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Stakeholders call for end of Gombe communal clashes

Authorities and stakeholders in Gombe are calling for a long lasting solution to the recurring communal clashes between three local Government areas of Billiri, Kaltungo and Shongom.A tribal organization of Gombe South, the Tangale Renaissance Group, i…

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AITEO extends partnership with Nigeria Football Federation

AITEO, Nigeria’s foremost energy solution company, has acquired the ‘Naming Right’ of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Federation Cup.

This partnership is an extension/addendum to the company’s sponsorship agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation.

Those rights will enable the acquisition of additional commercial assets from the NFF that are available and not encumbered, on a mutually �negotiated basis.

To this end, the NFF Federation Cup, the oldest football competition in Nigeria, is henceforth to be known and addressed as AITEO Cup.

The duration of this aspect of the sponsorship is 5 years, similar to the main agreement (signed on 26th April 2017) on a Cost Value Arrangement and commencing from the 2017 season.

This arrangement will see AITEO underwriting the costs of the organisation of the competition which encompasses the costs of organising the competition from the Round of 64 to the men and women’s finals, solidarity support to Football Associations of the 36 States and the FCT, expenses and indemnities of match officials, support to participating Clubs, Media, Branding/Activation and Prize Money to winners.

Accordingly, for the 2017 season, the prize monies for the AITEO Cup will be N25million for the winner of the men’s competition and N10million for the winner of the women’s competition.

The runner �up for the men’s competition will pocket N10million, with the runner �up for the women’s event going home with N5million.

The NFF and AITEO will, in due course, unveil further details of all the benefits of the extended agreement at a press conference.

The Cost Value Arrangement of the transaction is for NFF and AITEO to, annually, decide the nature and value proposition of the AITEO Cup under the framework of the relationship, and AITEO would thus underwrite the cost as the competition’s ‘Naming Right Holder.’

The NFF team at the contract signing inside AITEO Group’s Lagos office said it was extremely delighted by the extended agreement, while AITEO chieftains stated we are happy to do this for Nigeria.

At Wednesday’s simple but colourful ceremony were NFF President Amaju Pinnick, Deputy Managing Director of AITEO, Mr. Francis Peters, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi (NFF 1st Vice President/Chairman, Organizing Committee), Mr. Shehu Dikko (NFF 2nd VP/LMC Chairman/Chairman, Marketing, Sponsorship and Television Advisory Committee), Mr. Andrew Onyearu (Group Executive Director/Chief Legal Counsel, AITEO), Barrister A. U. Mustapha (SAN, Vice Chairman of NFF Committee on Ethics and Fairplay), Mr. Victor Okoronkwo (Senior Vice President, Commercial and Gas, AITEO), Ms Aisha Falode (Member, NFF Executive Committee/Chairman, Nigeria Women Football League), Mr. Ademola Olajire (Director, Media and Communication of NFF) and Mr. Ndiana-Abasi Matthew (Senior Manager, Corporate Communications of AITEO).

Source: Voice of Nigeria

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Conflict Emergencies Increase World Hunger

GENEVA � A World Food Program review of the global hunger situation in 2016 finds conflict emergencies in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere are hampering United Nations efforts to achieve zero hunger by the year 2030.

In its review 2016: A Year in Fighting Hunger, the World Food Program reports that 795 million people in the world went hungry last year. The organization’s spokeswoman Bettina Luescher tells VOA the Sustainable Development Goal to eliminate hunger by 2030 does not, for now, appear realistic.

As you know, the world is a mess,” she said. “We have more emergencies than ever. We have more refugees than ever and we are struggling on all fronts to help the people be able to feed themselves.

Last year, WFP assisted more than 82 million people with food or cash. While that is a lot, Luescher agrees it is far from enough. She says escalating conflicts are making the work of aid agencies much harder.

She says countries that had been making progress in development have gone backwards because of conflict. She points to South Sudan as an example of a country, which on the eve of independence appeared poised to prosper after decades of civil war.

And look what happened,” she said. “They went back to fighting and for the first time in six years, this year, we saw in some areas of South Sudan, a famine again. And, that is just unbelievable in this time in our new century. It is just unbelievable. So, the conflicts have to stop.

Luescher says it takes money to fight hunger. Unfortunately, she says international support is waning at a time of burgeoning emergencies. She says WFP urgently needs one $1 billion to fight four looming famines in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and in northeast Nigeria.

She says it will be extremely difficult to save people dying from hunger without help from international donors.

Source: Voice of America

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Bank of America Merrill Lynch Is No. 1 on Institutional Investor’s EMEA Research Team Ranking of the Region’s Best-Sell Side Analysts

For a fifth consecutive year, Bank of America Merrill Lynch claims the top position on Institutional Investor’s EMEA Research Team Survey NEW YORK, June 27, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bank of America Merrill Lynch once again, seizes first place on the Emerging Europe, Middle East & Africa Research Team, Institutional Investor‘s exclusive annual ranking of […]

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Chad’s Deby Warns Tight Cash Could Limit Fight Against Terrorism

PARIS � Chad’s president, Idriss Deby, an important Western ally in the fight against Islamist militants, warned in an interview that cash-strapped Chad could be forced to withdraw some of its troops from the fight if it does not get financial help.

Chad has one of the most capable armies in the region and Deby has played a key role in efforts backed by the West to combat neighboring Nigeria’s Islamic State-affiliated Boko Haram fighters as well as al-Qaida.

Chad has in recent years sent troops to fight militants in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Mali.

“Chad is a small country with no financial means which has known huge problems in its recent history. It is the duty of those who have more means to help it,” Deby told RFI-TV5-Le Monde in a joint interview released on Sunday.

“Apart from intelligence from time to time, training, since our intervention in Mali, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, we have not been helped financially. Chad spent out of it own resources over 300 billion CFA francs [$512 million] in the fight against terrorism without any external help,” he said A former French colony, Chad also hosts the headquarters of France’s 3,000-troop strong regional anti-militant operation, known as Barkhane.

Asked if he was disappointed by his Western allies, he said: “I am absolutely certain that Chadians are disappointed and think Chad did too much, that it must withdraw from these theaters to protect itself… We reached our limits… If nothing is done, Chad will unfortunately be forced to withdraw.”

Asked about a timetable for a possible withdrawal, he said: “I think end-2017, early 2018, if this situation was to continue, Chad would no longer be able to keep as many soldiers outside its territory. Some of our soldiers should gradually return to the country,” he said.

Source: Voice of America

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Investir dans l’avenir de l’Afrique : des opportunités pour les jeunes

Célébration de la journée de l’Afrique 2017 WASHINGTON, 23 juin 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Le Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) à Washington, DC s’est animé de musique, danse et cérémonies le jeudi 25 mai en célébration du 54e anniversaire de la journée de l’Afrique. Environ six cents participants, représentant les 55 pays de […]

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Cameroon Says Attacks Increased During Ramadan

MORA, CAMEROON � Cameroon has dispatched its defense minister to its northern border with Nigeria following a recent series of suicide bomb attacks that has left dozens dead. Militant group Boko Haram is believed to be behind the carnage. The central African state says the bombers have infiltrated markets and mosques as end of Ramadan feast draws near.

Medical staff at the Mora hospital on Cameroon’s northern border with Nigeria have attended to at least 50 people injured in six suicide bomb attacks in the towns of Mora and Kolofata within 24 hours. Among the medical staff brought in from the neighboring town of Maroua is Dr. Jean Daniel Essam Sime.

He says they are struggling to save the life of a woman who was brought to them with parts of her abdomen and legs cut off, as well as a breast feeding 40-day old baby whose hands were injured.

Security stepped up

Among the wounded is 37-year old self defense group member Younoussa Ousmanou. He says he got wounds from explosives detonated by one of the bombers. He says two of his colleagues died. Ousmanou says he is going back to join other members of the self defense groups in protecting their villages.

He says they noticed that attacks had increased during Ramadan and decided to assist the military by intensifying control along the border zones with Nigeria where most of the suspects come from. He says they work round the clock in groups of ten dispatched to all road junctions and all entrances to their villages.

Midjiyawa Bakari, governor of the far north region of Cameroon says the six teenage suicide bombers, including 3 females, came from Nigeria to target areas with crowds of people. He says 15 suicide bomb attacks have killed dozens in Mora and Kolofata within the past 10 days.

He says while waiting for Cameroon’s defense headquarters in Yaounde to take more drastic measures to stop suicide bombing, he has instructed the military in his region to create security belts around border zones and in affected villages to assure the security of all. He says the military should double vigilance, be very rigorous in control and seal all border zones used by suicide bombers.

Clerics instructed to be watchful

Moussa Oumarou, president of the Cameroon Association of Muslim Dignitaries and Imams says they have sent members to the area to educate the population and instruct local Muslim clerics to be watchful. He says the attacks are increasing because terrorists use the holy month of fasting to deceive young Muslims that if they die fighting for Allah they will go straight to paradise.

Oumarou says it is imperative for Muslim leaders to teach all of their faithful, especially the youths that terrorists are using Islam to kill and destroy. He says the population should be made to understand that Islam is synonymous to peace and tolerance and has nothing to do with radicalization.

Saturday Cameroon dispatched its minister of defense, Joseph Beti Assomo, and its top military leadership to the northern border with Nigeria to reinstate peace and security as Muslims prepare to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

The UNHCR reports that the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria and its spill over to neighboring Cameroon, Chad and Niger has caused the displacement of more than 2.7 million people and killed 25,000.

Source: Voice of America

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Investing in Africa’s Future: Opportunities for Youth

Africa Day 2017 Celebration WASHINGTON, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) in Washington, DC came alive with music, dance and ceremony Thursday, May 25th in celebration of the 54th anniversary of Africa Day. Approximately six hundred attendees, representing the 55 countries of the African Union (AU) and the […]

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Nigerians Celebrate the Election of Seven British-Nigerians to the UK Parliament

On 8 June, a general election was held in Britain. Voters went to the polls to choose members of parliament from the 650 constituencies around the country. In a first of its kind moment, seven of the parliamentarians sent were of Nigerian origin. The Nigerian-based website Ventures Africa reported that “three of them won under Theresa May’s Conservative party while the other […]