An African organisation, Africa Climate Justice Collective (ACJC) has called on African Governments, the African Union and African Group of Negotiators to seek enduring solutions to address climate crisis in the region, particularly its impacts on African women and its communities ahead of COP 27. The 27th edition of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP27 (Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC), will be held Nov. 6 to Nov. 18 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
The organisation made the call in a statement issued by its Communication Officer, Mr Benson Fasanya in Tuesday in Jos. He said the request was contained in a declaration it launched during the pre-COP27 Ministerial meeting held in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on Oct.4. “The declaration is calling for our African Governments, the African Union, and African Group of Negotiators to act in the interests of Africa and to push for ‘real’ solutions to the climate crisis to protect the people of Africa and the planet, “ he said.
He said ACJC together with some local partners want the minister’s forum to advocate for climate justice and urgent actions for the region at the COP 27, describing its people as living in crisis.
“Our call for action includes these key initial set of demands: Provide climate financing and pay climate debt owed to Africa; Develop clear and ambitious commitments in line with 1.5 degrees; build food sovereignty for resilience of the African people; Stop financing false solutions which are a dangerous distraction.
“Leave fossil fuels underground and stop the expansion of gas on the continent; Transform our energy system for energy justice; Build peace and bring an end to climate hypocrisy; Stop waste colonialism, excessive consumption by elites and advance a circular economy.
“Respect and uphold the rights of people including the right to say no to destructive infrastructure and other projects, “.
He explained that the launch of the declaration comes just before the African People’s Counter COP to be held across the continent from Oct. 17 to Oct. 21. Other activities, he said, include an online event, several local and national People’s Assemblies and other actions by members, allies and endorsers.
The declaration was developed by conveners comprising of 27 movement-based and allied organisations and partners who make up the ACJC.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) says it is aware of the ongoing outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) caused by the Sudan strain of the Ebola Virus (EV) in Uganda.
The Director-General, NCDC, Dr Ifedayo Adetifa, in a statement on Tuesday made available to News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja, said that Uganda had, on Sept. 20, declared the outbreak of the virus and that it was on an alert mode.
NAN reports that the outbreak has also been confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Sudan strain of the Ebola virus is the known cause of EVD, having caused previous outbreaks in Uganda, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Uganda Virus Research Institute confirmed the virus in samples collected from a 24-year old male, who had exhibited symptoms of the disease and later died in Mubende District in the Central Region, about 175km from the capital, Kampala.
As of Sept. 29, the Ugandan Ministry of Health reported 54 cases (35 confirmed and 19 probable) and 25 deaths (7 confirmed and 18 probable).
The Ugandan Ministry of Health, with the support of WHO, is working to effectively respond to and contain the spread of the virus.
The NCDC boss said that the agency’s -led multisectoral National Emerging Viral Haemorrhagic Diseases Technical Working Group (NEVHD TWG), working with partners and stakeholders, had conducted a rapid risk assessment to guide in-country preparedness activities.
“The NEVHD TWG coordinates preparedness efforts for EVD and other emerging viral haemorrhagic diseases.
“Based on available data, the overall risk of importation of the Ebola virus and the impact on the health of Nigerians has been assessed as high for the following reasons: “The Sudan Ebola Virus does not currently have an effective drug for treatment or licensed vaccine for prevention.
“The extent of the outbreak in Uganda has not yet been ascertained as investigations have shown that some persons may have died with similar symptoms which were not reported to health authorities.
“In addition, their burials were not conducted safely to prevent transmission.
“The case fatality rate of the Sudan virus varied from 41 per cent to 100 per cent in past outbreaks.
“The likelihood of importation to Nigeria is high, due to the increased air travel between Nigeria and Uganda, especially through Kenya’s Nairobi airport, a regional transport hub, and other neighbouring countries that shared a direct border with Uganda.
“The likelihood of spread in Nigeria following importation is high due to the gatherings and travel associated with politics, the coming yuletide as well as other religious gatherings and festivals during the last few months of the year,” he outlined.
He said that in spite of the risk assessment, the country had the capacity – technical, human (health workforce), and diagnostic – to respond effectively in the event of an outbreak.
“This is exemplified by our successful response to the Ebola outbreak in 2014, as well as improvements in our capacity for health emergency response during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have the diagnostic capacity to test for the EVD presently at the National Reference Laboratory in Abuja and the Lagos University Teaching Hospital’s Centre for Human and Zoonotic Virology Laboratory,” he said.
He, however, said that diagnostic capacity would be scaled up to other laboratories in cities with important Points of Entry (POE) and others as might be required.
“An effective response system is in place with the availability of control capacities (trained rapid response teams, and an effective infection prevention and control programme) to limit the risk of spread in the event of a single imported case.
“Currently, no case of EVD has been reported in Nigeria.
Nonetheless, the Nigerian Government, through NCDC’s multisectoral NEVHD TWG, has put several measures in place to prevent and prepare for immediate control of any outbreak of the disease in-country.
“The NCDC Incident Coordination Centre (ICC) is now in alert mode.
Development of an incident action plan for the first few cases of EVD has commenced.
“POE surveillance has been heightened, using the passenger pre-boarding health declaration and screening form in the Nigeria International Travel Portal (NITP) platform.
“Passengers arriving from Uganda and persons who transited in Uganda are being followed up for 21 days of their arrival in Nigeria on their health status.
“Trained Rapid Response Teams are on standby to be deployed in the event of an outbreak.
Public Health Emergency Operations Centres (PHEOCs) in states with major POE i.
e. Lagos, Kano, Abuja, and Rivers are on standby.
“A medical counter measures plan is available.
” He said amplification of risk communication and engagement with states and partners, to strengthen preparedness activities including a review of risk communication protocols, plans and messages in the event of an outbreak, had been done.
Adetifa said the country had an active infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme nationwide with guidelines and training packages developed for healthcare workers.
NAN reports that Ebola virus disease is a severe, often fatal illness affecting humans.
The strain responsible for the current outbreak was first reported in southern Sudan in June 1976. Since then, seven outbreaks caused by this strain had been reported (four in Uganda and three in Sudan) with previous outbreaks’ fatality ratio ranging from 41 to 100 per cent.
Just like other types of Ebola virus, people infected cannot spread the disease until the development of symptoms, including fever, fatigue, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat later followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, symptoms of impaired kidney and liver function.
Symptoms may appear anywhere from two to 21 days after exposure to the virus, but the average is 8 to 10 days.
Currently, there are no vaccines or therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of this strain of the virus.
However, the early initiation of supportive treatment has been shown to significantly reduce deaths.
Recovery from EVD depends on good supportive clinical care, management of co-morbidities, and the patient’s immune response.
People who recover from Ebola virus infection develop antibodies that last for at least 10 years.
The winners of the 2022 AWIEF Awards (www.AWIEForum.org) were announced Tuesday at a glittering rooftop ceremony at The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt.
The AWIEF Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner capped off the two-day AWIEF2022 Conference, which was held in North Africa for the first time.
The prestigious annual AWIEF Awards recognise, honor and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners in Africa across various industry sectors for their achievements and their contribution to the inclusive economic growth and social development of the continent.
AWIEF CEO Irene Ochem at the ceremony congratulated the winners and thanked both the international panel of judges for the AWIEF Awards and all those who submitted their nominations.
She went on to say, “I always feel a bit excited when it comes to the AWIEF Awards ceremony because it means that we are nearing the end of the year's activities.
But it's a bittersweet feeling because we also celebrate phenomenal women, many of whom have benefited from AWIEF's projects.
It is an opportunity to see the fruits of our labor and to know why we do what we do”.
Izabela Milewska, Global Digital Skills Leader at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Title Sponsor of the AWIEF Awards, said: “I wholeheartedly applaud all the women gathered here today and especially all the award nominees and winners.
Your work and achievements are the north star for many other women to follow in your footsteps, learn from your incredible experience and dream big.
“Amazon Web Services is proud to partner with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum and to support this community with education and training opportunities in Africa in an effort to accelerate gender equality and women's empowerment through information technology.
The winners of the 2022 AWIEF Awards are: YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Gisèla Van Houcke, Founder and CEO, Zuri Luxury Hair and Beauty, Democratic Republic of Congo TECH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Sahar Salama, Founder and CEO, TPAY Mobile, Egypt AGRI ENTREPRENEUR Korka Diaw, President, Réseau des Agricultrices du Nord, Senegal ENERGY ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Mona Al Adawy – Founder and CEO, GeoEnergy Petroleum Services, Egypt CREATIVE INDUSTRY AWARD Abai Schulze – Founder and Creative Director, ZAAF Collection, Ethiopia SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Lumbie Mlambo – Founder and CEO, JB Dondolo, Zimbabwe EMPOWERMENT AWARD Martha Alade – Founder, Women in Technology in Nigeria (WITIN), Nigeria LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Manal Amin – CEO, Arabize, Egypt Congratulations to our winners!
President Muhammadu Buhari has assured that participation of citizens in democracy will continue to be encouraged through freedom of speech and robust political discourse, The president stated this when he received Letters of Credence from Ambassadors and High Commissioners of six countries at the State House, Abuja, on Tuesday.
He urged respect for divergent cultures and opinions, and upholding the unity of the country.
According to him, Nigeria’s strength remains in its diversity, and the constant differences in positions further signpost a strong democratic culture.
The High Commissioners of Republic of India, Mr Gangadharan Balasubramanian; Germany, Mrs Annett Gunther and that Democratic Republic of Congo, Mrs Gerengbo Pascaline presented their letters to President Buhari.
Others that presented their letters of credence at the event were those of Sudan, Mr Mohamed Abdelmannan; State of Palestine, Abdullah Abu Shawesh and The Kingdom of Netherlands, Mr Willem Wouter Plomp.
“As you settle down to your diplomatic responsibilities, you will realise how diverse Nigeria is.
”We are not only multi-ethnic and religious but also multi-cultural.
We enjoy unfettered freedom of speech and engage in robust political discourses.
”Sometimes, the nature of these discourses, tend to give the impression that we are constantly opposed to each other.
“The reality is that there is so much that bind us together than the few areas of our divergence.
”I have no doubts in my mind that you will soon appreciate our uniqueness and indeed resilience as a people, as well as our diversity which constitutes our strength,’’ he said.
Buhari urged the diplomats to build on the existing good relations that their predecessors had achieved by being more proactive in engagements.
“Today’s occasion, during which you have just presented your Letters of Credence to me, officially marks the formal assumption of your representational duties as Commissioners of your respective countries to Nigeria.
“You represent some of the most prominent countries on the earth and some of our important trading, political and cultural partners.
“The bilateral relationship that exists between each of your countries and the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is warm and very cordial, and the cooperation and collaboration between us in several areas, such as socio-economic, political, security, education and cultural spheres,’’ he noted.
On the forthcomig 2023 general elections, President Buhari said: “I am highly optimistic that we will conduct a good transition process at the end of which a new set of political leaders will freely emerge.
“You are assuming your diplomatic responsibilities in Nigeria, at very interesting political period as Nigeria’s national elections are due in February 2023. ”I want to state again, as I did just a few days ago at the UN General Assembly, that we remain committed to free and fair elections.
” The president called for more collectiveness in tackling some of the challenges faced by nations, noting that the climatic, economic and security concerns could only be solved through shared vision, skills and efforts.
“We are living in unprecedented global challenging time.
Early in 2020, much of the world was forced to shut down on account of COVID-19. ”The catastrophic impact of the pandemic has been across our nations not just in terms of tragic loss of millions of lives, but also massive loss of livelihoods and the resultant economic recession.
”Just as we are recovering, the war in Ukraine came to impact negatively on global economy.
”Meanwhile, we are faced with the urgency to take collective actions to stop the devastating consequences of climate change that manifest every day in parts of the world.
“The various factors that account for these challenges are beyond the capacity of any single country to effectively contain them alone.
”Hence, the necessity for all of us to work closely together to build consensus in order to overcome them and also minimise tensions and confrontations amongst and between ourselves,’’ he said.
According to Buhari, Nigeria firmly remains committed to multilateralism.
He said: ”For us in Nigeria, we continue to make steady progress, despite the daunting challenges of insecurity, in the fight against corruption, diversification of the economy, and our efforts in promoting good governance, amongst other things.
” The president reassured that at the sub-regional and regional levels, Nigeria would continue to work with other member-states of ECOWAS and other regional blocs.
This, he said, would deal with the problems of terrorism, trans-border crimes, banditry, maritime issues, proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, unconstitutional change of government, to mention some of the sub-regional challenges While welcoming the ambassadors and High Commissioners, and their families to Nigeria, Buhari wished them a rewarding tour of duty.
On behalf of the diplomats, the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria assured the president of the full support of their countries, especially as Nigeria counts down to the 2023 elections.
According to him, they will work with the Buhari government, and the leader that emerges after elections.
Balasubramanian said all the Ambassadors and High Commissioners would work to consolidate on existing good relations.
”While Germany would focus on climatic issues,The Kingdom of Netherlands would be pursuing interests in agriculture and stimulating youths’ capacity in entrepreneurship,” he said.
The Democratic Republic of Congo today declared the end of an Ebola outbreak that resurfaced six weeks ago in the country's North Kivu province.
The announcement comes as neighboring Uganda scrambles to curb an unrelated outbreak declared last week.
With only one confirmed case, the recently ended outbreak was one of the least catastrophic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
An earlier outbreak, the country's 14th in which there were four confirmed cases and five deaths, was declared over on July 4 this year.
Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have been caused by the Zaire ebolavirus, one of six species in the genus Ebola.
Uganda is battling a rapidly evolving outbreak of the Sudan Ebolavirus, with 36 cases (18 confirmed and 18 probable) and 23 deaths reported as of September 25.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, improving preparedness for and response to Ebola outbreaks is paying off.
Just a few days after the outbreak was declared in North Kivu, health authorities launched a vaccination campaign using the ring strategy.
More than 500 people were vaccinated, including 350 contacts, contacts of contacts, and frontline workers.
Nearly all of the 182 people who had come into contact with the initial case were monitored for 21 days and released once they were confirmed not to be at high risk.
Analysis of samples taken from the confirmed case showed that the outbreak was genetically linked to the 2018-2020 Ebola outbreak in North Kivu and Ituri provinces, the longest and largest in the country.
Although the current outbreak in North Kivu has been declared over, health authorities maintain vigilance measures and are ready to respond to any outbreak.
“The Democratic Republic of the Congo has accumulated impressive experience in controlling the virus and we can use the lessons learned to push back the Ebola outbreak in Uganda,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa at the World Health Organization.
“While an effective vaccine for Sudan Ebolavirus is not yet available, this is only a tool.
We can and have controlled Ebola with strong contact tracing, screening, case isolation and good supportive care.” In Uganda, the Ebola virus outbreak in Sudan has now affected three districts: Mubende, Kyegegwa and Kassanda across 120 kilometres.
To date, 399 contacts have been identified and are being monitored as the search continues to identify others who may be at risk.
Uganda has a large testing capacity for Ebola, with 5,000 tests currently available for use.
There are 30 people on treatment, 13 of whom have been confirmed to have Ebola and 17 of whom are suspected of having the disease.
While there is no specific treatment for Sudan ebolavirus, those who are ill receive supportive care, significantly improving their prognosis.
An isolation unit has been established at the Mubende Regional Referral Hospital and preparations are underway for an additional Ebola Treatment Unit. WHO has also deployed three viral haemorrhagic fever kits with medical supplies, medicines and personal protective equipment.
More kits will be implemented as needed.
WHO is supporting Uganda to improve preparedness in health districts that have not reported any Ebola cases by building on previous preparedness efforts and providing refresher training for clinicians on surveillance, detection and case management.
The Organization is strengthening infection prevention and control in health facilities and is supporting simulation exercises in high-risk districts.
In addition, WHO is helping rapid response teams in neighboring countries to strengthen case investigation, contact tracing and working with communities, as well as pre-positioning of critical medical equipment and supplies, including personal protection, in high-risk countries.
Through its Contingency Fund for Emergencies, WHO provides US$500,000 to support Ebola control efforts in Uganda and another US$300,000 from its preparedness program to support preparedness activities in neighboring countries.
Representatives of 11 African cities have begun a visit to two Scandinavian cities to learn about people-centred solutions to urban planning and development.
This is contained in a statement issued to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja by the Communication and External Relations Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The statement said the four-day trip to Copenhagen and Malmö, Sweden, was sponsored by the Urban and Municipal Development Fund, hosted by the AfDB.
Representatives include officials from Marrakech, Morocco; Bizerte and Tunis, Tunisia; Dodoma, Tanzania; Antananarivo, Madagascar; Libreville, Gabon; Bangui, Central African Republic; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Kanifing, Nairobi; Gambia; and Douala, Cameroon.
The cities are also partners of the fund.
Ole Stubdrup, a project manager with the Urban and Municipal Development Fund, said African municipalities and those of Northern Europe faced comparable problems.
“This visit should be a source of inspiration for the participants and foster ideas for specific urban infrastructure investments,” he said.
The Mayor of Dodoma, Davis Mwamfupe, said the trip was an opportunity to share experiences and consolidate a network of reform-oriented cities.
“It also paves the way for future projects in our respective cities, as we meet with potential partners and investors,” Mwamfupe said.
The delegation would be conducting field visits and taking part in presentations on water management, waste treatment and e-mobility.
They would also have the opportunity to engage with decision-makers and municipal officials from Copenhagen and Malmo.
According to the statement, both cities are recognised for their pioneering approaches to balancing sustainable development with quality of life.
The Urban and Municipal Development Fund aims to improve urban quality of life and attract investment for infrastructure by strengthening cities’ technical capacity and planning functions.
The fund’s approach integrates economic, social and environmental factors.
WildAid, an environmental NGO, says that Nigeria’s surviving Cross River Gorillas are threatened by extinction.
This is contained in a statement by Kelechukwu Iruoma, Nigeria’s WildAid Representative, on Saturday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sept. 24 is World Gorilla Day. It is an annual event celebrating gorillas and empowering global communities to take action for gorilla conservation.
WildAid said that the Cross River Gorilla, which lives in the mountainous border area of Nigeria and Cameroon, is Africa’s most threatened ape, with a population estimated at fewer than 300 individuals.
It said that around 100 live in Nigeria and are found only in three protected areas across the Cross River state: Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Mbe Mountains, and the Okwangwo division of Cross River National Park. “In the last two decades, illegal activities such as bushmeat hunting, logging, expansion of settlements, and agricultural encroachment have continued to destroy their habitats and threaten the survival of the rare Cross River gorilla.
“Snares intended for other animals as bush meat often trap Cross River Gorillas, injuring or killing the great apes,” WildAid said.
The statement quoted Simon Denyer, Africa Programme Manager for WildAid, as saying that Humans have pushed Cross River Gorillas to the brink of extinction.
“The few who remain are scattered in small groups in rugged terrain, and any deaths or further habitat loss would threaten their very survival.
” “It is critically important to protect their remaining sanctuary and protect this important part of Nigeria and Cameroon’s natural heritage,” Denyer added.
WildAid said that the Cross River Gorilla has been listed in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List as Critically Endangered.
“The global population of gorillas stands at around 1,063, found in countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda, which is home to over 50 per cent of the Gorilla’s global population.
“Gorillas provide an important draw for Uganda’s tourism industry, which contributed 7.75 per cent of its GDP and 6.7 per cent of total national employment in 2018, according to research by the African Nature Based Tourism Platform.
“While Uganda makes millions of dollars annually in gorilla tourism and therefore garners more conservation efforts, Nigeria’s gorillas face extremely serious threats,” the statement said.
The environmental NGO said that It was not too late to save Nigeria’s remaining 100 Cross River Gorillas.
It added that everyone need to act now to protect them.
“Individuals and communities need to be enlightened and sensitized on the need to protect our gorillas.
“We urge the Nigerian Government to also update its wildlife laws to combat the threats facing our iconic gorillas.
” “WildAid is also calling on all Nigerians to say No to Illegal Bush meat as a way to ease some of those pressures on Gorillas and other important species who are trapped and killed in snares set for bush meat,” WildAid said.
Warring parties in South Sudan are committed to implementing a peace deal that has improved security in the country, Vice-President Hussein Agany, told the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
The Revitalized Peace Agreement, signed by the Government and opposition groups four years ago, ended years of conflict in the world’s youngest nation, independent since July 2011. “Owing to relative peace, the internally displaced and the refugees have been voluntarily returning home, although more formal reintegration remains a challenge due to limited resources,” Agany said.
Furthermore, the parties have agreed on a roadmap to complete the remaining tasks under the agreement, which will pave the way for elections when the transitional period ends in 2025. The Vice-President added that the command structure of the National Unified Forces had also been established, describing the development as “a major leap” towards their transformation and regularisation.
However, implementation of the peace deal is facing several challenges, “and sanctions imposed by international partners on individuals and entities are disservice to this course,” he said.
“We are calling upon the international community, and the UN in particular, to revise individual and targeted sanctions, arms embargo imposed on South Sudan, to enable successful completion of the remaining provisions of the peace agreement outlined in the New Roadmap.
” Abdelbagi also reported on other obstacles South Sudan was facing.
Up to 80 per cent of the country has been affected by floods for the past three years, making it evident that “climate change is real”.
To mitigate the effects on both lives and livelihoods, the authorities are donating 10 million dollars to the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to assist displaced communities.
“However, we need the support of the international community to reach all the flood and drought-affected areas and communities,” he said.
The government also conducted an analysis earlier this year, which revealed that an estimated 6.8 million people, more than half the population, were facing food insecurity, with some 2.37 million at emergency level.
“The severe food insecurity is worsened by combinations of shocks including flooding, prolonged draught, physical insecurity, and the effects of COVID-19,” he said.
Addressing the pandemic, Abdelbagi reported that South Sudan had been able to contain coronavirus spread “through thoughtful and targeted actions”.
The result has been very low morbidity and fatality rates.
As of May 9, only 17,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 138 deaths, have been reported since the start of the pandemic, and vaccine coverage stands at 45 per cent among adults.
“Despite this positive health news, the pandemic has had negative effects on the economy, starting with dramatic declines in domestic production and revenue collection, followed by a rising cost of living,” he said.
“These economic consequences are far-reaching, severely weakening, for example, human capital formation, especially in education, as the lockdown deprived school-age children of learning opportunities.
” Abdelbagi also highlighted South Sudan’s efforts to promote peace and stability, both in the region and beyond.
The country successfully mediated the armed conflict in neighboring Sudan, which resulted in the signing of a peace agreement in 2020. “South Sudan stands ready to mediate the current conflict between the army and the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) in Sudan so that Sudan can finally enjoy lasting peace,” he said.
Recently, the authorities offered to mediate between Egypt and Ethiopia in their disagreement over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, and in other situations that include the Tigray conflict.
“By participating in bringing regional peace and stability, South Sudan has demonstrated its ability as a reliable partner in quest for regional and international peace and security,” he said.
“Further, the Republic of South Sudan is contributing one battalion of peacekeeping forces to be part of the East African Forces to bring peace in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Turning to the war in Ukraine, Agany pointed to how it had devastated lives in the country and affected the global economy.
“From the moral point of view, the South Sudan Government is calling on Russia and Ukraine to cease all forms of hostilities and resolve the dispute through diplomatic and constructive dialogue to avert further consequences.
TP Mazembe women’s football team of Democratic Republic of Congo have qualified for their maiden appearance in the CAF Women’s Champions League.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition is billed for Morocco from Oct. 30 to Nov. 13.The DR Congo side join Nigeria’s Bayelsa Queens in Group B of the competition’s group stage.
They had defeated Cameroon’s AS AWA FC 2-1 in the final match of the UNIFFAC competition which served as the zonal qualifiers.
Goals from Justine Onderumbu Bousu and Merveille Kanjinga in the 31st and 82nd minutes respectively earned them victory over the the Cameroonian team.
Farida Machia had drawn AS AWA level in the 52nd minute to raise hopes of a possible stalemate.
TP Mazembe’s qualification now means all the eight clubs which will participate in the final competition in Morocco are confirmed.
NAN reports that the competition’s draw had earlier seen them grouped together with defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies of South Africa, Bayelsa Queens and Wadi Degla of Egypt.
Hosts ASFAR FC of Morocco, bronze medalists in last year’s WCL, are in Group A alongside Simba Queens of Tanzania, Green Buffaloes of Zambia and Determine Girls of Liberia.
The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has welcomed 12 new CEOs, including five women, for a three-year term.
The President of the African Development Bank Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, welcomed the new representatives of the 20-member Board of Directors.
They officially joined the Board on August 1, 2022 and began a four-day induction program on September 1, 2022 to familiarize themselves with the work of the Bank. “I wish to congratulate you, the new members of the Board of Directors, for your election as Executive Directors, who will have the duty, obligation and responsibility to help strengthen the supervisory functions of our institution, guide our operations and support the vision .
and direction of our work,” said Adesina.
The number of women on the Board increased from three to five.
Malika Dhif, who is the new Executive Director for Morocco, Togo and Tunisia, was previously Deputy Director of the Treasury and Foreign Finance of Morocco, in charge of relations with the Arab and Islamic world, America, Asia and international institutions.
For their part, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad are represented by Chantal Modeste Nonault, public accountant, administrative and financial director of the World Bank's regional office in Mali. Mette Knudsen, a Danish national, represents Denmark, Finland, India, Ireland, Norway and Sweden.
Prior to her appointment, she was the Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
The United States of America is represented on the Bank's Board of Directors by Oren Elaine Whyche, a long-time Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Office of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Lastly, Nomfundo Xenia Ngwenya, a South African national, represents South Africa, Eswatini and Lesotho.
She was previously CEO of the South African company NXN Analytics.
Edmond Raphaël Wega, former Canadian Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Benin, now represents Canada, China, Kuwait, Korea and Turkey on the Bank's Board of Directors.
Brahim Bouzeboudjène, a senior official in charge of combating corruption in Algeria and former director of the Algerian Prime Minister's Office, is the new executive director for Algeria, Guinea Bissau and Madagascar.
The Executive Director for Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe is the Angolan economist Joao Luis Ngimbi.
A former Gabonese Minister of Energy and Secretary General of the Bank of Central African States, Désiré Guedon is now the Executive Director for Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Comoros, Gabon, Mali, Niger and Senegal.
Gérard Pascal Bussier, Deputy Financial Secretary at the Mauritius Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, is the new Executive Director for Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius and Zambia.
The Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan are represented by the Liberian economist Rufus Darkortey.
Another economist, Jonathan Nzayikorera of Rwanda, who knows the Bank well after serving as senior adviser to his predecessor, now represents Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The new Board members were appointed following the general election of Executive Directors by the Boards of Governors at the African Development Bank Group Annual Meetings held in Accra, Ghana, in May 2022.
The Bank's Board of Directors African Development Committee is made up of 20 members.
Thirteen members are elected by the Governors of the regional member countries (54 African countries) and seven by the Governors of the non-regional member countries (27 countries).
The Executive Directors are elected for a period of three years, renewable once.
The members of the Board of Directors are responsible for conducting the general operations of the Bank. They are based at the Bank's headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, and meet as often as the Bank's work requires.
The President of the Bank is the President of the Board of Directors.