Nigeria: ‎Buhari Seeks National Assembly's Approval for $6.4 Billion China, World Bank Loans

Photo: Daily NewsPresident Muhammadu Buhari seeks approval to borrow a total of $5.851 billion from China to fund Nigeria’s railway projects (file photo). President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, again sought the approval of the National Assembly for the federal government to secure about $6.4 billion dollar loans from the World Bank and China to fund infrastructural objectives across the country and combat polio outbreak in the North-East. In a letter separately read by Senate President Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, Mr. Buhari sought approval to borrow a total of $5.851 billion from China to fund Nigeria's railway projects. "The China government has also informed us that the approval of the Lagos-Kano railway modernisation project, Kano-Kaduna segment and coastal railway project, the Lagos-Calabar segment are imminent. "China Exim supported projects; Lagos-Kano modernisation projects, Lagos-Ibadan segment $1.231 billion; Lagos-Kano railway modernisation project, Kano-Kaduna segment $1.146 billion and coastal railway project, the Lagos-Calabar segment 3.474 billion, making a total of 5.851 billion.

April 26, 2017 14:26 UTC

Egypt wheat reserves at 2.6 months supply

Egypt's Minister of Supply Ali Moselhy said that there was about 2.6 months worth of wheat in Egypt's strategic reserves. Egypt's local wheat harvest begins around mid-April and runs through July. The North African country has been tightening its policing local wheat procurement to prevent fraud. Moselhy said state grain buyer GASC would continue to import during the harvest aiming to increase strategic reserves to six months. Higher-than-usual bread consumptionGovernment figures for reserves have in the past often included wheat not yet in the country, a tactic traders say inflates the country's level of strategic reserves.

April 26, 2017 14:03 UTC

Nigeria: Gunmen Attack Army Formation in Delta, Soldier Injured

HOURS after some groups of militant threatened to resume hostilities in the Niger Delta region, some suspected militants on Monday attacked an army formation at Opuama community of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State leaving one of the soldiers critically injured. "Though they earlier zoomed off, they (militants) later returned and engaged the soldiers in a fierce gun battle with one soldiers sustaining gunshot wounds." Meanwhile, the leadership of Opuama community has condemned the attack adding that the people of the community were shocked as a result of the attack. Shedding light on the incident, he said: "Following the attack, locals in the community, fled into the bush and are yet to return over fears of a reprisal attack. "As a people, we are meeting and would soon come out with a surveillance team to work in conjunction with security operatives in the area in manning the waterways."

April 26, 2017 13:52 UTC

South Sudan: Instruments of Pain (II) - Conflict and Famine in South Sudan

analysisWar in South Sudan led the UN to declare 100,000 people are suffering famine, with a further 5.5 million at risk. [fn]The UN has issued a warning of impending famine in four nations: Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and parts of Nigeria. Civil War in South SudanThe origins and dynamics of the conflicts that are occurring across South Sudan differ dramatically. Sudan and South Sudan should keep open, and increase, humanitarian corridors from Sudan. Nairobi/Brussels, 26 April 2017Appendix A: Map of South SudanMap of South Sudan International Crisis Group/KO/May 2016.

April 26, 2017 13:30 UTC

Kenya is experiencing a turbulent journey to its 2017 general elections

It is with keen interest amidst fear that the Kenyan people look forward to the general elections scheduled to hold on the 8th of August 2017. This process is in line with the Kenyan Constitution that requires a general election to hold on the second Tuesday in August every fifth year. Kenya’s previous general elections have been plagued with violence and ethnic clashes, and this still seems to be the same story as the election dates draw nigh. The primaries are “mini-polls” held by political parties to choose which candidates will vie for seats in the general election that will be held in August. The focus has been on the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) which was the first party to begin the nomination process.

April 26, 2017 13:12 UTC

Former Nigeria bigwigs on trial for multimillion fraud

Former Nigeria bigwigs on trial for multimillion fraudBy: Emeka Okonkwo ABUJA, (CAJ News) - A FORMER Nigerian governor and his aide have been arraigned in court for alleged fraud to the tune of N3 billion (US$ 9,8 million). Nasko also served as Chief of Staff and Commissioner for Environment under Aliyu’s administration between 2007 and 2015. Aliyu, , among other things, allegedly diverted N520 million from the Niger State Government Security Account domiciled in Zenith Bank between January and March 2011. Within the same period, the former governor also allegedly diverted a separate N1,7 billion from the same account. Aliyu and Nasko allegedly diverted over N1 billio which was proceeds of 16 percent shares of Niger State in the North South Power Company Limited.

April 26, 2017 13:07 UTC

Uganda: Kutesa - Uganda Has Only Six Career Diplomats As Ambassadors

Out of 35 ambassadors representing Uganda across the globe, only six are career diplomats. While appearing before Parliament's Foreign Affairs committee to defend the ministry's 2017/2018 budget yesterday, Kutesa said the 17.1 per cent representation of career diplomats is worrying. "I have tried my best to push to have career diplomats appointed and I make recommendations, just like the committee. In January this year, President Museveni appointed 37 new ambassadors, dropping long-serving ambassadors and replacing them with political appointees, some of whom lost in the 2016 general elections. "Ignoring career diplomats breeds dissatisfaction within.

April 26, 2017 12:22 UTC

WFS signs contracts with three new airline cargo customers in LA

WFS signs contracts with three new airline cargo customers in LAApr 26, 2017: In Just four days Worldwide Flight Service (WFS) has integrated the cargo handling of the AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Swiss WorldCargo and LOT Polish Airlines at Los Angeles. The contracts with the three new major airlines will increase WFS' cargo volumes by over 55,000 tonnes a year at the airport. AirBridgeCargo operates six Boeing 747-8 Freighter services a week connecting Los Angeles with its Moscow hub via Chicago, Atlanta and Amsterdam. With this latest contract wins, WFS', will now provide services to 23 airline customers in Los Angeles. Normally, we would not expect to start operations with three major customers within just a four-day period but this is what was required by our clients.

April 26, 2017 12:22 UTC

Asian Streaming Service Iflix Expands Into Middle East, North Africa (Exclusive)

The company offers local progamming as well as Hollywood hits to its subscribers in 18 territories across Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. After two years operating in Asia, streaming service iflix is expanding into the Middle East and North Africa. With its launch into the Middle East and North Africa through a regional headquarters in Dubai, iflix now has 700 employees across 24 offices. Iflix's largest competitor, Netflix, has 100 million subscribers worldwide but only in the last year has emphasized its expansion into Asia and the Middle East. To grow its subscriber base in its new territories, iflix is offering a 30-day free trial.

April 26, 2017 11:37 UTC

South Africa: We Are Calling It Quits - Owner of Coligny Shop Open for 70 Years

"We are heartbroken because it is not only our shop, it is the whole town that's been destroyed," Buddy Shalala, who owns a furniture shop, told News24 on Wednesday. "At the moment it's very difficult to ascertain the damage but it must be close to half a million." The Lichtenburg protests were reportedly linked to service delivery problems in the town. Police said Coligny, Lichtenburg and Itsoseng were relatively calm on Wednesday morning. Coligny resident Abdul Ahmed told News24 that protesters first destroyed a liquor store before heading to other shops.

April 26, 2017 11:26 UTC

South Africa: SUNfarming Technology Spells Good News for Food Security

Pretoria — Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Senzeni Zokwana has commended a farming project, which harnesses the power of the sun to grow vegetables. The Minister visited the SUNfarming project, situated at the North West University in Potchefstroom, on Tuesday. The solar powered vegetable growing project was born from a partnership between SUNfarming and the University of Potchefstroom in 2013, establishing the first Solar Training Centre in South Africa. The centre has trained over 450 people since 2013, providing skills on solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. No soil is required to grow vegetables in the project's tunnels and water productivity is increased through drip irrigation.

April 26, 2017 10:18 UTC

Nigeria: Grass-Cutting Contract - Osinbajo's Panel Grills SGF, Babachir Lawal

His appearance before the panel, led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, came barely 24 hours after Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, Ambassador Ayodele Oke, was grilled for over eight hours by the panel. The SGF was quizzed on a day indications emerged that the House of Representatives may conduct an independent investigative hearing into the cash haul found in the Ikoyi apartment. Lawal had arrived the Presidential Villa, venue of the panel's sitting, at about 1pm and was questioned for about two and half hours. Emerging from the meeting at 3:25pm, Lawal was seen walking around the lobby upstairs at Osinbajo's office, apparently searching for someone, pulled out his cell phone and made some calls. The House may adjourn plenary till Wednesday (today), after which the motion will be considered, considering its importance to the economy.

April 26, 2017 09:56 UTC

South Africa: Two Arrested for 12-Year-Old Boy's Death in Coligny

Two people have been arrested in connection with the death of a 12-year-old boy in Coligny, which was apparently the reason for violent protests in the area, the North West premier said on Wednesday. "The community of Coligny has since the killing of the child been agitated as they believe the incident is racist," Premier Supra Mahumapelo said in a statement. Task team set upMahumapelo said he had set up a task team to attend to the situation in the municipality. Police said Coligny, Lichtenburg and Itsoseng were relatively calm on Wednesday morning. People earlier broke into a building belonging to irrigation equipment supplier Agrico, in Lichtenburg, between 19:30 and 20:00 on Tuesday.

April 26, 2017 09:33 UTC

South Africa: DA in Court to Force Zuma to Explain Reshuffle

Pretoria — South Africa's opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has approached the Pretoria North High Court in a bid to force President Jacob Zuma to explain last month's Cabinet reshuffle. The party has filed an urgent application to compel President Zuma to disclose his reasons for the sweeping changes. President Zuma and Mr Gordhan are known to be foes and following the reshuffle, South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) said it had accepted that the relationship between the two was irreconcilable. DA said the South African leader's decision to dismiss ministers or their deputies must pass the standards of rationality. He said President Zuma had been disingenuous in maintaining that he was not obliged to disclose his thinking as he had been exercising his executive power.

April 26, 2017 09:00 UTC

Savour North African dishes at an ongoing pop-up festival in Mumbai

The chef, who hails from Tunisia, has also included a few dishes from Egypt on the already extensive buffet menu. The tagine, a cooking vessel made of clay, is commonly used across North Africa, although the dishes and preparation methods vary widely. There are over 200 ways of preparing a dish with couscous, a staple in the Maghreb region. Muslim invaders brought exotic spices such as saffron, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon to the region from the Spice Islands of eastern Indonesia. Zalabia, a North African dessert, is a variation of our very own jalebi, and possibly reached the far-flung Maghreb region thanks to the Turkish Ottomans, who are also credited with bringing with them other sweet pastries.

April 26, 2017 08:48 UTC

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