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Nigeria: Customs Intercepts N4 Million Worth Foreign Rice in Jigawa

By Yusha’u A. Ibrahim

Kano — The Kano/Jigawa states’ Command of the Nigerian Customs Service has intercepted foreign rice worth N4, 167,825.45 in Jigawa state.

Briefing the newsmen on the seizure yesterday, the Command’s Comptroller, Mr Abutu Mathais Onoja, said a trailer loaded with the rice was impounded by the service at Shuwarin village in Kiyawa local goverment of Jigawa state.

Onoja, however, said nobody was arrested in connection with the intercepted goods.

He said the driver and conductor of the trailer abandoned the vehicle and ran away after they were ordered to disembark from the vehicle to witness a search on the goods they were carrying.

He said the smugglers covered the rice with some bags of Nigerian Sugar, used tyers and gallons of paints among other items.

“We have realized that the smugglers have nowadays changed tactics in their quest to smuggle foreign goods into the country, but we will continue to track them and bring them to justice,” he assured.

He, however, apealed to the headquarters of the service to look into the problem of the command’s warehouse which he said was filled up with seized goods.

Onoja said the command had donated 420 bags of rice to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) last year and that presently a total of 6, 143 bags of rice are being kept in the warehouse.

Nigeria

There’s No Boko Haram Resurgence, Nigerian Military Assures

Director, Defence Information, Maj.-Gen. John Enenche, briefing Newsmen during a Monthly News Conference on Defence and… Read more »

Nigeria: NEITI Commences Audit of Oil, Gas Sector

By Anyichie Tochukwu

The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) yesterday said it has commenced a comprehensive, independent audit of the nation’s oil and gas sector that would cover the periods of 2015 and 2016.

Mr Waziri Adio, Executive Secretary of NEITI, announced this in Lagos at a workshop organised for major oil companies in the country.

Adio said the independent audit was in line with the principles and standards of the global Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI).

According to him, relevant government agencies were expected to participate in the exercise.

He said the workshop was designed to acquaint participants with the structure and content of the template, the kinds of questions that NEITI would ask and answers expected to be provided by the covered entities.

“This workshop is to seek your views, suggestions and inputs as well as listen to your concerns on how to make the exercise hitch-free,” Adio added.

The workshop witnessed presentations on the EITI processes, methods, principles and standards including emerging issues on beneficial ownership and contract transparency.

The benefits of implementing EITI in Nigeria also topped discussions at the interactive session.

The executive secretary announced that NEITI would introduce a ranking reward system to incentivise participation of covered entities.

He said in the ranking system, companies would be graded based on their efficiency in populating the audit templates such as the quality, depth of information, data provided and quick response to set deadlines.

Adio explained that the system would be shared with over 51 member countries of EITI and multi-lateral organisations, to serve as reference points on adherence to business ethics for major investment decisions in Nigeria.

Nigeria

Economy Would Be Out of Recession By Second Quarter – Central Bank

The Central Bank of Nigeria has restated that the Nigerian economy would come out of the recession in the second quarter… Read more »

Use Weather Data to Boost Economy, Farmers Urged

By Abela Msikula

Tanzanians, particularly farmers, have been urged to effectively utilise weather information, as efforts to transform the country into an industrial economy.

It is because the transformation depends much on the agriculture sector, mostly for provision of raw materials, enough to feed all industries; the Deputy Director for Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR), Benard Achiula, said.

He was speaking on Tuesday during the winding up of Protocol and Public Relations short courses availed to Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) staff by his organisation.

CFR offered a five-day short course from 21 to 25 of April, with intention of increasing expertise in communication, given that TMA personnel communicate with the world. “The same effectiveness in communication means a lot for our farmers, as it will tell when to engage in farming activities.

The information also helps agriculture experts to direct how and which kinds of crops to grow in certain areas,” he said.

He added that apart from promoting industrialism, reliable weather information contributes to the national economic growth through the tourism sector, since it tells foreign tourists when to conduct tours in the country.

TMA Director General (DG), Dr Agnes Kijazi urged participants to effectively apply the knowledge; saying the organisation’s information was useful world-wide, not only to Tanzanians. She clarified that TMA exchanges weather information with other Agencies in the universe through the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), hence, the graduates should consider, precision, clarity and professionalism when communicating with the world.

“Weather information has lots of benefits, locally and internationally. For instance, when the information leads to the increase of agricultural products in Tanzania, the same information gives status of the climate world-wide.

This is where environmentalists get the start on how to tackle climate change, a serious challenge facing the universe,” she said. At the same time, the DG advised Tanzanians to effectively utilise the on-going rains for farm activities; insisting that as TMA announced earlier, the country will continue experiencing rains until the end of next month.

Tanzania

Gold Regains Status As Tanzania’s Top Export

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Tanzania: Use Weather Data to Boost Economy, Farmers Urged

By Abela Msikula

Tanzanians, particularly farmers, have been urged to effectively utilise weather information, as efforts to transform the country into an industrial economy.

It is because the transformation depends much on the agriculture sector, mostly for provision of raw materials, enough to feed all industries; the Deputy Director for Centre for Foreign Relations (CFR), Benard Achiula, said.

He was speaking on Tuesday during the winding up of Protocol and Public Relations short courses availed to Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) staff by his organisation.

CFR offered a five-day short course from 21 to 25 of April, with intention of increasing expertise in communication, given that TMA personnel communicate with the world. “The same effectiveness in communication means a lot for our farmers, as it will tell when to engage in farming activities.

The information also helps agriculture experts to direct how and which kinds of crops to grow in certain areas,” he said.

He added that apart from promoting industrialism, reliable weather information contributes to the national economic growth through the tourism sector, since it tells foreign tourists when to conduct tours in the country.

TMA Director General (DG), Dr Agnes Kijazi urged participants to effectively apply the knowledge; saying the organisation’s information was useful world-wide, not only to Tanzanians. She clarified that TMA exchanges weather information with other Agencies in the universe through the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), hence, the graduates should consider, precision, clarity and professionalism when communicating with the world.

“Weather information has lots of benefits, locally and internationally. For instance, when the information leads to the increase of agricultural products in Tanzania, the same information gives status of the climate world-wide.

This is where environmentalists get the start on how to tackle climate change, a serious challenge facing the universe,” she said. At the same time, the DG advised Tanzanians to effectively utilise the on-going rains for farm activities; insisting that as TMA announced earlier, the country will continue experiencing rains until the end of next month.

Tanzania

Gold Regains Status As Tanzania’s Top Export

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Nigeria: ‎NCAA Cautions Pilots, Airlines On Severe Thunderstorms

By Oladeinde Olawoyin

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Wednesday, cautioned pilots, airline operators and Air Traffic Controllers on the danger associated with severe thunderstorms.

A statement signed by Sam Adurogboye, NCAA spokesperson, said the caution is based on the year 2017 Seasonal Rainfall Prediction, SRP, by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, NiMet.

These hazards, according to the statement, include severe turbulence, microburst, low level wind shears and other events that could affect flight operations.

The statement noted that rainy season is predicted to commence in March/April and May/June 2017 in the Southern and Northern parts of Nigeria, respectively.

“Therefore, this weather alert is necessitated by the fact that rainy season, at onset, is usually accompanied with severe thunderstorms and many other hazardous weather phenomena”, Mr. Adurogboye said.

The series of responsibilities for pilots, operators and air traffic controllers, according to the statement, shows the latter may temporarily close airspace when hazardous weather conditions such as severe thunderstorms, squall lines microburst or low level wind-shear are observed or forecast.

Similarly, flight crews or operators and Athe controllers should ensure adherence to aerodrome weather, while pilots are expected to exercise maximum restraint whenever adverse weather is observed.

“Pilots/Flight Crew Members shall obtain adequate departure, en-route and destination weather information and briefing from NiMet Aerodrome Meteorological Offices prior to flight operations,” the statement stated.

The NCAA expects strict compliance from pilots and other concerned stakeholders, Mr. Adurogboye added.

Nigeria

Truck Crushes Motorcyclist to Death in Lagos

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Govt Issues Strong Warning to Contractors

Photo: The New Times

A digger at the construction site of Minicofin extension wing where internet cables were damaged.

By Peterson Tumwebaze

At around 2pm yesterday, parts of City of Kigali were cut off the internet, forcing senior government officials to convene an impromptu meeting.

The cut-off came after Enterprise General Construction Company (EGC), the contactor tasked to build a new Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning extension wing, damaged fibre optic cable meant to supply internet to most parts of the city.

The incident breached the new construction guidelines issued on December 9 2014, where those constructing must first secure a safe passage for the underground infrastructure, including water pipes, electricity wiring and internet cabling before commencing actual construction.

At the meeting, James Musoni, the minister for infrastructure, urged contractors to follow the rules and guidelines or risk jail and having their permits revoked.

According to Musoni, government will no longer tolerate construction companies involved in unprofessional conduct and shoddy works around the country.

They should know they will also be required to pay a heavy penalty if they don’t follow construction guidelines, he said.

The City of Kigali recently unveiled a new digital system for issuing and managing building permits online.

The electronic Building Permit Management Information System (eBPMIS) is designed to digitise building permit issuing services in the City of Kigali and secondary cities and to improve service delivery.

However, Minister Musoni said builders risk losing these permits if they don’t adhere to the standards.

Engineers arrested

Meanwhile Police yesterday arrested three engineers in connection with internet sabotage in the city.

The engineers, according to Police spokesperson Theos Badege, are being investigated for not following proper guidelines on a construction site.

The engineers are attached to the EGC construction company.

Once convicted, both the engineers and the construction company could pay up to 10 times the losses incurred as a result of internet disconnection in the city yesterday, Badege told The New Times, insisting that contractors ought to know the consequences of not respecting the guidelines.

City mayor Pascal Nyamulinda said they were working with all relevant institutions to further streamline construction business across the city.

“We will continue to strengthen our monitoring mechanisms to ensure developers are following the guidelines and delivering quality infrastructure,” he said.

The City is currently working on a roads expansion project to ease traffic and facilitate easy movements across Kigali. The mega project is expected to cost about $76 million.

However, experts are warning of more cases of underground infrastructure interference as the city embarks on the road expansion effort.

Meanwhile, Amb. Claver Gatete, the minister for finance and economic planning, said works on the new extension wing will continue according to plan despite yesterday’s incident.

Why Bank of Uganda Reinforces Regulation of Pan-African Banks

[Monitor] To guard against risks that may arise from pan-African banks, Bank of Uganda (BoU) has signed various Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with supervisors of commercial banks with presence in the country to enable regular and proactive interaction and sharing of information on these institutions.

Four People Killed On Weekend in Burundi

By Diane Uwimana

In the early morning of 24 April, sounds of gunshots were heard in Kigobe neighborhood of Ntahangwa Commune in the capital Bujumbura. “The police officer was pursuing a “tuk-tuk” driver who was trying to escape.

Instead of stopping, he rather tried to run away and the police officer shot in the air trying to stop him. The policeman has been arrested for investigation”, says Pierre Nkurikiye, the police spokesperson.

Pierre Nkurikiye also says shootings were also heard in Kanyosha neighborhood in the south of the Burundian capital. “it was around midnight past twenty minutes when a police officer shot in the air trying to prevent robbers from stealing a house of the locality”, he says.

In the evening of 22 April, Jean Claude Bashirahishize, a resident of Rukina zone in Mukike Commune of Bujumbura Province was shot dead by soldiers from the Ruhororo military position.

Séverin Ndayizeye, the local chief said the young man was shot when he was trying to escape from the soldiers when they were controlling identity cards of the passengers. Gaspard Baratuza, Spokesman for the Burundian army also confirms the information that the young man was shot dead as he was trying to escape.

On 23 April, a dead body of Asmane Nduwimana, a driver and resident of Buterere neighborhood was discovered in Kanyosha southern area of the capital Bujumbura. “His “probox” type vehicle was stolen by unknown people”, says the police spokesman.

One woman on Musenyi hill of Cankuzo Eastern province and another one from Taba hill of Songa Commune in Bururi southern province were also killed by unknown people on 23 April. One person was arrested in each of the two localities for investigation.

Jean Baptiste Nsabimana, a human rights activist says 10 bodies have been identified. He also says cases of disappearances (14), torture (22) and arbitrary arrests (166) have been reported in different parts of the country from 1 to 23 April 2017.

Burundi

Pro-Government People Protest Against UN Human Rights Commission Report On Burundi

Communication officer within the ruling CNDD-FDD launched a campaign to protest the UN High Commissioner for Human… Read more »

Pro-Government People Protest Against UN Human Rights Commission Report On Burundi

By Lorraine Josiane Manishatse

Communication officer within the ruling CNDD-FDD launched a campaign to protest the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights report on Burundi. She accuses these UN officials of politicizing this UN body.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, issued on 18 April a report condemning the behavior of Imbonerakure-youths affiliated to the ruling CNDD-FDD party. He focused on the chilling video that circulates on social media where youth call for the impregnation of pro-opposition women in order to give birth to Imbonerakure babies. According to the UN official, these young people are supported by some government authorities and ruling party officials.

After the appearance of this video, Nancy Ninette Mutoni, CNDD-FDD National Secretary in charge of Information and Communication, said these young people violated the morals and the ideology of the party. She promised thorough investigations to identify the culprits.

After the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mutoni launched a campaign calling on Burundian women to condemn this UN official. She accused Zeid of producing a biased report. “He wants to politicize this UN body,” said Mutoni.

On 22 April, the people in power staged a rally to protest the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. They accused Zeid Hussein of participating in conspiracy against Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza.

Imbonerakure perpetrated rape

Marina Barampama, one of the leaders of UPD Zigamibanga party, condemns the campaign launched by the CNDD-FDD party communication officer. “It is a shame to see a country that does not respect women’s rights,” she says.

She says the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights did his job. “What he said is a reality. Even the governing party CNDD-FDD condemned these Imbonerakure”, says Barampama.

She urges the government to bring these Imbonerakure to justice.

Carine Kaneza, the spokesperson for the Women and Girls’ Movement for Peace and Security in Burundi, says Mutoni contradicted herself because she changed her mind.

“When the chilling video appeared on social media, Mutoni condemned the Imbonerakure who were chanting the violent slogan. The ruling party is conscious of the gravity of offense committed by the Imbonerakure because we are in a context where many women have been raped. That is the reason why Mutoni says one thing and its opposite, “Kaneza says.

For Kaneza, these Imbonerakure are well organized and prepared. The slogans they sang are not part of the Burundian folklore. They were not calling for rape. They had already done it, she says.

For Kaneza, Mutoni’s reaction is not surprising because what is happening in Burundi is very serious. “We are in a situation of massive crime,” she says. This woman activist says that anthropologists who have investigated the case of genocide admit that the denial of crimes is an intrinsic part of the process of mass killings. “Given the political attitude of the Bujumbura regime, we do not expect the government to recognize its mistakes,” says Kaneza.

Participants in pro-government rally in Bujumbura

Burundi

Four People Killed On Weekend in Burundi

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Africa: Africa to Pilot World’s First Malaria Vaccine

Photo: The New Times

A mother and her child sleep under a mosquito net. This is one of the methods to fight against malaria (file photo).

By Rachel Stewart

Programs beginning next year in Ghana, Malawi and Kenya will test the vaccine’s effectiveness in children. The trial was announced ahead of World Malaria Day (25.04.2017).

A pilot program testing the first ever malaria vaccine will begin in Africa in 2018, the World Health Organization has said. Children and babies in high-risk areas in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi will receive the RTS,S vaccine, which is also known as Mosquirix.

“Information gathered in the pilot will help us make decisions on the wider use of the vaccine,” Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO’s African regional director, said. “Combined with existing malaria interventions, such a vaccine would have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in Africa.”

Positive results

RTS,S is an injectable vaccine administered in four doses. It aims to trigger the body’s own immune system to defend against malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum – the most deadly species of the malaria parasite, which is the most prevalent in Africa.

Large clinical trials in seven African countries between 2009 and 2014 showed that the vaccine helped protect children and infants from clinical malaria for at least three years after first vaccination.

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