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Sunday 22 January 2017

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(AFP (eng) 01/22/17)
Nigeria may consider itself a regional aviation hub but years of mismanagement and now recession have blighted domestic airline operations, making delays and cancellations the norm. Industry experts say the sector needs a fundamental overhaul, pointing to opaque management practices, rampant corruption and risks for passengers from security and dilapidated infrastructure. Arik Air, which has a 60 percent share of domestic flights and is the country's biggest private carrier, has found itself increasingly in the firing line of disgruntled passengers. Earlier this month, irate passengers beat up one of its executives at Lagos international airport after the third consecutive
(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
As many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for civilians displaced by the unrest, a local official told AFP on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday had said the death toll from Tuesday's strike on the town of Rann in the far northeast had risen to 90, although it claimed that could climb as high as 170. But Babagana Malarima, president of the local Kala-Balge government in Borno State where the strike took place, claimed the death toll is much higher. "From what the people who buried the dead victims with their hands told me, not those who treated
(Fox News 01/21/17)
Boko Haram extremists attack a refugee camp in Nigeria on Thursday evening, with reports suggesting the death toll could be as high as 170. Over 100 Boko Haram fighters launched the attack as soldiers battled for hours trying to repel them, according to witnesses. The attack comes after Nigeria’s air force bombed the camp housing Boko Haram refugees multiple times on Tuesday. Nigerian officials called the attack an accident. Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Friday that "around 90" people were killed in the bombing.
(BBC News Africa 01/21/17)
A rally in Nigeria to show support for Donald Trump as he was inaugurated as US president turned violent, injuring several people, police say. The event in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt was organised by a group supporting the independence of the south-eastern region of Biafra. The group says it backs Mr Trump because he supports "self-governance". The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allege 11 people died in clashes with security forces during the rally. But a police...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes. More than 100 people, many of them children, were injured in the bombing at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Rann, in the country's northeast, on Tuesday. Six local Red Cross workers who were distributing food to between 20,000 and 40,000 people living in makeshift shelters at the camp were among the dead. The Nigerian Air Force said a board of inquiry comprising six senior officers would investigate the bombing
(Leadership 01/20/17)
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum on Friday announced the appointment of Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state as its new Chairman. Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa made the announcement while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the Forum and PDP Caucus meeting which ended in the early hours of Friday in Abuja. Dickson said that the PDP chieftains had a very fruitful deliberation on the state of the nation and the party. “As an integral part of the...
(This Day Live 01/20/17)
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, yesterday offered insights into the prevailing economic crisis in the country, explaining that it was caused by the nation’s failure to diversify the base of its economy. The CBN chief, who spoke in Abuja at the Annual Media Trust Dialogue, with the theme, “Beyond Recession: Towards a Resilient Economy,” also defended the monetary policies of the apex bank, saying they were made in the best interest of majority of Nigerians...
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
MTN Group Ltd. may put off plans to list its Nigerian operation until 2018 as Africa’s largest wireless carrier works to resolve a regulatory dispute and awaits an economic recovery in the continent’s most populous country. “It’s a work in progress and hopefully within the 12 to 18 month period we will be able to do it,’’ MTN Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer Phuthuma Nhleko said at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Regulatory...
(Leadership 01/20/17)
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday left for the United Kingdom on a short leave, which is part of his annual vacation. He is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017. According to a statement by his special adviser media, Femi Adesina, during the vacation, the President will also undergo routine medical check-ups. “In line with Section 145 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the President of the Senate, and Speaker, House of Representatives, have been duly communicated. “While away,...
(Leadership 01/20/17)
The body charged with the responsibility of regulating the price of petroleum products in Nigeria, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday denied speculations of fuel price increase currently making rounds. The agency in a press statement signed by its spokesperson, Lanre Oladele assured Nigerians of the availability of the products, stressing that stories making the rounds in the media of possibility of price hike due to outstanding debt and foreign exchange to fund importation are misleading. According to...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari's office said on Thursday he was to travel to London for health checks -- the second time in less than a year he has gone to Britain for medical treatment. The presidency said the 74-year-old would "undergo routine medical check-ups" during a short holiday and was expected to resume work on February 6. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will be in charge during Buhari's absence, according to a statement. Buhari was last in London in June 2016 for treatment to what the presidency described as a persistent inner ear infection, which caused him to pull out of several scheduled engagements.
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Nigeria has sent 200 soldiers and air assets including fighter jets to Senegal as part of a regional force to enforce the result of Gambia's contested election, the country's air force said Wednesday. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had "today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, light utility helicopter as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia". The Economic Community Of West African States has repeatedly called on leader Yahya Jammeh to respect the result of the December 1
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Nigeria sent troops and fighter jets to Senegal in a show of military force Wednesday aimed at persuading Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to finally surrender power after an election defeat. Jammeh's mandate was due to end at midnight in Banjul but in recent weeks has steadfastly refused to leave office, prompting west African states to up the pressure on him after weeks of failed diplomacy. The 51-year-old Gambian leader announced a state of emergency on Tuesday, saying it was necessary...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The Nigerian Air Force dropped two bombs on the centre of a town where tens of thousands of people were seeking refuge from Boko Haram, according to an aid worker who witnessed the attack. At least 70 people were killed on Tuesday when the jet bombed the town of Rann, sparking widespread condemnation from organisations working to address a growing food crisis in the war-torn region. Alfred Davies, a field coordinator with the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), described...
(Vanguard 01/19/17)
Diversion of Nigeria bound cargoes have increased from about 40 percent in 2014 to about 60 percent as at 2016 due to unfriendly import policies, stakeholders in the industry have said. The stakeholders made this known at the round table organized by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria, MARAN, in Lagos. Speaking on the issue, National President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA, Lucky Amiwero, said government’s policies have led to importers shipping their...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Pioneering Nigerian electro-funk musician William Onyeabor, who amassed a following among the world's pop stars but remained reclusive and enigmatic, has died. He was 70. His record label Luaka Bop announced his death on Wednesday, saying that Onyeabor died in his sleep this week at his home in Enugu, in the country's southeast. Before exploding on the international stage late in his career, Onyeabor introduced synthesisers into Nigerian pop and travelled the world to learn do-it-yourself record-making. From 1977 to...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Scores of injured people were airlifted on Wednesday to hospital for treatment after a botched air strike on Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria killed at least 52 civilians and aid workers. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said more than 120 people were wounded Tuesday in the bombing of a camp in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists' insurgency. Six Nigerian Red Cross workers were among the dead, while 11 others were...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists' insurgency, as food was being distributed to displaced people. There was no official death toll from the military, which blamed "the fog of war" for...
(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology, and has never been finished. Authorities want to revive it as part of Buhari’s efforts to lessen the economy’s dependence on crude, which accounts for 90 percent of export...

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(AFP (eng) 01/21/17)
As many as 236 people may have been killed in the botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for civilians displaced by the unrest, a local official told AFP on Saturday. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on Friday had said the death toll from Tuesday's strike on the town of Rann in the far northeast had risen to 90, although it claimed that could climb as high as 170. But Babagana Malarima, president of the local Kala-Balge government in Borno State where the strike took place, claimed the death toll is much higher. "From what the people who buried the dead victims with their hands told me, not those who treated
(Fox News 01/21/17)
Boko Haram extremists attack a refugee camp in Nigeria on Thursday evening, with reports suggesting the death toll could be as high as 170. Over 100 Boko Haram fighters launched the attack as soldiers battled for hours trying to repel them, according to witnesses. The attack comes after Nigeria’s air force bombed the camp housing Boko Haram refugees multiple times on Tuesday. Nigerian officials called the attack an accident. Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Friday that "around 90" people were killed in the bombing.
(BBC News Africa 01/21/17)
A rally in Nigeria to show support for Donald Trump as he was inaugurated as US president turned violent, injuring several people, police say. The event in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt was organised by a group supporting the independence of the south-eastern region of Biafra. The group says it backs Mr Trump because he supports "self-governance". The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allege 11 people died in clashes with security forces during the rally. But a police...
(AFP (eng) 01/20/17)
Nigeria on Thursday gave details of a formal probe into a botched air strike that killed at least 70 people, as aid workers feared the bloodshed could affect vital humanitarian programmes. More than 100 people, many of them children, were injured in the bombing at a camp for people displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency in Rann, in the country's northeast, on Tuesday. Six local Red Cross workers who were distributing food to between 20,000 and 40,000 people living in makeshift shelters at the camp were among the dead. The Nigerian Air Force said a board of inquiry comprising six senior officers would investigate the bombing
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Nigeria has sent 200 soldiers and air assets including fighter jets to Senegal as part of a regional force to enforce the result of Gambia's contested election, the country's air force said Wednesday. The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) said it had "today moved a contingent of 200 men and air assets comprising fighter jets, transport aircraft, light utility helicopter as well as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to Dakar from where it is expected to operate into Gambia". The Economic Community Of West African States has repeatedly called on leader Yahya Jammeh to respect the result of the December 1
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Nigeria sent troops and fighter jets to Senegal in a show of military force Wednesday aimed at persuading Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to finally surrender power after an election defeat. Jammeh's mandate was due to end at midnight in Banjul but in recent weeks has steadfastly refused to leave office, prompting west African states to up the pressure on him after weeks of failed diplomacy. The 51-year-old Gambian leader announced a state of emergency on Tuesday, saying it was necessary...
(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
The Nigerian Air Force dropped two bombs on the centre of a town where tens of thousands of people were seeking refuge from Boko Haram, according to an aid worker who witnessed the attack. At least 70 people were killed on Tuesday when the jet bombed the town of Rann, sparking widespread condemnation from organisations working to address a growing food crisis in the war-torn region. Alfred Davies, a field coordinator with the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), described...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
Scores of injured people were airlifted on Wednesday to hospital for treatment after a botched air strike on Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria killed at least 52 civilians and aid workers. The medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said more than 120 people were wounded Tuesday in the bombing of a camp in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists' insurgency. Six Nigerian Red Cross workers were among the dead, while 11 others were...
(AFP (eng) 01/18/17)
At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said. The incident happened at about 9:00 am (0800 GMT) in Rann, in the far north of Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadists' insurgency, as food was being distributed to displaced people. There was no official death toll from the military, which blamed "the fog of war" for...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/18/17)
The International Red Cross (ICRC) vowed on Tuesday to continue delivering aid in northeast Nigeria after about six of its workers were among an estimated 50 people killed in a botched attack on a refugee camp in Islamist militants' heartland. The Nigerian government said the air force bombing of the camp in Rann in Borno state, the heart of the Boko Haram's seven-year-old bid to create an Islamic caliphate, was a "regrettable operational mistake". Regional military commander General Lucky Irabor...
(Xinhuanet 01/18/17)
The Chinese government's decision to terminate ivory processing and trade by the end of 2017 marked a critical milestone in the journey toward eliminating poaching and other threats to Africa's elephant species, a conservationist group said on Wednesday. Kaddu Sebunya, president of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) hailed China for taking bold measures to revitalize global efforts to save African elephants whose numbers had declined this decade due to poaching and climatic stresses. "The recent announcement by the central government of...
(AFP (eng) 01/17/17)
At least three people were killed and 15 injured in a suicide bomb attack claimed by Boko Haram on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, police said on Monday. The blast happened at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl, a local resident and a lecturer told AFP. Islamist group Boko Haram, which has repeatedly used young women and girls as human bombs,...
(AL Jazeera 01/17/17)
At least four killed and 15 wounded when a suicide bomber believed to be a teenage girl detonated herself in Maiduguri. At least four people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, police said. The blast happened on Monday at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri, and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl, a local resident and a...
(Vanguard 01/17/17)
Plateau State Police Command, yesterday, said it intercepted two trucks conveying 145 children, aged between four and eight, from Bauchi and Jigawa states. The command's Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Terna Tyopev, in a statement in Jos, said the children were to be sent to Plateau, Kaduna and Nasarawa states. He said: "Our investigation has revealed that these children, who are all male, were to be taken to places that even co-ordinators of their movement did not even know. Police is...
(New Vision 01/17/17)
“I can tell you that rats destroy up to 60% of health equipment in Africa,” Ssali said. Ssali sought to highlight the dangers that exist when biomedical engineers are not consulted in the management of health equipment including x-rays and CT scans. For instance, he narrated, cables of a CT scan installed at one unnamed facility were eaten up by rats, costing the institution over $5,000 to replace. Biomedical engineers are professionals who maintain and repair machines for diagnosing medical...
(AFP (eng) 01/16/17)
Amnesty International on Monday urged Nigeria to comply with a court ruling to release a pro-Iran cleric and hundreds of his supporters, as a deadline for them to be freed loomed. Ibrahim Zakzaky, who leads the Shia Muslim Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), has spent more than a year in custody since clashes between his followers and troops. The three days of violence in the northern city of Zaria left at least 350 IMN members dead, according to human rights...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
A professor at the University of Maiduguri and a child were killed and 17 people wounded on Monday in a twin suicide bombing in the city in Nigeria's northeast, officials said. State emergency agency NEMA said two suicide bombers blew themselves up at different gates to the university in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, the former stronghold of Boko Haram Islamist militants, at around 5 a.m.. There was no claim of responsibility but the attacks bore the hallmarks of...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/16/17)
Gunmen kidnapped five students and two staff, including a Turkish national, from an international school in Nigeria's southern state of Ogun, police said on Saturday. The kidnappers, who abducted the six Nigerians and Turkish staff member late on Friday, have not made contact with police or school authorities and no arrest has been made, Ogun police spokesman Abimbola Oyeyemi said. "We have deployed police operatives and are making serious efforts to release the victims unhurt and bring the culprits to...
(Premium Times 01/14/17)
Troops of the Nigerian Army on Friday repelled an attack by Boko Haram fighters on their location in the northern part of Borno State, killing no fewer than 10 of the terrorists, authorities said. According to the spokesman of the Nigeria Army, Sani Usman, a Brigadier General, the insurgents attempted an attack on troops location in Kangarwa village of Kukawa local government. Kangarwa is situated around the locations where the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is currently prospecting for oil...

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(AFP (eng) 01/22/17)
Nigeria may consider itself a regional aviation hub but years of mismanagement and now recession have blighted domestic airline operations, making delays and cancellations the norm. Industry experts say the sector needs a fundamental overhaul, pointing to opaque management practices, rampant corruption and risks for passengers from security and dilapidated infrastructure. Arik Air, which has a 60 percent share of domestic flights and is the country's biggest private carrier, has found itself increasingly in the firing line of disgruntled passengers. Earlier this month, irate passengers beat up one of its executives at Lagos international airport after the third consecutive
(This Day Live 01/20/17)
The Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Godwin Emefiele, yesterday offered insights into the prevailing economic crisis in the country, explaining that it was caused by the nation’s failure to diversify the base of its economy. The CBN chief, who spoke in Abuja at the Annual Media Trust Dialogue, with the theme, “Beyond Recession: Towards a Resilient Economy,” also defended the monetary policies of the apex bank, saying they were made in the best interest of majority of Nigerians. Panelists at the dialogue had come down heavily on the central bank’s monetary policies, arguing that they weighed heavily in favour of the few rich in the country. They were particularly critical of its forex policy which allocates 60 percent...
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
MTN Group Ltd. may put off plans to list its Nigerian operation until 2018 as Africa’s largest wireless carrier works to resolve a regulatory dispute and awaits an economic recovery in the continent’s most populous country. “It’s a work in progress and hopefully within the 12 to 18 month period we will be able to do it,’’ MTN Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer Phuthuma Nhleko said at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Regulatory...
(Leadership 01/20/17)
The body charged with the responsibility of regulating the price of petroleum products in Nigeria, the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) yesterday denied speculations of fuel price increase currently making rounds. The agency in a press statement signed by its spokesperson, Lanre Oladele assured Nigerians of the availability of the products, stressing that stories making the rounds in the media of possibility of price hike due to outstanding debt and foreign exchange to fund importation are misleading. According to...
(Vanguard 01/19/17)
Diversion of Nigeria bound cargoes have increased from about 40 percent in 2014 to about 60 percent as at 2016 due to unfriendly import policies, stakeholders in the industry have said. The stakeholders made this known at the round table organized by the Maritime Reporters Association of Nigeria, MARAN, in Lagos. Speaking on the issue, National President of the National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents, NCMDLCA, Lucky Amiwero, said government’s policies have led to importers shipping their...
(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology, and has never been finished. Authorities want to revive it as part of Buhari’s efforts to lessen the economy’s dependence on crude, which accounts for 90 percent of export...
(Vanguard 01/18/17)
Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote, in partnership with China’s heavy duty truck group, Sinotruck, is to roll out first assembled-in-Nigeria trucks next week, the Dangote group said on Wednesday. The Executive Director of Dangote Group, Edwin Devakumar, told Reuters in Lagos that the 100 million dollars plant would assemble cars soon. “It aims to meet an expected increased demand for transport in the country as the government focuses on boosting agriculture and farmers need to move goods across the vast...
(Bloomberg 01/17/17)
Nigerian cashew producers are working on a four-year plan to cultivate more land and boost exports more than threefold to 500,000 metric tons a year to feed a growing export market. With about 160,000 hectares (395,000 acres) of land producing about 150,000 tons a year, farmers are seeking to bring an additional 340,000 hectares into cultivation to achieve industry targets, Tola Fasheru, president of the Nigerian Cashew Association, which groups farmers and traders, said in Jan. 12 interview in Lagos,...
(Vanguard 01/17/17)
Oil prices slipped yesterday over doubts that large oil producers will reduce production as promised and on expectations that United States production would increase again this year. Benchmark Brent crude oil was down 23 cents a barrel at $55.22, while U.S. light crude fell 21 cents to $52.16. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has agreed to cut production by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to 32.5 million bpd from January 1 in an attempt to clear...
(Voice of America 01/17/17)
Tomi Ayorinde and three of his colleagues trek through a boisterous open area food market in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Heads turn as they walk in between wooden stalls piled with meat and baskets full of leafy vegetables. Ayorinde and his team wear white collared shirts with the words MobileForm Team on the front. They’re collecting data on the prices of tomatoes, fish, cooking oil and fresh cow meat. Every once in a while, they stop to talk to...
(Business Day Online 01/14/17)
Trade between Nigeria and China stood at 9.5 billion dollars in 2016, according to the Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Mr Zhao Linxiang. Linxiang gave the figure at a dinner to host participants of different training courses in China on Friday night in Abuja. The envoy said though bilateral relations between both countries faced challenges, Nigeria remained China’s fourth largest trading partner in Africa. ““In the first 11 months of last year (2016), our bilateral trade reached...
(Reuters (Eng) 01/12/17)
Taiwan objected on Thursday to a Nigerian request to the island to relocate its representative office in the African country, a request Taiwan sees as more pressure by China to isolate it. Beijing regards Taiwan as a renegade province, ineligible for state-to-state relations, and to be taken back by force if necessary, especially if it makes moves toward independence. Taiwan has no diplomatic ties with Nigeria, but has an office for handling business affairs in Abuja. But Taiwan's foreign ministry...
(International Business Times 01/11/17)
Nigeria may have just reclaimed its position as Africa’s top oil producer beating Angola. Angola had led the African oil producing countries with its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria's 1.5 million barrels per day, in September 2016, for seven straight months. According to the December 2016 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of the OPEC, crude oil production from Nigeria went a notch above that of Angola even before the start of 2017 as per...
(AFP (eng) 01/10/17)
Oil and gas workers in southern Nigeria downed tools on Tuesday over the alleged non-payment of salaries, with the walk-out hitting production and threatening electricity supplies. At least 12 flow, compressor and pumping stations operated by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) in Delta state were affected by the industrial action, the workers said. A shut-down of the facilities was likely, affecting oil and gas production that has already been hit by a wave of militant attacks on infrastructure over...
(Bloomberg 01/10/17)
Nigeria’s money-changers will introduce an exchange rate for the naira to help the central bank combat unregulated trading. Licensed dealers, known as bureaux de change, or BDCs, will post an exchange rate each Monday on their website from Jan. 16 to “highlight positive rate development in the market” and counter domains such as abokifx.com, which publishes unofficial prices daily, Aminu Gwadabe, the head of the local BDC association, told reporters in Lagos. Trading in the black market boomed since 2014...
(Bloomberg 01/07/17)
Access Bank Plc is predicting that the level of troubled loans in Nigeria will continue to climb before an economic recovery in the second half of the year brings relief to the country’s lenders. “Across the entire industry you’ll see an uptick in non-performing loan ratios,” Chief Executive Officer Herbert Wigwe said in an interview on Thursday in Lagos, the commercial hub. “We are better than most.” Nigeria’s fourth-largest bank by assets expects that its NPLs will climb to “slightly...
(Bloomberg 01/06/17)
Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut the Trans Niger oil pipeline after a fire, threatening to worsen a drop in Nigerian output due to unplanned disruptions. The line can transport about 180,000 barrels a day to the Bonny Export Terminal in the Niger Delta was halted Tuesday due to a blaze at Kpor in Ogoniland, Precious Okolobo, a company spokesman in Lagos, said Thursday by phone. Shell declined to comment on the impact on production. Nigeria’s daily output dropped by 200,000...
(This Day Live 01/06/17)
The accretion of Nigeria’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves, which started about two months ago, continued in the new year, when figures released yesterday by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) showed that reserves had grown to $26.094 billion, signifying a slow but steady improvement in the country’s current account balance. It was also indicative that the drop in militancy in the Niger Delta and rising oil exports, have led to an improvement in foreign exchanges earnings, which the CBN has...
(Agence Ecofin 01/06/17)
Indian firm Aaviskaar Venture Management Services (AVMS) has announced plans to raise between $100 million and $150 million for Africa investments. “We will start the fund-raising around the middle of 2017 and we expect to close it in 2018,” said Vineet Rai, founder of Intellecap-Aavishkaar group. The new African fund will focus on investing on African low-income groups, especially in the agriculture, finance and financial technology sectors. “We will use the sow-tend-reap strategy of multiple round investing and will be...
(Bloomberg 01/05/17)
OPEC’s crude production fell by 310,000 barrels a day in December, as unplanned disruptions in Nigeria reduced the group’s supply before deliberate cuts take effect this month. Nigeria’s daily output dropped by 200,000 barrels to 1.45 million in December, ending three months of gains as the African nation struggled to restore capacity after a year of militant attacks on oil infrastructure. Saudi Arabia’s production fell by 50,000 barrels a day while Venezuela declined by 40,000. “Crude production in Nigeria in December was once again severely impacted, mostly due to a field maintenance as well

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(AFP (eng) 01/12/17)
Nigeria boast one of the strongest current national teams in Africa, but will not be among the 16 countries challenging for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations title from Saturday. The 'Super Eagles' were much less formidable early last year and taking only one point of a possible six against Egypt condemned them to second place in a qualifying group. Ordinarily, Nigeria could have squeezed through as one of the best two runners-up, but the withdrawal of Chad reduced the section to three sides and that option fell away. It was the third time in the past four Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns that the three-time African champions failed to make the finals. Officials reacted...
(Premium Times 01/10/17)
FIFA President Gianni Infantino has written to NFF President Amaju Pinnick to commiserate with Nigeria over the killing of former youth international Douglas Uzama. In a letter dated January 6 and personally signed by him, the FIFA head wrote: “I would like to express my deepest sympathy on hearing the news of the tragic passing of Nigerian youth international Douglas Uzama. “On behalf of FIFA and the worldwide family of football, please allow me to extend my deepest condolences to the football community of Nigeria, and most importantly, to his family, friends and loved ones. “We hope that, in some way, our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace and solace in this time of sadness.”...
(AFP (eng) 01/09/17)
Gabon witnessed one of the most sensational finishes to an Africa Cup of Nations tournament when no-hopers Zambia stunned the Ivory Coast to win the 2012 final. Zambia failed to qualify this time, but the Ivorians will be among the favourites again when the competition returns to the central African state with the first fixtures scheduled for Saturday. AFP Sport rates the chances of the 16 challengers for the $4 million (3.8 million euros) first prize (last three competitive results...
(This Day Live 01/06/17)
Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel has become the latest big name player to join the Chinese Super League gold rush after leaving Chelsea for Tianjin Teda, Reuters reported on Friday. Mikel, who failed to make a single appearance for Antonio Conte’s side this season, had a medical in the port city some 130 kilometres from Beijing on Thursday and the Asian Football Confederation confirmed the deal on Friday. The 29-year-old, who spent more than a decade at Stamford Bridge, was...
(AFP (eng) 01/04/17)
Premier League champions Leicester are set to sign defensive midfielder Wilfred Ndidi from Belgian club Genk to fill the gap left by the influential N'Golo Kante. The Nigerian international has agreed a five-and-a-half-year contract and his move for a reported £15 million ($18 million, 17 million euros) will be officially rubber-stamped once a work permit is granted. The 20-year-old has already undergone a medical at Leicester and hopes to complete his move to the King Power Stadium later this week...
(The Guardian Nigeria 12/31/16)
The challenges, the trials and tribulations faced by all Nigerians in 2016, a year which, to say the least, was hard for them, I strongly believe, are a necessary crucible of fire the country needed to pass through in order to emerge on the other side well refined and shining like gold. The government of President Buhari may not have done things the best way, or even in ways that most people think they should, but that should not detract...
(Vanguard 12/27/16)
One of the major problems inhibiting the development Nigerian football is paucity of funds. The NFF has failed to meet several financial obligations to players and coaches of the national teams and recently, players of the Super Falcons staged a sit in protest in their hotel, in Abuja after their triumph at the Africa Women Cup of Nations tournament. Former Nigeria international, Henry Nwosu believes the solution to the frequent poor state of finances of the NFF. He said the...
(AFP (eng) 12/23/16)
Somewhere out there is a new Nwankwo Kanu or a Jay-Jay Okocha, but it is not easy for the thousands of pretenders to become Nigeria's newest football hero to get a foot on the ladder. There are hundreds of football academies across the country of 180 million people but few put their star-struck trainees on the road to a contract in Europe. Each week, more than 400 aspiring heroes aged between six and 18 attend the Barcelona football academy in...
(AFP (eng) 12/21/16)
FIFA's Ethics Committee has opened proceedings against Nigeria's Amos Adamu for an ethics violation, the world football governing body said on Tuesday. Adamu has already served a three-year ban from all football-related activities for accepting bribes in relation to the attribution of the 2018 World Cup to Russia and 2022 tournament to Qatar. He now faces another two-year suspension and 20,000 Swiss franc fine ($19,445, 18,724 euros) for further ethics violations, a FIFA statement said. An investigation into Adamu, a...
(BBC News Africa 12/20/16)
Nigeria's women's team have ended their sit-in protest at a hotel in Abuja after being paid money owed to them. They were demanding US$23,650 per player from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for winning the 2016 Women's Africa Cup of Nations. The Super Falcons had been at the hotel in the capital since 6 December. "The players have all left the hotel in Abuja after they started receiving payments alerts," the team's media officer Remi Sulola told BBC Sport. One...
(AFP (eng) 12/19/16)
Nigerian Sports Minister Solomon Dalung has ordered a probe into the finances of the country's football federation after FIFA suspended further grants to the body. Dalung said at the weekend it was worrying that FIFA had halted development grants to Nigeria pending explanation on how a previous $1.1 million (1.05 million euros) was utilised. "This is a very serious issue that must be given urgent attention to avoid another international embarrassment, more so that the present administration... has zero tolerance for any act of mis-appropriation, mis-application, embezzlement or fraud in any guise," said the minister.
(BBC News Africa 12/19/16)
Nigeria's sports minister Solomon Dalung has called for a "reputable audit" of the country's football federation. It comes over claims of irregularities in the use of Fifa grants. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has denied claims by Dalung that there is $802,000 (£656,500) unaccounted for in its finances. The discrepancy has led to world football's governing body halting its annual $1.1 million grant to Nigeria. The federation insists there were no distortions during an earlier audit and that 'the minister...
(BBC News Africa 12/15/16)
Nigeria's victorious women's football team have protested outside parliament in Abuja over unpaid win bonuses. Their protest coincided with President Muhammadu Buhari's arrival at the National Assembly to present next year's budget. The African champions then marched to President Buhari's villa, where an aide said they would be paid in two days. They have refused to leave a nearby hotel until they receive win bonuses of $17,150 each (£13,500). At the president's villa Mr Buhari's Chief of Staff Malam Abba...
(BBC News Africa 12/07/16)
Nigeria's women's team have launched a sit-in protest in an Abuja hotel as they seek allowances and bonuses for winning the Women's Africa Cup of Nations from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). The Super Falcons players clinched their eighth African title on Saturday with a 1-0 win over hosts Cameroon. They say the NFF promised them that their outstanding allowances for qualifying and their win bonuses would be sorted before the start of the competition. The players are now holding...
(AFP (eng) 12/07/16)
Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho made a successful start to his spell as Sergio Aguero's stand-in by earning his team a 1-1 Champions League draw with Celtic on Tuesday. Aguero's four-game domestic ban for getting sent off in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Chelsea means Iheanacho can look forward to a run of games in manager Pep Guardiola's first XI. The 20-year-old Nigeria striker took his chance at the Etihad Stadium with an eighth-minute goal that cancelled out Celtic's opener, ironically...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming...
(BBC News Africa 11/30/16)
Nigeria striker Desire Oparanozie scored the only goal against a disciplined South Africa to earn her side a place in the final of the African Women's Cup of Nations against Cameroon. South Africa started brightly but the Desiree Ellis-led side failed to capitalise on their early dominance. Oparanozie and Ngozi Okobi both had chances to put seven-time champions Nigeria ahead in the 25th minute, but goalkeeper Andile Dlamini thwarted their shots. Seven minutes later, South Africa had the ball in...
(AFP (eng) 11/28/16)
Nigerian Victor Moses scored the most crucial of the four African goals in the English Premier League at the weekend as it kept Chelsea top of the table. Reborn as a wing-back after years fulfilling an orthodox winger role, the 25-year-old maintained outstanding form by scoring the winner in a 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur. Reigning African Footballer of the Year Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang became the leading German Bundesliga scorer this season after his 13th goal. However, the Gabon striker could...
(APA 11/25/16)
Nigeria has moved to the 50th position in the world football ranking released by FIFA on Thursday in Zurich, Switzerland. According to the report, Nigeria. Which now occupies the 8th position in Africa, moved 10 places from its previous 60th position in the world to tie with Burkina Faso, which moved from 67th position in October ranking. FIFA attributed the movements by the two countries to their impressive performances in the ongoing World Cup qualifying matches for Russia 2018. The...
(Leadership 11/25/16)
Nigeria senior national team, the Super Eagles, have moved up to 50th in November Fifa ranking. Gernot Rohr’s men stepped up ten places in the grading released by the world football ruling body, and are eighth in Africa. Gernot Rohr’s men stepped up ten places in the grading released by the world football ruling body, and are eight in Africa. Nigeria have moved up to the 50th position in the latest Fifa global rankings released on Thursday. The Super Eagles...

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(AFP (eng) 01/19/17)
Pioneering Nigerian electro-funk musician William Onyeabor, who amassed a following among the world's pop stars but remained reclusive and enigmatic, has died. He was 70. His record label Luaka Bop announced his death on Wednesday, saying that Onyeabor died in his sleep this week at his home in Enugu, in the country's southeast. Before exploding on the international stage late in his career, Onyeabor introduced synthesisers into Nigerian pop and travelled the world to learn do-it-yourself record-making. From 1977 to 1985, Onyeabor released nine albums of electro-funk, which he recorded, pressed and printed at his personal pressing plant, Wilifilms Limited. An old photo shows Onyeabor, dashing in a pin-striped suit and a black fedora decorated...
(Youtube 01/05/17)
 
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Nigerian leaders and current Vice President singing hymn for a greater, united and peaceful Nigeria in the year 2017. Singing Isaac Watts hymn, “Our God, Our Help in Ages Past,” were the former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Former President Olusegun Obasanjo; Former Chairman of Nigeria Interim Government, Ernest Shonekan, Former Vice President Alex Ekwueme; Former Chief of Staff, Real Admiral, Ebitu Ukiwe, General Oladipo Diya and the current Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
(APA 12/22/16)
The release of Nigeria’s ex-governor from UK prison and the five per cent commission to encourage whistle blowing were some of the most trending stories in newspapers on Thursday. This Day reported that there was wild jubilation in Delta State and especially in Oghara, the hometown of a former governor of the Delta State, Chief James Onanefe Ibori, who regained his freedom yesterday after a British court ordered his immediate release, having served five and a half years of his...
(APA 12/20/16)
The press in Ghana on Tuesday focused on heavy vehicular traffic preceding the Christmas and handing over notes presented to the transition team. The Daily Graphic says business in Accra has been slowed down by heavy vehicular traffic on the principal streets in Accra. This according to the paper, increased the traveling hours, leaving commuters bound for the Central Business District for various trading activities stranded. The Ghanaian Times on the other hand said Government has handed over notes to...
(APA 12/20/16)
The closure of the Abuja international airport for six weeks and the inclusion of N288 billion looted funds in the 2017 budget were some of the trending stories in Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. This day reported that the Minister of State for Aviation, Mr. Hadi Sirika, Monday declared that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (NAIA) in Abuja would be closed between February and March next year to allow Julius Berger carry out repairs on the damaged runway. Nation said that...
(APA 12/16/16)
The Senate's refusal to approve the appointment of the anti-corruption boss and China's plan to truncate the $29 billion loan plan of Nigeria dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. This Day newspaper reported that a damning report by the Department of State Security (DSS) exposing the alleged double life, sabotage and corruption of the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu, has been cited as the reasons by the Senate for its...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Nigerian Government's ban on the importation of new and second hand vehicles through land borders dominates the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Tuesday. The Sun newspaper screamed that the government took importers of vehicles by surprise on Monday when it banned the importation of vehicles through the land borders with effect from January 1, 2017. The Punch newspaper said the government on Monday announced that 571,000 tonnes of foreign rice warehoused in neighbouring countries were being targeted for the...
(APA 11/26/16)
The conduct of the Ondo State governorship election, kidnap of children in Abuja and the death of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Saturday. The Guardian reported that there was palpable tension in Ondo State on Friday as residents prepare to exercise their franchise to elect the next governor of the state. All public institutions and banks were closed while the state government declared public holiday for schools and civil servants to prepare for...
(APA 11/17/16)
The National Assembly's consideration of virement request of President Muhammadu Buhari and Presidency's complaint about militants' failure to respect peace dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Thursday. The Sun newspaper reported that facts emerged on Wednesday why the National Assembly opted to give accelerated consideration to President Muhammadu Buhari's request for N180 billion virement to fund 2016 budget. The Punch newspaper said the Presidency has said that despite the Federal Government's effort at pursuing dialogue with the Niger Delta...
(APA 11/14/16)
The reorganisation of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the militants' reasons for continued attacks on oil installations dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Monday. The Daily Sun newspaper reported that Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku declared at the weekend that a brand new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will evolve from the reorganisation process going on in the party. The Punch newspaper said no fewer than seven residents of Otodo Gbame, an Egun community in the Lekki Phase 1...
(APA 11/11/16)
The swearing-in of the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria and the restructuring of the aviation sector are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers on Friday. The Vanguard newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in Walter Samuel Onnoghen from Cross River State, as the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria. Justice Onnoghen on Thursday vowed to continue with the fight against corruption in the judiciary, the Guardian reported. Onnoghen's inauguration by President Buhari followed the expiration of the...
(AFP (eng) 11/07/16)
Princess Elizabeth Olowu, 77, sits on the sofa in her small living room, rubbing bronze sculptures with lemon juice to make them shine. Her eldest daughter Peju Layiwola, 49, is showing off her latest contemporary art sculptures on the screen of her Apple laptop. "Now I have evolved to other materials but I started with bronze," she explains. "It was easier for me, my mother already paved the way for females to be bronze casters." It was bronze art that...
(APA 11/03/16)
The return of looted N1 billion by former Comptroller General of Customs and the attack on crude oil pipeline by unidentified militant group are some of the leading stories in Nigerian newspapers of Thursday. The Punch newspaper reported that a former Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko, has returned N1.04bn to the Federal Government. It said a yet-to-be identified militant group in Niger Delta on Tuesday reportedly brought down two major crude oil delivery lines supplying the...
(AFP (eng) 10/27/16)
Karl Lagerfeld once sniffed that "no one wants to see curvy women" on the runway, but a wave of Nigerian designers are proving him wrong. The opening night of Lagos Fashion and Design Week on Wednesday featured five designers showcasing plus-size collections in a defiant celebration of all things curvy. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but if he was in Africa, he probably wouldn't make that statement," designer Aisha Abubakar Achonu told AFP backstage. Achonu, a regal 32-year-old...
(APA 10/26/16)
The bombing of Chevron's export oil pipeline and the defense of former National Security Adviser over misapplication of $2.1 billion arms money dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Wednesday. This Day newspaper reported that after about three months of quiet, the Niger Delta Avengers resumed the destruction of oil and gas infrastructure yesterday, when it bombed a Chevron-operated export pipeline at Escravos in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. The newspaper reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
The rainy season is supposed to be over in Nigeria, but on Thursday just before midnight, torrential rain and crackling lightning let loose over Benin City. For those in the crowd, the message was clear: with the rain the gods had blessed the new monarch of the kingdom of Benin in the country's south. The divine coronation was the climax of a day of royal pageantry, when some 100,000 people flooded the streets to catch a glimpse of the new...
(Reuters (Eng) 10/21/16)
Crowned with coral beads, flanked by high officials in bright white robes adorned with shining metal plaques, the new Oba of the historic kingdom of Benin greeted his people in a very 21st century corner of southern Nigeria. Crowds packed Benin City to celebrate the coronation of Oba Ewuare II - carrying on a royal tradition that has endured through a punishing raid by imperial Britain in 1897 and the kingdom's subsequent incorporation into the west African state. Britain infamously...
(APA 10/21/16)
The Nigerian Bar Association's advice to alleged corrupt judges to proceed on compulsory leave and the probe of the controversial sale of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) dominate the headlines of Nigerian newspapers on Friday. Thisday newspaper said the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), which at the outset of their arrest condemned the DSS, changed its position, when it asked the judges accused of corruption to stop further judicial functions or proceed on compulsory leave, until their innocence is...
(AFP (eng) 10/21/16)
Demand for homegrown contemporary music is sweeping Africa and driving a creative boom in an industry otherwise battered by falling CD sales and rampant piracy. A recent study of the entertainment sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) accountants showed rapid earnings growth in many African countries, fuelled largely by live performances by local artists. "Consumers are increasingly wanting local content," Vicki Myburgh, a PwC director who conducted the study released last month, told AFP. "The Nigerian music market... will (soon) grow at...
(The Guardian 10/19/16)
An actor’s brief embrace in a rap video has caused outrage in the country’s Muslim north. Meanwhile in the Christian south, films show middle-aged women chasing affairs and students seducing teachers. She is a hugely popular actor. He is a hugely popular rapper. But when Rahama Sadau and ClassiQ briefly touched in a music video released this month in northern Nigeria, their fleeting embrace set off a storm of controversy that has revealed the deep divides in the country. Sadau,...

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(Fox News 01/21/17)
Boko Haram extremists attack a refugee camp in Nigeria on Thursday evening, with reports suggesting the death toll could be as high as 170. Over 100 Boko Haram fighters launched the attack as soldiers battled for hours trying to repel them, according to witnesses. The attack comes after Nigeria’s air force bombed the camp housing Boko Haram refugees multiple times on Tuesday. Nigerian officials called the attack an accident. Medical charity Doctors Without Borders said on Friday that "around 90" people were killed in the bombing.
(BBC News Africa 01/21/17)
A rally in Nigeria to show support for Donald Trump as he was inaugurated as US president turned violent, injuring several people, police say. The event in the southern oil hub of Port Harcourt was organised by a group supporting the independence of the south-eastern region of Biafra. The group says it backs Mr Trump because he supports "self-governance". The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) allege 11 people died in clashes with security forces during the rally. But a police spokesman in Port Harcourt told the BBC that only tear gas was fired and said some people were wounded in the scuffles. At least one million people died in the 1967-70 civil war started by Biafran secessionists. Pro-Biafra protests have...
(Bloomberg 01/20/17)
MTN Group Ltd. may put off plans to list its Nigerian operation until 2018 as Africa’s largest wireless carrier works to resolve a regulatory dispute and awaits an economic recovery in the continent’s most populous country. “It’s a work in progress and hopefully within the 12 to 18 month period we will be able to do it,’’ MTN Chairman and Acting Chief Executive Officer Phuthuma Nhleko said at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “Regulatory...
(Voice of America 01/20/17)
By most measures, Africa is safer today than it has been in the modern era: Diseases are less deadly and wars are less frequent. But recent years have also been marked by a rise in radical extremism on the continent, and the terror threat could derail some of the world's fastest-growing economies. Dealing with the spread of radicalization has been a central focus of U.S. President Barack Obama's foreign policy during his time in office. Few areas have been spared...
(Bloomberg 01/18/17)
Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology, and has never been finished. Authorities want to revive it as part of Buhari’s efforts to lessen the economy’s dependence on crude, which accounts for 90 percent of export...
(Bloomberg 01/17/17)
Nigerian cashew producers are working on a four-year plan to cultivate more land and boost exports more than threefold to 500,000 metric tons a year to feed a growing export market. With about 160,000 hectares (395,000 acres) of land producing about 150,000 tons a year, farmers are seeking to bring an additional 340,000 hectares into cultivation to achieve industry targets, Tola Fasheru, president of the Nigerian Cashew Association, which groups farmers and traders, said in Jan. 12 interview in Lagos,...
(Voice of America 01/17/17)
Tomi Ayorinde and three of his colleagues trek through a boisterous open area food market in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Heads turn as they walk in between wooden stalls piled with meat and baskets full of leafy vegetables. Ayorinde and his team wear white collared shirts with the words MobileForm Team on the front. They’re collecting data on the prices of tomatoes, fish, cooking oil and fresh cow meat. Every once in a while, they stop to talk to...
(AL Jazeera 01/17/17)
At least four killed and 15 wounded when a suicide bomber believed to be a teenage girl detonated herself in Maiduguri. At least four people were killed and 15 others injured in a suicide bomb attack on a university campus in northeast Nigeria, police said. The blast happened on Monday at a mosque in the staff quarters area of the University of Maiduguri, and is thought to have been carried out by a teenage girl, a local resident and a...
(RFI 01/14/17)
The 27th Africa-France Summit kicked off on Friday in the Malian capital Bamako with more than 30 African heads of state meeting French officials to discuss the threat of jihadists in the Sahel region and improve democracy in Africa. the meeting is also an opportunity for French president François Hollande to showcase his legacy. The choice to hold the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali is not insignificant. Bamako is where president François Hollande first revealed himself as an international statesman,...
(International Business Times 01/11/17)
Nigeria may have just reclaimed its position as Africa’s top oil producer beating Angola. Angola had led the African oil producing countries with its 1.7 million barrels of crude oil a day, well above Nigeria's 1.5 million barrels per day, in September 2016, for seven straight months. According to the December 2016 Monthly Oil Market Report (MOMR) of the OPEC, crude oil production from Nigeria went a notch above that of Angola even before the start of 2017 as per...
(Voice of America 01/10/17)
In Nigeria, the trial of Biafran separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu will resume Tuesday, but the judge has ordered the proceedings to continue in secret, sparking further controversy. When Nnamdi Kanu was arrested by secret police in Lagos in October 2015, nobody dreamed the affair would go on this long. He has been granted bail once, rearrested once and then remained in custody since then, despite court orders to release him. Now there is another twist. In December, Justice Binta Nyako...
(Bloomberg 01/10/17)
Nigeria’s money-changers will introduce an exchange rate for the naira to help the central bank combat unregulated trading. Licensed dealers, known as bureaux de change, or BDCs, will post an exchange rate each Monday on their website from Jan. 16 to “highlight positive rate development in the market” and counter domains such as abokifx.com, which publishes unofficial prices daily, Aminu Gwadabe, the head of the local BDC association, told reporters in Lagos. Trading in the black market boomed since 2014...
(Huffingtonpost 01/10/17)
And it’s ironic given the growing consensus that Beijing is the U.S. president-elect’s enemy number one. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden are the duo behind the China Africa Project and hosts of the popular China in Africa Podcast. We’re here to answer your most pressing, puzzling, even politically incorrect questions, about all things related to the Chinese in Africa and Africans in China. The election of Donald Trump has introduced a new era of uncertainty in global politics, especially...
(AL Jazeera 01/09/17)
President Buhari is "hopeful" the remaining 195 girls will be saved as activists urge him to treat issue as a priority. Sunday marks a 1,000 days since 276 Nigerian girls were abducted from a school in the country's northeast by Boko Haram fighters. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape - but nearly 200 girls still remain in captivity. In a message to mark the mass kidnapping, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said he remained committed...
(Voice of America 01/09/17)
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari said his government is not resting in its efforts to find the remaining Chibok girls that are still held captive by the militant group Boko Haram. Marking the 1,000th day of the girls' abduction, President Buhari wrote on Twitter Sunday that, “I am hopeful that soon, Chibok community, Nigeria, and, indeed, the world, will welcome the remaining girls back home.” President Buhari also commended the country's security agencies for their role in rescuing some of the...
(Bloomberg 01/07/17)
Access Bank Plc is predicting that the level of troubled loans in Nigeria will continue to climb before an economic recovery in the second half of the year brings relief to the country’s lenders. “Across the entire industry you’ll see an uptick in non-performing loan ratios,” Chief Executive Officer Herbert Wigwe said in an interview on Thursday in Lagos, the commercial hub. “We are better than most.” Nigeria’s fourth-largest bank by assets expects that its NPLs will climb to “slightly...
(Usa Today 01/06/17)
Nigeria's military said Thursday that soldiers found a Nigerian schoolgirl who was among the nearly 300 students kidnapped by extremist group Boko Haram in the town of Chibok in 2014. Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, an Army spokesman, identified the girl as Rakiya Abubakar and said she had a 6-month-old child. He said her identity was discovered when soldiers were interrogating some of the more than 1,000 suspects detained in army raids in the Sambisa Forest, the Associated Press reported. The...
(Bloomberg 01/06/17)
Royal Dutch Shell Plc shut the Trans Niger oil pipeline after a fire, threatening to worsen a drop in Nigerian output due to unplanned disruptions. The line can transport about 180,000 barrels a day to the Bonny Export Terminal in the Niger Delta was halted Tuesday due to a blaze at Kpor in Ogoniland, Precious Okolobo, a company spokesman in Lagos, said Thursday by phone. Shell declined to comment on the impact on production. Nigeria’s daily output dropped by 200,000...
(Bloomberg 01/05/17)
OPEC’s crude production fell by 310,000 barrels a day in December, as unplanned disruptions in Nigeria reduced the group’s supply before deliberate cuts take effect this month. Nigeria’s daily output dropped by 200,000 barrels to 1.45 million in December, ending three months of gains as the African nation struggled to restore capacity after a year of militant attacks on oil infrastructure. Saudi Arabia’s production fell by 50,000 barrels a day while Venezuela declined by 40,000. “Crude production in Nigeria in December was once again severely impacted, mostly due to a field maintenance as well
(The Guardian 01/04/17)
Mass killings continue across Nigeria, part of a long-running conflict between herders and farmers, with the state seemingly powerless to stop the violence. Rachel Amida*, a 52-year-old farmer in Adamawa state, north-eastern Nigeria, points to a small heap of maize laid on the ground just outside her home. “If it wasn’t for the herdsmen we would have had much more,” she says. “It is making it harder to survive when we are harvesting only a portion of what we sowed.”...

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