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Nigeria:Yellow Fever – Kwara Vaccinates 200,000 People in 3 Days

The Kwara Government said on Monday that no fewer than 200,000 people have been vaccinated within three days of the ongoing yellow fever reactive vaccination in the state.

Dr Sulaiman Alege, the Commissioner for Health, who gave the figure to newsmen in Ilorin, said 960,000 doses of the vaccine would be administered in nine communities in the state.

“The vaccination is taking place in Ifelodun Local Government and eight others, comprising Isin, Ilorin South, Ilorin East, Irepodun, Oke-Ero and others.

“About 960,000 vaccines have been deployed, and for now, we have immunised close to 200,000 people in the first three days,” he said.

The commissioner described the turnout as impressive, saying that people were massively mobilised through the use of town criers and community informants.

He said that the health education unit of the ministry was also on ground, to ensure efficient participation.

Alege said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and National Health Care Development Agency team had visited some of the communities to monitor the exercise.

According to him, the state government remains committed to ensuring good health for its citizens.

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Nigeria:Yellow Fever – Kwara Vaccinates 200,000 People – Official

The Kwara Government said on Monday that no fewer than 200,000 people have been vaccinated within three days of the ongoing yellow fever reactive vaccination in the state.

Sulaiman Alege, the Commissioner for Health, who gave the figure to journalists in Ilorin, said 960,000 doses of the vaccine would be administered in nine communities in the state.

“The vaccination is taking place in Ifelodun Local Government and eight others, comprising Isin, Ilorin South, Ilorin East, Irepodun, Oke-Ero and others.

“About 960,000 vaccines has been deployed, and for now, we have immunised close to 200,000 people in the first three days,” he said.

The commissioner described the turnout as impressive, saying that people were massively mobilised through the use of town criers and community informants.

He said that the health education unit of the ministry was also on ground, to ensure efficient participation.

Alege said that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and National Health Care Development Agency team had visited some of the communities to monitor the exercise.

According to him, the state government remains committed to ensuring good health for its citizens.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the vaccination would last for 10 days.

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Zimbabwe:Truckers Block Beitbridgebeit Bridge Border Post

By Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau

There was chaos at Beitbridge Border Post on Saturday after haulage truck drivers blocked the exit gate on the arrivals commercial section in protest against what they called poor service delivery by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra), although officials were blaming truckers who do not want their cargo sealed.

For the better part of the day, traffic –mainly trucks — clogged the commercial arrivals section. It is reported that all truck drivers, both carrying goods in transit and for the local market, united to force Zimra officials to improve on efficiency and service delivery.

In separate interviews, the truckers said they were not happy with the manner in which traffic was managed, especially those carrying transit cargo.

“We spend more than three days here with Zimra saying they have run out of electronic seals for our cargo. Currently they are putting us in batches of 30 trucks, which they then escort to the next port of exit using one vehicle. This is a frustrating process considering that they release the escort vehicle once per day,” said a driver who chose anonymity.

He said the idea of escorting vehicles in batches created unnecessary delays adding that any such delay was eating into their salaries.

“Most of us are paid salaries based on the trips we make per month and a delay of three or four days is not good at all. We are calling on the government to urgently look into the issues around the customs clearance of transit cargo, ” he added.

He said they were concerned with the continued breakdown of the automated system for customs data (Asycuda World plus).

The new Statutory Instrument No 113 on control of transit cargo, makes it mandatory that no cargo shall depart any port of entry before all the details are captured into the electronic clearance system.

A Beitbridge based transporter, Mr Osbert Shumba said vehicles started moving at around 2am yesterday when the Asycuda system had been fixed.

“This is not good for business, we need to engage the customs authority and government, so that we may arrive at a solution. It seems we are having a system of people working on saving their jobs rather than serving the nation. Many transporters are contemplating abandoning the Zimbabwe route, while some have already done so due to the situation here (Beitbridge). Such a development is not good for international trade,” said Mr Shumba.

Zimra’s head of communications, Mr Canisio Mudzimu could not be reached through his mobile phone yesterday. However, some border authorities said the chaos was being fueled by a few transporters who do not want to comply with the new cargo tracking system.

“We have enough seals, it’s just that there are few individuals who want to cause unnecessary confusion,” said the official.

A total of 300 transit trucks pas through Beitbridge border post daily, while 600 are destined for the local market. Government this year introduced electronic cargo seals to deal with issues of transit fraud which is rife.

Transit fraud resulted in situations where importers declare that goods are in transit (removal in transit -RIT) to neighbouring countries yet the cargo is offloaded in Zimbabwe.

As a result of such activities the country was losing a lot of potential revenue to the criminals. Under the customs laws specified goods attract excise duty during importation into the country.

KIM-University Graduates Tipped on Job Creation

By Eddie Nsabimana

Rwanda needs more innovators, job creators and research-based skills that can make an impact in promoting entrepreneurship that can benefit a bigger community on the labour market, Dr. Papias Musafiri Malimba, the Minister for Education, has said.

Minister Malimba was speaking on Friday during the 6th graduation ceremony at KIM-University.

A total of 587 students completed their studies in different programs. They include 576 undergraduates in Business Management, including 391 females and 185 males, as well as 11 post graduates in business administration.

Malimba congratulated both the graduates for the milestone and their parents’ tireless support. He cautioned them to keep the right path they started by making a an impact on the country’s economic development through a series of innovative and creative entrepreneurship that can challenge not only the local but also regional market.

He said, “The country needs innovators and creators of knowledge, through research, that can make an impact in promoting entrepreneurship and employment creation. To achieve this, there is need for enhanced quantity and quality academic staff that can impact in this long-term framework to denounce mediocrity, but build a better education system”

Prof Peter John Opio, the University vice Chancellor, told graduates to be more competitive on the labour market by turning challenges into opportunities.

“Graduation is an exciting undertaking, but a challenging one as well. With courage and passion, get hold of every opportunity in what you do and do your possible best to create more for the community,” he told graduates.

As a motivation for the graduates, the University awarded the best performing students with a discount of half the school fees they were paying, once they want to continue their studies at the university.

Ronald Twahirwa, who was among the best performing students, spoke on behalf of the graduates and urged his fellow graduards to transfer their skills on the job market.

“This is a starting point to achieve further milestones. We now feel fully competent and ready to deal with all entrepreneurial challenges, thanks to the skills acquired.

Some of us already own our own enterprises and this is an indicator that we are even ready to make more space on the labour market, thanks to the spirit of competitiveness we have,” he said.

Expanding academic services

The university has completed a new Rwf3 billion facility, known as RUPET which will improve and expand the university’s academic services.

The building which was officially inaugurated by Minister Musafiri consists of a 450-seater lecture hall, two computer labs with around 200 computers, 1 library that can accommodate at least 200 students during course revisions, 25 lecture rooms and a staff offices that can host 50 staff members.

Thanks to the new facility, the university can now admit 2000 more students, in addition to at least 1000 that it was currently admitting before the facility was completed.

Nigeria: Shittu Puts ICT Sector Investment At U.S.$60 Billion

By Ugo Onwuaso

Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, has said that over $60 billion US dollars have been invested in the ICT sector since the year 2001 when digital mobile services were launched because the global attention returned to Nigeria as the country with the highest potential for investment.

According to the minister, the government of Nigeria has been conscious of the role ICT can play in national development and has therefore been committed over the last 15 years to ensuring that ICT facilities and services are expanded rapidly.

Shittu who made the disclosure in a keynote address he delivered at the 6th European Union-Nigeria Business Forum 2017 held in Lagos said that the Nigerian ICT sector today is one of the fastest growing despite the economic recession and contributed 9.8% in GDP in 2014 alone.

“Globally ICT has become a veritable tool for advancing growth and economic diversification in countries, even those that are not endowed with natural resources. ICT has changed the way people communicate, learn, and conduct businesses. A World Bank econometric study carried out in 2009 showed that every 10% increase in ICT investments generates a 1.38% increase in GDP”.

Speaking further on the significance of ICT, the minister “In order for the ICT sector to supplement or replace the oil and gas sector, we have put in place strong policy frameworks which favour the sector. We want the ICT sector to be the cash cow for our nation. The success of Local Content drive in the telecom and ICT in Nigeria would accelerate the progress of the sector.

“Nigeria is also using ICTs to build a more inclusive society. Our broadband initiatives, which are being implemented across technologies and at various level of governance, are in line with union’s priority of bridging digital bridge and providing broadband for all. Nigeria is committed to a sustainable ICT environment at a global level, as well as within its national boundaries”.

He said the Nigerian government is addressing the issues of investment in ICT infrastructure, and ICT education and regulation in order to build on the successes of this digital revolution.

Barr. Shittu commended the EU-Nigeria Business Forum, organizers of the Forum for its unflinching commitment towards transforming economies of developing and emerging to Digital Economy, stressing that the theme of the conference ‘Youth as an Engine of Broad-based Economic Transformation’ is apt and timely, because it brings attention to a segment of the Nigerian population that should have been increasingly contributing to the economy of the country.

The minister added that the theme aligns with the Ministry’s mandate and forthcoming Africa Union and EU summit later this year.

“Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the theme for this forum couldn’t have been more opportune than now when the nation is striving to digitize the economy by defining the role of youth in economic transformation by leveraging ICTs. Riding on ICT has become expedient as traditional approaches are failing to reverse the unemployment trend. The present Administration has acknowledged ICT as being integral to growth and sustainable development. ICTs are reshaping the world”, he said.

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Nigeria:Shittu Puts ICT Sector Investment At U.S.$60 Billion

By Ugo Onwuaso

Barrister Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, Minister of Communications, has said that over $60 billion US dollars have been invested in the ICT sector since the year 2001 when digital mobile services were launched because the global attention returned to Nigeria as the country with the highest potential for investment.

According to the minister, the government of Nigeria has been conscious of the role ICT can play in national development and has therefore been committed over the last 15 years to ensuring that ICT facilities and services are expanded rapidly.

Shittu who made the disclosure in a keynote address he delivered at the 6th European Union-Nigeria Business Forum 2017 held in Lagos said that the Nigerian ICT sector today is one of the fastest growing despite the economic recession and contributed 9.8% in GDP in 2014 alone.

“Globally ICT has become a veritable tool for advancing growth and economic diversification in countries, even those that are not endowed with natural resources. ICT has changed the way people communicate, learn, and conduct businesses. A World Bank econometric study carried out in 2009 showed that every 10% increase in ICT investments generates a 1.38% increase in GDP”.

Speaking further on the significance of ICT, the minister “In order for the ICT sector to supplement or replace the oil and gas sector, we have put in place strong policy frameworks which favour the sector. We want the ICT sector to be the cash cow for our nation. The success of Local Content drive in the telecom and ICT in Nigeria would accelerate the progress of the sector.

“Nigeria is also using ICTs to build a more inclusive society. Our broadband initiatives, which are being implemented across technologies and at various level of governance, are in line with union’s priority of bridging digital bridge and providing broadband for all. Nigeria is committed to a sustainable ICT environment at a global level, as well as within its national boundaries”.

He said the Nigerian government is addressing the issues of investment in ICT infrastructure, and ICT education and regulation in order to build on the successes of this digital revolution.

Barr. Shittu commended the EU-Nigeria Business Forum, organizers of the Forum for its unflinching commitment towards transforming economies of developing and emerging to Digital Economy, stressing that the theme of the conference ‘Youth as an Engine of Broad-based Economic Transformation’ is apt and timely, because it brings attention to a segment of the Nigerian population that should have been increasingly contributing to the economy of the country.

The minister added that the theme aligns with the Ministry’s mandate and forthcoming Africa Union and EU summit later this year.

“Your Excellency, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the theme for this forum couldn’t have been more opportune than now when the nation is striving to digitize the economy by defining the role of youth in economic transformation by leveraging ICTs. Riding on ICT has become expedient as traditional approaches are failing to reverse the unemployment trend. The present Administration has acknowledged ICT as being integral to growth and sustainable development. ICTs are reshaping the world”, he said.

Nigeria

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Zimbabwe: ‘Medical Tourists’ Crippling the Country,’ Says Former Coach Zulu

Former Highlanders Coach Cosmos Zulu has bemoaned the emergence of medical tourists whom he said are financially crippling the country.

Speaking at a Zimpapers organised industry and commerce executive indaba in Bulawayo on Tuesday, Zulu said the new finance minister Ignatius Chombo should urgently address medical tourism which he said is suffocating the national economy.

“The new minister of finance should stop medical tourism which is killing our country. These days a lot of people including managing directors of companies shun local medical facilities and prefer to go overseas for treatment,” said Zulu.

Zulu urged the government to pour more resources into the local health sector so that the country’s facilities are affordable to the poor.

“Some time my daughter was involved in an accident and developed a blood clot on her head. For ten years, I tried in vain to have her treated at local hospitals until I took her to South Africa where she was treated for R25 000,” said the former Bosso gaffer.

Zulu said he is saddened that poor people in this country continue to succumb to treatable diseases because of non-availability of good health facilities as well as inhibitive medical costs while the elite continue to seek treatment overseas.

President Robert Mugabe has, on numerous occasions, come under fire from political opponents who accuse the veteran leader and his family of snubbing local hospitals for those abroad when poor citizens are condemned to poor medical service back home.

Critics argue that some of the services that Mugabe would rather seek abroad are available locally, albeit too expensive.

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Somalia: Spanish Sailors Provide Training for Galmadug Coast Guards

Operation Atalanta sailors have been working alongside the Galmadug Coast Guard (GCG) to offer medical and security training on board EU Naval Force ship ESPS Rayo.

The local interaction with the GCG saw the Spanish sailors providing both medical and security training to the GCG in order to strengthen maritime security in the region. The two teams then got to work on engine maintenance drills before meeting with local Security Forces.

Working closely with regional partners like the GCG helps to improve maritime alliances and create a safer environment for all seafarers transiting through the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. However, the threat from pirate groups remains so EU NAVFOR continues to advise mariners to remain vigilant and ready. Furthermore it is vitally important that mariners report all suspicious sightings and incidents, at the time they observe them, to UKMTO.

However, the threat from pirate groups remains so EU NAVFOR continues to advise mariners to remain vigilant and ready. Furthermore it is vitally important that mariners report all suspicious sightings and incidents, at the time they observe them, to UKMTO.

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Nigeria: OLX Site Recorded N12.1 Trillion Online Transactions in 2016

By Emma Okonji

OLX, a leading online classifieds site in Nigeria, has released the report of the total number of second-hand items and their value, that were traded on its online site in 2016, saying a total of 1,122,001 second-hand items were posted for sale on the site last year valued at N12.1 trillion.

OLX, which commenced business in Nigeria in 2012, operates an online classifieds site, which offers Nigerians the platform to trade second-hand items, especially household items and personal effects.

The survey report about transactions between sellers and buyers on the OLX platform in Nigeria, was released for the first time in commemoration of its 5th anniversary, to showcase trends within the local second-hand market from last year.

The report revealed the number and value of second-hand items posted on the OLX site last year, which turned out to be huge and almost twice the market capital for some online sites.

The report also indicated the power of the second-hand market offering in Nigeria by revealing that over one million items were posted for sale last year, which equates to one item being up for grabs every 30 seconds on the OLX site.

Commenting on the report, the Country Manager, OLX, Lola Masha, said: “OLX currently receives over 2.8 million visits a month and we are anticipating a growth in this figure over the upcoming months. This report reflects Nigerians awareness of the second-hand value in their possessions.”

According to her, “The report takes a closer look at each category revealing some exciting figures about Nigeria’s second-hand market. For example, the monetary value of mobile phones posted on OLX in 2016 is over N6.5 trillion, which is equivalent to four and a half of the world’s largest gold bars, whilst the value of the home, furniture and garden category on OLX is N44.3 billion.”

“The most expensive mobile phone posted on the site was a Nokia Vertu for N950,000, whilst the most expensive vehicle was a pre-owned 2015 Private Jet Bombardier valued at N5.5 billion, which is equivalent to the average salary of the top five Nigerian footballers,” Masha said.

“The report not only shows the enormous value of the second-hand market but also demonstrates the positive impact online classifieds has on the Nigerian economy. This is a concrete demonstration of the OLX brand essence ‘Everybody wins’, as sellers win when they sell items they no longer need at lower prices, and buyers also win when they buy items at great discounts and the community wins as the trade leads to increased circulation of cash in the local economy,” Masha added.

The OLX Group operates a network of online trading platforms in over 40 countries. It builds market leading classifieds marketplaces that empower millions of people to buy, sell and create prosperity in local communities.

With over 300 million monthly users worldwide, OLX Group makes it fast and easy to buy and sell almost anything online, such as household goods, phones, cars and houses. Through consumer brands including Avito, dubizzle, letgo, among others, more than 10 million items are listed on its market-leading apps and platforms every single month.

Zimbabwe: Poultry Producers Import Hatching Eggs From Europe

By Lovemore Zigara

Poultry producers could be forced to import hatching eggs from Europe on the back of local and regional shortages that were triggered by the outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza virus commonly known as bird flu.

Gweru-based chicken producer, Fairhill Chickens is already feeling the pinch and is making efforts to source hatchery eggs from Europe broke out in the region, particularly South Africa, in the recent months. The H5N8 has been detected in several countries around the globe whose spread is aided by wild birds’ migration. Fairhill Chickens managing director, Mr Trevor Shaw, told Business Chronicle that while importing from Europe was very expensive, other SADC countries cannot satisfy local demand.

“We have made plans to get hatching eggs from other places particularly Europe. Government has taken off 40 percent duty on hatching eggs from non-SADC countries and we are now able to bring hatching eggs from Europe. This is because there is no surplus from other SADC countries because South Africa, which is the biggest producer, has also been hit hard by bird flu and its products have been suspended. We are, however, receiving hatching eggs from Zambia and Botswana but they are not adequate for local market,” he said.

The Fairhill boss feared that importation of hatching eggs might trigger price increases in poultry products as it was expensive to import from Europe.

“What this means is that chicks are going to cost a dollar each up from 55 cents a month ago. This, therefore, means there is close to a 100 percent increase in the price of the chicks, which has an effect on the price of chickens,” he added.

Mr Shaw said despite the setbacks players in the industry were confident of growth of the industry owing to decline of smuggling of chickens from neighbouring countries.

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