MY ENCOUNTER WITH BINI-OTU, AT THE OXBOW LAKE YENAGOA, BAYELSA STATE.

By Mangrove Don The dull sun of the January evening nest above the quiet lake, casting tired gleaming rays over the golden waters. A solitary canoe tears through the water as the woman dips her paddle in measured rhythmic motion. The water hyacinths float in the still lake. I sit here in deep thoughts with my faithful companion, a…

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Boat Mishaps: Who Will Bring Sanity to Nigeria’s Inland Waterways of Death?

Boat Mishaps: Who Will Bring Sanity to Nigeria’s Inland Waterways of Death?

In 2018, cases of fatal boat mishaps were numerous. Despite this, the masses are still being encouraged to travel by water to reduce the gridlock and strain on the roads. But the recent ugly experience involving no less a personality than the managing director of NIWA must serve as the spur government needs to put things right and ensure…

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What Angola can learn from Nigeria as it creates remarkable opportunities for marginal oil production

What Angola can learn from Nigeria as it creates remarkable opportunities for marginal oil production

The Nigerian experience with marginal oil field development had measurable success, with 24 licenses awarded to 31 companies, some as sole operators and others as joint-ventures With production declining and investment scarce, the Angolan leadership has put in place a number of new policies to reboot its oil industry and propel economic development. However, those changes take time and…

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Why Moses Kuria is wrong on Uhuru record

Why Moses Kuria is wrong on Uhuru record

Dominic Omondi “Today, a young child in Nyanza is four times more likely to die than a child in Central Province — even though they are equal in dignity and the eyes of God.” Moses Kuria, Gatundu South MP, whose remarks that President Uhuru Kenyatta is by-passing his Mt Kenya backyard in development, might as well be amused by…

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East Africa Must Harness a Digital Financial Services Ecosystem     

By PATRICK ADENGO The East African Community ecosystem for digital financial services has shown exponential growth over the years, with active users and active agents increasing 60-fold since 2005. Similarly, the volume and values of transactions have shown a positive upward trajectory that appears to be on track to exceed the per capita levels of traditional mobile money since…

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DEVELOPMENT OF BLUE ECONOMY IN AFRICA IS LINKED WITH EFFICIENT IMPLEMENTATION OF AFCFTA, SAYS ECA’S REGIONAL INTEGRATION AND TRADE DIVISION.

Stephen Karingi,

Piriye Kiyaramo Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)’s Director for Regional Integration and Trade Division, Stephen Karingi, view that “the potential for the development of the Blue Economy in Africa is linked with the efficient implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is a food for thought for African leaders and the private sector. “There is a clear…

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Preventing further conflict in Cameroon and the Lake Chad Basin

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on UNOCA Thank you, Mr. President. I may I also thank Special Representative Fall and Ms Ghelani of OCHA for briefing the Council today and for all that your respective teams are doing in what is a complicated and difficult region as…

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Science, Technology & Innovation Are Key to Sustainable Blue Economy – Amb. Dr Amina C. Mohammed

Kenyan Minister of Education, Amb. Dr Amina C. Mohammed has described Science, Technology & Innovation as components in the development of sustainable blue economy, noting that ,“As the Minister for Education, I am pleased that Science, Technology & Innovation are receiving the required attention. Time has come to twin science and economics as pillars of policy making, as a way…

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