• ATTEMPTED COUP! State House deserted, President summons military chiefs!

    06/Jan/2017 // 5735 Viewers

     


    There has been a heavy gunfire following a mutiny by soldiers over pay who out of frustration and anger reportedly seized weapons raising serious tension and fear thus forcing people to flee for safety in three cities in Ivory Coast, the BBC reports.

    According to the report, the mutineers seized weapons from two police stations in the country's second city, Bouake, and took up positions at its entry points, according to reports.

    Shooting has also been reported in the cities of Daloa and Korogho.
    President Alassane Ouattara convened a crisis meeting of his military chiefs, as the government entered into talks with the mutineers.

    Defence Minister Alain-Richard Donwah called on troops to return to barracks so that "lasting solutions" could be found, state media reported.
    Mr Ouattara took power in 2011, ending a civil war which lasted for almost a decade.

    Bouake was at the centre of the rebellion to oust Mr Ouattara's predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, who is on trial at the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes.

    Soldiers armed with AK-47 fired at the offices of the state broadcaster in the city, and had seized control of Bouake's western entrance, a resident, who asked not to be identified, told the BBC.
    A teacher in Bouake, Ami Soro, said the city was deserted, Reuters news agency reports.

    "Men in balaclavas are patrolling the city on motorcycles or in cars. They aren't attacking residents... They told us to stay at home," she is quoted as saying.

    The mutineers have not yet issued an official statement, but the government said their grievances focused on pay, bonuses and promotion prospects.

    "It's a mutiny by former fighters integrated into the army who are demanding bonuses of 5 million CFA francs ($8,000; £6,500) each plus a house," a soldier who asked to remain anonymous told AFP news agency


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  • JUST IN: W'African leaders to meet in Acrra on Saturday, take major decision on Gambia - Says Nigeria's Presidency

    06/Jan/2017 // 1624 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 6, 2016: (DGW) AS efforts continue to find a peaceful resolution to the political logjam in The Gambia, Nigeria’s presidency on Friday disclosed that  a “major decision” would be taken this weekend.
     
    Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said African leaders would be meeting in Accra, Ghana on Saturday (tomorrow) after the inauguration of Ghana’s new president, Nana Akufo-Addo.
     According to him, “A major decision on the impasse is expected to be taken at that all-important meeting,” Shehu told reporters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, without elaborating.

    “President Buhari is the chief mediator in the crisis and he is committed to ensuring that the logjam is resolved,” he added.
     
    Recall regional leaders on December 17 called on Jammeh to step down by this month when his term runs out and vowed to take “all necessary action to enforce the results”.
     



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  • :- Late Muamar Gadaffi prophesies in retrospect!

    06/Nov/2016 // 482 Viewers

     

    "I will not go into exile to any foreign country. I was born here in Libya, and I will die here. This country was a dessert, and I turned it into a forest, where everything can grow.

    No one Love this land more than its citizens. If Europe and America tell you that they love you, be careful. They love the wealth of your land. The oil and not the people. They are helping you to fight against me but, it will be  wiser for you to fight against them because they are fighting against your future and progress.

    My message to you the people of Libya is, they are helping you to kill me but you will pay the price because you will suffer. And my message to you America and Europe is, you will kill me, but be ready to fight a never ending TERRORISM.

    Before you realize your ignorance, terrorists will be hitting you at your doorstep."

    GADDAFI once told the Nigerian and British governments to divide Nigeria into two, so that the Hausa/Fulani (Moslems), Yoruba (Christians) and Biafrans/Igbo, can live as neighboring countries.

    It's good we look at these 16 REAL REASONS WHY COL. GADDAFI WAS KILLED:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya, electricity is free for all its citizens.

    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at a 0% interest by law.

    3. Home is considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a
    home.

    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinars (US$50,000) from the government to buy their first apartment.

    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25% of Libyans were literates. Today, the figure stands at 83%.

    6. Libyans taking up farming as a career, they received farm land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick- start their farms – all for free.

    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they needed in Libya, the government funded them to go abroad for it.

    8. In Gaddafi's Libya, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.

    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.

    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation, the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.

    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

    13. A mother who gave birth to a child under Gaddafi received US $5,000 as child benefit upfront.

    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15

    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree

    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man- Made River Project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

    If this is called "Dictatorship", I wonder what type of Leadership Democrats have!!

    Share if it interests you.``


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  • West African leaders jittery as IMF says Nigeria’s economic crisis may spill to the sub-region

    06/Oct/2016 // 267 Viewers

     

    The International Monetary Fund has warned that the current economic crisis in Nigeria may spill over to the rest of West Africa with negative consequences.

    It also raised the alarm that Nigeria was spending too much of her revenue to service debts, noting that this was not sustainable.

    The Assistant Director and Head of Fiscal Policy and Surveillance Division, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Catherine Pattillo; and the Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF, Vitor Gaspar, said this on Wednesday at a press conference on the IMF Fiscal Monitoring Report as part of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings in Washington DC, United States.

    They insisted that the fact that about 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue was being paid as interest on the nation’s debt was a worrying development.

    Pattillo said, “The slump in oil production and slow growth have created challenges for Nigeria. But one statistic that is quite striking to me is that the debt profile is weakening and the interest account payment is more than 45 per cent of the Federal Government’s revenue. The priority is a big challenge.

    “On the fiscal side, the important priority should be in safeguarding fiscal sustainability, which means, importantly to increase non-oil revenues and implement an independent price-setting mechanism that minimises fuel subsidy. So, these are two priorities, while also of course, improving public service delivery so that citizens can see the benefits of good governance and services financed by the government.

    “So, these are the challenges. As you know, Nigeria is a very important economy in the African region and its success has positive spill over for the region, particularly in West Africa, and its challenges create difficulties for its neighbours.”

    On his part, Gaspar said, “Message number one is that if you look at the global debt and deficit landscape in the world, you’ll see that the countries that have the highest public sector deficit are oil exporters; Nigeria is in debt and it is a country much hit by very low oil prices.

    “That is a general message because it applies to oil exporters in general; the group of oil exporters have shared some characteristics.

    “The most important point, in my view, is that for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to deliver on the SDGs, the key challenge is the building up of revenue mobilisation capacity through tax capacity building; that’s a key priority.”

    He added, “These countries must improve their capacities to raise revenue, and why is that so? Because there is such need in term of public infrastructure, there is such need in terms of public education; there is such need in terms of health.

    “For these group of countries, public finance/fiscal policy is part of the overall development strategy, and in that, tax capacity is a fundamental cornerstone.”

    Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has condemned multilateral funding agencies and Western nations for blocking an attempt by Nigeria to generate electricity from coal on the excuse that the project is not ‘green’.

    She said this at the ongoing annual meetings of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund in Washington DC, United States of America on Wednesday.

    According to her, it is hypocritical to block the project at a time Nigeria needs power most.

    Although Adeosun did not give details of the project, she said it was blocked because of its likely contribution to carbon emission, but noted that most developed countries still relied on coal as a means of generating electricity.

    The minister, who spoke on infrastructure funding for Africa, said, “I think there is a need for consistency around bankable projects that can attract investments. Yes, we do need macroeconomic stability. We also do need consistency of policies by the multilateral institutions and Western countries.

    “Let me give you an example. In Nigeria, we have coal and there is power inadequacy. It doesn’t take a genius to work out what it will take to get coal-fired power. Yet, we are being blocked. I think there is some hypocrisy in that. We have an entire Western industrialisation that was built on coal-fired energy and that is the competitive advantage that has been used to develop Britain, where I grew up. Now, Africa wants to do it, and they are saying it’s not green, we can’t do it and that we should go and do solar and wind, which are the most expensive power projects in the world.

    “Yes, we are going to have the narrative around infrastructure; we must invest in infrastructure, but we must also make sure the playing field is level. The West, after polluting the atmosphere for 100 years, and when Africa wants to explore its resources, they say no.

    “Yes, we would come up with bankable projects and we would behave ourselves, but I think we also need to be firm.”


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  • : VIDEO: Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, WOLE SOYINKA blasts outgoing PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH over reign of terror in the Gambia

    07/Dec/2016 // 1338 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 7, 2016: Nigeria's Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has lambasted President Buhari of Nigeria for sending a congratulatory message to Gambia's outgoing President Yahya Jammeh who he described as  Gambia's "lunatic, petty, little dictator Yahya Jammeh."

    Earlier President Buhari had saluted  the Gambian leader for the  spirit of statesmanship displayed  by conceding defeat in the country’s December 1 presidential election.

    In a swift reaction on Monday, the Nobel Laureate  during a press conference at Freedom Park in Lagos, Nigeria  said: "When we're busy chasing shadows all over the place, President Buhari is congratulating the president-elect (referring to out-going president Jammeh) of Gambia, that sit tight lunatic, who makes his citizens undergo hallucinogenic test to prove that they are not witches on his farm. One of the most brutal dictators on the African continent."

    "Please help me beg president Buhari. I don't say he shouldn't congratulate Trump. There's no way one can avoid Trump, but you can avoid little petty little dictators like Jammeh in Gambia, who is the opposite of everything one expects of a true African leader towards his or her citizens. Please President Buhari, restricts yourself to those you absolutely have to congratulate."

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  • JUsT IN: Heavy gunfire breaks out in capital city, PRESIDENT on the run as army revolt spreads

    07/Jan/2017 // 14402 Viewers

     

    Heavy gunfire has reportedly broken out in the capital city and other cities on Saturday, residents and soldiers said, as a revolt by military personnel demanding higher wages and bonuses appeared to gain momentum, Reuters is reporting.
     
    Loyalist troops sought to reinforce security in Abidjan, the capital city.  Acoording to reports, a Reuters reporter saw elite Republican Guard soldiers deployed on two of the three bridges spanning the lagoon that divides the city's northern and southern halves. Members of a special police and military security unit were positioned near the third bridge, a second diplomat said.
     
    The uprising began early on Friday when disgruntled soldiers seized Bouake, the second-largest city. Unrest spread to at least four other cities and towns later in the day, as the government sought to calm the unrest by promising talks with the mutineers.
     
    However, heavy gunfire was heard during the night in the northern city of Korhogo and in early on Saturday in Bouake.
     
    Residents and soldiers later reported shooting in Man, Toulepleu and at a major military camp in Abidjan, a city of nearly five million residents where the president, administration and parliament are based.
     
    "Shooting has started in our camp too now," said a soldier at the Akouedo military base located in a residential section of Abidjan. The gunfire was confirmed by a local resident.
     
    A diplomatic source said armed dissident soldiers - some of whom blackened their faces with ashes or wore scarves around their heads - blocked a main road near the camp and threatened people in passing cars.
     
    Abidjan residents, meanwhile, rushed to supermarkets to buy up bottled water and other provisions, fearing violence could eventually paralyze the city.
     
    Ivory Coast - French-speaking West Africa's largest economy - has emerged from a 2002-11 political crisis as one of the continent's rising economic stars.
     
    However, years of conflict and a failure to reform its army, thrown together from a patchwork of former rebel fighters and government soldiers, have left it with an unruly force hobbled by internal divisions.
     


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  • ACCRA MEETING: W'Africa leaders say ECOWAS stands by peaceful resolution, not yet military force against JAMMEH

    07/Jan/2017 // 3679 Viewers

     

    West African leaders are still pursuing mediation to ensure a peaceful transfer of power in Gambia where President Yahya Jammeh refused to accept defeat in an election last month, Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Saturday.

    Sirleaf told reporters after a meeting among regional leaders in Ghana's capital Accra that regional bloc ECOWAS did not yet intend to deploy its standby military force in Gambia.

    "We are committed to a peaceful mediation and a peaceful transfer of power in the Gambia.. we will continue to pursue that for now," said Sirleaf who chairs the 15-member body said.

    Asked if the regional group would deploy a standby force soon, she said "no", adding that ECOWAS was closely monitoring proceedings in Gambia's Supreme Court where Jammeh is challenging the poll result.

    Jammeh, a former coup leader who has ruled Gambia for 22 years, initially accepted his defeat by opposition figure Adama Barrow in the Dec. 1 election. But a week later reversed his position, vowing to hang onto power despite a wave of regional and international condemnation.

    Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations' top official in West Africa, also attended the special closed-door meeting, which was the first official engagement by Ghana's new President Nana Akufo-Addo who was sworn in on Saturday.


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  • Stakeholders laud ECOWAS trade scheme

    07/Mar/2017 // 304 Viewers

     

    A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Centre for Values in Leadership, said cross border trade promoted by ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) was vital to promoting trade and economic integration in the region.

    Senior Vice President of the organization, Mr Rasheed Adegbenro, said this in Abuja on Monday during a policy dialogue on combating corruption along Nigeria-ECOWAS trade routes.

    In a paper entitled “Inhibitions to Domestic and Cross Border Trade and Remedial Measures by all Stakeholders’’, he said trade activities rewarded producers of goods and services through revenue, and government, in tariff revenue.

    Adegbenro said that apart from the benefits, disruption and challenges in economics could frustrate or cause dislocation in the economy where appropriate measures were not in place to mitigate abuses along a trader corridor.

    “No sacrifice is too great to formalise the current informal trade very dominant in the region.

    “This can be achieved by reducing administrative documentations with human intervention required in the processing of trade transactions,’’ he said.

    Adegbenro said in order to improve cross border trade, trans-regional trademarks should be promoted to improve brand equity of manufactured products in the region and reduce product discrimination.

    He said that Public-Private Partnership should be adopted to evolve a national trade bank as export development financial window.

    He called for appropriate funding of National Approval Authority (NAC), to be promoted to facilitate frequent meetings of the authority.

    Adegbenro said the application for ETLS should be done online to reduce human intervention in the approval process and associated bottleneck.

    “Nigeria should give high priority to creation and linkage with the railway network in the region,’’ he said.

    Mrs Omoyemisi Akinola, Trade Policy and Facilitation Unit, Deutscche Gesellschaft Fur International Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), called for application of Trade Route Incident Mapping System (TRIMS).

    According to her, GIZ is a mechanism that will help to formulate evidence-based policies.

    Akinola, in her paper on TRIMS, said that for traders and transporters, route mapping was an initiative that would help them to report delays, harassments and irregular payment while moving goods.

    She said that TRIMS was co-funded by German Government and the European Union and implemented by Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment (SEDIN) programme, GIZ Nigeria and that it was a six-year project.

    Akinola said that the objective was to tackle the issue of non-tariff barriers in Nigeria and support the country’s strive to improve its doing business and global competitiveness rankings.

    She said that TRIMS would help to address multiple levies, delays, harassment and other illegal non-tariff barriers.

    Akinola said that so far, more than 2,200 reports had been received as of March, 2017 from the pilot state, Ogun.

    She said with TRIMS, more than 4,000 traders had been sensitised and educated on other relevant issues for traders, including HIV and AIDS.

    She recommended the regular training of the officers, especially with regards to the scope and limits of the protocols and related matters.

    Mr Chris Kaka, a management expert, said border official operated in total disregard of ECOWAS protocol of free movement of persons, goods and capital.

    Kaka, who is with Chartered Institute of Financial and Investment Analysts Nigeria (CIFIAN) called for the sensitisation and awareness creation for traders on their rights and obligations in the conduct of their business.

    He said that there was need for advocacy towards the review of ECOWAS court provision-private party breach of trade related grievance.

    Kaka called for capacity building, anti-corruption reform, reduction of government agencies along trade routes and border posts.

    He also called for the training and retraining of officials to inculcate and sustain strong ethical behaviour in the discharge of their duties as border agents of government. (NAN)


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  • JUST IN: ECOWAS court strikes out FG application to quash Nnamdi Kanu’s suit

    07/Mar/2017 // 528 Viewers

     

    The ECOWAS court sitting in Abuja, has dismissed the application filed by the federal government asking that the suit filed by the Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) be quashed.

    The suit by the IPOB leader is seeking his unconditional release and 800 million U.S dollars in damages.

    The Federal Government in its application had asked the court to dismiss the case because it is a subject matter before the Federal High Court and the Appeal court and as such, it constitutes an abuse of court process.

    Presiding judge, Justice Micah Wright-Williams, in his ruling, however dismissed the application for lacking in merit, because according to him, the ECOWAS court has the jurisdiction to hear cases of infringement of human rights.


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  • At least three dead, two mortally wounded in Benin building collapse

    07/Oct/2016 // 1066 Viewers

     

    (AFP) - At least three people were killed and buried in rubble and two others fatally wounded onThursday when a building under construction collapsed  in Benin, AFP has reported.

     Residents of Dekagon, the economic hub of Cotonu where the incident reportedly took place said the collapse happened early in the morning as workers were pouring the concrete of the third floor of the four-story building.

    "This is a building site and as you now see we are looking for people still in the rubble," Arlette Saizonou, a local mayor, told AFP.

    "We already have three dead bodies out of the rubble and two wounded," she added.

    Building collapses happen frequently in West Africa where poor workmanship and materials coupled with a lack of official oversight often result in accidents.

    One of the most notorious collapses in the region happened in 2014, when a building owned by Nigerian pastor TB Joshua collapsed and killed more than one hundred people, most of them South Africans.

    A Nigerian coroner found that the six-story guesthouse had more floors than the foundation could hold, but the pastor said a mysterious "hovering" aircraft seen over the building before the collapse was to blame for the accident.


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