Governance at the heart of Africa’s transformation

Vera Songwe Executive Secretary of ECA

Africa will need to adopt robust and homegrown governance initiatives so as to structurally develop. This has been the clarion call in the on on-going African Economic Conference currently underway in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. Now in its 12th year the conference which promotes knowledge management as a driver of policy dialogue, formulation and implementation in Africa was officially opened by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

Salone 709-carat diamond going to auction in New York

Salone 709-carat diamond going to auction in New York

Sierra Leone’s 709 carat “Peace Diamond”, the 14th largest diamond in the world is set to go on the auction block on December 4 in New York City. The announcement of the auction made by Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group at a press conference Tuesday in New York City ends widespread speculations by Sierra Leoneans that the diamond was secretly sold by the government of Sierra Leone.

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.”

LIBERIA: WASH Media report makes impact

Managing Director of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation, Hun-Bu Tulay

Constructed in the 50s and 60s, an off-site piped sewerage system covering an area of approximately 27 square kilometers in central Monrovia, Sinkor, Old Road and Bushrod Island (New Kru Town, Logan Town, Clara Town) was constructed to meet the sewage need of Monrovia.Less than 20% of the Greater Monrovia urban area for a protracted period has been used as the only medium to transport feces and waste water to its final destination to the Fiamah Sewage Treatment Plant in Sinkor.

LIBERIA: 25 Schools in Margibi get modern latrines from Living Water Int’l

One of the newly dedicated latrine facilities in Margibi, built by Living Water International

Some twenty-five schools in Margibi County have benefited from modern toilet facilities constructed by Living Water International. The facilities were turned over to the schools Monday at a program marking the official celebration of World Toilet Day in that part of Liberia which was observed under the Theme “Waste Water”. Speaking in Weala, Margibi County during the indoor program which followed the official dedication of the facilities, the Country Director of Living Water International, Austin Nyaplue indicated that his organization with support from international partners saw the need to provide Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities at those institutions.

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.