Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Makes Dramatic U-Turn, Rejects Election Result

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 Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the election which he lost earlier this month. In an announcement on state TV, he said the electoral process had suffered “unacceptable abnormalities” and he called for a fresh vote. Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, had suffered a surprise defeat […]

#GhanaDecides: Ghanaian President John Mahama Concedes Defeat, Congratulates Akufo-Addo

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 John Dramani Mahama, the incumbent president of Ghana, has called Nana Akufo-Addo, his major opponent in the presidential election, to concede the election. Mahama, called Akufo-Addo to congratulate him on his victory, which has not yet been announced by the electoral commission. Observers reporte over 24 hours ago that Akufo-Addo was in the lead and […]

Nigeria Signs Gas Pipeline Agreement With Morocco

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 An agreement to construct a regional gas pipeline connecting Nigeria and the Kingdom of Morocco has been signed by the two countries. This was the high point of a two-day working visit of King Muhammad (VI) of Morocco to Nigeria. For two days President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting King of Morocco engaged in bilateral […]

Yahya Jammeh’s 22 year reign in Gambia comes to an end as he concedes election defeat

 President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years, has conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow, the chairman of the independent electoral commission said Friday.   “It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” Alieu Momar Njie told reporters ahead of the release […]

Expected to be declared Gambia’s new president, who is Adama Barrow?

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  Born in 1965 in small village near the market town of Basse, eastern Gambia Moved to London in the 2000s, reportedly working as a security guard at Argos department store in north London while he completed his studies. Returned to Gambia in 2006 to set up his own property company 51-year-old wins nomination to […]

Nigerian Lawmakers Propose Bill To Regulate The Practice Of Entrepreneurs

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 The Nigerian Senate today read and passed for second reading a bill to establish The Chartered Institute of Entrepreneurs which seeks to regulate the practice and activities of entrepreneurs in the country. The bill which was initially sponsored by Senator Ganiyu Solomon from Lagos West in the last Senate has now been resurrected by Senator […]

Open Government: How This Nigerian State is Blazing the Trail in Budget Transparency

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 The importance of open governance in a political environment where corruption is endemic like Nigeria cannot be overstated. For decades successive administrations at federal, state and local government levels have capitalised on the opactiy of public finance to perpetuate massive corruption and mismanagement of public funds. The process of budgeting and its implementation in Nigeria […]

Fitch Rates Nigeria’s Kaduna State ‘B’ As El-Rufai’s Reforms Yield Positive Results

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 Global rating agency Fitch has assigned Nigeria’s Kaduna State  has assigned Long-Term Foreign and Local Currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of ‘B’ and a National Long-Term Rating of ‘A+(nga). Fitch Ratings in its latest report indicates that the ratings take into account Kaduna State’s developing economy focused on agricultural activities and low per capita revenue by […]

All-Inclusive Transport Policy – How This Northern Nigeria State Is Doing Mass Transit Differently

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  In an attempt to reverse the trend of exerting pressure on road infrastructure assets, the Kaduna State government will introduce three projects including the Bus Mass Transit (BMT), Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Rail Mass Transit to enhance transportation options in the state. The commissioner for Works, Housing and Transport, Engineer Usman Mahmud Hassan, […]