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UNECA urges Africa take bold actions on free trade pact

Dr. Vera Songwe, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has urged African nations to take bold actions to realise the promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Sirleaf knocks Africa’s sit tight presidents, tells them to leave power

African leaders resisting “democratic transformation” must heed their citizens’ calls for change, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said on Saturday after receiving an award aimed at promoting good leadership on the continent.

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame accuses ICC of bias against Africa

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has repeated his harsh criticism of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for what he calls open bias against Africa, saying it has failed to mete out justice in any other part of the world.

Ex-Liberian leader Ellen Sirleaf receives £5 million Mo Ibrahim Prize for leadership

Former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf described herself as an imperfect leader when she accepted the prestigious $5m Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.

Experts: AU club for African leaders

African Union (AU) has come under serious criticism as experts described it as a club for African leaders.

RwandAir now operates Abuja-Kigali route

RwandAir on Friday inaugurated its maiden flight to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja with 30 passenger on board Boeing 737-700 aircraft from Kigali, Rwanda’s capital.

Remains of 120 genocide victims found in mass grave in Kigali’s neighbourhood

Local Authorities and residents have found remains of about 120 victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide buried in a mass grave on the outskirts of the capital Kigali, survivors’ association said.

IMF: Nigeria opts out of AfCFTA despite huge benefits to region

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said in spite of Nigeria, Africa’s biggest economy, opting out of signing on to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), the benefits of the trade pact to the region are still enormous.

Industrial Council backs President Buhari on Continental Free Trade Agreement

The Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council has thrown its weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to consult widely before Nigeria signs the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

The reasons Nigeria must wake up fast

The Federal Government apologists are free to live in delusion and denial, but I stand by this obvious position. They can continue to deceive President Muhammadu Buhari and although he can continue to suffer under their hypnotic spell for a long time, he would one day wake up to appreciate people like us telling him the unadulterated truth.

Rwanda closes thousands of churches, mosques in bid for more control

Rwanda's government has closed thousands of churches and dozens of mosques as it seeks to assert more control over a vibrant religious community whose sometimes makeshift operations, authorities say, have threatened the lives of followers.

Buhari, Osinbajo, Tinubu, Ambode and the Presidential visit

Buhari wants to contest for a second term. That is not now in doubt. Everything else is shadow boxing! Politics is a game of numbers. But the figures are not adding up. They can’t add up because Buhari has not been very nice to those who showed him love and showered him with goodwill and affection.

Ex-President Obasanjo faults Buhari for not signing Africa free trade deal

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has decried the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement, expressing hope that he will change his mind before it is too late.

Nigeria, ECOWAS and the Morocco question

I was in Morocco recently, about 20 years after I last visited Timbuktu, Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat and Laayoune. I was quite impressed to see how Morocco with its colour-coded cities remains very much an organized, efficient and a comparatively competitive country.

Yoweri Museveni, Paul Kagame downplay Uganda-Rwanda tensions

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has downplayed reports of tension between Kampala and Kigali.

Morocco’s trade with ECOWAS region hits $1 billion

Morocco has said its trade with the ECOWAS region hit one billion dollars in 2016 and reinforced its request to join the region.

AfCFTA: Zambia still conducting internal negotiations – official

Zambia did not sign the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) as it was still conducting internal negotiations on some protocols in the agreement, a Zambian official said.

President Buhari, other African leaders’ refusal to sign free trade agreement criminal – Obasanjo

Former president Olusegun Obasanjo caused a stir in Kigali, Rwanda, Wednesday when he described the action of African leaders absent at the signing of the African Union Continental Free Trade Area (AUCFTA), as criminal.

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Confirming this development in Awka, the State Commissioner for Public Utilities and Water Resources, Emeka Ezenwanne, said the affected workers were sacked in line with the Anambra State Water Law 2015, which repealed the law establishing the agency.

Anxiety as no fewer than 800 workers lose their jobs in Anambra

The Anambra State government has confirmed the sack of no fewer than 800 employees of the state moribund Water Board Corporation.
The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that more private and public sector collaboration will be encouraged as Nigeria steps up effort to realise its target of boosting domestic gas utilisation.

Nigerian government to encourage more private/public partnership to boost domestic gas – minister

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, has said that more private and public sector collaboration will be encouraged as Nigeria steps up effort to realise its target of boosting domestic gas utilisation.
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Super Eagles skipper announces birth of baby

Al-Nassr winger and Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has announced the birth of a baby boy to his family.
The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

DHQ: Released ‘repentant’ Boko Haram fighters were forcefully recruited

The military has shed more light on its controversial Operation Safe Corridor programme which has once again recently come under fire from the Nigerian public.

SSANU, NASU threaten to down tools over unresolved issues with federal government

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) said they would proceed on strike over unresolved issues with the Federal Government immediately the universities reopen.