Friday, 7 October 2016

Mugabe in surprise visit to Malaysia

 92-year-old strongman Robert Mugabe will pay a surprise one-day working visit to Malaysia on Friday, the Southeast Asian country said.
Malaysia’s government said late Thursday Mugabe will have a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak but otherwise gave scant details on the purpose of the rare visit or the reason for the last-minute notification.
The foreign ministry said it was the Zimbabwean president’s first working visit to Malaysia since 2000, but he has previously visited Malaysia and Singapore for medical procedures.

South Africa students, police clash again

Campuses nationwide including the University of Cape Town, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Pretoria have all been hit by violence, arson and closures.

The wave of protests was triggered by a government announcement that universities would set their own fee increases but that next year’s hikes could be as high as eight percent.

ECOWAS and UN to fight drug trafficking

The agreement was sealed at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The letter of cooperation, which was signed by the ECOWAS President, Marcel de Souza, and Mr. Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC on behalf of the two institutions, indicates that they would constantly evolve measures and programmes to check the crimes and develop economic and human development in the region.

WHO develops electronic solution to child, maternal deaths

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed an electronic solution using hospital-based study on 10,000 pregnant women in Nigeria and Uganda to reduce the high labour-related child and maternal death rate in sub-Saharan Africa.

The software, an electronic health solution, tagged Simplified, Effective, Labour Monitoring-to-Action (SELMA) tool, would be built into mobile phones, tablets

52 killed in festival stampede in Ethiopia

Chaos erupted after police charged stone-throwing protesters and fired tear gas, triggering a stampede,

The regional government said in a statement that 52 people had died after panic swept through the crowd of tens of thousands of people, with some festival-goers falling into a deep ravine.

The battle for 2019 - By Reuben Abati

One of the most frustrating things about Nigeria’s political history is how it keeps repeating itself and nothing ever seems to change. The present administration has not yet spent up to two years in office and already the language of politics is dominated by the phrase: “the battle for 2019.” Nobody is talking about the next general election of 2019, but “the battle!” As is crystally evident, the 2019 general elections are likely to end up as one big nationwide war, and this won’t be a war of ideas, but a war of egos, of ambitions, and utter desperation for power.
Perhaps what makes this prospect even more believable is the narrative already being peddled that the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari may decide to

Monday, 3 October 2016

Government contradicting itself on Chibok girls’ rescue

Addressing a press conference on Friday to mark 900 days since the girls were abducted, Obiageli Ezekwesili, leader of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) movement, said Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, and President Muhammadu Buhari are contradicting each other on the federal government’s efforts to rescue the abducted Chibok girls.

In her words:
“Two weeks ago, on 16 September 2016, the Nigerian government, speaking through the Minister of Information, gave an update on its efforts to rescue our missing girls, after a long period of silence. That update, covering activities between July 2015 and December 2015, was the first time ever that a degree of specificity about efforts to rescue the girls was provided by government since their abduction over twenty nine months ago,” Ezekwesili said.

Naira drops to 490/$1, 600/£1

Over the week, the naira has been on a free fall at the parallel market, moving from 439 per dollar on Monday to 490 to the greenback on Friday morning.
The British pound and euro are also currently trading at N600 and N520 respectively.
According to Gwadabe president of the Association of bureau de change operators of Nigeria (ABCON), says, foreigners are mounting pressure

EFCC returnsTimipre Sylva, former governor of Bayelsa state 48 houses

Some of the property are located in Wuse II and Maitama, highbrow areas of Abuja.

According to a report in Punch newspaper, some of the houses,that has the inscription ‘EFCC, Keep Off’, on the gates or fences of the property, had been wiped off the buildings while some had been rented out.

The correspondent, who posed as a prospective tenant, was informed that the rent for the property ranged between N2.5m and N6m per annum.