The fight against desert Locust infestation in some parts of Eastern Africa has received a boost following a pledge by the United States of America, to donate a whopping sum of $8M (£6m) to deal with the plague specifically in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia. Other countries experiencing the problem include South Sudan and Uganda.
Dangote Group has been announced as the newest member of the Global Executive Council of the Project Management Institute (PMI), following its induction. This makes the African conglomerate the first African business to join the organisation. The Group in a statement made this known saying it joined the council which had another member like Amazon, Bosch, Ali Baba Group, Boeing, Airbus, Bank of England among others.
Following growing queries, the Minister for Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika, has explained that the Federal Government grants foreign airlines multiple entry points into Nigeria to decongest passenger traffic at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos. The minister, who made this known in an interview with Channels Television on Monday evening, said the government supports local carriers but not at the expense of small business owners.
The House of Representatives on Monday threatened to issue warrants of arrest for heads of ministries, departments and agencies for shunning its invitation to public and investigative hearings. The Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; and Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts, Wole Oke, issued the threat at an investigative hearing organised by the committee in Abuja on Monday.
The Dangote Tomato Processing Company, Kadawa, says it has recruited no fewer than 100 skilled and casual workers ahead of its production resumption. The company also announced that it would officially resume production on Feb. 7, after suspending operations in April 2019, due to inadequate supply of raw materials.
Nigeria’s Finance Minister, Zainab Ahmed, says the Federal Government targets to raise N252 billion from the privatization of government assets in 2020. Ahmed disclosed this in an exclusive interview with a source at the UdoUdoma and Belo-Osagie’s Second Private Equity Summit & Fundraising and Deal Academy in Lagos, Nigeria.
The United States has announced an additional N14 billion (40-million-dollar) aid to Nigeria to address the humanitarian crisis arising from decades of the Boko Haram insurgency. The Secretary of State, Mr Mike Pompeo, who made the announcement in Washington DC on Tuesday, said this was in addition to nearly 350 million dollars (N122.5 billion) in the assistance provided by the U.S. last year.
The Chairman of Taraba State Planning Commission, Mr Buba Mafindi, has said that over 35 million Nigerians are facing imminent starvation due to insecurity and desertification. According to Dailytrust, Mafindi made the observation in Jalingo on Friday during the opening of a one-day Child-Friendly Community Initiative meeting of stakeholders in the state organised by the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF).