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101 Abia athletes for National Sports Festival

101 Abia athletes for National Sports FestivalBy Leonard Okachie A total of 101 Abia athletes will compete in 16 sports categories at the 2020 National Sports Festival in Edo. Abia’s sports director, Mr. Isaac Ogbonnaya-Isaac, made the disclosure to the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Umuahia shortly before the team left for Benin on Friday. He said the contingent also included 13 team leaders, 17 coaches and 20 officials. The director said the athletes compete in weightlifting, wrestling, kung fu, taekwondo, karate, kick boxing, weightlifting, para-athletics, deaf athletics, darts, boxing, table tennis and others. He said the team had set a goal of not dropping below fifth, adding that Abia needed to excel in at least 10 of the 16 categories in which the athletes competed. He said: “Our expectations are very high because we are a force to be reckoned with. “We are going to a sports festival that has suffered so many postponements; as […]

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Coronavirus: African Union member states report COVID-19 cases as of March 20, 2021, 9 a.m. ET

Coronavirus – Rwanda: COVID-19 update (March 19, 2021)African Union Member States (55) reporting COVID-19 cases (4,158,923), deaths (109,444) and recoveries (3,667,946) by region: Central (114,426 cases; 1,911 deaths; 100,654 recoveries): Burundi (2563; 3; 1.155), Cameroon (38.988; 588; 34.887), RCA (5.075; 64; 4.938), Chad (4.380; 157; 3.864), Congo (9.564; 134; 7.898), DRC (27.356 ; 726; 24,361), Equatorial Guinea (6,666; 100; 6,121), Gabon (17,711; 106; 15,495), Sao Tome and Principe (2,123; 33; 1,935) Is (455,106; 8,275; 342,619): Comoros (3,665; 146; 3,471), Djibouti (6,501; 63; 6,040), Eritrea (3,118; 7; 2,865), Ethiopia (183,863; 2,618; 145,687), Kenya (118,889; 1954; 89,388), Madagascar (22,113; 340); 20,851), Mauritius (803; 10; 590), Rwanda (20,681; 287; 19,143), Seychelles (3,616; 16; 3,055), Somalia (9,925; 414; 4,420), South Sudan ( 9,809; 106; 8,215), Sudan (30,989; 1,959; 23,583), Tanzania ** (509; 21; 178), Uganda (40,625; 334; 15,133) North (1,222,852; 34,766; 1,073,689): Algeria (124,970; 3,053; 80,515), Egypt (194,127; 11,512; 149,256), Libya (150,341; 2,487; 137,073), Mauritania (17,570; 446; 16,863), Morocco (491 019; […]

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Maiden Female Cricket League to end with Super-Four in Benin

Maiden Female Cricket League to end with Super-Four in BeninThe maiden South-South female cricket league in the country will be rounding off this weekend with Super-4 playoff in Benin. Uyi Akpata, Chairman of Edo State Cricket Association, disclosed this in a statement released to newsmen in Lagos on Friday He said that the two-day event would hold between March 20 and March 21 at the Edo Boys High School, Benin Akpata, who is also the Vice President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), said the event would parade two top teams from each of the two zonal classifications of the preliminary rounds. He said: “This is a landmark event for us and the country. In fact, it is the first of its kind in West and North Africa. “Cricket development should not leave out any gender and since we saw the response from the girls during our grassroots projects, we just felt it was ripe for a separate platform […]

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ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreement

ZLECAf: 11 countries validate their agreementBy Temitope Ponle Eleven African countries have validated the strategies for implementing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ms. Vera Songwe, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ECA, said this in her opening statement at the 39th session of the Committee of Experts on Wednesday. The expert meeting was also on the sidelines of the 53rd session of the committee. Songwe listed countries like Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Niger, Cameroon, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The executive secretary further said that the countries which were in the drafting phase of the agreement were Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo, Kenya, Namibia and Malawi. She added that the early stage countries were Nigeria, Tunisia, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique and Eswatini. She said data was not available for other countries. […]

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Why NYSC banned graduates of Cotonou universities from participating in NYSC

Why NYSC banned graduates of Cotonou universities from participating in NYSCThe National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, has delisted graduates of eight foreign universities in Benin Republic, Niger and Cameroon from participating in the 2021 Batch A orientation course. The universities, most of which award degrees a few months after matriculation, are also called “Cotonou Universities”. In a circular containing the ban, dated March 5, 2021, which was addressed to State/FCT Coordinators the reason for their delistment was not officially stated. It however instructed that all D&R and foreign trained verification officers in states to take note. The affected institutions are Al-Nahda International University (Niger Republic); Ecole Superieur Sainte Felicite (Benin Republic); Ecole Superieur D Administration et DEconomics (Benin Republic); Ecole Superieur DEnseignement Professionelle Le Berger – ESEP Le Berger (Benin Republic) Ecole Superieur St. Louis DAfrique (Benin Republic)   Others Institutions are Institute Superieur de Comm. Dord Et De Management – ISFOP (Benin Republic) The International University, Bamenda (Cameroon). Recently, […]

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First green energy project in Burkina Faso for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund

First green energy project in Burkina Faso for the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company Emerging Africa Infrastructure FundBurkina Faso, a West African country, will acquire a new large-scale renewable energy plant, it was announced today, 15e March. Located some 250 km southeast of the country’s capital, Ouagadougou, near the town of Pâ, the new solar power plant will supply all the electricity it produces to Burkina Faso’s national electricity company, La Société Burkina Faso National Electricity Authority (SONABEL). The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a member of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), is lending the project developer, Urbasolar SAS, 80% of the capital required for the construction of the new 30 MW facility. The EAIF is the only lender of the project, providing 29 million euros of the 35.4 million euros of estimated development costs. Financial close (the transfer of funds from lender to borrower) is scheduled for the second quarter of the year. Paromita Chatterjee, director of investments at EAIF managers, Ninety One, says; “Harnessing […]

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