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  • Africa: U.S. State Department To Get Experienced Diplomat in Key Africa Post

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/30 Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa inclunding two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of National for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump government.Donald Yamamoto, who has extensive diplomatic experience in Africa including two tours as a U.S. ambassador, will take office as Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Africa on 5 September. He is the second career official tapped for a senior policy position on Africa in the Trump administration. Senior CIA analyst Cyril Sartor was hired as senior director for Africa at the National Security Council earier this month Key Africa jobs at the Defense Department (DOD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development remain vacant. "Having someone with Don Yamamoto's experience in that post is very significant," Mel Foote, Constituency for Africa president, told AllAfrica. "As Africa confronts a lot of challenges, we want to see responsible U.S. engagement in partnership with African governments and civil society organizations."
  • The city that won't stop growing, Lagos

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/21 A thick layer of acrid, blue smoke hovers just above the waterfront slums that skirt Lagos lagoon, filtering out sunrise and sunset.This man-made mist that clings to the rusted shack rooftops comes from the countless fish-smoking cabins that drive the slum economy. There’s an uninterrupted view of the city’s dramatic sprawl of poverty from the road bridges that carry daily commuters between the islands and the mainland.Fishing and sand-dredging boats drift to work, heading deep into the lagoon. A lot of of the slums’ wooden huts are on stilts, others are just basic shacks shoddily built on the unstable ground of trodden-down rubbish dumps.
  • Moroccan King Mohammed VI

    NIGERIA, 2017/07/29 The Nigeria Movement for the Liberation of Western Sahara (NMLWS), has urged Nigerian Government to oppose move by Morocco to join the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS). A statement by the Convener of NMLWS, Mr Dipo Fashina on Thursday in Abuja, said that Morocco was not classified as member national of ECOWAS by the United Nations and African Union. “The Kingdom is a member of Arab Maghreb Union States together with Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.
  • Nigeria's Buhari says government talking to Niger Delta militants

    NIGERIA, 2016/07/22 The Nigerian government is talking to militants in the Niger Delta to end a wave of attacks on oil and gas facilities which have cut oil production by 700,000 barrels a day, top officials said on Thursday. But the Niger Delta Avengers, a militant group that has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks, said it was not aware of any talks, saying there would be no dialogue without involving the international community
  • Nigeria, Political or economic malpractice: Which is worse?

    NIGERIA, 2016/07/16 IT is common knowledge that the focus of government in the completed one year of the government of President Muhamadu Buhari has been to drastically reduce, if not eliminate economic malpractices popularly known as corruption, which has been wrecking havoc on Nigerian economy. Apart from the world economic meltdown arising from the plummeting price of commodities, particularly crude oil, which is Nigeria’s major foreign exchange earner, the alarming rate of corruption is evidently an extra strong reason that the economy is presently in recession next recording negative GDP increase rates consecutively in the last two years.
  • Press awash with deaths in Lassa fever outbreak, Bayelsa rerun election, Nigeria

    NIGERIA, 2016/01/11 Confirmation of 40 deaths in Lassa fever outbreak, arrest of ex-Customs boss and the tension created by the Bayelsa national governorship rerun led the Nigerian press on Saturday.Country and a lot of other newspapers focused on government’s confirmation of the death of 40 Nigerians in a Lassa fever outbreak in 10 states. Eighty-six people were infected in Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Rivers, Edo, Plateau, Gombe and Oyo. Guardian reported that President of the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS), Prof Oyewale Tomori has blamed the resurgence of Lassa fever outbreak on the country’s weak surveillance system, poor funding of epidemiology studies, inadequate diagnostic centres and poor awareness of the disease part Nigerians.
  • Buhari Endorses Jonathan's Minister Adesina for AfDB Presidency

    NIGERIA, 2015/04/25 The president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has asked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to support one of President Goodluck Jonathan's right-hand men, Dr Akinwunmi Adesina, to emerge the next president of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Dr Adesina is the current minister of agriculture and rural development. To this end, Buhari has communicated his support for Adesina's candidacy to the Ghanaian president, John Dramani Mahama, who is the current chairman of the sub-regional group, ECOWAS.
  • Governor Ibrahim Shehu

    NIGERIA, 2013/03/03 Since Dr Ibrahim Shehu Shema became governor of Katsina National in northern Nigeria in 2007, his priorities and policies have focused on unearthing its potential – that is the potential of its land and, additional importantly, of its people. The Nigerian state has given much attention to its education sector, and according to its governor, now needs outside investors to help it take full advantage of its agriculture and mining industries.