Okonjo-Iweala set to lead World Trade Organization

< 1 min read Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has been recommended to become the new director-general of the World Trade Organisation. A key group of WTO ambassadors proposed Okonjo-Iweala to lead the World Trade Organization, Reuters reported on Wednesday. The recommendation of Okonjo-Iweala was made by three WTO ambassadors, the so-called “troika”, after consulting with members in a series of closed-door meetings in…

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African Union lifts post-coup suspension of Mali

2 min read The African Union on Friday lifted its suspension of Mali which went into effect after a military coup toppled the West African nation’s government in August. The decision comes three days after the West African regional bloc ECOWAS announced it was ending its tough post-coup sanctions on Mali, saying it wished to back the country’s return to civilian rule. The…

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Liberia’s Taylor denied coronavirus jail move

< 1 min read Judges have rejected a bid by Liberian ex-president and convicted war criminal Charles Taylor to be moved from a British jail, where he claimed he risks dying from coronavirus. Taylor is serving a 50-year sentence at Frankland prison near Durham in northeastern England after being convicted in 2012 by a court in The Hague of fuelling civil conflict in Sierra…

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Niger exports fuel to Nigeria as Egypt, Algeria build 13 refineries

5 min read Neighbouring Niger Republic, which started commercial oil production in 2011, now exports petroleum products to Nigeria, as Egypt and Algeria lead African operations with 13 refineries. Both countries (Egypt and Algeria) have combined capacity of 1.4 million barrels per day. For decades, Nigeria’s three major refineries have been grounded to near-zero capacity utilisation with all of its refined fuel imported…

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Adesina re-elected AfDB President

2 min read Nigeria’s Akinwumi Adesina has been re-elected as the President of the African Development Bank President for a second five-year term. The election took place electronically on Thursday at the virtual annual general meeting of the bank. Adesina’s reappointment on Thursday at the helm of the 56-year-old bank is considered a formality as he is the sole candidate. Presidential new media…

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Mali junta wants three-year military rule, agrees to free president

2 min read The junta that seized power in Mali wants a military-led transitional body to rule for three years and has agreed to release ousted president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, a source in a visiting West African delegation said Sunday. “The junta has affirmed that it wants a three-year transition to review the foundations of the Malian state. This transition will be directed…

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ISWAP terrorists attack troops, kill three soldiers in Borno

2 min read The Defence Headquarters (DHQ), Thursday confirmed the attack on troops’ location in Kukawa town in Borno, State by the Boko Haram/Islamic of West Africa Province Terrorists (ISWAP). The Coordinator, Defence Media Operations, DMO, Major General John Eneche, who disclosed this in a statement yesterday in Abuja, noted that three soldiers who were fatally wounded later died at the military medical…

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Mali president and PM ‘arrested’

< 1 min read Mutineering soldiers in Mali on Tuesday detained President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse, one of their leaders said. “We can tell you that the president and the prime minister are under our control,” the leader, who requested anonymity, told AFP. He added that the pair had been “arrested” at Keita’s residence in the capital Bamako. Earlier, soldiers…

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Three Government Ministers Test Positive For COVID-19

< 1 min read Three ministers in Gambia’s government have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said, days after the West African nation’s president went into self-isolation. President Adama Barrow said last week he would self-isolate for two weeks after Vice President Isatou Touray tested positive. Finance Minister Mambureh Njie, Petroleum and Energy Minister Fafa Sanyang and Agriculture Minister Amie Fabureh “have tested positive” for the virus, the presidency said in a tweet on Sunday. Health authorities…

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ShopRite set to leave Nigerian market after 15 years

2 min read South Africa’s grocery retailer ShopRite is leaving Africa’s biggest market, Nigeria, 15 years after it opened shop in the West African country. The announcement by ShopRite came months after another South African brand, Mr Price, exited the market. International supermarkets (excluding Nigeria) contributed 11.6% to group sales and reported 1.4% decline in sales from 2018. South African operations contributed 78%…

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