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Niger Renaissance Conference Closure – Round Table for Funding the 2017 Economic and Social Development Plan and Investor Forum

Niger Rose Brilliantly to Meet the Challenge at the Renaissance Conference, Mobilising over 23 Billion Dollars to Fund the Country’s 2017-2021 Economic and Social Development Plan read more

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Africa GreenTec installs first solar container in Niger

Lone German private investor on site ensures independent power supply read more

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Niger – Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Niger due to terrorist activity, kidnappings, and high crime. The Department recommends U.S. citizens avoid travel to Niger’s border regions, particularly the Malian border area, the Libyan border area, the Diffa region, and Lake Chad Basin area because of activity by various extremist groups including al-Qa’eda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham–Islamic State West Africa (ISIS-WA), ISIS-Greater Sahara (ISIS-GS), ISIS-Libya (ISIS-L), and Boko Haram. Due to security concerns and travel restrictions, the U.S. Embassy’s abilty to assist U.S. citizens in remote and rural areas is very limited. This replaces the Travel Warning dated April 11, 2017. read more

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ECA calls Uganda to make industrial policy more effective

Uganda’s average growth for the period 2011-2015 was 4.8 percent, lower than that of neighbouring Kenya (5.5 percent), Tanzania (6.9 percent) and Rwanda (7.0 percent) read more

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Dangote signs $450million jumbo sugar production Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Niger State

(L-R) Ag. Group Managing Director, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, Chairman, Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc, Aliko Dangote, Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, Niger State Deputy Governor, Ahmed Muhammad Kesto, at the MoU signing ceremony between Dangote Sugar Refinery Plc and Niger State Government on Sugar Project in Niger State, at Goverment House, Minna, on Wednesday, August 23rd , 2017 read more

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CFTA Modalities on Goods and Services Adopted in Niamey

The sixth meeting of the Continental Free Trade Area Negotiating Forum (CFTA-NF) was held from the 5th to 10th of June 2017, in Niamey, Niger, followed by the third meeting of the Senior Trade Officials (STO) and the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT) from 12th to 14th and 15th to 16th June 2017 respectively. read more

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Carlson Rezidor announces the Radisson Blu Hotel, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

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IMF Executive Board Completes First Review Under ECF Arrangement for Niger and Approves US$16.9 Million Disbursement

NIAMEY, Niger, March 29, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) today completed the first read more

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AfDB and CIF aim to develop the continent

The African Development Bank (AfDB) report shows projects underway in Africa to reduce nearly 7 million tonnes CO2. read more

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AfDB report shows projects underway in Africa to reduce nearly 7 million tonnes CO2, create more than a million new electricity connections in Africa with AfDB and CIF support

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Refining Industry Outlook in Middle East and Africa, 2013 – Capacity Analysis, Forecasts and Details of All Operating and Planned Refineries to 2017

NEW YORK, Feb., 2013  /PRNewswire/ — Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: read more

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MALI – EU: food crisis. Italy to supply logistic support and trainers

ROME, Italy, January 25, 2013/African Press Organization (APO)/ The refugee emergency and food crisis are what most concern the European Union in Mali. The alarm was sounded by Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva upon her return from a mission to Bamako and Burkina Faso, one month on from her last visit. read more

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ACE submarine cable available in the first 13 countries

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Nigeria’s Constitution Review: Nigerians reject rotating the presidency between North and South

By Hussaini Umar Nigerians yesterday rejected single term presidency, which is being canvassed by President Goodluck Jonathan, during the House of Representatives Public Hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution at the 360 Federal Constituencies in the country. Also, in most states, the call for the creation of additional states and the recognition of the six geopolitical zones in the constitution were rejected. So, also, the people rejected the idea of rotating the presidency between North and South, as most of them voted for leadership by merit. At the various venues of  the public hearing, delegates were asked to tick ‘yes’ or ‘no’ against each of the 43 aspects of the 1999 Constitution which is being amended by the National Assembly. However, delegates overwhelmingly voted against Items 1, 2,  and 3, which sought for the creation of additional states in Nigeria. Item 3 states thus: “should a state be created in order to bring parity to the number of states among the geo-political zones?”  While Item 2, which sought to know how many states should be created in Nigeria was not supported by the delegates. In the same vein, Items 4 and 5, which sought to include the six geo-political zones structure in the constitution and make them another tier of government was rejected unanimously. The proposal for granting of financial autonomy to the 36 state Houses of Assembly was also adopted, together with the one seeking to abolish the “state joint local government account,” so that allocations due to the local governments may be paid to them directly. The delegates further voted in favour of Item 13, which would deny revenue allocation to unelected local government councils. However, Item 11, seeking to give states powers to create local government areas and assume responsibility for their funding was equally rejected. This was in addition to voting to define tenure for the councils in the constitution. Similarly, the stakeholders unanimously adopted item 16 which is calling for the abolition of State Electoral Commission and vest the powers of conducting all elections in the Independent National  Electoral Commission. In addition, Item 17, which calls for the removal of the immunity clause for president, vice president, governors and their deputies contained in Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, was overwhelmingly rejected. They further unanimously rejected Item 19 which sought to amend Section 214 subsection 1 to enable the establishment of state police. Item 22 of the voting template which states thus: “should a provision be inserted in the constitution for the rotation of the office of the President between the northern and southern parts of Nigeria?” was unanimously rejected by both a resounding nays and show of hand. The same fate befell the proposal for  a single tenure of 5, 6, and 7 years for the office of governors and the President, which many believe is an attempt to extend the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors. More so, Items 35 and 36, which sought to allow states keeps 50 percent of revenues from natural resources and increasing oil derivation from the present 13 percent to 20 percent of oil revenues in the Niger Delta, or resource control, was also rejected. The proposal to allow each state determine its minimum wage, state prison service, abolition of the National Youth Service Corps, Land Use Act, lowering qualification age for contesting various elective offices and reserving certain percentage of elective offices for women were all voted against. However, Item 37, which is advocating for constitutional role for traditional rulers scaled through without any hurdle. Same with issue of independent candidacy, time limit for election cases, separation of the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and that of the federal government, Attorney General of the Federation and the Minister of Justice were all adopted. They, however, adopted item 27, which is proposing rotation of the office of the governor of a state between the three senatorial districts. “This is the first time we are witnessing this kind of situation whereby people at the grassroots are engaged in determining their future and existence as one people and one nation,” said Mohammed Arzika, a former minister.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the event, Speaker Aminu Tambuwal described it as peaceful and transparent, and promised to transmit what the people had voted on to the National Assembly.

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