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ECOWAS Submits $602m 2019 Budget to Parliament

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The ECOWAS Commission has submitted a budget proposal of 602 million dollars (381, 612, 734 Units of Accounts (UA) to the Community Parliament for the 2019 fiscal year. The Administration and Finance Committee (AFC) of the ECOWAS Commission made the presentation at the ongoing Second Ordinary Session of the parliament in Abuja […]

Nigeria, Senegal To Strengthen Relations In Trade, Energy, Security

(AFRICAN EXAMINER)  – Nigeria and Senegal have agreed to strengthen their bilateral relation in the areas of economic, trade and industry tourism, security, defence, energy, agriculture and education, among others, Senegalese Foreign Minister, Sidiki Kaba said. Kaba said this in Dakar after a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, who was on a working […]

Cameroun Troops Kill 4 Separatists After Death of American Missionary

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Cameroun Minister of Defence, Joseph Assomo, said on Wednesday four armed separatists were killed by government forces on Tuesday after the death of an American missionary in Bambui. Bambui is a locality in Northwest, one of the two war-torn Anglophone regions of the country. “Terrorists that killed the American missionary, Charles Wesco […]

How Coastal Countries Can Curb Piracy in West Africa Waters, By Lokpobiri

…As Pirates Hack Vessel in Ghana, Abduct 3 Korean Crew in Nigerian Waters (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the current President of the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), Senator Heineken Lokpobiri has urged member countries of the West African sub-region to ensure that all vessels plying […]

Liberia Central Bank Denies It Lost $100 Million Newly Printed Notes

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Liberia’s central bank did not lose more than 100 million dollars in newly printed notes, its governor said on Tuesday. He was disputing prior government statements that have sparked outrage and a federal investigation. The Information minister said last month that two separate shipments of cash containing a total of 104 million […]

Group Condemns Travel Restriction Imposed by Cameroonian Government 

By Eric Ojo, Abuja (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) has strongly condemned the Cameroonian government over its decision to introduce travel permits requirement and restrictions in the Anglophones regions of the country. The CHRDA, the leading human rights organization working to realize human rights in Cameroon, said […]

The Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe, Burkina Faso Join FOCAC

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Gambia, Sao Tome and Principe, and Burkina Faso were on Sunday, welcomed and congratulated as new members of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). They were welcomed at the Seventh Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC, which was held on Sunday in Beijing. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Chinese Minister […]

Low Global Cocoa Prices Crippling Ghana, Says Official

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Without government subsidy, Ghana’s cocoa sector would have difficulty financing its core activities, said Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), Joseph Boahen-Aidoo. Government support has become critical due to the lowering price of cocoa on the world market that has made Ghana, the second largest producer of cocoa in […]

Benin, Nigeria And Niger Meeting Will End Smuggling Of Rice –Envoy

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Benin Republic Ambassador to Nigeria, Mrs Paulette Yekpe, has said that the proposed tripartite meeting by Nigeria, Niger and her country, will establish a framework to address rice smuggling. Yekpe said this while briefing Journalists on Monday in Abuja on sideline of activities marking the 58th Independence anniversary of the country. […]

Buhari Emerges New ECOWAS Chairman

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) -President Muhammadu Buhari has emerged the Chairman of the Economic Community of West African States ECOWAS. Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, disclosed this in a message posted on his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad. Ahmad posted Tuesday: “President @MBuhari emerges as the new Chairman of the ECOWAS.” Similarly, a press statement […]

Gunmen Kill 14 Civilians in Mali Village

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) –  Gunmen shot dead 14 civilians in an attack on a village in Northeastern Mali, a Local Official said on Monday. This is amid a spate of killings by rival ethnic groups and jihadist militants that threaten to derail a presidential election later this month. Nanou Kotia, the mayor of the regional hub […]

Cote d’Ivoire’s President to name new Government July 9

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire’s plans to name a new government on July 9, after dissolving its predecessor because of a row within his ruling coalition, three government sources told Reuters on Friday. Two sources close to the president and one in Ouattara’s RDR party also said discussions between the RDR […]

Bénin Canvasses Visa-Free Travel In Africa

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Minister of Planning and Development, Republic of Bénin, Mr Abdoulaye Tchane, has urged West African countries to join the continent-wide campaign to make travel in Africa easier for Africans. Tchane made the call on Wednesday in Cotonou at the opening of the 21st session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Experts (ICE) […]

Ghana Set to Sack FA EXCO Over Alleged Kickbacks

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ghana has announced her resolve to dissolve its National Football Association a day after officials, were shown a documentary of an alleged taking kickback. Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid alleged that the FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi was involved in the scandal. The two-hour documentary, titled: “When Greed and Corruption Become the Norm’’, by undercover […]

AfDB to Assist São Tomé and Príncipe Develop Blue Economy Strategy

By Eric Ojo, Abuja (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Africa’s premier development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has expressed its willingness to help São Tomé and Príncipe to develop a blue economy strategy. The AfDB which currently operates in 41 African countries with an external office in Japan, contributes to the economic development and the […]

Benin Republic, Nigeria Partner to Tackle Smuggling

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Republic of Benin and the Federal Government have agreed to work together to step down the activities of smugglers in both countries borders. The Ambassador of the Republic of Benin to Nigeria, Ms Paulette Vekpa, said this after a closed door meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, […]

Ghana Denies Reports of Ebola Outbreak

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Monday refuted reports of an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. The denial followed social media reports that claimed an Ebola outbreak in Ghana and that the health authority was trying to suppress the information. “We want to state emphatically that the […]

Ghana Finally Opens Embassy in Qatar After Decades Of Ties

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – Ghana has opened its embassy in Qatar’s capital Doha after more than 30 years of “progressive’’ relations between the two countries, local media reported on Tuesday. “The bilateral relations between Qatar and Ghana will be further expanded, strengthened and consolidated’’ after the opening of the embassy, Qatar-based English newspaper Gulf Times cited […]

ECOWAS to Extend Peace Keeping Mission In Gambia

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – ECOWAS is planning to extend the duration of its mission in The Gambia by one year. The Director, Peacekeeping and Regional Security, ECOWAS Commission, Dr Cyriaque Agnekethom said that the extension was necessary to assist the country in reforming its security sector. Agnekethom recalled that the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG) […]

France Reaffirms Support for Nigeria’s Economic Recovery Growth Plan

By Eric Ojo, Abuja (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Government of France through its development agency, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), has expressed its resolve to fully support the Federal Government of Nigeria in the implementation of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) for the country. The French development agency said its intervention strategy for […]

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