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Well over one month after taking office for a second six-year term following a bitter runoff election boycotted by the main opposition CDC party, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has launched a 150-day Action Plan.
The World Bank is providing Mali with 14 billion CFA Francs to improve the country’s access to reproductive health services.
More than two million women in three regions of Mali are being targeted.
After negotiations between Benin’s government and striking teachers failed last weekend, Benin’s Prime Minister has held another meeting with union officials threatening pay cut if they don’t end their nearly two-month-old strike.
An expert on land grabbing and Executive Director of the Oakland Institute, Anuradha Mittal has described as “appalling” the issue in Sierra Leona and Africa as a whole, in an interview with West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR).
The Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has confirmed that former Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Beatrice Munah Sieh-Brown and four others have been indicted for 'acts of corruption'.
A writ of arrest has also been issued for the accused, the commission said in a press statement.
Studies show that appropriate procurement reforms could save Sierra Leone’s government an estimated US$40m a year, money which allegedly ends up in private pockets due to improper procurement procedures.
Liberia has said a ‘’potentially large accumulation of oil deposit’’ has been discovered off the country’s coast.
“This news is good news for Liberia, and we are cautiously optimistic. We do not yet really know how much is down there. But we know, according to African Petroleum, that this discovery is of very good to excellent quality oil,’’ said Dr. Randolph McClain, President of the state-owned National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCOL).
Plan International has said ‘’aid efforts to fight hunger in Niger ‘’is being complicated’’ by the large influx of refugees fleeing fighting in northern Mali, with cases of malnutrition already appearing in the western region of Tillaberi hosting over 20,000 refugees.
Ahead of December's elections in Ghana, the campaign atmosphere is heating up with the two most dominant political parties---the ruling National Democratic Congress, NDC and the main opposition New Patriotic Party, NPP, going at each other’s throat.
Illegal fishing in Sierra Leone’s territorial waters is costing the country US$30 million in lost revenues annually.
The country has a coastline of 120 sq kilometers.