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Eritrea: Commendable Achievement in Maternity Service

Keren — As a result of the sustainable awareness raising campaigns the number of pregnant women delivering at health facilities in Afabet is increasing.

The comment was made at a meeting held to discuss the safety of mothers and children.

According to the Medical Director of the Afabet Hospital, Nurse Asrat Amine and the head of hospital administration, Mr. Alamin Mohammed-Ali, the four maternity centers equipped with the necessary facilities are providing commendable maternity service.

They also indicated that health facilities have alleviated the existed problem of the residents that were forced to transport patients referred to Keren Hospital.

Pointing out that delivering at home poses serious danger, the administrator of Afabet sub zone, Mr. Ahmed Mehamed Nur, called on concerned bodies to encourage pregnant women to come and safely deliver at health facilities.

The participants on their part, called for additional maternity centers at the remote areas of the sub-zone as well as regrouping of villages.

Eritrea

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Nigeria: Govt Denies Alleged Deliberate Injection of Monkey Pox Virus

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Monkeypox (file photo).

The Federal Government has described as fake and sinister the report that the outbreak of Monkey Pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free medical care by the government in the affected areas.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians should disregard the report which, apparently, is being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda.

The statement was signed by the Special Adviser to the Minister, Mr Segun Adeyemi.

“The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated.

“So, that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.

“Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox.

“It is suspected that someone may have contacted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak,” the Minister said.

He assured that no effort would be spared in curtailing the spread of the disease.

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Morocco: Global Energy Transition Offers Opportunities for Developing Countries, Official

Marrakech — Global energy transition offers opportunities for developing countries, said, on Wednesday in Marrakesh, minister of energy Aziz Rabbah.

Energy transition is also an opportunity to change consumption modes, mainly for developing countries, he said at the opening ceremony of the 30th World LPG forum, held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI.

He noted that Morocco has decided to move ahead towards an energy transition which promotes renewable energy, and reduces the consumption of fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, explaining that Morocco, whose energy bill is estimated at 6 billion dollars per year, will invest close to 40 billion dollars by 2030 in renewable energy.

He also said that Morocco has decided to turn energy constraints into genuine opportunities for employment and wealth, stressing that the holding of this forum in Morocco reflects the interest of international institutions and the private sector in the Moroccan energy sector.

The World LPG Forum is the annual global event for the LPG industry. This unique event travels the globe annually attracting key international agencies, policy makers, media and the highest level of industry leaders to explore the LPG business, discuss its growth potential and to forge new business relationships.

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Anti-Graft, DCI Teams to Probe Supreme Court Registrar

By Stella Cherono

A joint team of investigators drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and anti-corruption agency will Monday morning meet to start investigations into the conduct of Supreme Court Registrar, Esther Nyaiyaki.

This comes after Mr Rashid Mohammed filed a complaint on Friday last week, claiming that her scrutiny report of election results or the forms were doctored.

Mr Mohammed claimed that the scrutiny report adopted by the majority judges in their judgment on the disputed presidential election results had different findings from documents relied on by Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u.

On Monday, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission said a team was formed immediately the complaint by Mr Mohammed was received at the Integrity House.

COMPLAINT

EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo said the team from the commission and that from the DCI would work together, as the subject of investigation was similar.

“We have written to the DCI expressing our interest and willingness to work together to tackle this matter and we hope that at the end of the meeting, we will be able to know the direction that we will take,” Mr Waqo said.

In the complaint, Mr Mohammed alleges that Forms 34B and 34A examined by Justice Ndung’u were certified copies deposited in court by the IEBC within 48 hours of the filing of the petition challenging the presidential election.

“Given the great public interest in the presidential election, the petition that challenged the same and the judgment, it is critical urgent thorough investigations be undertaken,” the letter to EACC read.

Mr Mohammed filed his complaint through Kioko Kilukumi & Co Advocates where he raised concerns as to whether two contrasting viewpoints could be factual.

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Nigeria: TCN, WAPP to Build Additional 330KV Power Line to Benin Republic

By Chineme Okafor

Abuja — The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the West African Power Pool (WAPP) have initiated plans to build a second 330 kilovolt (kV) transmission line to boost electricity supply to the Republic of Benin by 2021.

The Interim Managing Director of TCN and Chairman, WAPP, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, disclosed this at a meeting to kick-off the project’s Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Study in Abuja yesterday.

Mohammed said the transmission section of Nigeria’s power sector was also targeting to attain 20,000 megawatts (MW) transmission capacity within the next three years.

He said: “The second 330kV Ikeja West transmission line to Sakete in Benin Republic is necessary as the first could soon be constrained by the demand for more power from the Nigerian grid increase.”

Mohammed explained that transmission was no longer the weakest link in the country’s electricity sector’s value chain as TCN now had a robust rehabilitation and expansion plan that had been endorsed by the ministries of power and finance and development partners.

“TCN is no longer the weakest link in the power value chain as it is fast tracking the implementation of many power projects.

“The transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme seeks to expand the grid to about 20,000MW in the next three years. It is also intended to support the current institutional reform that will make TCN a 21st century compliant transmission firm,” Mohammed stated.

According to him, the TCN has also embarked on a nationwide installation of transmission transformers with three installed in Lagos last week, two scheduled for the north and another three in the Port Harcourt region shortly.

He said the TCN had saved cost of the installations of the transformers as the in-house engineers handled the projects at less than 10 per cent cost of what contractors would have used in the past.

The WAPP project, he noted would be supported by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and African Development Bank (AfDB), and that the ESIA study would be conducted in six months after which the construction would take another 24 months and then ready by 2021.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing (Power), Louis Edozien, said in his remarks at the meeting that: “The ministry’s primary responsibility is to satisfy the electricity needs of Nigerians. We are committed to integrating the international electricity market but our primary responsibility is to satisfy Nigerians. Currently Nigerians are not satisfied.”

He urged the Community Electric du Benin (CEB), the power firm of Benin Republic to immediately settle accumulated electricity debts.

“The electricity that we have already supplied is not paid. I use this platform to emphasise to CEB that the debts that have accumulated needs to be settled quickly. It helps us explain to Nigerians why we should expand the supply by doing this kind of project. A mechanism must be in place to make sure the debts do not balloon again, that debts are paid for promptly,” Edozien said.

Expressing support for the project, Edozien said the electricity generation companies (Gencos) now have 7,000MW capacity but the distribution companies (Discos) were doing around 4,600MW capacity, noting that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was helping them to bridge their investment requirements.

He noted that as Discos improve their capacity, the Gencos should also rise further so they could export the surplus electricity generated through WAPP to neighbouring countries that needed the energy.

The Director General of CEB, Dr. Karimou Chabi Sika lauded the project, saying it provided an opportunity to sustain the West African nation system. Sika also said the project on completion would ensure adequate power supply to the people of Benin Republic.

Nigeria: Kaduna DISCO Generates N1.7 Billion in Sokoto in Eight Months

By Mohammed Aminu

Sokoto — The Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO), Tuesday said it generated about N1.7 billion in Sokoto state from January 2017 till date.

Speaking in an interview with THISDAY in Sokoto, the Business Development Relations Officer of the company, Abubakar Ibrahim Hashim, stated that the amount was recorded in the state in the past eigh months.

He explained that the company generates between N200 million and N220 million in the state monthly.

Hashim disclosed that the residents consume energy worth between N500 million and N600 million monthly but pay N200 million to the company.

He however, lamented that the major issue in terms of revenue generation, has to do with the inability of consumers to pay their electricity bill.

“Our monthly target in Sokoto state is about N600 million but we generate between N200 million and N220 million monthly. In fact, the highest was N260 million in March 2017 and this is our greatest challenge.

“That is why we want to provide pre-paid meters to all our customers for us to have the accurate energy provided to consumers. I believe that doing this will go a long way in improving our revenue.

“I can tell you that we don’t even generate 50 percent revenue of what is consumed in Sokoto. The investors are really complaining because of this and up till now they are still operating at a loss. They are yet to break even,” Hashim said.

He stressed the need for energy consumers in the state to endeavour to pay their electricity bills on time to enable the company provide better services for them.

Hashim also dismissed reports that the state water board was unable to provide water to some parts of the Sokoto metropolis last week due to power outage.

He insisted that the recent water scarcity in some areas in the state capital was not as a result of epileptic power supply.

According to him, the state water board is a major customer of the company and as such the priority of KAEDCO is to ensure adequate electricity for their use.

He explained that it was not possible for the water board to pump water to all parts of the state capital at the same time due to the fact that its booster stations lacked the capacity to do so.

“The state water board has booster stations in different locations in the state capital where it pumps water to the consumers.

“Thus, in a situation where there is no electricity in a particular area,the booster station cannot pump water. If they require more energy, we can afford to provide it for them.We attend to their issues promptly because they are our priority customer and very important to us.

“So, it is not true that water scarcity in some parts of the state capital was due to power outage,” Hashim added.

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Eritrea: Sutur Dairy Farmers Association Striving to Boost Production

Keren — Mr. Mohammed Saleh Idris, chairman of Sutur dairy farmers association, explained that the association striving to boost production and play its due role in satisfying the local markets. Sutur dairy farmers association comprises 20 farmers.

The dairy farm located at the embankment of Anseba River has 400 dairy cows and each farmer has a plot of land in which they produces green animal fodder.

The administrator of the sub-zone, Mr. Yakob Idris said that the project has the necessary infrastructure put in place including water supply, residential houses and plots of land. He also indicated that the sub-zonal administration and the Ministry of Agriculture are providing the necessary support to the farmers.

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Gor Tackle Nzoia, AFC Leopards Face Zoo Kericho

By Cellestine Olilo and Abdulrahman Sheriff

Following their one-all draw in the Nairobi derby two weeks ago, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards return to the SportPesa Premier League action this weekend with tricky matches against Nzoia Sugar and Zoo Kericho respectively.

Table leaders Gor Mahia will be looking to galvanise their lead at the helm of the table that now stands at six points, while Leopards will be keen to prove that they are still on the recovery path when they visit the debutantes in Kericho.

Gor’s six-match winning streak was halted by Leopards two weeks ago at Nyayo Stadium and the 15-time champions will be out to return to winning ways against the league returnees at Moi Stadium in Kisumu from 3pm on Saturday.

Gor captain Musa Mohammed, who scored an own goal in their 1-1 against Leopards, told Nation Sport yesterday that they are ready to roar again in today’s match and keep their march towards the title on.

“That was not the performance we wanted. None of us was proud of the result but the good thing is that there are still many more games remaining. Starting tomorrow (today) we shall do our best to win games and make our supporters happy,” Mohammed said.

Musa is a sure starter in Kerr’s defence line alongside Harun Shakava, Karim Nizigiyimana and Godfrey Walusimbi.

George “Blackberry” Odhiambo, whose blistering form in the last few matches has earned him a recall to the national team, will partner the Rwandan duo of Meddie Kagere and Jacques Tuyisenge in attack.

Nzoia Sugar lost 1-0 to K’Ogalo at home in their first leg match, but coach Bernard Mwalala remains confident they can turn the tables on Dylan Kerr’s charges in Kisumu.

“I want the boys to go out there and enjoy the game without pressure. Like all games we have played so far, this one can go either way. In fact, we can win if we stick to everything we have trained for all week,” he said.

TUSKER SEEK RDEMPTION

Spluttering champions Tusker will be in Awendo on Sunday to take on Sony Sugar as they seek to arrest a poor form that has seen the brewers drop from the summit of the standings to ninth place.

On Sunday in Narok, second-placed Sofapaka will be hoping to keep tabs on Gor Mahia when they host troubled Chemelil Sugar while Leopards battle Zoo Kericho away.

In Mombasa, Bandari will face Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday hoping to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered in the league debutantes’ hands on May 13.

The dockers’ side has been boosted by the return of Tanzanian striker Lewis Cosmas who had been away on compassionate leave after the death of his father.

His return will strengthen the Paul Nkata-led team who currently lie in eight place on the standings, 14 points off the top.

Sharks striker Masoud Juma will be facing his former employers five days after returning from national team duty in Morocco.

FIXTURES

Saturday:

Nakumatt v Posta Rangers (Ruaraka, 2pm)

Mathare United v Western Stima (Ruaraka, 4.15pm)

Bandari v Kariobangi Sharks (Mbaraki, 3pm)

Gor Mahia v Nzoia Sugar (Moi Stadium, 3pm)

Kakamega Homeboyz v Thika United (Mumias Sports Complex, 3pm)

Muhoroni Youth v Ulinzi Stars (Muhoroni, 3pm)

Sunday

Sofapaka v Chemelil Sugar (Narok, 3pm)

Sony Sugar v Tusker (Awendo, 3pm)

Zoo Kericho v AFC Leopards (Kericho Green, 3pm)

Uhuru Kenyatta’s Re-Election Nullified

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Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Supreme Court has nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

A six-judge bench, by majority decision, on Friday found that the electoral commission failed to conduct the polls according to the Constitution and Elections Act.

Judges Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u dissented while judge Mohammed Ibrahim did not take part in the decision because he is unwell in hospital.

The top court in Kenya, in a bold move, ordered the IEBC to conduct a fresh presidential election within strict confines of the law within 60 days.

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Only As Sweet As It Lasts – Coach Basena

By Ismail Dhakaba Kigongo

Kampala — Moses Basena is quick to brush aside Uganda Cranes’ memorable 1-0 victory over Egypt at Namboole on Thursday ahead of Tuesday’s 2018 World Cup qualifying return leg in Alexandria on Tuesday.

“It is as sweet as it lasts,” Cranes’ interim coach Basena said at the post-match press conference. “We encountered very many difficult because for many players the season has only started,” he added.

Tanzania-based striker Emmanuel Okwi got the solitary goal early in second stanza to lift Uganda to seven points, one better than the Pharaohs who now lie second.

Only the group winners will qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia and it was perhaps implausible that Uganda, who last beat Egypt in 1965, a 5-1 drubbing, would be the group leaders after three games.

Seven-time African champions Egypt have been to two World Cups, the last of which was in 1990 while Ghana, also in this group, are seeking a fourth straight tournament appearance.

“We did a good job closing them out. It’s not easy playing a technically gifted side like Egypt and many doubted us. Now this brings a bit of pressure,” Basena said.

Adding that; “We need keep our feet down. (On Tuesday,) we play a wounded Egypt.”

Okwi’s goal could be changing the course of history in a manner similar to the way the ball on the edge of the six-yard box in a half-empty stadium.

He switched the ball from right to left before slotting it past a near-static Esam El-Hadary, now 44 years old and winning his 145th cap, in the Egyptian goal.

“It’s great to win and we have beaten a real giant,” Okwi stated in the post-match press conference. Over the past 52 years, Uganda has endured annihilations, the biggest a 6-0 result in 1995 in Alexandria.

With a return leg to come in Alexandria on Tuesday, Okwi, ignored for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, preached caution. “We know it’s going to be tough so we have to keep our feet on the ground,” he said.

“When you are a striker, you want to score goals. So when given a chance, I will give 100%,” the Simba striker stated after leaving the game with cramps.

Left back Godfrey Walusimbi largely kept Liverpool ace Mohammed Salah quiet except for the two moments.

The first, his header required Denis Onyango to pull off a save at his near post. Then, defender Isaac Isinde had to complete a scuffed clearance.

His over-the-top pass was met by Saleh Saleh only for Africa’s best Onyango to tip over as Cranes held on for what is arguably Uganda’s biggest result ever.

Arsenal midfielder Mohammed ElNeny failed to impose himself on the Ugandan midfield manned by Khalid Aucho and Hassan Wasswa. Uganda has never been to the World Cup. For now, the dream is firmly alive.

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