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  •  The number of people killed during this week s clashes between soldiers and militants in central Mali has risen to 53 the defence ministry said on Friday Thirty eight solders and 15 terrorists were among the dead after militants attacked army camps in Boulkessi and Mondoro in the central Mopti region on Tuesday the Defence Minister Dahirou Dembele said Initially government had placed the death toll at 25 among the Mali Armed Forces and 15 among the attackers Twenty seven soldiers were still missing according to the figures given by Dembele Mali s centre and north have experienced regular flare ups of violence and attacks in the wake of a 2012 military coup that saw separatist rebel groups and later al Qaeda associated militants take control of the region French and African military operations alongside the Malian army s efforts scattered militants and restored government control over the area but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas in spite of the signing of various peace agreements FAT ASH NAN Edited by Fatima Sule
    Death toll from terrorist attack on Mali army camps rises to 53
     The number of people killed during this week s clashes between soldiers and militants in central Mali has risen to 53 the defence ministry said on Friday Thirty eight solders and 15 terrorists were among the dead after militants attacked army camps in Boulkessi and Mondoro in the central Mopti region on Tuesday the Defence Minister Dahirou Dembele said Initially government had placed the death toll at 25 among the Mali Armed Forces and 15 among the attackers Twenty seven soldiers were still missing according to the figures given by Dembele Mali s centre and north have experienced regular flare ups of violence and attacks in the wake of a 2012 military coup that saw separatist rebel groups and later al Qaeda associated militants take control of the region French and African military operations alongside the Malian army s efforts scattered militants and restored government control over the area but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas in spite of the signing of various peace agreements FAT ASH NAN Edited by Fatima Sule
    Death toll from terrorist attack on Mali army camps rises to 53
    Foreign3 years ago

    Death toll from terrorist attack on Mali army camps rises to 53

    The number of people killed during this week’s clashes between soldiers and militants in central Mali has risen to 53, the defence ministry said on Friday.

    Thirty-eight solders and 15 terrorists were among the dead after militants attacked army camps in Boulkessi and Mondoro in the central Mopti region on Tuesday, the Defence Minister, Dahirou Dembele, said.

    Initially, government had placed the death toll at 25 among the Mali Armed Forces and 15 among the attackers.

    Twenty-seven soldiers were still missing, according to the figures given by Dembele.

    Mali’s centre and north have experienced regular flare-ups of violence and attacks in the wake of a 2012 military coup that saw separatist rebel groups and later al-Qaeda associated militants, take control of the region.

    French and African military operations, alongside the Malian army’s efforts, scattered militants and restored government control over the area, but rebel activities and military operations continue in some areas, in spite of the signing of various peace agreements.

    FAT/ASH

    (NAN) Edited by Fatima Sule/

  •  0 At least eight people were killed in Mali when a makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus traveling in the violence plagued central region of Mopti the bus company on Tuesday said The vehicle hit the landmine while carrying 60 passengers through the Douentza territory in Mopti where ethnic militias regularly slaughter civilians from rival groups and militants are also active The blast killed several people and injured some more The provisional death toll I repeat provisional is of eight people killed said Mohamed Diakite Director of SONEF the company operating the bus The security ministry declined immediate comment on the attack or on who might be behind it The remote border region where Burkina Faso Mali and Niger meet has become a haven for militants who often launch deadly attacks on the UN Malian and international troops A person at the scene said that his sister and nephew had been on board the vehicle and were killed in the explosion The army is trying to recover bodies from under the bus he said speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity Reuters NAN FAT MST Edited by Fatima Sule Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    8 killed in central Mali as bus hits landmine
     0 At least eight people were killed in Mali when a makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus traveling in the violence plagued central region of Mopti the bus company on Tuesday said The vehicle hit the landmine while carrying 60 passengers through the Douentza territory in Mopti where ethnic militias regularly slaughter civilians from rival groups and militants are also active The blast killed several people and injured some more The provisional death toll I repeat provisional is of eight people killed said Mohamed Diakite Director of SONEF the company operating the bus The security ministry declined immediate comment on the attack or on who might be behind it The remote border region where Burkina Faso Mali and Niger meet has become a haven for militants who often launch deadly attacks on the UN Malian and international troops A person at the scene said that his sister and nephew had been on board the vehicle and were killed in the explosion The army is trying to recover bodies from under the bus he said speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity Reuters NAN FAT MST Edited by Fatima Sule Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    8 killed in central Mali as bus hits landmine
    Foreign3 years ago

    8 killed in central Mali as bus hits landmine

    0 At least eight people were killed in Mali when a makeshift bomb exploded under a passenger bus traveling in the violence-plagued central region of Mopti, the bus company on Tuesday said.

    The vehicle hit the landmine while carrying 60 passengers through the Douentza territory in Mopti, where ethnic militias regularly slaughter civilians from rival groups and militants are also active.

    “The blast killed several people and injured some more. The provisional death toll, I repeat provisional, is of eight people killed,” said Mohamed Diakite, Director of SONEF, the company operating the bus.

    The security ministry declined immediate comment on the attack or on who might be behind it.
    The remote border region where Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger meet has become a haven for militants, who often launch deadly attacks on the UN, Malian and international troops.

    A person at the scene said that his sister and nephew had been on board the vehicle and were killed in the explosion.

    “The army is trying to recover bodies from under the bus,” he said, speaking by telephone on condition of anonymity. (Reuters/NAN)
    FAT/MST
    Edited by Fatima Sule/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

  •  WorkshopAbuja Aug 21 2019 The Federal Ministry of Environment says unpredictable climate change is the most important development challenge currently and external climate finance is key to fast tracking Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Mrs Ibukun Odusote the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a workshop on Promoting Climate Finance for Agriculture in West and Central Africa organised by the ECOWAS commission Odusote said Global Green House Gas GHG emissions was a threat to agricultural gains and there was an urgent need to reduce global emissions Toward this path countries have made resolute commitments to emission reduction targets through national legislation policies and regulations regional and sub national actions combined with a new binding agreement she said Odusote said that with the adoption of the Paris Agreement Nigeria pledged through its Nationally Determined Contribution NDC to reduce its emission unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally up to 45 per cent by 2023 She said that effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and its components would depend greatly on the combined efforts at international regional national sub national and private sectors So far Nigeria has deepened the understanding of relevant national stakeholders on the concept of a low carbon and climate resilient development and the green economy Odusote said She said another milestone Nigeria achieved in this regard was the development of sectoral action plans for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributors The Permanent Secretary said agriculture was an indispensable indicator of growth in the economy of every country not just for provision of food but it connected other development sectors Dr Oluyede Ajayi Lead Specialist leading agriculture and climate change at the Technical Climate for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation said the workshop was to promote climate finance to support agricultural resilience Ajayi said most countries depended on agriculture and food security and small holder farmers were at the receiving end in climate change because they had very low adaptability One way of addressing this is to promote adaptation and help farmers to be resilient and a lot of money and resources have been channeled globally into climate financing in respect to climate change Out of this less than 10 per cent goes into agriculture and less than five per cent goes to small holder farmers he said Ajayi noted that a slight change in rainfall pattern had implications which might be able to wreck havoc on farm practices He said the essence of the meeting was to strategise on how to increase financial support for climate change activities in agriculture with regards to small holder agriculture in West and Central African countries We have conducted studies in some countries and now we are synthesising to look at the key issues with options to promote reinvestment in climate actions to support small holder farmers Ajayi said The first day of workshop witnessed presentations from African countries including Nigeria Ghana Mali Cameroun Chad and representatives of other countries Edited By Razak Owolabi Grace Yussuf
    Climate change, most crucial development challenge – ministry of environment
     WorkshopAbuja Aug 21 2019 The Federal Ministry of Environment says unpredictable climate change is the most important development challenge currently and external climate finance is key to fast tracking Sustainable Development Goals SDGs Mrs Ibukun Odusote the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a workshop on Promoting Climate Finance for Agriculture in West and Central Africa organised by the ECOWAS commission Odusote said Global Green House Gas GHG emissions was a threat to agricultural gains and there was an urgent need to reduce global emissions Toward this path countries have made resolute commitments to emission reduction targets through national legislation policies and regulations regional and sub national actions combined with a new binding agreement she said Odusote said that with the adoption of the Paris Agreement Nigeria pledged through its Nationally Determined Contribution NDC to reduce its emission unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally up to 45 per cent by 2023 She said that effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and its components would depend greatly on the combined efforts at international regional national sub national and private sectors So far Nigeria has deepened the understanding of relevant national stakeholders on the concept of a low carbon and climate resilient development and the green economy Odusote said She said another milestone Nigeria achieved in this regard was the development of sectoral action plans for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributors The Permanent Secretary said agriculture was an indispensable indicator of growth in the economy of every country not just for provision of food but it connected other development sectors Dr Oluyede Ajayi Lead Specialist leading agriculture and climate change at the Technical Climate for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation said the workshop was to promote climate finance to support agricultural resilience Ajayi said most countries depended on agriculture and food security and small holder farmers were at the receiving end in climate change because they had very low adaptability One way of addressing this is to promote adaptation and help farmers to be resilient and a lot of money and resources have been channeled globally into climate financing in respect to climate change Out of this less than 10 per cent goes into agriculture and less than five per cent goes to small holder farmers he said Ajayi noted that a slight change in rainfall pattern had implications which might be able to wreck havoc on farm practices He said the essence of the meeting was to strategise on how to increase financial support for climate change activities in agriculture with regards to small holder agriculture in West and Central African countries We have conducted studies in some countries and now we are synthesising to look at the key issues with options to promote reinvestment in climate actions to support small holder farmers Ajayi said The first day of workshop witnessed presentations from African countries including Nigeria Ghana Mali Cameroun Chad and representatives of other countries Edited By Razak Owolabi Grace Yussuf
    Climate change, most crucial development challenge – ministry of environment
    Agriculture3 years ago

    Climate change, most crucial development challenge – ministry of environment

    Workshop

    Abuja, Aug. 21, 2019 The Federal Ministry of Environment says unpredictable climate change is the most important development challenge currently and external climate finance is key to fast tracking Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Mrs Ibukun Odusote, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment said this on Wednesday in Abuja during a workshop on Promoting Climate Finance for Agriculture in West and Central Africa organised by the ECOWAS commission.

    Odusote said Global Green House Gas (GHG) emissions was a threat to agricultural gains and there was an urgent need to reduce global emissions.

    “Toward this path, countries have made resolute commitments to emission reduction targets through national legislation, policies and regulations, regional and sub-national actions combined with a new binding agreement,’’ she said.

    Odusote said that with the adoption of the Paris Agreement, Nigeria pledged through its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce its emission unconditionally by 20 per cent and conditionally up to 45 per cent by 2023.

    She said that effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and its components would depend greatly on the combined efforts at international, regional, national, sub-national and private sectors.

    “So far, Nigeria has deepened the understanding of relevant national stakeholders on the concept of a low carbon and climate resilient development and the green economy,’’ Odusote said.

    She said another milestone Nigeria achieved in this regard was the development of sectoral action plans for the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributors.

    The Permanent Secretary said agriculture was an indispensable indicator of growth in the economy of every country, not just for provision of food, but it connected other development sectors.

    Dr Oluyede Ajayi, Lead Specialist, leading agriculture and climate change at the Technical Climate for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation, said the workshop was to promote climate finance to support agricultural resilience.

    Ajayi said most countries depended on agriculture and food security, and small holder farmers were at the receiving end in climate change because they had very low adaptability.

    “One way of addressing this is to promote adaptation and help farmers to be resilient, and a lot of money and resources have been channeled globally into climate financing in respect to climate change.

    “Out of this, less than 10 per cent goes into agriculture and less than five per cent goes to small holder farmers,’’ he said.

    Ajayi noted that a slight change in rainfall pattern had implications which might be able to wreck havoc on farm practices.

    He said the essence of the meeting was to strategise on how to increase financial support for climate change activities in agriculture with regards to small holder agriculture in West and Central African countries.

    “We have conducted studies in some countries and now we are synthesising to look at the key issues with options to promote reinvestment in climate actions to support small holder farmers,’’ Ajayi said.

    The first day of workshop witnessed presentations from African countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Cameroun, Chad and representatives of other countries.


    Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Grace Yussuf

     

     

  •   Champions By Victor Okoye Abuja Feb 17 2019 NNN Mali on Sunday defeated Senegal 3 2 on penalty kicks to claim their maiden Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON title following a 1 1 stalemate at extra time in Niamey The News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports that the match played at the Stade General Seyni Kountche saw the Malians opening scoring in the 15th minute This was after Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame s delivery for Senegal to find themselves behind for the first time in the tournament Senegal replied 17 minutes from normal time through FC Metz s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equaliser from close range to force the match to extra time and then penalty kicks Ndiaye the tournament s leading goalscorer then missed his kick before teammate Ousseynou Niang also missed to hand Mali the advantage The young Malians held their nerves in the pulsating shootout to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final They converted their three consecutive penalty kicks through Traore Lassana Ndiaye and Abdoulaye Diaby NNN also reports that Senegal s Ndiaye was handed the highest goal scorer award while the Most Valuable Player award went to his compatriot Moussa Ndiaye Senegal also won the Fair Play Award of the tournament The biennial continental youth football tournament organised by the Confederation of African Football CAF was in its 15th edition It is for players aged 20 and below and the 2019 edition had kicked off on Feb 2 NNN VO OLAL Edited by Olawale Alabi
    U-20 AFCON: Mali defeat Senegal after shootout to claim their first-ever title
      Champions By Victor Okoye Abuja Feb 17 2019 NNN Mali on Sunday defeated Senegal 3 2 on penalty kicks to claim their maiden Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON title following a 1 1 stalemate at extra time in Niamey The News Agency of Nigeria NNN reports that the match played at the Stade General Seyni Kountche saw the Malians opening scoring in the 15th minute This was after Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame s delivery for Senegal to find themselves behind for the first time in the tournament Senegal replied 17 minutes from normal time through FC Metz s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equaliser from close range to force the match to extra time and then penalty kicks Ndiaye the tournament s leading goalscorer then missed his kick before teammate Ousseynou Niang also missed to hand Mali the advantage The young Malians held their nerves in the pulsating shootout to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final They converted their three consecutive penalty kicks through Traore Lassana Ndiaye and Abdoulaye Diaby NNN also reports that Senegal s Ndiaye was handed the highest goal scorer award while the Most Valuable Player award went to his compatriot Moussa Ndiaye Senegal also won the Fair Play Award of the tournament The biennial continental youth football tournament organised by the Confederation of African Football CAF was in its 15th edition It is for players aged 20 and below and the 2019 edition had kicked off on Feb 2 NNN VO OLAL Edited by Olawale Alabi
    U-20 AFCON: Mali defeat Senegal after shootout to claim their first-ever title
    General news4 years ago

    U-20 AFCON: Mali defeat Senegal after shootout to claim their first-ever title

    Champions
    By Victor Okoye
    Abuja, Feb. 17, 2019 (NNN) Mali on Sunday defeated Senegal 3-2 on penalty kicks to claim their maiden Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title following a 1-1 stalemate at extra time in Niamey.

    The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the match played at the Stade General Seyni Kountche saw the Malians opening scoring in the 15th minute,

    This was after Boubacar Traore hammered home Hadji Drame’s delivery for Senegal to find themselves behind for the first time in the tournament.

    Senegal replied 17 minutes from normal time through FC Metz’s Amadou Ndiaye who volleyed in the equaliser from close range to force the match to extra time and then penalty kicks.

    Ndiaye, the tournament’s leading goalscorer, then missed his kick before teammate Ousseynou Niang also missed to hand Mali the advantage.

    The young Malians held their nerves in the pulsating shootout to hand Senegal their third successive defeat in the final.

    They converted their three consecutive penalty kicks through Traore, Lassana Ndiaye and Abdoulaye Diaby.

    NNN also reports that Senegal’s Ndiaye was handed the highest goal scorer award, while the Most Valuable Player award went to his compatriot Moussa Ndiaye.

    Senegal also won the Fair Play Award of the tournament.

    The biennial continental youth football tournament, organised by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was in its 15th edition.

    It is for players aged 20 and below, and the 2019 edition had kicked off on Feb. 2.(NNN)
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    (Edited by Olawale Alabi)

  •   We received 11 494 Nigerian migrant returnees in 2018 Commission Migrants By Victor Asije Lagos Jan 29 2019 NNN The National Commission for Refugees Migrants amp Internally Displaced Persons NCRMI has said that it received a total of 11 494 migrant returnees in the South west zone of the country in 2018 NCRMI s South west Zonal Head Mrs Margaret Ukegbu told the News Agency of Nigeria NNN on Tuesday in Lagos that the returnees were mostly from Libya Niger Mali Morocco Liberia France Ireland Poland and Austria According to her the commission received about 10 180 Nigerian returnees from Libya and another 1 314 returnees from Niger Mali Morocco Liberia France Ireland Poland and Austria within the year Under the Joint Initiative for Migrant Return and Reintegration Project implemented by the International Organisation for Migration IOM the Commission has received a total number of 10 180 Nigerian returnee migrants from Libya through the South west Zonal Office in Lagos Within the year we also received about 1 314 migrant returnees from Niger Mali Morocco Liberia France Ireland Poland and Austria she said The NCRMI official said the commission in collaboration with the IOM had within the period embarked on reintegration programmmes for thousands of the returnees Ukegbu said that the organisation had established a Migrants Reintegration Centre in Lagos which last year reintegrated about 147 persons through Skills acquisition in Hair dressing tailoring catering and others There is currently one Migrant Reintegration Centre in Lagos which is the first of its kind in Nigeria The centre provides shelter for returnees for a period of 90 days as well as skill acquisition and pyscho social counselling for these migrant returnees she said NNN AVU PIO Edited by Idonije Obakhedo
    We received 11,494 Nigerian migrant returnees in 2018 – Commission
      We received 11 494 Nigerian migrant returnees in 2018 Commission Migrants By Victor Asije Lagos Jan 29 2019 NNN The National Commission for Refugees Migrants amp Internally Displaced Persons NCRMI has said that it received a total of 11 494 migrant returnees in the South west zone of the country in 2018 NCRMI s South west Zonal Head Mrs Margaret Ukegbu told the News Agency of Nigeria NNN on Tuesday in Lagos that the returnees were mostly from Libya Niger Mali Morocco Liberia France Ireland Poland and Austria According to her the commission received about 10 180 Nigerian returnees from Libya and another 1 314 returnees from Niger Mali Morocco Liberia France Ireland Poland and Austria within the year Under the Joint Initiative for Migrant Return and Reintegration Project implemented by the International Organisation for Migration IOM the Commission has received a total number of 10 180 Nigerian returnee migrants from Libya through the South west Zonal Office in Lagos Within the year we also received about 1 314 migrant returnees from Niger Mali Morocco Liberia France Ireland Poland and Austria she said The NCRMI official said the commission in collaboration with the IOM had within the period embarked on reintegration programmmes for thousands of the returnees Ukegbu said that the organisation had established a Migrants Reintegration Centre in Lagos which last year reintegrated about 147 persons through Skills acquisition in Hair dressing tailoring catering and others There is currently one Migrant Reintegration Centre in Lagos which is the first of its kind in Nigeria The centre provides shelter for returnees for a period of 90 days as well as skill acquisition and pyscho social counselling for these migrant returnees she said NNN AVU PIO Edited by Idonije Obakhedo
    We received 11,494 Nigerian migrant returnees in 2018 – Commission
    Agriculture4 years ago

    We received 11,494 Nigerian migrant returnees in 2018 – Commission

    We received 11,494 Nigerian migrant returnees in 2018 – Commission

    Migrants

    By Victor Asije

    Lagos, Jan. 29, 2019 (NNN) The  National Commission for Refugees, Migrants
    & Internally Displaced Persons (NCRMI) has said that it received a total of 11,494
    migrant returnees in the South-west zone of the country in 2018.

    NCRMI’s South-west Zonal Head, Mrs Margaret Ukegbu, told the News
    Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Tuesday in Lagos that the returnees were mostly from
    Libya, Niger, Mali, Morocco, Liberia, France, Ireland, Poland and Austria.

    According to her, the commission received about 10,180 Nigerian
    returnees from Libya and another 1, 314 returnees from Niger, Mali,
    Morocco, Liberia, France, Ireland, Poland and Austria, within the year.

    “Under the Joint Initiative for Migrant Return and Reintegration
    Project, implemented by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM),
    the Commission has received a total number of 10,180 Nigerian returnee
    migrants from Libya, through the South-west Zonal Office in Lagos.

    “Within the year, we also received about 1, 314 migrant returnees from
    Niger, Mali, Morocco, Liberia, France, Ireland, Poland and Austria,’’
    she said.

    The NCRMI official said the commission, in collaboration with the
    IOM, had within the period embarked on reintegration programmmes for
    thousands of the returnees.

    Ukegbu said that the organisation had established a Migrants
    Reintegration Centre in Lagos, which last year reintegrated about 147
    persons through Skills acquisition in Hair dressing, tailoring,
    catering and others.

    “There is currently one Migrant Reintegration Centre in Lagos, which
    is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

    “The centre provides shelter for returnees for a period of 90 days, as
    well as skill acquisition and pyscho-social counselling for these
    migrant returnees,’’ she said.(NNN)
    AVU/PIO
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    (Edited by Idonije Obakhedo)

     

     

     

     

  •   Jihadists Ouagadougou Feb 5 2019 dpa NNN Soldiers in Burkina Faso killed 146 jihadists in response to a terrorist attack in which 14 civilians were killed the Amy said on Tuesday Militants killed 14 people when they attacked the town of Kain near the West African nation s border with Mali on Sunday army spokesman Lamoussa Fofana said in a statement released The army launched ground and air operations to search for the terrorists with the operation still ongoing according to the spokesman Heads of state of the G5 Sahel met in the capital Ouagadougou The group includes Mauritania Mali Niger Burkina Faso and Chad and was set up to fight terrorism and organised crime in the Sahel region The north of Burkina Faso which borders on Mali and Niger serves as a refuge for Islamist extremists who also regularly attack the civilian population Bukina Faso a country of roughly 20 million people belongs to the world s 10 poorest nations according to the United Nations dpa NNN AIJ HA Edited by Abigael Joshua
    Burkina Faso Army kill146 jihadists
      Jihadists Ouagadougou Feb 5 2019 dpa NNN Soldiers in Burkina Faso killed 146 jihadists in response to a terrorist attack in which 14 civilians were killed the Amy said on Tuesday Militants killed 14 people when they attacked the town of Kain near the West African nation s border with Mali on Sunday army spokesman Lamoussa Fofana said in a statement released The army launched ground and air operations to search for the terrorists with the operation still ongoing according to the spokesman Heads of state of the G5 Sahel met in the capital Ouagadougou The group includes Mauritania Mali Niger Burkina Faso and Chad and was set up to fight terrorism and organised crime in the Sahel region The north of Burkina Faso which borders on Mali and Niger serves as a refuge for Islamist extremists who also regularly attack the civilian population Bukina Faso a country of roughly 20 million people belongs to the world s 10 poorest nations according to the United Nations dpa NNN AIJ HA Edited by Abigael Joshua
    Burkina Faso Army kill146 jihadists
    Agriculture4 years ago

    Burkina Faso Army kill146 jihadists

    Jihadists
    Ouagadougou, Feb. 5, 2019 (dpa/NNN) Soldiers in Burkina Faso killed 146 jihadists in response to a terrorist attack in which 14 civilians were killed, the Amy said on Tuesday.

    Militants killed 14 people when they attacked the town of Kain near the West African nation’s border with Mali on Sunday, army spokesman Lamoussa Fofana said in a statement released.

    The army launched ground and air operations to search for the terrorists, with the operation still ongoing, according to the spokesman.

    Heads of state of the G5 Sahel met in the capital, Ouagadougou.

    The group includes Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad and was set up to fight terrorism and organised crime in the Sahel region.

    The north of Burkina Faso, which borders on Mali and Niger, serves as a refuge for Islamist extremists, who also regularly attack the civilian population.

    Bukina Faso, a country of roughly 20 million people, belongs to the world’s 10 poorest nations, according to the United Nations. (dpa/NNN)

    AIJ/HA

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    Edited by Abigael Joshua/

  •   Under 20 AFCON Flying Eagles pip hosts Niger book semifinals World Cup ticket Eagles By Victor Okoye Abuja Feb 8 2019 NNN Nigeria National Under 20 team the Flying Eagles on Friday pipped tournament hosts Niger Republic 1 0 in their last Group A match at the ongoing 2019 Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON in Niamey The result meant the Flying Eagles qualified for the semi finals of the tournament and also secured a spot at the 2019 FIFA U 20 World Cup in Poland The match played at the Stade G n ral Seyni Kountch in Niamey saw Paul Aigbogun s boys post another lacklustre performance despite defeating the Junior Mena in the crucial last group match Adamu Alhassan scored the only goal of the encounter The Flying Eagles missed an opportunity to score an early goal when Nafizi Yahaya missed their only clear cut chance of the first half in the fourth minute In the second half the seven time winners of the competition continued their unimpressive display until the 51st minute when Mohammed Jamil s header forced a brilliant save from the Nigerien goalkeeper The Flying Eagles however broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute through Alhassan s free kick which beat the Niger goalkeeper to hand Aigbogun s side their second win in the competition Nigeria finished top of Group A with seven points while South Africa who beat Burundi 1 0 in the other matchday three encounter are second with five points They also advanced to the semi finals and booked a spot at the 2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup Niger Republic and Burundi both crashed out of the competition after the hosts finished third with two points while Burundi finished at the bottom of log with one point The Flying Eagles will now face the runners up in Group B in the semifinals on Feb 13 while the Amajitas of South Africa clash with Group B winners Senegal Ghana and Mali occupy second and third spots in Group B and are both in contention for a second place finish having been tied on the same points The 2019 Africa Under 20 Cup of Nations which is in its 15th edition kicked off on Feb 2 and is expected to end on Feb 17 NNN VO MZA
    Under-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles pip hosts Niger, book semifinals, World Cup ticket
      Under 20 AFCON Flying Eagles pip hosts Niger book semifinals World Cup ticket Eagles By Victor Okoye Abuja Feb 8 2019 NNN Nigeria National Under 20 team the Flying Eagles on Friday pipped tournament hosts Niger Republic 1 0 in their last Group A match at the ongoing 2019 Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON in Niamey The result meant the Flying Eagles qualified for the semi finals of the tournament and also secured a spot at the 2019 FIFA U 20 World Cup in Poland The match played at the Stade G n ral Seyni Kountch in Niamey saw Paul Aigbogun s boys post another lacklustre performance despite defeating the Junior Mena in the crucial last group match Adamu Alhassan scored the only goal of the encounter The Flying Eagles missed an opportunity to score an early goal when Nafizi Yahaya missed their only clear cut chance of the first half in the fourth minute In the second half the seven time winners of the competition continued their unimpressive display until the 51st minute when Mohammed Jamil s header forced a brilliant save from the Nigerien goalkeeper The Flying Eagles however broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute through Alhassan s free kick which beat the Niger goalkeeper to hand Aigbogun s side their second win in the competition Nigeria finished top of Group A with seven points while South Africa who beat Burundi 1 0 in the other matchday three encounter are second with five points They also advanced to the semi finals and booked a spot at the 2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup Niger Republic and Burundi both crashed out of the competition after the hosts finished third with two points while Burundi finished at the bottom of log with one point The Flying Eagles will now face the runners up in Group B in the semifinals on Feb 13 while the Amajitas of South Africa clash with Group B winners Senegal Ghana and Mali occupy second and third spots in Group B and are both in contention for a second place finish having been tied on the same points The 2019 Africa Under 20 Cup of Nations which is in its 15th edition kicked off on Feb 2 and is expected to end on Feb 17 NNN VO MZA
    Under-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles pip hosts Niger, book semifinals, World Cup ticket
    General news4 years ago

    Under-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles pip hosts Niger, book semifinals, World Cup ticket

     

    Under-20 AFCON: Flying Eagles pip hosts Niger, book semifinals, World Cup ticket

    Eagles

    By Victor Okoye

    Abuja, Feb. 8, 2019 (NNN) Nigeria National Under 20 team, the Flying Eagles on Friday pipped tournament hosts Niger Republic 1-0 in their last Group A match at the ongoing 2019 Under 20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Niamey.

    The result meant the Flying Eagles qualified for the semi-finals of the tournament and also secured a spot at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

    The match played at the Stade Général Seyni Kountché in Niamey, saw Paul Aigbogun’s boys post another lacklustre performance despite defeating the Junior Mena in the crucial last group match.

    Adamu Alhassan scored the only goal of the encounter.

    The Flying Eagles missed an opportunity to score an early goal when Nafizi Yahaya missed their only clear-cut chance of the first half in the fourth minute.

    In the second half, the seven-time winners of the competition continued their unimpressive display until the 51st minute when Mohammed Jamil’s header forced a brilliant save from the Nigerien goalkeeper.

    The Flying Eagles however broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute through Alhassan’s free-kick which beat the Niger goalkeeper to hand Aigbogun’s side their second win in the competition.

    Nigeria finished top of Group A with seven points, while South Africa who beat Burundi 1-0 in the other matchday three encounter are second with five points.

    They also advanced to the semi-finals and booked a spot at the 2019 FIFA Under 20 World Cup.

    Niger Republic and Burundi both crashed out of the competition after the hosts finished third with two points, while Burundi finished at the bottom of log with one point.

    The Flying Eagles will now face the runners up in Group B in the semifinals on Feb. 13, while the Amajitas of South Africa clash with Group B winners Senegal.

    Ghana and Mali occupy second and third spots in Group B and are both in contention for a second place finish having been tied on the same points.

    The 2019 Africa Under-20 Cup of Nations which is in its 15th edition kicked off on Feb. 2 and is expected to end on Feb.17. (NNN)

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  •   Dalung hails Flying Eagles world cup qualification Cup By Dorcas Jonah Abuja Feb 9 2019 NNN The Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung on Saturday congratulated the Flying Eagles on their qualification for the FIFA U 20 World Cup in Poland A statement by the minister s Special Assistant on Media Nneka Ikem Anibeze said that the Flying Eagles finished top of Group A after beating hosts Niger Republic at home 1 0 to pick one of the four tickets at the 2019 U 20 Africa Cup of Nations I congratulate you for picking one of the four slots for Africa to play at the World Cup in Poland I have followed the team s progress in the group stage and I am impressed by their youthful skills determination and teamwork I commend you for your performance so far in the African Championship and I pray that you scale through your semi final match against Mali and possibly win the trophy he said Nigeria would take on Mali in the first semifinal on Wednesday Mali edged out Ghana by a lone goal to qualify The second semi final game would be between Group B leaders Senegal and runners up South Africa The FIFA U 20 World Cup holding this year in Poland from May 23 June 15 would feature Africa s four semi finalists NNN DE
    Dalung hails Flying Eagles world cup qualification
      Dalung hails Flying Eagles world cup qualification Cup By Dorcas Jonah Abuja Feb 9 2019 NNN The Minister of Youths and Sports Solomon Dalung on Saturday congratulated the Flying Eagles on their qualification for the FIFA U 20 World Cup in Poland A statement by the minister s Special Assistant on Media Nneka Ikem Anibeze said that the Flying Eagles finished top of Group A after beating hosts Niger Republic at home 1 0 to pick one of the four tickets at the 2019 U 20 Africa Cup of Nations I congratulate you for picking one of the four slots for Africa to play at the World Cup in Poland I have followed the team s progress in the group stage and I am impressed by their youthful skills determination and teamwork I commend you for your performance so far in the African Championship and I pray that you scale through your semi final match against Mali and possibly win the trophy he said Nigeria would take on Mali in the first semifinal on Wednesday Mali edged out Ghana by a lone goal to qualify The second semi final game would be between Group B leaders Senegal and runners up South Africa The FIFA U 20 World Cup holding this year in Poland from May 23 June 15 would feature Africa s four semi finalists NNN DE
    Dalung hails Flying Eagles world cup qualification
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    Dalung hails Flying Eagles world cup qualification

    Dalung hails Flying Eagles world cup qualification

    Cup By Dorcas Jonah 

    Abuja, Feb. 9, 2019(NNN) The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday congratulated the Flying Eagles on their qualification for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland.

    A statement by the minister’s Special Assistant on Media, Nneka Ikem-Anibeze said that the Flying Eagles finished top of Group A after beating hosts Niger Republic at home 1-0  to pick one of the four tickets at the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations. “I congratulate you for picking one  of the four slots for Africa to play at the World Cup in Poland. “I have followed the team’s progress in the group stage and I am impressed by their youthful skills, determination and teamwork. ”I commend you for your performance so far in the African Championship and I pray that you scale through your semi final match against Mali and possibly win the trophy. “ he said.  Nigeria would take on Mali in the first semifinal on Wednesday.   Mali edged out Ghana by a lone goal to qualify. The second semi final game would be between Group B leaders Senegal and runners -up South Africa.  The FIFA U-20 World Cup holding this year in Poland from May 23 – June 15 would feature Africa’s four semi-finalists.(NNN) DE/  

  •  Algerian Red Crescent denies discriminatory crackdown on migrantsNAN F 24DenialAlgiers Oct 24 2017 The head of the Algerian Red Crescent has denied accusations by Amnesty International that authorities have forcibly expelled over 2 000 migrants in recent weeks an official report said on Tuesday Algeria respected all international standards and procedures while handling the issue and fulfilled its obligations the head of the government affiliated aid organisation Saeeda bin Heblis told newsmen Heblis said that the report by Amnesty was biased and lacked objectivity adding that Algeria does not need lessons from anyone Amnesty should have sought to find solutions for the problem instead of accusing Algeria she stressedOn Monday Amnesty International said that the Algerian authorities launched a discriminatory crackdown on foreigners The agency also said the Algerian authorities arrested over 2 000 sub Saharan African migrants over the past three weeks on the basis of racial profiling without checking if they had the right to stay in the country Over 300 minors including no fewer than 25 unaccompanied children were among those expelled to Niger and Mali it added Amnesty said some of the migrants had valid visas On Friday Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh said that Algeria hasn t closed its doors to migrants and nationals from African countries but works to reconcile the need to protect its borders and secure the country Recently EU border agency Frontex said that the number of migrants trying to reach Europe from Maghreb countries by crossing the Mediterranean is rising including arrivals from Algeria and Tunisia Report says Algeria shares borders with Mali and Niger both of which are key transit countries for migrants and refugees Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Maharazu Ahmed
    Algerian Red Crescent denies ‘discriminatory crackdown’ on migrants
     Algerian Red Crescent denies discriminatory crackdown on migrantsNAN F 24DenialAlgiers Oct 24 2017 The head of the Algerian Red Crescent has denied accusations by Amnesty International that authorities have forcibly expelled over 2 000 migrants in recent weeks an official report said on Tuesday Algeria respected all international standards and procedures while handling the issue and fulfilled its obligations the head of the government affiliated aid organisation Saeeda bin Heblis told newsmen Heblis said that the report by Amnesty was biased and lacked objectivity adding that Algeria does not need lessons from anyone Amnesty should have sought to find solutions for the problem instead of accusing Algeria she stressedOn Monday Amnesty International said that the Algerian authorities launched a discriminatory crackdown on foreigners The agency also said the Algerian authorities arrested over 2 000 sub Saharan African migrants over the past three weeks on the basis of racial profiling without checking if they had the right to stay in the country Over 300 minors including no fewer than 25 unaccompanied children were among those expelled to Niger and Mali it added Amnesty said some of the migrants had valid visas On Friday Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh said that Algeria hasn t closed its doors to migrants and nationals from African countries but works to reconcile the need to protect its borders and secure the country Recently EU border agency Frontex said that the number of migrants trying to reach Europe from Maghreb countries by crossing the Mediterranean is rising including arrivals from Algeria and Tunisia Report says Algeria shares borders with Mali and Niger both of which are key transit countries for migrants and refugees Edited By Abiodun Oluleye Maharazu Ahmed
    Algerian Red Crescent denies ‘discriminatory crackdown’ on migrants
    Foreign5 years ago

    Algerian Red Crescent denies ‘discriminatory crackdown’ on migrants

    Algerian Red Crescent denies ‘discriminatory crackdown’ on migrants

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    Algiers, Oct. 24, 2017 The head of the Algerian Red Crescent has denied accusations by Amnesty International that authorities have forcibly expelled over 2,000 migrants in recent weeks, an official report said on Tuesday.

    “Algeria respected all international standards and procedures while handling the issue and fulfilled its obligations,’’ the head of the government-affiliated aid organisation, Saeeda bin Heblis, told newsmen.

    Heblis said that the report by Amnesty was “biased and lacked objectivity”, adding that, “Algeria does not need lessons from anyone.”

    “Amnesty should have sought to find solutions for the problem instead of accusing Algeria,’’ she stressed

    On Monday, Amnesty International said that the Algerian authorities “launched a discriminatory crackdown” on foreigners.

    The agency also said the Algerian authorities arrested over 2,000 sub-Saharan African migrants over the past three weeks, on the basis of racial profiling without checking if they had the right to stay in the country.

    “Over 300 minors, including no fewer than 25 unaccompanied children, were among those expelled to Niger and Mali,’’ it added.

    Amnesty said some of the migrants had valid visas.

    On Friday, Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh said that “Algeria hasn’t closed its doors” to migrants and nationals from African countries, but “works to reconcile the need to protect its borders and secure the country.”

    Recently, EU border agency Frontex said that the number of migrants trying to reach Europe from Maghreb countries by crossing the Mediterranean is rising, including arrivals from Algeria and Tunisia.

    Report says Algeria shares borders with Mali and Niger, both of which are key transit countries for migrants and refugees.


    Edited By: Abiodun Oluleye/Maharazu Ahmed

  •   The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank www AfDB org has awarded a grant of 320 535 to the West African Monetary Agency to mainstream gender into the main regulatory frameworks for digital financial services DFS of ECOWAS The funds will support a gender gap analysis of several WAMA strategies including those for financial inclusion analysis of data disaggregated by sex digital payment services and infrastructures and digital identity The project to be carried out over a period of three years potentially affect 350 million people in the 15 ECOWAS countries Benin Burkina Faso C te d Ivoire Cabo Verde Ghana Guinea Gambia Guinea Bissau Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone and Togo The grant will be disbursed through the African Digital Financial Inclusion Facility a blended financing vehicle supported by the Bank With a secretariat comprising the 15 central banks of ECOWAS WAMA plays a central role in consolidating and implementing strategic financial inclusion objectives ADFI and the WAMA project team will work closely with other ecosystem actors in the region to ensure harmonization of efforts for maximum impact said Sheila Okiro ADFI Coordinator The project has the potential to increase women s participation in digital financial market operations by 35 in the region which has greater gender disparity than other parts of the continent as evidenced by its development index of gender of 0 825 compared to the African average of 0 871 Africa has an 11 gender inclusion gap compared to the global average of 9 according to the Findex 2017 report To meet this challenge it is imperative that gender is mainstreamed into all functions but even more so at the policy and regulatory level The project is aligned with ADFI s strategic objectives including its cross cutting focus on gender inclusion as well as the Bank s ten year strategy the gender strategy 2021 2025 and the mainstreaming strategic orientation Africa High 5 The Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility www ADFI org ADFI is a pan African instrument designed to accelerate digital financial inclusion across Africa with the aim of ensuring that 332 million More Africans 60 of whom are women have access to the formal financial system ADFI s current partners are the French Development Agency AFD the French Treasury Ministry of the Economy and Finance the Ministry of Finance of the Luxembourg government the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Development Bank which also hosts the fund
    African Development Bank provides USD 320,000 in grants to mainstream gender into the digital financial operations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
      The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank www AfDB org has awarded a grant of 320 535 to the West African Monetary Agency to mainstream gender into the main regulatory frameworks for digital financial services DFS of ECOWAS The funds will support a gender gap analysis of several WAMA strategies including those for financial inclusion analysis of data disaggregated by sex digital payment services and infrastructures and digital identity The project to be carried out over a period of three years potentially affect 350 million people in the 15 ECOWAS countries Benin Burkina Faso C te d Ivoire Cabo Verde Ghana Guinea Gambia Guinea Bissau Liberia Mali Niger Nigeria Senegal Sierra Leone and Togo The grant will be disbursed through the African Digital Financial Inclusion Facility a blended financing vehicle supported by the Bank With a secretariat comprising the 15 central banks of ECOWAS WAMA plays a central role in consolidating and implementing strategic financial inclusion objectives ADFI and the WAMA project team will work closely with other ecosystem actors in the region to ensure harmonization of efforts for maximum impact said Sheila Okiro ADFI Coordinator The project has the potential to increase women s participation in digital financial market operations by 35 in the region which has greater gender disparity than other parts of the continent as evidenced by its development index of gender of 0 825 compared to the African average of 0 871 Africa has an 11 gender inclusion gap compared to the global average of 9 according to the Findex 2017 report To meet this challenge it is imperative that gender is mainstreamed into all functions but even more so at the policy and regulatory level The project is aligned with ADFI s strategic objectives including its cross cutting focus on gender inclusion as well as the Bank s ten year strategy the gender strategy 2021 2025 and the mainstreaming strategic orientation Africa High 5 The Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility www ADFI org ADFI is a pan African instrument designed to accelerate digital financial inclusion across Africa with the aim of ensuring that 332 million More Africans 60 of whom are women have access to the formal financial system ADFI s current partners are the French Development Agency AFD the French Treasury Ministry of the Economy and Finance the Ministry of Finance of the Luxembourg government the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the African Development Bank which also hosts the fund
    African Development Bank provides USD 320,000 in grants to mainstream gender into the digital financial operations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
    Africa5 years ago

    African Development Bank provides USD 320,000 in grants to mainstream gender into the digital financial operations of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

    The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has awarded a grant of $ 320,535 to the West African Monetary Agency to mainstream gender into the main regulatory frameworks for digital financial services (DFS) of ECOWAS.

    The funds will support a gender gap analysis of several WAMA strategies, including those for financial inclusion; analysis of data disaggregated by sex; digital payment services and infrastructures; and digital identity. The project, to be carried out over a period of three years, potentially affect 350 million people in the 15 ECOWAS countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Cabo Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo .

    The grant will be disbursed through the African Digital Financial Inclusion Facility, a blended financing vehicle, supported by the Bank.

    “With a secretariat comprising the 15 central banks of ECOWAS, WAMA plays a central role in consolidating and implementing strategic financial inclusion objectives. ADFI and the WAMA project team will work closely with other ecosystem actors in the region to ensure harmonization of efforts for maximum impact, ”said Sheila Okiro, ADFI Coordinator .

    The project has the potential to increase women's participation in digital financial market operations by 35% in the region, which has greater gender disparity than other parts of the continent, as evidenced by its development index of gender of 0.825 compared to the African average of 0.871.

    Africa has an 11% gender inclusion gap compared to the global average of 9% according to the Findex 2017 report. To meet this challenge, it is imperative that gender is mainstreamed into all functions, but even more so at the policy and regulatory level.

    The project is aligned with ADFI's strategic objectives, including its cross-cutting focus on gender inclusion, as well as the Bank's ten-year strategy, the gender strategy (2021-2025) and the mainstreaming strategic orientation. Africa High-5.

    The Africa Digital Financial Inclusion Facility (www.ADFI.org) (ADFI) is a pan-African instrument designed to accelerate digital financial inclusion across Africa, with the aim of ensuring that 332 million More Africans (60% of whom are women) have access to the formal financial system. ADFI's current partners are the French Development Agency (AFD); the French Treasury, Ministry of the Economy and Finance; the Ministry of Finance of the Luxembourg government; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and the African Development Bank, which also hosts the fund.

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