President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received a condolence message and assurance of support in the fight against terrorism from His Majesty King Abdullah II bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, who prayed for peace and calm in Nigeria, and throughout African region. President Buhari thanked King Abdullah for his concern on the recent setbacks that led to the loss of military lives in the North East. President Buhari told King Abdullah that he would continue to work towards the total elimination of terrorism in the Lake Chad basin area. He also commended King Abdullah for his support and steadfastness for the global effort against terrorism, describing the collaboration between Jordan and Nigeria, and the rest of Africa, through the platform of Aqaba Counter Terrorism Retreats, as very beneficial. The Aqaba Counter Terrorism Retreats is convened by His Majesty King Abdulla.
December 09, 2018 17:15 UTC
The United Nations General Assembly adopted without a vote the resolution approved by the UN 4th Committee last October, reiterating support for the political process to settle the Sahara issue under the exclusive auspices of the United Nations. The resolution supports the political process based on Security Council resolutions adopted since 2007, with a view to achieving a “just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” to this regional dispute, while commending the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy in this regard. The resolution also supports the recommendations of Security Council Resolution 2414 adopted in April 2018. This resolution calls for progress in the search for a realistic, pragmatic and sustainable political solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue, based on compromise. The adoption of the resolution by the General Assembly comes one day after the end of the Geneva Round Table held Dec. 5-6 with the participation, for the first time, of Algeria as a major stakeholder in the Sahara issue, in accordance with Security Council Resolution 2440 adopted last October.
December 09, 2018 11:26 UTC
A frontline northern socio-political think-tank, Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) Saturday warned that it would be dangerous to deny Nigerians free, fair and credible elections in 2019, a situation that might result in political conflict. The Chairman of the NEF, Prof. Ango Abdullahi expressed this concern at a news conference he addressed in Zaria, Kaduna State to mark his 80th birthday. He said anything short of free, fair and credible elections “will be an invitation to avoidable crisis. denying the possibility of fair and credible elections in 2019 will be dangerous for the country.”He said contrary to insinuations, the North was not averse to restructuring as being perceived in some quarters, noting that the region stood to benefit more.
December 09, 2018 10:18 UTC
France welcomed Friday the holding of the first round table on the Sahara and reiterated “its full support” to the UN-led efforts to reach a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution to this regional dispute. France welcomes the holding of the initial round table that brought together Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the Polisario, said the French Foreign ministry in a statement. The round table was held in Geneva on December 5 and 6, at the initiative of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara, Horst Köhler. The Geneva meeting follows a recent UN Security Council meeting and resolution 2040, adopted end of October, which calls on the parties to the dispute, including Algeria, “to engage constructively” in talks. Parties should “demonstrate political will in order to advance the negotiations”, Council Members said, while also emphasizing the importance of an “enduring political solution based on compromise”.
December 08, 2018 15:33 UTC
The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Humanitarian Affairs, Sani Mohammed, has said the claim by the Buhari administration that normalcy has been restored to the north east of the country is a “lieThe lawmaker, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said the region has “failed”, and he feared such failure could affect other parts of the country. Mr Mohammed spoke while briefing his colleagues on his experience after visiting some states in the region. “We just returned from an oversight function from Borno and Yobe states and I can say that the description that the northern part of Nigeria is under siege by Hon. Chika is an understatement,” the lawmaker said in a rare frank comment about the situation in the region still facing a deadly Boko Haram crisis.”
December 08, 2018 15:11 UTC
Sound Energy, the Moroccan focused upstream gas company, has confirmed that the drilling at TE-10, the second well of a planned three exploration well campaign in Eastern Morocco, has started. The drilling program will take an estimated 30-40 days at a total measured depth of 2,200 meters, Sound Energy said, estimating a success chance of 14 percent. On August 31, Sound Energy signed a new eight-year petroleum agreement with the National Office of Hydrocarbon and Mines (ONHYM) in Tendrara region. In October, the Moroccan finance and energy ministries approved the agreement to drill for oil in Morocco’s eastern Tendrara region. The new petroleum agreement, named “Greater Tendrara Petroleum Agreement,” covers an area of approximately 14,500 square kilometers extending across eastern Morocco and “surrounding the development concession application area relating to the Tendrara gas discovery.”
December 08, 2018 13:07 UTC
The European Union has welcomed the holding of the initial round table on the Sahara that brought together representatives of Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and the Polisario. The Geneva round table was held Dec.5-6 at the invitation of UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy for the Sahara Horst Köhler, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2440. The EU insisted on the imperative need to “take advantage of this momentum and to actively pursue the discussions in a spirit of compromise”. The statement notes that the Geneva talks “have rightly focused on key issues such as regional cooperation, job creation, regional development, stability and security, and youth”. The Geneva meeting follows a recent UN Security Council meeting and resolution 2040, adopted end of October, which calls on the parties to the dispute “to engage constructively” in talks.
December 08, 2018 12:45 UTC
The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, on Friday said the Nigerian military was expecting to take delivery of 18 fighter aircraft from the United States of America and Italy to boost the counter-insurgency operation in the North-East and other operations across the country. He said the 18 aircraft were the 12 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the US and then six Agusta 109 power helicopters from Italy. The air chief stated this in Kaduna State at the graduation of 769 Nigerian Air Force personnel who were drawn from the Regiment, Air Police and Intelligence specialties.
December 08, 2018 12:33 UTC
Morocco has committed to contribute to the Priority Investment Program of the regional G5-Sahel group, which held Thursday a Coordination Conference of Partners and Donors in Nouakchott. He added that the Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy (MASEN) will participate in carrying out electrification projects in border rural zones, planned under the first phase of the G5-Sahel Priority Investment Program (PIP) covering the 2019-2021 period. The Moroccan agency will thus share with G5 Sahel countries its know-how and provide them with technical assistance to implement integrated renewable energy projects. Another Moroccan agency, the Moroccan Agency for Energy Efficiency (AMEE), will conduct technical studies on the rural electrification projects in border zones and extend assistance to local operators. The commitments announced are intended to finance the Priority Investment Program, a portfolio of 40 projects, focusing on security, resilience, governance and infrastructure, and covering the period 2019-2021.
December 07, 2018 18:22 UTC
The Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region will face economic headwinds in 2019, particularly as external conditions turn less supportive. GCC Fiscal Gains Set To ModerateGCC - Fiscal Balance, % GDPf = Fitch Solutions forecast. Growth Holding Up, But Still Firmly Below Historical StandardsMENA (ex Libya, Syria, Yemen) - Real GDP Growth, %e/f = Fitch Solutions estimate/forecast. In addition, global growth will likely soften - after seemingly having peaked in 2018 - while financial market volatility continues to rise. It also depends on Saudi support for regional security initiatives and counterterrorism operations, and values the kingdom’s status as a massive purchaser of US arms.
December 07, 2018 15:56 UTC
Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude.- Michelle Obama. This is one of the many pieces of advice former Unites States First Lady Michelle Obama gave at a recent meeting. Since the release of her memoir Becoming, Obama has been in the news for several reasons. In their conversation, Michelle opened up about her experience with self-doubt and how she has learned to overcome it and even share a secret with young women. According to Newsweek, Michelle Obama confessed that she still suffered from “imposter syndrome, even as her memoir, Becoming, broke sales records last month.
December 07, 2018 15:07 UTC
A local mayor said on Friday, seventeen people have been killed in two attacks by the ADF militant group in the troubled Benin region of eastern DR Congo. Mayor Nyonyi Masumbuko Bwanakana said twelve civilians died in Mangolikene on the outskirts of Beni city in North Kivu on Thursday while another five were killed overnight in the Paida area. The regional army’s spokesman said the five killings in Paida happened during an attack on barracks in the city. The attacks came a day after opposition candidate Martin Fayulu visited Beni to launch his campaign ahead of this month’s high-stakes presidential election. The government has often blamed the group for killings, robberies and kidnappings, but sometimes it is unclear who the true assailants are.
December 07, 2018 14:48 UTC
When Senegal starts using electronic tag bracelets for people facing trial next year, it would become the second country on the continent after South Africa to implement a move that will deal with overcrowding at correctional facilities. In Africa, South Africa began a pilot project of electronic monitoring in March 2012, involving 150 offenders, mostly prisoners serving life terms. The project was aimed at reducing overcrowding in prisons in South Africa and reducing the taxpayer’s burden on correctional facilities. The DCS further began engaging with the judiciary to suggest electronic monitoring as an alternative form of sentencing. Meanwhile, Kelly Gillespie, an anthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg hailed the electronic monitoring project believing that placing young people in prison formally got them closer to gang structures.
December 07, 2018 13:52 UTC
However, Europe finds it difficult to understand that its future lies in the South and not in the North,” said Giovanni Tria, Italian Minister of Finance and Economy. He was a speaking in Rome at a conference on Africa, challenges and opportunities: Italy and the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org). Minister Tria commended the African Development Bank for its unique role in fostering a favourable investment environment and addressing Africa’s development challenges. The future of Africa’s youth is in Africa helping to grow its economy and employment opportunities”. The African Development Bank has launched a major initiative, the Jobs for Youth in Africa programme, aimed at creating 25 million jobs over a ten-year period.
December 07, 2018 13:52 UTC
“A peaceful solution” to the Sahara conflict is “possible”, said on Thursday Mr. Horst Köhler, the personal envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Sahara at the end of a two-day roundtable held in Geneva. Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Köhler (a former German president) said the meeting was “first – but important – step” towards a renewed political process on the future of the Sahara. The ultimate goal is “to create an environment in the region that is conducive to strong economic growth, job creation and better security”, explained Mr. Köhler. one month ahead of the semi-annual meeting of the Security Council on the Sahara, scheduled for late April. The UN Envoy also underlined the significance of the Geneva meeting, saying that “the goal of this process is… to find a just, lasting and mutually acceptable solution” to the Sahara regional conflict.
December 07, 2018 13:30 UTC