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Tanzanian’s President, John Pombe Magufuli, dies of heart failure

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died aged 61 from a heart condition, his vice president said in an address on state television Wednesday, after days of uncertainty over his health and whereabouts.
His death was confirmed in a state address by Tazania’s Vice-President, Samia Suluhu Hassan.
According to her, Magufuli died of a heart condition.
“It is with deep regret that I inform you that today on the 17th of March, 2021 at 6 pm we lost our brave leader, the President of the Republic of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli.”

Tanzanian President John Magufuli has died aged 61 from a heart condition, his vice president said in an address on state television Wednesday, after days of uncertainty over his health and whereabouts.

According to AFP,

He had first been briefly admitted to the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute on March 6, but was subsequently discharged, Hassan said.

But Magufuli had again felt unwell and was on March 14 rushed to hospital again.

Confirmation of Magufuli’s death comes after weeks of uncertainty and wild rumours over his absence, as he was last seen in public on February 27.

Opposition leader Tundu Lissu had raised questions about his health, citing sources that the president was suffering from Covid-19.

Magufuli, who was first elected in 2015 and then again in a disputed poll last year, had for months insisted the virus no longer existed in Tanzania, and had been fended off by prayer.

He refused to wear a face-mask or take lockdown measures.

But a week before he was last seen, Magufuli conceded the virus was still circulating, after the vice-president of semi-autonomous Zanzibar was revealed to have died of Covid-19.

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Humanitarian Ministry plans to support project Lake Chad in three focal areas

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Humanitarian Ministry plans to support project Lake Chad in three focal areas

The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has earmarked three areas it plans to support Project Lake Chad (PROLAC)

The Minister, Sadiya Umar Farouq gave the indication in a virtual Ministerial World Bank Group RoundTable on the Lake Chad Region held on Monday April 12, 2021.

The Focal areas  include Regional and National Coordination Platform and local capacity Building aimed at reinforcing regional dialogue, data collection and dissemination, institutional capacity building and knowledge sharing as well as Agriculture Investments and Value-Chain Development aimed at promoting public productive investments, value-chain development, citizen engagement and community participation activities in project areas. 

One of thr  focal areas is Restoring Rural Mobility and Connectivity which aims at improving access of communities to markets and providing beneficiaries with an opportunity for short-term employment.  

Umar Farouq stated that the Ministry will also support the World Bank through the provision of  a coordination structure for the targeted management of vulnerabilities through the agencies and programmes under its supervision.

“The Lake Chad Region faces a combination of multidimensional risk factors which deepen vulnerabilities.
“From 2014, Boko Haram’s violent activities took on a transnational approach, spreading its terrorist attacks from Nigeria to Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.”
This she said has created a humanitarian crisis, increasing the number of internally displaced persons and refugees within the Lake Chad Region.

“While the drivers of fragility and obstacles to growth existed before the insurgency, the ongoing conflict has compounded the region’s difficulties. The Boko Haram regional conflict has triggered an acute humanitarian situation with devastating social and economic impact on the population.

“Direct efforts of the Ministry through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee (amongst other structures and critical interventions) is the provision of an enabling environment to supporting peace enforcement, peace keeping and peace building across the Nation, especially within the Lake Chad Region through PROLAC”.

As part of the PROLAC project, a high-level dialogue is to be coordinated through the Lake Chad Basin Governors’ Forum on issues of common interest including Commerce, Agriculture, Environment, Security, Education and Health. 
She said the virtual meeting is a  follow-up on the 2020 event .
Participants include Alamine Ousmane Mey, Minister of Economy, Planning and Regional Development of Cameroon, Issa Doubragne, Minister of Economy, Development Planification and International Cooperation of Chad, 
Mr. Abdou Rabiou, Minister of Planning of Niger, Ms. Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning of Nigeria, Sadiya Umar Farouq, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development of Nigeria, Vice President, Western/Central Africa  World Bank Ousmane Diagana, Representative of the Chairman of the North East Governors Forum Prof Babagana Umara Zulum,  Mamman Nuhu, Executive Secretary of Lake Chad Basin Commission and Ms. Milicent Mutuli, Regional director for Western and Central Africa, UNHCR.

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Lawan advocates for enhanced trade relationship among African Countries

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has challenged African countries to further enhance their economic Independence as a continent with higher volume of trade among them.

He spoke when the Namibian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Humphry Desmond Geiseb paid him a courtesy visit on Wednesday in Abuja. 

According to Lawan, “We need to increase our level of trade because this is what will make us more independent.”

He expressed the believe that once the continent is able to achieve a reasonable level of economic independence it can take major decisions when it comes to bilateral and even multilateral issues. 
According to him, even though the continent is challenged in so many way what is required of it is to ensure that the trade volume among the countries is enhanced even despite the fact that development levels vary.

“The establishment of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA) is a welcome idea to us in Africa. 
“It expands the frontiers of trade and infact investment in Africa and it is for African countries to now take the opportunity that will be made available by this Agreement. 
“I believe that Nigeria has a lot of products to export to Namibia and I am happy to note that you export salt and other things to Nigeria,” Lawan said. 

The Senate President recalled the major role played by Nigeria in Namibia’s struggle for independence saying that the country did same for some other countries especially South Africa saying any country in Africa that is not free should be the concern others.
Lawan also called for more parliamentary engagements and partnerships between the Namibian and Nigerian parliaments. 

Earlier, Mr Geish said the visit was to appraise the Senate President on the current relationship between Nigeria and Namibia, which he described as “cordial.”

He said Namibia was also interested in the advances and innovations from Nigeria especially in the field of the gender based violence as well as the field of women empowerment and gender equality in governance. 

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Solidaridad West Africa to support Nigeria, Ghana in oil palm production – Stakeholders

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By Friday Idachaba

Solidaridad West Africa says it is making progress in enabling governments in Nigeria and Ghana to support and work with farmers toward a more sustainable climate-smart oil palm production.

Stakeholders stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the end of a two-day Civil Society Organisation (CSOs) Wrap-up Workshop organised by Solidaridad West Africa – Nigeria on Saturday in Uyo.

The workshop was organised under the National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) in West Africa being run by Solidaridad and IDH and funded by the Government of Netherlands.

The programme which aims to build capacity of smallholders, Organisations and local institutions to improve performance among others, is placing smallholder farmers at the centre of interventions as change agents in the oil palm sector.

The CSO stakeholders and participants at the end of the workshop expressed satisfaction that the project being executed in Akwa-Ibom, Cross-Rivers, Enugu and Kogi States was making steady progress.

They expressed optimism that lessons learnt at the workshop would positively impact their various approaches to executing the Solidaridad intervention in ensuring sustainable oil palm production.

According to Dr Sam Ogallah, the Solidaridad Technical Team Lead, the CSOs from the four states have given good account of themselves in their presentation on the journey so far.

“I think they have made impressive presentations. I am happy to see the level of impact that solidaridad is making in the four states through the activities of the CSOs that we are engaging in the various States.

“It is also impactful to note how the livelihood of oil palm farmers are being transformed in all the states we are working. That shows clearly that indeed, Solidaridad is making and creating that ‘Change That Really Matters’ which is our slogan.

“On the way forward, I think the reward for good work is more work. We will continue to engage with the CSOs and continue to consolidate on our gains, so far,” he said.

Mr Kene Onukwube, Project Manager of NISCOPS said it was expected that the CSOs would become more vibrant to take up issues of social and or legislative advocacy at the end of the workshop.

Onukwube said they would also be able to help communities on how to process the challenges of social inclusion with policy makers and the Legislature and as well, engage with private sector actors in the states for fundraising opportunities.

One of the participants, Mr James Odiba, Managing Partner of Intellect Associates A&J Ltd., said that the Wrap-up Workshop exposed the CSOs to what they needed to know in the NISCOPS project and enabled deeper understanding of the goals of the programme.

Odiba said the workshop also helped to inform participants how Solidaridad West Africa-Nigeria should be known and reported, adding that the workshop was worth the effort as its potentials to build stronger commitment in the participants to support NISCOPS project.

Also speaking with NAN, Ms Halima Sadiq of Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID) lauded Solidaridad for encouraging small holder farmers participation and involvement in sustainable oil palm production in communities.

Sadid particularly commended the resource mobilisation and proposal writing aspects of the workshop, adding that state actors and the private sector had a huge role to play investing in the oil palm sector. (NAN)

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