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Nigeria:Taraba’s Energy Potential and Multiplier Effects

opinionBy Hassan Mijinyawa

Aptly christened ‘Nature’s Gift to the Nation’, Taraba State is a wonder in resources. Yet they are so massive that government at state and federal levels get overwhelmed to tap them for the overall development of the state and the nation. Inundated by numerous water bodies, Taraba is home to one of the big Rivers in Nigeria, the River Benue. There is also River Taraba from where the State derives its name. There is River Donga, too, with enough water all year round. Other massive water bodies are the Kashimbila dam and Tunga dam. Evenly spread across the state, these bodies of water provide great opportunities for hydro electricity and agricultural production.

In the light of these massive energy opportunities, it is expected that this year’s third edition of the prestigious Africa Today Conference and Summits, scheduled to hold at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, Tuesday, October 17th will beam a search light on Taraba for what it has to offer. Moreover, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State is likely to attend the conference, which is expected to bring renowned energy experts to discuss energy issues that relate to Nigeria and Africa. This year’s topic is Energy Options in Low-cost and Low-carbon World: Which Way Nigeria and Africa?

In looking at energy options with low-cost, Taraba state presents vast opportunities, which if given proper attention would benefit Africa at large. It is interesting to note that Governor Ishaku as minister of Power foresaw the benefits Taraba state stand to gain which informed his fast tracking the Mambila Hydroelectric project. The project, if executed, would serve the energy needs of Nigeria and neighbouring countries in the West Africa and Central Africa sub regions.

The continued pressure by the Taraba State government mounted on the Federal Government to see to the actualization of the power component of the Kashimbila Dam is already yielding significant fruit as the construction of the substations for the evacuation of power from the dam through Takum and Wukari, and eventually through Mutum Biyu to Jalingo is progressing satisfactorily. Also, the second phase of the Tunga Dam at Kakara which produces the power supply to the Highland Tea is gathering momentum and when completed, it would add about 330kilowatts of power to the existing output which will enable more surrounding communities to benefit from the power produced by the dam.

The Mambila Hydro Power Project, conceived many years ago, has witnessed concrete collaborative efforts taken by the Taraba State Government and the Federal Government on the Project. Governor Ishaku is personally elated and congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on the release of funds for the project recently.

Viewed from this perspective, the administration of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State has given priority attention to water projects no administration has ever done before. The measure is not one of serendipity, but a well thought out initiative conceived so that with the support of the Federal government projects in energy generation and agriculture will occupy a primary focus and position. It is important to remember that as a budding consultant precisely 22 years ago, Governor Ishaku predicted today. He advised the government of Taraba State at the time for a comprehensive plan for water for Taraba state. They ignored him, perhaps, because water was not the priority of the administration at the time. Nevertheless, the inevitability of water in the development process no administration can downplay. Apart from powering electricity, which the nation stands in a crisis, it is for industrial use in manufacturing and for domestic consumption. Today, enter Taraba State, and Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku is the helmsman. As governor with a clear cut Rescue Mission, his agenda on water is unprecedented, hence the current effort to provide water for Taraba state.

The massive water if properly harnessed will not only serve electricity generation, but also agriculture production, tourism and solid mineral deposits for which Taraba is well known and no state can compete with her. The Federal Government Policy on agriculture greatly favours Taraba State if it is given the attention it deserves. For instance, the state has the capacity to grow rice, yam, beans, sorghum, sugarcane, cassava, tomatoes and pepper and groundnuts, all in commercial quantity for local consumption and export.

What is lacking now is agro-based industries that will add value to these produce so that the farmers and government would stand to have maximum benefits. Although the Ishaku administration is using the Taraba Investment and Properties Company to revive some moribund industries, the effort needs to be augmented considering the massive drive required towards agriculture.

Interestingly, the Green House, which is an innovation to grow such vegetables as tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce and pepper under hygienic conditions for local consumption and ultimately for export, shows the commitment of the administration to accelerated development. Although it is not the policy of the Ishaku administration to be actively involved in business, he believes that the private investor will take advantage and seize the initiative to take over when the global economic recession improves and things begin to pick up. At present, Governor Ishaku has a clean domestic slate in terms of salary payment, projects execution and job creation, an indication that he wants the state to gain economic momentum.

This calls for the involvement of the federal government to strengthen its agricultural programme, which Governor Ishaku is an unwavering supporter. It is equally expected that the Africa Today Conference will not end up as a talk shop, but help to woo investors to Nigeria and Africa. And if it is Nigeria, Taraba stands a perfect chance of benefitting as the Ishaku administration is investor friendly and is willing to assist the economy of Taraba in particular and Nigeria at large to receive a huge boost.

Mijinyawa is Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Taraba State

Burundi:Global Fund Suspends Direct Subsidies to Health Ministry

By Diane Uwimana

Following flaws in the financial management and procurement observed in the ministry of public health, the Global Fund has just withdrawn the direct subsidies to the ministry and granted it to the United Nations Development Programs for supervision. Right groups say it is a loss for Burundi.

In the correspondence sent to the minister of public health on 12 October, the Global Fund noticed that the first-half of 2017 rating does not change significantly and remains below expectations. While Global Fund’s priorities are to ensure funds are well used to achieve the best possible results, the limitations in the results, financial management, the decision-making space of the implementers which restricts the operational responsiveness necessary for the acceleration of programs, are all factors that lead to the under-utilization of available resources.

At the end of 2017, the Global Fund finds that the unused financing is estimated at more than $ 30 million (based on the current absorption rate of 65%). This situation, which places the fund under the obligation to review the modalities for the implementation of subsidies in Burundi, is also likely to affect future financing if solutions to it are not implemented quickly.

In order not to leave a situation that is detrimental to the optimal use of resources for the benefit of the populations, the Global Fund is obliged to use the additional safeguard policy, as was communicated on 2 December 2016. The Global Fund has not accepted the proposal to set up a Project Management Unit within the ministry of health, considering that this proposal does not satisfactorily meet the operational procedures of the fund. It has opted for a change in the modalities of implementation for the 2018-2020 period. The UNDP will now acts as a single principal recipient under the strategic direction of the national coordinating body. The support provided by UNDP in this configuration will also enable national programs and civil society to maximize the impact of the allocated sum of $ 72.3 million for the 2018-2020 period.

“It is a loss for the country”

Hamza Venant Burikukiye, the chairman of CAPES+- a local NGO advocating people living with HIV/AIDS, says it is regrettable to hear that the ministry of public health is unable to appropriately use the funds granted for the benefit of the population. “After our warning, we thought things had improved, but in vain”, he says.

Burikukiye believes that the Ministry of public security will continue to seek the collaboration with the Global Fund even though beneficiaries will continue to be supported for the good image of the country.

In February, two local NGOs-CAPES+ and PISC Burundi- warned of irregular activities within the Ministry of Public Health that might cause the government to lose from the International Monetary Fund(IMF) an estimated amount of $72.300.822 primarily intended for the fight against malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS.

Sylvain Habanabakize, spokesperson for the network of patients in Burundi, says the withdrawal of the subsidies from the Ministry of Public Health by Global Fund is a loss for the country in general and for the beneficiaries in particular. He urges the Ministry of public health to renew its collaboration with the Global Fund. Iwacu has tried to contact the Ministry of public health, for more details but in vain.

Since 2003, the Global Fund has contributed up to more than $ 275 million which enabled the achievement of the national results: the distribution of 21 million nets, of which 6.4 million were donated during the 2017 campaign; care for 51,726 patients on ARV (Dec 2016), representing 64% of People living with HIV/AIDS, 6900 tuberculosis patients treated per year (from 2003 to 2015), and 7,662 patients in 2016 as well as the construction and strengthening of other health infrastructures in the country.

Africa’s Largest Wind Power Plant Could Relocate From Kenya to Tanzania

By Kylie Kiunguyu

Kenya’s failure to approve the development of a 600MW offshore wind farm in Malindi, south-east of the country, has resulted in the developers considering moving the project to Tanzania.

Swedish firm, VR holding AB, which was set to construct Africa’s largest wind power plant in Malindi, southeastern Kenya at a staggering Kshs. 253 Billion ($2.4 B);making it the most expensive private funded project in east Africa; has since changed it’s plans.

According to Kenya’s Business Daily the firm is moving the project to Tanzania, which shares the coastline with Kenya citing frustration to their efforts by Kenyan authorities. An executive at the company, Victoria Rikede said “We have opted to look for offshore solutions for Tanzania, Kenya is proving to be a very difficult place and besides the grid is too weak to absorb all the power produced and therefore mini-grids is the solution right now.”

Kenyan officials are reported to have seen issues with the plants viability. The officials argued that the power plant would leave the country with excess power thus forcing consumers to pay billions annually for under utilized electricity. According to the official, it would defeat the purpose of clean cheap energy.

“The company was to give us a proposal for a smaller capacity plant of 50MW. They are yet to do so,” said Isaac Kiva, the director of renewable energy at the ministry.

Kenya’s renewable energy framework only provides for small and medium sized projects under the feed-in-tarrif (FiT) system which fixes prizes for wind and solar energy of up to a capacity of 50 megawatts. Therefore at a cost of 3.2 Million Euros or Kshs. 423 Million per megawatt the 600 megawatt offshore project would be too expensive.

In rejecting the mega power plant, the ministry considered a phased implementation that brings power on stream gradually, in tandem with growth in consumer demand. Kiva added: “Wind is an intermittent power source and, therefore, we cannot approve such a big plant in one location since it will come with huge costs tied to power supply reliability and transmission.”

The only other renewable energy project above 50 megawatt in the country is the 310 megawatt project in Lake Turkana built at a cost of Kshs. 70 Billion. Although completed, the plant unfortunately is yet to be utilized due to a lack of a transmission line costing consumers approximately Kshs. 5.7 Billion in fines.

However, once operational the project is set to provide the 310 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the Kenyan national grid. “It is the largest wind farm in Africa (and) it has 365 turbines,” Carlo Van Wageningen, director and board member at Lake Turkana Wind Power, told CNBC’s Sustainable Energy. “We are hoping to soon see the transmission line completed so that Kenya will be able to benefit from this cheap source of power,” he added.

Tanzania’s acting commissioner for Energy and Petroleum Affairs, Innocent Luoga, told The Citizen that the investors had yet to officially communicate with his office. Luoga said: “When it happens, I am sure they will most definitely approach Tanesco [Tanzania Electric Supply Company], who will in turn inform us [the government] to plan a meeting.”

The potential of wind power in terms of reducing carbon emissions is significant. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, in 2016 wind power helped the planet avoid more than 637 million tonnes of CO2 emissions. Although Kenya may lose out on this project the country is still in the race towards cleaner sources of energy ranking third globally in geothermal energy capacity and number one in Africa by the Renewables Global Status report, 2017.

Meaning whichever of the two countries gets to house the project, the goal is ultimately to reduce carbon emissions even further, which is a win win for all parties involved.

Seychelles:In Need of Hotel Rooms, Seychelles’ Govt Tells Developers to Begin Projects or Lose Them

Eight out of 18 tourism projects excluded from a moratorium on large hotels in Seychelles could be reallocated if the project backers don’t begin construction within a year, said a top official of the ministry of tourism.

Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Port and Marine, said the decision was taken because promoters of the eight projects have taken too long to develop them.

“We are targeting those investors who have obtained approval more than five years ago and still have not done anything. Some have even had up to 10 years,” the minister said.

Loustau-Lalanne said that the tourism department is going to write to the respective investors and give them one year to decide if they want to go ahead with their project.

“We think that they will not be able to do anything within the course of one year. Therefore, we will be able to take back 1,300 rooms for redistribution,”

Loustau-Lalanne said.

The moratorium on large hotel projects except those already approved by the government was announced by the Seychelles’ former president, James Michel, during the Independence Day celebrations on June 29, 2015.

The moratorium was prolonged to the end of 2020 by the Seychelles’ President Danny Faure in his State of the Nation address in February.

Large hotels are defined as those having 25 rooms or more. The moratorium does not include small establishments of 15 rooms or less which are reserved for Seychellois.

Old and abandoned hotels are also to be reallocated and they account for more than 700 which are counted as part of the approximate 5300 existing hotel room quota. These include Reef Hotel and Equator Hotel.

According to statistics from the Tourism Ministry, there are 541 tourism establishments in operation that have 5,849 rooms.

The tourism minister said that when the department did its research, the feedback from tour operators was that there is not enough room to accommodate visitors.

“As Seychelles is experiencing an economic growth in the tourism sector, it is unacceptable to note that there are not enough rooms. This why we also need to redistribute these projects to investors that are ready to develop,” said Loustau-Lalanne.

The Criteria for reallocation will be drawn up on a case-by-case basis and once approved these projects will be subjected to environmental impact assessments and the requirements of regulatory bodies such as the Seychelles Planning Authority.

With the addition of the new hotels excluded from the moratorium, an additional 4,000 rooms will be available in the island nation to accommodate visitors.

Commenting on the Grand Police Bay hotel, which has now been declared a protected area by the Cabinet of Ministers, in June, Loustau-Lalanne, said that their number of rooms have been taken back as well and discussion is ongoing with the developers.

Tourism remains the top contributor to the economy of Seychelles, a group of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean. In the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) in January, over 304,000 visitors came to Seychelles last year, compared with 275,000 in 2015.

Gambia:Former Secretary General, PS Agriculture & Former Protocol to Zaineb Jammeh At Commission

By Mamadou Dem

Mr. Ousman Jammeh, former Secretary General and Minister of Energy and Petroleum and Mrs. Ada Gaye, former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture, who was also the former protocol to the former First Lady, Zainab Jammeh, yesterday appeared at the Janneh Commission of Enquiry.

Mr. Jammeh testified that while he was serving as Secretary General, Carnegie Mineral’s license was terminated because the former president believed that the Company was not paying revenuefrom the mining activities among other reasons.

According to him, they always tried to persuade him (Jammeh), but it was difficult to change his mind set; that at some point, he believed the decisions taken by the former president regarding the processing and exportation of the minerals, were exploited by the Company.

Mr. Jammeh claimed that he relayed the concern of the former president to the officials of the Company after having a meeting with them on the issue; that the former president also at a certain point, informed him that if the Company will not exploit the minerals of the country, then they can come back and continue with the mining as they were generating billions of dalasi from the mining.

On the letter, he authored and addressed to the managing director of SSHFC regarding the loan of $1.5Million, he said out of the total sum, $500,000 was deposited to Trust Bank in relation to the project of Gambia Animal Feed and Rice Project, with the belief that the project will add value to rice production in the country.

According to him, the presentation done by the Qatari official was so impressive that Jammeh invited them to come and invest in the country, noting that they wanted to have partners and the former president said some of the public enterprise should venture into the project.

A letter dated 6 October 2011, in relation to the opening of the account for the project, was admitted as exhibit. However, Mr. Jammeh said the account was opened prior to his appointment as Secretary General and he decided to change the signatories based on instruction of the former president.

Mr. Jammeh claimed he was not happy when Alagie Ousman Ceesay introduced those who were supposed to replace the initial signatories to the account.

Letters addressed to the managing director SSHFC from the office of the former president relating to the said project, were admitted as exhibits.

Mr. Jammeh still on the issue of Carnegie Minerals Company, recalled that when he bounced back as Secretary General in 2011, he found that the Company had sued the former Government and there were discussions in London to that effect. He however recalled, that he told the then Solicitor General, Pa Harry Jammeh, that he would not be a witness on the basis that what was said and what actually transpired were completely apart; that the then Justice Minister, Marie Saine- Firdaus, represented the former Government in the discussions in London.

Mr. Jammeh however told the Commission that he was never contacted about Euro Africa Group’s engagement in the payment of the legal fees, on behalf of the former Government. “It was not done administratively. The former President might had contacted him directly but I am not aware,” said the witness. He added that the Qatari investors were introduced to them by Ansumana Jammeh, former Ambassador to Qatar, as investors from Qatar, but they later discovered that they were Lebanese Nationals with Canadian Passports.

On the issue of over $600,000.00 payment to Amadou Samba from SSHFC for the purchase of a water Tank for Kanilai Family Farms, Jammeh said those are some of the challenges faced at the office of the then president and due to circumstances, it was difficult for him to refuse honouring instructions given by the former president.

“These were directives from the former president and I could not just say no. But I have no knowledge about what transpired after I made the statement (request).” He said he deliberately failed to make that request on a letter head because he knew that Jammeh’s request was not in order and the Constitution made it clear that the emblem of Government is supposed to be respected and honoured and should not be used anyhow.

According to him, the former president was persuaded by close associates like Amadou Samba, that he can always get money from SSHFC as Mr. Samba was the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the time and SSHFC also gave the impression that funds were available. He said he advised Jammeh on SSHFC funds but the former President always insist that he was the President.

On the loan of $7.9 Million given to NAWEC from SSHFC, the witness said this is one of the cases which is not wrong for sister enterprises to assist each other in the socio-economic development of the country, when the need arises and they were supposed to work on the modalities of payment. But when it was put to him by Counsel Amie Bensouda that the amount of loan given to NAWEC was huge and there should be mechanism put in place, he responded that the Corporation should have come out and explain that there was no fund in writing, to the Secretary General; that Messers Amadou Samba and Bazzi were the close associates of Jammeh who do not need appointment to meet the former president as well as another person whom he could not remember by name, but was managing the Gambia International Airline (GIA).

He finally testified that as Secretary General he was not involved in the acquisition of assets for the former president but later became aware that the Abuko Abattoir was part of his assets.

Mrs. Ada Gaye, former Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture who was summoned in connection with the John Deere tractors, testified that this was part of the mechanisation of farming initiated by the former president and not the Ministry. She said she did not know how John Deere officials were invited but they were tasked to work with their delegation.

The former PS said upon return of the delegation, they sent a Profoma Invoice for the payment of the tractors, but there was no budget allocated for tractors and decided to send the invoice to the office of the former president and it was funded by SSHFC. The tractors according to her, were delivered at the office of the former president but she was not present when they were delivered.

Mrs. Fatou Njie, Deputy Head of Mission in Abuja for 2 years who also worked at the office of the First Lady as protocol officer, said she did not know whether handling cash was part of her responsibilities but that sometimes, they were assigned to do so due to the fact she was not given a job description.

However, she said among her responsibilities was to arrange travels, State Banquets and other officially related activities; that she was assigned to withdraw the total sums of D61 Million from the State Aircraft Account at Central Bank of the Gambia, but could not remember whether the directive was from the former First lady or the former President.

According to her, after receiving the money, she handed over the money to a guard at the former president’s residence; that she used to send money for Zaineb Jammeh sometimes in USA and Morocco, but could remember on how many occasions.

She disclosed that the sum of $469,961.96 withdrawn from the Jammeh Foundation Account, was sent to one Al Edriss Lala Mariam, a Personal Assistant to the former First Lady, through a Telex Transfer at the Trust Bank; that this was sent to Morocco.

At that point, documents relating to the telex transfer and list of trips of the former first lady including Chartered Flights, were admitted as exhibits.

The witness finally revealed that most of the trips they embarked on, were private trips and she is usually engaged for the arrangement of flights and hotels while payment was done by the former president. She said in all these travels through commercial flights, she will make reservation and if it is a State Aircraft, she will directly deal with GIA and Civil Aviation Authorities; that for Chartered Flights, Zaineb will give her contact details, which she will arrange and payment will be facilitated.

Sittings continue on Monday, 16th October 2017.

Nigeria:50 Patients Abandoned in Ogun Psychiatric Hospital, Says Provost

By Charles Coffie Gyamfi

Abeokuta — The Provost/Medical Director, Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Dr. Timothy Adebowale, says 50 indigent patients have been abandoned by their families.

Addressing the House of Representatives Committee on Health Institutions which visited the facility as part of its oversight functions at the weekend in Abeokuta, Adebowale said the hospital management had taken over the responsibility of feeding and medication of the affected patients.

He told his visitors that the hospital, which was established in 1954, urgently needs renovation, as most of its structures were too old to serve their purpose.

His words: “In our facility here, we also operate community health, people come for ante-natal. Some of our clients are poor and vulnerable. Many of them, immediately they make the first payment for their treatment, they do not pay anymore. But we need money to survive.”

“Some of them are abandoned by their relatives, and we are responsible for their feeding and medication through our lean resources. Presently, there are 50 of such cases in this hospital.”

The medical director said the facility also suffers from stigmatisation, perhaps from the name ‘Aro’, which people had derisively twisted to mean someone with mental problem.

He continued: “Philanthropists do not want to associate with us, they do not want to be seen here, lest people begin to think they had come for psychiatric medical attention or visit a relation who has such a challenge.”

The challenges notwithstanding, he said the centre remains focused on treating, training and researching on mental health.

Adebowale disclosed that about 500 people in local communities access mental health treatment, appealing to the lawmakers to ensure they get the necessary funding to engender quality service delivery.

He also pleaded with them to ensure that their ‘outsource service fund’ and overhead cost which were already in arrears from 2016 were paid promptly.

Betty Apiafi, who responded on behalf of her colleagues, promised to intervene in getting more funds for federal-owned medical facilities, most especially teaching hospitals nationwide.

The lawmakers also visited the Federal Medical Centre, Idi Aba, Abeokuta, where the Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Musa, led them on inspection of project sites within the premises.

She told newsmen that some of the health institutions in Lagos and Ogun states were seriously contending with inadequate funding and incessant strikes.

Apiafi said following the amendment on the TEtfund bill, which she said had passed through third reading in the House, federal health institutions too would begin to benefit from the purse immediately it gets presidential assent.

To address the issue of outsource service fund, the committee promised to approach the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, to ensure the money was released to the health institutions.

‘Family Planning Clinics Can Help Screen for Cervical Cancer’

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

By Hilda Mhagama

AS cases of cervical cancer increase, screening services with existing family planning clinics can increase access to the services and treatment.

Marie Stopes Tanzania Country Director, Anil Tambay, made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday to mark the end of the Bill and Melinda Gates cervical cancer screening and preventative therapy project.

Mr Tambay said family planning programmes were “natural entry points” for prevention programmes because the target group for cervical cancer screening are the same as the target group for family planning services.

“Family planning integration is an overwhelmingly positive strategy, but it requires robust supervision and logistics systems,” he said.

However, he acknowledged, there were operational challenges, such as fragmented funding structures, the need for increased coordination among clinics, and the regular training and supervision of clinical service providers.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded this project in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria to implement cervical cancer screening and Preventive therapy via reproductive health Networks from November 2012 to October 2017.

In Tanzania, the project is being implemented by the Marie Stopes Tanzania, Population Services International (PSI) and Chama cha Uzazi na Malezi Bora Tanzania (UMATI).

He said more than 187,263 women were screened in a period of 23 months in the country, among them 7,783 were found positive and 7,602 underwent cryotherapy.

Assistant Director for reproductive and child health section in the ministry of health, community development, gender, elderly and children, Dr Hussein kidanto, said cervical cancer was a major public health problem in Tanzania.

“Many experts would agree that the high burden of disease and low survival rate among women with cervical cancer in the country is attributed to late disease presentation, diagnosis and delay in treatment,” he said.

Dr Kidanto said currently there were 466 facilities providing cervical cancer screening and treatment services, this includes all regional, district hospitals, some health centres as well as some of dispensaries.

He further said cervical cancer could be prevented simply by raising public awareness, vaccinating adolescent girls aged 9-13 years against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer and screening women who are sexually active for cervical at least once every three years.


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Angola:Cunene – Red Cross Presents Contingency Project

Ondjiva — A continence project to improve food security and mitigate the effects of climate change in rural areas was presented Thursday in Ondjiva by the coordination of the Red Cross of Angola (CVA) in the province of Cunene.

The project presentation, which was attended by the deputy governor of the Cunene for the Political and Social Sector, Albertina José, aims to allocate technical subsidies and support in seeds and means of work to the farmer, as well as to educate rural communities about the decrease effects of climate change on the crops.

According to the project coordinator of the “CVA” in Cunene, José Zeca Tchipilika, the project, which has the support of the Spanish Red Cross and the Angolan government, is budgeted at USD 200,000 and lasts for two years and will assist 123 families in the rural areas of the province.

Alberitina José said that such programs are welcome because climate change has created situations of desperation for families, and the government has been working on education and action to mitigate the effects of climate change.


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Tanzania:ICT School Project Launched

By Julieth Ngarabali

Kibaha — A Sh4 billion project on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in secondary schools across the country was launched on October 10 in Kibaha Town. The project is expected to be implemented in 40 secondary schools.

Phase I of the project covers Morogoro and Coast regions. The project is implemented by Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training. Launching the project, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Leonard Akwilapo, said the schools would be exemplary only if the responsible people would ensure the goals were attained.

For his part, GeSCI Director Jerome Morrisse said the project would focus on science, English and mathematics, adding that it would be implemented in Coast and Morogoro regions at Sh4 billion for 2017-2020.

According to Mr Morrisse, the other countries in Africa to be covered by the project are Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya.

Earlier, the manager of the ICT project for Tanzanian secondary schools, Ms Joyce Msolla, said, among other things, they would also train teachers at school level and students would get the 21st century skills so that they could be competent in the labour market.

She said the schools would be empowered to master ICT and expected to reach out to 20,000 targeted people in Coast and Morogoro regions, including 400 teachers from 10 schools covered by the project.

“This project will help make secondary schools on the African continent to enter the digital system so that they can master to use the ICT in teaching and learning,” she said.


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ICT School Project Launched

By Julieth Ngarabali

Kibaha — A Sh4 billion project on the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in secondary schools across the country was launched on October 10 in Kibaha Town. The project is expected to be implemented in 40 secondary schools.

Phase I of the project covers Morogoro and Coast regions. The project is implemented by Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GeSCI) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training. Launching the project, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr Leonard Akwilapo, said the schools would be exemplary only if the responsible people would ensure the goals were attained.

For his part, GeSCI Director Jerome Morrisse said the project would focus on science, English and mathematics, adding that it would be implemented in Coast and Morogoro regions at Sh4 billion for 2017-2020.

According to Mr Morrisse, the other countries in Africa to be covered by the project are Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya.

Earlier, the manager of the ICT project for Tanzanian secondary schools, Ms Joyce Msolla, said, among other things, they would also train teachers at school level and students would get the 21st century skills so that they could be competent in the labour market.

She said the schools would be empowered to master ICT and expected to reach out to 20,000 targeted people in Coast and Morogoro regions, including 400 teachers from 10 schools covered by the project.

“This project will help make secondary schools on the African continent to enter the digital system so that they can master to use the ICT in teaching and learning,” she said.


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