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Why Buhari Must Extend Forensic Audit Of NDDC To Amnesty Program — Niger-Delta Anti-Corruption Group

The Anti-Corruption Crusaders Network, a group based in the Niger-Delta with specific focus on anti-corruption has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent call for a forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) over allegations surrounding the amount of funds allocated to the commission since its inception must be embraced by all stakeholders as they also called for the forensic audit to be extended to the Presidential Amnesty Program (PAP). Speaking on behalf of the group during an exclusive media chat with our correspondent, Hon. Ogidigba Godstime, an ex-agitator and social conscience crusader stated that this call by Mr. President for a forensic audit of the NDDC has revealed that Mr. President truly loves the Niger-Delta and wants the best for the region. “Every Nigerian youth that means well for the country, especially those advocates of ‘revolution’ can take up this challenge initiated by Mr. President on the forensic audit of NDDC because the activitie..

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All Colour Awards To Hold On December 1 In Lagos

All Colour Awards (ACA), the anticipated unusual “made in Nigeria” annual event with limitless imagination, will bring together top players in different sectors of the Nigerian economy at the reputable Abelinis Hub - 1, Erinola Salako Street, Behind Excellence Hotel, Ogba, Lagos, Nigeria on Sunday, December 1, 2019. The talk about town event will assemble different top players in various sectors under one roof to foster unity and is also positioned to propel winners beyond known boundaries. The awards night, which will kick off with the Red Carpet by 2p.m and the Event Proper by 4p.m has been packaged for the Nigerian organizations right down to the selected recipients for the exclusive maiden edition. It is also an important meeting and avenue place for the industry watchers to get engaged with who-is-who in different sectors in Nigeria and beyond through ACA, an unfolding success to beat and copy. “We are focused on high octane media programme, which will further increase the importa..

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Premier League sharpshooters in Africa as CAN qualifying begins

English Premier League sharpshooters Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah flew to Africa this week, seeking goals as 2021 Cup of Nations (CAN) qualifying kicks off. New Arsenal captain Aubameyang has claimed eight league goals this season and Liverpool duo Mane and Salah seven and six respectively, putting the trio among the top 10 scorers. The form of Gabonese Aubameyang, Senegalese Mane and Egyptian Salah will encourage their nations as they face two matches each between this Wednesday and next Tuesday. Mane, who is looking good to succeed two-time winner Salah as African Footballer of the Year, will be first into action with Senegal hosting Congo Brazzaville in Thies Wednesday. Having scored for Liverpool in a 3-1 triumph over reigning champions Manchester City Sunday and travelled to Dakar Monday, Mane will have little time to prepare for the Group I clash. Fortunately for 2019 Cup of Nations silver medallists Senegal, whose defence is marshalled by Napoli centre..

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Madagascar paddy farmers rise up against ‘new city’

Anger is boiling over in the hills surrounding Antananarivo over plans to relocate part of Madagascar's choked capital to emerald-green farmland. Hundreds of farmers in Ambohitrimanjaka village are facing off with the authorities over a presidential scheme that threatens to engulf a thousand hectares (2,500 acres) of rice fields. "We will not swap our land for money and we will not accept being moved," said Jean Desire Rakotoariamanana, 57, who took part in protests last month. "These rice paddies provided for our ancestors." The unrest has been sparked by a scheme to unclog Antananarivo, a polluted city of three million people wedged in the hills of the central highlands. If the Tana-Masoandra ("Tana Sun") project comes to fruition, the area will house all of the government's ministries, the Senate, a university, a conference centre, hotels and homes for 100,000 people. Its backers claim that relocation -- to what is the city's distant outskirts -- will cost the equival..

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Drought-hit Zimbabwe to transfer thousands of animals

Zimbabwe's wildlife agency said Monday it would move hundreds of elephants and other animals in a dramatic bid to save them from a lethal drought. At least 120 elephants have already died over the past two months as the country grapples with one of the worst droughts in its history. "We are moving 600 elephants, two prides of lion comprising between five and 10 members, a pack of wild dogs, 50 buffalo, 40 giraffes and 2,000 impalas," parks and wildlife authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo told AFP. The animals will be moved from Save Conservancy, a major park in southeastern Zimbabwe, to three other game reserves. "This will be the biggest translocation in our history," said Farawo. Permits for the operation have already been secured, Farawo said. The transfer will start "during the rain season, when pastures and foliage start flourishing," he added. The rain season usually kicks off from around the middle of November. "We want to avoid a situation where we trans-locate animals, onl..

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ICC prosecutor warns against escalating violence in Guinea

The International Criminal Court on Monday urged Guinea's government and the opposition to resume talks after bloody protests and warned that The Hague-based body could try those fanning tensions. The West African country has been wracked by demonstrations by the opposition who accuse President Alpha Conde of seeking to prolong his rule and uncertainty whether polls scheduled for February will go ahead. "Following reports of numerous episodes of violence in Guinea in the past weeks, I call on all actors and their supporters to refrain from violence and resume dialogue to prevent further casualties," ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said. "Anyone who commits, orders, incites, encourages or contributes in any other way to the commission of atrocity crimes... is liable to prosecution by Guinean courts or by the ICC," she said. At least 16 civilians and a police officer have been killed in bloody clashes since the protests began in mid-October, according to the opposition, with doz..

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How To Unlock Africa’s $3tn Free Trade Opportunity

New research from global law firm Baker McKenzie and Oxford Economics – AfCFTA's US$ 3 trillion Opportunity: Weighing Existing Barriers against Potential Economic Gains - shows that if fully implemented, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will unlock significant but uneven growth opportunities on the continent. The African Union is putting the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) into operation. It will be the world's largest free trade area by number of countries and is so far in force across 27 countries. Open economy key to success Some countries are currently better placed than others to reap the rewards of intraregional trade and numerous obstacles mean that the tangible benefits of the agreement will likely only be realized from 2030. The report finds countries with good existing trade integration with their neighbours and which have open economies are most likley to benefit economically from lower trade tariffs. For example, South Africa stands to ..

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Ethiopia Offers Window On The History Of Humanity

The skeletal remains of Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old hominid discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 are displayed in the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis AbabaThere is a strong basis for the tourism slogan "Land of Origins," when one considers the roots of humanity and the opportunity to experience it in Ethiopia. The debate about the age of the human race has been heavily debated since the beginning of recorded history and scientific results are often in conflict with the narrative of religious doctrine. In Ethiopia, there is clear proof that humanity has its foundation millions of years ago. In the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, two skeletal remains of Ardi pr Ardipithecus ramidus, a 4.4 million-year-old female, is in the display case adjacent to Lucy or Australopithecus afarensis, a 3.2 million-year-old female, which had been the oldest skeleton ever found until 2009. Lucy was discovered in the Afar depression in Ethiopia near Hadar in 1974 and was determined to a hominid, ..

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Indiscriminate Dumping Of Waste: RIWAMA Goes Tough, Arrests Health Workers At Akpajo Roundabout

Three health workers have been arrested by the Monitoring Team of the Sole Administrator of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA), Bro. Felix Obuah over indiscriminate dumping of clinical wastes by the roadside at the Akpajo Roundabout off Oil Mill Junction in Port Harcourt, the State capital. Bro. Obuah who disclosed this in a statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt on Monday, said the health workers were caught dumping some clinical wastes which include syringes, placenta amongst others on the road side. He said the culprits who work for a private clinic in the area, identified as Fruitful Maternity and Clinic, were caught in the act and promptly arrested, and handed over to the RIWAMA Police for interrogation and prosecution. The Sole Administrator said investigations by his team revealed that so many clinics, hospitals and health centers in Port Harcourt are culpable in this practice and warned that the Agency is on their trail with a view to bring them..

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