AFRICA

Akpabio breathes new life into NDDC as East-West Road nears completion

The agitation of the Niger Delta against the injustice of environmental degradation caused by oil companies and the resulting impoverishment of the people of the region led to the creation of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in 2001. The agency is saddled with the responsibility of redressing the historical neglect to which the oil and gas-rich region had been …

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Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation disowns Yahaya Bello over 2023 presidential election

The Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) Worldwide has denied ever having endorsed the Governor of Kogi State for the presidential elections of 2023. The officially recognised umbrella body of Nigerians residing outside their homeland issued the statement to disown claims being made by some persons purporting that NIDO had endorsed the presidential aspiration of the governor. A statement dated 6 …

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Dr Herzberger-Fofana comments on the German-Namibian agreement on the Herero Nama Genocide

Dr Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana*, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), writes on the historic agreement between the governments of Germany and Namibia on the genocide committed by German colonial troops against the people of the African country at the beginning of the 20th century. She explains why the agreement is to the detriment of the victims’ descendants ——- Following the return …

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Africa has a new champion for Sanitation and Hygiene

NAIROBI, Kenya, 1 June 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has appointed H.E Mrs Fatima Maada Bio, the First Lady of the Republic of Sierra Leone, as the Africa Champion for Sanitation and Hygiene. She was unveiled on 26th May 2021 at the State House, Sierra Leone, in the presence of the President of Sierra …

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Mali’s coup leader becomes transitional president

A day after he declared himself interim president, Colonel Assimi Goïta, who led the recent coup in Mali, has been declared the transitional president by the country’s constitutional court. The court said Friday’s decision was due to the “vacancy in the presidency,” BBC reported. The court’s ruling added that Goïta should take on the responsibilities of interim president “to lead …

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Nigeria Immigration Service – Public Notice on Passport

All Passport Issuing Centres have been directed to clear existing backlog of applications on or before 31st May, 2021. To this effect requests for Fresh and/or Reissue shall not be entertained with effect from 18th May 2021-31st May 2021 in all Centres except for locations in the Missions abroad. Notifications for collection of produced Passports are already going out to …

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Nigeria: NIS chief gives deadline for issuance of passports

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammed Babandede, on Tuesday said the turnaround time for issuance of passports is now six weeks. The service’s Public Relations Officer, Sunday James, disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists. James quoted Babandede as saying this at the NIS headquarters in Abuja during a media chat on Innovations and Administration for …

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Cameroon to receive 1 million licenses of Russian MyOffice software

Ministry of Primary Education of the Republic of Cameroon will receive 1 mln licenses of Russian MyOffice software. The memorandum was signed during a business mission held in the country, which entailed a series of meetings at the highest state level —- MOSCOW, Russia, May 17, 2021/ — MyOffice, the Russian developer of office software for joint work on documents …

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New incentives for ICT start-ups in Cameroon

Achare Takor*, a lawyer, takes a look at Section 124b of the General Tax Code of the Republic of Cameroon and how it sets to promote innovative ICT start-ups in the country by offering them incentives ————- DOUALA, Cameroon, May 13, 2021/ — By Achare Takor Over the last decade, information technologies (IT) have revolutionized the way people and businesses …

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Nigerians defy Central Bank, flock to cryptocurrencies

As the robust bitcoin trading activity in Nigeria has earned the country the title of Africa’s Bitcoin Nation, Gerelyn Terzo of Sharemoney, an online money remittance service, discusses the role of the cryptocurrency market amidst Nigeria’s uncertain financial situation and efforts to shut down crypto trading by the country’s Central Bank. —— Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency, has seen its value …

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Nigeria’s diaspora remittances to hit $22bn – Report

Nigeria’s diaspora remittances have been projected to rise by five per cent to $22bn by the end of 2021. Agusto Consulting Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of a rating agency, Agusto & Co. Limited, disclosed this in its report titled ‘2021 Nigeria diaspora remittance report & survey’ for May 2021. The report was presented by the Managing Director, Yinka Adelekan, …

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Nigerians with expired passports can come home and renew at the airport – Minister

The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has announced that Nigerians living abroad who have difficulties renewing their expired passport and want to travel home could do so with the document. Aregbesola said government was conscious of the difficulties Nigerians were experiencing with passport renewal due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it was committed to alleviating the situation. “It is …

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Bank offers loans to Nigerians living abroad to build homes in Nigeria

Nigerians in the diaspora have an opportunity to own houses in the country and also participate actively in money and capital markets, thanks to several investment packages rolled out by Ecobank. Mrs. Olukorede Demola-Adeniyi, Head of Ecobank’s Consumer Banking, has said that the bank is offering mortgage loans to Nigerians living abroad to finance property ownership in the country. She …

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Why COVID-19 is likely to slow down a decade of youth development in Africa – Expert

By Prof Wim Naudé* Until COVID-19 hit, the quality of life of youth (age 15-24) in sub-Saharan Africa had been steadily improving. According to the World Bank, by 2019 the youth literacy rate stood at 73%. Gross secondary school enrolment rates increased from 13 % in 1971 to 43 % by 2018. Youth unemployment rates have remained fairly stable, at around …

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Diaspora voting: What chances for Nigerians abroad?

About 17 million Nigerians are believed to live in the diaspora and they are constitutionally excluded from participation in their homeland’s electoral process from outside the country. Voters who are resident outside Nigeria can only vote during elections if they travel back to Nigeria to register as voters in Nigeria and to vote during elections in Nigeria. As the country …

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What Tanzanian President Suluhu’s visit to Kenya means for the two countries

President Samia Hussein Suluhu has moved quickly to consolidate her power with the demise of the former president John Pombe Magufuli. Key in her agenda, is her effort to repair the frosty relations between Nairobi and Dodoma on the economic, diplomatic and political realms, writes Prof David Monda* as he analyses the Tanzanian leader’s maiden visit to Kenya. —– Kenya …

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Nigeria: FG extends deadline for NIN-SIM linkage

The Federal Government has extended the ongoing National Identification Number (NIN) and Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) integration exercise till June 30. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, gave the directive according to a statement jointly signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, director of public affairs at the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), and Kayode Adegoke, head of corporate communications at …

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