LONDON, United KingdomUK's Prime Minister Theresa May has had bilateral meeting with President Buhari of Nigeria at Downing Street today. The two leaders agreed that the UK and Nigeria were strong and enduring partners and that they will continue to champion the countries shared values of democracy, including the fight against corruption, and inclusive education. "We have a close and long standing defense and security cooperation with Nigeria, particularly on issues of regional security where are were working together to tackle the threat of Boko Haram and Islamic State of West Africa, including through a new £1 million package of counter IED equipment to protect troops and civilians in Nigeria." she remarks The Prime Minister also said that she was saddened that so many gi
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast A total of 886,578 Gambian registered voters will head to the polls tomorrow 13th, April, 2018 to cast their ballots in the Local Government elections. According to IEC sources, a total of 409 candidates got nominated, while two went on unopposed namely, Sainey Jarjou, a candidate for the Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction for Kasumai Ward in the West Coast Region and Tumani BM Trawally, a candidate for the United Democratic Party for Kachang Ward in the North Bank Region. "113 are contesting under UDP ticket, 82 GDC, 63 APRC, 32 PDOIS, 32 PPP, 26 NRP, 17 GPDP, 14 GMC, 5 NCP and 25 as Independent candidates. " reads the statement from the IEC The ward councilors are expected to serve a period of four years. The current Pr...
ABUJA, Nigeria, April Nearly one billion people will be vaccinated against yellow fever in 27 high-risk African countries by 2026 with support from WHO, Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and more than 50 health partners. The commitment is part of the Eliminate Yellow fever Epidemics (EYE) in Africa strategy, which was launched by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director General, Professor Isaac Folorunso Adewole, Nigeria’s Minister of Health and partners at a regional meeting in Abuja, Nigeria 10th April. "The world is facing an increased risk of Yellow fever outbreaks and Africa is particularly vulnerable," said Dr Tedros. "With one injection we can protect a person for life against this dangerous pathogen. This unprecedented commitment by countries w
BAMAKO, Mali Being vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and others is a rite of passage for many children around the world. But in northern Mali’s vast desert region of Kidal, where insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure hinder access to care for many communities, protecting children from these illnesses can be difficult. After opening projects in the area in 2015, teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) began to notice that many children from the region’s nomadic communities had not been immunized against common illnesses for several years. In response, in January 2018 MSF launched a campaign in cooperation with local authorities and the Ma
NEW YORK, United States of America The Nigerien Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Nigerien authorities to reverse the expulsion of Journalist Baba Alpha, and ensure his safety. Baba Alpha, a journalist with the privately owned radio and television news agency Bonferey, was released by authorities on April 3, after serving a one year jail term. Baba Alpha's year-long imprisonment and expulsion by the Nigerien government is an outrage of justice intended to silence a journalist for doing his job "Baba Alpha's year-long imprisonment and expulsion by the Nigerien government is an outrage of justice intended to silence a journalist for doing his job," said Angela Quintal, CPJ's Africa program coordinator. She adds that"Nigerien authorities sho
TUNIS, Tunisia The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private sector (ICD) and Afriland First Group, Banque Islamique du Senegal, EBID, BSIC Mali and Coris Bank Mali have signed a Line of financing agreements for a Euro 45 million, Euro 50 Million, Euro 25 Million, Euro 9 Million and Euro 6 Million respectively. The small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) have a crucial role to play in a country’s growth and development, and ICD has big plans for them The Euro 135 Million Line of financing facility will be extended by the above Banks to the SMEs covering various sectors such as industrial, communication, technology, health, manufacturing, and agricultural sectors, in Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Senegal and other ICD member countries in Africa. In thi
KAMPALA, Uganda: The President and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Mali, His Excellency President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, has hailed his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, as a true Pan Africanist committed to the development and integration of the African Continent. President Keita made the remarks after receiving the letters of credence accrediting Mr. Nelson Ocheger as Ambassador Extra- Ordinary and Pleinpotentiary of the Republic of Uganda to the Republic of Mali. The ceremony took place on March 5th, 2018 at the Malian Capital, Bamako. Welcoming Amb. Nelson Ocheger to the Republic of Mali, President Keita assured his guest of his government's commitment to strengthening the cordial bilateral relations which exis
BRUSSELS, Belgium: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo announce the opening of 4 new Belgian embassies in Africa. The existing diplomatic bureaus in Cotonou (Benin), Conakry (Guinea), Bamako (Mali) and Niamey (Niger) will be upgraded to the rang of embassy as of today. In doing so, our country is demonstrating the importance it attaches to its relations with these countries, as well as to the situation in the region. The current upgrade reinforces all fields of the Belgian foreign policy in a comprehensive approach: bilateral cooperation, diplomacy, development cooperation, defence, security and justice. It will make it easier to align all these polici...