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  •  The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday s attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali said the council in a press statement The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law They stressed that involvement in planning directing sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali XINHUA
    UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali
     The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday s attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali said the council in a press statement The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law They stressed that involvement in planning directing sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali XINHUA
    UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali
    Foreign2 years ago

    UN Security Council condemns attack on peacekeepers in Mali

    The Security Council on Monday condemned Saturday's attack on a convoy of the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, which resulted in the killing of two peacekeepers from Egypt.

    The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims, as well as to Egypt and to the peacekeeping mission known as MINUSMA (United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali), said the council in a press statement.

    The council members called on the government of Mali to swiftly investigate this attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. They underlined that attacks targeting peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. They stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks against MINUSMA peacekeepers constitutes a basis for sanctions designations pursuant to Security Council resolutions.

    The council members expressed their concern about the security situation in Mali and the transnational dimension of the terrorist threat in the Sahel region. They urged the Malian parties to fully implement the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali without further delay.

    They stressed the importance of MINUSMA having the necessary capacities to fulfil its mandate and promote the safety and security of the UN peacekeepers.

    They further stressed that these heinous acts will not undermine their determination to continue to support the peace and reconciliation process in Mali.


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  •  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday strongly condemned Saturday s attack against a convoy of the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali MINUSMA travelling between Tessalit and Gao in which two Egyptian peacekeepers lost their lives In a statement the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved families as well as to the government and people of Egypt The secretary general recalls that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort identifying and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime said the statement The secretary general reaffirms that such cowardly acts will not deter the United Nations from its resolve to continue supporting the people and government of Mali in their pursuit of peace and stability it said According to a press release of the MINUSMA unidentified armed individuals attacked the UN mission convoy around 7 p m local time on Saturday XINHUA
    UN chief condemns attack against convoy of UN mission in Mali
     United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday strongly condemned Saturday s attack against a convoy of the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali MINUSMA travelling between Tessalit and Gao in which two Egyptian peacekeepers lost their lives In a statement the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved families as well as to the government and people of Egypt The secretary general recalls that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort identifying and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime said the statement The secretary general reaffirms that such cowardly acts will not deter the United Nations from its resolve to continue supporting the people and government of Mali in their pursuit of peace and stability it said According to a press release of the MINUSMA unidentified armed individuals attacked the UN mission convoy around 7 p m local time on Saturday XINHUA
    UN chief condemns attack against convoy of UN mission in Mali
    Foreign2 years ago

    UN chief condemns attack against convoy of UN mission in Mali

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday strongly condemned Saturday's attack against a convoy of the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) travelling between Tessalit and Gao, in which two Egyptian peacekeepers lost their lives.

    In a statement, the UN chief expressed his deep condolences to the bereaved families as well as to the government and people of Egypt.

    "The secretary-general recalls that attacks targeting UN peacekeepers may constitute war crimes under international law. He calls on the Malian authorities to spare no effort identifying and bringing to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime," said the statement.

    "The secretary-general reaffirms that such cowardly acts will not deter the United Nations from its resolve to continue supporting the people and government of Mali in their pursuit of peace and stability," it said.

    According to a press release of the MINUSMA, unidentified armed individuals attacked the UN mission convoy around 7 p.m. local time on Saturday.


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  •  The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali MINUSMA confirmed this Sunday that two of its peacekeepers were killed Saturday evening during an operation in norther Mali According to a press release of the MINUSMA unidentified armed individuals attacked the the UN mission convoy near Tarkint norther region of Gao around 7 p m on Saturday Two peacekeepers lost their lives Mahamat Saleh Annadif special representative of the UN secretary general for Mali and head of the MINUSMA strongly condemned these cowardly acts aiming to paralyze the MINUSMA s operations on the ground according to the press release We will have to combine all efforts to identify and apprehend those responsible for these terrorist acts so that they can answer for their crimes in front of justice Annadif concluded United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles including terrorism and the COVID 19 pandemic Building a politically stable and more secure Mali requires our collective and sustained commitment and MINUSMA s continued support We owe this to the people of Mali and the Sahel region who deserve a better future Guterres told ministers and ambassadors attending the meeting The MINUSMA was deployed in 2013 to support political processes in Mali During a failed coup in 2012 extremist militias took control of Mali s north A UN backed peace deal in 2015 between the government and various armed groups failed to stabilize the situation in the country s central and northern regions with attacks multiplying in the past years XINHUA
    Two UN peacekeepers killed during operation in northern Mali
     The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali MINUSMA confirmed this Sunday that two of its peacekeepers were killed Saturday evening during an operation in norther Mali According to a press release of the MINUSMA unidentified armed individuals attacked the the UN mission convoy near Tarkint norther region of Gao around 7 p m on Saturday Two peacekeepers lost their lives Mahamat Saleh Annadif special representative of the UN secretary general for Mali and head of the MINUSMA strongly condemned these cowardly acts aiming to paralyze the MINUSMA s operations on the ground according to the press release We will have to combine all efforts to identify and apprehend those responsible for these terrorist acts so that they can answer for their crimes in front of justice Annadif concluded United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles including terrorism and the COVID 19 pandemic Building a politically stable and more secure Mali requires our collective and sustained commitment and MINUSMA s continued support We owe this to the people of Mali and the Sahel region who deserve a better future Guterres told ministers and ambassadors attending the meeting The MINUSMA was deployed in 2013 to support political processes in Mali During a failed coup in 2012 extremist militias took control of Mali s north A UN backed peace deal in 2015 between the government and various armed groups failed to stabilize the situation in the country s central and northern regions with attacks multiplying in the past years XINHUA
    Two UN peacekeepers killed during operation in northern Mali
    Foreign2 years ago

    Two UN peacekeepers killed during operation in northern Mali

    The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) confirmed this Sunday that two of its peacekeepers were killed Saturday evening during an operation in norther Mali.

    According to a press release of the MINUSMA, unidentified armed individuals attacked the the UN mission convoy near Tarkint, norther region of Gao, around 7 p.m. on Saturday. Two peacekeepers lost their lives.

    Mahamat Saleh Annadif, special representative of the UN secretary-general for Mali and head of the MINUSMA, strongly condemned these cowardly acts aiming to paralyze the MINUSMA's operations on the ground, according to the press release.

    "We will have to combine all efforts to identify and apprehend those responsible for these terrorist acts, so that they can answer for their crimes in front of justice," Annadif concluded.

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali, as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles including terrorism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "Building a politically stable and more secure Mali requires our collective and sustained commitment and MINUSMA's continued support. We owe this to the people of Mali and the Sahel region, who deserve a better future," Guterres told ministers and ambassadors attending the meeting.

    The MINUSMA was deployed in 2013 to support political processes in Mali. During a failed coup in 2012, extremist militias took control of Mali's north. A UN-backed peace deal in 2015 between the government and various armed groups failed to stabilize the situation in the country's central and northern regions, with attacks multiplying in the past years.


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  •  The African Development Bank AfDB says its COVID 19 emergency packages have reached five geographic regions in Africa The AfDB s Communications and External Relations Department made this known in a statement on Saturday The bank explained that in west Africa before the advent of the COVID 19 pandemic West Africa was home to at least four of the continent s fastest growing economies and it had felt the impact of the disease hard as borders remained closed and economic and social distress deepened Gambia Mali and Niger will benefit from an ECOWAS support package to bolster national health systems in response to the pandemic Much of the funds to this region will seek to address shortages in personal protective equipment PPE ventilators and other emergency equipment The support will also enable governments to provide shortfall cash to the millions of people who have been affected by mass layoffs or are unable to work because of lockdowns In the packages Nigeria has 288 5 million euros Senegal 88 million euros Cote d Ivoire 75 million euros Cabo Verde 30 million euros and ECOWAS 22 million dollars In the North African region the worst hit by the COVID 19 pandemic with over 60 000 cases as at 12 June The disease has already triggered a sharp drop in household incomes in North Africa as export and tourism earnings suffer The region will be assisted with a series of emergency operations to boost containment measures and help to ensure the supply and distribution of laboratory tests and reagents The package will also support national and regional coordination mechanisms In the region Morocco will get 264 million euros Tunisia 180 million euros and Egypt 500 000 dollars In East Africa the continent s fastest growing region economically has been simultaneously struck by the coronavirus outbreak and an infestation of desert locusts a double whammy for the region s farmers and economies In a region of climate change and water scarcity post harvest losses and poorly developed agricultural markets could threaten the promise of economic reforms and investment Ethiopia Kenya and Rwanda are the top performing countries which have all seen a sharp fall in tourism revenue Kenya has 188 million euros the bank said AfDB disclosed that measures had been taken across the South African region to contain the pandemic which had affected millions of people many of whom work in the informal economy It added that assistance to this region came in the form of preventive and protection measures as well as financial assistance to the vulnerable beyond the end of the epidemic According to the bank Mauritius will get 188 million euros while Zimbabwe receives 13 7 million dollars The AfDB stated that in Central Africa the package approved for this region was 13 5 million dollars which would target the provision of PPE testing kits and healthcare and laboratory facilities It said the beneficiaries were Chad the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic which is among the countries with the least number of ventilators on the continent and had 13 5 million dollars The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Bank announced a COVID 19 Response Facility that would provide up to 10 billion dollars to African governments and the private sector to tackle the disease and mitigate suffering from the economic downturn and job losses Edited By Felix Ajide NAN
    AfDB COVID-19 emergency packages reach 5 geographic regions in Africa – Official
     The African Development Bank AfDB says its COVID 19 emergency packages have reached five geographic regions in Africa The AfDB s Communications and External Relations Department made this known in a statement on Saturday The bank explained that in west Africa before the advent of the COVID 19 pandemic West Africa was home to at least four of the continent s fastest growing economies and it had felt the impact of the disease hard as borders remained closed and economic and social distress deepened Gambia Mali and Niger will benefit from an ECOWAS support package to bolster national health systems in response to the pandemic Much of the funds to this region will seek to address shortages in personal protective equipment PPE ventilators and other emergency equipment The support will also enable governments to provide shortfall cash to the millions of people who have been affected by mass layoffs or are unable to work because of lockdowns In the packages Nigeria has 288 5 million euros Senegal 88 million euros Cote d Ivoire 75 million euros Cabo Verde 30 million euros and ECOWAS 22 million dollars In the North African region the worst hit by the COVID 19 pandemic with over 60 000 cases as at 12 June The disease has already triggered a sharp drop in household incomes in North Africa as export and tourism earnings suffer The region will be assisted with a series of emergency operations to boost containment measures and help to ensure the supply and distribution of laboratory tests and reagents The package will also support national and regional coordination mechanisms In the region Morocco will get 264 million euros Tunisia 180 million euros and Egypt 500 000 dollars In East Africa the continent s fastest growing region economically has been simultaneously struck by the coronavirus outbreak and an infestation of desert locusts a double whammy for the region s farmers and economies In a region of climate change and water scarcity post harvest losses and poorly developed agricultural markets could threaten the promise of economic reforms and investment Ethiopia Kenya and Rwanda are the top performing countries which have all seen a sharp fall in tourism revenue Kenya has 188 million euros the bank said AfDB disclosed that measures had been taken across the South African region to contain the pandemic which had affected millions of people many of whom work in the informal economy It added that assistance to this region came in the form of preventive and protection measures as well as financial assistance to the vulnerable beyond the end of the epidemic According to the bank Mauritius will get 188 million euros while Zimbabwe receives 13 7 million dollars The AfDB stated that in Central Africa the package approved for this region was 13 5 million dollars which would target the provision of PPE testing kits and healthcare and laboratory facilities It said the beneficiaries were Chad the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic which is among the countries with the least number of ventilators on the continent and had 13 5 million dollars The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Bank announced a COVID 19 Response Facility that would provide up to 10 billion dollars to African governments and the private sector to tackle the disease and mitigate suffering from the economic downturn and job losses Edited By Felix Ajide NAN
    AfDB COVID-19 emergency packages reach 5 geographic regions in Africa – Official
    Economy2 years ago

    AfDB COVID-19 emergency packages reach 5 geographic regions in Africa – Official

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) says its COVID-19 emergency packages have reached five geographic regions in Africa.

    The AfDB’s Communications and External Relations Department made this known in a statement on Saturday.

    The bank explained that in west Africa, before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Africa was home to at least four of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, and it had felt the impact of the disease hard, as borders remained closed and economic and social distress deepened.

    “Gambia, Mali and Niger will benefit from an ECOWAS support package to bolster national health systems in response to the pandemic. Much of the funds to this region will seek to address shortages in personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators and other emergency equipment.

    “The support will also enable governments to provide shortfall cash to the millions of people who have been affected by mass layoffs or are unable to work because of lockdowns.

    “In the packages, Nigeria has 288.5 million euros, Senegal 88 million euros, Cote d’Ivoire 75 million euros, Cabo Verde 30 million euros and ECOWAS 22 million dollars.

    “In the North African region, the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with over 60,000 cases as at 12 June. The disease has already triggered a sharp drop in household incomes in North Africa, as export and tourism earnings suffer.

    “The region will be assisted with a series of emergency operations to boost containment measures and help to ensure the supply and distribution of laboratory tests and reagents. The package will also support national and regional coordination mechanisms.

    “In the region, Morocco will get 264 million euros, Tunisia 180 million euros and Egypt 500,000 dollars.

    “In East Africa, the continent’s fastest-growing region economically has been simultaneously struck by the coronavirus outbreak and an infestation of desert locusts, a double whammy for the region’s farmers and economies.

    “In a region of climate change and water scarcity, post-harvest losses and poorly developed agricultural markets could threaten the promise of economic reforms and investment.

    “Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda are the top-performing countries, which have all seen a sharp fall in tourism revenue. Kenya has 188 million euros” the bank said.

    AfDB disclosed that measures had been taken across the South African region to contain the pandemic, which had affected millions of people, many of whom work in the informal economy.

    It added that assistance to this region came in the form of preventive and protection measures as well as financial assistance to the vulnerable beyond the end of the epidemic.

    According to the bank, Mauritius will get 188 million euros while Zimbabwe receives 13.7 million dollars.

    The AfDB stated that in Central Africa, the package approved for this region, was 13.5 million dollars, which would target the provision of PPE, testing kits and healthcare and laboratory facilities.

    It said the beneficiaries were Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic, which is among the countries with the least number of ventilators on the continent and had 13.5 million dollars.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Bank announced a COVID-19 Response Facility that would provide up to 10 billion dollars  to African governments and the private sector to tackle the disease and mitigate suffering from the economic downturn and job losses.



    Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

  •  Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Thursday presented his resignation and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita immediately reappointed him according to the country s national broadcaster the Office of Radio and Television of Mali Since taking office on April 22 Cisse is supposed to form a new government in accordance with the recommendations of the National Inclusive Dialogue DNI which proposed the formation of a government of up to 25 members in December 2019 Cisse is the sixth head of government since Keita became president in 2013 XINHUA
    Cisse renominated Malian PM after resignation to form new gov’t
     Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Thursday presented his resignation and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita immediately reappointed him according to the country s national broadcaster the Office of Radio and Television of Mali Since taking office on April 22 Cisse is supposed to form a new government in accordance with the recommendations of the National Inclusive Dialogue DNI which proposed the formation of a government of up to 25 members in December 2019 Cisse is the sixth head of government since Keita became president in 2013 XINHUA
    Cisse renominated Malian PM after resignation to form new gov’t
    Foreign2 years ago

    Cisse renominated Malian PM after resignation to form new gov’t

    Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse on Thursday presented his resignation and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita immediately reappointed him, according to the country's national broadcaster, the Office of Radio and Television of Mali.

    Since taking office on April 22, Cisse is supposed to form a new government in accordance with the recommendations of the National Inclusive Dialogue (DNI), which proposed the formation of a government of up to 25 members in December 2019.

    Cisse is the sixth head of government since Keita became president in 2013.


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  •  United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles including terrorism and the COVID 19 pandemic The UN chief was addressing the Security Council which held a briefing on the West African country where a UN mission known by the French acronym MINUSMA the most dangerous place to serve as a blue helmet has been supporting the government since 2013 Building a politically stable and more secure Mali requires our collective and sustained commitment and MINUSMA s continued support We owe this to the people of Mali and the Sahel region who deserve a better future Guterres told ministers and ambassadors attending the meeting As in the wider Sahel terrorist groups and criminal organizations are expanding their operations in Mali Recent attacks in Mopti in the restive central region have left at least 100 people dead I remain very concerned about the situation in central Mali where terrorist activity continues to fuel violence among communities taking a heavy toll on the local population the UN chief said Though encouraged by government efforts to address the crisis Guterres urged the Malian authorities to take greater action to combat impunity which is essential to ending the violence I would also like to highlight the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against peacekeepers One hundred and twenty eight peacekeepers have been killed as a result of malicious acts and not a single perpetrator has been held accountable he said I am appalled by allegations of summary killings and executions of at least 38 civilians by the Malian armed forces in two villages in Mopti region last weekend in one case with the support of traditional hunters I welcome the government s announcement to investigate these serious violations and I call on the authorities to do everything possible to hold the perpetrators of these heinous crimes accountable he added The secretary general also reported on progress in implementing the Peace Agreement signed in 2015 by the authorities and two coalitions of armed groups The deal came in the wake of conflict in 2012 which led to the occupation of northern Mali by radical Islamists including the ancient desert city of Timbuktu In the past year alone Mali has held an inclusive national dialogue while more than 1 000 former combatants with the armed movements have been integrated into the national forces Reconstituted units are now in the north marking the first formal presence of the army there since 2012 thus paving the way for greater state administration and other developments The new parliament currently in session is expected to play a key role in enacting institutional reforms envisaged in the agreement including through the holding of a constitutional referendum the secretary general said These mostly positive developments are promising I encourage the signatory parties to strengthen mutual trust and to work together to keep up the momentum in the peace process which remains the only pathway to a politically stable and more secure Mali he added Guterres underscored the various ways MINUSMA officially the UN Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali has been supporting the country MINUSMA assisted with the holding of legislative elections in March which saw more women elected to office though the secretary general said there is still a long way to go MINUSMA has also joined national efforts to counter the COVID 19 pandemic which threatens to increase the number of people requiring humanitarian aid to 5 million in the coming months The pandemic has also added to the UN mission s already challenging operating environment So far 100 personnel have contracted the disease and two peacekeepers have died The escalating violence in the Sahel region has created one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world according to UN refugee agency UNHCR which will launch an appeal on Friday to address the growing needs XINHUA
    UN chief urges continued int’l support for Mali amid growing terrorist threat
     United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles including terrorism and the COVID 19 pandemic The UN chief was addressing the Security Council which held a briefing on the West African country where a UN mission known by the French acronym MINUSMA the most dangerous place to serve as a blue helmet has been supporting the government since 2013 Building a politically stable and more secure Mali requires our collective and sustained commitment and MINUSMA s continued support We owe this to the people of Mali and the Sahel region who deserve a better future Guterres told ministers and ambassadors attending the meeting As in the wider Sahel terrorist groups and criminal organizations are expanding their operations in Mali Recent attacks in Mopti in the restive central region have left at least 100 people dead I remain very concerned about the situation in central Mali where terrorist activity continues to fuel violence among communities taking a heavy toll on the local population the UN chief said Though encouraged by government efforts to address the crisis Guterres urged the Malian authorities to take greater action to combat impunity which is essential to ending the violence I would also like to highlight the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against peacekeepers One hundred and twenty eight peacekeepers have been killed as a result of malicious acts and not a single perpetrator has been held accountable he said I am appalled by allegations of summary killings and executions of at least 38 civilians by the Malian armed forces in two villages in Mopti region last weekend in one case with the support of traditional hunters I welcome the government s announcement to investigate these serious violations and I call on the authorities to do everything possible to hold the perpetrators of these heinous crimes accountable he added The secretary general also reported on progress in implementing the Peace Agreement signed in 2015 by the authorities and two coalitions of armed groups The deal came in the wake of conflict in 2012 which led to the occupation of northern Mali by radical Islamists including the ancient desert city of Timbuktu In the past year alone Mali has held an inclusive national dialogue while more than 1 000 former combatants with the armed movements have been integrated into the national forces Reconstituted units are now in the north marking the first formal presence of the army there since 2012 thus paving the way for greater state administration and other developments The new parliament currently in session is expected to play a key role in enacting institutional reforms envisaged in the agreement including through the holding of a constitutional referendum the secretary general said These mostly positive developments are promising I encourage the signatory parties to strengthen mutual trust and to work together to keep up the momentum in the peace process which remains the only pathway to a politically stable and more secure Mali he added Guterres underscored the various ways MINUSMA officially the UN Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali has been supporting the country MINUSMA assisted with the holding of legislative elections in March which saw more women elected to office though the secretary general said there is still a long way to go MINUSMA has also joined national efforts to counter the COVID 19 pandemic which threatens to increase the number of people requiring humanitarian aid to 5 million in the coming months The pandemic has also added to the UN mission s already challenging operating environment So far 100 personnel have contracted the disease and two peacekeepers have died The escalating violence in the Sahel region has created one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world according to UN refugee agency UNHCR which will launch an appeal on Friday to address the growing needs XINHUA
    UN chief urges continued int’l support for Mali amid growing terrorist threat
    Foreign2 years ago

    UN chief urges continued int’l support for Mali amid growing terrorist threat

    United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday stressed the need for continued international commitment to Mali, as the country continues to navigate the path to political stability while confronting numerous obstacles including terrorism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The UN chief was addressing the Security Council which held a briefing on the West African country, where a UN mission, known by the French acronym, MINUSMA -- the most dangerous place to serve as a "blue helmet" -- has been supporting the government since 2013.

    "Building a politically stable and more secure Mali requires our collective and sustained commitment and MINUSMA's continued support. We owe this to the people of Mali and the Sahel region, who deserve a better future," Guterres told ministers and ambassadors attending the meeting.

    As in the wider Sahel, terrorist groups and criminal organizations are expanding their operations in Mali.

    Recent attacks in Mopti, in the restive central region, have left at least 100 people dead.

    "I remain very concerned about the situation in central Mali, where terrorist activity continues to fuel violence among communities, taking a heavy toll on the local population," the UN chief said.

    Though encouraged by government efforts to address the crisis, Guterres urged the Malian authorities to take greater action to combat impunity, which is essential to ending the violence.

    "I would also like to highlight the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of crimes against peacekeepers. One hundred and twenty-eight peacekeepers have been killed as a result of malicious acts, and not a single perpetrator has been held accountable," he said.

    "I am appalled by allegations of summary killings and executions of at least 38 civilians by the Malian armed forces in two villages in Mopti region last weekend, in one case with the support of traditional hunters. I welcome the government's announcement to investigate these serious violations and I call on the authorities to do everything possible to hold the perpetrators of these heinous crimes accountable," he added.

    The secretary-general also reported on progress in implementing the Peace Agreement signed in 2015 by the authorities and two coalitions of armed groups.

    The deal came in the wake of conflict in 2012, which led to the occupation of northern Mali by radical Islamists, including the ancient desert city of Timbuktu.

    In the past year alone, Mali has held an inclusive national dialogue, while more than 1,000 former combatants with the armed movements have been integrated into the national forces.

    Reconstituted units are now in the north, marking the first formal presence of the army there since 2012, thus paving the way for greater state administration and other developments.

    "The new parliament, currently in session, is expected to play a key role in enacting institutional reforms envisaged in the agreement, including through the holding of a constitutional referendum," the secretary-general said.

    "These mostly positive developments are promising. I encourage the signatory parties to strengthen mutual trust and to work together to keep up the momentum in the peace process, which remains the only pathway to a politically stable and more secure Mali," he added.

    Guterres underscored the various ways MINUSMA -- officially the UN Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali -- has been supporting the country.

    MINUSMA assisted with the holding of legislative elections in March, which saw more women elected to office, though the secretary-general said there is still a long way to go.

    MINUSMA has also joined national efforts to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to increase the number of people requiring humanitarian aid to 5 million in the coming months.

    The pandemic has also added to the UN mission's already challenging operating environment. So far, 100 personnel have contracted the disease, and two peacekeepers have died.

    The escalating violence in the Sahel region has created one of the fastest growing displacement crises in the world, according to UN refugee agency UNHCR, which will launch an appeal on Friday to address the growing needs.


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  •  The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved 20 million dollars in grant funding to build capacity to curb and stop the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic in five countries The funding from the African Development Fund is to achieve the purpose in Mauritania Mali Burkina Faso Niger and Chad The bank s Communications and External Relations Department disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday It said that the operation would provide funding for the project which would also boost resilience of vulnerable communities including internally displaced persons refugees and their host communities in the countries also known as the Sahel zone s Group of 5 G5 It said the project would support epidemiological surveillance and case management capacity and make available medical products for COVID 19 prevention control and treatment This is to ensure the deployment of social protection measures in targeted communities especially internally displaced persons refugees and their host communities to strengthen food and nutrition systems The bank said that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR would provide operational support for the project This operation will complement the development and humanitarian actions of the huge partnership of the Sahel Alliance Initiative and will support the most vulnerable An additional 1 372 million dollars of grant funding from the Bank s Transitional Support Facility will also be deployed in G5 countries to strengthen the delivery and coordination capacity of the G5 SAHEL Permanent Secretariat and support training on biosecurity and biomedical waste management in the concerned countries This extension of grant funding to the G5 Sahel zone countries falls under the framework of the Bank s COVID 19 response facility of up to 10 billion dollars which is the institution s main channel to provide assistance to African countries to cushion the economic and health impacts from the crisis Recent CRF assistance packages have been directed to a group of Economic Community of West African states as well as to countries in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa zone and the Democratic Republic of Congo The region has been hit by COVID 19 if less hard than some other regions of Africa As of June 6 Niger had recorded 966 cases Burkina Faso 885 Mali 1 485 Mauritania 883 and Chad 836 for a total of 5 055 cases in the five countries G5 countries have begun to lift emergency measures that had been put in place to halt and contain the spread of the disease The entire continent has seen 175 423 cases and 4 862 fatalities the AfDB said Edited By Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    COVID-19: AfDB approves m to contain spread in G5 Sahel nations
     The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved 20 million dollars in grant funding to build capacity to curb and stop the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic in five countries The funding from the African Development Fund is to achieve the purpose in Mauritania Mali Burkina Faso Niger and Chad The bank s Communications and External Relations Department disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday It said that the operation would provide funding for the project which would also boost resilience of vulnerable communities including internally displaced persons refugees and their host communities in the countries also known as the Sahel zone s Group of 5 G5 It said the project would support epidemiological surveillance and case management capacity and make available medical products for COVID 19 prevention control and treatment This is to ensure the deployment of social protection measures in targeted communities especially internally displaced persons refugees and their host communities to strengthen food and nutrition systems The bank said that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees UNHCR would provide operational support for the project This operation will complement the development and humanitarian actions of the huge partnership of the Sahel Alliance Initiative and will support the most vulnerable An additional 1 372 million dollars of grant funding from the Bank s Transitional Support Facility will also be deployed in G5 countries to strengthen the delivery and coordination capacity of the G5 SAHEL Permanent Secretariat and support training on biosecurity and biomedical waste management in the concerned countries This extension of grant funding to the G5 Sahel zone countries falls under the framework of the Bank s COVID 19 response facility of up to 10 billion dollars which is the institution s main channel to provide assistance to African countries to cushion the economic and health impacts from the crisis Recent CRF assistance packages have been directed to a group of Economic Community of West African states as well as to countries in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa zone and the Democratic Republic of Congo The region has been hit by COVID 19 if less hard than some other regions of Africa As of June 6 Niger had recorded 966 cases Burkina Faso 885 Mali 1 485 Mauritania 883 and Chad 836 for a total of 5 055 cases in the five countries G5 countries have begun to lift emergency measures that had been put in place to halt and contain the spread of the disease The entire continent has seen 175 423 cases and 4 862 fatalities the AfDB said Edited By Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    COVID-19: AfDB approves m to contain spread in G5 Sahel nations
    Economy2 years ago

    COVID-19: AfDB approves $20m to contain spread in G5 Sahel nations

    The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved 20 million dollars in grant funding to build capacity to curb and stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in five countries. The funding, from the African Development Fund, is to achieve the purpose in Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad.The bank’s Communications and External Relations Department disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.It said that the operation would provide funding for the project which would also boost resilience of vulnerable communities, including internally displaced persons, refugees and their host communities, in the countries, also known as the Sahel zone’s Group of 5 (G5).It said the project would support epidemiological surveillance and case management capacity and  make available medical products for COVID-19 prevention, control and treatment.This is to ensure the deployment of social protection measures in targeted communities, especially,  internally displaced persons, refugees and their host communities, to strengthen food and nutrition systems.The bank said that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) would provide operational support for the project.“This operation will complement the development and humanitarian actions of the huge partnership of the Sahel Alliance Initiative and will support the most vulnerable.“An additional 1.372 million dollars of grant funding from the Bank’s Transitional Support Facility, will also be deployed in  G5 countries to strengthen the delivery and coordination capacity of the G5 SAHEL Permanent Secretariat and support training on biosecurity and biomedical waste management in the concerned countries.“This extension of grant funding to the G5 Sahel zone countries falls under the framework of the Bank’s COVID-19 response facility of up to 10 billion dollars, which is the institution’s main channel to provide assistance to African countries to cushion the economic and health impacts from the crisis.“Recent CRF assistance packages have been directed to a group of Economic Community of West African states as well as to countries in the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa zone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.“The region has been hit by COVID-19, if less hard than some other regions of Africa. As of June 6, Niger had recorded 966 cases, Burkina Faso 885, Mali 1,485, Mauritania 883 and Chad 836, for a total of 5,055 cases in the five countries.“G5 countries have begun to lift emergency measures that had been put in place to halt and contain the spread of  the disease. The entire continent has seen 175,423 cases and 4,862 fatalities” the AfDB said.Edited By: Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

  •  The African Agricultural Technology Foundation AATF has urged cowpea farmers in Nigeria to take advantage of the recent push to ban food importation to cultivate SAMPEA 20T SAMPEA 20T is the new variety of cowpea resistant to Pod Borer Dr Issoufou Kollo AATF Regional Director for West Africa said this in a statement by Nancy Muchiri the Senior Manager Communications and Partnerships of AATF on Tuesday in Abuja He said the foundation was working with the Institute for Agricultural Research IAR Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to produce sufficient foundation seeds According to him President Mohammadu Buhari at a recent media parley with journalists advised Nigerian farmers to increase their food production as Nigeria has no money for food importation I wish the farmers could go and stay in their farms so that we can produce what we need sufficiently so that we don t have to import In any case we don t have money to import so we must produce what we have to eat he said Kollo said that seed companies in the country could use for the production of certified seeds for farmers We experienced some delays due to the COVID 19 pandemic but as soon as movement is allowed we shall scale up our implementation plans to ensure that farmers get the seed before the planting season The presidential advice that farmers should get back to farm and try to produce more for the country is very apt We have just released our high yielding cowpea variety called SAMPEA 20T if a good percentage of Nigerian cowpea farmers grow this variety this year it will surely make a difference in closing the gap in the country s annual cowpea deficit of 500 000mt he said while reacting to Buhari s call Kollo said apart from ensuring that farmers had access to the seeds the foundation has also concluded arrangements with extension agents to properly educate and guide farmers on how to plant the SAMPEA 20T to ensure that they got maximum benefit from it He said a comparison of SAMPEA 20T with conventional cowpea varieties showed that the average yield gain across all location in Nigeria was 581 5 kg ha representing 73 5 per cent yield increased over conventional varieties The SAMPEA 20T was resistant to the Pod Borer it only needs two chemical sprays per cropping season as opposed to 9 10 times that non transgenic varieties need for a farmer to get at least 65 per cent yield It is drought tolerant resistant to Striga and Alectra two notorious parasitic weeds and will contribute to addressing the national cowpea demand deficit of about 500 000 tonnes and improve the national productivity average of cowpea production he said Kollo said that Nigeria cultivated about five million hectares of cowpea annually making the country the largest producer of the cowpea globally He said that the country in spite being the largest producer had an annual deficit of 500 000 tonnes He said deficit was imported from neighbouring West African countries of Niger and Mali Edited By Grace Yussuf NAN
    Ban on food imports: AATF urges cowpea farmers to cultivate SAMPEA-20T
     The African Agricultural Technology Foundation AATF has urged cowpea farmers in Nigeria to take advantage of the recent push to ban food importation to cultivate SAMPEA 20T SAMPEA 20T is the new variety of cowpea resistant to Pod Borer Dr Issoufou Kollo AATF Regional Director for West Africa said this in a statement by Nancy Muchiri the Senior Manager Communications and Partnerships of AATF on Tuesday in Abuja He said the foundation was working with the Institute for Agricultural Research IAR Ahmadu Bello University Zaria to produce sufficient foundation seeds According to him President Mohammadu Buhari at a recent media parley with journalists advised Nigerian farmers to increase their food production as Nigeria has no money for food importation I wish the farmers could go and stay in their farms so that we can produce what we need sufficiently so that we don t have to import In any case we don t have money to import so we must produce what we have to eat he said Kollo said that seed companies in the country could use for the production of certified seeds for farmers We experienced some delays due to the COVID 19 pandemic but as soon as movement is allowed we shall scale up our implementation plans to ensure that farmers get the seed before the planting season The presidential advice that farmers should get back to farm and try to produce more for the country is very apt We have just released our high yielding cowpea variety called SAMPEA 20T if a good percentage of Nigerian cowpea farmers grow this variety this year it will surely make a difference in closing the gap in the country s annual cowpea deficit of 500 000mt he said while reacting to Buhari s call Kollo said apart from ensuring that farmers had access to the seeds the foundation has also concluded arrangements with extension agents to properly educate and guide farmers on how to plant the SAMPEA 20T to ensure that they got maximum benefit from it He said a comparison of SAMPEA 20T with conventional cowpea varieties showed that the average yield gain across all location in Nigeria was 581 5 kg ha representing 73 5 per cent yield increased over conventional varieties The SAMPEA 20T was resistant to the Pod Borer it only needs two chemical sprays per cropping season as opposed to 9 10 times that non transgenic varieties need for a farmer to get at least 65 per cent yield It is drought tolerant resistant to Striga and Alectra two notorious parasitic weeds and will contribute to addressing the national cowpea demand deficit of about 500 000 tonnes and improve the national productivity average of cowpea production he said Kollo said that Nigeria cultivated about five million hectares of cowpea annually making the country the largest producer of the cowpea globally He said that the country in spite being the largest producer had an annual deficit of 500 000 tonnes He said deficit was imported from neighbouring West African countries of Niger and Mali Edited By Grace Yussuf NAN
    Ban on food imports: AATF urges cowpea farmers to cultivate SAMPEA-20T
    Agriculture2 years ago

    Ban on food imports: AATF urges cowpea farmers to cultivate SAMPEA-20T

    The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) has urged cowpea farmers in Nigeria to take advantage of the recent push to ban food importation to cultivate SAMPEA-20T.

    SAMPEA-20T is the new variety of cowpea resistant to Pod Borer.

    Dr Issoufou Kollo, AATF Regional Director for West Africa, said this in a statement by Nancy Muchiri,  the Senior Manager, Communications and Partnerships of AATF, on Tuesday in Abuja

    He said the foundation was working with the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to produce sufficient foundation seeds.

    According to him, President Mohammadu Buhari at a recent media parley with journalists advised Nigerian farmers to increase their food production as Nigeria has ‘no money’ for food importation.

    “I wish the farmers could go and stay in their farms so that we can produce what we need sufficiently so that we don’t have to import.

    “In any case, we don’t have money to import so we must produce what we have to eat,” he said.

    Kollo said that seed companies in the country could use for the production of certified seeds for farmers.

    “We experienced some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic but as soon as movement is allowed, we shall scale up our implementation plans to ensure that farmers get the seed before the planting season.

    ”The presidential advice that farmers should get back to farm and try to produce more for the country is very apt.

    ”We have just released our high yielding cowpea variety called SAMPEA-20T, if a good percentage of Nigerian cowpea farmers grow this variety this year, it will surely make a difference in closing the gap in the country’s annual cowpea deficit of 500,000mt,” he said while reacting to Buhari’s call.

    Kollo said apart from ensuring that farmers had access to the seeds, the foundation has also concluded arrangements with extension agents to properly educate and guide farmers on how to plant the SAMPEA-20T to ensure that they got maximum benefit from it.

    He said a comparison of SAMPEA-20T with conventional cowpea varieties showed that the average yield gain across all location in Nigeria was 581.5 kg/ha representing 73.5 per cent yield increased over conventional varieties.

    The SAMPEA-20T was resistant to the Pod Borer, it only needs two chemical sprays per cropping season as opposed to 9 -10 times that non-transgenic varieties need for a farmer to get at least 65 per cent yield.

    ”It is drought tolerant, resistant to Striga and Alectra, two notorious parasitic weeds and will contribute to addressing the national cowpea demand deficit of about 500,000 tonnes and improve the national productivity average of cowpea production,” he said.

    Kollo said that Nigeria cultivated about five million hectares of cowpea annually making the country, the largest producer of the cowpea globally.

    He said that the country, in spite being the largest producer had an annual deficit of 500,000 tonnes.

    He said deficit was imported from neighbouring West African countries of Niger and Mali.


    Edited By: Grace Yussuf (NAN)

  •  Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to seek the review of the West African Protocols that allowed for free movement to stop herdsmen migration to Northern Nigeria Ganduje made the appeal on Saturday during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements at Dansoshiya village in Kiru Local Government Area of the state for Fulani cattle rearers According to him there is need for the federal government to use the international blockage created by the novel Coronavirus COVID 19 to stop the migration of dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen to Nigeria Such movements of the herdsmen always cause conflicts and destruction of human lives he said The governor urged the federal government to seize the opportunity of the COVID 19 pandemic blockage to act on migrating herdsmen One can clearly see that these migrating herdsmen always move with dangerous weapons and are the ones causing conflicts in most places around the North and the nation at large he said The governor also invited herdsmen from across Nigeria to come to Kano and enjoy the bounties of his government s new Ruga Settlements He noted that the settlement had all the basic infrastructure including water grazing reserves and milk processing factory and markets Ganduje expressed concern over the long sufferings of herdsmen whom according to him have suffered enough humiliation in Nigeria by way of loss of lives stealing and rustling of their cattles and others He added that his administration had constructed four million litres of earth dams for the Fulani cattle rearers who would have no cause to move away in search of water He said that his government had earlier sent some 74 Fulani children to Turkey to study milk processing and other vital things that would help them to settle down at a place Ganduje reminded that a true Fulaniman was not known for violence but because of the alleged humiliation they were usually subjected to they were being forced to retaliate Today you see a Fulaniman doing robbery kidnapping and other social vices therefore the need for a Ruga Settlement for him is highly desirable Ganduje said He added that the irony of the whole thing was that a gallon of milk was costlier than a gallon of petrol which clearly showed that an average Fulaniman was not poor neither was he stupid It further revealed that most of the dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen comes from Mali Cameroon and other African nations he added Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries the Kano State Secretary of Miyetti Allah Malam Zubairu Ibrahim commended the governor for fulfilling his promises on the project He assured the governor that they would ensure proper utilisation of the project Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Ganduje seeks review of W/African protocols to end herdsmen migration
     Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to seek the review of the West African Protocols that allowed for free movement to stop herdsmen migration to Northern Nigeria Ganduje made the appeal on Saturday during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements at Dansoshiya village in Kiru Local Government Area of the state for Fulani cattle rearers According to him there is need for the federal government to use the international blockage created by the novel Coronavirus COVID 19 to stop the migration of dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen to Nigeria Such movements of the herdsmen always cause conflicts and destruction of human lives he said The governor urged the federal government to seize the opportunity of the COVID 19 pandemic blockage to act on migrating herdsmen One can clearly see that these migrating herdsmen always move with dangerous weapons and are the ones causing conflicts in most places around the North and the nation at large he said The governor also invited herdsmen from across Nigeria to come to Kano and enjoy the bounties of his government s new Ruga Settlements He noted that the settlement had all the basic infrastructure including water grazing reserves and milk processing factory and markets Ganduje expressed concern over the long sufferings of herdsmen whom according to him have suffered enough humiliation in Nigeria by way of loss of lives stealing and rustling of their cattles and others He added that his administration had constructed four million litres of earth dams for the Fulani cattle rearers who would have no cause to move away in search of water He said that his government had earlier sent some 74 Fulani children to Turkey to study milk processing and other vital things that would help them to settle down at a place Ganduje reminded that a true Fulaniman was not known for violence but because of the alleged humiliation they were usually subjected to they were being forced to retaliate Today you see a Fulaniman doing robbery kidnapping and other social vices therefore the need for a Ruga Settlement for him is highly desirable Ganduje said He added that the irony of the whole thing was that a gallon of milk was costlier than a gallon of petrol which clearly showed that an average Fulaniman was not poor neither was he stupid It further revealed that most of the dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen comes from Mali Cameroon and other African nations he added Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries the Kano State Secretary of Miyetti Allah Malam Zubairu Ibrahim commended the governor for fulfilling his promises on the project He assured the governor that they would ensure proper utilisation of the project Edited By Chinyere Nwachukwu Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Ganduje seeks review of W/African protocols to end herdsmen migration
    General news2 years ago

    Ganduje seeks review of W/African protocols to end herdsmen migration

    Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on the Federal Government to seek the review of the West African Protocols that allowed for free movement to stop herdsmen migration to Northern Nigeria.

    Ganduje made the appeal on Saturday during the inauguration of 200 Ruga Housing Settlements at Dansoshiya village in Kiru Local Government Area of the state for Fulani cattle rearers.

    According to him, there is need for the federal government to use the international blockage created by the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to stop the migration of dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen to Nigeria.

    “Such movements of the herdsmen always cause conflicts and destruction of human lives,” he said.

    The governor urged the federal government to seize the opportunity of the COVID-19 pandemic blockage to act on migrating herdsmen.

    “One can clearly see that these migrating herdsmen always move with dangerous weapons and are the ones causing conflicts in most places around the North and the nation at large,” he said.

    The governor also invited herdsmen from across Nigeria to come to Kano and enjoy the bounties of his government’s new Ruga Settlements.

    He noted that the settlement had all the basic infrastructure,  including water, grazing reserves and milk processing factory and markets.

    Ganduje expressed concern over the long sufferings of herdsmen whom, according to him, have suffered enough humiliation in Nigeria by way of loss of lives, stealing and rustling of their cattles and others.

    He added that his administration had constructed four million litres of earth dams for the  Fulani cattle rearers who would have no cause to move away in search of water.

    He said that his government had earlier sent some 74 Fulani children to Turkey to study milk processing and other vital things that would help them to settle down at a place.

    Ganduje reminded that a true Fulaniman was not known for violence but because of the alleged humiliation they were usually subjected to, they were being forced to retaliate.

    “Today you see a Fulaniman doing robbery, kidnapping and other social vices, therefore the need for a Ruga Settlement for him is highly desirable,” Ganduje said.

    He added that the irony of the whole thing was that a gallon of milk was costlier than a gallon of petrol, which clearly showed that an average Fulaniman was not poor, neither was he stupid.

    ”It further revealed that most of the dangerous weapons carrying herdsmen comes from Mali, Cameroon and other African nations,” he added.

    Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, the Kano State Secretary of Miyetti Allah, Malam Zubairu Ibrahim, commended the governor for fulfilling his promises on the project.

    He assured the governor that they would ensure proper utilisation of the project.

     


    Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel a key Islamist fighter that its forces had been hunting for more than seven years during an operation in Mali On June 3 French army forces with the support of their local partners killed the Emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Abdelmalek Droukdel and several of his closest collaborators during an operation in northern Mali French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter The announcement of the death of Droukdel comes almost six months after former colonial power France and regional states combined their military forces under one command structure to focus on fighting Islamic State linked militants in the border regions of Niger Mali and Burkina Faso Droukdel was among North Africa s most experienced militants He took part in an Islamist militant takeover of northern Mali before a French military intervention in 2013 drove them back and scattered fighters across the Sahel region Droukdel was believed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Algeria Al Qaeda North Africa was the dominant jihadist force in the region staging several high profile deadly attacks until 2013 when it fractured as many militants flocked to the more extremist Islamic State as it seized territory in Iraq Syria and Libya It remained active in North Africa s largely desert and often scarcely governed Sahel region In Mali it focussed its activities to the north in Libya and Tunisia As Islamic State waned it has sought to lure new talent from among IS veterans Parly said that French forces which number about 5 100 in the region had also on May 19 captured Mohamed el Mrabat a fighter she identified as a veteran militant in the region and member of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Our forces in cooperation with their local partners will continue to track these people down without respite Parly said Critics in the region have increasingly scorned Paris for failing to restore stability Anti French sentiment has grown as militants have strengthened their foothold making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence Parly said earlier this week that about 100 special forces from other European countries would be deployed to the region to support French and regional troops ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara NAN
    France says its army killed al Qaeda North Africa chief, Droukdel
     France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel a key Islamist fighter that its forces had been hunting for more than seven years during an operation in Mali On June 3 French army forces with the support of their local partners killed the Emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Abdelmalek Droukdel and several of his closest collaborators during an operation in northern Mali French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter The announcement of the death of Droukdel comes almost six months after former colonial power France and regional states combined their military forces under one command structure to focus on fighting Islamic State linked militants in the border regions of Niger Mali and Burkina Faso Droukdel was among North Africa s most experienced militants He took part in an Islamist militant takeover of northern Mali before a French military intervention in 2013 drove them back and scattered fighters across the Sahel region Droukdel was believed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Algeria Al Qaeda North Africa was the dominant jihadist force in the region staging several high profile deadly attacks until 2013 when it fractured as many militants flocked to the more extremist Islamic State as it seized territory in Iraq Syria and Libya It remained active in North Africa s largely desert and often scarcely governed Sahel region In Mali it focussed its activities to the north in Libya and Tunisia As Islamic State waned it has sought to lure new talent from among IS veterans Parly said that French forces which number about 5 100 in the region had also on May 19 captured Mohamed el Mrabat a fighter she identified as a veteran militant in the region and member of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara Our forces in cooperation with their local partners will continue to track these people down without respite Parly said Critics in the region have increasingly scorned Paris for failing to restore stability Anti French sentiment has grown as militants have strengthened their foothold making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence Parly said earlier this week that about 100 special forces from other European countries would be deployed to the region to support French and regional troops ERO Edited By Emmanuel Okara NAN
    France says its army killed al Qaeda North Africa chief, Droukdel
    Foreign2 years ago

    France says its army killed al Qaeda North Africa chief, Droukdel

    France said on Friday its military forces had killed al Qaeda’s North Africa chief Abdelmalek Droukdel, a key Islamist fighter that its forces had been hunting for more than seven years, during an operation in Mali.

    “On June 3, French army forces, with the support of their local partners, killed the Emir of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Abdelmalek Droukdel, and several of his closest collaborators, during an operation in northern Mali,” French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly wrote on Twitter.

    The announcement of the death of Droukdel comes almost six months after former colonial power France and regional states combined their military forces under one command structure to focus on fighting Islamic State-linked militants in the border regions of Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso.

    Droukdel was among North Africa’s most experienced militants.

    He took part in an Islamist militant takeover of northern Mali before a French military intervention in 2013 drove them back and scattered fighters across the Sahel region.

    Droukdel was believed to be hiding in the mountains of northern Algeria. Al Qaeda North Africa was the dominant jihadist force in the region, staging several high-profile deadly attacks until 2013, when it fractured as many militants flocked to the more extremist Islamic State as it seized territory in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

    It remained active in North Africa’s largely desert and often scarcely governed Sahel region.

    In Mali, it focussed its activities to the north in Libya and Tunisia. As Islamic State waned, it has sought to lure new talent from among IS veterans.

    Parly said that French forces, which number about 5,100 in the region, had also on May 19 captured Mohamed el Mrabat, a fighter she identified as a veteran militant in the region and member of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara.

    “Our forces, in cooperation with their local partners… will continue to track these (people) down without respite,” Parly said.

    Critics in the region have increasingly scorned Paris for failing to restore stability.

    Anti-French sentiment has grown as militants have strengthened their foothold, making large swathes of territory ungovernable and stoking ethnic violence.

    Parly said earlier this week that about 100 special forces from other European countries would be deployed to the region to support French and regional troops.

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    Edited By: Emmanuel Okara (NAN)/

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