Tag: nigeria

‘Chibok girls’—will government keeps its word and find them?

‘Chibok girls’—will government keeps its word and find them?

| October 21, 2014

(GIN)–With frustration boiling over at government foot-dragging over the fate of 219 girls, kidnapped from a government secondary school in Chibok last April, the Nigerian government took the audacious step this week of announcing a truce with the alleged kidnappers and a possible date for their return. The surprise announcement claimed that since a meeting […]

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World Bank in bid to put Lagos water in private hands

World Bank in bid to put Lagos water in private hands

| October 9, 2014

(GIN)—As Detroit fights to end a punishing wave of water shutoffs sparked by a payment crisis six years in the making, a bid by the World Bank could put Lagos, Nigeria, in similar straits. Word of a still hush-hush plan to sell off the Lagos water utility to profit-seeking owners reached the ears of Nigerian […]

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If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

If foreign docs can be airlifted out, why are African docs left to die?

| October 1, 2014

(GIN)–An observer to a recent U.N. emergency meeting on the Ebola outbreak counted the seemingly sincere promises of help by government after government yet a pledge to airlift stricken African doctors and health workers to restorative health facilities was nowhere in the discussion. “Despite all of the rhetoric seemingly laced with care and concern for […]

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Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

Nearly half a million join rousing climate justice march

| September 24, 2014

(GIN)–New York streets were overflowing on Sunday with hand-made posters, buttons, baby carriages, bicycles, musical bands and nearly 400,000 marchers demanding an end to the exploitation of fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas that are creating havoc for the environment in the U.S., Africa and most of the world. Marchers came by […]

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Oil buyers flee Nigeria, leaving toxic spill cleanup

Oil buyers flee Nigeria, leaving toxic spill cleanup

| September 11, 2014

(GIN)—Angola’s crude oil is proving sweet to U.S. buyers who are snapping it up as fast as they are dropping purchases from Nigeria, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Breaking a 40-year record, crude oil exports from Angola to the U.S. are averaging around 116,000 barrels per day (bpd) since […]

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Islamists gain ground in Nigeria’s embattled northeast

Islamists gain ground in Nigeria’s embattled northeast

| September 4, 2014

(GIN)—Following fierce fighting with government forces, the insurgent Boko Haram captured new ground in Borno state—sending thousands of civilians into exile, along with soldiers, residents said. “Just when you imagine that it cannot get worse for the Nigerian military and its pride as a fighting force, it takes a further dive,” observed Mannir Dan Ali, […]

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Military wives demand end to deployments against Boko Haram

Military wives demand end to deployments against Boko Haram

| August 12, 2014

(GIN)—Wives of military soldiers say they are fed up with government’s top brass sending under-equipped foot soldiers to fight the better-armed Boko Haram rebels. Skirmishes with the rebel fighters left hundreds dead last week in the north-eastern city of Gwoza in Borno state. Press reports estimated that about 100 women were protesting at the Giwa […]

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Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

Scientist who discovered Ebola doesn’t see global threat

| August 7, 2014

(GIN)–The Belgian researcher who first identified the Ebola virus is playing down fears of a global pandemic. “I would sit next to an infected person on the train,” said Professor Peter Piot, whose credentials include the title of former Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, former head of UNAIDS, and now director of the London […]

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With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

With more than 1,000 infected, can Ebola virus be stopped?

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—As an Ebola epidemic sweeps relentlessly across West African borders, with the death toll topping 600, some are now asking if the virus can be stopped. The Ebola outbreak started in Guinea and spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. It has been called the deadliest in recorded history, with Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the […]

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Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

Boko Haram in daring kidnap as Obama meets with African youth

| July 29, 2014

(GIN)—Militants appear to be gaining the upper hand in West Africa’s spreading ethnic/religious fighting. This week, insurgents with Nigeria’s Boko Haram launched a cross-border attack on Kolofata, a town in neighboring Cameroon, kidnapping the wife of Amadou Ali, the vice-prime minister, and killing at least three people. It was their third incursion into Cameroon just […]

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