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As the saga over alleged ill-gotten wealth continues in Senegal, a former Interior Minister in the regime of ex-President Abdoulaye Wade is calling for an audit of all top officials of Wade’s 12-year tenure.
Incumbent President Macky Sall held a number of top posts in Wade’s government, including serving as Prime Minister.
The ECOWAS Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) is calling for more political commitment from member states to fight against terrorism financing and money laundering in the sub-region.
Political support will ensure appropriate legislation, firm judiciaries, law enforcement and trained personnel to fight the vices that GIABA was set up to tackle, says executive director Abdullahi Shehu.
In Dakar, the Senegalese capital, the streets are literally littered with children as young as seven years old carrying tin cans to beg for food and money from early morning to midnight reportedly for their Koranic tutors.
These children, locally called 'Talibes' (meaning disciples), are given by their parents to the tutors who send them out to beg for alms to supposedly sustain them while undergoing study of the Koran, the holy book of Islam.
Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for up to 27 percent of people in the world who defecate in the open air or in temporary holes outside their homes.
That’s a fraction of the nearly 1 billion children around the world who today do not have access to clean toilets at home or school, as the global community marks World Toilet Day Monday.
Climate change is a major challenge for agriculture and food security in West Africa, with complex relationships and interactions existing between agriculture and climate change.
The FAO estimates (2011) show that agriculture produces 14% of carbon emissions, the equivalent of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide each year.
The cost of maternal and newborn health care will drop by US$11.3 billion a year, through widespread voluntary family planning in developing countries, says a new report by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
The State of the World Population 2012 released Thursday said access to family planning is an essential human right that can trigger unprecedented economic development.
The former ruling Parti Democratique Senegalaise (PDS) of Abdoulaye Wade has denounced the summoning of former officials on allegations of corruption, calling it a witch hunt by the current government.
Karim, the son of ex-President Wade, Thursday became the first of several officials of Wade’s administration to face probe at the Gendarmerie offices here in the capital, Dakar.
A sizable number of Senegalese youths and nationals of other African states risk their lives on makeshift boats each year to cross the Mediterranean Sea headed for European shores in search of ‘a better life’.
In Senegal, women play a major role in encouraging their children and wards to make the journey in search of greener pastures, with some women even selling their valuables to assist youths take the journey.
Parliamentarians around the world are going Online and getting more and more mobile technology friendly in the performance of their duties.
An Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and United Nations supported World e-Parliament report says lawmakers are using social media more and more to engage their constituents.
Relentlessly challenging bad governance has made retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu the winner of a one million dollar prize from the Mo Ibrahim Foundation of one of Africa’s leading philanthropists.
The London-based foundation will tomorrow, Saturday, present the award to Archbishop Tutu in Dakar for fearlessly holding governments to account and being the voice of the voiceless.