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  • Israeli War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz Quits Emergency Government

    11 JUN 2024 · Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has quit the emergency government in a sign of deepening divisions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's post-conflict plans for Gaza. Mr Gantz says the decision was made with a "heavy heart adding that Mr Netanyahu preventing true victory, which is the justification for the painful ongoing crisis. Considered by some to be a potential challenger for power in Israel, Mr Gantz called on Mr Netanyahu to set a date for elections. Mr Gantz is a political rival of Mr Netanyahu and a former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces. Immediately after the announcement, far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir demanded a place in the war cabinet.
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  • Kenya's President Overrules Ban On Addictive Stimulant

    11 JUN 2024 · Kenya's President William Ruto has reversed a contentious ban imposed in parts of the country on muguka, a variety of the popular stimulant known as khat or miraa. The consumption of freshly plucked buds and soft leaves has been blamed for a rise in mental health issues and increased social ills, including crime. Three county governors from the coastal region banned its sale and use last week, sparking anger in the areas where the crop is grown. President Ruto says the muguka crop was legal and its sale should not be prevented. Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir earlier banned the entry, transportation, sale and consumption of muguka citing its harmful effects, especially on young people. Governor Nassir said more than half the people recovering in Mombasa rehabilitation centres were muguka addicts.
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  • European Union Raises Schengen Visa Fee to €90

    11 JUN 2024 · Schengen visa statistics released more expenses await African nationals seeking visas to enter the European Union as the EU plans to increase visa fees. The report stated that starting from Tuesday; African nationals would pay €90 instead of €80 for a Schengen visa application The report stated that the EU had earned €3.4m from rejected Schengen visa applications submitted by Nigerian citizens. The report noted that many rejected visa applications had caused African nationals to spend millions every year, with the fees known as ‘reverse remittances’ benefitting no one but the EU countries.
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  • Nigeria Ramps Up Agricultural Exports By 123%

    11 JUN 2024 · Newly released data by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has revealed that exports of agricultural goods from Nigeria to other countries, increased by 123 per cent over the value recorded in the fourth quarter of 2023 (₦463.97bn), and also by 270 per cent when compared to the value recorded in Q1, 2023 (₦279.64 billion). The NBS’s report on ‘Foreign Trade in Goods Statistics’ for Q1, 2024, noted that most of the agricultural products were exported to Asia, valued at ₦572bn, followed by exports to Europe with ₦366bn. The reports added that export of agricultural products was dominated by ‘Sesamum seeds’ valued at ₦247.75bn, ‘Superior quality Cocoa beans,’ with ₦231bn and ‘Standard quality Cocoa beans’ with₦140bn.
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  • Nigerian Government Urged to Enforce Nationwide Metering and End Electricity Subsidy

    11 JUN 2024 · State governors have called on the federal government to enforce a no-meter, no-service policy for all new electricity connections in the country. State governments highlighted the critical importance of electricity meters in bridging the significant metering gap, which is essential for the viability of sub-national markets. The states also argued that State Electricity Regulatory Commissions (SERCs) should have the autonomy to determine the most suitable meter technology, type, and form for deployment within their respective electricity markets. This is as the states are getting set to eliminate electricity subsidies in their territories as more states gear up to join others in running their different power markets under their own laws.
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  • Ireland, Norway and Spain to Recognise a Palestinian state

    3 JUN 2024 · Ireland, Norway, and Spain have announced they will formally recognise a Palestinian state Spain and Ireland said the decision was not against Israel nor in favour of Hamas, but rather in support of peace. Israel reacted angrily, warning the move would mean more instability in the region and recalling its ambassadors to all three countries. Both Hamas and its rival, the Palestinian Authority, have welcomed the recognition. Norway was first to make its announcement Wednesday in a move co-ordinated with the other two countries. Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre says that the move was in support of moderate forces that are on a retreating front in a protracted and cruel conflict.
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  • Burkina Faso Extends Military Rule by Five Years

    3 JUN 2024 · Burkina Faso's military government has announced it will extend junta rule for another five years. The country's ruler, Capt Ibrahim Traoré, will also be able to contest the next presidential election. Burkina Faso has now joined neighbouring Mali in extending military rule. The move was announced after a national consultation meeting in the West African country's capital city, Ouagadougou. An amended charter, signed by Capt Traoré, states that the new 60-month transition period will take effect from 2 July this year.
  • Nigerian Government to Establish Six Mineral Centres

    3 JUN 2024 · The Federal Government stated that there are ongoing plans to establish six mineral centres in the six geo-political zones to boost the mining sector. The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake, says that the plan was part of the President Bola Tinubus administration’s commitment to diversify the country’s economy, by developing key sectors such as the solid minerals industry. He says the centres are also part of the government’s commitment to promoting value addition to its minerals, aimed at facilitating multiplier effects on the economy.
  • Central Bank of Nigeria Clears $831m Foreign Airlines’ Trapped Funds

    3 JUN 2024 · The International Air Transport Association has confirmed that the Central Bank of Nigeria has cleared foreign airlines trapped funds worth $831m from June last year to date. The Geneva, Switzerland-based IATA say the development had brought international airlines’ trapped funds globally to about $1.8bn. The association representing international airlines says the remaining $19m was awaiting the CBN verification through commercial banks. The IATA boss, however, praised the Nigerian government for their efforts in ensuring the successful repatriation of the funds by the international airlines.
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  • ECOWAS Allocates $9m For Refugees, IDPs Aid In Member-States

    3 JUN 2024 · The Economic Community of West African States has allocated $9 million to aid refugees, internally displaced persons, and stateless individuals in its member nations. Nigeria received $1 million to assist terrorism victims in the North East. The Chair of the ECOWAS Permanent Representative Committee Musa Nuhu said this during the 2024 ECOWAS Ambassadors Retreat held in partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. The organisers emphasized the need to address forced displacements caused by violence, political instability, and climate change. The ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs Professor Fatou Sow Sarr underscored the importance of collective efforts in achieving the common objectives of all stakeholders. She noted that contributions from partners are crucial for the success of various projects.
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