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WAEC Releases 2019 Jan/Feb Results

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has announced the release of its West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) results for private candidates in the 2019 January/February Examination. The exam body released the results on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. According to the Head, Nigeria National Office of WAEC, Olu Adenipekun, only 3,102 out of 11,721 candidates have five credits including English Language and Mathematics. A total of 11, 721 candidates sat for the examination out of which…

Chinese Loans: Shehu Sani Speaks On Alleged Ploy To Colonise Africa

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, Sen. Shehu Sani, has cautioned against emphasis on loan in the relationship between China and African countries. Sani, gave this warning when he chaired a roundtable organised by the Centre for China Studies in Abuja on Thursday. The roundtable has the theme,” The Outcomes of 2018 Beijing Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).” The roundtable was aimed at working out ways to synergise outcomes of the summit with the Economic Recovery and Growth…

South Africa’s Economy Enters Recession

South Africa economy contracted by 0.7 percent in the second quarter, plunging the country into its first recession in almost a decade. This was according to data released on Tuesday by the country’s Statistician-General, Risenga Maluleke. “We are in a recession. We reported a contraction in the first quarter ... and now in the second quarter with a fall of 0.7 percent,” Maluleke said. This is the first time Africa's second largest economy is entering into recession since 2009. According to statistics, the…

Africa Records High Health Improvement – WHO

A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Office for Africa has shown a high improvement in health in the region. WHO, at the study, launched during the 68th session of the WHO Regional Committee in Dakar, provided a snapshot of the state of health in the African region. The report said life expectancy across Africa had improved significantly, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most. Emerging data shows a continued improvement, with…

U.S Wants Bilateral Free Trade With Africa

The US government says it is looking for African countries that would be interested in bilateral free trade agreements with it. NAN reports that Peter Haas, the US deputy assistant secretary for trade policy and negotiation, told journalists in a teleconference that it was a big deal for the US to be looking towards Africa. “What we were looking for are African countries that would be interested in having bilateral free trade agreements with us,” he said. “I think one of the things that I would like to point out is…

Nigeria Home To Poorest People In The World – Theresa May

Ahead Of her visit to Nigeria, British Prime Minister, Theresa May, says 87 million Nigerians, about half of the country’s population, live below “$1 and 90 cents a day”. Speaking in Cape Town, South Africa, on Tuesday, May said Nigeria is home to highest number of very poor people, more than any other country in the world. She said Africa is home to a majority of the world’s displaced people, adding that she wants the UK to become the biggest G-7 investor in Africa by 2022. May said achieving inclusive growth is a…

Victor Moses Retires From International Football

Super Eagles Winger Victor Moses has announced his retirement from international football. The 27-year-old, who plays for English topflight Chelsea, made the announcement in a statement posted on his official Twitter account on Wednesday. He said the reason he called the time on the national team was to “focus fully on club career”. Moses ends his international career with 37 caps and 12 goals. He played in two World Cups, and also helped Eagles lift the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. His statement read: “I…

Maternal Mortality: Nigeria Bears 14% Of Global Burden

Worried by the Maternal Mortality Rate, MMR, in Nigeria, a medical doctor with the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Dr Olufunke Olamigoke, has said the country accounts for 14% of global maternal deaths, with 10 countries with the highest maternal mortality in Africa. Speaking to journalists in Lagos during a media roundtable on family planning, Olamigoke said, "according to data from United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa, an estimated 358,000 women die each year throughout the world from complication of…

Sit-Tight Leadership: President Paul Biya Of Cameroon Set To Extend His 36-Year Rule

President of Cameroon Paul Biya who has been in power since 6 November 1982 is seeking his seventh term in office. Cameroon’s electoral body, ELECAM, had on Tuesday cleared the 85-year-old and eight other candidates to run for the presidential polls slated for October 7, 2018. Over twenty candidates had filed their candidacy to contest for the highest political seat of the land, but ELECAM disqualified all remaining nine candidates, while one candidate is said to have withdrawn his candidacy. Biya who leads the…

1,514 Migrants Died In Mediterranean In 7 Months

A total of 57,571 migrants and refugees arrived by sea in the Mediterranean to Europe in 2018, the United Nations Migration Agency said on Tuesday. In its MSF Sea and Sea-watch report released today, a total of 1,514 migrants, including refugees and asylum-seekers, have died or gone missing in the process of migration towards an international destination. According to the report, 2,232 migrant fatalities have been recorded worldwide in 2018 alone, with the highest number from Africa. From the data, 2016 had more…