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June 18, 2013
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A new initiative has been launched to improve cocoa production in Africa, with the launch of the Sustainable Trade Initiative, a sustainable agro-industry project of the Dutch government in the Ivory Coast.
The growing insecurity in Nigeria caused by A wave of fatal bombings and shootings is leaving Nigerians increasingly worried that insecurity is reaching and alarming level..
Amid the fear and tension, some citizens are thinking that the terrorist group Boko Haram is outsmarting the country’s security forces, with Monday’s attack on the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad in the capital, Abuja.
Amidst doubts over whether Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared his assets, the Code of Conduct Bureau on Tuesday said in Abuja, the Federal capital, the president has complied.
Mr. Sam Saba, Chairman of the Bureau, disclosed that President Jonathan and his Vice, Namadi Sambo, duly declared their assets in line with Constitutional provisions before they were sworn-in to assume their offices.
The government of Nigeria will soon establish staple crop processing zones in some parts of the country, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, has said.
Adesina made the disclosure Tuesday in Abuja at a meeting with private sector partners in the agriculture value chain convened to garner support for the Federal Government's Agricultural Transformation Agenda (ATA).
Nigeria finance minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala says the government is seeking approval to increase the country's external borrowing from US$7.9 billion to US$9.2 billion.
Dr. Okonjo-Iweala, a former World Bank vice president, said the federal government also plans to float a one billion Euro bond and another one hundred million dollar Diaspora Fund.
Nigeria, sub-Saharan Africa biggest oil producer, has continued to suffer huge losses in revenues from oil theft, the recent being a US$1.6 billion scandal.
President Goodluck Jonathan has vowed to curtail the losses, setting up the Petroleum Special Task Force led by the former head of the anti-graft agency, EFCC, Nuhu Ribadu.
An invitation reportedly issued by radical Islamic group Boko Haram to hold talks with the Nigerian government led by prominent Nigerians has surprised many, particularly given the movement's reputation for extremism and violence.
The invitation has met mixed reactions in Nigeria, with the Parliament Speaker, Aminu Tabuwai welcoming the initiative.
The Nigerian Presidency has rejected offers for talks from the Islamist sect Boko Haram based on conditions the group has given to end a three-year spate of violence that mainly comprises bombing of civilian targets.
The conditions include that former military leader Gen. Muhammed Buhari is a part of the talks and that the group’s second-in-command joins the negotiating team for the meeting it wants held in Saudi Arabia.
The radical Islamist group Boko Haram has called for a dialogue with the Federal Government to end the three-year insurgency and has invited Gen. Muhammed Buhari to lead the mediation.
The group also named five others, including its second-in-command, Abu Abdulazeez, to be part of the meeting at its preferred venue - Saudi Arabia.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says Nigeria needs to reduce spending to avoid putting pressure on the crude oil benchmark of US$75 per barrel.
The Nigerian House of Representative wants the fuel price pegged at US$80 per barrel.