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06 Aug 2009 description

The UK is set to remodel its education programme in the world's poorest countries in an attempt to help children who are considered the hardest to reach and revive international efforts to get all primary aged children into school by 2015.

The Department for International Development is launching a wide-ranging public consultation today to investigate a range of options that will help shape a new education strategy.

06 Aug 2009 description

Nairobi/Abuja_(dpa) _ A 60-day amnesty for militant groups in Nigeria's restive Niger Delta came into effect on Thursday - a move the government hopes will end attacks on oil facilities.

Nigeria's main militant group the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has conducted a long-running campaign of sabotage in the oil-producing Niger Delta, cutting the West African nation's oil production by over 20 per cent since early 2006.

President Umaru Yar'Adua in late June unveiled the amnesty, offering a presidential pardon, education and training to those …

06 Aug 2009 description
  • Religious bloodshed could break out again

    - Poverty, jobs and education are key

    By Nick Tattersall

    LAGOS, Aug 6 (Reuters) - An uprising by a radical Islamic sect in northern Nigeria may ostensibly have been about religion but such bloodletting will recur unless underlying issues of poverty, unemployment and education are addressed.

    West African Islam is overwhelmingly moderate and northern Nigeria home to a powerful political elite, yet militant cleric Mohammed Yusuf was able to establish a cult-like following whose members became violently anti-establishment and …

06 Aug 2009 description

This preliminary emergency appeal seeks CHF 918,517 (USD 852,531 or EUR 604,645) in cash, kind, or services to support National Societies of West and Central Africa to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.

06 Aug 2009 description


Conducted by Fareed Zakaria of CNN and Beatrice Marshall of KTN

University of Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya
August 6, 2009

05 Aug 2009 description
report Global Witness

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should put a strong emphasis on how best to manage natural resource wealth and avoid conflict and corruption on her official tour of Africa this week, said campaign group Global Witness today.

Among the seven countries she will visit, Angola, Liberia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nigeria are key examples of how abundant natural resource wealth - such as oil, minerals, and timber - can be more of a curse than a blessing, causing or exacerbating conflict and corruption.

Angola, where several major US oil companies have big investments, has …

05 Aug 2009 description
report IRIN

KANO, 5 August 2009 (IRIN) - Most of the 4,000 Maiduguri residents in Borno state, northeastern Nigeria who fled last week's violence to shelter in military and police barracks on the outskirts of town, have now returned home, according to the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC).

"Most of the IDPs [internally displaced people] have left the camps save for those whose homes were either burnt or looted after they had fled during the violence," Adamu Abubakar, head of the Nigerian Red Cross in neighbouring Bauchi state, told IRIN.

Up to 4,000 residents of Maiduguri fled violence that …

05 Aug 2009 description
  • 60-day amnesty starts on Thursday

    - Programme aims to stem oil installation attacks

    - Militants divided over scheme

    By Camillus Eboh

    ABUJA, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Niger Delta militants are expected to start turning in their arms at collection centres on Thursday when an unconditional pardon offered by President Umaru Yar'Adua begins, the amnesty committee said.

    Yar'Adua offered a 60-day amnesty to gunmen on June 24, in an effort to stem unrest in the oil-producing delta region which has prevented Nigeria from pumping much above two-thirds of its oil …

05 Aug 2009 description

REGIONAL COMMITTEE FOR AFRICA
Fifty-ninth session

05 Aug 2009 description
report Human Rights Watch

1. Empower Nigerians to Hold Their Government Accountable

- Call on the National Assembly to pass the Freedom of Information Bill, which would give Nigerians the legal right to compel government institutions to release important information such as government budgets, expenditure reports, and financial audits.

- Enact a law requiring the president, all members of the National Assembly, and all ministers in the federal cabinet to follow the president's example by issuing and publicizing annual declarations of the total value of all personal assets.

04 Aug 2009 description

By Ibrahim Mshelizza

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, Aug 4 (Reuters) - It was when the first home-made bomb went off that we realised this was more than just a demonstration by misguided youths.

We knew the young men living in our midst with beards and turbans hanging down behind their heads were followers of Mohammed Yusuf, a charismatic Islamic cleric opposed to everything Western, but we never thought they were dangerous.

At times they would say "Salam Alaikum" (Peace be with you) on the way to their mosque on the edge of our neighbourhood in the northern Nigerian city of …

04 Aug 2009 description
report AllAfrica

Interview

Kanayo F. Nwanze, president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), recently spoke with AllAfrica about the future of international assistance and the role of agriculture in Africa's development. IFAD aims to eradicate rural poverty in developing countries by increasing access to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.

Having grown up in Nigeria, do you have any specific memories of how you saw foreign aid being effective or ineffective?

04 Aug 2009 description

By Felix Onuah

ABUJA, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua said on Tuesday he had ordered an investigation into the killing of the leader of an Islamic sect behind a five-day uprising which killed close to 800 people.

Mohammed Yusuf, 39, a radical cleric and leader of the militant Boko Haram sect, was shot dead in police custody last Thursday as the security forces fought to end days of bloody rioting by his followers.

"Yesterday, I ordered the national security advisor to carry out a post mortem with the security agencies as a first step so we can have a …

04 Aug 2009 description

At least 780 people were killed and some 3,600 displaced in last week's violence in the northern State of Borno between soldiers and the Islamist Boko Haram radical group, according to the Red Cross. A Nigerian Red Cross official said that the victims were given a mass burial at three sites in the city of Maiduguri, capital of Borno. Thousands of people were forced from their homes during the army counter-offensive against the militants, especially in Maiduguri using heavy artillery.

04 Aug 2009 description

The following, attributable to the spokesperson of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), was delivered at the press briefing on 4 August 2009, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

"We are deeply concerned by reports of violence and of the plight of civilians in the affected states in northern Nigeria, following the reported attacks by the 'Boko Haram' sect.

03 Aug 2009 description

General Context

Pandemic H1N1: The pandemic is flaring up in our Region. Fourteen (14) countries are now affected with a total of 589 confirmed cases without death reported as of 31st of July 2009. The Regional Office for Africa is organizing an African Conference on Pandemic A (H1N1) in South Africa 11-13 August 2009 to reflect mainly on the impacts of the pandemic.

03 Aug 2009 description

Contexte général

Pandémie H1N1: la pandémie en en voie d'explosion dans notre Région. Quatorze (14) pays sont actuellement touchés avec un total de 589 cas sans décès au 31 juillet 2009. Le Bureau Régional pour l'Afrique organise une Conférence Africaine sur la Pandémie A (H1N1) en Afrique du Sud du 11-13 août 2009 pour réfléchir principalement sur les impacts de la pandémie.

03 Aug 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

ABUJA, NIGERIA, 3 AUGUST 2009 - UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, concluding a visit to the northern states of Kebbi and Sokoto in Nigeria, announced $1.85 million in additional support for UNICEF nutrition programmes. The newly allocated funds will be used to scale up integrated community-based nutrition stations where families can bring their children for preventative and curative assistance.

"Lack of essential health services, malnutrition, inadequate access to clean water and basic sanitation contribute to high rates of child mortality," said Veneman.