitors’ own language rather than Arabic or English. Life was at last starting to look good for residents of the Red Sea resort, but that was before an airliner taking Russian ...

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Russia halts Egypt flights as bomb theory builds up

Moscow suspended passenger flights to Egypt and the US imposed new air travel security steps in the wake of the crash of a Russian jet in Egypt, as Western officials pointed on Friday to the conclusion it was brought down by a bomb. A group affiliated with Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the crash of an Airbus A321 operated ...

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South Sudan plane crash kills 41

A Russian-built cargo plane with passengers on board crashed on Wednesday after taking off from the airport in South Sudan’s capital, killing at least 41 people on the flight and on the ground, an official and a Reuters witness said. A crew member and a child on board survived, presidential spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told Reuters. Shortly after taking off ...

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President Buhari meets with President of Niger Republic Mahamadou

    (TRADE NEWSWIRE): President Buhari meets with President of Niger Republic Mahamadou Issoufou at the LALIT Palace Hotel during his 4 days official visit to New Delhi India to attend the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit on 28th Oct 2015: Courtesy: Album of Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari

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Sudan Releases Blocked Rations

Sudan has begun releasing food rations and other supplies for international peacekeepers in the conflict-torn Darfur region, though some of the more than 200 shipping containers have yet to be cleared by Khartoum, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Last week the world body and members of the U.N. Security Council accused the Sudanese government of withholding the supplies for ...

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330,000 millionaires in Mena region

The Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region accounted for about 330,000 millionaires in 2015 and the number is projected to rise by another 52 per cent to 500,000 adults by 2020, according to a report. Household wealth in the Mena region totalled $4.4 trillion in mid-2015, down 2.2 per cent since mid-2014. In constant currency terms, however, net wealth ...

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Tanzania starts work on $10bn Oman-backed port project

Tanzania has started construction work on a $10-billion port and special economic zone on Friday, a project backed by Oman’s State General Reserve Fund and China that aims to transform the East African country into a regional trade and transport hub. The port, which will be Tanzania’s biggest, is being built at Bagamoyo, 75 km north of Dar es Salaam ...

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Kenya’s biggest travel show opens

  The fifth edition of the annual Magical Kenya Travel Expo (MKTE) opened at the Leisure Lodge Resort in Diani today (October 14) with more than 170 tourism players taking part. International tour firms, travel agents, airline representatives from 35 countries as well as travel writers representing Africa, Europe, Asia and America are here to participate in the seminars and ...

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How Buhari’s ministerial nominees performed at Senate screening

The Senate on Tuesday commenced screened 10 ministerial nominees submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari. Mr. Buhari sent two batches of nominees to the Senate. The first batch, consisting of 21 names, was forwarded to the Senate on September 30. The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, read the names of another 16 Tuesday, bringing the total to 37. The Senate screened only ...

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Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its contribution to building democracy after the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, the Nobel Committee said. The quartet is made up of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts (UTICA), the Tunisian Human Rights League (LTDH), and the Tunisian Order of Lawyers. ...

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China Eyes Kenyan Ports

China has an ambitious called the “One Belt, One Road” initiative, which is driven to take a larger role in global affairs including increasing its export volumes. China has been focusing on Port of Mombasa and Port Lamu in Kenya to expand its vision Maritime Silk Road vision. The Port of Mombasa is the busiest in East Africa and serves ...

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Ivory Coast Begins Abidjan Port Upgrades

On Tuesday, Ivory Coast began construction of a four-year, 560 billion CFA franc ($962 million) project to build a second container terminal and widen the canal leading to its main port in the commercial capital Abidjan. Among the busiest in sub-Saharan Africa, the port serves Ivory Coast, French-speaking West Africa’s largest economy and the world’s top cocoa producer and is ...

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Ghana suspends seven high court judges over corruption accusations

  Ghana’s government suspended seven out of 12 high court judges on Monday in the wake of allegations of bribery stemming from a documentary made by an investigative journalist. The decision is part of a response to a three-hour film first screened in the capital last month that has caused an uproar in the West African country because it showed ...

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Buhari appoints Lai Mohammed, Fashola, Amaechi, others, ministers

President Muhammadu Buhari has named the spokesperson of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed, former governors Chibuike Amaechi and Babatunde Fashola, as ministers, the Senate announced Tuesday. The Senate president, Bukola Saraki, read out 21 names on the list of nominees sent to the senate by the president last Wednesday. The list also has Abubakar Malami, former defence chief ...

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Africa eyes full access to energy by 2025

Africa could achieve full access to power by 2025, sooner than the goal of 2030 set by the US and other major donor countries, while increasing its infrastructure and industrial capacity, said the new head of African Development Bank. Africa should push to achieve universal access to electricity while accelerating its transformation to a continent exporting finished goods, rather than ...

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