NCP Privatised, Reformed 142 Public Enterprises in 18 Years – Osinbajo

[Premium Times] The National Council on Privatisation, NCP, has since its inception 18 years ago concluded the privatisation and reform of over 142 public enterprises, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said on Thursday.

[Premium Times] The National Council on Privatisation, NCP, has since its inception 18 years ago concluded the privatisation and reform of over 142 public enterprises, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said on Thursday.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

The Church May Probably Be Stocking More Fires Of Discord; Zambia Needs Sober Minds To Peaceful Path

Respected Pentecostal clergyman Bishop George Mbulo has admitted the church may be contributing to an already volatile political climate in the country. Bishop Mbulo, founder and senior Pastor of Capital Christian Church in Lusaka, has joined the political discourse urging … Continued

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Respected Pentecostal clergyman Bishop George Mbulo has admitted the church may be contributing to an already volatile political climate in the country. Bishop Mbulo, founder and senior Pastor of Capital Christian Church in Lusaka, has joined the political discourse urging sober minds to prevail. Recently, the Catholic church has widely condemned the prevailing atmosphere with Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu and two other church mother bodies declaring Zambia a dictatorship. The church is also demanding the unconditional release of opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema who is incarcerated on treason related churches. The charges have been dismissed as politically motivated by the general populace. Hichilema has refused to recognise President Edgar Lungu as a legitimately elected president claiming the August 2016 polls were rigged. Hichilema and the UPND have since petitioned the election. BELOW IS BISHOP MBULO’S MESSAGE MATTERS OF STATE AND CHURCH I am sure many Zambians, both at home and abroad, have probably read through the full scripts of the recent counteracting Press Statements from the Church Umbrella Bodies in Zambia. If you are not privy to the full scripts, you may do well to try and get eCopies and read them for yourself, before you are potentially carried away by some personal, and at times highly opinionated touting of the loudest propounders of current affairs about Zambia. Now, whichever side of the current debate you find yourself on, it’s my prayer and hope that as someone who may care enough about the happenings in Zambia, you prayerfully consider the essential and mutual expectation, after the dust has settled, that we preserve the only land and nation some of us may call our own, even with the opportunity others may rightfully have of having a second home abroad. It’s rather unfortunate, to say the least, that the Church, to which I am indelibly associated, instead of trying to find ways of prudently mediating, in an unbiased manner, in our undeniably serious prevailing partisan political strains, we sadly find ourselves, as a church, probably stocking more fires of discord in our nation. Admittedly, we have seemingly some strains in relationships among the Church Umbrella Bodies, more so between Zambia Episcopal Council (ZEC)/Council of Churches in Zambia (CCZ) on one hand and Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) on the other. Of equal gravity is the seeming internal strains within the newly elected EFZ Executive Leadership: the new EFZ Chairperson and his re-elected Vice Chairperson on one hand, and the rest of the 5 EFZ Executive Board Members on the other, as exhibited by the recent EFZ Press Release Signatories, with the two top leaders abstaining from signing the press release supported by the majority of the EFZ Executive Board. Also, as has been observed in the press and on social media, even within the fraternity of the Zambia Council of Catholic Bishops (ZCCB) who are the leaders of ZEC, some Roman Catholic Clergy (Bishops) and affiliates are publicly and openly distancing themselves from their Archbishop’s pronouncements, which supposedly were presented on behalf of the three Church Umbrella Bodies in general, and Zambian Roman Catholics in particular. As if that was not enough, CCZ has had one of it’s major Affiliates distance itself from the supposedly Church Mother Bodies’ Press Statement. The matters at hand, and currently in national discourse, are serious; and should have sober and expeditious resolve, so that as a nation we can go about what we are known for: A Peaceful and Christian Nation Aspiring for a better Zambia for All. The above sentiment, notwithstanding, should NOT however be disingenuously pursued and hijacked by few who may be biased and evidently politically partisan members of our Church fraternity. Much more may be going on behind the scenes, deserving much prayer and wise and unbiased nonpartisan interventions, for the welfare of the church and our beloved nation of Zambia. Please, pray for wisdom and sincerity of heart for all those who may have opportunity to directly and officially deliberate in this current national discourse. Shalom! Bishop George Mbulo Senior Pastor Capital Christian Ministries International (Affiliate Member of EFZ) The post The Church May Probably Be Stocking More Fires Of Discord; Zambia Needs Sober Minds To Peaceful Path appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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No Election in Southeast Nigeria Without Biafra Referendum – Nnamdi Kanu

[Premium Times] The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has warned that elections will be boycotted in the South East states starting with the Anambra State gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Gove…

[Premium Times] The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has warned that elections will be boycotted in the South East states starting with the Anambra State gubernatorial elections scheduled for November 18 if the Federal Government fails to hold referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra.

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria

5,000 Nigerians Stranded in Mali

[Premium Times] There are about 5,000 Nigerians waiting to be rescued from Mali, the head of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Julie Donli, said on Thursday in Abuja.

[Premium Times] There are about 5,000 Nigerians waiting to be rescued from Mali, the head of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Julie Donli, said on Thursday in Abuja.

source: AllAfrica News: Mali

Minister Raises Alarm Over Ministry’s 2017 Budget Irregularities

[Vanguard] Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has raised alarm over the insertion of projects outside the purview of his ministry in the 2017 Appropriation Act by the National Assembly.

[Vanguard] Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has raised alarm over the insertion of projects outside the purview of his ministry in the 2017 Appropriation Act by the National Assembly.

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Tanzania Set to Promote Attractions in Southern Tourist Circuit

[Citizen] Dodoma -The Tanzanian government is conducting a campaign to identify and promote tourist attractions located in the country’s Southern Circuit, Natural Resources and Tourism deputy minister Ramo Makani tells Parliament on Thursday.

[Citizen] Dodoma -The Tanzanian government is conducting a campaign to identify and promote tourist attractions located in the country's Southern Circuit, Natural Resources and Tourism deputy minister Ramo Makani tells Parliament on Thursday.

source: AllAfrica News: Tanzania