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Nigeria:I Will Dedicate My Life to Feeding the World, Adesina Vows

By Jimoh Babatunde

… to set up fund for young farmers, agripreneurs with US $250,000 World Food Prize money

Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, the President of the African Development Bank, in the early hours of yesterday in Des Moines, the capital city of Iowa, United States of America, became the sixth African to be awarded the World Food Prize in a ceremony witnessed by two former African Presidents.

Elated Adesina said he will used the award prize money of $250,000 to set up a foundation for African youth development in Agriculture.

While thanking God for seeing and for taking him this far in his chosen profession, he said ” it is simply amazing that the son of ATQ poor farmer can be at the world stage receiving this award. I will dedicate my life to feeding the world.”

Thanking former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was present with former Ghanaian President, John Mahama, for nominating him to serve as a minister in Johnathan’s government, Adesina said “For me, the World Food Prize is a great honour and recognition for all of the work that I have done for decades of my life.

” But it also puts wind behind our sail as we now take off to feed Africa, because it is a job that has to be complete,” he stressed.

“Not only must Africa feed itself, it must feed itself with pride. Africa must also unlock the potentials of agriculture, turning agriculture from something that you use for managing poverty, to something that you use for creating wealth.”

The World Food Prize is a great motivation which puts the wind behind the sails of what the African Development Bank is doing with its development priorities – the High 5s – especially Feed Africa, the President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina, has said.

He noted how the High 5s were all linked, and pledged the commitment of the Bank to continue its development work in Africa.

Adesina also stressed the need to put technology and information in the hands of farmers describing the mobile phone as the most important tool in the hands of a farmer.

“With it, they will find out information about the market, about weather, and about to access finance,” Adesina said. “They will be able to get information about nutrition for mothers, for instance. That is very important. That was why when I was Minister of

Agriculture in Nigeria, we launched this electronic wallet system that allows farmers to access fertilizers, and we reached well over 15 million farmers.”

Awareness and empowerment, he said, could only come through providing information, democratizing the access to information to farmers.

“I have never seen a farmer that wants to be poor,” he said.

President Muhammad Buhari,, who was represented at the ceremony by minister of state for Agriculture , Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, iin a video message earlier , said the choice of Adesina as 2017 World Food Prize Laureate is a clear recombination and appreciation of his standing contributions to food security and for driving change in African agriculture for over 25 years.

“By dint of hard work, persistence, diligent efforts and God’s sufficient grace, you have risen above many limitations to emerge as a notable figure and a true champion. Your life story mirrors the resilience of the Africa spirit and doggedness for which Nigerians are well known

In June, the World Food Prize announced African Development Bank President Akinwumi A. Adesina as the 2017 Laureate for his work in improving the availability of seed, fertilizer and financing for African farmers, and for laying the foundation for the youth in Africa to engage in agriculture as a profitable business.

Known as the ‘Nobel Prize for Agriculture’, the World Food Prize was founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winner Norman Borlaug and is considered the foremost international honour recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize is presented each October on or around UN World Food Day (October 16) in a ceremony in the Iowa State capital of Des Moines.

Under President Adesina’s leadership, the AfDB is accelerating agricultural development through its Feed Africa Strategy with planned investment of US $24 billion over the next 10 years.

The prize also recognizes Adesina’s work over the past two decades with the Rockefeller Foundation, at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and as Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Former Rayon Coach Masudi Linked to Simba FC

By Peter Kamasa

Tanzania Premier league side Simba FC is in talks with former Rayon Sports head coach Djuma Masudi Irambona to replace Ugandan Jackson Mayanja who was sacked this week.

Masudi told Times Sport yesterday that he was on the way to Tanzania to finalise talks with the club which currently employs Amavubi captain Haruna Niyonzima.

“We held some discussions over the phone and I am going there so that we reach an agreement,” Masudi said.

The former Rayon Sports, APR and the Burundian striker will deputise head coach Joseph Omog and if he joins the club, his first game in the dugout for Simba will be against fierce rivals Yanga FC.

Masudi joined Rayon in November 2015 as an assistant coach under Belgian tactician Ivan Minneart, who ended ties with the club in February 2016 hence taking over as an interim coach until the end of 2015/16 season.

During his interim tenure, he guided the club to a Peace Cup title for a record 9th time. Masudi was later appointed head coach on a three-year contract.

In his first season, he led the Blues to the league title which they won with four games to spare before finishing the season with 73 points from 22 wins, seven draws, losing only one game.

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Raila Odinga Meets With Wafula Chebukati

By Patrick Lang’at

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga on Thursday met with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati.

During a press briefing after coming out of the 40-minute meeting, Mr Odinga said resignation of commissioner Roselyn Akombe, and Tuesday’s statement Mr Chebukati vindicates Nasa’s position that the commission cannot hold credible election.

JUBILEE

Mr Odinga rubbished claims that he is desperate for dialogue in order to push for a coalition government with Jubilee.

The Opposition leader said he only wants dialogue for the sake of peace in Kenya.

Mr Odinga, accompanied by his chief agent Musalia Mudavadi, said that Mr Chebukati will meet President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday before making a decision on the upcoming repeat poll.

The electoral commission was on Thursday scheduled to meet with presidential candidates but the plan was adjourned to a later date.

The commission, in a text message to journalists, said it would communicate once the commission and the candidates mutually agree on a new date.

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Mozambique:Rio Tinto Charged With Fraud Over U.S.$3.7 Billion Deal

By Joseph Hanlon

Rio Tinto and two former bosses were charged with fraud Tuesday by the US regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), over how they accounted for their disastrous purchase of the Riversdale coal mine in Tete. Rio Tinto bought Riversdale in 2011 for $3.7 billion, and sold it in 2014 for $50 million to the Indian state company ICVL (International Coal Ventures Ltd).

The SEC says Rio, its former chief executive Tom Albanese and ex-finance director Guy Elliott had sought to hide or delay disclosure of problems associated with the purchase of Riversdale. “Rio Tinto and its top executives allegedly failed to come clean about an unsuccessful deal that was made under their watch. They tried to save their own careers at the expense of investors by hiding the truth,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. Both resigned from Rio Tinto in 2013.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said Tuesday it had fined Rio £27.4 mn ($36 mn) for breaching disclosure rules, the biggest fine the FCA has levied on a company for a listing-rules breach. The FCA said Rio had failed to carry out an impairment test and to recognise a loss on the value of Riversdale coal assets in Mozambique when it published half year results in 2012. “The FCA considers that this demonstrated a serious lack of judgement. There were indicators of impairment for the Mozambique assets which meant that Rio Tinto was required to carry out an impairment test.”

At issue in both cases is not that Rio Tinto bought the mine for a hugely inflated price, but rather that it took two years, until 2013, to admit it. The SEC case is that Rio and its senior executives soon became aware there was less coal and of a lower quality than they had previously thought, and that an application to barge the coal to port for export had been rejected by Mozambique authorities. Nevertheless, Rio Tinto raised $5.5 bn from US investors, including $3 bn for Mozambique, when Albanese and Elliott had allegedly already been told that the mine was likely worth negative $680 mn. SEC says the alleged fraud was only uncovered in January 2013 when a whistle blower discovered the inflated value and told the company’s chairman Jan du Plesis.

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Sudan:Malaria in East Darfur, Kassala – ‘More Than 50 Cases in Hospital Each Day’

Ed Daein / Kassala / Delling — East Darfur has seen a surge in malaria cases. The hospital in the state capital receives between 50 to 70 cases each day.

On Monday, a medical source at Ed Daein Hospital told Radio Dabanga that 50 to 70 new malaria victims visit the hospital on a daily basis. “Let alone the number of malaria patients in other clinics in the state.”

A doctor at the Ed Daein emergency department reported that the there are cases of normal type malaria, in addition to cases of cerebral malaria that affects the brain. “Of this type we receive between 10 to 12 cases a day.”

Medicines to treat malaria have seen a significant price increase in pharmacies outside of the capital, with the price of coartem reaching SDG75 ($11.15), while the price of injections against malaria from SDG70 to SDG90 ($13.40).

Doctors in West Darfur have reported a surge in the number of malaria patients starting September, crowding health facilities. The spread of the disease is probably caused by the rainy season and the spread of mosquitoes. Patients have appealed to the authorities and humanitarian organisations to provide medicines in the hospitals.

Kassala

In eastern Sudan, the Ministry of Health of Kassala has recognised the spread of malaria and typhoid fevers in the state, and denied the prevalence of dengue fever.

State Health Minister Abdallah Adam Abbas said in a press statement: “The diagnosis of dengue fever is the responsibility of the Ministry of Health which has the laboratories to analyse it.”

The minister announced campaigns to spray against mosquitoes are underway, to prevent the transmitters of the fever from spreading.

South Kordofan

Medical sources in Tima in the northern part of Delling locality, South Kordofan, announced that more cases of malaria have appeared, especially among children. Speaking to Radio Tamazuj on Thursday, an aid worker in Tima said that there are frequent complaints from locals about the growing spread of malaria among residents, amid an acute shortage of medicines.

Kucho Shaine Abajo, director of a local charity organisation working on peace building in the Nuba Mountains region, confirmed to the station that there are no health services in the area.

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Nigeria:Picketing the Airlines

Over the years it has become a tradition for aviation labour unions, especially the National Union of Air Transport Employees (NUATE), the National Association of Aircraft Pilots and Engineers (NAAPE) and the Air Transport Service Senior Staff Association (ATSSSAN) to disrupt the operations of airlines, when they infringe on labour issues concerning the welfare of their workers, or when the management of these airlines discourage the plans by the workers to join unions.

Although this may be in conformity with international labour laws and for many years the unions have been given the recognition due to them by the management of airlines and agencies, but recently there are allegations that labour has started abusing this privilege by not exhausting negotiations before they go into physical disruption of airline operations.

It is the view of many industry observers that such disruptions should be the last resort when all other efforts have failed. But industry stakeholders said that the frequency of the disruptions indicates that the union leaders hastily adopt such strategy to redress their grievances.

Whenever labour pickets airlines or disrupts their activities such airlines lose huge revenues. In December last year, from 22 to 24, labour disrupted the operations of Arik Air over the allegation that the company refused to allow its workers to join labour unions. It is estimated that the airline lost about N650 million. This was a peak period of the Yuletide when airlines record 100 per cent load factor to almost all destinations.

What was particularly unfortunate about last December in Nigeria’s aviation history was that it was the period the country suffered chronic scarcity of aviation fuel, known as Jet A1. So for an airline to source the product at about N180 per litre and for its operations to be disrupted was not only frustrating but it led to huge financial losses, which Arik suffered under the nation’s economic recession that also climaxed at that period.

Many in the industry were of the view that labour might be right to picket the airline but noted that it lacked human face, knowing that part of the money generated would be used to pay the salary of workers, but that money was lost. Then stakeholders said the leadership of NUATE should have exhausted discussions before embarking on picketing the airline.

However, the General Secretary of NUATE, Olayinka Abioye made it known then there was evidence of efforts to talk with the management of Arik Air but it ended in deadlock, without the airline making any commitment.

Abioye had also made it known to the airlines and other organisations in the industry that the workers have implicit confidence in labour to negotiate their welfare with these organisations, so there has not been any question on the eligibility of the unions to interfere on behalf of the workers or to adopt any strategy to actualise their objective, which is aimed at improving the welfare of the workers.

But there are reasons why some industry observers accuse the labour leaders of insensitivity. They said that many airlines are not enjoying good financial health and they are operating in harsh environment with multiple charges and sometimes scarcity of aviation fuel which is sold at relatively exorbitant prices, noting that every ticket sale means a lot for these airlines. So when the operations of such airlines are disrupted, it affects their finances, their operational schedule and it also leaves many passengers stranded. They noted that these consequences should be factored in whenever they consider picketing the airlines.

Recently there was a failed attempt to picket Air Peace airline and disrupt its operations at the General Aviation Terminal of the Lagos airport over the allegation that the management of the airline did not allow its workers to join union.

THISDAY investigations, however, revealed that many of the workers were circumspect about joining labour, especially as many of them said that they trust their management and the welfare package, so it is their collective aspiration to ensure that the airline continues to do well. They added that they do not envisage any situation in future that would warrant their antagonising the airline management.

Spokesman of the airline, Chris Iwarah said the workers of the airline had resolved that they would not join labour unions and that the unions should recognise that the workers have the legal right to decide whether to join the unions or not.

“Without a doubt, we recognise the inalienable right of our staff to decide whether or not they wish to be members of any of the unions in the industry. It is the responsibility of the unions to sell themselves to our members of staff and not our obligation to compel them to join any group the law has not mandated them to belong. It is high time trade unions in the country knew that unionism is a matter of free choice, it can never be compelled,” he said.

Some industry stakeholders also talked about labour not allowing themselves to be used by the management of some organisations in the industry to drive an agenda that has nothing to do with the welfare of the workers or intrinsically related to the objective and aspiration of labour.

It is expected that what happened in Air Peace recently and what also happened in Arik Air earlier this year when the workers opposed planned disruption of activities at the airlines headquarters at the Lagos airport by labour should make the labour leaders to have introspection and realise that labour should be partners in progress with the airlines.

More Than 413 Girls Forced Into Marriage in 2016

By Bella Lucia Nininahazwe

Burundian girls still suffer the consequences of forced marriage especially when they are pregnant before adult age, say civil activists on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child.

Following a study made by a local women’s NGO fighting against malaria and HIV/AIDS-SFBLSP from July to September 2017 in the Bujumbura northern neighbourhoods, girls are still forced into marriage by their parents and families.

Esperance Ntirampeba, SFBLSP chairwoman, says girls still suffer from non-access to education, child marriage and other discriminatory challenges. ” We conducted a small survey in July and the results revealed that around 27.5% of girls under 18 are forced into marriage while 6.8 % of girls under 15 suffer the consequences of early marriage”

David Ninganza, spokesman for Youth Solidarity for Peace and Childhood-SOJPAE, says early marriage in Burundi society is a threat to face. “More than 413 cases of forced marriage were recorded last year,” he says.

Those activists say those cases of early marriage are mostly influenced by teenagers’ unwanted pregnancies.

They appeal to the government to take serious measures to avoid such marriage as it harms the whole society.

Ntirampeba says the government should take appropriate laws to protect those girl children. “Parents who oblige their teenagers to get married should be seriously punished as well as adult people who are involved in the whole process”, she says.

Ntirampeba reminds parents that single mothers especially when they are adolescents have the right to better treatment and education like others. “It is not because an adolescent is pregnant that she has to be abandoned. Parents should still treat her well and take care of her”, she says.

The same view is shared by Ninganza. The Government should review some laws namely the law that stipulates that only pregnant mothers with marriage certificate should have access to free public healthcare. “Preventing them from having the same healthcare is unfair’, he says.

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Nigeria:Domestic Airlines Record Three Million Passengers in Six Months

Photo: Premium Times

Murtala Muhammed Airport.

By Anthony Awunor

Lagos — Domestic airlines in Nigeria lifted a total of 3,287,310 passengers in the first six months of this year, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The figure, however, represents a 21 per cent decrease, compared to the 4,193,862 passengers airlifted within the period last year.

According to the Consumer Protection Directorate of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), the decrease is due to the current economic hardships in the country, which is affecting air travels adversely.

Records obtained from the NCAA show that only 45 airplanes are currently in active service out of the 74 planes in the fleet of the eight domestic airlines servicing Africa’s most populous nation at present.

The airlines are Aero Contractors, Arik Air, Azman Air, Dana Air, Med-View, Overland, First Nation and Air Peace.

The top three performing domestic airlines in the first half of this year are Air Peace, which leads the performance chart with 6,715 flights, Arik Air 4,069 flights and Dana Air 3,261 flights.

But the flights operated by the airlines also declined by 28 per cent as they were only able to operate 21,662 flights in the first half this year.

The eight airlines collectively operated 30,100 flights within the first six months of 2016, according to NCAA records.

The drop in the number of flights operated by the airlines was not unconnected with the steady depletion of airplanes in the fleet of the airlines.

Commenting on the development, the President of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON), Capt. Noggie Meggisson, argued that a safety and economic policy must have to be put in place for the airlines to survive.

He noted that some critical issues also needed to be addressed before the sector could actualise its potential fully.

Meggisson said that some of the issues that needed to be addressed included removal of value-added tax for domestic airlines and a review of the five per cent ticket sales charge to a flat rate.

The AON chief also called for a harmonisation of what he called the over 35 multiple charges that were becoming huge burdens to the airlines.

NAN

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Kenyatta Attends Prayers at Subukia Shrine

President Uhuru Kenyatta is attending a national prayer day at the Subukia shrine in Nakuru County.

The prayers are being conducted by Archbishop Zacchaeus Okoth of the Archdiocese of Kisumu.

Speaking at the function, Archbishop Okoth urged Kenyans to maintain peace as the country heads for a repeat presidential election on October 26.

He urged political leaders to embrace dialogue for the sake of peace in the country.

“Let us pray as nation that we remain peaceful and united,” he said at the event attended by hundreds of faithful.

The shrine is officially known as the Village of Mother of God or the National Marian Shrine.

The shrine, which attracts both Christians and non-Christians since it was started in 1985, is owned by the Kenya Episcopal Conference and managed by the Franciscan Friars.

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AU Calls for a Peaceful Resolution of Disputes Ahead of the Fresh Election

press release

African Union calls for a peaceful resolution of disputes in Kenya ahead of the Fresh Presidential Election

Addis Ababa, 4 October 2017: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission H.E. Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, continues to follow with concern the recent political developments in the Republic of Kenya following the Supreme Court ruling annulling the 8 August 2017 presidential election and the subsequent scheduling of fresh presidential election for 26 October 2017.

With a few days remaining until the election, the Chairperson is concerned about actions and utterances that have the potential to adversely affect the holding of the fresh presidential election as scheduled. The Chairperson, therefore, calls on all stakeholders to refrain from actions and utterances that will derail Kenya’s democratisation process, tarnish the integrity of the planned election and mar the peace and stability of the country with adverse consequences for socio-economic development.

It is important that all parties come together to find a peaceful resolution to the current political impasse characterized by street protests on the one hand and the proposed amendment to the electoral laws on the other, in the run-up to the election.

Furthermore, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission calls on all stakeholders to work with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to ensure that the fresh election is held as scheduled and to refrain from actions and statements that will affect the independence of the Commission.

The Chairperson reiterates the full commitment of the African Union to support efforts aimed at advancing democratic governance, preserving peace, security and stability in Kenya while upholding the a culture of human rights, constitutionalism and the rule of law. He stands ready to take any initiative that may be called for by the circumstances to facilitate the peaceful conclusion of the electoral process.

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