Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has challenged Nigerians to participate in the 2019 general elections and vote for people that would put the country first. Zonal Head of Operations North East, Friday Bello, said this during the commemoration of the World Corruption Day in which he highlighted the achievements of the anti-corruption body. It was a march against corruption as youths marched on the streets to again bring to public attention the plague of corruption in the country. The agency made a clarion call on Nigerians to champion the cause against corruption and vote people that would consolidate on its achievements. While the anti-corruption agency carries on the message on the fight against corruption, the essence of electing credible leaders is paramount if the fight is to be sustained.
December 11, 2018 08:15 UTC
Eni begins production at Vandumbu fieldCreated: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 07:00Eni has kicked off production from Vandumbu field off Angola. (Image source: Enrico Strocchi/Flickr)Oil and gas company Eni has announced that it started production from the Vandumbu field in Block 15/06 through West Hub N’Goma floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO)Block 15/06 is located approximately 350 km North West of Luanda and 130 km West of Soyo, Angola. Eni stated that the first oil from the Vandumbu field was achieved on late November 2018, three months ahead of schedule. The ramp-up of Vandumbu will be completed in Q1 2019, to achieve a total production of about 170,000 bopd and further extending the production plateau. Eni has been present in Angola since 1980 and currently accounts an equity production of about 150,000 boepd.
December 11, 2018 06:56 UTC
Companies Ndegwa family puts empire on new path with asset salesMr James Ndegwa (left) and the JKUAT Towers, formerly ICEA building, along Kenyatta Avenue. PHOTOS | FILEThe Philip Ndegwa family has intensified the reorganisation of its multi-billion shilling business empire with the sale of struggling assets and the bringing on board of deep-pocketed partners to expand segments with high growth potential. The Ndegwa family has a controlling stake in NIC Group while CBA is majority-owned by the family of the founding president Jomo Kenyatta. Ahead of the proposed tie-up with CBA, the Ndegwas had moved to involve more family members in the running of NIC. Ms Wakini Ndegwa joined the bank as a non-executive director earlier this year.
December 11, 2018 06:45 UTC
Ironically, in the short time span of 20 years since independence spread across Africa, China managed to shift the support of most African countries from initially accepting Taiwan’s independence from China, to supporting a ‘One China’ policy. Angola, which exports over 50% of its crude oil production to China , accumulated 30% of all government loans China has made to Africa between 2000 and 2017. South Africa and ChinaSouth Africa is China’s largest trading partner on the African continent and is the second-largest FDI recipient from China, after Nigeria. China is present in the South African banking sector, represented by the Bank of China and the China Construction Bank. On diplomatic relations, South Africa and China cooperate in the global arena by framing the participation of both countries on shared multilateral platforms.
December 11, 2018 06:22 UTC
Mubadala Petroleum acquires 20 per cent stake in Egypt’s Nour ConcessionCreated: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 06:02In the concession, Eni now holds a 40 per cent interest. The other partners in the concession are BP with 25 per cent interest and Tharwa Petroleum Company with 15 per cent interest. Dr Bakheet Al Katheeri, CEO of Mubadala Petroleum, signed a deed with Eni completing the sale to Mubadala Petroleum in the presence of the Egyptian minister of petroleum Tarek El Molla, in Sharm El Sheikh. Dr Al Katheeri, CEO of Mubadala Petroleum, added, “This acquisition of a 20 per cent interest in the Nour concession is another step in Mubadala Petroleum’s growth strategy, marking our second investment in Egypt this year. Eni and Tharwa Petroleum Company are currently carrying out the drilling of the exploration well as foreseen in the first exploration period of the Nour concession.
December 11, 2018 06:00 UTC
Refugee women, kids saved from Libyan jailsfrom AHMED ZAYED in Tripoli, LibyaTRIPOLI, (CAJ News) – SOME 133 refugees detained in Libya have been evacuated to Niger. Among the migrants are 81 women and children who had been held in five jails around the hostile North African country. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Libyan authorities facilitated the evacuation after the refugees were hosted at the Gathering and Departure Facility (GDF) in the capital, Tripoli. “The opening of this centre, in very difficult circumstances, has thepotential to save lives,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi. An estimated 4 900 refugees and migrants are held in detention centres across Libya.
December 10, 2018 21:22 UTC
Counties KFA pushes for payment to maize farmers under corruption probeFarmers harvest maize in Uasin Gishu County. They said the traders bought maize from small scale farmers before selling the crop to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and that they should be paid the money. They bought maize from small scale farmers and sold the crop to NCPB and they deserve payment,” said Kipkorir Menjo, Kenya Farmers Association (KFA) director during a farmers meeting in Eldoret. But farmers who were not vetted in the second phase and traders under investigation by EACC in the Sh11.3 billion maize scandal have been left out of the payment. The funds released last week, he said, has been distributed to NCPB depots and paid out to farmers.
December 10, 2018 18:56 UTC
Niger is one of the African countries hosting a number of refugees and displaced people. Many of these are from neighbouring countries that have experienced a series of conflicts including violence from insurgents. In an unprecedented feat, the North African country has passed a law to not only protect but also assist displaced people within its borders, reports Reuters. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 57,719 Malian refugees in Niger and even more from Nigeria. “Niger continues to inspire and show its solidarity and generosity towards those forced to flee,” said Alessandra Morelli, UNHCR representative in Niger.
December 10, 2018 18:00 UTC
Middle East-North Africa worse in terms of human rightsSome positive steps have been taken in Tunisia, Lebanon and Qatar, but gender segregation remains in Saudi Arabia. For the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, “domestic laws must not punish criticism of religious leaders or prevent commentary on religious doctrine and tenets of faith.”Dec 11, 2018NEW YORK: The Middle East-North Africa is "the worst region in the world in terms of human rights," said today Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division, speaking on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. "The major obstacles remain the governments in most Arab countries, which do not respect the freedoms and rights of their citizens," she told Lebanese newspaper L’Orient-Le Jour. In 1948, certain Muslim-majority countries like Syria, Iran, Turkey and Pakistan voted in favour of the Declaration. However, in relation to countries like Pakistan, “The UN Human Rights Committee has emphasized that domestic laws must not punish criticism of religious leaders or prevent commentary on religious doctrine and tenets of faith,” writes the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
December 10, 2018 17:48 UTC
Ms. Merkel warned that the “go it alone approach will not solve the issue,” stressing that multilateralism is the only possible way forward. However, she reaffirmed that Member States must tackle illegal migration and clearly commit to effective border protection to prevent human trafficking, as put forward in the Compact. The Global Compact is not an end in itself. Viewed from this angle, the Marrakech Conference is, first and foremost, a call to action. It was fitting that the conference is taking place in Marrakech, Morocco, a major migration route for centuries.
December 10, 2018 17:03 UTC
The Edo House of Assembly today, passed a Bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the law to prohibit the existence, membership and activities of Secret Cults in the state. The motion to consider the Bill at the committee of the House was moved by the Majority Leader, Roland Asoro, member representing (APC Orhionmwon South) and seconded by the Chief Whip, Iyoha Osaigbovo (APC-Oredo East). The Bill prescribes 21-year jail term for secret cult members and 7-year imprisonment for anyone who harbours a cultist. The committee is chaired by Ojo Asein, member representing ( APC Owan West), Henry Okhuarhobo (APC Ikpoba -Okha) Patrick Iluobe (PDP Esan North East). Other members of the committee are Festus Edughele(APC Esan South East ) Nosayaba Okhunbor (APC Orhionmwon East) and Elizabeth Ativie (APC Uhunmwode).
December 10, 2018 16:52 UTC
North-eastern Nigeria Initiative – our progress so far – Vice Chair of PCNIThe Nigerian Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative (PCNI) is vested with the responsibility of coordinating all interventions and humanitarian development in the crisis-torn North-eastern region of the country. CNBC Africa’s Wole Famurewa discussed the progress made so far by the committee with the Vice Chairman Tijjani Tumsah.
December 10, 2018 15:00 UTC
King Mohammed VI has laid out Morocco’s migration policy which is based on a humane, voluntary, responsible and realistic approach focusing on solidarity and global management. This led to the African Agenda on Migration, unanimously adopted by the African Union Conference in January 2018. Therefore, “Our Morocco’s domestic and continental vision is fully in line with our international commitment, through the Global Compact. Both reflect a constant pursuit of innovative compromises between border management requirements and the protection of migrants’ human rights, between migration issues and development needs. He went on to say that migration is not a security issue – nor should it become one, affirming that a repressive migration policy will not be a deterrent, while insisting on the respect of migrants’ human rights.
December 10, 2018 13:41 UTC
he Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was formally adopted this Monday (Dec.10) at the intergovernmental conference on the global compact for migration held in Marrakech. The Pact aims to strengthen “cooperation on international migration in all their aspects”. Speaking on this occasion, Bourita highlighted the huge efforts made by Morocco to reach a global consensus on the issue of migration. The pact, which is about 40 pages long, “promotes international cooperation on migration between all relevant actors, knowing that no single state can handle the issue of migration alone”. “We will implement the Global Compact by cooperating bilaterally, regionally and multilaterally and by giving a new impetus to the global partnership, in a spirit of solidarity,” says the text.
December 10, 2018 13:41 UTC
The Nigerian Army has recommitted to supporting the brave officers, men, and women who are working daily to defend human dignity and advance the cause of freedom of Nigerians across the 36 states of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory. In a statement to mark the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, however, noted with regret the situation in some areas in the North Eastern States of Nigeria where heinous acts of terrorism continue to be perpetuated by Boko Haram terrorists. In the statement signed by Brigadier General Sani Usman, the Nigerian Army appreciated the support and partnerships with local and international non-government organisations; specifically, the National Human Rights Commission whose human rights training programme have largely enhanced the human rights awareness and education of army personnel. This year’s Human Rights Day with theme “Let’s stand up for equality, justice and human dignity”, marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document that enshrines the fundamental freedoms of religion, expression, peaceful assembly and association for all individuals, everywhere.
December 10, 2018 13:30 UTC