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Nigeria: Why We Revised 2020 Budget – Buhari (Full Speech)

President Muhammadu Buhari said the federal government revised the 2020 Appropriation Act to reallocate resources for effective implementation of required health and emergency measures, as well as to mitigate the negative socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Buhari disclosed this in Abuja on Friday when he signed the revised budget into law after its passage by the National Assembly; Read the president's speech on the occasi..

West Africa: Intercommunal Violence, Terrorist Attacks Inflame Tensions in West Africa

Intercommunal violence and persistent attacks by extremists, continue to undermine peace and security across West Africa, the UN's top official in the region warned the Security Council on Thursday, calling for sustained engagement with all partners to urgently advance a holistic approach to peace. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), said tha..

Nigeria: Buhari Signs Revised 2020 Budget

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the revised 2020 budget into law. The signing on Friday of the N10.8 trillion budget took place at the State House's council chambers. The amended budget was approved by the National Assembly in June. At the signing ceremony, Mr Buhari said the budget had to revised because of the effect of coronavirus on the nation's economy. He said the ministries, department and agencies will be given 15 per ..

Somalia: China Rejects Taiwan Bid for Diplomatic Relations With Somaliland

Mogadishu — China has criticised a bid by Taiwan to establish diplomatic relations with Somaliland, the breakaway region of Somalia that announced its independence nearly 30 years ago. In a terse statement on Thursday, China's Embassy in Mogadishu rejected the deal, arguing it violated the One China policy for which Beijing is the sole representative of Chinese affairs abroad. The Chinese Embassy in Somalia censured the Taiwanese activitie..

Kenya: COVID-19 Recoveries Hit Record Low As Number of Infections Races Towards the Peak

Week 16 saw the highest number of new cases reported in a day and the lowest number of recoveries registered in a month. A pile-up of active cases might complicate Kenya's fight against Covid-19 if the country continues reporting fewer recoveries at a time average daily new cases continue to grow, suggests a Nation Newsplex analysis of the country's coronavirus data. Only 232 people were reported to have recovered from the virus in We..

Kenya: Four Local Short Films Based On COVID-19 Selected for Ladima Film Competition

Four Kenyan short films have been selected in the just concluded Ladima Foundation which had in partnership with the DW Akademie announced a short film competition for African women content creators and filmmakers on life during the Covid-19 pandemic. Ten winning films were be selected by a jury across Africa and will this month be streamed on the Ladima website along with other partner websites. 'THE TEMPEST' The Tempest by Skinnor ..

East Africa: EAC MPs Miss Salaries in Cash Crunch, As Burundi and South Sudan...

Employees of the East African Legislative Assembly are yet to get their June salaries, while members of parliament have gone three months without their full pay as the cash-strapped institution scrambles to put together its 2021 annual budget whose deadline passed last week. "EALA members have not been paid their sitting allowances since March. We demand that the secretariat pays all staff including MPs. EAC partner states need to honour their r..

Rwanda: Why COVID-19 Numbers Earned Rwanda Slot On EU’s ‘Safe’ List

Burundi's new President Evariste Ndayishimiye has got good political instincts, after all. He has declared that Covid-19 is the country's "biggest enemy". It was a huge change from his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza, who died suddenly last month weeks before he was due to step down. Nkurunziza, a man of God, adopted a hear-no-virus-see-no-virus approach, downplaying its dangers and claiming the Lord was protecting Burundians. Ndayishim..

Congo-Kinshasa: One Million People Displaced in DR Congo in 6 Months

The UNHCR recorded events of killing, mutilation, sexual violence and looting in DR Congo in the last eight weeks. The African nation has one of the highest rates of internal displacement in the world. Over one million people from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) have been forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries since the beginning of 2020, according to a report by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR. The agency said that ..

Sho Madjozi Officially Signs To Epic Records

Johannesburg — Crowned “a new kind of global pop star” by The New York Times, award-winning South African rap disruptor Sho Madjozi officially signs to Epic Records—as announced today. She joins the label’s esteemed roster as the only South African act in North America. About her signing, Chairman and C.E.O. Sylvia Rhone commented, “African artists are enjoying an unprecedented level of visibility in music and Sho Madjozi is beautifully waving t..

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