Covid-19: Tunisia confirms 1st case of Omicron variant infection

A 23-year-old man from a sub-Saharan African country has been confirmed as Tunisia’s first case of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the country’s Health Minister Ali Mrabet said.   The man landed at the Tunis-Carthage International Airport from Istanbul, Turkey, Mrabet said in a statement carried on Al-Wataniya, the state’s central television.   After testing positive […]


Armed attacks force over 11,500 Nigerians to flee to Niger in November: UNHCR

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said repeated attacks in northwest Nigeria forced over 11,500 Nigerians to flee across the border into neighboring Niger in November, resulting in humanitarian crisis.   Armed groups, locally called “bandits”, have repeatedly attacked villages in northwest Nigeria in recent weeks, and the violence comes […]


NSPRI distributes storage facilities to 75 farmer groups in Bauchi

The Nigerian Stored Products Research Institute (NSPRI), Ilorin has distributed storage facilities to 75 farmers’ cooperatives and groups in Bauchi State.   Dr Patricia Pessu, Executive Director of the Institute, presented the items to the beneficiaries on Saturday in Bauchi.   Pessu, represented by Dr Olaleye Oladimeji, NSPRI Coordinator, Kano Zonal Office, said the development […]


Africa requires $7.1Trn ‘New Deal’ to recover from pandemic – ECA

With many African countries struggling from the shackles of debt servicing amid downward economic trend occasioned by COVID-19, a ‘New Deal’ worth 7.1 trillion dollars has been suggested as the only solution.   This was the position of Mr Antonio Pedro, Deputy Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) at the ongoing African Economic Conference […]