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Ghana: 12 candidates cleared to contest presidential election

– Advertisement – Ghana’s Electoral Commission has given the green light to twelve presidential aspirants to contest the December presidential election. The twelve were cleared after successfully going through the filing process of the Electoral Commission. Those cleared include the incumbent Nana Akufo-Addo of the New Patriotic Party and former President John Mahama of the main opposition National Democratic Congress. Three female candidates including former first lady of Ghana, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings of the National Democratic Party have also been given the green light to contest the upcoming polls. The…

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Nigerians hold vigil for victims of Police brutality

– Advertisement – Thousands of Nigerians on Sunday gathered across the country to hold a vigil to remember those who were killed by members of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS). The notorious police unit has been accused of brutality and human rights crimes, sparking protests. Members of the SARS unit were accused of committing extrajudicial killings and torture. Protests over recent killings carried out allegedly by some of the members of SARS have received support globally. The decision by the government to disband the unit did not even appease citizens but…

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Guinea: Vote counting underway in tense presidential poll

– Advertisement – Counting of ballots in Guinea’s presidential election is underway after citizens cast their vote on Sunday. Provisional results are expected to be announced 72 hours after closure of polling stations. To be declared winner a presidential candidate must secure more than 50% of the vote else there will be a second round on 24 November. Candidates will have eight days to lodge appeals when results are declared. If no appeals are lodged the final results will be deemed uncontested. Twelves candidates contested the presidential election with incumbent…

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Guineans vote in crucial poll as Alpha Condé seeks third term

– Advertisement – Guineans are voting to choose a new president as incumbent Alpha Conde seeks a third term in office. His decision to seek a third term has been controversial after the constitution was amended in a referendum to grant him the opportunity to run again. Conde’s main challenger in Sunday’s election is Cellou Dalein Diallo of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UFDG). Diallo, 68 is a former prime minister who lost to Mr Condé in both 2010 and 2015 elections. The country’s Independent National Electoral Commission…

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Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala confident of landing top WTO job

– Advertisement – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala voiced confidence Friday in her quest to lead the crisis-wracked World Trade Organization after all of Africa backed her candidacy, vowing she would champion reform. “I feel the wind behind my back,” she told a virtual press briefing after the 55-member African Union officially supported her over her sole remaining opponent, Yoo Myung-hee of South Korea. The global trade body is set to be led by a woman for the first time whichever of the two candidates is successful in their bid to follow…

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Child Online Africa founder honored for humanitarian services

– Advertisement – The founder of Child Online Africa, a pan-African non-profit organization fighting for the safety of children online, Awo Aidam Amenyah has been honored for her humanitarian services. At a Humanitarian awards event in Ghana’s capital Accra, a citation was read on her honor for fighting for the rights of children and pushing for a safer environment for them to operate online. The citation from the Humanitarian Awards Ghana read that the honor to Amenyah was “in recognition and appreciation of your outstanding and selfless commitment in rendering…

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Gambia reopens its borders after closure over Covid-19

– Advertisement – The government of The Gambia has announced that borders have now been reopened after a six-month lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The country’s Banjul airport will however remain closed till October 31 due to construction work. The announcement on Friday is part of efforts to re-open the country’s economy and return life to normalcy. A statement from the government said “Travellers destined to The Gambia shall show evidence of Negative PCR Test Results conducted not more 72 hours prior to arrival.” It adds that “Isolation is…

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Stranded Nigerian traders in Ghana cry out for repatriation

– Advertisement – Hundreds of Nigerian traders in Ghana have staged a protest demanding their repatriation over what they say is the inhumane treatment from the Ghanaian government. They are crying foul over the refusal of the Ghanaian authorities to reopen their shops months after they were locked up for alleged violation of Ghana’s investment laws. In September, the speaker of the Nigerian Parliament led a delegation to Ghana following an outcry over the closure of Nigerian owned shops in Ghana’s retail market. A Ghanaian delegation was also in Abuja for an…

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Guinea: Tension high as army commander is killed ahead of poll

– Advertisement – The killing of a senior army officer in Guinea, Col Mamady Condé has heightened tension in the West African nation ahead of presidential election on Sunday. Col. Condé’s death is coming just two days before the crucial presidential election which is already characterized by protests. Local media reported that Armed men shot Col Condé dead on Friday at a military camp in Kindia, 130km (80 miles) north-east of the capital, Conakry. According to reports there was an attempted mutiny with soldiers seizing weapons to free some of…

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Renewable energy and Agric project boost jobs in Niger Delta

– Advertisement – Asanita Agricultural Processing Company has secured funding to build a renewable energy power plant and a cassava processing to ethanol plant in Southern Nigeria. The project located on a 40-hectare estate in Edo State in the Niger Delta region, will produce 50,000 litres per day of ethanol and deliver electricity for up to 300 homes. By creating hundreds of jobs for illegal migrant returnees and boosting the local economy, it also aims to discourage human tracking and illegal migration. The power plant is designed to reduce carbon emission by converting all the biomass to energy. A combination of biogas produced from the effluent of the ethanol plant, and combustion of waste cassava peel and other agricultural waste, likes palm…

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