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Ethiopia stuns Ivory Coast, Madagascar bag record win

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Ethiopia caused the first real shock of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers when they came from behind to stun the Ivory Coast with a 2-1 victory in their Group K clash in Bahir Dar on Tuesday.


Serge Aurier gave the Ivorians an early lead when he knocked in a rebound after Max Gradel’s free kick had been parried into his path by home goalkeeper Abel Mamo.

Yet Ethiopia were level on 16 minutes as Surafel Dagnachew’s free kick was deflected in off the wall, before Shemeles Bekele shrugged off two defenders, and a shout for handball, to score the winner midway through the opening period.

Madagascar continued their fine recent form in the other game in the pool with a thumping 6-2 victory over Niger in Niamey.

The win is the biggest ever on the road in Nations Cup qualifiers for Madagascar and puts them top of the group with a full haul of six points from their two games.

Madagascar was 4-1 up at halftime thanks to a brace by Lalaina Nomenjanahary, and goals from Anicet (penalty) and Andria.

Paulin Voavy and Jerome Mombris added two more in the second period.

Niger had taken an early lead through Amadou Wonkoye before being stung by six unanswered goals. Yusif Moussa grabbed a late consolation for them.

A brace from striker Khama Billiat sealed a precious 2-1 away victory for Zimbabwe in Zambia.

Patson Daka had equalised for the Zambians in the opening period, but Billiat profited from a defensive lapse to net the winner 10 minutes from fulltime.

Noussair Mazraoui scored a first ever goal for Morocco as they eased to a 3-0 victory in Burundi, with Youssef En-Nesyri and Achraf Hakimi netting the others.

The other match in Group E saw Mauritania claim a 2-0 home win over Central African Republic as Moctar El Hacen and Diallo Guidileye scored.

Wahbi Khazri scored the only goal as Tunisia moved to the top of Group J with a full haul of six points following victory over Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.

In the other game in the pool, Libya rallied from a goal down to defeat Tanzania 2-1 in neutral Monastir.

Mbwana Samata put Tanzania ahead with a penalty in the first half, before the home side were also awarded a spot-kick that Sand Masaud converted. Anis Saltou netted the winner on 81 minutes.

Edited by Emmanuel Okara/Tajudeen Atitebi (NAN)

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Education

Institute wants stakeholders to develop useful curriculum in education

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Prof. Esther Akinlabi, Director, Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI), has called on African education stakeholders to develop school curriculum that can meet the challenges in the sector.


Akinlabi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Friday that school curriculum should address the challenges of future of workplace to be relevant on the global stage.

She noted that with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and technological innovation as well as advancements in developed countries, Africa needed to prepare its youths to become relevant.

“The areas that should be looked at has to do with the future of work. 

“Things that  need to be considered have to do with artificial intelligence, fourth industrial revolution, sustainable development, and secular economy which will enable us to maximise and recycle waste. 

“These aspects have been missing from school curriculum.

“Entrepreneurship should also be inculcated into the curriculum,” she said.

She further said that this had become imperative as there were high unemployment rates across the African continent.

“So there is a need for us to recalculate and infuse entrepreneurship skills in the mindset of students. 

“So, students graduating from universities are not only looking for white collar jobs.

“We should be able to change the perception and mindset of students such that by graduation, you should be able to stand on your own. 

“Think outside the box. Think of a business idea that you can do to be able to fend for yourself. I believe that is the way to go,” she said.

Akinlabi noted that though some universities had inculcated entrepreneurship into their system, “every student must come up with their idea, business proposal and concept developed.

“So that they can have something that they can launch and work on as they are graduating from the university, should they not get a white collar job that they can do.

PAULESI is not lagging behind on that as it is in the process of having a re-curriculation in November”.

The Pan African University Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (PAULESI) is located in the University of Ibadan and has world class departments involved in the delivery of programmes in life, earth, agriculture and health.

The Pan African University (PAU) is a continental initiative of the African Union Commission (AUC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The aim of the Pan African University is to develop institutions of excellence in science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance, which will constitute the bedrock for an Africa pool of higher education and research.

Edited By: Oluyinka Fadare/Kayode Olaitan
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NIGCOMSAT partners other satellite agencies to power 1st African Satellite-Based Augmentation System

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The Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar ASCENA have commenced a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) broadcast signal over Africa and the Indian Ocean (AFI) region.


This is contained in a statement by NIGCOMSAT General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mr Adamu Idris in Abuja on Thursday.

According to him, the aim is to provide the first SBAS open service in this part of the world on NigComSat-1R satellite, a communications satellite managed and operated by NIGCOMSAT Ltd under the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy of Nigeria.

He said the open service was provided as part of the ‘SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean’ programme which pursue the autonomous provision over the continent of SBAS services to augment the performances of the satellite navigation constellations GPS and Galileo.

NIGCOMSAT Managing Director/CEO, Dr Abimbola Alale expressed delight over the development.

“We are proud to be part of this ambitious programme to provide satellite navigation services in the African and Indian Ocean region.

” The use of our geostationary communication satellite, NigComSat-1R navigation payload to broadcast the first signal will be Africa’s premier communications satellite contribution to SBAS as a regional satellite-based augmentation system for the continent,”she said.

NIGCOMSAT SBAS Project Manager, Dr Lasisi Lawal, said the services will help improve GPS accuracy to within a meter and boost integrity, availability and continuity of safety-related applications.

” The SBAS services will improve flight safety and efficiency in Africa, as well as support safety and commercial applications related to land, sea and rail transportation which are beneficial to the economy.

” It will follow the policy direction of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami in digitalising the Nigerian economy,”he said.

Lawal said the services was expected to grow the GDP and value propensity not only in the communications sector but aviation, maritime, railtransport, precision agriculture, survey, oil and gas,

He said it would boost security of strategic national infrastructure and mass market applications for sustainable development beyond Nigerian shores.

Lawal said the open service essentially aimed at carrying out technical trials as well as partnering with airlines, field demonstrations for aircraft and rotorcraft, to demonstrate the benefits of the future operational safety-of-life SBAS services expected from 2024.

“It is expected to include Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and emergency warning service to populations, which performance will be proven through demonstrations.

” The signal-in-space is generated by a dedicated system tested, developed as part of the SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean preliminary design phase, which is financed by the EU and awarded to Thales Alenia space, a joint venture between Thales 67 per cent and Leonardo 33 per cent .

“The SBAS for Africa and Indian Ocean is based on the European EGNOS developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) acting under delegation of the European Commission and operated by the European GNSS agency GSA, “he said.

Lawal said the system prototype use reference stations network, the SAGAIE network deployed by CNES and ASCENA with the support of Thale Alenia space.

He said the signal was broadcasted via the SBAS payload on NigComSat-1R geo satellite of NIGCOMSAT Ltd and uplink station deployed in Abuja (Nigeria).

” It is compliant to the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation and the Minimum Operational Performance Standard developed by the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) organisation.

” It will be visible in the whole of Africa and the Indian Ocean up to the West Australian coast and also in Europe,” he said.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
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650,000 people affected by floods in Sudan – UN

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About 650,000 people have been affected by flash floods caused by heavy rains that hit Sudan in mid-July, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said.


Sudan’s Humanitarian Aid Commission (HAC) was cited to have reported that 650,000 people had been affected by floods in 17 out of Sudan’s 18 states.

More than 111,000 houses were either destroyed or damaged.

Floods also destroyed 1,700 ha (4,200 acres) of agricultural land, 179 public facilities (schools, health centres and government offices), 359 shops and warehouses and killed 5,500 head of livestock,’’ the UN agency said in a report.

More than 110,000 people have been affected by floods in the first week of September alone, the OCHA said

It added that nearly 43 per cent of those 650,000 are in the states of Khartoum, North Darfur and Sennar.

“The situation could deteriorate over the coming days, as heavy rains forecast in Ethiopia and several parts of Sudan will likely cause a further increase in water levels in the Blue Nile, leading to more flooding and destruction,’’ the report added.

Since mid-July, Sudan has been experiencing an unusual level of heavy rains, which intensified over the last week.

This has prompted the government to declare a three-month state of emergency in the country.

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Time has come for Nigerian scientists to authenticate claims on COVID-19 cure- NABDA 

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Prof. Alex Akpa, Director General, National Biotechnology Development Agency(NABDA), says the time has come for Nigerian scientists to authenticate claims by people who said they have developed herbal treatment for COVID-19.


Akpa said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Monday in Abuja.

Speaking on the committee on COVID-19 herbal remedies and natural compounds inaugurated by Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, Akpa said the inauguration was a welcomed development.

“The committee is very important and germane and couldn’t have come at a better time because we have received many claims in the country both formally and informally.

“Therefore, considering the negative impact the pandemic has on people’s health as and how it has adversely affected our economy, I think it is time to look into these claims,’’ he said.

The NABDA director general further said it was the work of the committee to look carefully at the claims with a view to analysing them.

According to him, such claims with the brightest prospects of providing protection and healing to those affected or at risk of contacting the dreaded disease would be criticality looked into.

Speaking about the Madagascar local herbal remedy for COVID-19, he disclosed that it was still under review in Nigeria and has yet to be confirmed.

“But that does not stop us from looking at our own indigenous Nigerian claims and remedies for the disease,” he said.

He also said that the outcome of the investigation on the Madagascar remedy, will not affect Nigerian chances of developing its own remedy.

Akpa sai he was positive that the inauguration of the committee was significant as it was also preparing the country for future occurrences in terms of the disease outbreaks.

“It is good to be better prepared by being able to carry out tests through test kits among others,’’ he said.

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