Agribusiness offers hope to Africa’s 420MN youth

African Development Bank

More than half of the world’s suitable arable land and underutilized water resources are in Africa according to statistics unveiled by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Ethiopia this week. “Africa is home to abundant natural resources accounting for at least 30% of the world’s natural resource wealth. Currently 12% of oil reserves in the world, 40% of global gold reserves and 60% of uncultivated lands are in Africa.” Abdallah Hamdok, who is UNECA’s deputy executive secretary says. “The continent has 70% of coltan deposits, from which electronic microchips are made. If these resources are put to good use they can secure livelihoods, reduce land related conflicts and transform lives.”

Sam Sumana Returns to Court for Judgment on November 22

Former Sierra Leone's Vice President Alhaji Samuel Sidique Sam Sumana appears on VOA Africa 54 last week in Washington

Former vice president of Sierra Leone Alhaji Samuel Sidique Sam Sumana will know his fate when the ECOWAS Court reconvenes in Abuja, Nigeria for a hearing on his $210 million lawsuit challenging the Government of Sierra Leone for what he calls his “unconstitutional” removal from office. “The case is set for judgment on 22 November, 2017 for Violation of the plaintiff [Mr. Sumana’s] human rights,” said Mr. Felicien Hounkanrin, ECOWAS Court Information Officer confirming the hearing from his office in Abuja on Tuesday. Mr. Sumana’s case ECW/CCJ/APP/38/16 will be heard by a three-man panel led by Justice Hameye Foune Mahal-madane, Justice Friday Chijioke Nwoke and Alioune Sall.

Nigeria’s Government identifies six potential commodities as alternative to oil

Gum Arabic (Nigeria has a huge Arabic gum for export)

Nigeria's government’s effort at diversifying the economy away from oil took a giant leap after the National Committee on Export Promotion Council (NCEP), set up by the federal government at its inaugural meeting, identified mainly six potential commodity products as alternative to oil. The thirteen-man NCEP was instituted last week by the National Economic Council (NEC) Chaired by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on export promotion. The committee has a Zero Oil Plan (ZOP) initiative to replace oil as the major source of foreign exchange earner by growing non-oil exports from the present five billion dollars approximately to thirty billion dollars ($5 billion approximately to $30 billion) by 2025. The committee is expected to submit an interim report to the Federal Government by the 16th of November this year.

Nigerian yam exporters debunk rejection reports

Yam tubers

The exporters of yam to the UK and the United States of America have disputed the reports, initially aired by the Africa Independent Television (AIT) purporting that the yams exported after the official launch of the programme on June 29, 2017 were rejected at their export destinations. Based on the misleading reports in various media platform, the symbolic event, done at the Lilypond Container Terminal in Lagos, southwest Nigeria by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, meant to boost the morale of Nigerian exporters and make a bold statement to the global marketplace, has drawn widespread criticism based on the misleading reports.

Babcock University in collaboration with Mushroom Development Foundation Nigeria set up Agropreneuship Centre

Babcock University in collaboration with Mushroom Development Foundation Nigeria set up Agropreneuship Centre

In line with the Nigeria’s government decision to diversify its economy from a mono economy that was dependent on oil, to Agriculture as its mainstay, the Babcock University in collaboration with Mushroom Development Foundation Nigeria, MDF-N have taken steps to support government’s efforts at making Agriculture a major foreign exchange earner as well as boost food production for local consumption. To this end, the university in partnership with MDF-N have set up Agropreneurship Centre where stakeholders in the agro value chain would be trained in necessary skills required to boost food production from cultivation to marketing of their agro products, while calling on supports from stakeholders and other good spirited Nigerians to support the project.

Nigeria gets warning over possible outbreak of cassava diseases

cassava plant

West African Virus Epidemiology (WAVE), has warned Nigeria over possible outbreaks of two cassava diseases. Executive Director of WAVE, Justin Pita who gave the warning at the second Annual General Meeting of stakeholders from the West African sub-region in Abuja, listed the two new diseases as begomovirus and brown streak viruses.

Liberia Celebrates Global Handwashing Day

Students demonstrating hand washing

Liberia on Monday of this week joined other countries of the world to commemorate Global Handwashing Day with official celebration taking place in Monserrado and Gbapolu Counties. In Montserrado County, the celebration of the day started with a parade from the Duport Road Clinic in the City of Paynesville to the Paynesville City Hall for an indoor program.

Nigeria: Ikeja Electric renders free medical screening

Ikeja Electric renders free medical screening

A major Electricity Distribution Company in Nigeria, Ikeja Electric in collaboration with XT Monitor have ended a two-day free healthcare outreach to its numerous consumers in Oshodi-Isolo and Egbeda area of Lagos. Participants were screened for various ailments including diabetes, high blood pressure and malaria. The exercise was carried out by a team of medical experts from the United on health mission to Nigeria.

Super Eagles of Nigeria qualifies for Russia 2018

Nigerian professional footballer Alexander Chuka Iwobi

Substitute, Alex Iwobi has earned Nigeria a ticket to the 2018 World Cup holding in Russia. Also, Iwobi who scored at the 74th minute into the match came in for Moses Simon and scored in the first leg in Ndola.