United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today commended the first responders and residents of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, for mobilizing to aid in what is being called Somalia’s worst-ever bomb attack. In a statement from his spokesperson, the Secretary-General urged all Somalis “to unite in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and work together in building a functional and inclusive federal state.” Strongly condemning the … Continue reading Secretary-General condemns Saturday’s attacks in Mogadishu
Gabon is Africa’s fourth-largest oil producer. It has suffered from the 50% drop in crude prices since 2014 and its struggle to diversify the economy away from oil. The government said in a statement late on Thursday that 2018 spending would total $4.85bn. It was forced to cut its budget for 2017 to 2.48 trillion CFA franc because of low oil prices. Buffeted by political … Continue reading Gabon proposes 2018 budget increase despite ongoing oil slump
The Nigerian tech scene is booming. Last year, Lagos-based startup Andela received $24m (£18.5m) in funding from Mark Zuckerberg. In 2015, financial technology startup Paystack – one of the first Nigerian tech companies to be accepted into renowned California-based startup accelerator Y Combinator – secured approximately $1.3m in seed investment from international investors. Within this growth, women are emerging as influential forces, and changing the … Continue reading Female developers are emerging as influential forces in the country’s booming technology sector.
The Senate has called for a review of Nigeria’s revenue sharing formula to give states and local government areas greater share than what they get in the current formula, which gives more to the federal government. The Senate said the current formula is “unconstitutional” and does not reflect the country’s present realities. The Senate on Wednesday rejected a constitutional review proposal to devolve greater powers … Continue reading Nigeria’s current revenue sharing formula ‘illegal’, Senate declares
In Cameroon, the authorities are illegally detaining and torturing people, and some are not surviving. Why are they doing this? Because the Cameroon government is fighting a war against the armed group Boko Haram. They will stop at nothing to win, including arresting people and torturing suspects until they confess. This means that if you find yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time … Continue reading Torturing in the name of security.
￼The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has claimed that looters of Nigeria’s treasury over the years were those sponsoring the current agitation for restructuring and Biafra. Magu stated this while speaking on Friday at a stakeholder’s meeting in Kano. ￼ The anti-graft boss insisted that if the country must move forward, Nigerians must be determined to fight corruption … Continue reading ￼The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu reveals those funding Biafra agitations, Boko Haram
Lawyer and rights activist, Femi Falana (SAN), yesterday said that no court of law in Nigeria had given legal backing to the powers of the National Assembly to either rewrite the appropriation bill or increase the budget estimates presented to it by the executive. The silk’s disclosure was in reaction to a statement credited to the National Assembly that its actions at altering the 2017 … Continue reading Falana tackles National Assembly over budget alterations
The French ambassador however, expressed concern that some other French companies were having challenges with Nigeria’s unclear fiscal policies in the Oil and Gas sector. The French Government has said that it has set aside one billion euros, which translates to about 410 billion Naira to be invested in the Nigeria Oil and Gas industry. France Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Denys Gauer, declared this … Continue reading There is a ray of hope for Nigeria’s foreign direct investment.
The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway. The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical … Continue reading U.S. Threatens Syria, Says Assad Is Planning Chemical Weapons Attack
French President Emmanuel Macron has taken another swipe at Donald Trump over the US president’s policy on climate change – this time backed up by the muscle of Arnold Schwarzenegger. In a video on social media, Mr Macron is joined by the Terminator star as he vows to “make the planet great again”. “Make America great again” was Mr Trump’s presidential campaign slogan. Mr Macron … Continue reading CLIMATE CHANGE: Macron, Schwarzenegger Throw Shade At Trump