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  •  The Federal Government is to ammend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts to better meet the demands of the creative industry sector The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday during a virtual forum of the AU Ministers of Arts Culture and Heritage on the effects of the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic on the creative sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports the virtual forum organised by the AU Commission for Social Affairs was chaired by Mohammed Addressing the forum the minister said that the objectives of the Endowment is to support every medium and area of creative activity in the art culture and heritage sector as well as foster professional excellence in the sector He said the government would work with the National Assembly for early ammendment of the Act to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the sector Mohammed noted that Covid 19 pandemic had negatively impacted on the world and every area of human endeavour wth the Art Culture and Heritage sector being the worst hit He explained that the sector was worst hit because the entire industry is audience centred Specifically the minister said that social distancing ban on mass gathering and travel restrictions put in place globally made the industry to be worst hit He said in Nigeria the impact had been particularly devastating because of the importance and the relevance of the sector to the national economy The Nigeria Creative Industry is large diverse dynamic and critical for economic growth development and diversification It is the biggest job creator after agriculture with particularly great opportunities for women and the youth The Industry also contributes between 2 5 and three per cent to the nation s GDP he said In facing the challenges Mohammed said the government set up a 22 member stakeholders committee to come up with immediate short and long term economic stimulus and initiatives for the industry He said in the wake of the pandemic the Central Bank of Nigeria also set aside 50 billion Naira for small holder businesses and the Creative Industry I have no doubt that the measures we are putting in place will yield positive results in sustaining the Creative Industry in Nigeria in the days to come he said Mohammed underscored the need for the African ministers to give the industry a shot in the arm during and after the pandemic He said the forum afforded the opportunity to provide an all inclusive inter disciplinary bond that places premium on culture as a sine qua non for all developmental initiatives in Africa Earlier the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Mrs Amira Elfadil welcomed the ministers and other participants to the forum and underscored the need for collaborative efforts in fighting the common enemy Covid 19 She conveyed the greetings of the President of the AU and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to the forum NAN reports that the Director of Africa Centre for Disease Control John Nkengasong and the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export Import Bank Afreximbank Dr Benedict Oramah made presentations to the forum NAN also reports that no fewer than 20 Ministers from different African countries made contributions at the virtual forum The countries included Algeria Gambia Cameroon South Africa Mali Tunisia Rwanda Mozambique Kenya and Tanzania Others are Uganda Zimbabwe Egypt Congo Cote d Ivoire Niger Zambia Togo Djibouti and Saharawi Republic Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    FG to ammend National Endowment for the Arts Act
     The Federal Government is to ammend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts to better meet the demands of the creative industry sector The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday during a virtual forum of the AU Ministers of Arts Culture and Heritage on the effects of the Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic on the creative sector The News Agency of Nigeria reports the virtual forum organised by the AU Commission for Social Affairs was chaired by Mohammed Addressing the forum the minister said that the objectives of the Endowment is to support every medium and area of creative activity in the art culture and heritage sector as well as foster professional excellence in the sector He said the government would work with the National Assembly for early ammendment of the Act to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the sector Mohammed noted that Covid 19 pandemic had negatively impacted on the world and every area of human endeavour wth the Art Culture and Heritage sector being the worst hit He explained that the sector was worst hit because the entire industry is audience centred Specifically the minister said that social distancing ban on mass gathering and travel restrictions put in place globally made the industry to be worst hit He said in Nigeria the impact had been particularly devastating because of the importance and the relevance of the sector to the national economy The Nigeria Creative Industry is large diverse dynamic and critical for economic growth development and diversification It is the biggest job creator after agriculture with particularly great opportunities for women and the youth The Industry also contributes between 2 5 and three per cent to the nation s GDP he said In facing the challenges Mohammed said the government set up a 22 member stakeholders committee to come up with immediate short and long term economic stimulus and initiatives for the industry He said in the wake of the pandemic the Central Bank of Nigeria also set aside 50 billion Naira for small holder businesses and the Creative Industry I have no doubt that the measures we are putting in place will yield positive results in sustaining the Creative Industry in Nigeria in the days to come he said Mohammed underscored the need for the African ministers to give the industry a shot in the arm during and after the pandemic He said the forum afforded the opportunity to provide an all inclusive inter disciplinary bond that places premium on culture as a sine qua non for all developmental initiatives in Africa Earlier the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Mrs Amira Elfadil welcomed the ministers and other participants to the forum and underscored the need for collaborative efforts in fighting the common enemy Covid 19 She conveyed the greetings of the President of the AU and South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa to the forum NAN reports that the Director of Africa Centre for Disease Control John Nkengasong and the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export Import Bank Afreximbank Dr Benedict Oramah made presentations to the forum NAN also reports that no fewer than 20 Ministers from different African countries made contributions at the virtual forum The countries included Algeria Gambia Cameroon South Africa Mali Tunisia Rwanda Mozambique Kenya and Tanzania Others are Uganda Zimbabwe Egypt Congo Cote d Ivoire Niger Zambia Togo Djibouti and Saharawi Republic Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    FG to ammend National Endowment for the Arts Act
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    FG to ammend National Endowment for the Arts Act

    The Federal Government is to ammend the Act establishing the National Endowment for the Arts,  to better meet the demands of the creative industry sector.

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday  during a virtual forum of the AU Ministers of Arts, Culture and Heritage on the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the creative sector.

     

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports the virtual forum organised by the AU Commission for Social Affairs was chaired by Mohammed.

     

    Addressing the forum, the minister said that the objectives of the Endowment is to support every medium and area of creative activity in the art, culture and heritage sector as well as foster professional excellence in the sector.

    He said the government would work with the National Assembly for early ammendment of the Act to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the sector.

    Mohammed noted that Covid-19 pandemic had negatively impacted on the world and every area of human endeavour wth the Art, Culture and Heritage sector being the worst hit.

    He explained that the sector was worst hit because the entire industry is audience-centred.

    Specifically,the minister said that social distancing, ban on mass gathering and travel restrictions put in place globally, made the industry to be worst hit.

    He said in Nigeria, the impact had been particularly devastating, because of the importance and the relevance of the sector

    to the national economy.

    The Nigeria Creative Industry is large,

    diverse, dynamic and critical for economic growth, development and diversification.

    “It is the biggest job creator after agriculture, with particularly great opportunities for women and the youth.

    The Industry also contributes between 2.5 and three per cent to the nation’s GDP,” he said.

    In facing the challenges, Mohammed said the

    government set up a 22-member stakeholders committee to come up with immediate, short and long term economic stimulus and initiatives for the industry.

    He said in the wake of the pandemic, the Central Bank of Nigeria also set aside 50 billion Naira for small holder businesses and

    the Creative Industry.

    “I have no doubt that the measures we are

    putting in place will yield positive results in sustaining the Creative Industry in Nigeria in the days to come,” he said.

    Mohammed underscored the need for the African ministers to give the industry a shot in the arm during and after the pandemic.

    He said the forum afforded the opportunity to provide an all-inclusive inter-disciplinary bond that places premium on culture as a sine qua non for all developmental initiatives in Africa.

    Earlier, the AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, Mrs Amira Elfadil welcomed the ministers and other participants to the forum and underscored the need for collaborative efforts in fighting the common enemy, Covid-19.

    She conveyed the greetings of the President of the AU and South Africa President,  Cyril Ramaphosa to the forum.

    NAN reports that the Director of Africa Centre for Disease Control, John Nkengasong and the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank) Dr. Benedict Oramah made presentations to the forum.

    NAN also reports that no fewer than 20 Ministers from different African countries made contributions at the virtual forum.

    The countries included, Algeria, Gambia, Cameroon, South Africa, Mali, Tunisia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Kenya and Tanzania.

    Others are Uganda, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger, Zambia, Togo, Djibouti and. Saharawi Republic.


    Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi (NAN)

  •  Mali s health authorities reported 18 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 on Tuesday bringing the total number of infections to 1 077 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 160 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours among which 18 returned positive including 10 from Bamako epicenter of the pandemic in Mali Thirteen patients have tested negative and three deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours across the country the ministry said adding that 1 827 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis So far the West African country has reported 1 077 confirmed cases including 70 deaths and 617 recovery cases since March 25 The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained while the curfew has been lifted In order to contain the spread of the virus Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2 and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public places XINHUA
    Mali reports 18 new cases of COVID-19 as tally rises to 1,077
     Mali s health authorities reported 18 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 on Tuesday bringing the total number of infections to 1 077 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 160 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours among which 18 returned positive including 10 from Bamako epicenter of the pandemic in Mali Thirteen patients have tested negative and three deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours across the country the ministry said adding that 1 827 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis So far the West African country has reported 1 077 confirmed cases including 70 deaths and 617 recovery cases since March 25 The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained while the curfew has been lifted In order to contain the spread of the virus Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2 and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public places XINHUA
    Mali reports 18 new cases of COVID-19 as tally rises to 1,077
    Foreign3 years ago

    Mali reports 18 new cases of COVID-19 as tally rises to 1,077

    Mali's health authorities reported 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,077 in the country.

    According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 160 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours, among which 18 returned positive, including 10 from Bamako, epicenter of the pandemic in Mali.

    Thirteen patients have tested negative, and three deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours across the country, the ministry said, adding that 1,827 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis.

    So far the West African country has reported 1,077 confirmed cases, including 70 deaths and 617 recovery cases, since March 25.

    The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained, while the curfew has been lifted.

    In order to contain the spread of the virus, Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2, and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public places.


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  •  Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he is glad to see the progress in the construction of the Peljesac Bridge despite the COVID 19 outbreak Plenkovic and government officials visited the construction site in southern Croatia on Monday afternoon Crossing the Mali Ston Bay over the Adriatic Sea the 2 4 kilometer long Peljesac Bridge connects Croatia s southernmost Dubrovnik Neretva County to the rest of the mainland giving the southeastern European country a continuous land link that bypasses foreign territory A Chinese consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation CRBC won the bid for the first phase of the bridge and its access roads in January 2018 with a promise to finish the job in 36 months Construction officially kicked off in late July 2018 and has been progressing well since then This project will connect Croatian territory once and for all For all of us and especially for our colleagues and friends from Dubrovnik Neretva County it means the equal status of that county in the territorial organization of Croatia Plenkovic said noting that the bridge is one of the most important investments in the country Plenkovic told reporters that due to the COVID 19 epidemic Croatian experts couldn t travel to China to follow the production of certain parts of the bridge which could postpone the completion of construction for two or three months He said that the Chinese company is ready to make a further effort to finish the European Union funded project on time Oleg Butkovic Minister of the Sea Transport and Infrastructure told RTL television on Monday that the construction of the bridge hasn t stopped during the COVID 19 epidemic and that the bridge and the connection roads should be finished by the end of next year at the latest Lu Shengwei representative of CRBC in Croatia told Xinhua that Croatian officials were satisfied with what they saw during the visit According to Lu there are currently 500 people working on the project and the contractor has been taking stringent measures against the possible outbreak of COVID 19 at the construction site On Saturday the Chinese contractor successfully installed the first steel box girder an important bridge part that upholds the road surface on the piers XINHUA
    Croatian PM happy with progress of Peljesac Bridge construction
     Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he is glad to see the progress in the construction of the Peljesac Bridge despite the COVID 19 outbreak Plenkovic and government officials visited the construction site in southern Croatia on Monday afternoon Crossing the Mali Ston Bay over the Adriatic Sea the 2 4 kilometer long Peljesac Bridge connects Croatia s southernmost Dubrovnik Neretva County to the rest of the mainland giving the southeastern European country a continuous land link that bypasses foreign territory A Chinese consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation CRBC won the bid for the first phase of the bridge and its access roads in January 2018 with a promise to finish the job in 36 months Construction officially kicked off in late July 2018 and has been progressing well since then This project will connect Croatian territory once and for all For all of us and especially for our colleagues and friends from Dubrovnik Neretva County it means the equal status of that county in the territorial organization of Croatia Plenkovic said noting that the bridge is one of the most important investments in the country Plenkovic told reporters that due to the COVID 19 epidemic Croatian experts couldn t travel to China to follow the production of certain parts of the bridge which could postpone the completion of construction for two or three months He said that the Chinese company is ready to make a further effort to finish the European Union funded project on time Oleg Butkovic Minister of the Sea Transport and Infrastructure told RTL television on Monday that the construction of the bridge hasn t stopped during the COVID 19 epidemic and that the bridge and the connection roads should be finished by the end of next year at the latest Lu Shengwei representative of CRBC in Croatia told Xinhua that Croatian officials were satisfied with what they saw during the visit According to Lu there are currently 500 people working on the project and the contractor has been taking stringent measures against the possible outbreak of COVID 19 at the construction site On Saturday the Chinese contractor successfully installed the first steel box girder an important bridge part that upholds the road surface on the piers XINHUA
    Croatian PM happy with progress of Peljesac Bridge construction
    Foreign3 years ago

    Croatian PM happy with progress of Peljesac Bridge construction

    Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic said on Monday that he is glad to see the progress in the construction of the Peljesac Bridge despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Plenkovic and government officials visited the construction site in southern Croatia on Monday afternoon.

    Crossing the Mali Ston Bay over the Adriatic Sea, the 2.4-kilometer-long Peljesac Bridge connects Croatia's southernmost Dubrovnik-Neretva County to the rest of the mainland, giving the southeastern European country a continuous land link that bypasses foreign territory.

    A Chinese consortium led by China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) won the bid for the first phase of the bridge and its access roads in January 2018, with a promise to finish the job in 36 months. Construction officially kicked off in late July 2018 and has been progressing well since then.

    "This project will connect Croatian territory once and for all. For all of us, and especially for our colleagues and friends from Dubrovnik-Neretva County, it means the equal status of that county in the territorial organization of Croatia," Plenkovic said, noting that the bridge is one of the most important investments in the country.

    Plenkovic told reporters that due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Croatian experts couldn't travel to China to follow the production of certain parts of the bridge, which could postpone the completion of construction for two or three months. He said that the Chinese company is ready to make a further effort to finish the European Union-funded project on time.

    Oleg Butkovic, Minister of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, told RTL television on Monday that the construction of the bridge hasn't stopped during the COVID-19 epidemic and that the bridge and the connection roads should be finished by the end of next year at the latest.

    Lu Shengwei, representative of CRBC in Croatia, told Xinhua that Croatian officials were satisfied with what they saw during the visit. According to Lu, there are currently 500 people working on the project, and the contractor has been taking stringent measures against the possible outbreak of COVID-19 at the construction site.

    On Saturday, the Chinese contractor successfully installed the first steel box girder, an important bridge part that upholds the road surface on the piers.


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  •  Senegal s Ministry of Health and Social Action on Monday reported 83 more confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the total to 3 130 in the country Of the 83 new cases 79 are follow up contact cases and four community transmission ones ministry spokesperson Aloyse Waly Diouf told a daily briefing on the pandemic A total of 1 091 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours he said An additional 59 patients recovered from the disease bring the total of recoveries to 1 515 The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 15 Diouf said The death toll remains at 35 across the country Senegal which reported the first confirmed case on March 2 now has a total of 3 130 cases including 2 761 follow up contact cases 89 imported ones and 280 community transmission ones President Macky Sall on Sunday urged citizens to stay vigilant and observe preventive measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus Although the situation appears to be stabilizing in the country Senegal faces a possible rise of imported cases from neighboring countries Its northern neighbor Mauritania reported a surge of confirmed cases last week while Mali on Monday reported nine new cases in the western region of Kayes right next to the border with Senegal Across Senegal s southern border Guinea Bissau on Sunday reported 64 positive cases out of 84 samples tested Senegal s state of emergency over the pandemic declared on March 24 was extended early May to last through June 2 Residents are subject to a 9 p m 5 a m curfew and required to wear masks at all public places XINHUA
    Senegal reports 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaching 3,130
     Senegal s Ministry of Health and Social Action on Monday reported 83 more confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the total to 3 130 in the country Of the 83 new cases 79 are follow up contact cases and four community transmission ones ministry spokesperson Aloyse Waly Diouf told a daily briefing on the pandemic A total of 1 091 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours he said An additional 59 patients recovered from the disease bring the total of recoveries to 1 515 The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 15 Diouf said The death toll remains at 35 across the country Senegal which reported the first confirmed case on March 2 now has a total of 3 130 cases including 2 761 follow up contact cases 89 imported ones and 280 community transmission ones President Macky Sall on Sunday urged citizens to stay vigilant and observe preventive measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus Although the situation appears to be stabilizing in the country Senegal faces a possible rise of imported cases from neighboring countries Its northern neighbor Mauritania reported a surge of confirmed cases last week while Mali on Monday reported nine new cases in the western region of Kayes right next to the border with Senegal Across Senegal s southern border Guinea Bissau on Sunday reported 64 positive cases out of 84 samples tested Senegal s state of emergency over the pandemic declared on March 24 was extended early May to last through June 2 Residents are subject to a 9 p m 5 a m curfew and required to wear masks at all public places XINHUA
    Senegal reports 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaching 3,130
    Foreign3 years ago

    Senegal reports 83 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, total reaching 3,130

    Senegal's Ministry of Health and Social Action on Monday reported 83 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 3,130 in the country.

    Of the 83 new cases, 79 are follow-up contact cases and four community-transmission ones, ministry spokesperson Aloyse Waly Diouf told a daily briefing on the pandemic.

    A total of 1,091 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours, he said.

    An additional 59 patients recovered from the disease, bring the total of recoveries to 1,515. The number of patients in intensive care units rose to 15, Diouf said.

    The death toll remains at 35 across the country.

    Senegal, which reported the first confirmed case on March 2, now has a total of 3,130 cases, including 2,761 follow-up contact cases, 89 imported ones and 280 community-transmission ones.

    President Macky Sall on Sunday urged citizens to stay vigilant and observe preventive measures to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

    Although the situation appears to be stabilizing in the country, Senegal faces a possible rise of imported cases from neighboring countries.

    Its northern neighbor Mauritania reported a surge of confirmed cases last week, while Mali on Monday reported nine new cases in the western region of Kayes, right next to the border with Senegal.

    Across Senegal's southern border, Guinea-Bissau on Sunday reported 64 positive cases out of 84 samples tested.

    Senegal's state of emergency over the pandemic, declared on March 24, was extended early May to last through June 2. Residents are subject to a 9 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew and required to wear masks at all public places.


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  •  Mali s health authorities reported on Sunday 25 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the total number of infections to 860 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 119 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours Twenty five samples returned positive including 19 from Bamako epicenter of the pandemic in Mali Fifteen patients have tested negative and four deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours in the country the ministry said adding that 1 900 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis So far the West African country has reported 860 confirmed cases including 52 deaths and 494 recovery cases since March 25 In order to contain the spread of the virus Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced last Saturday the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2 and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public spaces of the country The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained while the curfew has been lifted XINHUA
    Mali reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 as tally rises to 860
     Mali s health authorities reported on Sunday 25 new confirmed cases of COVID 19 bringing the total number of infections to 860 in the country According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs 119 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours Twenty five samples returned positive including 19 from Bamako epicenter of the pandemic in Mali Fifteen patients have tested negative and four deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours in the country the ministry said adding that 1 900 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis So far the West African country has reported 860 confirmed cases including 52 deaths and 494 recovery cases since March 25 In order to contain the spread of the virus Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced last Saturday the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2 and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public spaces of the country The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained while the curfew has been lifted XINHUA
    Mali reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 as tally rises to 860
    Foreign3 years ago

    Mali reported 25 new cases of COVID-19 as tally rises to 860

    Mali's health authorities reported on Sunday 25 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 860 in the country.

    According to the Malian Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, 119 samples have been tested in the past 24 hours. Twenty-five samples returned positive, including 19 from Bamako, epicenter of the pandemic in Mali.

    Fifteen patients have tested negative, and four deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours in the country, the ministry said, adding that 1,900 close contacts are being monitored on a daily basis.

    So far, the West African country has reported 860 confirmed cases, including 52 deaths and 494 recovery cases, since March 25.

    In order to contain the spread of the virus, Malian Prime Minister Boubou Cisse announced last Saturday the extension of the closure of all schools from May 9 to June 2, and the mandatory wearing of masks in all public spaces of the country.

    The state of health emergency declared on March 25 in Mali is maintained, while the curfew has been lifted.


    (XINHUA)

  •  A regional humanitarian response hub established by the United Nations World Food Programme WFP to facilitate COVID 19 response efforts is now fully operational in Ghana s capital Accra The hub mainly serves UN agencies and non governmental organisations It is operated under stringent measures to prevent transmission of COVID 19 the WFP said in a release The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub and spoke system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic it added According to the release Accra already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria Chad Mali the Central African Republic Uganda Tanzania and Ethiopia It will enable health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in the context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Ghana for hosting the regional cargo and passenger aviation hub which is needed to sustain humanitarian operations that millions of vulnerable people across Africa are depending on during this pandemic said Rukia Yacoub WFP Representative and Country Director in Ghana This is the second time in recent years that Ghana is supporting global efforts to address health crises in Africa In 2014 Accra was the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response AIB Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Ghana’s capital hosts WFP’s regional COVID-19 humanitarian response hub
     A regional humanitarian response hub established by the United Nations World Food Programme WFP to facilitate COVID 19 response efforts is now fully operational in Ghana s capital Accra The hub mainly serves UN agencies and non governmental organisations It is operated under stringent measures to prevent transmission of COVID 19 the WFP said in a release The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub and spoke system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic it added According to the release Accra already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria Chad Mali the Central African Republic Uganda Tanzania and Ethiopia It will enable health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in the context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Ghana for hosting the regional cargo and passenger aviation hub which is needed to sustain humanitarian operations that millions of vulnerable people across Africa are depending on during this pandemic said Rukia Yacoub WFP Representative and Country Director in Ghana This is the second time in recent years that Ghana is supporting global efforts to address health crises in Africa In 2014 Accra was the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response AIB Edited By Abdulfatah Babatunde NAN
    Ghana’s capital hosts WFP’s regional COVID-19 humanitarian response hub
    Foreign3 years ago

    Ghana’s capital hosts WFP’s regional COVID-19 humanitarian response hub

    A regional humanitarian response hub established by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to facilitate COVID-19 response efforts is now fully operational in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

    The hub mainly serves UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.

    It is operated under stringent measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19, the WFP said in a release.

    The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub-and-spoke system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic, it added.

    According to the release, Accra, already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa, is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria, Chad, Mali, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

    It will enable health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in the context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions.

    WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Ghana for hosting the regional cargo and passenger aviation hub, which is needed to sustain humanitarian operations that millions of vulnerable people across Africa are depending on during this pandemic,’’ said Rukia Yacoub, WFP Representative and Country Director in Ghana.

    This is the second time in recent years that Ghana is supporting global efforts to address health crises in Africa.

    In 2014, Accra was the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response. 

    AIB


    Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

  •  A regional humanitarian response hub established by the United Nations World Food Programme WFP to facilitate COVID 19 response efforts is now fully operational in Ghana s capital Accra The hub mainly serves UN agencies and non governmental organizations It is operated under stringent measures to prevent transmission of COVID 19 the WFP said in a release on Friday The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub and spoke system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic it added According to the release Accra already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria Chad Mali the Central African Republic Uganda Tanzania and Ethiopia It will enable health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in the context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Ghana for hosting the regional cargo and passenger aviation hub which is needed to sustain humanitarian operations that millions of vulnerable people across Africa are depending on during this pandemic said Rukia Yacoub WFP Representative and Country Director in Ghana This is the second time in recent years that Ghana is supporting global efforts to address health crises in Africa In 2014 Accra was the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response XINHUA
    Ghana’s capital hosts WFP’s regional COVID-19 humanitarian response hub
     A regional humanitarian response hub established by the United Nations World Food Programme WFP to facilitate COVID 19 response efforts is now fully operational in Ghana s capital Accra The hub mainly serves UN agencies and non governmental organizations It is operated under stringent measures to prevent transmission of COVID 19 the WFP said in a release on Friday The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub and spoke system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic it added According to the release Accra already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria Chad Mali the Central African Republic Uganda Tanzania and Ethiopia It will enable health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in the context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Ghana for hosting the regional cargo and passenger aviation hub which is needed to sustain humanitarian operations that millions of vulnerable people across Africa are depending on during this pandemic said Rukia Yacoub WFP Representative and Country Director in Ghana This is the second time in recent years that Ghana is supporting global efforts to address health crises in Africa In 2014 Accra was the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response XINHUA
    Ghana’s capital hosts WFP’s regional COVID-19 humanitarian response hub
    Foreign3 years ago

    Ghana’s capital hosts WFP’s regional COVID-19 humanitarian response hub

    A regional humanitarian response hub established by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to facilitate COVID-19 response efforts is now fully operational in Ghana's capital, Accra.

    The hub mainly serves UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. It is operated under stringent measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19, the WFP said in a release on Friday.

    The Accra regional hub is part of a global hub-and-spoke system of air links for dispatching essential medical and humanitarian cargo and transporting health workers to the front lines of the pandemic, it added.

    According to the release, Accra, already vital for the dispatching of critical supplies to countries in west and central Africa, is launching humanitarian response flights to Nigeria, Chad, Mali, the Central African Republic, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

    It will enable health and humanitarian personnel to rapidly reach areas where they are most needed in the context of limited commercial transport and travel restrictions.

    "WFP is extremely grateful to the government and people of Ghana for hosting the regional cargo and passenger aviation hub which is needed to sustain humanitarian operations that millions of vulnerable people across Africa are depending on during this pandemic," said Rukia Yacoub, WFP Representative and Country Director in Ghana.

    This is the second time in recent years that Ghana is supporting global efforts to address health crises in Africa. In 2014, Accra was the headquarters of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.


    (XINHUA)

  •  Algerian anti terror units on Friday killed an armed militant in the woods of Ain Defla Province 163 km southwest of the capital Algiers the defense ministry said in a statement The militant was killed during an operation being conducted in the locality of Zeddine in the dense forests of Ain Defla according to the ministry statement A Kalashnikov type submachine gun three magazines one grenade and one mobile phone were seized The killing came just days after a senior terrorist leader was killed in this ongoing operation The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands troops along its border with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms XINHUA
    Armed militant killed in Algeria’s anti-terror operation
     Algerian anti terror units on Friday killed an armed militant in the woods of Ain Defla Province 163 km southwest of the capital Algiers the defense ministry said in a statement The militant was killed during an operation being conducted in the locality of Zeddine in the dense forests of Ain Defla according to the ministry statement A Kalashnikov type submachine gun three magazines one grenade and one mobile phone were seized The killing came just days after a senior terrorist leader was killed in this ongoing operation The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands troops along its border with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms XINHUA
    Armed militant killed in Algeria’s anti-terror operation
    Foreign3 years ago

    Armed militant killed in Algeria’s anti-terror operation

    Algerian anti-terror units on Friday killed an armed militant in the woods of Ain Defla Province, 163 km southwest of the capital Algiers, the defense ministry said in a statement.

    The militant was killed during an operation being conducted in the locality of Zeddine in the dense forests of Ain Defla, according to the ministry statement.

    A Kalashnikov-type submachine gun, three magazines, one grenade and one mobile phone were seized.

    The killing came just days after a senior terrorist leader was killed in this ongoing operation.

    The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands troops along its border with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms.


    (XINHUA)

  •  Somali National Army SNA on Wednesday killed six al Shabab militants in an operation in the southern region of Lower Shabelle a military officer confirmed on Thursday Abdi Hamid Mohamed Dirir commander of the Somali infantry division told reporters that SNA conducted a sting operation in villages between Jannale and Qoryoley towns and inflicted casualties on the militants We got intelligence of the militants presence in the area and our forces advanced towards the area There was a confrontation between the army and the militants we overpowered them killing six of them Dirir said He added that one of those killed in the operation was Abdi Muhsin Hussein a senior al Shabab fighter Our forces are now controlling the area and the militants have fled towards the forest he said Locals said the government army attacked al Shabab members in Bulla Sheikh village prompting exchange gunfire between the two sides There was exchange of fire between the army and the militants but the forces are now in the town and the militants were chased out Hindi Aden a resident said The latest operation comes barely three days after Somali forces killed three al Shabab militants including a foreign operator from Mali in another operation in the outskirt of Bu ale town in the country s southern region of Middle Juba Somali forces have intensified operations against al Shabab extremists in southern regions but the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in those regions conducting ambushes and planting land mines XINHUA
    Somali army kills 6 al-Shabab militants in southern region
     Somali National Army SNA on Wednesday killed six al Shabab militants in an operation in the southern region of Lower Shabelle a military officer confirmed on Thursday Abdi Hamid Mohamed Dirir commander of the Somali infantry division told reporters that SNA conducted a sting operation in villages between Jannale and Qoryoley towns and inflicted casualties on the militants We got intelligence of the militants presence in the area and our forces advanced towards the area There was a confrontation between the army and the militants we overpowered them killing six of them Dirir said He added that one of those killed in the operation was Abdi Muhsin Hussein a senior al Shabab fighter Our forces are now controlling the area and the militants have fled towards the forest he said Locals said the government army attacked al Shabab members in Bulla Sheikh village prompting exchange gunfire between the two sides There was exchange of fire between the army and the militants but the forces are now in the town and the militants were chased out Hindi Aden a resident said The latest operation comes barely three days after Somali forces killed three al Shabab militants including a foreign operator from Mali in another operation in the outskirt of Bu ale town in the country s southern region of Middle Juba Somali forces have intensified operations against al Shabab extremists in southern regions but the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in those regions conducting ambushes and planting land mines XINHUA
    Somali army kills 6 al-Shabab militants in southern region
    Foreign3 years ago

    Somali army kills 6 al-Shabab militants in southern region

    Somali National Army (SNA) on Wednesday killed six al-Shabab militants in an operation in the southern region of Lower Shabelle, a military officer confirmed on Thursday.

    Abdi Hamid Mohamed Dirir, commander of the Somali infantry division told reporters that SNA conducted a sting operation in villages between Jannale and Qoryoley towns and inflicted casualties on the militants.

    "We got intelligence of the militants' presence in the area and our forces advanced towards the area. There was a confrontation between the army and the militants, we overpowered them killing six of them," Dirir said.

    He added that one of those killed in the operation was Abdi Muhsin Hussein, a senior al-Shabab fighter.

    "Our forces are now controlling the area and the militants have fled towards the forest," he said.

    Locals said the government army attacked al-Shabab members in Bulla Sheikh village, prompting exchange gunfire between the two sides.

    "There was exchange of fire between the army and the militants, but the forces are now in the town and the militants were chased out," Hindi Aden, a resident said.

    The latest operation comes barely three days after Somali forces killed three al-Shabab militants including a foreign operator from Mali in another operation in the outskirt of Bu'ale town in the country's southern region of Middle Juba.

    Somali forces have intensified operations against al-Shabab extremists in southern regions, but the militants still hold swathes of rural areas in those regions conducting ambushes and planting land mines.


    (XINHUA)

  •  Algerian army on Tuesday killed a terrorist leader in the province of Ain Defla southwest of capital Algiers Defense Ministry said in a statement The killed terrorist is named Serbah Ahmed alias Abu Al Abbes 47 years old He joined terrorist groups in 1997 and he was a leader of a terrorist group operating in Chlef Ain Defla Tissemssilt and Medea the statement said A submachine gun a pair of binoculars and three mobile phones were seized during this operation it added The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands of troops along the borders with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms XINHUA
    Terrorist killed in northern Algeria
     Algerian army on Tuesday killed a terrorist leader in the province of Ain Defla southwest of capital Algiers Defense Ministry said in a statement The killed terrorist is named Serbah Ahmed alias Abu Al Abbes 47 years old He joined terrorist groups in 1997 and he was a leader of a terrorist group operating in Chlef Ain Defla Tissemssilt and Medea the statement said A submachine gun a pair of binoculars and three mobile phones were seized during this operation it added The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands of troops along the borders with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms XINHUA
    Terrorist killed in northern Algeria
    Foreign3 years ago

    Terrorist killed in northern Algeria

    Algerian army on Tuesday killed a terrorist leader in the province of Ain Defla, southwest of capital Algiers, Defense Ministry said in a statement.

    The killed terrorist is named Serbah Ahmed, alias "Abu Al-Abbes", 47 years old. He joined terrorist groups in 1997, and he was a leader of a terrorist group operating in Chlef, Ain Defla, Tissemssilt and Medea, the statement said.

    A submachine gun, a pair of binoculars, and three mobile phones were seized during this operation, it added.

    The North African nation has deployed tens of thousands of troops along the borders with Mali and Libya to thwart intrusion of terrorists and arms.


    (XINHUA)

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