Wednesday 17 January 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
JOHANNESBURG/MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A website created for Africa's proposed continental defence force proclaims a lofty mission "to support and keep peace for Africa's prosperity and a better life for all in the world". But click on current operations on the African Standby Force site ( www.africa-union.org/root/au/auc/departments/psc/AMISCE/AMISCE . htm) and the response is a dispiriting "page cannot be found". The force dreamed of half a century ago by the founding fathers of independent Africa still exists only on paper, casting a shadow over the back-slapping at this weekend's African Union (AU) summit, which is marking 50 years since the foundation of its precursor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Instead of a muscular rapid-response force to halt genocide, protect civilians in...
(The Sun 05/27/13)
A latest report by the Nigeria Natural Resource Charter has faulted the inability of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to publish annual reserve data for several years running. The report titled: ‘Benchmarking Exercise Report’, also described the country’s exploration process as ineffective, adding that almost all exploration has been stalled for several years, due to constraints of the government to fund cash calls for Joint Ventures (JVs). Though the report stated that NNPC used to publish annual reserve data but stopped several years ago, explaining that statistical bulletins still have some drilling and seismic information, but are silent on reserves. The report disclosed further that government publishes some information on reserves, production volumes, prices and the values of resource...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on Nigerian authorities to ensure their security forces do not trample on human rights during the government's fight against Boko Haram militants. In Ethiopia for a summit commemorating the African Union's 50th anniversary, Kerry said U.S. and Nigerian officials have spoken directly about the importance of Nigerian troops maintaining high standards in their respect for civilians' human rights. "One person's atrocity does not excuse another's. And revenge is not the motive. It's good governance. It's ridding yourself of a terrorist organization so that you can establish a standard of law that people can respect. And that's what needs to happen in Nigeria." Kerry said the government of President Goodluck Jonathan deserves credit...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/13)
(Reuters) - Nuradin Mohammed used to resent and fear the troops who swept past his fish stall in this northeast Nigerian city on the trail of Islamist insurgents Boko Haram. Now, for the first time, he thinks they may be on his side. "We are pleased the president has finally recognized our peril and we pray his plan works," Mohammed said, frying fish by the roadside as a crowd of young children looked on hungrily and trucks packed with troops rumbled past. President Goodluck Jonathan took a gamble when he launched a big offensive this month on Boko Haram's four-year-old attempt to establish an Islamic state in mainly Muslim northern Nigeria. The crackdown risks stoking, rather than quashing the rebellion,...
(CNN 05/27/13)
(CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry took exception with Nigeria's human rights record Saturday, but at the same time he defended that government's right to defend itself against terror groups disrupting Africa's most populous nation. In his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office earlier this year, Kerry singled out Nigeria's Boko Haram as "a terrorist organization," though the United States doesn't formally list the Islamist militant group as such. "One person's atrocity does not excuse another's," Kerry said, visiting the region on the day it celebrated the 50th anniversary of the African Union. Kerry noted that Boko Haram has "wantonly upset the normal governance of Nigeria in fundamental ways that are unacceptable." Then he endorsed Nigeria's...
(The Nigerian Voice 05/27/13)
The state of emergency declared by the Federal Government in North Eastern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, may not last out the six months as prescribed by the constitution, President Goodluck Jonathan said on Sunday. The president hinged his optimism on successes, which he said troops deployed to the area had achieved. Jonathan said this while speaking to the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr Ban Ki Moon on the sidelines of the Africa Union conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Similarly, the president in an interview with journalists on the sideline reiterated the resolve of his administration to do all within its powers to clip the excesses of extremist group, Boko Haram. Jonathan said that the insurgency of...
(The Nigerian Voice 05/27/13)
Seven states control about 90 per cent of the total cash transactions in the country, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has said. The states are Lagos, Rivers, Anambra, Abia, Kano, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). This, according to the CBN Deputy Governor (Operations), Mr. Tunde Lemo, was the reason the states were being slated for the second phase of the cash-less project billed to kick off on the July 1. He said that there have been and there are still challenges with the cash-less project, he said most of them are being resolved. He listed one of the major challenges to include intercon-nectivity in some of the clusters, which he said, is being addressed. Lemo said besides...
(Daily Trust 05/27/13)
Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote is investing N500 million in the building of a cement plant in Tanzania. The ground breaking ceremony of the three million metric tons cement factory takes place today in Tanzania, a statement from the Dangote group said. The company also announced dividend payouts of N3.00 for every 50 kobo share held in its 2012 financial year to investors in Nigeria. This is against the N1.25kobo paid in the previous year. This is coming as the chairman of the Shareholders Trustees Association (STA) Mukhtar Mukhtar said the shareholders were happy with the performance of their company. Speaking at the Annual General Meeting last week in Abuja, the company's chairman Aliko Dangote attributed the growth to expansion...
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
ABUJA — Nigerian police say they have rescued four expatriate oil workers who were held hostage for a month. The men have been released in good health, but the kidnappers remain at large. The men, two Russians and two Ukrainians were kidnapped on April 22 off the coast of Bayelsa in the oil-rich Niger Delta. Police say they are still searching for the kidnappers. Security consultant Monday Osakene says the rescue operation is a rare success in a country where kidnappings usually end in ransom payments or death. “This is the first time four foreigners are rescued from the troubled waters of Nigeria at once without any loss of life. It shows that the police are improving," he said. He...
(The Guardian 05/27/13)
Entrepreneurs get creative in attempt to do business online while Yahoo-Yahoo boys try to make a living through scams. In Nigeria, internet shopping is not all that it might seem. Take Sheffy Bello-Osagie's recent purchase of a hair product. Instead of punching in her card details online, she emailed the seller for account details. Then she went to the bank to deposit the sum in cash. "The only thing I buy online in Nigeria is airline tickets, and that's because the walk-in option isn't exactly appealing," said Bello-Osagie, referring to the chaotic queues that are inescapable for most people in Nigeria. Nigeria, forecast to become the world's fourth most populous nation by 2050, has a growing middle class and a...
(The Sun 05/27/13)
The Nigerian Navy at the weekend, said that it had arrested over 40 vessels for allegedly stealing crude oil. Briefing newsmen in Abuja, as part of activities lined up for the Nigerian Navy week celebration and its 57th anniversary, the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Admiral Joseph Ezeoba, however expressed regrets that Navy’s job ended with the arrests, as it could not go further to bring the owners to book. Represented by the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Rear Admiral Emmanuel Ogbor, the CNS said that many barges used for crude oil theft were also destroyed. He said that the arrests were made throughout the three operational Commands of the Navy during their special operations to consolidate the...
(The New York Times 05/25/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Making his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa as secretary of state, John Kerry urged Nigeria on Saturday to uphold human rights as it steps up its fight against Islamic extremists. “One’s person’s atrocity does not excuse another’s,” Mr. Kerry said, referring to reports of large-scale civilian killings by the army and the police in Nigeria. Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/26/world/africa/kerry-presses-nigeria-on-...
(AL Jazeera 05/25/13)
Nigeria's military said it has rescued women and children taken hostage by the rebel group Boko Haram after an attack on a police barracks. The claim on Friday by the country's defence department could not be independently confirmed. "Nigerian troops have rescued three women and six children from Boko Haram in the Sambisa forest in Borno state, in northern Nigeria," said a statement from the defence department. "The women and children were kidnapped by the group on May 7 following an attack on police barracks in Bama. Thousands of soldiers are involved in an offensive against Boko Haram in region that's been going on for 10 days" Brigadier General Chris Olukolade said the army freed the group who had been...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(The Economist 05/24/13)
SOLDIERS sit sweltering in bunkers made from sandbags on the streets of Maiduguri, a town in north-eastern Nigeria at the centre of a four-year Islamist revolt. Around them, young boys on clanking bicycles carve through sand blown in from the Sahara, which has been slowly burying a town that was once, long ago, a thriving Islamic trading centre. It now faces desertification, literal and figurative. This month Nigeria’s army launched its most determined effort yet to crush Boko Haram, a terror group whose campaign to create an Islamic state in the religiously mixed country has led to the deaths of about 3,000 people in the past four years. After attacks that left several hundred people dead in the previous fortnight...
(The Sun 05/24/13)
The fate of one of the ubiquitous interest groups that will shape the direction of the 2015 presidential election will be decided today at the Rivers State Governor’s Lodge, Asokoro, Abuja, as the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) elects a new chairman. Main contenders for the exalted office are the incumbent chairman of the Forum and Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi and his Katsina State counterpart, Ibrahim Shema. A new entrant in the race is the Bauchi State governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda. Both Shema and Yuguda are believed to be enjoying the support of the Presidency for the office. Daily Sun findings revealed that the Bauchi State governor was drafted into the race as replacement for Governor Shema in the event...
(Nigerian Pilot Newspapers 05/24/13)
THE International Monetary Fund, IMF, has thrown its weight behind the contentious issue of fuel subsidy removal, saying Nigeria should do away with it for the overall interest of the country’s economy. The IMF cautioned that it was not unmindful of the social implications of such removal on the poor masses, but its merit out-weighs this, stressing that it was not dictating to the government when and how it should remove the fuel subsidy. The views were expressed yesterday in Abuja at a press briefing by W. Scott Rogers, Senior Resident Representative of the IMF in Nigeria when he reviewed Nigeria’s economic developments and outlook. Also in the IMF’s staff report on Article 1V 2012 consultation with Nigeria released yesterday...
(The Nigerian Voice 05/24/13)
Dangote Group's president , Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has said it will invest over $600 million in the production of sugarcane in Kwara, Kebbi and Sokoto states of Nigeria. The business mogul, who is listed by Forbes as Africa's richest man, said he planned to replicate what Dangote Cement has achieved in the cement industry. He spoke on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to Kwara Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed at the Government House in Ilorin. Dangote lamented the amount of scarce foreign exchange which the country expend on importation of sugar annually. He said that in the next five years his sugar subsidiary would produce and grow two million tonnes of sugar, as part of efforts to ensure that Nigeria is self-sufficient...
(The Sun 05/24/13)
The President, Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has diclosed that the sugar arm of his company will invest over $600 million in the production of sugarcane in Kebbi, Kwara and Sokoto states. Dangote made this known during a visit to the Governor of Kwara State, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, where he expressed satisfaction with the government’s effort at revolutionising agriculture in the state. According to him, his company intends to replicate what it did in the cement industry by targeting about 65 million tonnes of sugar, which he said could produce about one million jobs for the people. Dangote emphasized that in the next five years; the company would produce and grow two million tonnes of sugar, as part of efforts to...
(The Associated Press 05/24/13)
"Chinua Achebe gave Africa its confidence," said Emeka Anyaoku, an Igbo elder. Achebe rose to acclaim with the publication of his 1958 classic novel "Things Fall Apart," a parable for the collapse of traditional society in Africa on the arrival of colonialists. The journalist's tense, short sentences recalled Ernest Hemingway, but offered a vision of Igbo culture before British rule ultimately united the regions that now form modern Nigeria. "Things Fall Apart" has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Though describing himself in writing as a "British-protected child," Achebe became a forceful critic of Western literature about Africa, especially Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." His writings often focused on that...

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