1,158 Killed in Meningitis Epidemic, 14,473 Suspected Cases

[Daily Trust] Up to 1,158 people have died in the ongoing epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis since December last year, up from 1,114 reported by the end of May, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said.

[Daily Trust] Up to 1,158 people have died in the ongoing epidemic of cerebrospinal meningitis since December last year, up from 1,114 reported by the end of May, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said.

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Neiti Says $590 Billion Earned From Oil, Gas in 15 Years

[Daily Trust] The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has called for closer partnership with the civil society to enable it implement remedial issues contained in its reports of the oil and gas industry.

[Daily Trust] The Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has called for closer partnership with the civil society to enable it implement remedial issues contained in its reports of the oil and gas industry.

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Senate C’tee – Nigeria Loses $2.5 Billion Annually to Gas Flaring

[This Day] Abuja -The Senate Committee on Gas has decried the loss of over $2.5 billion to gas flaring annually from an estimated two billion standard cubic feet of flared gas, which accounts for about 19 percent of total gas, flared globally.

[This Day] Abuja -The Senate Committee on Gas has decried the loss of over $2.5 billion to gas flaring annually from an estimated two billion standard cubic feet of flared gas, which accounts for about 19 percent of total gas, flared globally.

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Senate to Investigate Ogoni Clean Up Exercise

[This Day] Abuja -The Senate has directed its Committee on Environment to investigate activities surrounding the implementation of the Ogoni clean up exercise which was launched by the federal government in June 2016 with an initial cost of $1 billion.

[This Day] Abuja -The Senate has directed its Committee on Environment to investigate activities surrounding the implementation of the Ogoni clean up exercise which was launched by the federal government in June 2016 with an initial cost of $1 billion.

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Hichilema’s Spirit Is Ravaged; I Wept – Saviour Chishimba

Opposition leader Saviour Chishimba says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s spirit is ravaged. Chishimba says visiting Hichilema who has spent nearly 60 days in jail was heartbreaking “The situation is pathetic and no sensible leader would wish to incarcerate a fellow … Continued

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Opposition leader Saviour Chishimba says UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s spirit is ravaged. Chishimba says visiting Hichilema who has spent nearly 60 days in jail was heartbreaking “The situation is pathetic and no sensible leader would wish to incarcerate a fellow human being like that. I broke down, but he is the one who encouraged me to be strong,” he narrates. BELOW IS HICHILEMA’S FULL STATEMENT IN DEEP PAIN AND SADNESS AFTER VISITING HH! Please #FreeHH! I am just returning from Lusaka Central Prison (Chimbokaila) where I had gone to visit my brother and comrade in the new struggle Hakainde Hichilema. Fellow compatriots, the situation is pathetic and no sensible leader would wish to incarcerate a fellow human being like that. I broke down, but he is the one who encouraged me to be strong. We hugged each other for several minutes without uttering a word, but in tears. Though our comrade is trying very hard to be strong, I clearly saw that he is agonising – his spirit is dampened and ravaged. His eyes are in a state of weeping. He repeatedly said, “…my brother, I am innocent…I did not commit treason…I am innocent ba President Chishimba…” State power I don’t have at the moment to release my brother, but such as I have I gave – PRAYER. We prayed for close to one hour together and raised a cry unto the LORD God of Heaven! Hon Mwaliteta was also there. God desires justice for all! The PF regime will reap the injustices that they are planting today. Being the first time in my life to enter a prison today, I was in utter shock to see the conditions under which inmates live. I saw pain in the eyes of visiting relatives. Some of the inmates are very weak and sickly. Some have been in remand for over a decade and they are still waiting for trial. I learned that one inmate was remanded for 10 years for a crime he did not commit, but it was only yesterday that he walked to freedom. How many of our brothers and sisters are going through this? The prison is also overcrowded! This is not the Zambia freedom fighters fought for!!! Let us arise and fight for justice!!! Meanwhile, we have learned from some sources that Lusaka Central Prison is about to be sold by the PF regime and all the prisoners will be transferred to Mwembeshi. We shall get to the root of this before issuing a comprehensive statement. God strengthen our brother HH and his family! God bless our nation! Saviour Chishimba UPP PRESIDENT #UPP: #Dignity & #Justice for #All! The post Hichilema’s Spirit Is Ravaged; I Wept – Saviour Chishimba appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Nigeria Earns $592.34 Billion From Oil, Gas in 15 Years

[Guardian] The Federal Government earned about $592.34 billion from the oil and gas sector from 1999 to 2014, according to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

[Guardian] The Federal Government earned about $592.34 billion from the oil and gas sector from 1999 to 2014, according to the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI).

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How Nigerian Afro-Pop Inspired Israeli-American Musician

[Guardian] Nigerian music has continued to attract listeners, both home and abroad. Now, other nationals are embracing it, as an Israeli-American born musician, Bodega, has crossed over to be part of the music revolution.

[Guardian] Nigerian music has continued to attract listeners, both home and abroad. Now, other nationals are embracing it, as an Israeli-American born musician, Bodega, has crossed over to be part of the music revolution.

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China To Build Zambia A Convention Centre

The Chinese have continued playing a pivotal role in Zambia’s development trajectory with President Edgar Lungu and Chinese State Councillor Wang Yong conferring on a number of diplomatic interests. BELOW IS PRESIDENT LUNGU’s SPEECH DURING THE MEETING: STATEMENT BY HIS … Continued

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The Chinese have continued playing a pivotal role in Zambia’s development trajectory with President Edgar Lungu and Chinese State Councillor Wang Yong conferring on a number of diplomatic interests. BELOW IS PRESIDENT LUNGU’s SPEECH DURING THE MEETING: STATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. EDGAR CHAGWA LUNGU PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, WHEN HE HELD A MEETING WITH HIS EXCELLENCY MR. WANG YONG, STATE COUNCILLOR OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA AT STATE HOUSE ON TUESDAY, 6TH JUNE, 2017 I WISH TO WELCOME YOU, YOUR EXCELLENCY MR. WANG YONG AND YOUR DELEGATION TO ZAMBIA AND TO STATE HOUSE IN PARTICULAR. YOUR VISIT WILL PROVIDE YET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR FURTHER ENGAGEMENT BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND CHINA IN AREAS OF MUTUAL BENEFIT. THE STRONG RELATIONS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTIES ARE EVIDENCED BY THE RECENT HIGH LEVEL VISITS TO ZAMBIA BY HIS EXCELLENCY MR. WANG YI, FOREIGN MINISTER OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA; HIS EXCELLENCY MR. ZHANG MING, CHINESE VICE-MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AND MR. TIAN GUOLI, CHAIRMAN OF THE BANK OF CHINA GROUP. ON THE ZAMBIAN SIDE, THE SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RECENTLY VISITED THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA IN APRIL, 2017. I CAN NOT FORGET THE VISIT THAT OUR 10 PROVINCIAL MINISTERS UNDERTOOK TO YOUR COUNTRY. I WISH TO APPLAUD AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE EXCELLENT AND FRIENDLY HISTORICAL RELATIONS THAT EXIST BETWEEN ZAMBIA AND THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA THAT ARE BASED ON EQUALITY AND MUTUAL RESPECT. 1. BILATERAL RELATIONS THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT APPRECIATES THE ROLE THAT CHINA PLAYED IN SUPPORTING ZAMBIA’S LIBERATION STRUGGLE AND AFRICA. THIS SUPPORT CONTRIBUTED TO THE FREEDOM THAT THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA ENJOY TODAY. THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER CHINA’S SELFLESSNESS IN RENDERING SUPPORT BY CONSTRUCTING THE TANZANIA-ZAMBIA RAILWAY (TAZARA) AT A TIME WHEN CHINA ITSELF WAS FACING ECONOMIC CHALLENGES. SUCH UNWAVERING SUPPORT IS A CLEAR INDICATION THAT CHINA IS INDEED AN ALL-WEATHER FRIEND. THE SUPPORT ALSO REFLECTS THAT CHINA IS INDEED A TRUE FRIEND OF ZAMBIA. ZAMBIA HAS CONTINUED TO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT OVER THE YEARS IN VARIOUS SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY. TODAY WE ARE SIGNING TWO ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL AGREEMENTS FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE LEVY MWANAWASA HOSPITAL AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF MILLING PLANTS INCLUDING THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE FOR US TO HOST THE 2022 AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT. THE EXPANSION OF LEVY MWANAWASA HOSPITAL WILL RESULT IN THE HOSPITAL BEING UPGRADED INTO A UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL. THIS ONE ACT WILL ACCRUE NUMEROUS BENEFITS TO THE ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. THE SIGNING OF THESE AGREEMENTS FOR THE PROJECTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED WILL FURTHER CEMENT THE COOPERATION BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES AND COMPLEMENT GOVERNMENT’S EFFORT IN UPLIFTING THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA. 2. FORUM FOR CHINA AFRICA COOPERATION (FOCAC) WITH REGARDS TO THE FORUM FOR CHINA AFRICA COOPERATION (FOCAC) THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT CONSIDERS THIS AS AN IMPORTANT PLATFORM FOR ADVANCING SOUTH TO SOUTH COOPERATION. THEREFORE, I WISH TO APPLAUD PRESIDENT XI JINPING FOR HIS SUPPORT TOWARDS THIS INITIATIVE. FOR US IN ZAMBIA, THE COMMITMENTS MADE BY CHINA UNDER THE FOCAC 2016 TO 2018 JOHANNESBURG ACTION PLAN IN AREAS SUCH AS AGRICULTURE, EDUCATION, HEALTH, INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, INVESTMENT, TRADE, AND TOURISM WILL HELP US ADVANCE THE WELFARE OF OUR PEOPLE. IT IS OUR HOPE THAT ZAMBIA WILL SOON RECEIVE POSITIVE FEEDBACK ON THE FIVE (5) PRIORITY PROJECTS SUCH AS INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT, ENERGY, TOURISM, HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT, AND AGRICULTURE WITH AN EMPHASIS ON AGRO-PROCESSING AND VALUE ADDITION WHICH WERE AGREED WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT UNDER THE FOCAC. 3. CONSTRUCTION OF A CONFERENCE CENTRE WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR THE SUPPORT BEING RENDERED TOWARDS THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ULTRA MODERN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE WHICH WILL HOUSE THE AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT SCHEDULED TO BE HOSTED BY ZAMBIA IN 2022. THE SITE FOR THIS PROJECT HAS ALREADY BEEN IDENTIFIED. THEREFORE, I AM GRATEFUL FOR THE LETTER OF INTENT WHICH WILL BE SIGNED FOR THE FEASIBILITY STUDY TO COMMENCE ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE CONFERENCE CENTRE. 4. THE TANZANIA ZAMBIA RAILWAY (TAZARA) THE IMPORTANCE OF TAZARA CANNOT BE OVEREMPHASISED. TAZARA PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO IMPROVE OUR LINK TO THE SEAPORT FOR THE COUNTRY’S IMPORTS AND EXPORTS. IF WE DO NOT UPLIFT TAZARA, WE WILL BE BETRAYING THE SPIRIT OF OUR FOREFATHERS, CHAIRMAN MAO AND ZAMBIA’S FIRST PRESIDENT DR. KENNETH DAVID KAUNDA WHO PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT ROLE IN ENSURING THAT TAZARA WAS BUILT FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR PEOPLE. IN THIS REGARD, I WISH TO COMMEND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR THE SIGNIFICANT INVESTMENT AND SACRIFICE THAT WAS PUT INTO THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE RAILWAY. I WISH TO REAFFIRM THE GROWING OPTIMISM BY OUR TANZANIAN COUNTERPARTS THAT WE WILL REACH AN AGREEMENT ON REVITALISING TAZARA. BOTH TANZANIA AND ZAMBIA ACKNOWLEDGE THE CHALLENGES TAZARA IS CURRENTLY FACING AND THE NEED FOR ITS REVITALISATION. MY GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PLANS TO BUILD MORE RAILWAY LINES IN THE COUNTRY. 5. TRADE AND INVESTMENT WE HOLD CHINA IN HIGH ESTEEM AS A PARTNER WITH REGARDS TO TRADE AND INVESTMENT. I WISH TO ASSURE YOU THAT THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING A CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT (FDI) AND NON-TRADITIONAL EXPORTS. WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT ZAMBIA WILL SEE EVEN MORE CHINESE INVESTMENT COMING INTO THE COUNTRY TO FURTHER CONTRIBUTE TO VALUE ADDITION, DIVERSIFICATION AND JOB CREATION. IT IS ALSO MY HOPE THAT CHINA WILL COLLABORATE WITH US SO THAT WE PROMOTE OUR DEVELOPMENT AGENDA. 6. MULTILATERAL RELATIONS I WISH TO AFFIRM THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IN AREAS OF MUTUAL INTEREST AT THE MULTILATERAL LEVEL ON A BROAD RANGE OF ISSUES SUCH AS THE REFORM OF THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL. ZAMBIA PARTICIPATED IN THE C10 SUMMIT WHICH WAS HELD IN MALABO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, FROM 16TH TO 17TH MAY, 2017, I AM GLAD TO INFORM YOU THAT MEMBER STATES EXPRESSED THE NEED TO MAKE REAL PROGRESS ON THE REFORMS. ON THE SOUTH CHINA SEA, THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FOLLOWING WITH KEEN INTEREST THE EVENTS HAPPENINGCONCERNING THIS MATTER. ZAMBIA BELIEVES IN DIALOGUE AND PEACEFUL RESOLUTION OF THE DISPUTE TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE INTERESTS OF CONCERNED PARTIES. THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO REMAINED RESOLUTE AND WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ONE CHINA POLICY WHICH RECOGNISES THE MAINLAND AS THE SOLE LEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT OF ALL CHINA. IN CONCLUSION, I WISH TO REITERATE THAT THE ZAMBIAN GOVERNMENT REMAINS COMMITTED TO STRENGTHENING THE ALREADY EXISTING EXCELLENT RELATIONS WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF OUR TWO PEOPLES. LET ME ALSO EXTEND AN INVITATION TO PRESIDENT XI JINPING TO VISIT ZAMBIA. I WISH YOUR EXCELLENCY AND THE DELEGATION A SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMME IN ZAMBIA AND SAFE TRIP BACK TO CHINA. ENDS SIGNING CEREMONY SHORTLY AFTER THE MEETING, A SIGNING CEREMONY ALSO TOOK PLACE AT STATE HOUSE WHICH WAS WITNESSED BY HIS EXCELLENCY THE PRESIDENT AND THE CHINESE STATE COUNCILLOR. TWO ECONOMIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION AGREEMENTS WERE SIGNED, ONE WORTH RMB 200 MILLION FOR THE EXPANSION OF THE LEVY MWANAWASA HOSPITAL, AND ANOTHER AT THE COST OF RMB 250 MILLION FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF MILLING PLANTS IN MONZE, MPIKA AND LUSAKA INCLUDING THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE IN LUSAKA TO ENABLE ZAMBIA HOST THE AFRICAN UNION SUMMIT IN 2022. IN ADDITION A LETTER OF INTENT TO UNDERTAKE A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE IN LUSAKA TO HOST THE AFRICAN UNION HEADS OF STATE SUMMIT IN 2022 WAS ALSO SIGNED. FINANCE MINISTER FELIX MUTATI SIGNED THE AGREEMENTS ON BEHALF OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA, WHILE CHINA’S AMBASSADOR TO ZAMBIA YANG YOUMING SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA. ADDITIONAL NOTES HIS EXCELLENCY MR. WANG YONG, STATE COUNCILLOR IS SPECIAL ENVOY OF H.E. MR. XI JINPING, PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA. THE SPECIAL ENVOY IS A HIGH RANKING OFFICIAL IN THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HIERARCHY THAT IS AT THE LEVEL OF VICE-PRESIDENT. THE PURPOSE OF HIS VISIT TO ZAMBIA IS TO FURTHER PROMOTE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CONSENSUS BETWEEN THE CHINESE AND ZAMBIAN HEADS OF STATE ON THE OUTCOMES OF THE FORUM ON CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION (FOCAC) JOHANNESBURG SUMMIT, AS WELL AS STRENGTHEN THE INTEGRATION OF INTERESTS FOR THE MUTUAL BENEFIT OF THE TWO COUNTRIES. The post China To Build Zambia A Convention Centre appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Mwanakatwe Unfazed by Call to Boycott Zambian Products

Commerce Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe says the proposed boycott of Zambian products by South African nationals could only harm that country. The National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa has called for the boycott of Zambians products in protest of the … Continued

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Commerce Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe says the proposed boycott of Zambian products by South African nationals could only harm that country. The National Union of Mineworkers in South Africa has called for the boycott of Zambians products in protest of the continued detention of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema on treason allegations. The union general secretary Irvin Jim said that Zambia was degenerating into a dictatorship and demanded that South Africa considers boycotting Zambian products to arm twist government into releasing Hichilema. But Mwanakatwe said that Zambia would not force South Africans to buy its products. Mwanakatwe said that Zambia would conduct business only with willing partners. She said that government did not interfere in the judiciary adding that the treason charge of Hichilema was a legal matter. The post Mwanakatwe Unfazed by Call to Boycott Zambian Products appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Magufuli Swears in Mghwira As New Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner

[Daily News] President John Pombe Magufuli has sworn- in Ms Anna Elisha Mghwira, the former presidential candidate for the Alliance for Democratic Change (ACT Wazalendo), as the new Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC).

[Daily News] President John Pombe Magufuli has sworn- in Ms Anna Elisha Mghwira, the former presidential candidate for the Alliance for Democratic Change (ACT Wazalendo), as the new Kilimanjaro Regional Commissioner (RC).

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