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Disaster Alerts as 6 Perish in in Kenya floods‎

Disaster Alerts as 6 Perish in in Kenya floods‎ Six people have been confirmed dead and five others are reported missing following flash floods as heavy rains pound parts of the country. Two of the deaths were reported in Nakuru, one person in Mogotio and three children who drowned in Dukana, Marsabit district, according to Kenya Red Cross. It has prompted the government to issue flood alerts...

Zap, M-Pesa Lined Up for Global Awards of Kenya

Kenya's status as an innovator in the budding mobile money industry has been boosted with the shortlisting of two of the country's money transfer solutions for global awards. Zain's m-commerce solution, Zap ,and Safaricom's money transfers product, M-pesa, have been shortlisted for awards in the GSM Association's Global Mobile Awards, pitting the...

Federal Govt Prosecutes 109 People over Boko Haram Crisis in Nigeria

The Federal Government says it has so far prosecuted 109 people over the 2009 Boko Haram crisis in Borno state. The Islamic sect, Boko Haram, in protest against western education, rampaged in August 2009, killing indiscriminately. The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Michael Aondoakaa said at a forum in Abuja that the...

Power Federal in Nigeria Needs U.S.$10 Billion to Attain 35,000mw in 10 Years

THE Minister of Power, Dr. Lanre Babalola, has disclosed that an investment of over $10 billion must be made over the next ten years in the power sector if Nigeria must attain the quantity and quality of power needed for massive development of the country. He said government's target of about 35,000MW of electricity generation in the next ten...

Dutch Court to Try Major Fuel Firm Over Oil Spills in Nigeria

Dutch Court to Try Major Fuel Firm Over Oil Spills in Nigeria A Dutch court has said it has jurisdiction over a case of alleged oil spills brought against Royal Dutch Shell's subsidiary in Nigeria by four Nigerian farmers and Friends of the Earth, a court spokeswoman told ANP-Reuters yesterday. "The court has decided that it is competent, so we will be handling the case," said the spokeswoman. "The facts are...

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sets Deadline for Climate Treaty

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Sets Deadline for Climate Treaty United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged world leaders to act in concert to ensure that a legally binding treaty is reached next year. The political agreement was struck in Copenhagen, Denmark, on Saturday morning after negotiations had come to a standstill, with Ban intervening at the last minute to assuage nations which felt they...

Africa Alleges Plan to Sabotage Kyoto Deal

Africa Alleges Plan to Sabotage Kyoto Deal African negotiators walked out temporarily on Monday, accusing rich nations of ignoring their minimum demands at the Climate change talks in Copenhagen. The moves came following fears that rich nations are planning to sabotage the process by abandoning the Kyoto protocol which binds them to certain levels of gas emissions. The African countries...

Diaspora Seeks to Light Up Kenya With Wind Power

Kenyans in the diaspora are to set up a wind power plant in the northeastern part of the country at a cost of Sh55 billion. Through their firm, Gitson Energy Ltd, the 300-megawatt facility is set to begin operating in 2011 and to attain full capacity in 2012. The company is currently collecting solar data and information on wind speeds at the...

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Welcomes Power-Sharing Deal in Madagascar

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the power-sharing agreement reached by Madagascar"s current and former leaders and urged them to implement the deal to resolve months of political wrangling in the Indian Ocean country. Madagascar"s four past and present leaders -- Andry Rajoelina, Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy --...

Integrate Refugees situation in East Africa Into the Host State, Leaders Told

The refugee situation in East Africa has reached alarming levels and the United Nations is urging members countries to adopt the Tanzanian formula of integration. Even though there is no armed conflict in East Africa at the moment, there are about 880,000 refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and...

Local Airlines May Collapse, Operators Cry Out of Nigeria

Grumbling under the weight of debilitating debt and inability to meet the rising cost of doing business, the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) has resolved to meet with President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua in order to press home their demand for a bailout or other types of assistance. The industry which might suffer from collapse if a new lease of life...

Local Airlines May Collapse, Operators Cry Out of Nigeria

Grumbling under the weight of debilitating debt and inability to meet the rising cost of doing business, the Airlines Operators of Nigeria (AON) has resolved to meet with President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua in order to press home their demand for a bailout or other types of assistance. The industry which might suffer from collapse if a new lease of life...

Government Drive to Set Up White SA Farmers in Africa

AGRICULTURE, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat- Pettersson is spearheading a new drive to establish white farmers from SA throughout the African continent -- partly because SA's redistribution programme will create land shortages at home. Joemat-Pettersson said at the annual congress of farmers' union AgriSA on Friday that the government...

South Africa Wants to Use More Solar Energy

A large scale "Solar Park" that will encourage an extensive use of solar energy is on the cards for South Africa. Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, on Friday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States-based Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). The agreement will pave the way for the creation of a Solar Park aimed at curbing the use of...

Somalia's Minister Tells of Coast Control Plan

Somalia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Marine Resources Abdurahman Haji Aden alias Ibbi, announced on Sunday that new sailors trained for the Transitional Federal Government will partially take care of the coast around Mogadishu. Holding a press conference in his office in Mogadishu, Mr Ibbi stated that the Somali Government gave the...