| Africatime
Sunday 22 January 2017
(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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