Nigeria: Sellers, Buyers of PVCs Risk 2-Year Jail Term, N.5 Million Fine - INEC

Sellers and buyers of permanent voter's cards risk two years jail term and a N500,000 fine, according to Abubakar Sadiq, INEC Administrative Secretary in Sokoto State. The exercise is expected to be flagged off by Mrs. Amina Zakari, INEC National Commissioner in charge of the North West. "There is also a one-year jail term, N100,000 fine, or both, for any person who makes a false statement, fails to give information or facilitate the registration of a fictitious person," he said. He said that a five-year jail term, N500,000 fine, or both, awaited anyone who induced any person to refrain from registering a voter. Sadiq warned INEC staff to avoid any action that could compromise the integrity of the exercise, saying that anyone caught would be sanctioned.

April 27, 2017 11:03 UTC

Nigeria: Saraki, El-Rufai Stopped Me From Becoming Buhari's Running Mate - Tinubu

He said both politicians played the religious card, telling Mr. Buhari a Muslim-Muslim ticket would be unpopular. It is the first time Mr. Tinubu would go public about what actually strained his relationship with Mr. Saraki and how he failed to become Nigeria's number two citizen. But Mr. Saraki had, in April 2016, hinted at how he sabotaged Mr. Tinubu's vice-presidential ambition, which he said was his 'original sin' that motivated the former Lagos governor's opposition to him. I have also been accused of helping to frustrate some people's opportunity to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari's running mate. I only stood for what I believed was in the best interest of the party and in the best interest of Nigeria," Mr. Saraki said last year.

April 27, 2017 10:41 UTC

Gambia: Gomez - Youth Economic Empowerment Top On My Agenda

Henry Gomez, minister of Youth and Sports (MOYS) has said that youth economic empowerment is top most on his agenda as minister of Youth and Sports. Minister Gomez said the Youth Ministry is charged with the responsibility of developing, promoting and regulating youth and sports. He added that The Gambia National Youth and Sports policies are the main policy instruments that guide the work of the Ministry. Sheriff Mboge, chairperson, Regional Youth Committee, North Bank Region (NBR) said, youth centres are very important to youth development, because is the place where young people meet, discuss and share experiences. "It is good for youth development in all aspects," he said, adding that the coming of the Essau youth centre is timely and would help improve sports and youth engagement in the community.

April 27, 2017 09:56 UTC

Cameroon: Time to Make Imprints

The Commissioning of members of the National Commission on Bilingualism and Multiculturalism opens another era for CameroonThe clock will as from today 27 April, 2017 start ticking faster for the 15 members of the Musonge Commission charged with the promotion of a bilingual and multicultural Cameroon. The current uprising in the North West and South West Regions that cropped out of the grievances by lawyers and teachers has gradually developed into movements which put to question the values of nation-building in Cameroon. Conscious of the need to construct a strong, harmonious and cohesive country, President Paul Biya put in place the NCPBM. It may not be useful cataloguing malpractices which undermine the values of nationhood in Cameroon, but members of the NCPBM must have to go down to such details as they begin their effective work on the field today. The uproar observed within the academic milieu in the North West and South West Regions as well as the obligatory recess in court sessions within the two Anglophone regions are indicative of the urgency and critical nature of the situation.

April 27, 2017 09:45 UTC

Iconic French Street Art "Invaders" Land In North Africa

The trademark flying spaceships are a nod to the 1978 arcade game Space Invaders, where players must defeat rows of pixelated enemy aliens with a laser cannon. Recognizable by their old-school video game characters and square ceramic tiles, Invader’s creations are everywhere in Paris, and have popped up in over 60 other cities, mostly in Europe. "I would love to come back one day," Invader told the French-language North African edition of HuffPost. Unlike British-based street artist Banksy, whose graffiti style art is politically charged, Invader says he does not have any particular moral message to impart. *This article was written by Worldcrunch iQ member and Worldcrunch contributor, Sophie Ashkinaze-Collender.

April 27, 2017 08:27 UTC

Uganda: Govt to Look Into NGOs Distributing Sanitary Pads

Photo: Emmanuel Ainebyoona /Daily MonitorA ambassador for women and girls demonstrates to students on how to make re-usable sanitary pads (file photo). "NGOs that are dealing with the sanitary pads for instance, I don't know of NGOs that are doing that in connection with us as an institution. And yes, we are concerned about NGOs that will pick up an activity like providing sanitary pads. We'd really like to even establish whether those sanitary pads are appropriate for the children or whether they are not. Kasibante appealed to the Education ministry not to discourage those involved in free sanitary pads distribution, since government has failed to honour its pledge.

April 27, 2017 08:26 UTC

Nigeria: Protesters March for Zakzaky's Release

Hundreds of people yesterday marched in Abuja to protest the continued detention of leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), Ibraheem Zakzaky. The protesters, under the aegis of Concerned Nigerians, demanded the arrest of the Director General of the State Security Services (SSS) and the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for their roles in the continued detention of Zakzaky and his wife. The #FreeZakzakky protesters moved from the Unity Fountain to the National Assembly gate, bearing placards with several inscriptions calling for Zakzaky's release. A Federal High Court in Abuja on December 2016 ordered the release of Zakzaky and his wife within 45 days and to provide a new accommodation for their family in the North. The Federal Government however appealed the judgement claiming that Zakzaky's release was not in public interest and national security.

April 27, 2017 07:52 UTC

Nigeria: Jonathan, From Beginning, Was Too Small for the Presidency - Obasanjo

Photo: allafrica.comFormer presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan. The former President said: "I saw the emergence of Jonathan as an opportunity to solve the problem of minority agitation. According to Obasanjo, he cautioned Jonathan not to appoint Diezani Alison-Madueke to such a sensitive sector but the president ignored his counsel. He said: "I didn't join them in supporting Buhari; I joined in opposing Jonathan so Buhari was just a beneficiary of my opposition to Jonathan since my position was AOBJ: meaning Any Option But Jonathan. Why Jonathan couldn't see it until it was too late is what I find difficult to understand," Mark pointed out.

April 27, 2017 07:44 UTC

Nigeria: Better Late Than Never

Recall that Nigeria at the time had enough current-account surplus to underwrite the civil service bills of other countries. Meanwhile, it's an established fact that the Southeast region has republicanism in its DNA. That republican spirit for which the citizens of the Southeast are openly dreaded, and latently persecuted, is the one cement that has held Nigeria together since the First Republic. That is the reason the Southeast region has remained the most "beautiful political bride" in Nigeria. Oh well, better late than never.

April 27, 2017 07:41 UTC

Africa: IGAD and Why Regional Integration in Africa Is Desirable

I was left puzzled that some people did not know that Sudan, which is distinct from South Sudan, is actually part of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), a regional integration community of the Horn of Africa states comprising Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Djibouti, South Sudan and, of course, Sudan. There were comprehensive discussions following updates and briefings from the President of South Sudan and the Vice President of Sudan. The famine in South Sudan was particularly intriguing and leaders expressed concern about the worsening humanitarian situation in the world's newest nation. So, what can the EAC, whose members includes three IGAD states, namely Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan, should learn from the Horn of Africa? In terms of lessons for regional bodies, IGAD has demonstrated impartiality and objectivity in policies, decisions and programmes.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

Kenya: Delays, Complaints Rock Jubilee Primaries in South Rift

While the election went on smoothly in most of the polling stations, voting did not take off at the scheduled time in most polling stations as election officials were still sorting out election materials. He told Nation the delays were occasioned by missing ballot papers for the governor and woman representative seats. In Laikipia, the exercise started at midday in many polling stations after presiding officers boycotted duty over non-payment. Area MP Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri, after casting his vote at Bahati sub- county Hospital polling station complained about the situation. However, a MCA aspirant for Kabazi Mr Peter Mbae intervened and pleaded with the voters to accept the ballot papers that were available.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

South Africa: North West Premier Commends Arrest of Two Suspects in Coligny

Pretoria — North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has commended police for the swift arrest of two suspects linked to the murder of a 12-year-old child in Coligny. The community of Coligny has been agitated since the killing of the child, as they believe the incident is racist. Premier Mahumapelo has called for calm and stability in Ditsobotla Local Municipality and has assured residents that law and order will be maintained in the area. The Premier on Tuesday set up a task team to attend to the situation in Ditsobotla. It is made up of five MECs, the Mayor of Ditsobotla and the Mayor of Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

Kenya: Ole Lenku Wins Jubilee Ticket for Kajiado Top Seat

Former Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku is the Jubilee Party candidate for Kajiado gubernatorial race. From results announced at the Maasai Technical Training Institute (MTTI), in Kajiado town, Mr Ole Lenku trounced former Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) Chairman Taraiya Ole Kores. Mr Ole Lenku polled 88,105 votes against Mr Ole Kores' 37,690. In his acceptance speech Mr Ole Lenku extended an olive branch to his rival, asking Mr Ole Kores to join him in advancing the Jubilee agenda. Mr Ole Kores was however not present to congratulate Mr Ole Lenku.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

Nigeria: Osinbajo Panel Asks Senate for Documents On Pine Probe

Abuja — The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo-led committee probing the alleged mismanagement of funds meant for humanitarian assistance in the North-east, has written to the Senate ad hoc committee which probed the allegations, requesting it to submit documents relevant to the irregularities and due process violations under Presidential Initiative on the North-East (PINE). The letter, which was addressed to the chairman of the ad hoc Senate committee, Senator Ahmed Sani and was dated April 21, 2017, also requested for the committee's report. "Following the inaugural meeting of the said committee, I am directed by His Excellency, the Vice President and Chairman of Committee, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) to formerly request the submission of relevant documentation including the report of your committee's deliberations on the same subject for appropriate consideration by the presidential committee." He is scheduled to appear before the committee at 10a.m. Lawal was indicted by an interim report of the Senate committee last December for inflated and fictitious contracts amounting to N2.5 billion.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

Kenya: Chaotic Scenes Paint Kisii Jubilee Polls

Photo: Mwangi Ndirangu/NationVoters at five polling centres in Laikipia East burnt ballot papers on April 21, 2017 to protest against insufficient polling materials for Jubilee primaries. chanted the protesters as they waved the ballot papers they had seized from the stations. Copies of the ballot papers in the Nation's possession showed there were original and photocopied ballots for the MCA and woman representative positions. Ballot papers were strewn all over the roads in the sub-county in the wake of the orgy of chaos and destruction. She said the mob stormed the polling centre, destroyed the ballot boxes and also carried away the ballot papers for the MCA seat allegedly because ballot papers for the seat were not availed.

April 27, 2017 07:30 UTC

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