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Nigeria: COVID-19 - Enugu Assembly Shut After Member's Death

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[Premium Times] The speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, has ordered the total shutdown and fumigation of the assembly complex.

Nigeria: Insecurity - Not Enough to Talk Tough!

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[This Day] President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, met with security chiefs on Thursday, where according to reports, he talked tough and warned his security chiefs he would not take any more excuses but results as the security situation in the country deteriorates.

Nigeria: Fulani Herdsmen Taking Over Edo Farmland, Forest, Group Alleges

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[This Day] Benin City -OgbaKha-Edo, a Benin socio-cultural group, yesterday lamented the activities of Fulani herdsmen in different parts of Edo State, alleging that they were taking over farmland and forest illegally.

Nigeria: Miners Fault Buhari's Plan On Economic Diversification

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[This Day] Abuja -The Miners Association of Nigeria (MAN) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari administration's plan to diversify the economy, saying its approach to diversification is one-sided.

Nigeria: How Buhari Administration's Sustainability Plan Will Boost Economy - Osinbajo

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[Premium Times] Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic globally, the Buhari administration will not relent in its efforts towards improving the country's healthcare infrastructure and economy, while creating more jobs for millions of Nigerians in different sectors, supporting small businesses, local production and manufacturing, as well as extending the social safety net for the most vulnerable in society, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Malawians head to polls for May 2019 poll rerun

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Malawians head to the polls Tuesday for a rerun of the May 2019 presidential election, annulled by the courts over massive fraud. 65-year old former evangelical pastor and leader of the Malawi Congress Party, Lazarus Chakwera, is convinced that his time has come. For this new attempt, he has secured the support of Vice President, Saulos Chilima, who is not contesting. Since the beginning of the era of democracy, his party has systematically lost all national elections. Peter Mutharika, the outgoing president and leader of the Democratic Progressive Party has yet to make a statement. His first five years at the helm of affairs have also been marred by food and electricity shortages, a growing debt and a sharp decline in economic growth. The cancellation of Malawi’s 2019 presidential election due to fraud, has plunged the country into a political crisis marked by protests often fraught with violence. AFP

Nigeria: Curbing Gender Violence in Nigeria

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[This Day] All stakeholders must do more to support the women and girls in danger

Nigeria: Fresh Fears As Residents Jettison Face Masks

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[Vanguard] Experts cite poor enforcement of guidelines, warn of more difficult days ahead

Nigeria: With COVID-19, Nigeria's Balance of Trade Dwindles

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[This Day] For two consecutive quarters, Nigeria's trade balance has been in the deficit. The largest economy in Africa recorded a trade deficit to the tune of about N139billion in first quarter of 2020 with imports component of trade at about N4.22trillion while export stood at about N4.08trillion. The National Bureau of Statistics has attributed the dismal performance to the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation's economy.

Inside Raponda Walker Arboretum: Gabon's 'threatened' rainforest

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The Raponda Walker Arboretum is a forest that covers over 6,747 hectares. Located outside Gabonese capital Libreville, the protected area is open to the public. But like much of the country’s forests, illegal felling of trees is still rampant here despite a forest code. It faces threats of small-scale subsistence farming, charcoal production, mining and commercial logging. Annie Medik, is a programme coordinator for the NGO KEVA INITIATIVE: “There is a national strategy to combat illegal logging. There is a strategy and a national action plan to protect biodiversity.” KEVA Initiative is a conservation group in Libreville. Created in 2006, it works to raise awareness on the sustainable use of natural resources in a country where forests cover 90 percent of the territory. “We also support them in actions to promote non-wood forest products in actions to set up agricultural plots, especially market gardening,” Medik adds. The Gabonese forests are part of the Congo Basin in Central Africa, which covers 200 million hectares according to the World Wildlife Fund, and is the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest after the Amazon. Ada Edou Mijola, an environmental lawyer speaks on the need for the state to do more: “They practice inappropriate methods, even taking resources that have not yet reached maturity, so this is why we say that biodiversity is really threatened and that the state should strengthen measures to better protect it.” Ahead of World Rainforest Day on June 22nd, conservationists are raising awareness on the need to protect the rainforests, noting that 20% of the oxygen we breathe and the freshwater we drink is attributed to rainforests of the Amazon. The non-profit group’s staff members organise training seminars for the village communities and accompany the villagers in their market gardening activities. KEVA Initiative takes part in studies, training and mapping. It covers land use for agriculture, climate, and forest resources, among others.

Nigeria: Who Pays Back Nigeria's Debts?

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[This Day] Once again, Nigeria has a debt problem. Fourteen years after former President Olusegun Obasanjo and his economic team led the country to exit the debt trap of the 1980 and 1990s, Nigeria is once again wallowing in a second debt trap with absolutely no idea of how to exit. Nosa James-Igbinadolor looks at how and why Nigeria got there.

Nigeria: Edo 2020 - a Test Case for 2023 Meltdown

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[This Day] The battle between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his estranged godfather, Adams Oshiomhole, in the Edo State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress has snowballed into a national crisis threatening the very existence of the party with eyes of all belligerents firmly fixed on 2023.

Ethiopia rejects UN Security Council role in dam dispute

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Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister, Gedu Andargachew has rejected Egypt’s call to refer the dispute over Addis Ababa’s construction of the giant Nile dam to the United Nations Security Council. The $4.6 billion project, on the Blue Nile in Ethiopia, would create the most powerful hydroelectric dam in Africa. But Egypt sees the project as a potentially existential threat. “The issue with the dam can be solved right here instead of taking it to the UN Security Council. We believe this is not the mandate of the Security Council. This project is a developmental project. The precedent that this sets for the world in the future is very bad. It will also be not its (Security Council’s) mandate. This can also be considered as interfering in a sovereign nation’s peaceful activity. Therefore it is not right to do that”, Andargachew told he Associated Press Friday. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister has outrightly rejected all criticisms from Egypt. He emphasized that Ethiopia had no intention of withholding water from other countries further downstream along the River Nile. “What they (the Egyptians) are now doing about the issue (of the dam) is not proportional, even for propaganda purposes, let alone war and conflict. It has been overextended beyond what is necessary. Truth be told, if they are thinking like that their issue is not with Blue Nile (dam), it is with a country called Ethiopia. Unless this is a longing for war, the dam in fact encourages development, brotherhood, and creating ties”, the Ethiopian foreign minister added. Both nations have hinted at military steps to protect their interests. Experts fear a breakdown in talks could lead to conflict. AP

Nigeria: Killing the Broadcast Industry Softly

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[This Day] The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), the federal agency that regulates -- and strangulates -- the broadcast industry in Nigeria, always gets away with murder. If you ask me its major contribution to the development of broadcasting in the 21 years of our democracy, I can only remember the frequent imposition of sanctions on broadcast stations for violating some rules and regulations, mostly political, with the NBC usually trying to please the government of the day. They have also been granting licenc

Nigeria: Doctors Call Off Strike, As Governors' Forum Brokers a Truce

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[This Day] Abuja -The Nigeria Governors' Forum (NGF) has brokered a truce between the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the federal government leading to the former calling off its strike which commenced at the beginning of the week.

Nigerians protest rising sexual violence: on streets, social media

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Women in Nigeria have taken to the streets and social media to protest against the rising spate of rape in Africa’s most populous nation. Records indicate that the COVID-19 stay away restrictions have worsened the incidence of sexual and gender-based violence in the country. A trend that has been recorded in a number of African countries including Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. A group of protesters took to the streets of Borno State capital, Maiduguri, to denounce the attacks which they say are on the rise. They are calling on authorities to take decisive action to deal with the threat. The march was organized by the Borno Office of the National Human Rights Commission and the Center for Democratic Development, CDD. Nigeria Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu, said earlier this week during a briefing with reporters at the presidency that the country recorded 717 rape cases between January and May 2020. Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, joined a similar protest at the Ministry’s premises in the capital Abuja, she brandished a car that read: “Red Card to Nigerian Rapist. Pack and Go.” Most of the protesters wore red T-shirts with the message: “A rapist is a killer.” On social media platforms especially on Twitter, activists continued a campaign calling for decisive action on rape. Ministers, influencers and others posted photos with anti-rape messages on Twitter. Governors have also recently asked government to declare a state of emergency over rape. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Rape is becoming a national crisis. ?— Amnesty Int. Nigeria (@AmnestyNigeria) June 13, 2020 It is devastating to hear about the gruesome death of our daughters who were mercilessly raped by men, who in some cases are their fathers, brothers and protectors of their chastity. pic.twitter.com/vPlsn3n9zS— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) June 3, 2020 Thank you ZShamsuna</a> for standing up and speaking out.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ItStartsWithMe?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ItStartsWithMe</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ItstartsWithUs?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ItstartsWithUs</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SayNoToRapists?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SayNoToRapists</a> <a href="https://t.co/PjYbj0XK9v">pic.twitter.com/PjYbj0XK9v</a></p>&mdash; Kadaria Ahmed (KadariaAhmed) June 20, 2020 #SayNoToRape We all have a role to play to stop #RAPE and #EndSexualViolence in our society. #AttitudinalChange pic.twitter.com/Wu5mzWzzBp— NOA Nigeria (@NOA_Nigeria) June 21, 2020 Female teens impact and Smile hour foundation held a sensitization walk about rape yesterday in Lagos islandsmilehourfound2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AdebisiBrat?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">AdebisiBrat __keyzman</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/iyalode_civil?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">iyalode_civil DSVRT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WARNigeria?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">WARNigeria MirabelCentreNG</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/UN_Women?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">UN_Women OfficialVGDI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/girlhubafrica?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">girlhubafrica Empower_Women</a> <a href="https://t.co/nRHsyIxnSM">pic.twitter.com/nRHsyIxnSM</a></p>&mdash; Female Teens Impact (FTI_Nigeria) June 21, 2020

Mixed reactions in Kinshasa over Kamerhe's sentencing

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Mixed reactions in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo following the jailing of the former chief of staff, Vital Kamerhe. The former National Assembly speaker was handed down a 20 year sentence for corruption with hard labour Saturday. “Of course Kamerhe was convicted of so-called “embezzlement of public funds”. But the judiciary was unable to give tangible evidence proving his guilt, so that people would give credit to this sentence”, Olivier Bofulu, a taxi driver said. For Nathan Mayele, a bartender, “With the funds they are given to improve the living conditions of the population – creating roads and building military bases, they transfer it to their own pockets. They are interested in their own interests and not the interest of the country. I totally agree with the court’s decision. It did the right thing.” The high profile case has tested the government of President Felix Tshisekedi’s anti-graft credentials. The 61-year old former aid to the Congolese President, was convicted for diverting more than $50 million of public funds, the court in Kinshasa said. A large chunk of the money was earmarked for building 1,500 social housing units under a programme announced by President Tshisekedi after his inauguration in January 2019. AFP

South Africa: Country Needs to Focus Urgently On How COVID-19 Will Reshape Its Labour Market

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[The Conversation Africa] The full economic damage caused by COVID-19 and the lockdowns is uncertain. It will take several months, indeed years, to have a better understanding of where the damage has occurred and how severe it is. While the magnitudes are uncertain, it is already clear that we will see a sharp decline in incomes, rising unemployment, and widespread business closures.

LGBTQI refugees facing persecution in Kenya

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Martin Okello, 29, fled to Kenya from his native Uganda to seek asylum and protection under the UN refugee agency. Okello’s life in Uganda was shattered in 2014 when a male sex worker outed him as a homosexual. The former radio journalist who was fired from the Christian radio station and kicked out of his home by his Catholic parents. He fled to the Kenyan capital and joined a shelter for queer people. “There is no place that is safe, it’s all about keeping a low profile rather than keeping a high profile. And I was also recently beaten and attacked by the Kenyan homophobic people. They really hurt me and no one could actually engage themselves into the matter, the onlookers. So the situation was really very much worse. So I was beaten and left for dead and that is why I came here to seek asylum under UNHCR Nairobi Kenya”, Okello said. Okello hopes to be resettled in New York in the United States of America. But global restrictions on travel due to the coronavirus pandemic have put the process on hold. The International Organization for Migration announced Thursday the restrictions were finally being lifted. The news came two days before World Refugee Day on June 20. The day recognizes the millions of people forced to flee their homes due to war or persecution. “Once I am done with the interview, I will be getting resettled at New York in the United States of America, and there I expect to actually live a life with people of my kind, because here in Nairobi it is more like now I have been thrown in the dungeon of lions where I think that life is not good and people are homophobic. It’s very much insecure for my kind”, he said. For now, Okello has found solace in a group shelter called the “House of Nature” in the southwest of Nairobi. Such shelters are open to refugees and serve as an alternative family and offer support to overcome past traumas. Human Rights Watch says 32 African nations have varying laws criminalizing homosexuality. In many cases, the laws are left over from the colonial era. AP

Ethiopian maids dumped outside Beirut embassy

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Domestic workers have been left homeless and unpaid amid an ongoing economic crisis in Lebanon, heightened by the coronavirus pandemic.

'Cashpoint aid' and Africa: Who benefits?

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The UK's new hard-nosed approach to African aid is greeted with cynicism, writes the BBC's Andrew Harding.

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