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“It is not the number of officers deployed that matters, but their effectiveness in ensuring safety of voters and ballot boxes” – Ekiti 2018

National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, said heavy security deployment for Saturday governorship election in Ekiti was necessary in forestalling breakdown of law and order. He stated this on Monday in Abuja while reacting to the deployment of 30,000 policemen to the state for the election. Oshiomhole spoke after a closed-door [...]

Nigeria Police Force explains why 30,000 police personnel will be in Ekiti State for the Governorship Elections on Saturday, 14th of July 2018.

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The Force Spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, who was a guest on Channels Television Breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily said Ekiti State is a ‘flashpoint’ and deploying 30,000 officers for the election is not an over-deployment but an adequate figure to ensure security. He noted that the action was also prompted by ‘inciting’ statements by political leaders in [...]

Launch of Africa Index Consultation!

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the SDG Center for Africa (SDGC/A) are jointly working to develop and publish the Africa SDG Index and Dashboard, building on the flagship SDG Index and Dashboards global report. Our hope in producing this work is that the indicators and dashboards will help African countries pinpoint key implementation challenges, [...]

Five Measures of Growth That Are Better Than GDP

GDP is like a speedometer: it tells you whether your economy is going faster or slower. As in cars, a speedometer is useful but doesn’t tell you everything you want to know. For example, it won’t tell you whether you are overheating, or about to run out of fuel. Above all, the speedometer doesn’t tell [...]

Uganda police raid newspaper over general’s letter

Ugandan police forcibly entered the premises of an independent newspaper to look for evidence against an army general who recently questioned the president’s alleged plan to have his son succeed him, witnesses said Monday. About 50 plainclothes police forced their way into the Daily Monitor’s premises in the capital, Kampala, and prevented all journalists from [...]

Google to allow Gmail users to send money for free

Google has announced that users of its Gmail and Google Wallet services will be able to send money for free from Wallet accounts. Here’s a breakdown Google posted on the support pages of its website: Fees It’s free to send money directly from your bank account or using your Google Wallet Balance. There’s a flat [...]

GSMA opens African office in Kenya

The GSMA, a group that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has opened its African office in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. According to the GSMA, the office will be permanent and will be cited in the heart of Nairobi’s Innovation Hub (iHub) for the technology community. “It will enable the GSMA to work even [...]

Ernst & Young Wants Barrier to Trade in Africa Removed

The Ernst & Young, an international professional service firm, has stressed the need for Nigeria and other African countries to initiate policies that will lead to the removal of barriers to trade in the continent. The Regional Managing Partner, Ernst & Young, Mr. Henry Egbiki, who said this, also pointed out that foreign investors now [...]

Ogun Set To Be Highest Producer Of Cotton In Africa

All things being equal, Ogun state government over the weekend said it is ready to take the lead as the highest producer of cotton in Africa just as the state said it has commenced programmes that will boost production of rice to increase supply that might have occurred due to the policy of the federal [...]

66th World Health Assembly opens in Geneva

The 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) opened here on Monday, with nearly 3,000 delegates from 194 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) attending the annual meeting. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, director-general of the United Nations Office at Geneva, addressed the opening ceremony and conveyed a message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Tokayev said the overarching [...]