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  • More Women Show interest in Parliamentary Positions in Rwanda

     The Rwanda National Electoral Commission  has said that  more  women  have shown interest in becoming members of Parliament.

    There are 326  women among the 537 candidates that have shown interest to contest in the election.

     This disclosure was made by the, Electoral Commission Chairperson,  Prof Kalisa Mbanda, who stated that this was an indication that there was gender balance in Rwanda.

    "It is good news that more women are vying for such high positions,"  Prof Mbanda noted.

    Women occupy 64 seats in the lower House and it is a constitutional requirement in the country that women should have 30 per cent of administrative positions.

    In addition, there are 24 exclusive women seats which are decided in indirect election.

    A total of 179 women have shown interest in the 24 seats reserved for  women.

     

    Three provinces, Eastern, Sothern and Western, have six women representatives while the Northern Province has four women representatives followed by the City of Kigali with two women, according to NEC.

    The Parliamentary election have been slated for September 3 and 4 and all the 80 seats in the Parliament   are to be vied for. 

  • Ethiopia Nets $81.6 million from Electricity

    Ethiopia has declared $81.6 million as revenue for the export of electricity in the just concluded fiscal year.

    The Ministry of Water, Irrigation & Electricity  has a projection to sell 1.5 billion kWh of the electricity  to Sudan and Djibouti, but was however able to sell  1.4 billion kWh within the financial year. 

    The total earning from Sudan was $47.5 million, or 58.2pc,  while  $34.1 million  was from Djibouti.

    Presently, Ethiopia has the potential  of generating 4,500MW of energy and a potential capacity to produce 45,000MW of hydropower, 10,000MW of geothermal and 1.3 million megawatts of wind power.

  • We will not allow chaos in our country-Zimbabwe President

    Zimbabwe President, Mr. Emmerson Mnangagwa has warned those who intend to instigate the break down of law and order  as  the 2018 harmonized elections in the country draw near to have a rethink as the full wrath of the law will be visited on them.

    President Mnangagwa handed down this warning on Tuesday, while  addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at a rally at Mubaira Growth Point.

    "If anyone causes anarchy, the rule of law will prevail. We will not allow chaos in our country. We want peace. All those that are contesting are encouraged to contest in peace because we want law and order in our country.

    "People should be allowed to do what they want, while respecting others and respecting peace."

    "We accept that people have divergent views. People should not be attacked or abused because they differ with you. No, we cannot all think the same," he said.

    "We now have a certain party that says it wants to shut down Harare and to shut down the country. God forbid! We have asked ourselves what this small party intends to do and how it intends to do it and on what grounds. Kana wangova mukaka wawadya, ingodya mukaka wako ugute zvakanaka.

    "We are preaching peace and we are saying everyone, including this small party, has the freedom to go around the country to woo the people's vote. No one will stop any party from asking the people to vote for them, the President concluded.

    In recent times, MDC-Alliance leader, Mr Nelson Chamisa  has repeatedly threatened to "shut down the country" and "cause chaos" if his party loses next week's poll.

  • WAEC Withholds Results of All Candidates in Ghana As It Vows To Expose Persons with Forged Results

    The West African Examinations Council(WAEC) in Ghana has with held the results of all the  26, 434 candidates who sat for the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination(WASSCE) .

    This followed several cases of malpractices that are been investigated by the examination body.

    According to a statement by the Head of Public Affiars ,WAEC National office, Mrs. Agnes Teye-Cudjoe, ''The with held results of candidates will be cancelled if found culpable, or released if otherwise''. 

    ''A total of 316,999 candidates made up of 158,550 males and 158,449 females from 946 school were registered for the examination, representing 9.6 per cent higher than the 2017 candidature of 289,207 but some 1,378 candidates did not show up.

     Performance in English and Mathematics declined but improved in Integrated Science and Social Studies compared to that of the 2017 candidates''.

    ''"Based on the provisional results, the performance at Al- C6 in Social Studies showed a marked improvement over that of 2017 (52.25 per cent to 73.27 per cent), while Integrated Science recorded a slight improvement (43.66 per cent to 50.52 per cent).

    "On the contrary, Mathematics (Core) showed a drop in performance from 2017 (42.73 per cent to 38.33 per cent). Similarly, there was a drop in the performance in English Language (54.06 per cent to 46.79 per cent),"  ''For English Language, 147,232 candidates (46.79 per cent) obtained grades A1 to C6; 99,402 (31.60 per cent) scored D7-E8 while 68,002 (21.61 per cent) had F9''..

    In the Core Mathematics paper, 120,519 candidates (33 per cent) had A1-C6; 94,607 (30.09 per cent) obtained D7-E8 while 99,275 (31.58 per cent) scored F9''.

    ''A total of 158,691 (50.52 per cent), obtained A1-C6 in Integrated Science: with 109,069 (34.72 per cent) getting D7-E8 whilst 46,367 (14.76 per cent) had F9''.

    '' For Social studies, 230, 141(73.27 per cent) obtained A1-C6; 46, 464(14.79 per cent) obtained D7-E8  whilst 37, 494(11.94 per cent) had F9.

    '' The council is alerting members of the public especially candidates to be wary of  impostors, who promise to change examination results for a fee''. Candidates are to note that all WAEC results are well secured and can be authenticated. Persons with forged results will be exposed'', the statement concluded.

     

     

  • Don't Sell Your Votes-Oyo YDP Chairman

    The electorate in Nigeria   have been advised to resist the temptations of selling their votes in the 2019 general elections.

    This advice was given by the  Oyo state Chairman of the Young Democratic Party(YDP)Mr. Chris Ayantoye, in an interaction with PEOPLE.

    ''It is very unfortunate that in present day Nigeria, Nigerian citizens are still been deceived to sell their votes for money. It is not only sad, but regrettable, when people are seen struggling to collect money for their votes. I call on Nigerians not sell their votes in the coming 2019 general elections'', Mr. Ayantoye advised.

     

    Ydp The  Oyo state chapter of the Young Democratic Party Calls on all the good people of Oyo state to Collect their Permanent Voters Cards(PVC) from the INEC offices nearest to them

    For further information, contact 08068964410/08104658995/07035538970

  • Namibia Govt Increases Pensions and Gratuity By $50

    The Namibian Government wil from next month increase the pensions and grauities of retireesin the country by $50.

    This disclosure was made in a statement  by the Ministry of Poverty  Eradication.

    According to the Ministry's Permanent Secretary, I-Ben Nashandi, the increase would be backdated to April, this year.

    The statement disclosed that  all beneficiaries will receive N$1 450 in August,  including a N$200 back pay for April, May, June and July.

    It then stated that subsequently, a monthly amount of N$1 250 will be paid out to all beneficiaries as from September 2018.

  • Kenya : Busia Governor, Two Others Arraigned for Fraud

    Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong and three County Ministers  were on Wednesday arraigned before the Milimani, Nairobi, Anti-Corruption Court on a 7 count charge of corruption.

    Before now the accused persons had been detained at the Integrity Centre -the headquarters of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC).

     Others arraigned alongside the Governor are Mr Bernard Yaite, Mr Allan Ekweny and Mr Samuel Ombui, who are County Ministers.

    Charges against them include defrauding the County of Sh 8 million.

    Other charges are abuse of office, conspiracy to commit an economic crime and engaging in a project without proper planning.

     

    Also, they were charged for  willful failure to comply with the law relating to management of public funds and fraudulent acquisition of public property.

    The accused persons peladed not guilty to the charges.

     

     

  • Govt has withheld June salaries of Workers to Frustrate July 2 Sit At Home Action-AWC

    The All Workers Convergence(AWC) has raised that alarm that the Federal Government has with held salaries of workers nationwide for the month of June, to frustrate the one day sit-at-home action of the workers on Monday July 2.

    According to the National Coordinator of the AWC, Comrade Andrew Emelieze, who made this disclosure, in a chat with People, the workers will go ahead with the action.

    ''In fact Government is trying to frustrate the one day sit-at-home national strike. Government has refused to pay workers their June salaries, just to frustrate the one day national sit-at-home action. To this end, we call on workers natiowide to sit at home on Monday July 2, 2018, in protest gaainst the denila of the rights of existence of the Nigerian workers by Government''.

    ''Any worker that is not comfortable with the N18,000 minimum wage should sit at home on that day. We are appealing to the conscience of all Nigerian workers to make it succeed. An it shall succeed'', Comrade Emelieze asserted.

    Howevr, the Chairman of the Oyo state council of the Trade Union Congress(TUC), who is also the Chairman Joint Negotiating Council(JNC) in the state, Comrade Emmanuel Ogundiran disclosed that there was no directive from the Labour centres in Abuja to that effect.

    ''There is nothing like that, I have no directive, no letter to that effect, in respect of the sit-at-home action, as leaders of organized Trade unions in the state, we will not do anything that would jeopardize or prejudice the negotiation, whatever we cannot defend we will not go into it. Any worker that abides by the directive and is absent without leave, the consequence is summary dismissal, and they cannot call us to defend them because we did not call them out'', Comrade Ogundiran warned.

    In a related development workers in the a siazble number of  Local Governments of Oyo state have insisted that the state Government was yet to pay them for a number of months, just as they stressed that the N9 billion the state Government claimed to have released, only covered payment of  salaries for two months.

    In his reaction, the state President of the National Union of Local Government Employess (NULGE), Comrade Tititlola Sodo said that the over N9.7 billion released by the state Government was used to pay two months salaries of Primary School Teachers.

    ''The N9.7 billion the state Government released was a allocation for March and April, 2018, including 10 per cent Internally Generated Revenue(IGR), no gratuity was paid About N3.6 billion was used to pay the two months salaries of Primary School Teachers and another N1.3 billion was used to pay leave bonus. Salaries for workers at the newly created Local Council Development Areas(LCDAs) are still paid at the mother Local Governments. 2o Local Goverments are up to date in the payment of  salaries, quite a few still have salary arrears outstanding, ranging from one to six months''.

    Comrade Sodo urged the workers to still have confidence in their union leaders, saying ''we have come this far, workers should not lose hope, they should rely on their unions ''.

     

  • Prices of Local Sugar Go Up in Kenya

    As the Kenyan Government intensifies its clampdown on contraband products, traders have increased the prices of local sugar.

     A kilo of sugar  in western Kenya now sells for between Sh10 and Sh20.

    Consumers now avoid brands from factories that have links with  the controversial importation of sugar. A 50kg bag of Sony sugar now goes for Sh5,500, up from Sh4,300.

     The Government had two weeks ago, seized a consignment of contraband sugar  in a warehouse in Eastleigh, Nairobi.

     

  • Women Farmers in Imo Protest Herdsmen Attacks

    Women farmers from Amakohi-ubi community in Owerri West Local Government Area  of Imo state have staged a peaceful protest to the state Government house to appeal for government intervention in the incessant destruction of their farmlands by herdsmen.

    The hundreds of palcard carrying protesters lamented the losses they are incurred as a result of the persistent attacks.

    The spokesperson of the protesters, Betty Uneze disclosed that they had no option but to bring their predicament to the notice of the state government.

    “We are in Imo State Government House to tell our Governor, Rochas Okorocha that Fulani herdsmen have destroyed our farms. This is not the first time it is happening.

    “Our farms have been destroyed and we do not know when this suffering will end. As we are talking to you now, the herdsmen are still in our farms. Please, we want them to leave.

    “If our grievances are not proactively addressed now that it has not gotten to a dangerous point, is it when we are physically attacked and killed that the government will come to our rescue?” Uneze opined.

  • Workers of Zimbabwe's Revenue Authority Picket Work Place Today

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    Workers of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority(ZIMRA) will today(Friday) embark on  protests over issues revolving on poor  welfare and working conditions.

    The notice of the strike is contained in a letter addressed to the Officer in Charge of Harare central of ZIMRA.

     According to the Secretary General of Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and Allied Workers Trade Union (ZIMRATU) General secretary, Mr. Lovemore Ngwarati, the workers have notified the management and the Zimbabwe Republic Police of their intention to picket the authority's head office  in Central Harare, starting from 1230hrs until 1400hrs.

    The workers lamented that since 2003 the managemtn had embarked on 'costly job evaluation exercises'' without impelmenting the results.

    They expressed reservations over the award of 

     "lucrative" three-year fixed term contracts "renewable without advertisement or equal opportunity" to the authroity's managers  while the 2500 strong workforce is "languishing in poverty".

     

     

  • Lagos Govt Abolishes Career Progression Based Promotion for Workers

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    The Lagos state Government has abolished the 50 year old practice of promoting civil servants based on their progression in their various careers.

    The  state government hinged its decision on the need to ensure effective service delivery in the state.

    This disclosure was made by the state Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Adesoye at a news  conference to commence the2018 Civil service week in the state, at the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

    “To this extent, all government officers now have clearly defined job schedules against which their performances will be assessed. This approach is based on the perception that governance must be open, timely, effective and efficient”, Mrs Adesoye disclosed.

     

  • Online Betting : Stakeholders in Oyo Shun Interactive Forum with Gaming Board

    Stakeholders in the betting industry, last Wednesday, shunned an interactive forum organized by the newly reconstituted Oyo state aming Board.

    The stakeholders hinged their action  on the fact that the intention of the board might not be in line with their battles fr survival in te industry, considringthe tax regime in the state.

    They lamented that the business environment in the state was unfriendly, harsh and hostile,just as they warned that any attempt to introduceaother category in te mulitple taxe regime, currently operating in the state, will force several operators to close down.

    A few of the operators were, however, cited at the forum. 

    In his remarks of the board, Mr. Lekan Abari, opined ''this is a stepping stone to so many things that is going to be done. There are over 50 operators in the state less than 10 are in attendance''.

    One of the stakeholders, who was in attedance, Mr. Michael Nwogu, the Cheif Executive of Celcon Limited, a platform provider, appealed to the board to protect operators, adding ''of all the stkeholers, only  those in sports betting are online and none of them are using ocal platforms, they all have to pay their subscriptons in foreign exchange, what is the board doing ?''.

    Similarly, the Secretary of the Pools Promoters Asociation in Oyo state, Mr. Gbenga Ogungbenle drew the attention of the board to the fact that the business environment n Lagos varied from that  of badan, while lamenting  that the state governmen did not cary them along when it decided to make changes in the nomenclature of the board.

    ''What is applicable in Lagos cannot be applicable in Ibadan. We didn't know whe the sat government inaugurated the state Gaming board, there is little or no difference from the  pools beeting board we usd to know. We are not online, Why the change ? We don't know, all of us in the industry are passig through hard times'', Mr. Ogungbenle disclosed.

    In response, the Chairman of th state Internal Revenue Board, Mr. Bisi Alli declared that the sanitizaton of the  revenue process by the revolved on mutula benefit.

    ''We are sanitizing the rvenue process in the state. Govenment must render service and you mus pay. Our state must be in line with what obtains in all other parts of the world. The essence of embracing technology  is to assist operators.

    It makes your operations very easy and lesscumbersome. The cost of compliance becomes cheap, it reduces as transaction increases. It knocks down the cost of compliance. Those who operate illegally cannot come o our platform. More importantly, you need the government, the government needs you. If you don't partner with government, if you don't pay  your contribution, it might be difficult'', Mr Alli warned.

    Sadly, jobless youths and secondary school students, form the bulk of those who patronize the betting centres, who also include market me nd women.

    These category of people spend valuable time discussing, analyzing and projecting  winning prospects

  • Tanzania To Employ 10,140 Teachers in June

    The Tanzanian Government has assured that it will recruit 10, 140 Teachers by June this year.

    The government gave this assurance through Deputy Minister of state in the President's office(Regional Administration and Local Government)Mr. Joseph Kakunda, when he appeared before the Parliament.

    ''These will be employed, come June this year'', Mr. Kakunda assured.

    Mr. Kakunda also disclosed that the certificates of those shorlisted was presently been screened by the National Examination Council of Tanzania(NECTA).

  • Hungry Nigerians are Lazy : Take Customs Boss statement as Wake Up Call-AWC

    Nigerians have been advised to accept the statement of the Comptroller General of Customs as a wake up call  to reject bad governance.

    This advise was given in a chat with Federationews2day, by the National Coordinator of the All Workers Convergence(AWC), Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''It is actually a wake up call to Nigerians in all fields of endeavour, that we can say that we are actually lazy because we have been tolerating bad governance, agelong misrule, corruption, incompetence, terrorism and so Nigerians must rise up to  prove that we are not lazy, by resisting to tolerate bad governance again,'' Comrade Emelieze stated.

    In his views the Public Relations Officer(PRO) OF Association of Water Well Drilling Rig Owners and Practitioners(AWDROP), Mr. Richrad Adeyinka insists that Nigerians are not lazy.

    ''Nigerians are not lazy, go to the streets, thousands of those who graduate each year, don't have jobs, I know that Nigerians are not lazy, if they are they will not take to commercial motorcycling(Okada) to keep body and soul together'', Mr. Adeyinka disclosed.

    For Messrs Edmund  Ogboh and Ifeanyichukwu, both Ibadan based businessmen, the Federal Government should create more jobs for millions of Nigerians who are without jobs. ''If government creates more jobs there would be a reduction in crime and  a change of mind by those considered to be lazy'', they emphasized.

  • Clerics Should Make Use of Religion for National Integration and Unification-Prof Olagoke

    The Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen In Islam Worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Prof. Sabitu Olagoke has charged religious leaders in Nigeria to make use of religion as a weapon of integration, unification and reformation during and after the Ramadan fast.

    Prof. Olagoke gave this charge in a chat with Federationews2day.

    ''An area of challenge for clerics, we must use religion as a weapon to integrate, not disintegrate, to unify and to reform, in the atmosphere where the people who have must support the cause of clerics, because to reach out to millions of people, the media is essential.''

    ''Ramadan  fast is to reform, restrengthen and do things the right way. Our elites must come in, everywhere, we see people who have and those who do not have. We must be our brother's keeper,'' Prof. Olagoke advised

  • We have dispute with FG not NGO-JOHESU

    Govt. Has Failed in Its Responsibilities-AWC

    Health workers in Nigeria have clarified that the ongoing   indefinite industrial action was embarked upon to compel the Federal Government to meet their demands, just as they insisted that they have no dispute with any Non Governmental Organization.

    This clarification was made in a chat with Federationews2day by the spokesperson of the Oyo state council of the Joint Health Sector Union(JOHESU), Comrade Olabode Akinfenwa.

    ''We are not in dispute with any Non Governmental Organization(NGO), we are in dispute with the Federal Government. Also, we are not aware of the National Industrial Court Judgement. We have local issues that  are yet to be addressed by the Oyo state Government. There is preferential treatment in the health sector'', Comrade Akinfenwa noted.

    In the same vein, the All Workers Convergence(AWC) has attributed the indefinite strike action embarked upon by health workers in the country to the fact that government at all levels have abandoned their responsibilities. It only shows how irresponsible government is. Is it a Non Governmental Organization(NGO) that will intervene in such a sensitive issue that has to do with  the health of Nigerians. Even the NGO cannot be trusted. It might likely have an ulterior motive. Government in Nigeria has lost its sense of Justice and equal rights''.

    This position was made known by AWC's National Coordinator, Comrade Andrew Emelieze.

    ''Painfully, it is the traveling out of President Muhammadu Buhari, for medical consultation to London, when the health sector has been grounded by a nation wide strike, that is making its suspension difficult, even though the President traveled out to save his life. For us, in AWC, this act is not only irresponsible, but callous'', Comrade Emelieze noted.

  • Ugandan Lawmakers Propose Probe of Girls in Slave Camps in Dubai

    Members of the Ugandan Parliament have proposed the setting up of a special committee to look into the allegations of slave labour involving several girls from the country, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates(UAE).

    According to    the member representing Butambala in the Parliament, Mr Muhammad Muwanga Kivumbi a visit Dubai by the lawmakers of Budget Committee, exposed a labour recruitment centre, "which for all intent and purpose resembles a well-organised slave market".

    Kiyumbi disclosed that when the committee visited Jaira state, it discovered girls from various countries, accommodated in several small buildings, patiently waiting to be sold to buyers with the ''highest bid''.

    He also stated that the girls were being maltreated, while lamenting that 16 of them  had committed suicide between February and August 2017.

  • Families in East Africa Contend with High Cost of Food Prices

    Families in East Africa will for sometime contend with high food prices as a result of flooding, pests and diseases.

    This is contained in the  monthly update by the Food Security Working Group on the Greater Horn.  

    The update disclosed that families  in Rwanda, Karamoja of Uganda, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan which  depend on markets for food, will have to put up with the soaring prices of foodstuffs.

    "Above average staple food prices will continue eroding the purchasing power of poor market-dependent households in Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan, which are heading into a lean season," the report stated.

    The past week maize traded at $402.14 per tonne in Kisumu, Kenya, $319 in Ruhuha, Rwanda and $ 271.02 in Kabale town, Uganda.

    However, in the last six months  a tonne of maize traded at $540.28 in Ruhuha, $279.38 in Uganda and $443.04 in Nairobi. In Burundi, only 60 per cent of households have food.

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