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Nigeria, Sierra Leone fight over UN seat

Lagos (Nigeria): Nigeria and Sierra Leone are currently locked in a diplomatic stalemate over who gets one of the seats reserved for West Africa as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. According to local media report on Thursday, Nigeria's expectation to be honored by other African countries with an unopposed election is being...

Two third Nigerians not properly housed

Nigeria: Chuka Odom, Nigerian Minister of State for Environment, Housing and Urban Development, on Tuesday in Abuja said about 70 percent of Nigerians were not properly housed, reported the News Agency of Nigeria. Odom said that the country's housing deficit stood at 16 million units, adding that the Nigerian federal government had...

WB approves $450 Mln to reduce poverty in Nigeria

Washington: The World Bank Tuesday approved 450 million U.S. dollars in credits to help Nigeria fight against rural poverty. FADAMA III and the Community and Social Development project, both a follow-up of the highly successful FADAMA II, Local Empowerment and Environment Management Project (LEEMP), and Community-based Poverty Reduction Project (...

Nigeria ready to send peacekeepers to Somalia

Lagos: Nigeria has a battalion of around 800 soldiers ready to deploy to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping force and could send more if needed, a military spokesman said on Wednesday.   Brigadier General Emeka Onwuamaegbu said one battalion of 750-850 men would travel to Mogadishu as soon as the Nigerian government gave its...

Nigerian militants declare ceasefire

Nigeria: Nigeria's main militant group has declared a unilateral ceasefire, allowing the peace process to develop in the restive southern region.   The militant group behind some of the worst attacks on Nigeria's oil infrastructure and the kidnap of oil workers has announced the ceasefire, agency report said. The group, the Emancipation of...

Youths blow up Chevron oil pipeline in Nigeria

Abuja (Nigeria): Armed youths blew up a Nigerian crude oil pipeline operated by U.S. major Chevron, a militant group said on Saturday, cutting more output from the world's eighth largest oil exporter.    The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) said it was contacted by youths claiming responsibility for Thursday's...

Nigeria's oil reserves to dry up in 43 years

Lagos (Nigeria): General Manager of Nigerian Agip Oil Exploration, Richard Ogunde, on Friday in Nigeria's southwest Ogun State said Nigeria's oil reserve had only 43 years to dry up, according to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday.    Ogunde made the disclosure in a lecture at the Tai Solarin University of Education in Ogun State. He...

Nigerian president orders to combat militants in Niger Delta

Lagos (Nigeria): Nigeria's President Umaru Yar'Adua on Friday in Abuja ordered an offensive on the militants in the Niger Delta, warning them to get ready to face the full consequences of taking up arms against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, according to local media report on Saturday.    Olusegun Adeniyi, special adviser to the...

Somalia: Top army officer steps down after row with Ethiopian forces

Somalia: A high-ranking official in Somalia National Armed Forces has resigned saying that he could not tolerate the interference of the Ethiopian military officials in Somali army affairs, particularly at Daynunay military camp where he used to serve.    Somalia: A high-ranking official in Somalia National Armed Forces has resigned...

Nigeria to draw over $10 bln from oil savings

Nigeria: Nigeria will withdraw more than $10 billion from its excess crude oil account to develop its dilapidated power infrastructure and give state governors their share of the savings, the finance minister said on Thursday.    Shamsuddeen Usman told reporters the government would use $5.37 billion from the account -- swelled by record...

Shell closed oil field in Nigeria after attack

Lagos (Nigeria)---Royal Dutch Shell said it shut down production from an offshore oil field that produces about 200,000 barrels per day after the most powerful militant group in Nigeria launched an attack on an installation there Thursday. The group also said it captured an American worker on a supply vessel in the area of the rig. A leader of...

Nigeria ousts oil giant Shell, many hails

Nigera: The planned removal of oil giant Shell from southern Nigeria's Ogoniland will finally give the impoverished region a chance to develop, the son of executed activist Ken Saro-Wiwa said on Thursday. Saro-Wiwa was hanged in 1995 by Nigeria's then-military government for leading protests against Royal Dutch Shell over pollution and a...

Nigeria praises S African effort to calm violence

Cape Town: Nigeria's president praised South Africa on Tuesday for ending attacks on African migrants and made no mention of his government's suggestion it would seek compensation for losses suffered by Nigerians.   The comments from President Umaru Yar'Adua, during a visit to Cape Town, contrasted with Nigeria's earlier vocal condemnation of...

Nigeria president in S Africa for compensation

South Africa: Nigeria's President Umaru Yar-Adua starts a four-day visit to South Africa, in an attempt to seek compensation for victims of violence.   "The president will leave Abuja on Monday and return on Thursday," for a visit aimed at forging closer ties between Africa's most populous country and its biggest economy,...

No quick remedi for Nigeria power supply

Nigeria: Nigeria will not be able to generate enough electricity for its population until at least 2015, President Umaru Yar'Adua has said. Speaking live on television, the president answered critics who said he had been slow to address the problem. Nigeria is the eighth largest exporter of oil but cannot generate enough electricity to meet...