COVID-19: Nigeria, Others to Witness Economic and Political Turmoil

Nigeria President, Mohammadu Buhari WASHINGTON/United States of America: It had been predicted that the pandemic crises of the Coronavirus being experienced now in the world, is the only the first in the series of world problems that will follow the virus appearance in the world stage, as most developing countries will experience economic and political turmoil from the after effect of the virus. This prediction, according Columnist, Fareed Zakaria, in his latest article in the Washington Post, stated that countries like Venezuela, Nigeria, Libya, Iran, and Irag should expect crises…

Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate COVID-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States

Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations donate Covid-19 Medical Equipment to African Union Member States ADDIS ABABA/Ethiopia: Africa’s response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak have received a boost as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the Government of Ethiopia received a consignment of medical equipment from the Jack Ma and Alibaba Foundations. The shipment included over 1.5 million laboratory diagnostic test kits and over 100 tons of infection prevention and control commodities. This relief initiative was launched by the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Dr Abiy…

300 Persons Including 223 Children Released From Administrative Custody For Their Alleged Association With Armed Groups In North-East Nigeria – UNICEF

Peter Hawkins, UNICEF MAIDUGURI/Nigeria: Late last night, 223 children including 10 girls were released from Nigerian Army administrative custody and Maiduguri Maximum Security Prison after they were cleared of suspected ties with armed groups. They were released to the safe custody of Borno State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, UNICEF and Borno State authorities in Maiduguri, north-east Nigeria. The children will now immediately enter a programme that will help them reintegrate into their communities, re-engage with their families, and take the first steps towards creating a new life…

New Report Finds Sexual Extortion Ignored, Underreported And Unpunished Worldwide ..Study Highlights Significant Gaps In Policy And Research With Little Action In Most Countries

Berlin/Germany: In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, a new report from Transparency International provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of sexual extortion or “sextortion” as a form of corruption around the world. The report highlights cases in schools, police stations, immigration centres, court houses, refugee camps and many other places, where government officials abuse their power to sexually exploit others. Read the report The results show how deeply underreported sextortion cases are, as well as a significant lack of awareness of how to tackle the issue…

AU Summit: African Leaders Call for Action to End Malnutrition By 2025 …Acknowledges the Scope of The Challenge But Sounded A Note Of Optimism

ADDIS ABABA/Ethiopia: African countries have made progress toward eradicating malnutrition and stunting but need to do more to hit United Nations malnutrition targets by 2025. This was the main message of a meeting that took place during the 33rd African Union Summit. Speakers at a meeting of the African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) included the heads of state of Madagascar, Cote d’Ivoire and Sierra Leone, national ministers of health as well as African Development Bank (AfDB.org) President Akinwumi Adesina, head of the African Development Bank. Leaders acknowledged the scope of…

AFDB President Calls for New Skills for African Young People

ABIDJAN/Ivory Coast: “Youth must be prepared for the jobs of the future – not the jobs of the past,” African Development President Akinwumi Adesina said on Thursday at the launch of the Bank’s flagship African Economic Outlook. “Given the fast pace of change, driven by the 4th industrial revolution – from artificial intelligence to robotics, machine learning, quantum computing – Africa must invest more in re-directing and re-skilling its labor force, and especially the youth, to effectively participate,” the Bank president said. The African Economic Outlook is an annual report…

British Prime Minister, African Leaders Urge Investors to Accelerate Economic Role on the Continent

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister LONDON/United Kingdom: UK companies must leap at the chance to deepen economic ties with Africa, a continent with unmatched investment opportunities, several African leaders said at a high-level panel. At an oversubscribed opening ceremony for the 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit, Monday, attended by dignitaries and delegates from 16 African countries, including President El Sisi of Egypt, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the case for bigger investments in Africa and called for increased and renewed partnership between the UK and Africa. Referring to Africa as…

AU Lauds Delta on Employment Generation

ASABA/Nigeria: The African Union (AU) has commended Delta Government for its foresight in employment generation and infrastructural development, saying it has fared well in that regard. Nigeria’s Representative in African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council, Mr Oba John, gave the commendation when he led a delegation on an inspection of ongoing secretariat project and others being built by the state government. Oba said that Delta was in the right trajectory in the attainment of agenda 2063 set by the AU through the execution of projects and implementation of policies…

Adesina wins All Africa Business Leaders Awards 2019 African of the Year award

JOHANNESBURG/South Africa: African Development Bank President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina received the African of the Year Award from the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™), Thursday, in recognition of his bold leadership and the innovation of the Africa Investment Forum which “opened up billions of dollars of investment into the continent.” The ninth edition of the awards, organized by AABLA™ in conjunction with CNBC Africa, seeks to honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy. The Africa Investment Forum, inaugurated in 2018, has been a trailblazer in tilting investments…

Young African Entrepreneurs Hunger for Continents Business Policy Development

SHARM EL-SHEIKH/Egypt: Young African entrepreneurs urged to make their voices heard in business policy-making across the continent and called on governments to implement friendlier tax policies, improve access to finance and boost support for youth-led businesses to create jobs. Speaking at the 2019 African Economic Conference in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh on Tuesday, the young business leaders said their role as engines of growth needed to be taken more seriously. “Youths running businesses are not taken seriously,” Terence Mathe, Co-Founder of Southern Incineration Services (SISCO) in Zimbabwe. “Such…