Category: Governance

Nigeria denies AU claims, says no visas on arrival for Africans

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information minister Washington, DC —Authorities in Nigeria say the Buhari’s government it has no plans to start issuing visas on arrival for all Africans. Over the weekend, the African Union’s political affairs office had tweeted on Friday that the West African nation of Nigeria had announced the plan, during a retreat for permanent representatives to the continental body, to issue visas to all Africans upon arrival in the country. Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s information minister, told Globe Afrique on Sunday: “It is not true that we have any such plans.” The AU has and continues to advocate...

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UPDATE 2-Nigeria’s Buhari asks lawmakers to approve $5.5 bln in foreign loans

By Alexis Akwagyiram Media: Culled from Reuters LAGOS, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has sought approval from lawmakers in the upper chamber of parliament for $5.5 billion of foreign borrowing, according to a letter read in the Senate on Tuesday. Africa’s biggest economy grew in the second quarter, climbing out of its first recession in 25 years as oil revenues rose, but the pace of growth was slow, suggesting the recovery remains fragile. Nigeria expects a shortfall of $7.5 billion in its record 7.44 trillion naira ($24.33 billion) 2017 budget, which it plans to offset with...

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Obama owes a $5M House, Nigeria’s Ex-oil minister owes $18M house

Nigeria’s ex-oil minister, Diezani-Alison-Madueke Adeola Fayehun presents and analyses how a former Nigerian oil minister justifies owning an $18 million dollars home in Abuja and about $2 million worth of jewelries.  This same alleged corrupt minister owes several mansions in the United States.  Her children who attend school live in a $2 million home in the US state of Virginia and drive flashy...

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Creating the Ministry of Information Technology and Project Management in Liberia – An Interview with Mr. Lawrence Kun Kennedy

Along with working as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in project management, economics, finance, money and banking, and data analysis using MS Excel, Lawrence Kun Kennedy, a former Vice President and Operations Manager for the domestic and international fixed income desk at JP Morgan Chase Bank has spent the past five years researching international development (ID) projects in sub-Saharan Africa – mainly Liberia. Today, he is working on his dissertation and a book titled Reconceptualizing International Development Project Management Methodology in Africa – a Focus on Liberia.  With a new administration poised to take the leadership role and continue the...

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Corruption: The Paradox of Buhari’s Regime amid accusations

Nigeria’s President Buhari, left and his Chief Minister and ally, Babachir David Lawal WEST AFRICA–– Corruption is Africa’s single most serious self-inflicted wound. With vast amount of natural and human resources, several countries in Africa, including oil-rich Nigeria that has vast human capacity and potential could be self-sustaining and variant, but corruption poses a serious challenge. As Nigeria’s determined former general, ex-military dictator and born again democratic President Muhammadu Buhari seeks to stamp out waste and fraud as well as pursue past government officials for pocketing billions of dollars from the public coffers into their personal savings, some of...

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No Electoral Reform, No Election Rerun––Kenya Opposition Says

Incumbent President Kenyatta, left, and opposition leader Odinga, right EAST AFRICA —Opposition groups say they will not participate in the presidential election rerun of their demands for reform at the country’s Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) remain unaddressed. The main opposition group, the National Super Alliance (NASA) headed by veteran opposition leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has put forward demands requesting changes to the IEBC’s leadership and some key personnel to avoid rigging. The country’s presidential election held on 8 August this year was annulled by the high court on grounds of vote and ballot tempering,...

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Haitians Protest Tax hikes with widespread violence

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Protesters against new tax hikes in Haiti became violet – causing severe damage to cars and stoning security and police officers with rocks– in several localities of Port-au-Prince, the capital. Tuesday’s demonstration, eye witnesses say, was the largest of such protest by Haitian citizens since President Jovenal Moise assumed office in February this year. Former presidential candidate Jean-Charles Moise is believed to have called for the protest after lawmakers approved detested budget hours before the advent of Hurricane Irma Friday, which damaged about 8,000 homes in the northern part of the country. Reliable sources say the new budget incorporates higher taxes on all purchases, including cigarettes and alcohol. In addition, the bill called for payment of new tax before Haitian citizens can access government services. Meanwhile, it also includes a 74 percent increase in the salaries of government officials, cars, staff and per diem payments for legislators. Demonstrators assembled burning barricades in streets and confronted riot police firing tear gas and warning shots. According to Police sources, seven people were arrested and are undergoing interrogation. Several political and economic analysts say the tax increase arises at a time when foreign aid to the country is reducing drastically. Haiti, viewed as the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, is still recuperating from a devastating 2010 earthquake that killed thousands and destroyed several...

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Are Presidents Zuma and Sirleaf the Symbols of Failed African Leadership?

Southern Africa—South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma and Liberia’s president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf are from two opposite spectrums. One thing certain about both is, President Sirleaf is a woman and well educated and President Zuma, on the other hand, is a male and semi educated. Both were revolutionary figures but for different reasons and with different motives and goals. Zuma fought against apartheid in collaboration with some of the best human beings that ever walked the continent of Africa. Sirleaf for her part, fought for Sirleaf––the desire to be great. And she did so with some of the worse human...

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